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Frances Review

Still one of the hottest tickets in town, Frances is located, ironically, on one of the Castro's quieter streets. Chef-owner Melissa Perello's California and French cuisine is well executed and, for the quality, notably affordable. Bacon beignets, tender gnocchi, and a savory bavette steak are longtime favorites on the seasonally driven menu, with newer entries such as baked clams with bacon cream and a duck confit and baby kale salad angling to become standbys as well. The apple galette for dessert hits all the right notes. The small space is simply designed, with a limited number of tables (hence the difficulty in landing a reservation) and a small bar area with counter seating for walk-ins desperate to dine here. Service is professional and warm.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 3870 17th St., Castro, San Francisco, CA, 94114 | Map It
  • Phone: 415/621–3870
  • Website:
  • Location: Castro

    Restaurant Details

  • Reservations essential
  • No lunch.
Updated: 05-05-2014

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