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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” (21 reviews)
“beignets” (29 reviews)
“lumberjack cake” (16 reviews)
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
3870 17th St, 17th and Pond St, near Market and Castro, San Francisco, CA 94114-2030
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Tables were close together but nearby couples were very friendly. Maybe not perfect for a typical romantic spot, but we really enjoyed dining here. We shared a couple of small plates to start (the bacon beignets and octopus, along with a salad) and had the...More

Thank joanp
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Small, intimate location. Expect your tables to be tightly packed together and to interact with your fellow diners. Fortunately the food is so good everyone you encounter is in a good mood. The food is innovative, tasty and the portions reasonably sized. The servers are...More

Thank Catsaver911
Reviewed 1 week ago

My partner and I were really just looking for a nice place you have a glass of wine in an area where it seemed as though wine bars might be a bit scarce. But as fate would have it we stumbled upon Frances and its...More

Thank Enrico P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is one of the finest restaurants in San Francisco. It is a small venue with great ambiance. The service is wonderful, attentive, yet not obtrusive. I highly recommend the Grilled Monterey Calamari Salad, which is light, but with great flavor. The Bavette Steak is...More

Thank David B
Reviewed April 22, 2018

Sitting nondescript on the corner of a quiet stretch of 17th Street near Market, Frances is regarded by local foodies as the best restaurant in the Castro and one of San Francisco's top dining destinations as well. I'm an out-of-towner without enough experience to compare...More

Thank Paul_Har
Reviewed April 11, 2018 via mobile

After walking the streets for a hour searching for somewhere to dine we stumbled across Frances. Having not made a booking we had to wait 20 min for a table to become available...was nice to be offered a wine while we stood waiting. When we...More

Thank phillip c
Reviewed February 18, 2018 via mobile

I get the hype around this joint. It’s a very likable spot. Cozy yet professional. Caring, intelligent and engaging service, not overbearing nor too pretentious. The menu was excellent. Amazing combinations of flavors and textures and colors, and really original. The house levain equals tartine’s,...More

Thank mr_benhamin
Reviewed February 15, 2018

Gotta say this is probably the best upscale dining experience I have ever had. The service is friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive...while remaining laid back and unobtrusive. The atmosphere in the dining room is comfortable and relaxing. The food was creative and delicious. I recommend this...More

Thank JaysonJamesAmste
Reviewed February 14, 2018

I had been wanting to go to Frances since it opened, but since I live in LA and only got to SF once or twice a year it was hard to get a reservation. Then I forgot about it. Then my bestie surprised me with...More

Thank Philip S
Reviewed February 4, 2018 via mobile

Definitely make a reservation to eat here. It’s a tiny place with limited seating. Food is excellent. A variety of choice but really delicious food. The steak and pork were excellent, as were the salads. Looking forward to the next visit!

Thank Travellover6128
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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January 11, 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
Local cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
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
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