Fringale
Fringale

Fringale

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.fringalesf.com/
  • Phone: 4155430573
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Basque, French
  • Executive Chef: Tripp Mauldin
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Buy-outs are an option at Fringale.
  • Private Party Contact: Jean-Marie Legendre 4155430573
  • Special Events: Come join us for our Signature Dish menu Sun-Fri from 5:30-6:30 for $32.95. Traditional duck confit, Alaskan wild salmon, bacon wrapped pork tenderloin will be featured.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bryant & Brannan
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is also a public parking lot across the street.
A word from Fringale
Fringale, which means "the urge to eat," has been a major contributor to San Francisco's South of Market culinary renaissance. From its opening fourteen years ago, it has remained a favorite dining spot for food lovers, socialites, politicians, artists, celebrities, and journalists. The restaurant's sponged eggshell colored walls, blond wooden chairs, sand and earth toned banquettes and wainscoting, and verdigris bartop create a dining environment that is sophisticated, intimate, and inviting. Fringale is a place where guests can drop in for a glass of wine and snack at the bar or enjoy a tantalizing classic French bistro meal prepared by one of the finest kitchens in San Francisco. Come and experience why Fringale has been consistently rated one of the top French restaurants in San Francisco since its opening.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
Fringale reviews from OpenTable diners
150 reviews since April 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (85)neighborhood gem (81)special occasion (61)romantic (59)notable wine list (26)great for lunch (18)late-night find (9)good for groups (6)great for brunch (4)kid-friendly (4)hot spot (2)scenic view (2)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • A good place to go for lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 2/8/2036
    A good place to go for lunch and after work drinks.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • French Gem
    FrenchFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Fringale is quite a delight! It has an intimate and elegant atmosphere that the French do best. The staff are friendly and authentically French. The wine list is excellent and reasonably priced. The Monterey calamari appetizer is a must-order and staple of the menu. When in season (only twice a year), the cassoulet is one of the best outside of France. Any francophile or food lover will have an enjoyable experience here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I took my girlfriend here for our 1 year and was not disappointed, our server while I forget his name was very knowledgeable and also pretty funny. The food was great and the chocolate truffles with cookies were amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fringale is Fab...
    SallyCaliVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Had a group Ladies Lunch here. The resto is lovely, clean & bright. The atmosphere is warm. The place was busy, but not crowded and we had nice folks around us. We had everything from salmon burgers to mussels to roquefort ravioli. All were prepared beautifully, and delicious. Maybe a bit heavy on the mounds of plain greens on the plate, otherwise there was nice portion size and entrees cooked to order. Wait staff seemed a bit overworked, although there were many of them and it was not a full resto. There's not much going on in this 'hood during the day, which was good as we work in SOMA which is crazy with auto & foot traffic. Definitely worth the walk, you will enjoy the food & wine, and can take your time to also enjoy you lunch guests.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • love fringale been coming for years
    HentisVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    great food, great wait staff, small and charming, won't break the bank. love it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Small But Worth the Walk
    happycamper
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Fringale has been around for a while so the service and the food are smooth and effortless. Nothing flashy, just good French/Basque food with professional service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love it....
    vh007VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Found this on whim and tried it. What a fantastic meal. The service "wow", the best. Definitely, we'll be back and on to my list of favorites.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OhioVisit
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Good food. Good service. Tight space. Limited room in between tables. You wiIl be sharing your conversation with others. Friendly atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Back again
    Fred
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    It had been fifteen years since we had eaten at Fringale and the second experience was as enjoyable as the first. A fine restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, not welcoming service
    SacdinerVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We hit this place after a Giant's game as its relatively close to AT&T Park and is open late. The ambiance is cool...small, compact, a real bistro type gem. Unfortunately, we didn't feel very welcomed. No one at the door to greet us, the bartender told us we could hang at the bar until our table was ready, and then walked off to the other end of the bar to chat with others. The 4 of us had a hell of a time getting his attention for a drink and when he delivered, it was almost reluctantly. Food was good, although my veal short ribs were quite fatty. Others had duck confit (excellent); rack of lamb (good, but mediocre serving; and chicken (excellent). Deserts and starters good, not over the top. Wait service good; bar service terrible.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Delightful evening
    dinewell
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The fixed price menu had coque vin with a choice of spinach ravioli (superb) or butter lettuce salad (very good). The coque vin was some of the best I've had and would highly recommend it next time it's on the menu. Dessert was an almond tart filled with a thin layer of custard which was also excellent. All the delicious food combined with attentive and knowledgable service made for a memorable evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nick1
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Food quality was overall good at reasonable prices. I was a little disappointed by the Coq au Vin dish, chicken was over-stewed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Classic French fare
    Pasta47
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We had not eaten at Fringale for a number of years and were excited to be able to return. It was just as terrific as always. The food ,ambience ,and service were outstanding ,and we were able to enjoy a very pleasant Saturday evening. We will certainly be back again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • alwat good!
    italiangemVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We've eaten here many times, and its always excellent. The prawns are to die for and the sea bass is great. It's always consistent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always outstanding
    EddieVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Every time I eat at Fringale, I think to myself, "Merci beaucoup." The food is always authentic and delicious, perfectly prepared, and served by a professional wait staff.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exquisite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Food was exquisite and the service was superb - wonderful French food complete with friendly French speaking waiters'
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • as good as always
    woosmileyVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Excellent service, delicious food! We had the Bastille Day special pre-fixe. Frisee salad, beef carpaccio, braised lamb shank, duck confit, almond cake, and crème brulee, just fabulous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Can't beat this French Bistro
    GreatVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    San Francisco has a great streak of fine French dining opportunities but this place has moved to the top of our choices. Very friendly, ith excellent service and great food and wine selections. The Adelsheim Pinot Noir was fantastic and in unavailable by retail anywhere. We find this a consistently excellent dining event. It's packed but still quiet enough to carry on a conversation, unlike some others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • always a treat
    pckOAK
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    I love this restaurant. The food is exceptional, and it has the nicest , low key, yet attentive and professional wait staff. I have been here several times, and am never disappointed. Without directly being told , the waiter figured out that three of four of us were having birthdays, and brought out desserts with candles at the end. Really lovely wine list. Apparently , the veal short ribs got the highest marks the evening we were there,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a pleasure
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    I've eaten here a few times, first because it was convenient to the Bay Bridge and where relatives live in SOMA, subsequently because it's such a pleasure. I've had a romantic dinner here with my husband, a couple of fun meals with my son and early supper with a friend. Always, the food has ranged from very good to superb (fantastic prawns in tomato-tarragon coulis; coq au vin to die) and the service warm and attentive. Just entering the place -- cozy, lovely art on the walls, you feel comfortable and cared for. No pretense, just elegant service and reliably delicious food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food Great Service
    Jeneire22
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Went here for my birthday , had such a lovely evening, tried the Duck. It was really tasty..I even got a birthday candle on my desert which was a nice touch. Loved how the waiters spoke french, will def eat here again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This place is an institution
    zerone
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Fabulous food, drink, and service. Thanks to the attentive staff.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special Lunch Made Special
    JinMB
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Work in the area and took an overseas university student to lunch the day before his return to Korea. Lunch and service were absolutely wonderful. The waiter was very friendly and efficient and made us very comfy the entire time we were there. I had previously avoided lunching at Fringale fearing it might be either too pricey or too pretentious but it was neither and I will certainly return there again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fringale
    gnts9rs
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Fringale is always excellent in every aspect of our dining experience from service, presentation, quality of the food, and friendliness and helpfulness of the staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Consistently good quality, unique flavors, small friendly staff. A neighborhood delight.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New SF Favorite
    Chris
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    My wife and I decided to have blind faith in Yelp's #1 SOMA restaurant rating. It paid off. We enjoyed a perfect dining experience. The calamari 'a la plancha' was the best I've ever had. Service is impeccable. The restaurant is 'cozy', but conversation doesn't require amplification. Fringale will continue to be part of our theater-going jaunts into the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    CleanairgalVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    I took my relative here for dinner. We are both vegetarian and do not drink alcohol and we have a lovely meal. We loved the food, ambiance, service and enjoyed our slow pace. We took more than 2 hours for dinner and never felt rushed. This is a lovely restaurant with very nice staff. I highly recommend it and look forward to my next meal here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The menu was excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Coq au vin and gateau basque were especially tasty
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Fringale is a lovely little oasis on busy 4th and Brannan. Pleasant decor, unhurried but attentive, impeccable service and excellent food. My friend and I had beautiful fresh salads, a wild salmon over delicious vegetables with a tomato coulis, and a pork tenderloin with apples and cabbages; everything was delicious. We went early so the restaurant was quiet; when full I'd say moderate, but because it's a bistro with close seating it depends on the volume of fellow diners.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I really appreciate the quality and reasonable price of this friendly and unpretentious restaurant..The menu is a delight and the service is excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Went there for Dine About Town Sf
    SeabayVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Dine About Town menu was very impressive! Appetizer: Spicy Monterey Calamari à La Plancha Entrée: Roasted rack of lamb Dessert: Warm chocolate Gourmand (Flourless chocolate cake served with a mint sorbet)
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Would Love to come back!
