Solid food, great serviceDine about town, had bacon wrapped pork tenderloin, it was nicely done. The sauce made the dish. Creme brulee was on point. Server brought wine for me to sample because I didn't know which one i wanted, it was nice of him. Ambiance was romantic. Good place for small group of friends or a date.6/14/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food is good but in termsThe food is good but in terms of flavor doesn't make any of it memorable. Also, the tables are so close together that this takes away from the enjoyment of eating here.6/13/2013 12:00:00 AMOne of the few truly authenticOne of the few truly authentic french bistros in San Francisco. Love this place.6/11/2013 12:00:00 AMOutstanding Small French BistroA truly excellent discovery, quite small and a bit off the beaten track but well worth the effort. A concise, well thought out menu with a select, carefully chosen wine list that demonstrate the owner's knowledge of how to assemble things remarkably well. Every dish is prepared to maximally extract the flavors of its constituents. It is not overly fancy - just what one would wish for as their own intimate hideaway.6/11/2013 12:00:00 AMwonderful. never disappointswhether you are dining alone or hosting a large party you will enjoy beautifully prepared and delicious food and wonderful service. it is good to be able to trust a restaurant to do this consistently.6/11/2013 12:00:00 AMVery yummy French RestaurantThe main thing that sets a good French restaurant apart from any other restaurant is the quality of its sauces and boy does Fringale deliver excellent sauces! We started off with the spinach ravioli which you could tell was handmade from fresh ingredients and had a very robust cream sauce. For our main courses, I had the bacon-wrapped pork loin, which was extremely tender and had an excellent apple marmalade to complement the pork. My boyfriend had the salmon which by his account was excellent and had a mango marmalade, which I tried and also loved. We finished with the chocolate gourmand which was also amazing.
The restaurant was crowded but our waiter did his absolute best to provide excellent service and we had a great time. Must visit!6/11/2013 12:00:00 AMFringaleWith each of three courses, one dish was great and one was good. Particularly enjoyeud the squid appetizer. Overall, a very good experience: the food mostly delicious, the ambience French and very welcoming, the service professional.6/9/2013 12:00:00 AMToujours tres bienLong-time lover of Fringale. I expect to keep returning to this wonderful French restaurant whose quality of food and service has not varied in over 20 years. Great place!6/7/2013 12:00:00 AMA French touch in SFOI loved this little touch of French restaurant, the food, its atmosphere and the friendly and attentive staff.5/27/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent classic french cuisineGreat meal and great to finish with great desserts and eclectic cognac selection.5/26/2013 12:00:00 AMStill great food!We returned recently after a visit several years ago. The food and service are both still up to high standards. We would recommend it highly.5/26/2013 12:00:00 AMFringaleWe've been there many times. The food, service etc. are excellent. We'll return in the future. Parking before 6 PM is expensive as the meters cost $7/hr. After 6 it's 25 cents/hr.5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMFringale is always an excellentFringale is always an excellent experience at a reasonable price.5/22/2013 12:00:00 AMA steady performerHave been going to Fringale for years even I only visit it once or twice a year but I never get disappointed from the service to the food. The food at Fringale may not be the most inventive or trendy restaurant. However, they keep on making delicious, satisfactory meals, just hit the note perfectly.
The service is always professional but not impeccable. The servers are always pleasantly warm to all customers.5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMMy first time here. But, greatMy first time here. But, great place. Simple, straightforward menu, good portions of food, very tasty. Service was very good and all of the servers seemed to be very much in sync helping each other as needed. Great job!5/16/2013 12:00:00 AMIt's been a long time sinceIt's been a long time since I dined at Fringale. We had a group of six which I thought may be too large for such an intimate restaurant, but this was not a problem. In fact our table was perfect, quiet enough so that we could all hear each other but not too crowded. The service was excellent and all the courses were delicious, especially the duck. My wife enjoyed the fish and the pork was perfectly prepared. I might also mention that my cocktail was a nice large glass. All in all a delightful evening, glad to see that they are still doing such a great job.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMConsistently GoodFringale is small and quiet while the food is big in taste. We have never had a disappointing meal here whether for lunch or dinner. I think they have many regular customers as it isn't in the restaurant "section" of town so can be easily missed while out driving around. Be sure to spoon up on the wonderful sauce that comes with the entree.5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMFormidable!I love this French restaurant, still offering the same high-quality French food it did when it first opened 20+ years ago. I forgot about it for a long time, but now I have rediscovered it and I will return often in the future!5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMA great, cozy bistro! ServiceA great, cozy bistro! Service was friendly and attentive. Food excellent!4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMA-OKThe food wasn't too impressive, especially my steak frites. The braised veal short rib was good, and the chocolate flourless cake was very nice, but the pain perdu was lackluster. I went here because of the high ratings on Yelp, but found it to not meet the standards I thought it would.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMFringale has for more thanFringale has for more than 20 years served wonderful French food of the highest quality. It's the same today as it was when it first opened: friendly, intimate, great menu of delicious and indulgent food, and all offered for a very reasonable price. I love this restaurant.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMA French bistro at its best.A French bistro at its best. The pork tenderloin was according to my husband "the best ever". The Fri./Sat, duck special with port reduction was done to perfection--medium/rare. They are known for their moules and frites--but we went for something different this time. We shall return.
