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- 63%Nightlife Lovers
- 63%Budget Travelers
- 51%Business Travelers
Member Reviews (22)
- FrancesMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 7Mar 08, 2014
Secluded hidden restaurant that has been on my radar for years. Looking on opentable for reservation but it was fully booked. The restaurant welcome walk-in but must be seated at the counter only, which I do not want.
A miracle happen and out of the blue on the day of our food adventure, I decided to check on opentable one last time. There it was, available seating at 7:30pm, I was ecstatic with joy.
We arrived promptly on time and began to ordered:
- Applewood Smoked Bacon Beignets = anything with bacon is good!
- Ricotta Gnocchi = rich and a tad bitter for my taste.
-Five-Dot Ranch Bavette Steak = risotto and the steak was perfectly paired.
- Sonoma Duck Breast = devoured this tender succulent duck breast within seconds. The duck jus was AMAZING!!!
It was a record for us to finish our food within less than thirty minutes. Either that or we were a true fatties. Overall, it was a wonderful meal with attentive staff that know how to conversate. Would love to come back here for another amazing meal!
- FrancesMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 11Jul 22, 2013
Why, yes, we did say smoked bacon beignets. If you're thinking about a trip to San Francisco, make a reservation now, as even a month in advance might be too late. The tiny restaurant is a rare exception amidst the otherwise standard options of the Castro. And what an exception! Duck breast with apricot and kale and chickpea fritters give you an idea of the inventive foodie selection.
- FrancesMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesLGBT+ 1Jun 20, 2013
Who says the Castro doesn't have nice things? Frances is one of the best restaurants in the city and its growing reputation is well-deserved.
The beignets are crafted to perfection, I marveled at the chickpea-fries appetizer, and all of the entrées are beautifully presented and incredibly satisfying. My favorite is the bavette steak, which comes with a surprisingly tasty spelt cous-cous.
A few tips:
-If you know you're coming to San Francisco in advance, make a reservation ASAP. You can expect to wait up to a month or so for an open table. They do have a few spots for walk-ins, so feel free to try your luck. It's worth it!
- If you're lucky enough to get in, ask the waiter if the chef is preparing the duck-liver mousse that evening. It's not on the menu and it's probably the best thing ever. I don't like liver, and the thought of those three words together makes my stomach a little unsettled, but this was a dream and a taste-extravaganza! It was like savory ice cream.
- You may be tempted to order an expensive bottle of California wine to complement your meal, but consider this: Frances offers their house wine at $1/ounce. "House wine? Really?", you're probably saying. "Yes!", I must reply. Their house wine is actually a fantastic blend of a few varietals of wine from different California vineyards and can't be beat for the price.
- FrancesMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness Travelers+ 3Mar 15, 2013
This place seems to be super-hyped, but not without reason.
It's tiny, with an equally small menu, but it somehow covers a lot of bases. Good for couples or groups, it has some shareable dishes as well as delicious starters and main courses.
Make a reservation.
- FrancesJan 04, 2013
Frances is an incredible neighborhood restaurant that is worth every bit of the hype it's been getting. It's small and very difficult to get reservations to (and rightly so), but if you can get yourself in, then you're in for an experience that really showcases why SF is the pinnacle of fresh, contemporary American cuisine.
Bacon beignet = Delicious with the perfect amount of bacon flavor.
Grilled calamari = Fresh and tasty. Calamari was excellently cooked.
Dungeness crab salad = Very fresh.
Steak = Perfectly cooked steak with a ton of flavor.
Risotto = Excellent.
Brussels Sprouts = Not too oily, which was great. Loved this.
Squash = This was just okay. Flavors didn't pop out as much as I would've liked.
Malva Cake = Rich and sweet. This was great.
Maple ice cream = Excellent.
House Red wine = Incredible. I loved the "pay for what you drink" method.
Our server, Bobi, was friendly and knowledgeable. The service was excellent.
My favorite part: everything cost about $50 a person, including tax & tip.
Frances is an awesome restaurant that SF can really be proud of. It demonstrates what San Franciscan cuisine is all about, all at prices that more than justifies the experience that you get.
- FrancesDec 26, 2012
My favorite restaurant in the city. Delicious foods bursting with flavor, excellent service, and prices that don't break the budget. Get the panisse frites, the bacon beignets, and the steak. Also of note - their Market Shot (changes daily) and their house wine sold by the ounce. Make a reservation - this place is perpetually crowded.