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Frances

4.7
4.7
3288 Reviews
$50 and over
Californian
At Frances, chef Melissa Perello’s daily-changing menu reflects modern California sensibilities and focuses on ingredients from local markets, farms and producers in a casual, neighborhood setting. Named after Chef Perello’s grandmother, Frances is an ode to refined but comfortable sensibilities in both food and decor. Whether it’s the technique-rich, yet simple approach to food, or the open, familiar atmosphere and stellar service, Frances is about sharing great food in good company. This honest, focused approach has resonated with customers and critics alike.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 16 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:15 pm–9:15 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 621-3870

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Executive chef

    Melissa Perello

  • Private party facilities

    BUYOUT EVENT Capacity: 30 seated or 55 standingWe will work with you to create a personalized event including a uniquely crafted menu and a signature wine experience. PRIVATE, OUTDOOR PARKLET EVENTCapacity: 16We offer a family-style tasting menu of 8-10 dishes and supplemental wine and beverage pairings. Email info@frances-sf.com to inquire.

  • Private party contact

    Samantha at samantha@frances-sf.com: (415) 621-3870

  • Neighborhood

    The Castro

  • Cross street

    between Noe and Sanchez

  • Parking details

    Street parking only.

  • Public transit

    24, 33, 35, 37, F, K, M, and L

  • Entertainment

    Instagram: sf_frances

  • Additional

    Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Chef's Tasting Menu | Served Family Style

    $86.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Multiple dates available
    Our weekly-changing tasting menu spotlights the best local and seasonal ingredients in an elevated family-style format featuring 8-10 dishes for sharing. Please notify us directly with food allergies at least 72 hours in advance to ensure accommodation. We are unable to guarantee accommodation of allergies not disclosed in advance. ALLOTTED DINING TIMES 1-2 Guests 2 hours 3-4 Guests 2.5 hours 5-8 Guests 3 hours BOOKING WITH A GIFT CARD- If you’d like to use a gift card to cover the cost of your tickets, please book your reservation as normal online. We will refund your tickets and apply your gift card onsite. MENUS: www.frances-sf.com/menus Tickets are non-refundable if cancelled within 72-hours of the reservation.

What 3,288 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. JL

    JakeLondon

    London

    21 reviews

    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    We were in for chef’s menu dinner; If the guests from Scandinavia and Scottish Highlands are feeling too cold all through the meal in California something is very wrong - you can’t keep the front door open all the time at the end of November without proper heating indoors. The number of cold plates of salad in menu are not ’dishes’. The soup an the pasta were both good but the main dish came with cold meat with separate hot potatos - why can’t keep both hot in a chilly room? The venue is great and the service is excellent with lovely staff so very mixed feelings leaving the restaurant looking for somewhere to warm up…
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious!
  3. E

    Eric

    St. Louis

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A jem! I thought it couldn't get any better and they return after the pandemic at a new level!
  4. BD

    BrianD

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a a delicious meal and superior service. Everybody was friendly and eager to make our dining experience a very special event.
  5. RT

    RhondaT

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Kitchen timing was off
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    We had a ladies night dinner here. It was great food, wine and ambiance. I love the light wood furniture of the parklet, it made it feel very cozy. The heater were strong, had to ask to have them turned off half way through the dinner. Felt better than being indoors.
  7. M

    Milo

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Excellent Tasting Menu in November. A warm thanks to the Frances team.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Stunning multi-course meal with delightful flavors and excellent wine pairings!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Catching up with a friend
  10. BB

    BerkeleyBear

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Food was very good, service excellent and ambiance just lovely. Maybe I’m spoiled, but nothing stood out as, on my gosh, it was simply good.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was possibly one of the best dining (if not these best) experience I have had all year. The menu was well thought out and delicious. The tartare was my favorite followed by the pasta course.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food, will be back soon. Thank you for the yummy surprise birthday cake for my husband!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    Sorry to say this but for me, Frances has seen better days. We had the tasting menu and of the 8 dishes, only two were standout - the salad and the pasta. The cadence of the food was intense for the first 5 dishes and then followed by an usually long wait after. By the time the other dishes arrived, we were ready to leave. The dishes were either lacking flavor or complexity. I am not sure when we'd be willing to head back there again.
  14. KB

