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San Francisco Restaurants


  • 3870 17th St. Map It
  • Castro
  • French

Updated 05/05/2014

Fodor's 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.

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3870 17th St., San Francisco, California, 94114, United States

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Restaurant Details:

  • No lunch
  • Reservations essential

Updated 05/05/2014


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