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Frances

New American Restaurant$$$$
Castro, San Francisco
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  • Lee H.
    Lee HuffordJanuary 29
    Good food and service. Little pricey, $300+for 4 people (we brought our on wine, 2010 Stags Leap). Not a date night place, but great for a very special occasion, if you save for it.
  • Jean-Pierre P.
    Jean-Pierre PommetAugust 13, 2016
    Refined rustic food. It may sound like an oxymoron but it is so worth every bite ! Bone appétit !! 👌
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Darshy N.
    Darshy NAugust 16, 2011
    Don't leave SF without eating here. Get the wine by the ounces and Halibut or Walleye. But everything here is exceptional
  • Ashley H.
    Ashley HamikAugust 6, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Try one of everything! Obviously the beignets, grilled calamari, chicken..ask about the fried chicken wings! And always start with a fresh market shot
  • Sophyan J.
    Sophyan JulioDecember 24, 2014
    House wine (red) was delicious
  • Adam T.
    Adam TetenbaumJanuary 3, 2014
    Must get the Market Shots
  • Odile R.
    Odile RoujolFebruary 28, 2016
    Beignets. Tender steaks. And super desserts
  • Julie S.
    Julie SeymourAugust 22, 2011
    Things to try: bacon beignets, panisse frites & the gnocchi.
  • Nathaniel K.
    Nathaniel KerksickNovember 14, 2013
    I wanted to buy a jug of the Market Shot and take it home.
  • Muhammad Fariz N.
    Muhammad Fariz NirwansyahNovember 30, 2010
    Two words: Bacon. Beignets.
  • Brant M.
    Brant McQuittyApril 15, 2016
    Well executed modern American food in a charming setting.
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 13, 2011
    This cozy Castro newcomer is the talk of the town with charming decor and Melissa Perello's creative yet refined take on California cuisine. Wine here is a great deal, priced by the ounce. Read more
  • Chris I.
    Chris IversonApril 25, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The steak prepared rare was fantastic.
  • Frank
    FrankApril 8, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    It's food sex
  • James G.
    James GuigayomaApril 2, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Sometimes the paté is available even when not on the menu.
  • PureWow
    PureWowAugust 16, 2016
    Don’t judge the lumberjack cake by its color. The flavor is rich and layered, thanks to Medjool dates, pears and coconut. Read more
  • Holger L.
    Holger LuedorfJune 11, 2011
    Fantastic California cuisine, but you need to make reservations weeks in advance to get a spot!
  • Jennifer B.
    Jennifer BurlingtonOctober 19, 2014
    Amazing food! But the place is small; can feel a bit crowded and a little too close to your neighboring table.
  • Phil K.
    Phil KingNovember 4, 2012
    Duck liver mouse was awesome.
  • Eater
    EaterDecember 1, 2010
    Melissa Perello returns with Frances, an easy-going nook with a menu to match that’s swiftly become the muse of local rags, international pubs and the James Beard Foundation. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • David R.
    David RuizJune 12, 2013
    Rude experience at the door. Was excited to try this place but walked out after being ignored for a while. Oh well
  • Ksenya S.
    Ksenya SamarskayaAugust 2, 2013
    Market Shot.
  • Caroline F.
    Caroline FaureJanuary 22, 2015
    The Bavette steak is a must, as the bacon beignets and the chickpea fries, so delicious!!
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew ChristianOctober 11, 2012
    Amazing. Get everything.
  • Sam S.
    Sam SpadeApril 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Cannot stress enough how excellent of a spot this is. No bullshit, just real, tasty food. Plain and simple. Eat the everything and trust your waiter. Sit at the bar facing the kitchen if you can!
  • Norbs
    NorbsSeptember 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Spugnole pasta appetizer. It's even better than the bacon beignets.
  • Catherine B.
    Catherine B.September 4, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the house wine; it is always great and you are only charged for what you drink!
  • Diana A.
    Diana ArzNovember 19, 2016
    Very elegant, everything tastes perfect. Make a reservation in advance, try dessert.
  • David R.
    David RMarch 3
    Probably the best restaurant in Castro. Great for dates or a small group. Pork chop, lumberjack cake, and bacon beignets were amazing.
  • Alex S.
    Alex SachsJune 27, 2013
    Bacon beignet! Yes!
  • Brian Y.
    Brian YamanakaAugust 6, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    They have counter spaces for walk-ins. Show up at opening time for a spot!
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew CerdaSeptember 11, 2013
    Stick to the affordable house wine and you can order all of the bouchees and appetizers - they're divine! And if there's a soup, you have to order it! Perello has a knack for soups.
  • Eater
    EaterOctober 17, 2014
    Snag a dinner reservation at Frances tonight. Always begin with her bacon beignets, at this easygoing, timeless neighborhood nook, and finish with a slice of rich, apple-filled lumberjack cake. Read more
    Upvoted May 24
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 12, 2014
    Frances is the neighborhood restaurant you wish were just around the corner from you. The place is small & cozy with 50 seats & a bar. The menu changes daily. Their oysters & quail were fantastic. Read more
  • La Dolce Vita
    La Dolce VitaDecember 21, 2011
    One Michelin star.
  • Cee . A.
    Cee . AFebruary 23, 2011
    Applewood bacon beignets with creme fraiche. For. The. Win.
  • Justin K.
    Justin KimJuly 4, 2016
    Trumpet mushrooms were delicious
  • Kenneth B.
    Kenneth BergerApril 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Incredible food, but their wine list is short and expensive. Stick with the market shots and wine by the ounce, you'll be happy.
  • Dapper D.
    Dapper DinerMay 5, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Get the iced coffee... Cold brewed with bay leaves, juniper, and star anise.
  • timoni w.
    timoni westApril 17, 2013
    Go with a tiny group, or by yourself, and sit at the bar, order wine, and those frites (!). If you want to go with a larger group, go very late on a weekday, or make a reservation.
  • David L.
    David LytleOctober 23, 2011
    Try the Donoma Duck Breast - Figs! Polenta! Jus!
  • Filip M.
    Filip MaresNovember 14, 2012
    The root of celery soup is quite possibly the best cream soup i've had. It comes topped with celery and lemon tempura.
  • Miho S.
    Miho SternSeptember 18, 2016
    Steak, grilled calamari :) house wine was very good too
  • Erik M.
    Erik MichielsenJanuary 16
    Pork. Chop.
  • Aaron K.
    Aaron KOctober 20, 2011
    Hard to get a reservation but they take walk-ins and your best bet is right when they open at 5.
  • Jenn C.
    Jenn ClarkMay 31, 2015
    Omg such a yummy spot and it's very romantic
  • Mark D.
    Mark DanielJanuary 10, 2015
    Bacon beignets. 🙌🙌🙌
  • Oscar N.
    Oscar NAugust 9, 2015
    Perfect combination of excellent food and relaxed atmosphere. Best!
  • Kimberly O.
    Kimberly OdomAugust 28, 2013
    House wine is a steal and the vegetable cassoulet was out of this world!
  • SFGate
    SFGateAugust 2, 2014
    The short wine list features a standout innovation: They blend his own house red and white wines and then offers them for $1 an ounce; diners drink what they want and pay accordingly. Read more
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