Great place for lunch--active area when the Giants are at home.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMWe've been going to FringaleWe've been going to Fringale for years, but haven't been here is quite a few. We were not disappointed! The food was amazing from the endive salad & asparagus soup to the rack of lamb and pork loin. We also ordered a flourless chocolate cake with ice cream for dessert. Fantastic!4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMThe restaurant is small butThe restaurant is small but packed tightly with customers. The food was so good I actually licked my plate. The service also was very good! I will be back.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellentAlways a great meal there! Most memorable were the spicy calamari, steak frites, rack of lamb, and Chocolate Marquise dessert.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent up to date French cuisineIt is not "foodie" oriented with the latest trends of ingredients arranged with tweezers served on big plates in small portions for big dollars with over loquacious waitpeople endlessly describing each ingredient like their guests were first graders. We were greeted warmly and professionally at the door by the host waiting at the end of a small but well stocked bar. Our waiter appeared promptly and was also friendly and attentive without being intrusive for entire meal. The wine list was more than adequate with good to excellent French an California selections. Excellent appetizer and two excellent entres made for a happy evening.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMA wonderful Meal At FringaleThe food was delicious, We had the lamb and the chicken. Just wonderful. The service was wonderful too. We highly recommend Fringale.4/2/2013 12:00:00 AMWe made our first visit toWe made our first visit to Fringale years ago and it was a bad night. Since the place has survived a long time and rates highly I decided to give it another chance on our recent visit to San Francisco. So glad we did. Everything was wonderful. Nice ambiance in a smaller place. Excellent service and wonderful food. How could we have gone so far wrong previously. We will return.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMTook a guest from out of town.Took a guest from out of town. Were treated extremely welll by waitstaff and barman. Food was excellent. Fringale continues to be a great value.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderfulFringale was a true find. Went there for a pre ballet dinner and it couldn't have been better. Wonderful small room, excellent food and plan on returning again and again.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMFringale is a lovely restaurant,Fringale is a lovely restaurant, with delicious food and reasonable prices. The only reason I didn't give it an outstanding rating, is the food is traditional, not really creative, but extremely delicious. I could eat at Fringale every week.3/20/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat little French restaurantGreat little French restaurant with reasonable prices, good wine list, and nice service3/17/2013 12:00:00 AMfood consistently well prepared,food consistently well prepared, waitstaff attentive without being overbearing and unusually quiet3/17/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat small restaurant feelGreat small restaurant feel where the owner and servers seem to be invested and care about your experience.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMI hadn't been to FringaleI hadn't been to Fringale for some years, but it was still the same wonderful food and service that I had enjoyed in the past. I'll be back b/4 a lot more time goes by.3/14/2013 12:00:00 AMA Wonderful Lunch at FringaleWe had an absolutely wonderful lunch at Fringale. We took some friends there for their first visit, and they loved it. We had the steak, the dungeness crab napolean, and the organic roasted chicken breast, and every dish was delicious. And the pommes frites were thin and crispy, just the way we love them. We have eaten at Fringale many times, and we always have a wonderful meal. We love Fringale and highly recommend it.3/14/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful food, great experience.Wonderful food, great experience. Small restaurant that makes you feel like you are important.3/11/2013 12:00:00 AMAuthentic but innovative presentatiAuthentic but innovative presentation; calamari and grilled octopus appetizer delicious and unusual; The lamb chops done just as requested; service attentive but not hovering. Wine list by the glass offered a nice selection at reasonable price including the French offerings.3/10/2013 12:00:00 AMWe have been several timesWe have been several times and always enjoy the food. This time we got the rude waiter that so many others are commented on. It is amazing what a difference poor service makes in the overall impression of the restaurant.3/9/2013 12:00:00 AMHadn't been there in years,Hadn't been there in years, and it's still as good as I remember.3/8/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways the best and neverAlways the best and never disappointed. The food is superb, the service is unbeatable and the wines are unbelievably the the best! I can't wait to go back.3/6/2013 12:00:00 AMFringale seems to be consistentlyFringale seems to be consistently good each time we go. We always have a such a great time. The servers and the host are extremely accommodating and fun. It was my sisters birthday and she's a very finicky eater. However, at Fringale she totally enjoyed everything. It was a great time with great food.2/2/2013 12:00:00 AMVery well prepared FrenchVery well prepared French bistro classics. The prices are right and the service is great. Will definitely return.12/7/2012 12:00:00 AMFringale is one of our neighborhoodFringale is one of our neighborhood favorites. This time the meal was especially fine. Wonderful Endive/Watercress salad. My duck and my wife's sea bass were both cooked to perfection. Nice to see that they have kept up the quality after all of these years.11/24/2012 12:00:00 AM