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Award-winning

Frances

4.8
4.8
3582 Reviews
$50 and over
Californian
At Frances, chef Melissa Perello’s seasonal menu reflects modern California sensibilities and focuses on ingredients from local markets, farms and producers in a casual, neighborhood setting. Named after Chef Perello’s grandmother, Frances is an ode to refined but comfortable sensibilities in both food and decor. Whether it’s the technique-rich, yet simple approach to food, or the open, familiar atmosphere and stellar service, Frances' honest, focused approach has resonated with customers and critics alike.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 14 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Californian, Contemporary American
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:15 pm–9:15 pm
  • Phone number
    (415) 621-3870
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Melissa Perello
  • Private party facilities
    BUYOUT EVENT Capacity: 30 seated or 55 standingWe will work with you to create a personalized event including a uniquely crafted menu and a signature wine experience. PRIVATE, OUTDOOR PARKLET EVENTCapacity: 16We offer a family-style tasting menu of 8-10 dishes and supplemental wine and beverage pairings. Email info@frances-sf.com to inquire.
  • Private party contact
    Samantha at samantha@frances-sf.com: (415) 621-3870
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • Neighbourhood
    Castro
  • Cross Street
    between Noe and Sanchez
  • Parking Details
    Street parking only.
  • Public Transit
    24, 33, 35, 37, F, K, M, and L
  • Entertainment
    Instagram: sf_frances
  • Additional
    Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Experiences

  • Pride Brunch

    US$100.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Jun 30, 2024 only
    Celebrate Pride with us in the Castro! We’re open on Sunday, June 30 for the festivities, hosting a seasonal multi-course brunch, wine pairings, and market cocktails to top off the occasion. A portion of proceeds will be donated to Maitri, a neighborhood non-profit organization offering compassionate medical, mental health care to people with HIV/AIDS in SF. MENU & DETAILS: www.frances-sf.com/pride *please contact the restaurant with dietary restrictions at least 72 hours in advance to ensure accommodation *tickets are non-refundable if canceled within 72 hours of the reservation time
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What 3,582 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Californian

  • San Francisco

    Californian

3,582 Reviews
  1. AlejandraA

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    La comida deliciosa . El servicio muy bueno . Buen tamaño de platillos

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    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Portions were very small and not exciting/new for the price they charged. Will not be going back.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The tasting menu was delicious and they were able to accommodate dietary requests which was much appreciated.

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  4. jhnsf

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Quality and value has substantially diminished recently.

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  5. kar2nosh

    San Francisco

    134 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    134 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I hate to review after my first visit. It seems easy to critique things that aren’t right when it may just be an off night. But, because I have been talking about this restaurant forever, since pre-pandemic, I think my observations are fair. All the dishes were 5 stars-except the risotto, porcini & beech mushroom, pea shoots, fava pistou. For our table it was a little runny and didn’t hold up to the flavor of the superior mushroom addition. Items we ordered: star route lettuces, roasted corn soup, scallop crudo, hobbs beignets, house made sourdough bread, king salmon and wagyu short ribs. The Royal caviar almost didn’t make it to the table as it was ordered but it not understood it was order? All, 5 stars! Dessert: lumberjack cake - 5 stars, blueberry tart and black rice pudding - 4 stars. The wines by the glass was a most impressive assortment from around the world and fantastic to have the option to experience so many varietals. Don’t get a bottle, get different glasses and have some delicious fun! Now, this is my most important topic, service. I was so very honored and excited to be there and shared that with our beautiful server. I remained engaged and animated the entire evening, waiting for her to break out and match our 60th birthday party celebration. It never happened. We did have one server who was also assisting our table and was bright and lovely, helpful and present. In the end, the people I have dining with me, as I view my servers as being part of a family for an hour or two, their service will always be one small step above perfect dishes. When you dine at the level of Frances, the service must match or the entire experience changes. I plan on going again as we never know what may have happened to a human in a day. I trust it will be 5 stars like everything else we experienced. Get there early and leave yourself time to park in the gorgeous neighborhood.

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    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    I loved this restaurant pre-pandemic; unfortuntely this time we were underwhelmed. The scallop crudo was fishy and the grapefruit sauce was too strong for the fish The avocado was very good, but nothing special. The risotto was a bowl of butter and cream with a few vegetables strewn on top. The redeeming dish was the stone fruit with hazelnuts and olive oil, which was of the caliber we expected the full meal to be. And we enjoyed the coconut cake with cardamom ice cream, but it wasn't enough to salvage the meal at that price point. There are so many exceptional restaurants in SF and I'm sad to say that this one doesn't hit that bar.

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  7. Ikarus

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    After 15 years Frances is as good as ever and still the best food in the Castro area. On top of the flawless old school Bay Area California cuisine is now fused a new Asian influence: a glimpse of the future. Bring your date here, and if they don't like it, keep looking for new dates.

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  8. SusanS

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Frances is a charming restaurant with delicious, creative dishes, interesting combinations of ingredients, lovely wines and a pleasant, winning staff that works together seamlessly. Everyone there seemed to be enjoying themselves and in rather tight quarters were friendly neighbors.

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  9. ShaadyS

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious, unique, and seasonal dishes. Excellent for sharing. Lots of pescatarian and vegetarian options. Impeccable service. Will definitely be back!

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  10. eheartfood

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved it. We’ve been meaning to go forever and finally made it to celebrate my husband’s birthday and it did not disappoint. We did the chefs tasting menu (vegetarian for me) with wine pairings and it was just excellent. Service was top notch. Our new favorite spot.

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FAQs

Frances is rated 4.8 stars by 3582 OpenTable diners.

Frances does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 14 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Frances

3870 17th Street, San Francisco, CA 94114

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • Cross Street
    between Noe and Sanchez
  • Neighbourhood
    Castro
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:15 pm–9:15 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Californian, Contemporary American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Street parking only.
  • Public Transit
    24, 33, 35, 37, F, K, M, and L
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Melissa Perello
  • Entertainment
    Instagram: sf_frances
  • Additional
    Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (415) 621-3870
  • Private party facilities
    BUYOUT EVENT Capacity: 30 seated or 55 standingWe will work with you to create a personalized event including a uniquely crafted menu and a signature wine experience. PRIVATE, OUTDOOR PARKLET EVENTCapacity: 16We offer a family-style tasting menu of 8-10 dishes and supplemental wine and beverage pairings. Email info@frances-sf.com to inquire.
  • Private party contact
    Samantha at samantha@frances-sf.com: (415) 621-3870
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