Frances

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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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BO
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent tasting menu using fresh, seasonal ingredients. Charming atmosphere and attentive service.

t
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly special dining experience.

TD
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

but with a full house, the noise level gets way over the top. A little sound absorption material in the room would really help. Otherwise, great!

CB
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Delicious food, great seasonal approach.

But the layout of the dining room is poor. The tables are so close together and you're practically touching the person next to you. Tables have to be shifted to allow someone sitting on the wall to get up and out, and you can't talk with your guest as the conversations from either side are so present in your ear. It is not a comfortable spot at all, so you'd be best to request one of the 2-person tables along the kitchen or the front circular table.

It was also great having the table near to us with 2 small children running around the table and under the table like it was their own personal living room floor.

SL
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

Tables are ridiculously close together, seriously take a table or two out. Starters and salad delicious. Innovative and welcome semolina gnocchi with s spectacular mushroom selection, fresh snapper prepared very elegantly. Nice light cocktails and an extensive wine by the glass selection. Dessert was truly dreadful, the chocolate creation was dry and really not tasty at all, my friends rum cake was marginal. This was a bad way to end what was otherwise a fine meal. Ambiance is seriously lacking.

DH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Frances Restaurant is one of the best restaurants in San Francisco, hands down.

AF
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place was awesome. I sat at the bar by myself, and made a new friend. That being said, even if I had just chilled there and talked to no one, it would have been worth it. The staff was so sweet, and the food was off the charts. I chose to eat the Chef's menu, and was wowed. Y'all check it out!

KA
New Orleans
13 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food quality was a step down from what I expected based on my many past and hugely successful visits. Nevertheless, the truly outstanding service, favorable neighborhood ambience, high value per dollar wine program (a real rarity in sf dining these days), a bill consistent with the setting and product, and low noise make frances a fixture on my go-to list.

SR
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Superb food!! Worth the wait. Pricey but a great experience!

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular festive food

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here & I’m certain we will return. Everything is delicious. The little gem salad is light & perfect. My bavette steak was cooked medium rare & is second to none. My wife’s pork chop was exceptionally tender. SF dining is da bomb!

SP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I was there on a second visit and my friends on a first. The food was just as creative as the first time and with their commitment to a small, varied menu that's extremely vegetarian friendly. While not everything was amazing--the panisse and fish fell kinda short--there are other dishes we're still thinking about days later. The thing that was truly the most spectacular was how well coursed it all was. Nothing came too far apart or all at once. We shared maybe 5-6 things, and we always had 2-3 in front of us. Just lovely. Can't wait to go back.

EM
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ❤️Frances! It’s a perfect place to have great food with great company.

LG
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service, location, ambiance always Superb!!!

SD
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

We had the best table in the restaurant by the window. Very attentive and courteous service. The food was exceptional. We ordered a wide variety of dishes and desserts. Loved it all. It is quite noisy, but the food makes up for it. Will definitely dine here again!

E
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I love Frances. This is mine and my partner's favorite restaurant. We go there for special occasions like birthdays and anniversaries. We love the service and the food. And now that they have a tasting menu we get to try more dishes than before.

This last time we were there the noise level was so high that we could not hear each other. The table next to us was loud, screaming at times, and it was obvious they've had a few drinks. We had to sit and eat awkwardly in silence because we got tired of having to scream at each other in order to have a conversation.

I wish the staff had said something to this table but apparently they didn't think it was obvious that the noisy table was ruining the ambiance of the restaurant and ruining the dinner experiences of the other patrons.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb hospitality with inspired cuisine from an ever-changing menu! The nonpareil service was seamless, warm, and attentive to every nuance! Our delight with the Tasting Menu was ensured as we revisited a Cavalcade of Frances’s greatest Hits! Yes, we left our hearts in San Francisco, but far more specifically ‘twas at Frances Restaurant.

DH
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Frances continues to be a treat every time. An actual restaurant, where you sit down and are served delicious food by friendly servers. Never fail to leave with a smile on my face.

g
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent and service was perfect!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was incredibly delicious! Our table of picky eaters ate and enjoyed every bite! All of the staff was warm and fantastic, especially Ethan, who made our anniversary dinner really special and memorable!

K
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was amazing, fresh and well made. Serving was a little to fast in the beginning for our liking, dishes arrived before the last bite of the former dish had been eaten.
Staff was friendly and knowledge about the food but didn’t know what grapes were in their own house wine.
We had a lovely evening and would definitely come again and recommend Frances to friends.

J
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 2

Mediocre experience at best - expensive but there was nothing special about the food

s
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

a great place to take a out of town friend or guest.. as well to celebrate holidays, intimate dinner or anniversary...

S
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waiter took care of us, particularly considering it was my birthday. He paired the wines nicely, particularly the wine with the salmon. We got the chef's special and it was a good variety of very tasty food.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Love this place but looks like they changed front of house and not near the same quality experience.

HM
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice experience. Wait staff was great. Expensive. Food was very flavorful and showed a lot of creativity.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite local treat. Tried the tasting menu and things seemed to come quite slowly but I adore their staff and the ambiance is a real treasure.

h
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really exceptional food in an attractive but simple setting. The restaurant is small, the tables are small and close together, but the food makes the experience worth it and the service was good.

NY
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant provided great food and great service. Everyone in our party enjoyed dinner here at Frances!

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was excellent. Dining area was rather small. Service was good. Overall a good experience, would recommend

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best food great service wonderful meal overall

EM
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We couldn’t love Frances more!

J
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best meals I’ve have anyplace in years! The small menu still featured adventures in flavors and preparation equal to any 5 star restaurant. Great bread, great soup, marvelous beignets, fantastic pork chop and creative peach pana cotta dessert.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It remains one of the city’s best neighborhood restaurants of the highest quality. The staff works like a family hosting dinner. The table service is beautifully designed and nobody is ignored. I love you Frances and thank you for being in my life for so many years.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

great food experience

EC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Waited nearly 15mins for an order of bread

N
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were looking for a neighborhood bistro after seeing HAMILTON. A friend recommended FRANCES. It was delightful. Food amazing. We cannot wait to return. Highly recommend.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is absolutely amazing. I will continue to come back here time and again due to the incredible service and quality of food. Thanks Tara who was our lovely server.

t
New England
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

3 of us chose the tasting menu. Except for the ending desserts, portions of appetizers n entrees were more like for two people rather than 3. Fillet mignon does not taste like beef, quite blend. Salmon was the best of all the dishes, but each of us has only one bite, portion is a bit too small. Maybe there were a lot of reservations later that evening, there were at least 3 empty tables, but the server was very eager to give us the check. Not a leisure enjoyable dinner that I had looked forward to.

DC
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely exceptional food. Stunning flavors. Good wine list.

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