    Tamster
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Fringale's food and service was amazing! We had DINE ABOUT TOWN and we loved everything on the menu..especially the calamari. I will definitely come back and try to full menu. YUMMMM!
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food!
    Iowrya
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    The welcome would be described as subdued. While the staff gets you off to a slow start, the drinks were excellent and the food was even better. By the end of the meal, the staff had shrugged off their sober demeanor and livened up. Great meal before taking in the Giants game at AT&T park which is only 4 blocks away.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • we went for the dine about town
    happyminnie7
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    The bacon-wrapped pork was good and we loved the crème brule. Just give it a try. This place is small but cozy and not too loud.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always dependably deleicious!
    dinealotVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We have been eating at Fringale for more than 20 years. It is always consistently great with delicious food and friendly service. They have a wide variety of choices, well prepared and good size portions. Their martinis are wonderful and they have olives stuffed with blue cheese which are unique and yummy. Good wine list, well priced and generous pour.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always A Treat
    ncelaVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We have been dining at Fringale, literally since the restaurant opened, and it is a treat every time. The restaurant is warm and lively, the service impeccable and the food delicious. Excellent food, good value, and a wonderful dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistent
    Blink42
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    I've enjoyed Fringale a number of times over the last 12 plus years. The Pork Tenderloin was delicious, serviced on a bed of cabbage, lightly covered with a very flavorful tapanade. The seafood basquaise was good with the fish, shrimp and mussels tasting fresh with the sauce complementing the dish not overpowering the fish. The portion was a tad small and the mussels seemed a little dry (meat stuck to both sides of the shell) or over cooked-not as plump as I prefer. The noise level was comfortable. Wine list pricing is fair but limited on selection. I will return
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Deserves a Michelin Star or Two
    jtraveler
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    What a great find during Dine About Town week. We will make Fringale our "go-to" place in San Francisco. The food was wonderful, creative and beautifully presented. The service was impeccable. The ambiance was warm, friendly, comfortable, charming. Fringale is better than the best French bistros in Paris in my experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Neighborhood restaurant
    MeowVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    friendly staff, nice ambiance, food was fair ok, price was over priced compared to Chez Mama and Isa (they are cheaper and food are good to awesome upon the dishes you order). Seafood dishes was plenty plain according to my friends. Chicken, pork, desserts, appertizers (Ravioli, squid, salad) were average compared to other restaurants. If you live close by, you can go there. But by the price and the food quality, I can go Chez Mama, Isa, Chou Chou, Chez Papa for better food and cheaper price.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • France
    FinallyVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    It feels like you took a step into a little restaurant in Paris with better service. My wife loved her lamb chops, I did not like my seafood bisq. I should remember the French do not use hot spices pretty blend. it is a very romantic spot. The neighborhood sure has changed over the years making it very trendy. Some of the dishes looked very good like the ribeye steak. The wine selection was good. Nice place for a date especially if you are lucky enough to get a window table....enjoy
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate