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Frances

3870 17th St, San Francisco, CA 94114-2030 (Mission)
415-621-3870
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Ranked #130 of 4,947 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $35 - $45
Hours:
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
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Mission
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
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
San Francisco, California
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Frances on 17th near Noe in the Castro has consistently gotten great reviews. We went when it first opened on a cold winter night. Unfortunately Frances doesn't have a furnace and the wall against which most of the tables are set was VERY cold that night. So we were very uncomfortable and that probably affected our view of the food.... More

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Great Dunmow, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014 via mobile

You will need to plan ahead to get a table here! We had really high expectations by the time we went and in some ways Frances really delivered. The food was excellent. Really interesting combinations of flavours well balanced and all exceptionally well cooked. Unfortunately the service and ambience didn't quite match the food. Firstly we arrived at our long... More

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Salvador, BA
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We had an awesome night! Place is tiny, but comfortable. Plan at least one month ahead, difficult to get reservations, specially for a big party... Can't wait to go back!

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Hilton Head, SC
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Found this place for a date night dinner while visiting San Fran. Atmosphere and service were wonderful. Wine was great and we were truly taken care of. However, we did not love the food. The cauliflower and the fig salad were great, but we had a salmon app and the steak entree that were less than thrilled with. They were... More

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Brandon, Canada
Top Contributor
174 reviews 174 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

There is something very special about the plates here. This is a very creative kitchen, but one that does not give into the latest fads. The lamb pasta competes well with high-end pastas that we have enjoyed in Rome. Likewise the quail would hold its own in France. This is a difficult reservation - plan in advance and be willing... More

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Taipei, Taiwan
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Went here 2 times, while in San Francisco for 10 days. Food is delicious, portions perfect..will come back before we leave..

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San Francisco, California
Top Contributor
325 reviews 325 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
348 helpful votes 348 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We had tried to get into this restaurant for quite some time after first hearing about it, but found it extremely difficult to make a reservation. There are relatively few seats and tremendous demand for them, so making a reservation is something of a challenge. The fact I'm not giving it an "excellent" five-star rating is partly due to the... More

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

They managed to fit us into some bar-side seats on a busy evening. The service was excellent and the food delicious. We were so glad our host told us about Frances.

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
92 reviews 92 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Seems to be somewhere people just want to be seen. Thought it would be really nice but a few areas let it down for me. The first was the covers and plates Tables far to crammed in. I don't believe you should pay a premium to touch elbows with the person on the next table. The plates were tiny or... More

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Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Not sure words can accurately convey how really delicious the food is here. My wife and I have been coming here for several years, and we went again last night. Small dishes, perfectly crafted and served. It was better than I remembered. I ate so well, I thought I was going to faint. Still deserving of its Michelin star, and... More

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