Frances

4.8
3220 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

Support Frances during COVID-19

Experiences

  • FXMP : A dinner series by Melissa Perello

    $110.00 per personPrepaid

    Multiple dates available

    Chef Melissa Perello is back in the kitchen at Frances this fall for a series of signature pop-up dinners. With new dishes and inspiration from the growing season, we will be opening our doors on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays for a carte blanche style farm-to-table dinner curated and cooked by Chef Melissa Perello. A portion of proceeds from each dinner will be donated to a monthly charity of choice. For more information please visit our website https://www.frances-sf.com/fxmp A la carte beverages and wine pairings will be available for purchase onsite.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
Protective Equipment
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 3220 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.8
service
4.7
ambience
4.5
value
Noise · Moderate
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
Sort by
Filters
B
vipBrian
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are so happy that Frances has emerged from the pit that was 2020/lock down.

It remains a total gem in the SF culinary scene!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Rushed us through the meal...until they didn't. Wine pairings not coordinated with the courses

M
Mike
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was one of the FXMP pre- reopening dinners at Frances--prefix menu with a portion of the proceeds going to a charity--for this evening to Meals on Wheels. The four course menu was sublime--both simple and elegant at the same time. Roasted Sunchoke Soup, Ricotta Toast with Chicory Lettuces, Grilled Filet of Flannery Beef and to close, Julia's (as in Julia Child's) Flourless Chocolate Torte. Each small course was perfection and the wine pairings were spot on. Service was efficient and friendly and is a big part of a delightful evening. As always an evening at Frances is an absolute treat.

V
Valentin
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for date night during one of Chef Melissa Perello's pop-up dinners, it was one of our favorite meals of all time. Highly recommend this place, the staff is very friendly and the food is always amazing. Get their appetizer soups, they have the best soups in the city (trust me, my partner is a soup connoisseur).

PM
vipPascalM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in the world. Fresh, vibrant, California dining. Amazing food, service, ambiance. It’s got a local feel with exquisite cuisine.

NF
vipNeiraF
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding and innovative food!

YH
YukoH
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Her restaurants are all good. Tasty food, nice atmosphere and great service.
Inventive but comfort food.

J
vipJamie
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Frances is such a special experience and we are so thrilled they are back! The special menu we had on October 21st was absolutely amazing and I would highly recommend trying to get a reservation for the special menu dates in November. A creative and
mouth watering menu from start to finish and the Frances family is so knowledgeable, kind, and gracious. And they love to tell you more about the menu if you are interested. My husband did the wine pairing with each course and it was perfect! It was just the intimate dining experience we wanted to celebrate my husband's birthday!

p
pamf
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Ate at Frances before the pandemic. It was our favorite restaurant . The food at the Pop Up dinner was just mediocre and very expensive. Maybe when they return to nightly a la carte dinners, the quality of the food will improve back to pre-pandemic levels.

EC
vipEiriniC
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy that our beloved Frances is back! The prefix menu was outstanding, and so were the pairing wines and the service - a perfect celebration of my husband's birthday.

b
boysgad
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A memorable and unique culinary experience without being too weird. Loved every bite as well as the visuals. Excellent, knowledgeable service too.

p
pieduck
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Excellent creative menu that was unfortunately not well executed - a couple good courses - the rest flavorless and boring - service perfect
I would not recommend until it re-opens on a regular basis in 2022 -

c
vipcheryl
San Francisco
129 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved dining at Francis
Woman Chef food selection wonderfully prepared and creative. Nice to see people from the past.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of San Francisco's finest neighborhood restaurants. The cooking is sublime, the staff are attentive and warm, and the ambiance is comfortable and polished. Simply the best.

O
vipOverserved
San Francisco
174 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The menus was quite good. we did the wine pairing and loved 3 of the wines and the 3rd, a dolcetto d’alba with the short rib was good but, not as good as the other 3. so glad to see this place is back in business!

DB
DB2020
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful. The dinner was fresh, delicious and always amazing. Service cannot be beat. Calm and efficient.

