Melissa Perello at Octavia


Chef Melissa Perello is the chef/co-owner of Octavia and Frances. In 1994, she attended the Culinary Institute of America. Before opening her first restaurant, she worked at Fifth Floor in 2006 as executive chef, which went on to win a Michelin star. In 2009, she opened her first restaurant Frances, which quickly gained a Michelin star once more. In 2015, she opened her second restaurant, Octavia.


  • Nominee for Best New Restaurant
    James Beard Foundation
  • One Star
    Michelin Guide
  • Nominee for Rising Star Chef
    James Beard Foundation
  • Best New Chef
    Food & Wine
  • Rising Star Chef
    San Francisco Chronicle
  • ChefsFeed Winner
    One of the Best Things to Eat in SF

My Restaurants

  • Octavia
    1701 Octavia St
    San Francisco, CA
  • Frances
    3870 17th St
    San Francisco, CA

Where I Eat

Behind the Scenes

From My Menu

Chef Ryan Farr reviews Lamb at Frances
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"I love how chef Melissa Perello utilizes the whole lamb—there's always three to five different preparations on the plate. Especially the crispy, crunchy grilled lamb belly—oh so good. She doesn't always have it on the menu, so call ahead."
Chef Michael Tusk reviews Fried squash blossoms at Frances
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"Melissa Perello is one of my favorite chefs in San Francisco. Everything she makes is delicious, but her fried squash blossoms, which come with romesco sauce, basil, and lemon wedges, are worthy of the squash blossom hall of fame. But again, you can't go wrong with anything she makes. When I know anyone visiting the city, I send them to Frances immediately."
Chef Liza Shaw reviews "Lumberjack" cake at Frances
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"The fruits inside change seasonally, but this is a sure thing for dessert if I still have room after a certain barrage of fantastic food."
Chef Cortney Burns reviews Grilled beet at Frances
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"I just love Melissa's cooking. It’s honest, delicious, and technically flawless. No one can ask for more than that! I love her grilled beets, especially when they come with lemon crème fraîche."

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