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3870 17th St San Francisco, CA 94114
3870 17th StreetUSCaliforniaSan Francisco94114
$$American Restaurant, Californian RestaurantToday 5:00 – 10:00 pm
Monday 5:00 – 10:00 pmTuesday 5:00 – 10:00 pmWednesday 5:00 – 10:00 pmThursday 5:00 – 10:00 pmFriday 5:00 – 10:30 pmSaturday 5:00 – 10:30 pmSunday 5:00 – 10:00 pm
At Frances, Chef Melissa Perello’s take on approachable fine dining features a seasonal menu showcasing produce and products from Northern California’s exceptional farmers - all in a comfortable, neighborhood setting.
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Compact restaurant with hard-to-get tables serving short menu of market-driven Californian cuisine.- Google
"Also try the Panisse Frites (chickpea frittes) and Smoked Bacon Beignets."
"Excellent house red wine."
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Barbara Delgado
4 weeks ago
Pretty disappointed about our experience here last night. -No one greeted us upon arrival. The restaurant is small so we awkwardly waited for a host to seat us. -The doormat and entryway smelled like wet mops -When we were finally seated, it took at least 5 minutes for our waiter to even greet us -Waters and wine carafes on our table were not refilled consistently -They brought the wrong entree for my friend, they then brought out a new entree which was clearly undercooked and raw -They comped us with free desserts and apologized for the entree mishap I am sure there is potential that it was just an off night but given the intimate size of the restaurant, the lack of attention paid to our table was pretty appalling.
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Ellen Warner
4 weeks ago
A very wonderful dining experience! Warm and welcoming environment and food prepared with artful care. The house wine is a great value. We ordered app, starter and entree and it was too much food. Looking forward to my doggie bag of duck for lunch tomorrow!
Karen Randall
4 months ago
This restaurant leaves much to be desired. Granted, the food is very good, but the "atmosphere" is dismal. Bad colors scheme, no interesting art to speak of. The tables are so close together be prepared to join the couple next to you for an evening conversation! They finally sat us by the wall and LITERALLY I could not lift my elbow to use my utensil. I, therefore, had to pull the table out from the wall whereupon I was told the waiters could not get through to serve, so back to the wall I went! Incredibly uncomfortable restaurant in every way and the noise level is ridiculous and oh - don't think you can sit at the bar and wait for your table - those seats are reserved! If it is cold night you are left standing on the street or in the drafty doorway while they wait to "seat you." If you are willing to give up privacy, personal space and care nothing about the ambiance of a space, but appreciate fine food at a high price, this is the restaurant for you.
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Mathieu Stemmelen
7 months ago
Melissa Perello "continues to exceed expectations" at her “innovative" Californian in the Castro where the "superbly prepared", "locally sourced" fare is deemed almost "too good for a neighborhood place"; the “cute-as-heck”, “cozy” space can get "crowded" and "somewhat noisy", but "exceptional", "welcoming" service and an ingenious "house wines by the ounce" program ensure its status as a "paragon of SF dining"; P.S. it’s a "tough rez", though there are walk-in seats at the bar. Learn more about Frances. What to order Applewood-smoked bacon beignets (pictured) Vegetable casserole Lumberjack cake Insider tip: Don't miss daily changing market shots ($3, 3 oz.) of daily produce blended with wine, sherry or other alcohol.
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Sean-Franc Strang
3 months ago
Frances is peculiar. High end food, but served in a somewhat relaxed setting. California cuisine, with wine pairings that are carefully curated. Smallish plates, with higher prices than most of the restaurants in the Castro. Frances is beautiful and a great place to take a date, if you want to impress someone with your foodie palate.
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JK Kearns
a month ago
Great wine. The duck was exceptional while the steak didn't quite hit the quality bar I was hoping for (preparation was excellent, quality of beef somewhat disappointing in its chewiness).
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Iona Singletary
8 months ago
What a great outside dining experience we had. Wait staff was pleasant and informative, food was creative and perfectly coordinated. A casual restaurant, one story above Wilshire Blvd looking across at the beautiful Beverly Wilshire hotel. Go you will not be disappointed!
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Charmain Avalos
8 months ago
Terrible service. Had to wait 45 minutes for any drinks and bread. We had to ask to have the young waitress take our drink order even with few tables being served. The food was average and the salad with a supposed light dressing was drenched in dressing and none of the five of us could eat it. Also, they automatically add a service charge for 5 people. I wouldn't recommend the restaurant.


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