Frances

4.8
2691 reviews
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$30 and under
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Californian
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
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.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Californian, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Sunday, Tuesday-Thursday, 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday, 5:00pm-10:30pm
Closed Mondays.
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Phone number
(415) 621-3870
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Melissa Perello
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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.
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Private party contact
Samantha at samantha@frances-sf.com: (415) 621-3870
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
between Noe and Sanchez
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Parking details
Street parking only. No Valet.
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Public transit
24, 33, 35, 37, F, K, M, and L
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Entertainment
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Special events & promotions
Our reservation books are open for 30 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. 6 people is the maximum party size that can be accommodated in restaurant.

Reservations can be held for up to 15 minutes past the reservation time before forfeiture.

Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2691 People Are Saying
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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Out of the ballpark flavors! Creative cuisine, lovely service. Get ready to drop upwards of $350 for dinner for four
Delicious!

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BN
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food with a fun and casual ambiance. Can't wait to go back the next time I'm in SF.

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K
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply beautiful. Wonderful wine, fantastic staff, and of course great food. Could not recommend more.

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KS
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In a word.....AMAZING. Creative menu, changes daily, great choices, good service, call way in advance for reservation. Well worth it.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my top meals in SF

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LS
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

Frances' star was a little dimmer for me on this visit. I've always enjoyed my experiences at this restaurant, but this time it was extremely loud, and the service was colder and less elevated than in the past. Food was slow to appear. It was over an hour and 15 minutes after we were seated that our entrees finally arrived at the table. We ordered bouchees, an appetizer, entrees and sides, as well as dessert, and each course took what felt like an eternity to arrive. At least, when they showed up, they were incredibly delicious and perfectly prepared. The vegetables are always outstanding, prepared with seasonal ingredients in inventive yet unpretentious ways.

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RS
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love everything about this place! The food is excellent, the service is good and fun, and the tasting menu is an excellent value!

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s
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is seasonal appropriate and extremely well constructed.
Delish!!!

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KC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my 4th time at Frances and it never disappoints!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far, one of the most consistently fantastic spots in SF. From food, to service to atmosphere.,,. Perfection

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GB
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was recommended by a friend and was extremely satisfied and enjoyed the meal

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m
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We went for my birthday after I found out about Frances through a EaterSF article. An amazing meal overall - some of the highlights were the incredible tenderness of the Bavette steak, the creaminess of the spaghettini, and the fricking delicious lumberjack cake. Overall, a lovely experience and well worth the money. Cheers to Frances!

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GH
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent. Generally very tasty food, except a few samplings were a bit too salty.

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DA
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful restaurant with terrific food and attentive service

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JK
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I thought Frances was an outstanding restaurant among the highly competitive San Francisco restaurant scene. The setting and the attention to detail is what sets it apart. Located on a quiet street, with a very small seating area, it feels right as soon as you sit down. They use beautiful plates, and fabric for everything on the table - including coasters, and the pillows add to the comfort. It's not loud and brash. The food is delicate, authentically prepared and served, and the wine choices are many. I'd give it a thumbs up in every category, except that my wife and I thought there was too much reliance on salt. With the marvelous ingredients used, the dishes don't need as much salt as most restaurants tend to rely on. We loved the tasting menu, which included 10 dishes in 4 courses. All full of flavor and well presented.

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SG
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great neighborhood restaurant. Was recommended to me by my neighbors and it didn’t disappoint. Food was delicious. I’m gluten free and the actual tasting menu had great options but they don’t do substitutions so I was able to create a great mix of apps, entrees, and sides for around the same price that a tasting menu offered. Great value overall!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Frances is a long-time, San Francisco gem. I've eaten here several times and I feel it continues to be even better each time. I love taking visitors here and also loved ones for special occasions.

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MT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The Service was great. The staff couldn't have been more personable, friendly, and efficient.
Good selection of wine and beers for a small restaurant.
The Tasting Menu was very tasty and very creative. We had a good time and will go back.

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S
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and impeccable service. Would come again in a heart beat!