V
Vincent
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food by amazing chef, must experience again.

z
zminister
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We've dined at Frances many times and have yet to have a mediocre experience. The prix fix menu was great and we would happily dine there again.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was incredible

A
vipAredub
San Francisco
138 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'm so glad Frances is back. Our meal was perfect in every way!

T
Tsang
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for the FxMP pop-up experience. It was spectacular! One of my favorite meals in a long while. We’ve always loved Frances, but I was actually blown away by every dish here. The flavors were so fresh and consistently delicious. We dined early, and I would recommend it before things start getting really busy. If you can, hurry and snag reservations to one of these pop-up meals with the superlative Chef Melissa Perello in the kitchen — we feel so lucky we did! (The waiter said there will probably be more in October and November) Thank you to the Chef and all the staff for the deeply enjoyable experience, I left in a better mood than I’ve been in ages.

SB
SalomeB
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there for a Prix fixe menu and it was stellar. The team made sure to ask us days in advance if we had any restrictions on our diet so they could accommodate us. Everyone here is so sweet and kind. So glad they are finally open again after so long.

LP
LaurenP
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best prix fixe dinners I’ve had. Service was incredible as well!

l
viplike2eat
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was thrilled to be able to take advantage of the pop-up dining experience at Frances this weekend. The menu was fantastic, I didn't need to choose as the meal was carte blanche and I loved most of the selections, especially the chanterelle mushroom toast with creme fraiche and the paccheri pasta with pork ragout and cabbage. I recommend the wine pairing, it certainly added to the overall experience. Looking forward to the restaurants formal reopening. BTW, the outside seating is quite comfortable.

RS
vipRuthS
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We attended the re-opening pop up with chef Melissa Perello's special menu. Everything from the oyster starters to the pasta and on to the black cod and the ice cream finisher was delicious. Service was spectacular. Most of all, it was an evening of inspired conversation with a dear friend.

l
loverofdeliciousfood
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Things tasted very fresh, but the food and service was quite slow. The entrees was okay. Expected better.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food and the great neighborhood, friendly vibe.

D
Delish
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their food always has a magic touch to it. Freaking delicious. And their parklet is very enjoyable.

k
kimberleyo
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Frances is one of our favorites and we're so happy that they are coming back!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great service, attentive wait staff, food seasonable and delicious

L
vipLaura
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was a special prix fixe dinner & we didn't know what we would have until we arrived. They were very careful about inquiring ahead for any dietary restrictions or preferences. The meal was perfectly prepared, each course was delicious and enough time was allowed between courses. We also elected to have the wine pairing which was perfectly suited. Service was attentive and warm. This was our third time eating here and we will definitely be back. Frances is a small, intimate space with a lively atmosphere. They currently also have two covered parklet areas, and diners are given a choice of where to sit when making reservations.

S
Stealthswede
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A truly wonderful evening. The menu was exciting on its own, but even more so knowing each seating was unique and we were experiencing something unique. All of the food was incredible and served by a very attentive and friendly service staff. We tried the wine pairing which was wonderful, and the wine director came to speak with us at the table and told us stories behind the wines and why they were chosen. That made the night even more special - you could tell everyone really loved their part in making Frances memorable for the patrons. I can't wait for the wider opening so we get to share this gem with others!

a
vipaweigend
5 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly wonderful meal, the salmon was out of this world amazing! Thank you.

SS
vipSusanS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal and dining experience - a complete delight. Thank you!

CH
CarolynH
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So wonderful to be back at this special place with a talented team.

SR
SeanRN
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love that Frances is opening back up. Such amazing food and staff.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful to be able to enjoy this amazing restaurant after so long. Superb execution and creativity.

Looking forward to future opportunities!

AC
vipAlexC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food in a lovely, intimate environment.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got the tasting menu for $65 per person, best value! Each dish unique and with many layers that complimented each other in the dish - 8 different plates that each stood on its own!

CA
CAfoodie
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Great service, and one of our dishes was outstanding, but overall the food quality did not match up with the high prices.

FAQs

Frances is rated 4.8 stars by 3220 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

Tweets by Frances