Melissa Perello

Melissa Perello

San Francisco

About Melissa Perello

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

Where I Go Out

At My Venues

Sarah's bread
$$$, Modern, American, Lower Pacific Heights
"It's been a joy to watch as pastry chef Sarah Bonar has developed what has now become her signature loaf. With just the right amount of tang, chew and sour, this hearty loaf is impeccably balanced. Ask for it by name!"
Sonoma duck breast
$$$, Modern, New American, Eureka Valley
"The Sonoma duck breast with butter bean ragu, grilled broccolini and satsuma mandarin at Frances. The duck is perfectly cooked and the balance of flavors make this an elegant dish. Accompaniments change."