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Frances

4.9
4.9
3179 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 17 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 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
    At Frances, we offer a chef's choice tasting menu featuring 8-10 seasonal dishes served in a family-style format. The menu changes frequently to feature the best local ingredients. Beverages and supplmements will be available onsite. VIEW THE MENU: www.frances-sf.com/menus More future menus coming soon.

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What 3,179 people are saying

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4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 5Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, service, atmosphere- a San Francisco gem!
  2. MM

    MelissaM

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always fantastic even 2.5 years later
  3. BB

    BillB

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Tried and loved ❤ the the new prix fixe format. Four courses, with two+ dishes per course, are served family-style, with kindness. The menu for the week of 6/27/22, included tempura fried Hen of the Woods mushrooms, their fresh Corn Campanelle pasta, and the salsa verde served along a perfect slice of Olivier Pork Loin were highlights. Really lovely, generous, caring service, ready to share details as asked. Accommodated our seating request, and added a little something special to celebrate a birthday in our group. Shared a bottle of $48 Voignier in lieu of the $65 per person wine pairing. Definitely consider their small, unique Market Shot Aperitif ($6) as a palate cleanser before your entree. $86 per person, prepaid, comes out to $110 with taxes, SF fees and gratuity.
  4. J

    Joerock

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    It was great to be here again. However some of the dishes were rather plain such as half a zucchini simply charred and shaved and paste -which was delicious- but with no flavorful sauce. Wine pairing was outstanding as was the rest of the meal.
  5. SC

    SuzanneC

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time back since the remodel! Everything was delicious!
  6. t

    trackerm

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It's all about summer goodness. Early girl tomatoes, pole beans, zucchini, sweet summer peppers, corn...such high-quality produce would have been delicious on its own. The kitchen at Frances though turned each bite into a beautiful surprise, blending together flavors that were unexpected and memorable. In particular, we loved the roasted zucchini, tomato, fine herbes, and shungiku and the early girl tomatoes with black chestnut, worcestershire, tellicherry and beef 'jerky.' The hog island oysters with a mezcal mignonette are not to be missed. Oh, and cross your fingers they still have the grilled stone fruit streusel with the creme fraîche ice cream when you go.
  7. J

    Jeremy

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    First meal after relaunch, was a little disappointed in the main course of the set menu. The old interior was better, the gradient walls make them look dirty. All being said this is my favorite restaurant in SF and hoping that future visits will be as great as the numerous I had before.
  8. SB

    SalomeB

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, attentive staff, great space. Love it.
  9. c

    cheryl

    San Francisco

    134 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    134 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went with 2 friends We loved the experience Lovely looking fresh root veggies and tasty flatbread that was divine, a pasta that made us feel satisfied and then a big serving of king salmon perfectly cooked with little potatoes Then a pan a cotta with cherries An excellent price and fab service So glad they are back Then they boxed up one serving cause my partner could not come. So I put it on plates and it was so heavenly the second time around
  10. PN

    PaulN

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    Excellent food but the FXMP menu extremely small portions and so very overpriced. Waiter did not mention bread was available but only on request so we missed out. Noisy to the point we could not clearly here the waiter converse. Cup of black coffee 6 bucks extra. With tip and wine pairings about 400 bucks out the door (for two) G ood creative menu but nothing that justifies that price point.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always love Frances. The go
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    136 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    136 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Have you ever had such a good restaurant experience that you wake up the next morning still thinking about the creativity of the dishes and genius of the sommelier’s wine pairing? That’s really the best way to describe our experience last night at our neighborhood favorite, Frances. It’s so nice to see some of the old wait staff still working with Chef Melissa, and so wonderful that this pop-up has brought back amazing cuisine to our area. The scallops could not have been prepared and cooked better, the lumache was extraordinary, and the duck leg with coraline chickories was sublime. We hope to come back again soon to celebrate our next special occasion!
  13. h

    hilaru

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful birthday dinner at Frances and were so happy to be dining there again! The only negative was that since the bday boy is sometimes fussy about seafood, I requested substitutions for the seafood dishes, upon being asked about dietary considerations on the phone. Instead of substitutions, the dishes were just brought out without the seafood--more a subtraction than a substitution. Anyway, I shared my scallops and it was still a fabulous meal! Thanks so much...
  14. p

    petec

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2021

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    it was ok, not great. the duck platter was unintelligible, the duck was overcooked. the crust on the dessert was rock-hard, the mandarin oranges may as well have come out of a can. the salads were fine but completely conventional. the meal was billed as farm to table, but that was nowhere in evidence. the reservation solicited our input about the nature of the meal (celebration), and the wait staff was attentive, but did not engage one word with us on either the food, its preparation, or its relation to our celebration. the beverage options for people who don't or can't drink alcohol were: water. for context, i am a very senior zen buddhist monk, i live alone, cook every meal w/o exception as norcal compositions of temple cuisine. going out to eat is a rare event for me, this particular event was billed as an 'experience' but that came out in practice as pure marketing.
  15. J

    Jeremy

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I don't want to write this review because I want to keep Frances for us.. but this is our favorite restaurant and have not been disappointed by a single meal here in over 5 years.
  16. SF

    SFvisitor

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2021

    overall3food4service5ambience3
    Food is delicious and service is good but Pre fixed menu not a good value.
  17. s

    sffoodie1

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best restaurants ever! Fantastic and fresh produce and meat in creative and unpretentious lreststion. A flawless and attentive staff including Mara., Sara, Scott and manager Molly!
  18. SG

    SusanG

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’ve been coming to Frances for 11 of its 12 years and it’s like coming home every time. We love the food and people and feel so lucky to be here every time.
  19. JC

    JessicaC

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food. Outside parklets were very comfortable. Fantastic service!
  20. O

    Owetsu

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious…every bite is comforting and surprising, clean and mysterious, reason to dine out! Love devouring food created with care and finger/spoon licking duck-bone-suck’n good! I appreciate dishes that not only look beautiful but tastes better than it looks and highlighting the best of every ingredient, especially the vegetables. As my kids like to quote from Pride and Prejudice… “potatoes…such an exemplary vegetable!” And love that they have Hog Island oysters too. I’ve been away too long from this special place and hope to cross the bay bridge to frequent it more often.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simply the best
  22. MD

    MDMA

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Great pop-up, not knowing what the pre-fixe menu would be we were mostly happy with the offerings and they were very on point with our dietary restrictions, although some of the substitutes weren't as substantial as what they replaced. Overall we enjoyed our meal and were happy to be back to Frances, but are looking forward to when it fully reopens with a menu to choose from.
  23. AZ

    AndrewZ

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really lovely meal- everything was prepared to perfection and every dish was unique with an excellent assortment of fresh local ingredients. Truly a world-class meal served with warmth in a clean and cozy atmosphere. Highly recommend for special occasion dining.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my fiancé’s birthday and we had his parents in town we had a great time and all of us loved the food! I was vegetarian and the chef did great job to make my dishes as exiting and delicious and others. Thank you 🤍🙌
  25. A

    Aaaa

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2021

    overall2food1service5ambience4
    I have never paid so much for so many carbs. Very disappointed.
  26. B

    Brian

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are so happy that Frances has emerged from the pit that was 2020/lock down. It remains a total gem in the SF culinary scene!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Rushed us through the meal...until they didn't. Wine pairings not coordinated with the courses
  28. M

    Mike

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This was one of the FXMP pre- reopening dinners at Frances--prefix menu with a portion of the proceeds going to a charity--for this evening to Meals on Wheels. The four course menu was sublime--both simple and elegant at the same time. Roasted Sunchoke Soup, Ricotta Toast with Chicory Lettuces, Grilled Filet of Flannery Beef and to close, Julia's (as in Julia Child's) Flourless Chocolate Torte. Each small course was perfection and the wine pairings were spot on. Service was efficient and friendly and is a big part of a delightful evening. As always an evening at Frances is an absolute treat.
  29. V

    Valentin

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went here for date night during one of Chef Melissa Perello's pop-up dinners, it was one of our favorite meals of all time. Highly recommend this place, the staff is very friendly and the food is always amazing. Get their appetizer soups, they have the best soups in the city (trust me, my partner is a soup connoisseur).
  30. PM

    PascalM

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorite restaurants in the world. Fresh, vibrant, California dining. Amazing food, service, ambiance. It’s got a local feel with exquisite cuisine.
  31. NF

    NeiraF

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding and innovative food!
  32. YH

    YukoH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Her restaurants are all good. Tasty food, nice atmosphere and great service. Inventive but comfort food.
  33. J

    Jamie

    Miami

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Frances is such a special experience and we are so thrilled they are back! The special menu we had on October 21st was absolutely amazing and I would highly recommend trying to get a reservation for the special menu dates in November. A creative and mouth watering menu from start to finish and the Frances family is so knowledgeable, kind, and gracious. And they love to tell you more about the menu if you are interested. My husband did the wine pairing with each course and it was perfect! It was just the intimate dining experience we wanted to celebrate my husband's birthday!
  34. p

    poof

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Ate at Frances before the pandemic. It was our favorite restaurant . The food at the Pop Up dinner was just mediocre and very expensive. Maybe when they return to nightly a la carte dinners, the quality of the food will improve back to pre-pandemic levels.
  35. EC

    EiriniC

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So happy that our beloved Frances is back! The prefix menu was outstanding, and so were the pairing wines and the service - a perfect celebration of my husband's birthday.
  36. b

    boysgad

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A memorable and unique culinary experience without being too weird. Loved every bite as well as the visuals. Excellent, knowledgeable service too.
  37. p

    pieduck

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2021

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Excellent creative menu that was unfortunately not well executed - a couple good courses - the rest flavorless and boring - service perfect I would not recommend until it re-opens on a regular basis in 2022 -
  38. c

    cheryl

    San Francisco

    134 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    134 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved dining at Francis Woman Chef food selection wonderfully prepared and creative. Nice to see people from the past.
  39. MV

    MarkV

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is one of San Francisco's finest neighborhood restaurants. The cooking is sublime, the staff are attentive and warm, and the ambiance is comfortable and polished. Simply the best.
  40. O

    Overserved

    San Francisco

    182 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    182 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The menus was quite good. we did the wine pairing and loved 3 of the wines and the 3rd, a dolcetto d’alba with the short rib was good but, not as good as the other 3. so glad to see this place is back in business!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Protective equipment

    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors

FAQs

Frances is rated 4.9 stars by 3179 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 17 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 Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 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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