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New American Restaurant$$$$
Castro, San Francisco
151 Tips and reviews
  • good for dates
  • beignets
  • lumberjack cake
  • market shot
  • wine
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  • Hai L.
    Hai Li2 weeks ago
    Located in the heart of Castro, it’s one of my favorite restaurants in the neighborhood. The only thing is that it's full of straight white couples...
  • Lana C.
    Lana Choi3 weeks ago
    The steak is always a good idea
  • Frederico C.
    Confit duck and the meat were amazing
  • Jeff W.
    Jeff WeinsteinOctober 15
    Wine by the ounce. Perfect food. Great bread. You can walk in if you're 1-2 people.
  • Wilson F.
    Good food though overhyped in view of how difficult it is to obtain a reservation here.
  • Stephanie Y.
    Stephanie YeungMay 17
    Been here 5+ times
    Start with a market shot, end with the lumberjack cake.
  • Ben S.
    Ben SchwartzApril 14
    Best part of the meal: panisse frites and the lumberjack cake
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Alex C.
    Alex CasariegoJanuary 23
    The fried polenta sticks are unbelievable!
  • Bikash M.
    Bikash MishraJanuary 17
    Excellent neighborhood feel for a top class restaurant. Fab service and food!
  • Erik M.
    Erik MichielsenJanuary 16
    Pork. Chop.
  • A P.
    A PJanuary 13
    Great neighborhood gem. Solid food, ambiance and a great date spot. This along with Starbelly, will be repeat customers of. Order the sparkling rose!
  • Dave H.
    Dave HoltzJanuary 9
    The beignets and the carrots and the lumberjack cake...wowza.
  • Diana A.
    Diana ArzNovember 19, 2016
    Very elegant, everything tastes perfect. Make a reservation in advance, try dessert.
  • Julien F.
    Julien FromthewellOctober 13, 2016
    Best food we had in US on our ending 2 weeks trip. First chef so far that actually understands balance and kicks ass at it. Service also incredibly attentive. The lentil/beetroot we had was ** veg!
  • Miho S.
    Miho SternSeptember 18, 2016
    Steak, grilled calamari :) house wine was very good too
  • Ben B.
    Ben BarclaySeptember 10, 2016
    One of the best restaurants in SF. Highly recommend the beignets, spaghetti, and the lumberjack cake.
  • Hanah
    HanahSeptember 3, 2016
    Lumberjack cake (one of 7x7's top 100 dishes in SF)
  • Prakash N.
    Prakash NairAugust 24, 2016
    My #1 favorite restaurant currently.
  • 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
  • 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 !! 👌
  • Dan M.
    Dan McKnightAugust 7, 2016
    The cod was amazing
  • Earl W.
    Earl WilliamsAugust 7, 2016
    Chickpea fritters, blackened cod, pork chop, I mean you name it and it's good.
  • Justin K.
    Justin KimJuly 4, 2016
    Trumpet mushrooms were delicious
  • Vansi
    VansiJune 26, 2016
    The beignets are amazing.
  • Sarah H.
    Sarah HaskinsApril 29, 2016
    The custom blend wine, pay by the ounce.
  • Brant M.
    Brant McQuittyApril 15, 2016
    Well executed modern American food in a charming setting.
  • Garry T.
    Garry TanApril 12, 2016
    Bavette steak is the best steak I've had in years.
  • Jon L.
    Jon LawsMarch 25, 2016
    The bacon beignets dipped in the creamy dipping sauce were some of the tastiest things I've ever eaten.
  • Dave S.
    Dave SaundersMarch 13, 2016
    Cute cozy spot.
  • Odile R.
    Odile RoujolFebruary 28, 2016
    Beignets. Tender steaks. And super desserts
  • Odile R.
    Odile RoujolFebruary 28, 2016
    Desserts !
  • Lynne 🐰 Q.
    Lynne 🐰 QuFebruary 4, 2016
    Beer and wine are amazing! Love the dessert. The duck entree was a bit dry and salty tho.
  • Eric K.
    Eric KJanuary 14, 2016
    They keep 10 counter seats available for walk ins.
  • Kimberly H.
    Kimberly HowardJanuary 12, 2016
    Everything. Mushroom soup in particular.
  • diana🦑
    diana🦑December 22, 2015
    The snapper and the duck confit were amazing, as were the appetizers and sides (Brussels sprouts) we had. Wine by the ounce is really fun. You can get in the same day if you take a 10 pm reservation.
  • Vivian W.