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DP
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and cocktails were great. We had the fixed menu consisting of 10 courses. Sounds like to a lot of food, but the portions were perfectly manageable. The one drawback is how closely they placed the tables. You are literally just inches from the table next to you. The waiters had to move chairs or reach awkwardly just to clear plates from a 2 person table. And it was very hard to tune out the conversations of the people on both sides of us. I think next time, we'll try for counter spots. At least then we can sort of angle in and huddle to have a private conversation.

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New England
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great!

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AT
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The most tender pork chop I’ve ever had! We enjoyed every bite if everything we ordered.

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PS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still got it after all these years. No let-up in quality. Impressive.

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L
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic dinner and server! Highly recommend!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Amazing service, very good to great food, tables way too close together

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DN
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The dishes were creative and had the freshest ingredients, except everything was too salty, which ruined the taste.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Do the tasting menu!!

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RS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tried the tasting menu and everything was delicious.

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SR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I highly recommend Frances. Ofcorse food is always amazing but servers are kind and attentive as well. I love panisse frites, gem salad and stake.

お料理も美味しいですが店員さんがとても親切で気が利いてます。パニースフリット、ジェムサラダ、ステーキがオススメです。

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m
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Here for the 4th time. Did not disappoint. First time trying the fixed price tasting menu. Great selections. Got an extra dessert anyway. Do not miss the seasonal pavlova.

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JC
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just great in every way! Creative menu, absolutely delicious. Great service and a lovely interior.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow. What a great evening. Service team helped ensure we had a wonderful experience with thoughtful suggestions. Food was outstanding, especially the spaghettini

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NK
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extraordinary birthday dinner at the always perfect Frances. Their flavors, in particular the pasta, are as interesting and delicious as you’ll find. Highest recommendation!

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c
Atlanta
138 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had originally wanted to celebrate my son's birthday at Octavia, but since that restaurant was rented out for the evening, we ended up at its 'sister' Frances. We were not disappointed; we enjoyed the chickpea fritters, the salmon, and the veggie risotto as well as the luscious Negroni. However, the signature lumberjack cake was dry and simply a renamed version (and not the tastiest one) of Queen Elizabeth cake, which I've had numerous times before. Other than that, it was a lovely evening with terrific service.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Unique food

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San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We go to Frances every few months for the last 4 years. Food was good although the melon with burrata for $18.00 was a bit of joke- we couldn't find the burrata and after some digging found the meager tablespoon of it underneath the melon.
Our waitress was lovely and the manager stern and gruff as per usual.

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c
San Francisco
100 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the little gem salad to start. Then we had salmon and the pork chop
Perfectly dressed and perfectly cooked.
Strawberry tart to die for.
Wonderful service.
Very reasonable
What fun.

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C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been to Frances a couple of times in the past, but hadn't been in about three years. I took my partner there last night, hoping it would be as good as I remembered. If anything, it was even better!

We shared the bacon beignets (which are light and as good as they sound), the spaghettini with sungold tomatoes and uni butter (perfectly cooked housemade noodles with just enough creamy sauce. It had a nice touch of acidity that kept it very light as well.)

For our main course we shared the pork chop, which was basically way better than you would ever imagine a pork chop could be. It was perfectly cooked, tender, flavorful... I don't usually find reason to be wax effusive about pork, but I'd recommend this dish to anyone.

For dessert we had an affogato (we opted for a regular one, rather than the "boozy affogato" which included a shot of sherry, and they happily accommodated.) We also had the strawberry handpie, which was really exceptional. Fantastic crust, and the filling was on the sweeter side, so the accompanying scoop of rose geranium ice cream--which I actually thought tasted spicy, like maybe it had cardamom in it--was an well-suited accompaniment. The sweetness and spice balanced each other perfectly.

Prices are actually quite reasonable for the quality and care that is evident in every ingredient and every dish. Portions aren't huge, but they're more than adequate. I'd rather have superb quality and execution--which Frances does at every level, far better than most of the hyped SF restaurants I've been to in the last couple of years--than large servings. Plus, I love to be able to try several different things, and their menu and portion sizes are ideal for that.

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s
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So much fun! Thanks for letting me share an experience with my friend! He still can’t get over how amazing it was

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C
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, food, vibe, everything! Definitely going back!

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