Exceptional simple and seasonal food in my neighborhood with exceptional service. Down side- tables too close together and a very loud noise level. Really affects the experience.
I will definitely go again. For us this is for a special occasion destination. The atmosphere is lovely and the service is flawless and very friendly. Each and every dish we had was not only beautifully presented but delicious. The grilled calamari salad was a standout as was the bavette steak and Sakura Pork. The main courses are very generous.
It is a small space and the tables are indeed close together, but not uncomfortably so. We went early on a week night and the noise level was fine for normal conversation with straining, and I really didn't overhear anyone else's conversation. Parking is a bit of a challenge so another mode of transportation might be a good option. We did find parking after about 15 minutes so not impossible. I feel with the service and quality of the food the price is very reasonable.
The food and service were outstanding! The only drawback is that the tables are quite close together and can be a little uncomfortable at first. Definitely will be back as I wanted to try everything on the menu! Everything we tried is worth ordering again as well -- seems you can't go wrong!
Wonderful birthday dinner!
Have been here before and always happy with food selection and service. Would NOT recommend for group or quiet, intimate dining
Amazing food, excellent wine list, and talented waitstaff.
Love Frances. Inventive but not precious. Always a great meal.
Packed in very closely to tables at both sides. No conversation privacy At all.
Green tomato and potato appetizer was tasteless and cold. The steak was good, but the grits were undercooked and again tasteless. The greens were slim in appearance. Terribly overpriced and overrated.
Frances serves excellent American cuisine with an emphasis on local ingredients and intriguing combinations of flavors and textures. We really liked the chickpea fritters, trout, and pork served with a melange of spätzle, almonds and pomegranate. We also liked the charming contrast between the upscale food and the low key vibe and decor of the room. Service was great. It's a little pricey, but we'd happily go back the next time we visit San Francisco.
The food was good but not what it once was. Slippage.
Made reservation almost a month in advance and still had to wait more than twenty minutes. Not acceptable for a Michelin Star restaurant.
Frances is a gem. It's the perfect blend of simple, extravagant, and cozy. The food is out of this world. The whole experience is a 'must'.
Sophisticated food combined with warm service, nice space, and fair pricing for the quality - hard to ask for more! It’s also fairly quiet, a rare find in SF. Can’t wait to return...
We had the Grilled Calamari Salad, Five-Dot Ranch Bavette Steak, Trumpet Mushroom Confit, Anson Mills Grits, and the Gem Salad. We ended with the Dark Chocolate Pound Cake. The whole meal was exquisite. I love this food.
I had one of the best white fish dishes in a long time. Can't wait to be back and try other items on the menu! The place is cozy and with its own unique character. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Great spot!
Tables too close together. Bavette steak just OK. Halibut, fennel and the chicory salad all very good. Be prepared to be hear four or five discrete conversations taking place...unavoidable.
Really good for the food. Ambience is more or less like being shoehorned into a small space (maximize the number of tables). Service adequate, but not overly so.
Scratching my head why I didn't get Open Table points for this mean.
This is my favorite restaurant on the planet. We live in Napa but come here for special meals. Simply outstanding food.
Enjoy the dinning experience there for my birthday. Great food and wine. It’s a great neighborhood gem.
My absolute favorite restaurant in SF. Food is always innovative, perfectly cooked, and delicious. Service is always impeccable. Never pretentious, always above and beyond.
Our dining experience started well. Prompt seating with a reservation and immediate acknowledgment from wait staff. Drinks, beginner, appetizer all came out at a decent cadence. And then there was the wait for the main dish. Waited maybe 25ish minutes for the meal to be served. I thought it was a little too long of a wait. I ordered the cod. It was okay. Overly salted, but didn’t want to speak up for fear it would take another 25-30 minutes for something else. We skipped dessert and walked to Philz for coffee and pastry.
This was a small, cozy gem located in Castro. The service was outstanding and the food was delicious, would definitely recommend and come back!
