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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” (19 reviews)
“beignets” (29 reviews)
“lumberjack cake” (15 reviews)
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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 weeks ago

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 12 April 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 18 February 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 15 February 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 14 February 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 5 February 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
Reviewed 1 February 2018

Second time eating here, solid service, food and ambiance. Wish other restaurants were this consistently good.

Thank ddavis130
Reviewed 30 January 2018

My Airbnb host Mike took me here back in July of last year. One of the best meals I've had in my life. Add this restaurant to your bucket list when you're in San Francisco. I'm definitely coming back.

Thank M T
Reviewed 22 January 2018

Food and service is always excellent. I had the red snapper and my date had the steak. Both were well prepared and served au point. The service is outstanding - we spent two plus hours savoring our meal and wine but there was never any...More

Thank fudsss
Reviewed 15 January 2018 via mobile

Read reviews online about this restaurant in the Castro and it’s Michelin star. Also read it’s very hard to get a table and you need to reserve weeks in advance. We decided to go early and try our luck. Glad we did. Amazing service, and...More

Thank Nelson D
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, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Local cuisine
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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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