Frances

4.9
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$30 and under
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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.

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

Delicious food in a lovely, intimate environment.

OT
San Francisco
2 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!

s
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.

S
London
7 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply the best! Frances always delivers.

TG
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly service. Always love the bacon fritters. I had a delicious fresh little gem salad with crab and a cauliflower soup with date purée. Delicious.

DT
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Frances never disappoints, one of my favorite places in the city for a nice date night. The house wine was great, and make sure you save room for dessert!

PE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Frances and we'll be returning! The food was flavorful and delicious. The service was warm and knowledgeable, and the ambiance was cozy.

T
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

After coming to Frances for over 8 years--typically for my birthday or my partner's birthday--I've never been able to get the coveted window seat...until the 22nd! We got lucky. Stars aligned. We ate family style which was a value for us and our friends who eat smaller portions. And did I tell you the service was extra special? It was.

MD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, definitely will return.

K
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this place.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Had been here before and it was amazing. This time the food was good, but the server was dismissive and not very nice.

K
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love going to Frances. It’s our favorite casual restaurant in the Bay Area. Frances never lets us down, and actually seems even better every time we go there!

JS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Still lovely spot with excellent food and service. Definitely get the lumber jack cake!

k
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

lovely intimate cozy restaurant with quality ingredients and nice portions.

BR
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect— great food and friendly service — and we went for Valentine’s Day— which can often be a tough night for restaurants. But Frances pulled it off perfectly! We always particularly like to sit side-by-side at the spot right next to the window— fun to watch the world go by.

LL
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Frances continues to be my favorite restaurant in the city and one of my boyfriend's favorites as well. Between the carefully curated menu and wine list, and the neighborhood feel of the venue, it was perfect for Valentine's Day dinner this year.

KP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in the city. From the quality of food to the cost, it is my favorite spot.

KK
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Options for vegetarian and vegan food were not plentiful and not great. Ended up not eating entree-not special at all. Good wine list. Somewhat inattentive staff, by the time they asked if my food was okay or if I wanted something else, it was time to leave. Disappointing anniversary experience-not what I remembered in the past

OT
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent service! love everything!

D
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the nicest person helping us! Food was delicious and ambiance was so perfect.

1
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Frances is always a terrific experience.

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SB
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this meal was special. The wait staff was very friendly, helpful, & attentive. The food was beautifully presented and expertly crafted by chefs who clearly know their ingredients & love what they do. Although it's a bit off the beaten path it's well worth the effort to get to this hidden gem.

DP
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food, wine - looking forward to returning!

h
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chickpea fritters and bacon beignets with dips were amazing! Housemade bread and lumperjack cake are also not to be missed. Our server was very attentive and easy to talk to. Do the tasting menu so you don't need to make an decisions becuase it's impossible to anyway ;) Everything is outstanding!

EM
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The overall dining quality hasn’t changed. We’ve dined there since it’s opening and the food and wine choices plus preparation remain top drawer in SF. The service excels: the wait staff is warm but discretionary, and knowledgeable about the menu preparation and wine list. The diners are a good representation of the City, while still retaining its neighborhood feel. Still, the standout food is the star!

d
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Frances is the perfect spot to start an evening out to the theatre, symphony, ballet or opera. The skilled and thoughtful staff will work with you to get you on your way on time. The fun, vintage F-Market trams are only steps out the door that take you on a nostalgic ride down market to your entertainment destination. Every dish that came out of the kitchen was perfectly prepared. Hint: order an appetizer or two, and a couple of side dishes, instead of an entre.

NB
San Francisco
81 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We hadn't been to Frances for a while but we are SO happy that we returned last week for this very special dinner. Everyone was very welcoming and gracious and the food was amazing!
We will be returning soon and often!!

PS
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love everything about Frances. Tasting menu was an incredible value and I left stuffed.

MF
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant. Would highly recommend. Not particularly child friendly but I took my 7 year old daughter (it was my birthday dinner). She is well behaved...not loud, anything like that. I had never been there, it is a very small and you are very close to the other tables (the staff literally pulls the table out for you to get in the booth seat against the wall). The staff was very kind and did nothing that wasn't "child friendly". But, if I had known the ambiance of the place, I probably wouldn't have brought her.

A
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall1food5service1ambience5

The hostess told us our table was needed for another reservation before we got to dessert. It was really, really disappointed.