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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.
San Francisco, CA 94114
Californian, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday, Tuesday-Thursday 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday and Saturday: 5:00pm-10:30pm
between Noe and Sanchez
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Street parking only. No Valet. The closest garage is located at Market and Noe.
24, 33, 35, 37, F, K, M, and L
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more details or to schedule an event.
Private Party Contact:
Samantha at email@example.com: (415) 621-3870
Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Our reservation books are open for 60 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 and therefore, reservations for this table are made exclusively via phone.
Parties will be seated when all diners have arrived and can be held for up to 15 minutes past the reservation time before forfeiture.
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Frances Ratings and Reviews
Frances is still at the top -returned after a few years and the same great people are still there! Clams, and Black Cod were perfectly cooked-great choice of wines to go with each dish. Very good vibes at this Castro location. The very best service and food-Thank you Melissa Perello!
It's all very nice. But it's expensive, loud (why do restaurants have to crank the volume up?) and I left feeling hungry. Went home and popped some popcorn. The salad I ordered was underwhelming and forgettable, albeit clean, fresh and beautiful. The pasta I ordered was delicious but about 1/3 of what I needed -- and I'm not a big eater. Next time, I'll cook at home! The food's better and much less expensive and you don't have to shout to be heard or have a hearing aid to hear.
After trying to get a reservation at this restaurant for months, we were disappointed in the overall experience.
The food, although very creative, was extremely salty. Both the chicory and kale salads were so over salted they were difficult to eat and the taste lingered so long on our palates that we were still tasting the salt hours later. The Black Cod was delicious as was the lovely, chocolate cake.
Parking in the vicinity of the restaurant is non existent, so allow extra time.
The restaurant is small - which normally makes the experience more intimate however, the tables are so tight toward the back of the restaurant that it is impossible to have a conversation without including your neighboring diners.
As good as it gets in every way: I’ve been to many three star restaurants including Benu and Meadowood snd French Laundry. I’ve also been to Foreign Cinema snd Mourad and Commonwealth. Frances is at least as good in every way and far warmer.
The food is imaginative, which I love, with dishes like bacon beignets and stout cake made with real beer. But it also has accessible dishes like well sourced but simple pastas. The sides including the current skillet bread and the prior polenta are the best I’ve had anywhere including southern places with great cornbread and Orso on the Amalfi coast. Also the fish is very well sourced including perfectly prepared octopus and - somehow! - fresh snapper
The service is warm and attentive - like eating with a gifted friend who makes great food and also wants you to enjoy everything. The expedited Sara is siesta grest at explaining the food, and Mara is also terrific. Molly runs a perfect front of the house. The wine is excellent, and all priced. They don’t upsell.
Somehow they’ve stayed an international favorite and kept the warmth - much like service at Foreign cinema but with much more of a team approach where everyone helps you. Alas old favorites like spqr and Mourad have slipped on their service - possibly because of high staff turnover there.
This isn’t cheap but great value. Locally you get the same prices at Fable snd similar concept but far worse sourcing of the produce snd service.
Impeccable design including cloth napkins for the restroom.
This was my first visit, and I feel that "Frances" lived up to all the very good press it has received. The food is delicious and so beautifully presented. It has taken a while to get a reservation making it even more enjoyable. If parking wasn't such a nightmare -I'd be a more frequent guest!
It was for my boyfriend birthday. A waitress gave us a table that was too close to other customers, and I saw another table was at better. I asked to take that table, but the waitress refused and said it had reservation for someone else. I was really unhappy to hear that because I also have reservation. Why I can't choose that table. Also, they only have 4 options for people to choose for entree, which is heck few, and each entree is small portion. So we had to pick additional one appetizer because not all entrees are interesting to us. The food was ok to me. I won't come back and won't recommend my friends to go.
We found Frances during a two-week stay in San Francisco. Unfortunately, it was the Thursday night before we left on Saturday, so we returned on Friday night, too. The brussel sprouts were a winner — had them both nights. We had the fish on Thursday and pork chops on Friday. We’d order them again in. Heartbeat. There wasn’t a side that was ordinary. The broccoli side had interesting yet delicious additions. The polenta was the best I’ve ever had!
The staff worked together seamlessly, and genuinely seemed to be interested in a successful dining experience for the customers. Cudos to the chefs for dishes that were complex in their ingredients proving a sensory experience for our palates.
Loved Frances all around!
Normally, this is one of our favorite restaurants in SF; however, this last visit disappointed me in a few ways. First of all, I know the restaurant is small and cozy, but it seems as though they've added in an extra table or two because they are extremely close to one another. One can barely squeeze into their seat without disturbing the neighboring table--the table needs to be moved to the side to slide into the wall seat. With the tables so extremely close, it feels like you are eating dinner with the people sitting next to you. I was left with a very closed in/cramped feeling. Secondly, the service was a bit off. It took a good 10+ minutes before anyone came to our table to welcome us and ask us if we'd like something to drink. By that time, we just ordered a glass of wine each and our meal. Finally, when our main entrees were brought out, they didn't bring one of the sides which was meant to be eaten with the mains dishes. I had to ask where our side of polenta was before it was brought out. The food is still excellent but at these prices and with the reputation Frances has built, everything should click beautifully. The experience at a top notch restaurant should be magical and enjoyable from top to bottom. I will probably return to Frances but it will be with a reluctance and hope that things return to how they were before.
Frances never disappoints from the food and service, but had we not sat at one of the side tables it would have been very loud and difficult to talk. With that said, we had a server who was excellent with suggestions and comments on options, and we were very happy with the selections. Nothing is left to chance here as it’s a well oiled machine of quality!
This is our fourth time at francs since it opened. We live out of town but have enjoyed this gem on all our visits. I hate to say it but it is no longer what it started as. The first year it opened and we experienced it was magical. It has now become average. The service is still wonderful. I’m sorry but this was an average dinner with average food
I've greatly enjoyed every meal I've eaten at Frances (despite not loving their "signature" bacon beignets), and my most recent visit was no exception. The wild mushroom tagliatelle was rich and comforting, perfect for a chilly night. The pork chop was cooked just right (kudos to the server for clearly defining the levels of doneness the kitchen would provide for both the chop and the bavette steak), but the star of the night was my seared American Snapper: the combination of fregola (a faro-like pasta), olives and pistachio-fennel slaw was amazing. There was no combination of the ingredients that didn't sparkle on the palate.
I could quibble about the galette not being quite hot enough or the bavette being a little underseasoned, but overall, Frances remains near the top of my list of favorite SF eateries.
We had an excellent birthday dinner for my friend. The service is always wonderful. The panisse frites and maple bacon beignets are solid standbys. This version of the bavette, with chimichurri is absolutely to die for and highly recommended. Also, surprisingly, we dine at Frances and our bill is the same as many other neighborhood restaurants which are not nearly as good. So, while the food is incredible and inventive (the sweet potato soup with sweet potato chips, vinegary mushrooms, and rosemary rivals some of what they have at Atelier Crenn), it is also really good value for money.
We were glad to have a table on the side where there was more room. The other tables are too close together and make for an unpleasant dining experience imo. Our server Jerry was very gracious. The savory beignets were delicious. Really enjoyed the tagliatelle with mushrooms. Polenta was also very good. All around an excellent meal.
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