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3870 17th St, San Francisco, CA 94114-2030 (Mission)
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Ranked #98 of 5,041 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $35 - $45
Mon - Wed 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thu - Fri 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Californian
The Castro
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: between Noe and Sanchez
Transit: 24, 33, 35, 37, F, K, M, and L
Description: very popular new American in SF
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English first
Los Angeles, California
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Food quality is some of the best we have had. Whole dining experience was a pleasure from start to finish. What great chefs you have, and service staff were professional, courteous, knowledgeable & never intrusive. Thank you.

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New York
Top Contributor
126 reviews 126 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Much fuss with little to show for it. This restaurant, got my reservation wrong on two occasions.. Their reservation system consists of open table, then confirmation via text, however the content of those confirmations don't contain information such as the time of the reservation and the number of people. All of this, however, can be forgiven if the food were... More 

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Lynchburg, Virginia
14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Wow - now this is a good restaurant. Frances had a charming atmosphere, friendly service, and incredible food. If you don't listen to any other advice, listen to this, order the bacon beignets as a starter...delicious. Frances tops our list for favorite SF restaurant!

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Los Angeles, California
11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

We were craving some Califonia cuisine and Heard good comments about this place and thought we would give it a try. Very impressed. Loved the hearty bouches, and the kale salad. Great service. Almost 10 out of 10. Excellente experience!

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London, United Kingdom
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98 reviews 98 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

The place was packed but it was managed efficiently and with grace (for me a glass of cava) ! The Xmas menu was a delight of freshness, balanced flavours and creativity, all with generous portions but not so much that you couldn't have dessert (the chocolate buche!) the wines great and the goodies at the end of the meal very... More 

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san diego
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168 reviews 168 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Not knowing where to eat the day after Christmas, I suggested we head out to the Castro. We were also taking a gamble since reservations are a must. However, they do have counter seating, and we lucked out and only had to wait about 10 minutes. Our friendly and sweet server, Melissa, was a little excited that it was our... More 

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Logan, UT
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22 reviews 22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

I go to San Francisco about once per year and will have to make this a regular stop. The two appetizers and entree we ate were all delicious...perfectly prepared and novel flavor combinations. The service was very personable and attentive. Wine by the ounce was also good. We were sitting at the bar and would have preferred a table, but... More 

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20 reviews 20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Small and intimate restaurant. The food was fresh and delicious, and the wine was great. Highly recommended.

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San Francisco, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Excellent food, intimate ambiance, friendly staff -- prefect place to take a date. seating is very crowded together, so I hope you like ot make friends with your neighbors!

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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76 reviews 76 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

I was lucky enough to find this restaurant through multiple reviews, and get lucky to make a reservation weeks in advance. This restaurant is in a cute neighborhood, easy to get to using public transportation from my Union Square hotel. We were seated almost immediately. Now this place is cozy and the groups on either side of our table were... More 

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Additional Information about Frances

Address: 3870 17th St, San Francisco, CA 94114-2030
Phone Number: 415-621-3870
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Mission
Open Hours:
Monday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 35 - 45
Cuisine: Californian

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