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3870 17th St, 17th and Pond St, near Market and Castro, San Francisco, CA 94114-2030
+1 415-621-3870
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  • Excellent65%
  • Very good23%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“bavette steak” (18 reviews)
“beignets” (27 reviews)
Closes in 27 min
All hours
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
3870 17th St, 17th and Pond St, near Market and Castro, San Francisco, CA 94114-2030
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had high expectations for Frances but our meal completely exceeded them. We started with the beignets which were delicious followed by the steak and the duck with habanero jam. The steak was tasty but it was really the duck that blew us away. The...More

Thank Jen S
Reviewed 12 June 2017

This was our first visit to Frances and won't be our last! The menu changes and isn't extensive -- it fits on an ~8" square. Appetizers, entrees and sides on the front. Dessert, aperitifs and teas on the back. As others have mentioned, this is...More

Thank A M
Reviewed 5 June 2017

I couldn't quite give this a 5, which I reserve for places which are truly excellent in all categories (good, service, atmosphere) and within price category. Frances is very close, but not quite there. Service was absolutely excellent: personal, well-paced, friendly but not intrusive. The...More

Thank CAGreens
Reviewed 17 May 2017

If you didn't think to reserve this spot in advance, get there when the doors open for the bar seats held for walk-ins. Every bite of every dish is sensational! The bacon beignets were excellent and our son devoured the panisse frites (chickpea fritters). The...More

Thank JaneCutler
Reviewed 16 April 2017

Celebrated an important birthday here with family. Excellent if minimalist menu, all well made. Enjoyed steak, pork chop and fresh fish, interesting salads and veggie sides, terrific, attentive service in a long, narrow room with a small side space for a bar.Reservations essential, wine list...More

1  Thank zogmeister
Reviewed 25 March 2017

We have been there twice and we loved both meals. For our second meal at Frances, yesterday, I had a vermouth cocktail that was lovely, and my husband's white wine was very nice (served in a carafe - you pay for what you consume). We...More

Thank AnitaMW
Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

I have been to Frances several times with friends and for birthdays and anniversaries as I happen to work across the street from them. Every time something happens: first time we booked 2 tables because we were a big group from the clinic and even...More

Thank sbessega
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

If you are lucky enough to get a reservation @ Frances you must go! It is a small place but well worth the effort to get a table the service is friendly and the food is wonderful Nice wine list and have v nice house...More

Thank ewb500
Reviewed 8 March 2017

Almost impossible to get a reservation online for around 7pm, so just go bravely and hope for a table / bar seating if there's just 1 or 2 of you. 7.45pm is a good time - when first seatings usually leave. Love their house wine,...More

Thank owhatfun
Reviewed 2 February 2017

Small neighborhood restaurant somehow off main street. Casual setting and high quality experience. Dimmed lights … excellent ( although relatively traditional ) food … the bread is to die for … good wine selection ( and affordable ) … it was late dinner service but...More

Thank emmmdv
The Castro
A flourishing commercial area that acts as San
Francisco's LGBT community center and cultural heart,
the Castro is a neighbourhood welcome to everyone. As
one of the first predominantly LGBT neighbourhoods in
the United States and currently its largest, it
remains one of the epicenters of activism in the
nation. Grand theatres and glitzy shops now compete
with bars and fashionable eateries for attention,
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11 January 2017|
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Response from dragonfly129 | Reviewed this property |
They have a selection of beer and wine. Get there early as parking can be challenging
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$35 - US$45
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3870 17th St, 17th and Pond St, near Market and Castro, San Francisco, CA 94114-2030
    (between Noe and Sanchez)
  • Public Transportation: 24, 33, 35, 37, F, K, M, and L
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > The Castro
  • Neighbourhood: The Castro
  • Phone Number: +1 415-621-3870
  • E-mail
very popular new American in SF
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