At Frances, chef Melissa Perello’s daily-changing menu reflects modern California sensibilities and focuses on ingredients from local markets, farms and producers in a casual, neighborhood setting.
Named after Chef Perello’s grandmother, Frances is an ode to refined but comfortable sensibilities in both food and decor. Whether it’s the technique-rich, yet simple approach to food, or the open, familiar atmosphere and stellar service, Frances is about sharing great food in good company. This honest, focused approach has resonated with customers and critics alike.
At Frances, Chef Melissa Perello’s take on approachable fine dining features a seasonal menu showcasing produce and products from Northern California’s exceptional farmers - all in a comfortable, neighborhood setting.
Thanks to frequent trips to local farmers markets and longstanding relationships with her purveyors, Chef Perello is able to feature the finest and freshest ingredients. Combined with her natural ability in the kitchen, the result is simple and expertly crafted dishes that reflect her fine-dining pedigree and down-to-earth personality.
Michaela Rahorst has worked under the helm of great chefs, but it has been at Frances cooking side by side with Melissa Perello where she grew her roots and came into her own. Rahorst has been at Frances since day one. Her style of cooking is in tandem with Perello's, taking treasures from the farmer's markets and finding simple ways to honor them on the plate.