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Frances

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Neighborhood:
The Castro
Californian
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3870 17th St, San Francisco, CA 94114-2030 (between Noe and Sanchez)
24, 33, 35, 37, F, K, M, and L
415-621-3870
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Hours:
Mon - Wed 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thu - Fri 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: very popular new American in SF
Good for:
Casual Dining
Local cuisine
Special occasions

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Visitor rating
  • 94
    Excellent
  • 26
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Fully worth the effort. A must dine in SF.

All of the dishes here are incredible. The professionalism and care that go into each wonderfully complex morsel, and the extraordinarily friendly waitstaff, make Frances worth a visit to San Francisco (as if there weren't enough other reasons to visit). The new chef, Michaela, has preserved some... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
1kMileageRunner
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San Francisco, California
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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142 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
San Francisco, California
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

All of the dishes here are incredible. The professionalism and care that go into each wonderfully complex morsel, and the extraordinarily friendly waitstaff, make Frances worth a visit to San Francisco (as if there weren't enough other reasons to visit). The new chef, Michaela, has preserved some of Melissa Perello's former triumphs and added her own new raft of brilliant... More 

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San Francisco, California
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

I had been trying to make reservations here for a long while. I finally figured out that I needed to aim for a time like 6 p.m. on a random Tuesday. It was worth it--and given how crowded it was when we went, I could see why it was so hard to get reservations. We went here for a belated... More 

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United States
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219 reviews 219 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Frances is an intimate restaurant located in The Castro. It has a neighborhood feel and its small charm runs contrary to its Michelin starred food. The chef, Melissa Perello is one of only a handful of women with a Michelin Star. The facility is clean and comfortable. The lighting is excellent - kind of warms you up. There are not... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015 via mobile

Nice enough restaurant. Tables are far too close together, they should remove one to allow every diner a more intimate dining experience. I suspect many people wouldn't go back because of this.

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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Had dinner at Frances over a week ago and I can still recall the great flavors. Service was darn good too. A group of five of us selected 9 different dishes so there were lots of small bites and new items to try. Much better than ordering just one or two items for myself. The only "negative" -- because the... More 

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Boston, MA
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

If I were a meat eater, I'd be all over this place. The service was great, they have a wonderful and inexpensive pay-what-you-drink house wine, and the food was inventive. However, the main vegetarian course was just not awesome. It was good, don't get me wrong, but it was much saltier than I normally like and really nothing super-special (white... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

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
141 reviews 141 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

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
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3870 17th St, San Francisco, CA 94114-2030
    (between Noe and Sanchez)
  • Public Transportation: 24, 33, 35, 37, F, K, M, and L
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > The Castro
  • Neighborhood: The Castro
  • Phone Number: 415-621-3870

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 35 - 45
  • Cuisine: Californian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions

Description

very popular new American in SF
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

Questions & Answers

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Neighborhood Profile
The Castro
A flourishing commercial area that acts as San Francisco's LGBT community center and cultural heart, the Castro is a neighborhood welcome to everyone. As one of the first predominantly LGBT neighborhoods in the United States and currently its largest, it remains one of the epicenters of activism in the nation. Grand theaters and glitzy shops now compete with bars and fashionable eateries for attention, drawing visitors from around the world to the bright rainbow flag acting as its beacon.
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