Fringale

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$31 to $50
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French
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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MW
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked a table for a business lunch and my CFO told me later that the entire group couldn't say enough good things about their experience.

o
San Francisco
108 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Annual pilgrimage to Fringale's cassoulet special... and it was yummy as always! My frisée salad (w/poached egg) was dressed perfectly, crunchy fresh greens, and the egg perfect!
A wonderful dinner!

AC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The service is excellent;I enjoyed hearing our wait person’s French accent. The butter lettuce entree and the crepe brûlée were outstanding. But for the life of me I can’t remember much about the chicken dish I had. My friend’s duck with “fries” were excellent though. Tight dining room but the table still felt private enough. I recommend

L
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fringale is consistent. Always impeccable service, great wine selection and tasty, rustic cooking. Front of house is efficient, quick with drinks while waiting for your table. I know some folks always look for the next big thing, or food fad, if you are one of those, you will be disappointed. But if you want well prepared and tasty classic brassiere dishes served with attentive, but not hovering service, Fringale never disappoints.

t
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

everything was more than adequate, but the table was not in a very pleasant location and the service seemed a bit rushed. Less leisurely than my former experiences here.

3
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good

JV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent food and service. Small and very conducive to conversation. Excellent deserts. Well worth the effort since it is a little out of the way although convenient to Oracle Park and the CalTrans station.

g
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fringale is our favorite special occasion choice. This time we had guests from Chicago. The friendly and efficient service was great and the food was wonderful. Fringale is not a quiet candle-lit venue, but one of
guests enjoying great food and each others company.

HC
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Service a bit rushed

JW
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent long time restaurant. Love going there. The ambiance, food and service and always suburb!

JT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They are simply great people with great food

EI
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We adore Fringale. If you are looking for a wonderful and authentic french experience without pretension and the financial premium, I believe you may love Fringale as does our family. We live in Orinda, and this is by far our favorite restaurant in the city. Cannot Miss. the ravioli and French 75s are the absolute best! The tarte ta in shall transport you. Our absolute fave

CJ
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always enjoy date night at Fringale for the excellent food, wine and atmosphere. I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a intimate dinner with excellent service.

l
San Francisco
110 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Could not have been happier... Food was great as I remembered from past visits, however, to our happy surprise, Sam, our server whom we knew from another restaurant, was working here now. Sam made our evening the more special.

RT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service. We go to frigales quite often and it is always an enjoyable evening. Brought out of town guests this time they enjoyed even more than we did.

H
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been making it a point to eat at Fringale whenever I am in San Francisco for many years and they never disappoint. The food and service are top notch and the wine list always has something interesting to drink. Recommend that Fringale be on your list as well!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best places in San Francisco, as good as being in Paris. A San Francisco treasure.

LL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

cozy restaurant for a dinner date. pay attention to our table but not too pushy.

T
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely birthday lunch for my dear friend. Perfect. Loved the candle with her dessert. Thanks!

P
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fringale is a really beautifully authentic French restaurant, not just because of the food (which is amazing and simple), but mostly because of the atmosphere. They're friendly, but not in-your-face about the pace of your meal. And for the quality of the food you get, the prices are amazing. I couldn't recommend this place more.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We were the last seating and had to order right away, everything was excellent except for the duck which was insanely dry. Tasted like it was made when we arrived and sat under a heat lamp until we were ready to be served our main course. The lamb Chop was amazing and would go back specifically for it. Spinach ravioli was great and bread was perfect to soak up the sauce. Great wait staff, warm and attentive. Flourless chocolate cake w/ fruit compote was amazing.

g
Sacramento
52 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fringale is always a very good restaurant with excellent food, service, and value for what you pay. I would recommend Fringale for any type of occasion.

LF
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small place with comfortable and attractive atmosphere, and we always get excellent food and service here. One of our local Mission Bay area favorites.

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

It was very hot but the food was very good

CM
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and attentive service. Highly recommend.

RJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service. The atmosphere is relaxing and good for conversation.

C
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very attentive service, nice ambiance and delicious food!
We’ll definitely go back!

JP
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

F
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My husb n I love this place. The servers are very friendly and we are always warmly received the minute we set in the restaurant. It's not a very large dining room but its cozy. Food is not contrived or fancy but reliably good n beautifully presented. Attentive service.

MB
San Francisco
58 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience5

As good as the service was, and as welcoming as the space is, the food did not sparkle as it usually does. calamari was too small and too many little rings rather than tasty legs; frisee lacked flavor (lemon? mustard?) and the ribeye too fatty. Same cook?

C
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We had three entres - fish stew, duck, and sole. All were prepared well, though the duck was a bit dry. The fish stew might have benefited from a stronger spice but was tasty nonetheless. The sole was prepared nicely with a nice sauce. Side dishes of spinach (with light blue cheese) and potatoes au gratin (with light cheese) were perfect. The corn soup starter was perhaps the best we have tasted in 40 years of dining out. The starter raviolis were delicious, full of mushroom with a substantial classic sauce. The apple tarts and flourless cake deserts were OK but nothing special. We brought our own champagne and red Bordeaux; corkage $25. Service was very timely and engaging. The meal was served without excessive waiting between courses, though enough to let the previous course have its moment. Total price with 20% tip was $321. We think this was just a tad on the high side, and probably would be less if an Oakland or other less pricey habitat. But San Francisco is the expensive venue it is, so C'est la Vie.

RJ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Congenial staff, capable and attentive. Decently priced wine. Impressive menu variety; excellent bistro cooking.

RA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner and service. My dinner had authentic lentil from France which raised the quality of the dish. Jazz was great as well!

SB
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Certainly the best restaurant in SOMA/Mission Bay and one of the best in San Francisco. Sauteed prawns is the best anywhere-just make sure you have enough bread to finish the sauce.

CM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantabulous, as always. We have our usual order, but always find a delightful surprise among the special menus selections. Service is outstanding.

OT
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been coming to this restaurant the past twenty eight years and have had a great meal each time.

OT
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fringale never lets us down. We get beautiful, delicious food. The servers are attentive and helpful. I really love this restaurant.

h
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always consistently delicious

G
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I return here often over the years. Never disappointed. Real French ambiance here, not the fake type, from food to servers.

Just come here!

BM
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Have not been to Fringale for quite awhile and we were happy to find it just as charming as ever. Excellent service and wonderful food. We highly recommend it and plan to not wait so long again before we return.

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