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About Frances

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.

3870 17th Street
San Francisco, CA 94114
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Californian, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday, Tuesday-Thursday 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday and Saturday: 5:00pm-10:30pm
Closed Mondays.

Cross Street:
between Noe and Sanchez

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 621-3870

Website:
http://www.frances-sf.com/

Entertainment:
Instagram: sf_frances

Parking Details:
Street parking only. No Valet. The closest garage is located at Market and Noe.

Public Transit:
24, 33, 35, 37, F, K, M, and L

Executive Chef:
Melissa Perello

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.

Private Party Contact:
Samantha at samantha@frances-sf.com: (415) 621-3870

Additional:
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.

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

In lieu of our a la carte dinner menu, we will be serving a 4-course prix fixe menu on Christmas Eve for $90 per person with an optional wine pairing for $50 per person. Please contact the restaurant with any questions.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

In lieu of our a la carte dinner menu, we will be serving a 4-course prix fixe menu on Christmas Eve for $90 per person with an optional wine pairing for $50 per person. Please contact the restaurant with any questions.

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Frances Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.8

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

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Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (30)
Good for a Date (28)
Special Occasion (26)
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Fit for Foodies (24)
Creative Cuisine (22)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Casual (17)
Cozy (16)
Local Ingredients (16)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
Seasonal (15)
Romantic (12)
Authentic (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Healthy (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Fun (8)
Hot Spot (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Organic (5)
Bar Seating (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Late-night Find (3)
People Watching (3)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Vegan (2)
Business Meals (1)
Great Beer (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined 2 days ago

The Frances experience is easily amongst the best possible in SF. The service, from the moment you enter the intimate establishment, is akin to being greeted by good friends. The food, all of it and without exception, is -amazing. The portions are adequate, but don't overly fill you, the ingredients are unique, but pair well, and the menu size appeals to those with decision anxiety. Honestly, just the consistently best experience you can hope for.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

Great attentive service and amazing foods.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Of the two salads, two entrées and dessert, only one dish, the kale salad, missed the mark. The rest were delicious and the presentation was very appealing. The service was exceptional, attentive but not intrusive. I look forward to my next visit. It has been some time since I left a restaurant with thoughts of returning.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 4, 2017

I loved everything about this place. Perfect for a cosy get-together with close friends, a spoily Sunday dinner or a fun date night any night of the week. One of the best dinner spots in SF, hands down.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We enjoy splurging periodically and Frances' has always delivered. Both the food and the service are fantastic. The environment is energetic and seating is tight so this isn't the place for an intimate conversation. We love it and it's always on our list of "go to" places.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We were very disappointed after really looking forward to our first time at Frances, which was highly recommended by a friend. Vegetarian options were simply not that exciting or seasoned well. Falalfel was salty, beans and carrots were mushy and not flavorful. We did enjoy several dishes but overall the meal was inconsistent and definitely disappointing.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Wonderful and delicious, large portion entree could have split. Should have been made aware.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Great ambiance and excellent service.
Came here for my fiance's birthday dinner and had an excellent time. Seating is cozy but we didn't really get too distracted by the conversations next to us.
The beignets were so good, great bacon flavor. Comes out warm with a nice creme fraiche.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 15, 2017

I had a reservation for 2, our friend joined us at the last minute. We got to the restaurant and ask for a table for 3, no possible. We sat down at the bar and all the time we were there I noticed 2 sets of tables empty all the time, meaning, we could have set at a table.
I am a regular client. Not a good experience.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 13, 2017

I honestly couldn’t leave anything on the plate. Everything on the plate was so delicious. The food is better than many much more expensive restaurants.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 13, 2017

We had a great waiter who was very engaged and clearly wanted us to enjoy our experience. The duck confit was well prepared with very creative, well-balanced accompaniments. We had soup and salad for appetizers. I had hesitated in ordering the kale salad, because most have become so blasé, but this one was lively with a madras dressing--however over-dressed--and carmelized squash with pomegranates. The wines were nicely selected by our waiter and complemented our meal very well. Desserts, which included the Lumberjack cake, were deliciously sweet. I will add, however, that I ordered one dish that had to be returned, as it was overcooked: the fish. Though moist, it was chewy and without taste--not an acceptable state for a divine fish. They would not redo the order and asked me to reselect.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Expensive, but not so good quality food... if two falafels for $30 is what you are looking for, go for it

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

This is a tried and true neighborhood gem. Simple, bistro style with excellent atmosphere and fresh local items cooked to perfection. Great wine list and friendly service, this I see a must visit on your SF bucket list. It’s unassuming, understates and reliable.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Really special meal. Everything was spectacular. Little gem salad. Falafel. I was having a vegetarian Night. My dining partner got the duck. DIVINE.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 1, 2017

The food was absolutely delicious. The environment was so fun and exciting. The service was impeccable. I will definitely be back next time I visit San Francisco. Frances was perfect for this foodie from Mississippi!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Food was good but not exceptional for the price. Room was crowded, hot and noisy. Waiter was great. Lots of other choices so I would not go back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 25, 2017

We come back to Frances every couple years and always wonder why we wait so long in between. So lucky to have this place in our city. Truly wonderful food, great setting, superb staff. And the couple next to us spent the dinner going through a slow breakup. They still finished their food.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Frances was a perfect dining experience. Our waiter, Jerry, was engaging and knowledgeable. We ordered our food and he suggested some wine pairings that were perfect. Everything was great but there was this cauliflower dish with grapes, apples and a light blue cheese that was the best veggie dish I have ever had. Our desert, the crispy apple cake, made our eyes roll back in our heads. Then when I saw our bill, which was under $150 (for 2 with several glasses of wine), I just couldn’t believe how reasonable it was. My new favorite restaurant in The City!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

