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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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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good22%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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“bavette steak” (17 reviews)
“beignets” (25 reviews)
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American, Vegetarian Friendly
3870 17th St, 17th and Pond St, near Market and Castro, San Francisco, CA 94114-2030
Neighbourhood: The Castro
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Reviewed 6 days ago

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

Thank zogmeister
Reviewed 24 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
Reviewed 29 January 2017

Very small restaurant on a quiet residential street. During the busy dinner period, the restaurant was packed and the tables were quite closely spaced, enabling you to hear your neighbors every word. The cooking was solid but no fireworks here. Not a bad option for...More

Thank Chazzzzzzz
Reviewed 24 January 2017

I expected more from Frances. It has a limited menu and I expected a bit more punch from the small number of items that they serve. Our party of 4 had 3 mains and none of them were bad, but none outstanding either. Additionally, the...More

Thank JOEL S
Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

I've been coming to Frances every single time in in San Francisco for the last 7 years. It never disappoints. It is consistently wonderful: a charming small neighborhood restaurant where the lights are dimmed just right. I've always been lucky to grab a walk-in spot...More

Thank Vxmiran
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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Does Frances have a full bar or just beer and wine?
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, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
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