    Vivian WongNovember 19, 2015
    Their #quail was the best, the #steak (picture) was good, the affogato was absolutely delicious. I would go back just for the #affogato 10/10 would recommend. Great location for a pre-theater meal.
  • Nate L.
    Nate LawlerOctober 13, 2015
    Great experience. Try to reserve the window table.
  • Nik M.
    Nik MittelsdorfSeptember 14, 2015
    Good housewine, awesome little gems, great trout, excellent quail, marketshots, best seasonal food in town. Awesome service.
  • Craig V.
    Craig VillamorSeptember 5, 2015
    Lovely atmosphere, solid food. Salmon was very good.
  • Oscar N.
    Oscar NAugust 9, 2015
    Perfect combination of excellent food and relaxed atmosphere. Best!
  • Ben F.
    Ben ForganJuly 24, 2015
    Could just sit here and eat the bread - too legit
  • Johnnie Skywalking
    Johnnie SkywalkingJune 2, 2015
    Babette steak was tasty and healthy choice but the best was duck. Never had duck this soft and sensitively flavored. Perfect with 1.5$ per ounce wine.
  • Jenn C.
    Jenn ClarkMay 31, 2015
    Omg such a yummy spot and it's very romantic
  • Sherry L.
    Sherry LiApril 6, 2015
    Great veggie dishes
  • travel4food
    travel4foodMarch 6, 2015
    Get the spoon bread! And a bottle of Anne Gros Burgundy. Great wine list.
  • Lauren F.
    Lauren FukanoFebruary 18, 2015
    My all time favorite SF restaurant. Amazing food, affordable pricing, and wine by the oz.
  • Luka
    LukaFebruary 6, 2015
    Market-driven Californian cuisine in a tiny Castro restaurant. Get Applewood Smoked Bacon Beignets, it's a must Read more
  • Caroline F.
    Caroline FaureJanuary 22, 2015
    The Bavette steak is a must, as the bacon beignets and the chickpea fries, so delicious!!
  • Mark D.
    Mark DanielJanuary 10, 2015
    Bacon beignets. 🙌🙌🙌
  • Tom C.
    Tom ChenJanuary 5, 2015
    Amazing service, food, and casual ambience. Get the Sonoma Duck Breast for an entree and Lumberjack Cake for dessert!
  • Matthew N.
    Matthew NeumarkDecember 27, 2014
    Had the duck breast and white bean with cornmeal. All was outstanding! You have to order the apple desert. It was to die for.
  • Sophyan J.
    Sophyan JulioDecember 24, 2014
    House wine (red) was delicious
  • Elizabeth B.
    Elizabeth BarelliDecember 13, 2014
    One my favorites in the city. Try the beignets, the Panisse, the pasta and the Lumberjack cake (best surprise)
  • @JaumePrimero
    @JaumePrimeroDecember 6, 2014
    The ricotta gnocchi: one of the best dishes I've had at any restaurant in recent memory.
  • Michael P.
    Michael PreussNovember 21, 2014
    Well priced, subtle, delicious.
  • Ricky
    RickyNovember 5, 2014
    Wow, this place is fabulous. The people, service, ambiance and food. Top notch. 💚
  • Griet H.
    Griet HsuOctober 21, 2014
    Awesome food here
  • 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.
  • 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
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsSeptember 1, 2014
    Check out Frances as seen on Unique Eats Read more
  • Brandon W.
    Brandon WilliamsonAugust 27, 2014
    Excellent price and service for a Michelin quality restaurant! Don't pass up the bacon beignets, and the seasonal soups are always a winner
  • 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
  • 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!
  • SFGate
    SFGateAugust 2, 2014
    On all my visits, cannelloni ($17) was the vegetarian main course option. Tender crepes are wrapped around kale with melted leeks, mushrooms and La Tur cheese that has the texture of ice cream. Read more
  • 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
  • SFGate
    SFGateAugust 2, 2014
    Specialties: Applewood smoked bacon beignets; chickpea fritters; kale salad; lumberjack cake. Read more
    CITY GRITAugust 1, 2014
    Melissa Perillo, a Michelin starred Mama, might serve our favorite Italian dishes in the city. Reservations are recommended, as are the Squid Ink Linguine, Chicory Panzanella, and the Black Cod.
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel SalinasJuly 22, 2014
    While you generally need to call for a reservation 60 days in advance, they have a small amount of bar seating for rushing. If you live in the neighborhood you can drop your name off even.
  • Ines R.
    Ines RieraMay 30, 2014
    Best restaurant we visited in San Francisco! Delicious and cozy. Make your reservation early.