To be brief, the food is good but pricey and I feel there is lots of competition out there for $34 an entree. It is the ambiance that suffers. It is shoulder to shoulder with other guests and not cozy and comfortable. We hit it on a cold night when the interior was also cold, and we were told the restaurant had no heat or AC! I can understand no AC, but no heat?? They did begrudgingly close the one window open which was over our table, which made our server annoyed at us. Another very sweet server (Jerry) saved the day, but we shouldn’t feel like we have leprosy because we don’t want to freeze while trying to enjoy our meal.
The food was not enough reason to return 🙁

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 15, 2017

All the staff exhibited a professional, warm and friendly attitude and made our dinner very special. The flavors of the food preparation melded perfectly and every dish we ordered was so delicious. I wish they would open a charming restaurant like this in San Diego! My daughter was unable to attend the dinner but they graciously packaged a dinner to go for her to enjoy later. I was too full to eat dessert but my husband said that the Lumberjack cake was exceptional. Thanks to everyone at Frances for making our 28th wedding anniversary a special one!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vegan, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Outstanding and creative cuisine !
Our food was phenomenal and our waiter Jerry was second to none! A must for all to experience!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Casual
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Food was delicious. Service was excellent. Showed up for our reservation right at 8:15 and were seated right away

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Good food. Great service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 11, 2017

The restaurant needs better acoustics. We would not go there again if we want to have a quiet dinner.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 9, 2017

One of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco! I go here every visit to the Bay Area.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Lovely dinner. My wife had the beignets and seared red snapper. I had the gem salad, marinated octopus and duck confit. Each dish was delicious. I don't t think I've had octopus more perfectly cooked, beautifully tender. Every course was obviously well thought out combinations of textures and flavors.
The service was excellent and the wine list while small provides a nice selection with half bottles ideal pairing with different courses. The chardonnay and tempranillo paired well with our dinner.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Awesome awesome awesome! Never disappoints. Ate at Frances over past couple of years and love to see same staff. Experienced staff makes for great customer experience! Need to plan next visit.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Authentic, People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Frances is a cozy and intimate space. The staff was very nice and attentive but not overbearing. We started with the bacon beignets with creme fraiche and they were wonderful. Savory , especially with the creme fraiche. I had the king salmon with corn succotash (I think) and the pairing was great. The fish was cooked perfectly and the sweetness of the corn really complimented the richness of the fish. My friend had the bavette steak and it was also cooked perfectly and had such a meaty flavor. We also had the creamy polenta which was very good too. We finished with the lumberjack cake and it was amazing. Moist and tender in the center but the crust and top were almost crunchy. The contrasting textures were delightful. It came with I think fig ice cream which was also nice but the cake was so good it did not need any accompaniment. I would love to explore more of Frances's menu in the future.

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·Dined on October 4, 2017

Everything worked. Not one item we ordered was disappointing. The item that was probably the weakest was the dessert and that is probably because we took it to go after the meal. Have and will continue to recommend and we hope to be regulars.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Wonderful food even though it took years to get a reservation before 10pm. Keep trying - worth the effort. We did find the food on the salty side - a surprise at this level of preparation. The chef might want to try and step it back and not sprinkle more salt as it leaves the kitchen.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 29, 2017

One of our favorite spots in SF, and I think under appreciated, Frances was the obvious place to celebrate our fourth anniversary. Great service, lovely atmosphere, and all the food is crafted with real care. Can't wait to return.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Loved the food, wine, and service. Will be back!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 25, 2017

We are so glad we were able to dine at Frances, the whole experience was wonderful from start to finish. We had a 9:15pm reservation - but showed up at 8:45pm and they were able to seat us, which was great because we were starving. Our waiter was so skilled and attentive and made the experience truly lovely. It's a cozy and warm atmosphere in Frances and it's clear that attention is paid to every detail. We shared the chickpea frites, the Hamachi, a papardelle pasta with shaved squash and the side of cauliflower. It was all excellent. The apple crisp for dessert was sublime and we highly recommend it - the cinnamon ice cream makes it. We left full and happy and will definitely return. Only criticism is the wine by the ounce. They bring it out in a beaker of 8 oz, no matter how many you order and you pour what you want. It's a cute concept, but I really wasn't up for more than a glass and it felt awkward. That said, the house red is amazing. At the end of the evening we hugged our waiter goodbye - that's how great of an evening we had.

Tags: Cozy, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Seasonal, Romantic
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Everything was great. We were lucky enough to get the front window table. I'm not sure I would have enjoyed my meal as much being seated along the long banquette wall. It was a Friday night so it was very busy. Food and service were excellent.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Great food and service. Memorable duck confit. Delicious bacon beignets.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 20, 2017

We've been to Frances a bunch of times and have always been blown away. So we decided to finally book a reservation instead of just sitting at the open seating. Unfortunately the food was sub par, the tables have a lot of commotion with waiters and patrons walking by, and the menu was limited. Service was good. Everyone was friendly and accommodating. We'll be back, but only when they're fall/winter menu starts. Call ahead to make sure their menu matches your pallet.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2017

This place gets everything right. Drinks, appetizers, service, dessert, just everything. Plan ahead and make a reservation though. And it's only for small groups of four or less.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 14, 2017

The food quality and creative style is first rate. I especially liked the small plate sides that feature vegetables.

Tags: People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Seasonal, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Great local restaurant. Jerry is a great server and this is a wonderful local restaurant. I had the beet steak and everyone else had the salmon. We all loved everything and the desserts to die for.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on September 7, 2017

I just loved everything about Frances. Planning to come back more often.

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