Frances

4.8
2744 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.

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
Instagram: sf_frances
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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 cannot be combined to create larger parties.

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

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Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2744 People Are Saying
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New England
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is consistently outstanding both in the food and the service. The wait staff is so helpful and friendly.....its always such a pleasure to go here.

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SM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Frances continues to be one of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco- it never fails to deliver an exceptional dining experience. Simply put - the food is to die for.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Basically the best experience we could have asked for

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San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 4

The service was outstanding. The food was regular to not that great. The garbanza fritters we had high hopes for, were actually not good at all and we didn't eat them.

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JP
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We always celebrate our anniversary and other celebrations here. The food always hits the spot!

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PT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

They asked us to move to the bar to seat someone else while we were drinking our wine and talking about a dead relative. Our wine was our dessert, if we were eating they wouldn’t have asked.

Food was great as always

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d
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food took a while to come out. Wait staff was so great and very sweet to my 4 yr old!

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FH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Wait staff and others were excellent!

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RR
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place and the incredibly professional kitchen and table staff. Food prep, pace, and presentation was perfect. We brought 4 friends and they were impressed with our good taste and ordered up!!

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AN
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just fantastic! Small, amazing food, lovely ambience.

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MM
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Frances is one of my favorite restaurants in the city. Great, intimate ambiance. Fantastic service. Always consistently delicious food.

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M
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely, cozy atmosphere. Food was good, but nothing noteworthy.

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JF
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanks again to everyone that work at Frances! It’s was delicious as always! See you next year!

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s
San Francisco
67 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This place continues to impress with its outstanding food, cozy atmosphere and exceptional service.

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JH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 1

I made the reservation for an early time because I had been warned about the noise the level the later you go. I asked the reservation person to please let the waiter know there was a birthday and the clean shaven person was the birthday person. I said that whether or not we order dessert, to bring one with a candle. It was to be a surprise. When dessert time came, the waiter asked which of us was the birthday person, spoiling the surprise. The food is unique and complex and may require a more sophisticated palate then my own....

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JP
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I would go back to Frances in a heartbeat. My husband and I went for our anniversary—planning ahead with a reservation—and it was a memorable meal. To start with: great service from the moment we sat down. Our appetizers (kale salad with crispy chicken skin and coconut soup) were excellent. In fact, my husband wouldn’t let go of his soup bowl until our bread arrived and he could mop up the remains! (Available upon request, the house-made leaving should not be missed.) We each enjoyed our main course — snapper for me, bavette steak for my husband — and savored each morsel. I really enjoyed the Pavlova for dessert; my husband was less enthused about his choice. The wine selections by the glass let us each sample two very enjoyable wines. Now just have to plan when to make our next reservations!

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M
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Very good appetizers. Disappointed with flavors in steak and fish dishes. Pretty noisy, too. Waitress was not as friendly as we’ve experienced in the past. The food was also not outstanding as it has been in the past.

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S
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

After a couple of years of trying, I was finally able to get a table at Frances. I have to admit that I was expecting something a lot better. The ambiance is not cozy or pleasant, the service is mediocre and the food leaves a lot to desire. It's hard to believe that there are still restaurants out there that don't offer options for people with food allergies. The menu is small and because I am allergic to milk and I am a pescatarian, there was not much on the menu that I could have. I ordered a couple of dishes, but they were both average and not worth the price. They also don't offer bottled still water. I won't go back.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing evening.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service was outstanding. Just wish the counter/bar seats had backs.

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G
Los Angeles
249 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, creative food. Loved the bacon beignets, pasta appetizer, steak entree, good wine list

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LS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Maybe all the amazing reviews spoiled it a bit for me, but I thought it was just ok. We got the tasting menu and everything was pretty good, but nothing made me go wow. The restaurant is small and loud but the service was friendly and the menu prices reasonable, especially for SF. But for me, it all boils down to the food and it was good, but not great.

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KG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, and wonderful service. Definitely would recommend!