  • Julie C.
    Julie CMarch 9, 2014
    The bacon beignets are amazing
  • Robert M.
    Robert MansonFebruary 27, 2014
    Best restaurant in SF
  • Adam T.
    Adam TetenbaumJanuary 3, 2014
    Must get the Market Shots
  • Jennifer L.
    Jennifer LeonardJanuary 3, 2014
    Pumpkin bread, kale salad, black cod, oh my!
  • Jacob G.
    Jacob GyllenstiernaDecember 15, 2013
    Get the kale salad and bavette steak. Finish with the boozy affogato. All amazing. The wine by the ounce is a great deal.
  • Nathaniel K.
    Nathaniel KerksickNovember 14, 2013
    I wanted to buy a jug of the Market Shot and take it home.
  • Lauren
    LaurenNovember 11, 2013
    Bacon Beignets! Very down to earth restaurant, delicious, concentrated menu selection that changes seasonally. Make sure to book reservations WAY in advance, it's hard to get into for sure.
  • David A.
    David AllardyceOctober 19, 2013
    Definitely worth a visit. House-blended wine was excellent. Service attentive and friendly. Would recommend and revisit next time I'm in San Francisco.
  • Sankaranarayanan S.
    The food was great. Worthy of the Michelin star. The quail especially was brilliant.
  • 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.
  • Kimberly O.
    Kimberly OdomAugust 28, 2013
    House wine is a steal and the vegetable cassoulet was out of this world!
  • Elliott P.
    Elliott PoppelAugust 23, 2013
    Baked Cherrystone clam (with fennel, mushroom, bacon, kale, and white corn) bouche and the Sonoma duck breast with lacinato kale main from my last visit.
  • Michel A.
    Michel Al-MoumenAugust 19, 2013
    White corn polenta, baked eggplant, white corn soup, and the cassoulet. You can thank me later.
  • Ksenya S.
    Ksenya SamarskayaAugust 2, 2013
    Market Shot.
  • Alex S.
    Alex SachsJune 27, 2013
    Bacon beignet! Yes!
  • Morgan A.
    Morgan AshleyJune 26, 2013
    Can't go wrong with the Lumberjack Cake for desert!
  • Will K.
    Will KivinskiJune 22, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the duck!
  • 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
  • Kelly .
    Kelly 🍰June 9, 2013
    Delightful. One Michelin Star restaurant is a hidden gem in Castro area. Bread is only on request. Be careful, tables are extremely close together and it's difficult to get out!
  • Dapper D.
    Dapper DinerMay 5, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Get the iced coffee... Cold brewed with bay leaves, juniper, and star anise.
  • 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.
  • Chris I.
    Chris IversonApril 25, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The steak prepared rare was fantastic.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Kay K.
    Kay KApril 15, 2013
    France's is an amazing restaurant with very high quality food. You should make sure to reserve well in advance.
  • Sergey M.
    Sergey MorozovApril 10, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Start with a market shot, hits the spot every time!
  • cyn k.
    cyn kApril 2, 2013
    if they have it, get the chicken liver mousse. it's better than foie gras. i'd pass on the bacon donuts, but love their soups and steak.
  • Andrea Weiss W.
    Andrea Weiss WeissMarch 17, 2013
    Lives up to the hype and save room for dessert
  • Anton S.
    Anton ShusterFebruary 12, 2013
    Try the lumberjack cake.
  • Adam F.
    Adam FFebruary 9, 2013
    One of the top 3 places I've eaten at in San Francisco.
  • Adam F.
    Adam FFebruary 9, 2013
    Mish would really like the beat salad.
  • The Culinary Institute of America
    When CIA Alumnus Melissa Perello opened Frances in 2010, Bon Appetit magazine named it one of The 10 Best New Restaurants in America!
  • Hao L.
    Hao LeNovember 16, 2012
    You can walk in and sit at the bar with a 45 minute wait. Graham tends the bar area and is great! :)
  • 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.
  • Phil K.
    Phil KingNovember 4, 2012
    Duck liver mouse was awesome.
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew ChristianOctober 11, 2012
    Amazing. Get everything.
  • Maura L.
    Maura LeppoOctober 4, 2012
    Can't go wrong here. Every ingredient of every dish thoughtfully and beautifully prepared. Staff is warm and genuine. Get whatever they recommend. .
  • Norbs
    NorbsSeptember 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Spugnole pasta appetizer. It's even better than the bacon beignets.
  • Sam J.
