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Frances

4.8
2566 reviews
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$30 and under
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Californian
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Frances, the namesake of Chef / Owner Melissa Perello's grandmother, is nestled between Noe and Sanchez on 17th Street in the heart of the Castro. This new addition to a bustling neighborhood hopes to lend a warm and comfortable space in which to enjoy its ingredient-driven dishes paired with a tall glass of wine. The menu changes frequently, ever-aiming to showcase the season’s finest offerings. Frances supports the shortest distance between the source and the table, bringing its guests local, sustainable and organic products when available.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Californian, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Sunday, Tuesday-Thursday, 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday, 5:00pm-10:30pm
Closed Mondays.
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Phone number
(415) 621-3870
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Melissa Perello
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Private party facilities
Frances offers exclusive use of our dining room for large parties. We can accommodate as many as 36 people for a seated dinner and up to 50 for a standing reception. Please contact samantha@frances-sf.com for more details or to schedule an event.
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Private party contact
Samantha at samantha@frances-sf.com: (415) 621-3870
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
between Noe and Sanchez
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Parking details
Street parking only. No Valet.
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Public transit
24, 33, 35, 37, F, K, M, and L
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Our reservation books are open for 30 calendar days. All available reservations appear online so if you do not see your requested date, time, or party size it means that it is not currently available.

The largest party we can accommodate is six people. We have only one table that can seat 5 or 6 people. 6 people is the maximum party size that can be accommodated in restaurant.

Reservations can be held for up to 15 minutes past the reservation time before forfeiture.

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Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2566 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.8
service
4.5
ambience
4.4
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

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.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

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.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Wonderful birthday dinner!

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4.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Have been here before and always happy with food selection and service. Would NOT recommend for group or quiet, intimate dining

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Amazing food, excellent wine list, and talented waitstaff.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Love Frances. Inventive but not precious. Always a great meal.

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2.0Dined on May 7, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on May 7, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on May 7, 2018

The food was good but not what it once was. Slippage.

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3.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Made reservation almost a month in advance and still had to wait more than twenty minutes. Not acceptable for a Michelin Star restaurant.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

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'.

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

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...

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

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!

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on April 28, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

This is my favorite restaurant on the planet. We live in Napa but come here for special meals. Simply outstanding food.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Enjoy the dinning experience there for my birthday. Great food and wine. It’s a great neighborhood gem.

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

My absolute favorite restaurant in SF. Food is always innovative, perfectly cooked, and delicious. Service is always impeccable. Never pretentious, always above and beyond.

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4.0Dined on April 26, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Fantastic dinner and service. All great.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

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 !!!

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3.0Dined on April 21, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Great service and food thank you!

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Great food, atmosphere and staff. Had heard of this place and was recommended by friends. Delightful!
D&G

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Perfect as always

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Love it every time.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Love the food, service, ambiance. Wonderful evening.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

superb service and food...special night of many culinary delights!

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

One of the best meals I’ve had out in a while.

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3.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Overall good meal, but lack luster on presentation and flow of service. Applewood bacon beignets are a beautiful savory indulgence and absolutely worth trying.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

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!!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Consistently excellent. We always have a great meal and a fabulous time at Frances.

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