Frances

4.8
2844 reviews
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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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Dallas
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovey dinner — highly recommend!

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ND
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious and goof people!

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CC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The room is festive, busy but in control. The food is well balanced and thoughtful and delicious.
It can be a place for after work drinks, or a serious dinner with a partner. Queer friendly and elegant.

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FB
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always amazing, the tasting menu had 10 courses, not overwhelming amount of food and each course was a gem, excellent ingredients, well matched flavors, just excellent.

And Frances is not the least bit pretentious, and well priced too.

The only criticism is that it is too difficult to get reservations, otherwise we would go much more frequently.

If you have an opportunity to get in, take it, it's wonderful. Also, their sister restaurant Octavia is very good, and a bit easier to get into.

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HS
San Francisco
56 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent tasting menu, very good value. Attentive service.

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MJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely neighborhood joint with excellent food, extensive wine list, and friendly service. We tried the tasting menu, which was fabulous. Next time I will focus on the favorites (beignets for sure). Only complaint is that the tables are too close together. No such thing as a private conversation here.

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DS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome date spot, great experience, food was amazing

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JB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I have dined at Frances several times over the past years, and totally enjoyed it. I thought I was lucky to secure a reservation, which is often difficult to get, for Valentine's Day. We were one of the first tables seated. I knew it was a fixed menu at $100 per person, without wine pairings, no problem. Our salads arrive within two minutes of placing our order. Obviously they had been prepared ahead of time, which I felt was true for the entire dinner. The salads were dry and soggy, dressing settled on the bottom of the bowl, again which was true for our entrees. The vegetables were limp from over-cooking and served at room temperature. I will do back of course but I would not recommend, even Frances, for Valentine's Day.

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E
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this place! Everything we have is delicious and to die for. We especially loved the salad, chickpea app, fish entree and creme brûlée. Go any chance you can!

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HC
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We tried the tasting menu which was an amazing deal at $65 per person. Everything was great. Our favorites included the beignets, chickpea fritters wow!! Kale Salad please send me the recipe??? It was the best I’ve ever had. The pesto pasta also was amazing. Thank you for everything. We will be back. One suggestion on yelp and open table. Take photos of the counter seating and the bar. We loved it but went in not knowing how great it was during the reservation process.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been so many times and is consistently good.

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BB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I've been there a couple of times but this will be my last. The reason being the noise level, which was horrendous. If I can't have a conversation with my guest without raising my voice above the music and loud conversations of other patrons, that's a deal breaker for me.

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HM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Frances continues to be the sort of treat we reserve for special occasions. This was our early Valentine's Day celebration. And, as always, Frances lived up to our expectations and was fabulous! In every way. Every dish was spectacular--creative and beautifully realized.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jerry, the waiter was great! He offered us the tasting menu which I didn’t even know they had one. My guest and I both ordered the tasting menu and also a bottle of red wine. All the dishes were amazing even down to the last bite of the dessert.

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JI
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

No Complaints. Food and the whole team were great!

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MS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We had the tasting menu. It was hit and miss. The oyster was fine, the beignets delicious, the chickpea fritters boring although the aioli very good. The pasta boring, the salad meh. The streak was the highlight. The fish just okay. The highlight of the dessert was the ginger ice cream. The rest, forgettable. Good wine. Lovely servers.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfection as always. We love this place! Thank you again for a wonderful evening

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k
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Friendly neighborhood vibe made especially wonderful by the fabulous food. The tasting menu is a great way to sample a wide range of dishes. This is especially great if you are from out of town. Worth the trip.

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LB
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The tasting menu is fantastic. Appreciated the portions so it wasn't literally just "tasting," which can be unsatisfying. Loved the whole dinner.

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M
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good restaurant. A bit pricey but appropriate for San Francisco. It can be loud. Overall, it was great fun.

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M
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very enjoyable evening; There was one plate we weren’t crazy about (in the tasting menu); the staff noticed and asked for our sincere feedback. Without asking they gave us a different item to make up for that dish. The entire staff was wonderful!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waiter really made our experience. Such a fun guy. Picked our wine for us. Joked with us. Also great to have the pre-set menu as an option. While the seating quarters are very close, we actually got to know one of our neighbor tables, and ended up having a really fun conversation. Felt like a true dining experience.

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JH
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service is what makes Frances stand out. Our server was outstanding, and he and his colleagues clearly enjoy working there.

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

The tasting menu was one of the best meals I have ever eaten. We loved it. However, the service left a lot to be desired. We spent over $200 for 2 people and felt like they were pushing us out of our table. We had just cracked into dessert and 2 servers back to back tried to clear our plates. We still had wine to finish, and they tried to take our glasses. A friend came in and we tried to say hi, and they heckled her out of the way and didn’t let her join our table just to say hi. Overall, great food, I will definitely return. However, I strongly encourage an revamp of the waitstaff culture - you can’t truly call this a fine dining or high quality experience with sub par service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is top notch, but it’s the service that sets it apart - they are the rare restaurants that actually goes out of their way to make sure you have a good experience. Multiple times now, I’ve been pleasantly surprised - props to you, Frances staff!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best food in town. At the end of the meal, it was all I could do not to cry and hug the chef.

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T
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an exceptional night at Frances. Six of us for a Birthday celebration. We started with champagne, and then ordered main courses to share between each couple. The pork chop was huge and succulent. The steak was perfect. The fish was very good. We ordered other dishes for the table- little green salad, which was the only disappointing item (underdressed and overly salty), great grilled Brussel sprouts with a balsamic dressing, dressed noodles ( very small plate), perfectly grilled white beans, terrific bread and a wonderful California Pinot Noir wine. We finished with a very chocolaty and not too sweet cake, and a birthday song.
Our waiter was fun, knowledgeable, funny, and knew exactly when to be there and when to leave us alone.
All in all, a great evening. We all highly recommend Frances (when you can snag a reservation!).

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SI
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Frances continues to be a favorite Bay Area restaurant. From the Beignets to the Lumberjack Cake, all dishes were superb. The only thing that tops the food is the service.

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m
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The hostess was quite snooty and the food was good but not great. Expensive.

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AB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

If they don't mind being 6 inches between each table... a bit close for my taste. Especially, if you have a very loud talking neighbor. It is a shame, because the service and food is amazing!

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d
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great creative menu and excellent service but don't go if you plan to have a quite conversation. The noise level is excessive when the places is full...all the time.

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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

If I knew what a sardine in a tin can with a screaming 5 year old hitting the side of that can felt like, this place would be it. The food was pleasant, but I’ll stick with the excellence of Octavia, thanks.

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B
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far, the VERY best restaurant in San Francisco!

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BB
Chicago
93 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Frances maintains its tradition of creative excellence. The bacon beignets are wonderful. The pork chop was tasty and tender with a hint of smoky flavor. And always request bread which is only served on request. It is crusty outside and soft inside.

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F
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love Frances -always have and always will! Delicious food, great service, and a casual vibe. Thank you for a wonderful evening!

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s
Sacramento
24 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and food...a very reasonably priced tasting menu with very adequate servings. House wine, which was great, available by the ounce...a nice touch.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful service and food... just a bit too noisy. Overall, I’d return as it was great value and delish!

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R
San Francisco
147 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

I hesitate to write an unfavorable review of a restaurant that I have consistently loved, but the food we had was not very good. Perhaps we made poor choices. For $200, it was poor value. We drank the house wine and didn't order a main or desert - two starters, three appetizers and one salad.

I will look forward to coming back, and it is as good as it has been on other occasions will write a more glowing review.

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OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food as always was outstanding. Engaged server who made it fun. On the noisier side, however you can still have a good conversation.

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