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Frances

4.6
4.6
3256 Reviews
$50 and over
Californian
At Frances, chef Melissa Perello’s daily-changing 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 is about sharing great food in good company. This honest, focused approach has resonated with customers and critics alike.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 21 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • 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

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • 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

  • Neighborhood

    The 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

Experiences

  • Chef's Tasting Menu | Served Family Style

    $86.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Multiple dates available
    Our weekly-changing tasting menu spotlights the best local and seasonal ingredients in an elevated family-style format featuring 8-10 dishes for sharing. Please notify us directly with food allergies at least 72 hours in advance to ensure accommodation. We are unable to guarantee accommodation of allergies not disclosed in advance. ALLOTTED DINING TIMES 1-2 Guests 2 hours 3-4 Guests 2.5 hours 5-8 Guests 3 hours BOOKING WITH A GIFT CARD- If you’d like to use a gift card to cover the cost of your tickets, please book your reservation as normal online. We will refund your tickets and apply your gift card onsite. MENUS: www.frances-sf.com/menus Tickets are non-refundable if cancelled within 72-hours of the reservation.

What 3,256 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. R

    Reliable

    San Francisco

    199 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    199 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Still our favorite place in town. The food is excellent, flawless service, and comfortable for a conversation.
  2. PQ

    PennQuarterdiner

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing dishes - creative and delicious flavor pairings. The Michelin star is well-deserved. Comfortable outdoor seating with low noise and ample Space between tables. A wonderful dining experience. We’ll be back!
  3. FF

    FantasticFrances

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Haute cuisine in a neighborhood setting. The value is stupendous for excellent food. And the wine pairing was thoughtful and filled with quality.
  4. O

    Oliver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Just a little disappointed. Food was good but uncreative and uninteresting. Dish without real seasoning. The price was really too expensive for the testing menu. And I don’t understand why we are able to pay before to eat. It is incredible. This is first time I have to pay before to eat !! It is not normal. Sorry I won’t recommend Frances.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very comfortable pace, knowledgeable server. Excellent food and visually beautiful. The outdoor parklet is the best secret!
  6. DM

    DonM

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    There’s always a hint of doubt concerning tasting menus. Enough food? Not a problem at all here with a party of six dining on a family-style prix fixe meal. Would happily repeat the experience.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience4
    The quality and value has gone downhill since last I visited. I won’t be going back. Not worth it.
  8. MP

    MichaelP

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    I must say that my wife and I used to LOVE Frances and thought the food and service were extraordinary. We were so looking forward to celebrating our 32 anniversary of meeting there. Well, although the service remains outstanding, the food, sadly, isn’t what we had remembered. They seem to be trying a new approach of a tasting menu as opposed to the regular menu and all we can say is… if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it. And what we were served was just okay. Nothing very memorable. The food went from a rare and exciting 10 to a disappointing and underwhelming 7. Why the change is a mystery? Until tonight, this was my wife’s very favorite restaurant. Now… well… not anymore. Please, please ,please go back to the special restaurant you once had. It really was so very special.
  9. GS

    GaryS

    Detroit

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Spectacular food. Great tasting menu and wine selection
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Not a fan of the preset menu. We’ve been to Frances plenty of times pre-pandemic and considered the restaurant one of our favorites when the menu was rustic French. The menu/food then was Excellent. The food now was still overall good but we miss the old Frances menu. Not sure if we will be going back as frequently as we did back then…
  11. MV

    MarkV

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant continues to serve amazing and unique dishes, served by some of the most capable and friendly staff in the city. I cannot recommend this place enough.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday!!!
  13. NB

    NinaB

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    With a new fixed menu, we were skeptical that Frances could be as good as before. And no lumberjack cake? Well, all I can say is that the food was amazingly good, and the dessert? As my husband said, “we don’t need no stinking lumberjack!” Blackberry trifle was divine! I was so full too. Thanks Melissa, Molly and John.
  14. g

    gsuarez

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I thought all the food was great except that the pork tenderloin wasn’t warm enough. I realize that perhaps cooking it longer would make it dry. It was very moist. Other than that I had a great experience and so did all of my friends!
  15. BP

    BrunoP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great staff and food. Intimate setting, we had a wonderful experience for our 15th anniversary. I totally recommend!!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service, delicious and and beautifully presented meal.
  17. Y

    Yoanthony

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! So glad they are back!
  18. TR

    ThomasR

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Afraid Frances might have lost its edge - restaurant was half empty and felt quiet; service felt half interested and less like your favorite neighborhood place as it had before COVID. Food was solid but with this experience and the new reservation system, I am afraid I won't be coming back.
  19. l

    localeater

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Lovely, portions rather small though decent, great service, thank you !
  20. a

    amandac

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Charming Frances is a truly exceptional San Francisco Gem. The tasting menu is perfection. It was so nice to relax with friends and have beautiful course after course arrive.
  21. c

    cheryl

    San Francisco

    142 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    142 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    the best dessert in the world. another wonderful meal. so creative.
  22. M

