Frances

4.8
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3182 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Californian
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.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

We will be offering a family style prix fixe menu for $90 per person and an optional wine pairing for $50 per person. Our a la carte menu will not be available. Please contact the restaurant in advance with dietary restrictions to ensure accommodation.

Friday, February 14, 2020

What 3182 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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d
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A continuous favorite with exceptional, small, curated menu and amazing team both in/outside the kitchen.

W
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our favorite special-occasion restaurant, the vegetarian main-courses are great, and the music is always great too. Small and cozy and not too loud.

OT
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always satisfying, high quality, comfort food. Ample quantities. Fixed price chefs menu is an excellent value. Professional staff.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great service. A great treat.

BW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Magical as always! Such a special place to dine in San Francisco.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The sampler menu is great.

DW
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me and two friends ordered the taste of the menu. Simply Amazing! Frances has become my favorite restaurant in the Bay Area.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and amazing food. Every dish was very thought and phenomenal.

U
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Appetizers were bland as was the special salad (little gem). Beef was cooked well but sides fell flat.

Cauliflower soup was not memorable. Pork dish was good

Service was excellent

RP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very nice menu proposed by a kind and attentive staff. I will certainly go back

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We ordered the 10 course chef’s meal. The food was overall well- prepared but no dishes stood out as special or creative. Multiple “courses” were served simultaneously detracting from the dining experience as some dishes sat and cooled. The presentation approach made one feel rushed. The ambiance was ok but we had tables on each side of our small table with only 6” between them so we were sharing the conversations of our neighbors. Based on the reviews and our numerous positive experiences at the sister restaurant, Octavia, we expected more and were disappointed.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! Lots of good vegetarian options. The service was wonderful, and our waiter was delightful. The ambience of the restaurant is also cozy and modern.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The noise level was extremely loud.......not energetic

BS
San Francisco
136 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great food combined with a wonderful staff made for a nice evening.

RP
Panama
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience4

Food uninspired and often rather tasteless or too salty.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just perfect. Best meal I’ve had in sf

D
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Octavia sister restaurant better. Appetizers great entrees were too heavy.

J
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious and the service was impeccable. Would recommend highly.

s
San Francisco
54 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highest quality dining experience. A must try for locals and those traveling

P
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seemless perfection , everything was outstanding! One of my top 10 restaurants in the world ... I loved every single thing about, the food was great, service outstanding, chefs sooo creative loved it!

NN
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food - can’t wait to come back

S
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite SF restaurants because of its exceptional food and service.

b
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve

EC
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner at NYE; the menu was exceptional and the staff could't be more accommodating and considerate.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Tasting menu was phenomenal. All food cooked perfectly. A great deal of creativity. All staff work very well together to provide a great dining experience.

GT
Salt Lake City
30 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

An incredibly gracious staff made us immediately comfortable without a wince at the odd wine choice made by one of our companions. They were very knowledgeable about the menu down to detailed ingredients lists for the member of our party with food allergies and made great recommendations. The food was stunningly good, and surprising in presentation and preparation in ways that made it a remarkable experience. The restaurant is small and we were packed in, quickly making friends with those adjacent to us and having some fun sharing discussion of the dishes. Not a place for private, intimate conversation, but they are overrated anyway. Interesting "by the ounce" house wine that was both fun and a great food pairing, plus considerably cheaper than the bottles. Definitely a "find." Absolutely must have a reservation, and they are hard to get. One of our best restaurant experiences ever.

T
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We went to Frances for dinner around 8 pm on a Saturday night and was promptly seated. The restaurant is very intimate with tables very close to one another. This wasn't an issue but some may find it uncomfortable. The service was excellent in the beginning of the night and seemed to taper off as more guests were seated. The staff, however, were quite responsive once we pointed out the delay. The food, as expected, was amazing. Everything was cooked perfectly, full of flavor, fresh, and simple. Great presentation as well. Overall, highly recommended, just be patient!

b
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was friendly and welcoming, our meal (the tasting menu) was both a relative bargain and absolutely delicious.
Would go back next time we’re in San Francisco and highly recommend to anyone.

c
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Every menu item we ordered at Frances was delicious, although about half of them tasted exactly the same: rich and buttery. Between the panisse frites, the gnocchi and the spoonbread, it felt like we were pretty much having polenta cooked three ways. Still, we enjoyed ourselves, lapping up the roasted cauliflower soup and blistered bok choy. Be sure to also try out the market shots, a perfect apertif before dinner.

OT
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience4

Delicious farm to table California inspired cuisine. Absolutely the most uncomfortable seats/table arrangement I have ever experienced at any restaurant - so bad that I actually wanted to leave before finishing my meal. Probably won't return for that issue alone.

DK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are never disappointed when we dine at this little nieghborhood gem. Food is consistently great, and the enthusiastic wait staff make it a real winner.

LA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a tremendous experience: my niece who lives in Atlanta saw chef on tv; I was there- she mentioned she has a night open on business travel so booked on line and was grateful I was able to secure reservation. She, as well as me, was absolutely delighted by service, ambience, and FOOD PEOPLE, FOOD !!! 5 STARS!!

KK
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Having eaten at Octavia many times, we were thrilled to finally have an opportunity to be swallowed by the warmth of Frances. There really is nothing to write but one word: perfect. The people working, cooking, the food, the wine, the comfort. Perfect - thank you all.

K
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, creatively served. Fantastic service. Would definitely return.

LN
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my birthday with a great friend. Frances embodies all of the attributes I value in a dining experience.

DS
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tried the chef's menu for$65 a person and got a ton of just amazing food. Truly one of the BEST restaurants in SF.

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfectly prepared and very tasty

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service enhanced the experience of enjoying exceptional food. We will definitely be back!

M
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect neighborhood restaraunt, delicious creative food, warm service, simple but elegant environment. One of our favorites in SF

FG
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service. Each food item had interesting flavors and textures but overly salty. Tables are situated very close together and conversations were quite loud, so not the intimate environment we were hoping for.

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