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Frances
Californian Restaurant$$
Today 5:00 – 10:00 pm
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3870 17th St San Francisco, CA 94114
3870 17th StUSCASan Francisco94114
(415) 621-3870frances-sf.com
$$Californian Restaurant, American RestaurantToday 5:00 – 10:00 pm
Monday ClosedTuesday 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
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Compact restaurant with hard-to-get tables serving short menu of market-driven Californian cuisine.- Google
People talk about house wine, bavette steak, lumberjack cake, neighborhood restaurant and smoked bacon beignets
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Marie T. Fisher
reviewed 2 months ago
While Frances is great for a romantic dinner, it's also a superb destination for anyone special. I have taken everyone from my 75-year old mother to my 15-year old nephew (he's very well-behaved). While the noise level can best be described as "buzzing," the space is intimate enough that you don't have to shout at your dining partner. The food changes seasonally, the ingredients are high quality, and each dish is perfectly executed. The house wine by the ounce is the best deal around; you can have a few glasses for less than you'd pay for a single glass elsewhere. It's harvested especially for Frances and is a perfect complement to your meal. I've always found the prices to be reasonable, with dinner for two easily coming in under $100. Patrick, the host, is fantastic. It's well worth your while taking the time to engage in conversation with him. #LoveYourCity
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Jim Lui
reviewed 4 months ago
The tiny spot can be hard to miss, but once you have your first meal there, it will be hard to forget. It's a bit tight inside but they make do with what they have. The menu is simple but that's not a downfall. The beignets are a delight for sure.
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Will Kivinski
reviewed 8 months ago
One of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco. My first experience was actually a bad one service wise during their first month of opening. They were gracious and comped a lot of my bill. I've been back several times afterward. Get the Sonoma Duck Breast. It's wonderful. Get a glass of wine. Also try the Panisse Frites (chickpea frittes) and Smoked Bacon Beignets. The service rocks and is unpretentious, despite the Michelin star. I love dropping in without a reservation for a late dinner around 9pm. I've never had an issue. :)
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Alan Chan
reviewed 7 months ago
This has been on my favorites list since it opened. Frances provides a great combination of excellent food, atmosphere, and value. Yes, value. Frances certainly itsn't "cheap" but considering the quality of the food it's very fairly priced. Like many other restaurants, I find it's best to order a few dishes for the table and share.
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Bernardo Hernandez
reviewed 4 months ago
best farm to table in town. take a risk an order something different everytime you go, you will love it.
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Andy Wong
reviewed 8 months ago
If I had to describe Frances in one word, I would describe it as SUPERB! What we had: Starters: bacon beignets, chickpea fritters, grilled calamari, celery root soup, and ricotta gnocchi. Entrees: saffron risotto, and organic chicken. Desserts: lumberjack cake, and buttermilk panna cotta. Everything was super flavorful however, I thought the starters out-shined the entrees. The most memorable dishes are the chickpea fritters, celery root soup and the lumberjack cake. The only let down of the night was the buttermilk panna cotta. It needed a whole lot of sugar. The market shots that night was pear. It was awesome! I could drink a whole pitcher of it but they sold out before we can order more. The service is casual but friendly, attentive and great. My only gripe about this place is that the tables are WAY too close to each other. I will definitely be back!
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