    Marianne

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I take all of my out of town guests to Frances to show off great California fare in a nice yet relaxed atmosphere.
  23. s

    sipps

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    I remember how Frances was 5 years ago. Very poor choice of menu. Shared plates is a poor execution. They should serve small plates for each person. Pasta was very salty. I’m never going back .
  24. TL

    TheLL

    San Francisco

    58 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Overall, it’s a nice enough meal. For the most part they do a good job with mainly inexpensive and low cost ingredients. We had a set menu, so there were no food choices to be made First course was a Choux (they tasted stale, like made too far in advance), a scallop crudo with nectarines and cucumbers (ok, but not terribly interesting) and a dish of blistered peppers with a walnut creme and pecorino (lovely, the walnut creme was great) Second course was a fried green tomato salad (the breeding on the fried tomatoes stuffed off, though the salad was fine) and a pasta dish with a few lobster mushrooms (the pasta was quite mediocre, and the sauce unremarkable) Third course was black cod (fine, but not memorable) with a side of roasted carrots that were slightly over cooked Dessert was a blackberry trifle of sorts. It was actually probably the most successful dish The server was very nice, but for some reason decided not to remove the wax seal from the 1982 bottle of wine we brought when opening it, and destroyed the cork in the process (necessitating a trip elsewhere in the restaurant with the bottle to remedy the situation) She also, oddly, never refilled our wine glasses after the initial pour And finally, we knew we’d be outside and it was a beautiful and warm evening, but the outdoor dining plexiglass boxes are not particularly pleasant. They also trap the sound of conversion in then, so it was fairly loud with the conversation of other tables All in all,not bad, but at the price point I’d expect better
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Beautiful space and wonderful meal. Thanks!
  26. J

    Jeter

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    After many years closed, I was beyond excited to see one of my favorite restaurants reopen!!! It’s gorgeous inside. The remodel is really special. ***The service is incredible*** The menu is very well thought out. I can’t deny I miss the former more approachable casual vibe. The beignets and maple butter. The house wine by the ounce. The ‘come on in’ neighborhood vibe. It’s now just more…serious, I guess? Not in a bad way, but it’s only pre fixe with time-limited reservations. I get it. I respect it. Totally valid. Just a departure from what I remember. All in all, a good time but wasn’t ‘oooohing’ and ‘ahhhhing’ over the food. I’ll be back to try it again.
  27. T

    Tessie

    Tahoe

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We sat at the side street parklet. Quiet. Pleasant. Excellent service. The food was truly outstanding. Our friends from DC loved it. We are all talking it up with our friends.
  28. D

    Dora

    San Francisco

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    we are so happy our favorite place is open again. the prix menu was outstanding. we loved every single item. our server was kind and helpful and recommended fantastic wine to pair with our meal. can't wait to go back.
  29. a

    aweigend

    Exclusive

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you for being there! See you again on Tuesday! Can we get the same table please? It was just wonderful out of this world
  30. j

    jgt74

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hands down my favorite place in SF to enjoy delicious inventive food with a beautiful presentation, and welcoming impeccable service in the coziest parklet in town. Frances has never disappointed over the years and is back and better than ever! Can't wait to return.
  31. c

    cheryl

    San Francisco

    142 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    142 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    wow the black cod ball was fabulous and they continually surprise me with new and delightful things. scallops and nectarines were scrumptious the grilled new york strip was fabulous,. the pasta was especially wonderful with giant thinly sliced lobster mushrooms and the staff always wonderful.
  32. o

    orac

    San Francisco

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As great as ever.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The dinner was nice and the wine was excellent. The food wasn’t quite as special as it had been in prior iteration of the restaurant. The service was really great. Lovely people
  34. L

    Labradored

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    A delightful neighborhood spot that gets everything just right, almost every time! Love Frances!
  35. AJ

    ArmandoJ

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Frances pretends to be haute cuisine but it’s far from it. Food is just reasonable, but not what one would expect from a restaurant where the bill has to be paid at the time of reservation and quite expensive at that. The dishes arrive in a to-share presentation. Even a one scoop sorbet at dessert. A problem is that the guests plates are not changed until after 4 or 5 courses. What chef is that who does not mind his delicate salad to be mixed with the fish flavors of a previous dish? Service is very nice though. We were looked after by a waitress whose smile could light up the whole neighborhood (which is pretty dark, by the way). Sad that Frances is not back to the quality it was famous for before the pandemic. I hope it will.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always LOVE The Frances Food, Team, and Experience!!!
  37. R

    Rick

    San Francisco

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We eat at Octavia often. Frances is its sister restaurant. it was our first visit to Francis. We ate on the podium which was similar to Octavia. the food was outstanding. No choices as it is a fixed menu. excellent food and service.
  38. c

    cheryl

    San Francisco

    142 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    142 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    frances is a creative experience and at a reasonable price. i love the location and the outdoor experience.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal as always!
  40. SR

    SeanRN

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love Frances! The food, the staff, such great deliciousness

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Frances is rated 4.6 stars by 3256 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 21 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Frances

3870 17th Street, San Francisco, CA 94114

Additional information

  • Cross street

    between Noe and Sanchez

  • Neighborhood

    The Castro

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:15 pm–9:15 pm

  • 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

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • 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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