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Fringale Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.fringalesf.com
  • Phone: (415) 543-0573
  • 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: French, Basque
  • 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 (415) 543-0573
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
Diner Reviews
  • "A good place to go for lunch and after work drinks."
    Dined on 2/8/2036
  • "Good food. Good service. Tight space. Limited room in between tables. You wiIl be sharing your conversation with others. Friendly atmosphere."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Food quality was overall good at reasonable prices. I was a little disappointed by the Coq au Vin dish, chicken was over-stewed."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Food was exquisite and the service was superb - wonderful French food complete with friendly French speaking waiters'"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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,"
    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."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Fabulous food, drink, and service. Thanks to the attentive staff."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Consistently good quality, unique flavors, small friendly staff. A neighborhood delight."
    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."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Coq au vin and gateau basque were especially tasty"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "I really appreciate the quality and reasonable price of this friendly and unpretentious restaurant..The menu is a delight and the service is excellent."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "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)"
    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!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "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 "
    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. "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Very close to Cal Train and parking is easy. Excellent place to end the day with some friends who need to catch a train home. Great food and excellent service."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The food and the service were both outstanding. The shrimp in pastis sauce as a starter was so delicious that I looked online for the recipe the next day! Also delicious were the seabass in piperade and tapenade and the vegetarian couscous dish. I can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "We started with carpaccio and the butter lettuce salad. Our entrees were lamb and pork tenderloin, along with glasses of red wine. We finished our meal with the almond torte. Everything was incredible, and we look forward to returning again soon."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Fringale has earned classic status in San Francisco. I first went in early 90s soon after it opened—when it was one of the few restaurants in SOMA—and it was excellent. Now, with many good restaurants in the general area vying for your attention, this is still a safe bet for wonderful food and great service in a cozy yet energetic room. My date absolutely loved her duck, and my rack of lamb was perfect. I hope it stays just the way it is for years to come."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "I've been a regular for a year or so. Love the food and the service"
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Had an excellent dinner. Food was great, the service impeccable. The timing of the courses couldn't have been better. Definitely would recommend."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Fringale rarely fails to please, with excellent food and warm, efficient service. There's a full bar and a good wine list. We went the night before Mother's Day, had a great dinner, including a favorite appetizer (ravioli filled with roquefort and spinach), a daily special (duck breast maigret) and a favorite dessert (lemon, pear and apple sherbet trio), plus scallops in potato "purses" and veal short ribs. Everything was well-prepared and served by one of our favorite waiters. The clientele turns over from older diners to younger ones about 9:00 p.m. The restaurant is lively and busy; you feel you're in one of San Francisco's special places--and we've been coming here more than 20 years! "
    Dined on 5/10/2014