Frances

4.8
3038 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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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Brother’s birthday, all went very well.

S
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 3

Horrible for people with dietary restrictions. Lack of hospitality.

LW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The tasting menu was absolutely outstanding with the exceptional service throughout the evening! It was a great value to be able to taste different kinds of food on the menu! We will definitely come back!

Thanks!

Dennis White

MH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I loved absolutely everything I ate here, and the decor, service and atmosphere was perfect. The front of house team was incredibly efficient, working so well together. I recommend the place highly.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

As always, another fantastic experience at Frances.

OT
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

service was delightful
food was divine.

DC
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is wonderful. They have a tasting menu special. Try it! Great value. Great wine list. The wait staff is very knowledgeable.

SS
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Last weekend we went back to the site of our first date seven years ago, and it didn't disappoint. If you're a meat eater, have the steak. Service was so great--just attentive enough, and our server was a charming guy with a dry sense of humor. No snobbery in this spot. We really enjoyed our time there. It's a cozy space and feels a bit like a private party. We arrived at 9 and there place still had a nice vibe at that hour. Although it's in the Castro, It's on a lovely residential street, tucked away on a quiet corner.

p
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal I've had all year. Wonderful from start to finish.

AH
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

If you haven’t been , go! The tasting manu is one of the best values at a nice restaurant in the Bay Area!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A delicious tasting menu for a special birthday with friends.

AB
San Francisco
93 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner was PERFECT! We are vegetarian and know Frances has lots of great vegetarian choices, but what made tonight perfect was how perfectly paced Tara managed our six small plates...it was literally PERFECT! The food was amazing...she was amazing...I cannot wait to comeback!

OT
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service outstanding and personal. We had the window seat which is perfect for five or six guests. Cuts down on noise a bit. Great evening of dining.

FT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

While the prices have gone up, the quality and integrity have persevered, much in the tradition of Zuni. Thank you Frances staff for preserving the quintessential art of Bay Area fine dining. Consistent, impeccable, and perfect for 10+ years is hard to come by in our town these days! I’m willing to spend a bit more to maintain fine establishments like Frances. Merci chef!

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was delicious! Absolutely nothing but 5 stars for quality of food. That is why I feel strongly enough to call out the poor service - when the kitchen puts its heart and soul into delivering its best, its so unfair to have less than ideal customer service. Our server was dismissive, bordering on rude - we were two women, mother daughter - from the Sonoma wine country. His answers to our questions about the wine list indicated that (a) he didn’t know the answers and (b) assumed we knew so little that he could
get away with his incorrect answers

UL
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Most tables are pretty crowded together but the food and service are impeccable.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food and service were very good. As out of towners I didn’t appreciate the added +5% added on the bill for health insurance ... let’s be transparent with prices and just show the real prices on the menu please

F
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We still love everything about Frances - the food, vibe, our awesome and funny server, etc. continues to be one of the most enjoyable dining experiences in the Bay Area!

TE
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great meal; compliments to the chef! While our favorite waiter was not covering our table, it was still great dining experience! We wish the menu changed more frequently but we will be back!!!!

JC
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and unobtrusive service in a casual environment: the strawberry granitas dessert was unexpectedly generous and delightful. The space is relatively small and does not offer much privacy for conversations.

DH
Calgary
12 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had discovered this neighborhood gem 7years ago on a weekend getaway to SFO . Frances was one of the highlights of our trip and we have highly recommended it to numerous friends since then. The service, food and atmosphere the moment you step in to the restaurant is second to none. Looking forward to our next trip already.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! Best restaurant in SF.

JS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Food and service, Tasting Menu is a great value allowing you to try many different items. Highly recommended looking forward to our next visit.

DA
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

been trying to get in since you opened. finally was able to early. BOOK AHEAD. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.
great greating, great staff, great wine selection, great food.

A
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Definitely ,on the pricier side, but sooooo worth it. Everything was absolutely delicious, innovative and a mix of balanced textures and flavours. Highly recommended for a special night out. If anything, the white wine list by the glass wasn't the greatest in my opinion, but I am heavily biased against Mosel wines :-D...

F
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

I was late for my appointment by 17 minutes and they made us wait for 30 minutes because my table was given to someone else .
Ok - I get I was late , but I tried calling them several times to let them know , but no one answered , also no one tried calling me to check if I was going to make my appointment.

Michelin Star ? Not for the service or the expensive food with poor service and almost cramped seating space. If it was any mom and pop restaurant that sold $15 entrees, I wouldn’t mind

SL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Their $69 fixed price tasting menu is one of the best bargains in cuisine in San Francisco.

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We have been guests at Frances before, and truthfully this meal was a bit disappointing. The salmon was prepared beautifully, but size was a bit small for the price. My pork chop, didn’t live up expectations. Heavy with fat, a bit rare.

DW
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Overpriced for the quality of the food. Steak was not very tender. Appetizers were tasty, but again....overpriced. Service was good.

RD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the loveliest dining experiences in San Francisco. Food is beautifully presented, balanced and proportioned and out of this world delicious. The tasting menu is quite reasonable and an amazing experience.

AL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food as always. We especially enjoyed the bouches (cucumber, chickpea) and starters (corn chowder, gem salad). Also loved the market shots (plum, vermouth). Great service. Did not do the prix fixe as the kitchen was not flexible with regards to dietary restrictions.

b
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ma bouche was très amusée. All courses were inventive and delicious. It’s a small joint, a wee bit crowded, but with cheerful vibe, knowledgeable servers, and lovely presentation.

DM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing the food, the service, the wine.

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

They were SO accommodating with my dietary restrictions. Service was amazing. Food was stellar. Only thing is that it was a little loud and noise reverberated a lot in the space.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful, some of the best dining in SF

DD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasting menu was delicious. Thanks to staff for excellent service as it made the evening especially nice!

MS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food and ambiance were wonderful! House wine served in a carafe by the ounce was unique! Service was not very friendly.

s
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

standouts for me were the beignets and spring lamb pappardelle, which was delicious and could have eaten two more of these. the bavette steak was unremarkable and the succotash was overly salty. tables for two are super close together as the restaurant is very "cosy". service is friendly and very good, although wish our waiter had let us know that we over-ordered.

S
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a truly wonderful experience in fine dining. It is so intimate and the food is beyond what you would expect. The gnocchis were the best I have ever tasted. The staff was gracious and gave great advice on the wine. The perfect place for a special occasion or treat!

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