The double chocolate brownie was a great pick for dessert.
Fantastic dinner and service. All great.
Let's start out by mentioning that we drove over an hour just to dine here . . . yes, it's that good.
We've experienced this restaurant now at least 7 or 8 times over the last few years and it doesn't disappoint. We experienced their one Michelin stared sister restaurant Octavia a few weeks ago . . . it's very good . . . but Frances is better. Yes, the tables are very close to each other, but once the plates start showing up . . . it's game on :-)
To experience more of the menu and not have to commit to two entrees . . . .
we shared 2 Bouchées . . . the Ramp and Fava Green Calamari Salad, White Tamari, Brokaw Kumquat, Black Sesame ($11) and the Burrata, Charred Asparagus, Pickled Spring onion, Preserved Orange, Herb Focaccia ($11) - We then shared an "Appetizer" Duck Sausage Pappardelle, Seared Artichoke, Pecorino, Preserved Orange, Castelvetrano ($16) -
We then shared an Entree . . . the Five-Dot Ranch Bavette Steak, Trumpet Mushroom Confit, Anson Mills Grits, Pickled Shitake, Green Garlic, Broccoli Rabe ($34) - all very memorable dishes . . . . for dessert . . . we had the Lumberjack Cake = Medjool Date, Kumquat, Apple, Coconut, Muscovado Ice Cream ($9) along with a "Night Cap" The Boozy Affogato ($7) if you like the way espresso smells . . . this truly captures that in a true liquid form, that you'll remember for years to come.
Great upbeat service . . . and a very reasonably priced wine list. They also offer a house (red or white) wine by the ounce (no joke) and it's very good. They’ll bring the wine out in a beaker with lines / markers located on the side of the beaker indicating each ounce . . . you pour and then pay at the end of your meal $1.80 per ounce for what you’ve poured - great and fun idea - Caution as this can be taken as a sport - LOL !!!
We dined at 8:45 pm and the ac was too cold. Perhaps it was where we were sitting in the back corner table. We left our coats on. The smaller plate portions were very small for the price. Surprisingly, the sides were more substantial. The panna cotta was delicious but tiny.
Great service and food thank you!
Great food, atmosphere and staff. Had heard of this place and was recommended by friends. Delightful!
Perfect as always
Always a great experience at Frances. The food is on point and a fantastic place to enjoy the company of friends or your date night companion.
Love it every time.
Une adresse à connaître si ce n’est pas encore le cas. Une cuisine américaine inventive et originale.
Les plats sont goûteux et le service est vraiment efficace et ultra sympathique.
Great dinner and the food was amazing, as was the house wine. I wasn’t expecting much from the spoon bread but it was delicious.
Excellent--It's been years since I've had a meal as outstanding -- in every respect. Not only was the food a knockout, but the service was impeccable and the glassware and pottery were lovely. We left just glowing from the experience.
The tables are uncomfortably close together and it was noisy, but the meal and service were so very very good that I feel a little churlish even mentioning anything negative.
Kudos to the kitchen and all the staff.
Love the food, service, ambiance. Wonderful evening.
superb service and food...special night of many culinary delights!
One of the best meals I’ve had out in a while.
Overall good meal, but lack luster on presentation and flow of service. Applewood bacon beignets are a beautiful savory indulgence and absolutely worth trying.
I have not been to Frances but have heard great things. It did not disappoint. The service, food and wine list are outstanding . The portion sizes are also quite generous. It's a great little spot and has a great vibe.
The space is warm and cozy, seating is intimate but comfortable. My husband and I appreciated the a good balance of attentiveness and casualness of the staff. We felt taken care of but not smothered. The food was tasty, fun and flavorful, we especially enjoyed the cornmeal spoon bread side and agree that we could eat that every day for the rest of our lives. Frances was a fun and tasty night out!!
Consistently excellent. We always have a great meal and a fabulous time at Frances.