    KevinB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We discovered this restaurant a number of years ago with our kids. It was always one of our favorites and we missed it during the pandemic. We are thrilled for their return to in person dining and while we were a little concerned about only having the tasting menu option when making a reservation, our dining experience was wonderful and reinforced our love of this restaurant. The tasting menu was a wonderful choice and their wine list is still a great match to their cuisine. The steak tartare is some of the best I have ever had, the kale salad was wonderful blend of subtle flavors and the Porchetta was stunning. And this was just part of the menu! Finish that off with their Earl Grey Sponge cake with honey gelato and you had the makings of a perfectly balanced meal. Plenty of food for the both of us. A great staff rounded out the experience. We will happily be returning.....OFTEN!
  15. AH

    AdamH

    Dallas

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect place to celebrate a birthday. Food was incredible, and great wine pairing!
  16. c

    cheryl

    San Francisco

    145 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    145 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated my artist friend and being asked to join an important show at university of mass mid November This is my 10th e at the outside and it is always creative and healthy with farmers market veggies and great cuts of eats and fish fillets The services is the best.. 5 star A wonderful restaurant that we can walk to
  17. RH

    RyanH

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic dinner and amazing service. I loved the prix fixe menu with the wine pairing. It was a generous amount of food but still felt light, and I was so happy after. We sat outside in a parklet that was (by far) the nicest I've ever been in. I may have preferred the ambiance outside to inside!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    The food was disappointing! Frances only serves a tasting menu and was very excited. I’ve been to Frances handful of times pre-pandemic and had wonderful meals. I was expecting the same quality but was very disappointed. The tasting menu comes out family style and portioned for your party size. At the end of the meal we were still hungry. We noticed people had bread but that was a supplement which we were not aware. By the time we had our appetizer/spread it was too late to get the bread. Also we didn’t want to fill up on bread. Someone in my party commented … this is airplane food. 😂
  19. c

    cheryl

    San Francisco

    146 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    146 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and creative. We had the tasting menu and the halibut was the best I have ever had. It was flaky and moist with a very gentle sauce with tiny potatoes drenched in butter I love their take on food and the servers are professional. Thais is a must for foodies
  20. BK

    BrandonK

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Tasting menu didn’t have the signature poultry we loved at Frances. It mostly consisted of fish, beans, and salad, and generally lacked variety of flavors. Wine was fantastic and parklet was really pleasant.
  21. K

    Katie

    Hawaii

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was wonderful, service was attentive and made you feel special. Quite the experience. Would highly recommend.
  22. h

    hungrygal415

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    We enjoyed our meal but was not the best we've had at Frances (we have been dining there for 10+ years). I don't love the prix fixe menu and being able to choose what I want to eat. We spent about 50% more than we have in the past on our meals. I'm assuming that was the reason for this change, as it benefits the restaurant, but I'm less likely to dine there as frequently as we did in the past (every other month or so). The outdoor parklet is fully enclosed except for two doorway openings, so in terms of COVID safety, that's not much better than being indoors with the door and windows open.
  23. a

    alexp

    London

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We had not been to Frances since before the pandemic and it did not dissapoint. Outstanding meal.
  24. JS

    JayS

    New England

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Half of the dishes were outstanding, the other half were fine. Excellent service and ambiance.
  25. DH

    DHaaaa

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Vegetable dishes were good but all in all too much food. The pork dish was barely warm and overcooked. Polenta it was served with not tasty. For the price, there are much better places in SF.
  26. c

    cheryl

    San Francisco

    146 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    146 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always a wonderful experience
  27. P

    Painful

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this restaurant and so happy to see it back open again. Wonderful experience!
  28. TB

    TomB

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely delicious chef’s menu - much more than a tasting menu! Wine pairing was wonderful. The outdoor dining area is very well built, comfortable and nicely heated. Great date night. We will be back!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Consistently great food, drink and tasty deserts. Frances is up the road from us and we try to visit once every two weeks. It never disappoints!
  30. AJ

    AlexJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The food was fantastic and the atmosphere was so pleasant. A great place to spend a special occasion.
  31. LS

    LeighS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Do not like fixed menu. Certain items were included that I would not select. Otherwise quite good.
  32. D

    Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Staff was fantastic; ambiance was wonderful. Food was quite good - though I was definitely expecting to be a bit more blown away considering the price of the tasting menu. Dessert in particular was a bit underwhelming.
  33. BK

    BernardK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    This was our first restaurant dinner in San Francisco since Covid started and we wanted to celebrate that at Frances, our all time San Francisco favorite restaurant. The dinner format has been substantially changed. Instead of a choice of three or four dishes in each of the four courses, this was a completely preset menu with no choices available. Each of the first two courses consisted of a few different dishes brought to the table in short order of each other. When we were there, the entrée was roast duck served with a bowl of lentils. The desert was a Meyer lemon ricotta cake. The food overall was excellent, although not up to the impeccable level that we had previously experienced. Well, most dishes were well executed, the dessert was somewhat disappointing. It would be great if a couple of options were available for the entrée and the dessert, and please, please bring back the lumberjack cake! We ate outdoors in the parklet which was comfortable,m and the tables were well spaced. One thing that has not changed at Francis is the fantastic service. One of the best features that we have always loved at Frances was the fantastic staff, and that is still there. While several of the familiar faces were no longer there, everyone was attentive with excellent explanations of the food, and we were made to feel very welcome. Importantly, they offered to make some changes to some of the dishes to accommodate allergies and food preferences. The new booking format requires pre-payment of the entire meal, including taxes and service at the time of booking. We had a gift certificate, and this proved to be challenging for both the staff and for us. Our server was very helpful in working hard to get this sorted out. Frances remains at the top of our list of San Francisco restaurants. We will certainly be back soon!
  34. CC

    CCvm

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Loved being outside in the park let, and the service was efficient, kind and on point. Quality ingredients were treated with respect, and left to shine. Thanks for the warm reception and birthday greeting.
  35. A

    Anonymous

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience2
    Dinner was good and service was on point. However, while dinning, my husband’s wallet was pick pocketed. Be cautious when dining at Frances.
  36. R

    Reliable

    San Francisco

    203 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    203 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Still our favorite place in town. The food is excellent, flawless service, and comfortable for a conversation.
  37. PQ

    PennQuarterdiner

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing dishes - creative and delicious flavor pairings. The Michelin star is well-deserved. Comfortable outdoor seating with low noise and ample Space between tables. A wonderful dining experience. We’ll be back!
  38. FF

    FantasticFrances

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Haute cuisine in a neighborhood setting. The value is stupendous for excellent food. And the wine pairing was thoughtful and filled with quality.
  39. O

    Oliver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Just a little disappointed. Food was good but uncreative and uninteresting. Dish without real seasoning. The price was really too expensive for the testing menu. And I don’t understand why we are able to pay before to eat. It is incredible. This is first time I have to pay before to eat !! It is not normal. Sorry I won’t recommend Frances.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very comfortable pace, knowledgeable server. Excellent food and visually beautiful. The outdoor parklet is the best secret!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Frances is rated 4.7 stars by 3288 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 16 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Frances

3870 17th Street, San Francisco, CA 94114

Additional information

  • Cross street

    between Noe and Sanchez

  • Neighborhood

    The Castro

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:15 pm–9:15 pm

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street parking only.

  • Public transit

    24, 33, 35, 37, F, K, M, and L

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Executive chef

    Melissa Perello

  • Entertainment

    Instagram: sf_frances

  • Additional

    Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (415) 621-3870

  • Private party facilities

    BUYOUT EVENT Capacity: 30 seated or 55 standingWe will work with you to create a personalized event including a uniquely crafted menu and a signature wine experience. PRIVATE, OUTDOOR PARKLET EVENTCapacity: 16We offer a family-style tasting menu of 8-10 dishes and supplemental wine and beverage pairings. Email info@frances-sf.com to inquire.

  • Private party contact

    Samantha at samantha@frances-sf.com: (415) 621-3870

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