Chef Melissa Perello spent her twenties collecting accolades at esteemed San Francisco restaurants like Fifth Floor and Charles Nob Hill. Within the narrow, black-and-white decorated Frances, a neighborhood bistro in the Castro, Perello changes her menu daily, but retains a clear focus on modern California cuisine featuring local ingredients. Frances earned a Michelin Star in 2011, thanks to dishes like applewood-smoked bacon beignets with maple crème fraiche and chive, and pan-roasted sablefish with summer squash, basil pesto, and tomato fumet. The house wines—red, white, and rosé—are blended by beverage director Paul Einbund, and are a steal at $1/ounce.
Named after chef Perello's grandmother, Frances was built with the help of family: her mother sewed the cushions and aprons, while her father completed the banquette and wood finishings.
AmenitiesOpen / Closes
- Accessible by Public Transportation
- Bar Dining
- Handicapped Accessible
- Monday - Closed
- Notable Chef
Cuisine Type:: American Nouveau