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Frances
American Restaurant$$
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3870 17th St San Francisco, CA 94114
3870 17th StreetUSCaliforniaSan Francisco94114
(415) 621-3870frances-sf.com
$$American Restaurant, Californian RestaurantToday 5–10:30PM
Wednesday 5–10:30PMThursday 5–10:30PMFriday 5–10:30PMSaturday 5–10:30PMSunday 5–10:30PMMonday 5–10:30PMTuesday 5–10:30PM
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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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Arden Hardison
4 months ago
The food is delicious here. I recommend the duck noodle bowl and aromatic platter (beef, beef tendons and pig ears- don't judge until you have tried it). Portions are huge and decently priced. Don't expect the nicest servers and you won't be let down! Don't forget cash only.
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Barbara Delgado
7 months 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
7 months 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
11 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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Henry Shao
3 weeks ago
Been here like a dozen times. Food is always solid here. They have a special fruity drink every day that is often great. The wine by how much you drink is innovative. The food selection is sometimes small. It is usually difficult to get as reservation here. Service is always great.
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Sean-Franc Strang
10 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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Kelly Hollingsworth
2 months ago
Great wine and wonderful food. A gem.
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JK Kearns
7 months 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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