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j
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Frances. I feel like the bavette steak has been on the menu for years, and it's never disappointed me. So perfectly done. Glad to see the same staff there too, they go a great job.

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o
San Francisco
175 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is what Frances has achieved through all these years-elegance and superb cuisine and service. The tasting menu and 1/2 glass wine pours is a phenomenal deal. Superb in every way!

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S
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

A very decent neighborhood spot: food is well prepared, prices are fair, warm and very competent service. Prix fixe is a good deal. But definitely not destination dining by any means, nothing was very interesting or exceptionally executed.

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PG
San Antonio
36 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Consistently excellent food and service. One of the best in the City and Bay Area. Bravo!

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GS
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and so was the service. Hard to get a reservation for party of 6 but worth it.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great night out. Jerry was the best And convinced us to do the tasting menu which was absolutely superb, The chef was able to do things for us that were not on the menu.

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w
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We did the “Tasting Menu” and loved it! And being able to buy the house wine by the ounce was a nice touch, too. Super friendly staff. Everything came together for a great dinner!

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OD
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and wine! Always a winner!

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TS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Frances continues to be a great restaurant. However, the prices continue to rise, and I wonder whether $40 for an entree is reasonable. Also, while the servers are very knowledgeable, paying attention is no longer a forte: we had to flag our server down a number of times for things that should have been offered as a matter of course.

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AT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Frances! This was my second time here and this time they had a tasting menu offering @ $65 per person. This was a ten course meal full of different selections from the menu (We went through 6 appetizers (couple of bites per course), two mains, and two desserts. Everything was delicious! The highlights were the bacon beignets (of course ;)), the Spaghettini with Uni butter (as someone who doesn't like Uni, this was super delicious and I would have happily kept on eating it if there was more), and the Bavette Steak (sitting atop delicious baked corn bread pudding!). We had the house red wine which they sell by the ounce and it was amazing. Highly recommend Frances!

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New England
13 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

A tough reservation to get, as it seems always busy, even at early hours. We were lucky to get two counter seats at 6:15 PM. The menu is an ecclectic mix of "California fusion" - there definitely are other influences - asian, southwestern, etc., but mostly seems to be inspired by local ingredients and cuisine. The noise level is high, in a pretty small space. The service crew is challenged by the small space, but seem to have choreographed their moves well enough to get around in reasonably quick order. Sometimes you feel like you can't find your service person when you need something, but eventually they get there. At the recommendation of our server, we chose the testing menu - a 10 course meal designed for sharing between two people - fixed price $65/person. A nice mix of vegies, and proteins with some interesting sauces, and myriad of flavors - not things you'd come up with by yourself, but a nice melange... sizes ranged from quick bites(pumpkin&bacon fritters), to main courses (a grilled fish with fruit and vegetables + flank steak with hot peppers & broccolini), and some inbetweens (kale salad with cherry tomato). Desserts were good sized portion, and tasty (a gingerbreadish cake with salted caramel ice cream?, and a apple/fruit compote with rich cream dollop)

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l
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed food and service!

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C
Cumbria
10 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In one word: lovely! Delicious food, great service, nice wine. I've been there twice and both times I've gotten the tasting menu, which is a great deal and definitely the way to go if it's your first time there. I think that next time I might get the a la carte, just so I can order the amazing-looking pork steak!

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LC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Together with sister restaurant Octavia you are guaranteed:
Excellent, creative cuisine.
Friendly, knowledgeable service.
Extremely pleasant, well conceived atmosphere and decor.
Very attractive staff in all ways.
Larry C.

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BB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Food and service was above average, but the noise level and cost were off-putting. I doubt I’ll return.

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GV
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the 3rd time we've eaten at Frances and they continue to deliver a wonderful dining experience. From the food to the service, everything was perfect for my husband's birthday dinner!

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

Absolute must when visiting San Fran! We were amazed by the service and the food was incredible. We did the tasting plate and thought it was great value!

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