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Frances
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3870 17th St San Francisco, CA 94114
3870 17th StreetUSCaliforniaSan Francisco94114
(415) 621-3870frances-sf.com
$$$$American Restaurant, Californian Restaurant
American Restaurant
Californian Restaurant
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Monday ClosedTuesday 5–10PMWednesday 5–10PMThursday 5–10PMFriday 5–10:30PMSaturday 5–10:30PMSunday 5–10PM
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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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Jamie Sherman
a month ago
Frances is a lovely gem hidden away between the Castro and the Mission. I've been to Frances half a dozen times and each time it wow's me. I can't praise this restaurant highly enough. The house wine is always lovely and the food inventive and delightful. It's not an everyday place but if you want to have a fantastic indulgent night out at a fair price this is the place to go.
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Ying H
3 months ago
One of my favorite restaurants anywhere. This place serves up some super fresh dishes. I've had a steak and a fish entree here, and both proteins were excellently made. More than anything though, the veggies here are superb. I don't know how they do it, but the veggies have a natural sweetness to them. Obsessed.
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Mark Katzer
3 months ago
Fantastic meal, but our male waiter was MUCH more interested in the table with 4 gay men than me and my wife. We had made a reservation for our wedding anniversary and he really let us down. At the time, we didn't want to get the manager involved because we thought it would put a damper on the evening. We just tried to enjoy the wonderful food and ignore the terrible, border-line rude waiter we had to deal with. We'll be back, but I will request a different server. We saw the manager there, and thought it would have been a nice touch for her to stop by tables and see if they were happy with everything. I always think it's a nice touch when restaurant managers do that. That happened to us at Rich Table, and we thought that was so classy. It solidified the relationship; motivates us to come back. If that had happened, we could have solved the waiter issue.
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Steven Callender
3 months ago
Ok. Had heard great things about France's and it's our new hood so lucked out on a table Friday night. Love the ambiance and the restrooms were nice (pet peeve of mine is the dichotomy between restos and how they manage these rooms). Anyway the food was phenomenal and our waitress pleasant. The killer for why we won't return? After great salads we waited 40 min for our entrees - 2 bavette steaks. Not rocket science people. No apology, no offer of an app to keep us occupied. Sorry but this is basic stuff given the wait. And guess what? I'll share this experience w everyone. Wasted opportunity people.
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Franck Murialdo
a month ago
The smoked bacon beignets and hass avocado bouchée were a very good start. Less impressed by their pasta appetizer, the duck confit entrée and one of the side dish (potato). Dessert was on the better side. I ordered an espresso and it was sadly extremely bitter. That was a good meal, enjoyable but it ended up being an average overall experience food wise. Also unfortunately the experience itself in the restaurant was so so, they fit as many tables as they can in the restaurant, read cramped, they kept the door wide open all evening despite the fog and wind picking up outside and our waitress was efficient but was as cold as the weather.
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Corey Dejesus
3 months ago
Salty, salty, salty. I have never eaten at a restaurant that I couldn't eat the food because it was too salty. Also, I couldn't even chew the steak-/so tough!!! Servers were great, but they were running around to get their work done,so it wasn't relaxing at all. Seating way too close together. Trying to make as much money as possible. Skip this place. There are hundreds of better places to eat
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Steven Gerner
a week ago
This is an intimate restaurant with limited seating. Make your reservations well in advance! The food is impeccable, the service exemplary, and the ambiance welcoming!
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Linda Smith
2 months ago
“All of the bouchees were excellent, but my favorites were probably the pork trotters and the panisse frites.”

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