    Sam J.September 20, 2012
    Mother of God...this place is good. Get a resy way out and prepare to feast. Do NOT skip dessert. Tartine and the pound cake were big time winners.
  • Rachael L.
    Rachael LynnMay 12, 2012
    I fell in love with duck here. Simply amazing.
  • Frank
    FrankApril 11, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Eat it all
  • Jessica C.
    Jessica ChanApril 10, 2012
    2 thumbs up for the white corn soup
  • Frank
    FrankApril 8, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    It's food sex
  • Vinmania
    VinmaniaMarch 31, 2012
    Winners: Chickpea fries, clams, crab risotto, lumberjack cake
  • Brian
    BrianJanuary 24, 2012
    7x7's Big Eat 2012 says the chicken liver on toast is delicious. Yum!
  • La Dolce Vita
    La Dolce VitaDecember 21, 2011
    One Michelin star.
  • Kryijztoff N.
    Kryijztoff NovotnajDecember 5, 2011
    The beignets are awesome!
  • Lauren H.
    Lauren HNovember 25, 2011
    Bacon beignets not overrated! Loved the celery root soup, duck and $1/oz house red.
  • Ryan S.
    Ryan SarverNovember 2, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Go as two couples, literally order one of everything and share with the table. Best food in San Francisco
  •  b ǝıןןǝʞ
     b ǝıןןǝʞOctober 29, 2011
    mhm I love this place, I have to get up there soon.
  • David L.
    David LytleOctober 23, 2011
    Try the Donoma Duck Breast - Figs! Polenta! Jus!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Julie S.
    Julie SeymourAugust 22, 2011
    Things to try: bacon beignets, panisse frites & the gnocchi.
  • cyn k.
    cyn kAugust 17, 2011
    chicken liver mousse. it's divine.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Holger L.
    Holger LuedorfJune 11, 2011
    Fantastic California cuisine, but you need to make reservations weeks in advance to get a spot!
  • Condé Nast Traveler
    Condé Nast TravelerApril 21, 2011
    If they are on the menu, try the sardines.
  • James G.
    James GuigayomaApril 2, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Sometimes the paté is available even when not on the menu.
  • Bon Appetit Magazine
    Bon Appetit MagazineMarch 31, 2011
    Must Order: Applewood-smoked bacon beignets, chickpea fritters, and pork trotters--all under the Bouchees ("mouthfuls") category on the menu. Read more
  • Cee . A.
    Cee . AFebruary 23, 2011
    Applewood bacon beignets with creme fraiche. For. The. Win.
  • Ella H.
    Ella HaizlipDecember 28, 2010
    Just decide you're going to go, call, and take the first table they'll give you. It's worth the two-month wait.
  • 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
  • Muhammad Fariz N.
    Muhammad Fariz NirwansyahNovember 30, 2010
    Two words: Bacon. Beignets.
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingNovember 21, 2010
    Try the Gnocci
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingNovember 13, 2010
    Try the Chicken And Polenta
  • Bon Appetit Magazine
    Bon Appetit MagazineSeptember 21, 2010
    Chosen as one of the 10 Best New Restaurants in America in our annual restaurant issue!
  • Amy
    AmyJuly 31, 2010
    if you want to sit at a table, you'll have to make reservations at least 2 months in advance
  • Nellie W.
    Nellie WJune 3, 2010
    Order the ricotta gnocchi, grilled calamari, and the spring farm lamb. All amazing!
  • SFGate
    SFGateApril 13, 2010
    The food is great, but don't forget the house-blended wine. It's $1 an ounce; drink what you want and you're charged accordingly. Read more
  • Geno E.
    Geno EndicottApril 12, 2010
    This place is amazing. But don't go... It's already to hard to get a reservation!
  • Leanne V.
    Leanne VanderbylMarch 23, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The best restaurant in SF. The Panisse Frites can't be beat.
  • Ian R.
    Ian RivamonteMarch 23, 2010
    This place is amazing and reaonably priced. The scallops are a must. Also, the gnocchi is superb.
  • Angelo S.
    Angelo S.March 15, 2010
    Everything is absolutely delicious here.
  • David S.
    David SmithMarch 5, 2010
    Have the chocolate mousse. It's amazing.
  • Angelo S.
    Angelo S.February 18, 2010
    love melissa = love frances
  • Jamie L.
    Jamie LawDecember 9, 2009
    still thinking about bacon beignets days later-and plotting my return trip! Check it out! Read more
  • Sharon G.
    Sharon GoldsteinDecember 7, 2009
    Semmolina gnocchi and the squash frites are gorgeous!
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