Fringale

4.7
2282 reviews
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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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ET
San Francisco
51 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

RA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
24 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

h
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always consistently delicious

G
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

S
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Typical French bistro ambiance with excellent food. Fast service, a limited menu but offering a good variety of appetizers and French dishes. Always fresh and we keep returning. A little jewel on 4th street!

H
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great food, small space so great for business if you get the right table. We did, so worked beautifully.

GD
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a great place with freindly staff and fine inspired food.

EB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

In the past, service has always been quite good. Fringale has been killed by S.F. electing to take 7 years tearing up 4th street.

T
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fringale is consistently excellent. We have always had great meals, great service, and these things plus the ambience which encourages conversation make it our favorite go-to neighborhood place. So grateful that Fringale exists.

P
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

So impressed with the food and service. A wonderful meal from beginning cocktails to salad to entrees to dessert. Expertly prepared and delicious. Attentive service that felt distinctly “French”. Wife and I loved it. We’ll be back to this gem.

T
Omaha
19 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve rated Fringale as the best of the best for more than 20 years. Always spot on with food and service. We plan our travel so we can have dinner here.

DH
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. They were able to help us add people to our reservation, the day of. We had 10 in total. Food came out all at once and was hot and delicious. Drinks were great as well.

F
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

FRINGALE was an ABSOLUTE outstanding and pleasing experience from the moment we stepped in.
There is just such a beautiful atmosphere at Fringale and the staff was was professional, respectful and warm and caring.

JN
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved it! Great great food!

c
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We went to Fringale to celebrate our wedding anniversary last week. It was the 3rd time we'd been there, so we knew the food would be outstanding. This was the first time the restaurant was so full, however, so we were a little surprised to see how crowded it was. It's probably why our service was a little more perfunctory than it had been before; it took 2 requests before our waiter would come take our appetizer order. This particular waiter is not especially friendly, but once we were served he was attentive and timely. The food, as always, was outstanding. We started with a trio of cheeses served with fresh bread, fruit paste and apples; one of us had the night's special coq au vin, one had the lamb chops, and our petite daughter had the appetizer of shrimp and cherry tomatoes in a pastis sauce. We all loved our courses and would not have changed anything about them. The martini's were also excellent - a generous pour and prepared the way we'd asked. For dessert we shared a warm tarte tatin with vanilla ice cream - so good! The construction on 4th street right in front of the restaurant can make getting there a little challenging, but (so far, at least) there is plenty of street parking nearby as well as parking lots (best avoided on "event nights" where they charge a flat $30). We'll continue to make Fringale a favorite restaurant when we're looking for an excellent meal with French preparation.

d
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Halibut and pork tenderloin were outstanding. We shared 4 desserts and all were top notch. Very happy with the wine. One member on our party had a traditional manhattan and was very satisfied. We'll be back.

OT
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great, authentic food and service. No air conditioning.

V
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been dining at Fringale since the mid-90's. It is our go to every time we visit San Francisco. Beautiful food and service. Reasonably priced. Don't miss this gem!

D
Miami
92 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice atmosphere and good food.

T
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went there with a party of 8 - everyone was raving about their food. Everyone finished all on their plate.
Service was attentive and complete and value was good. It isn't inexpensive, but when value and service are this good, the price is - secondary.

b
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is very fresh, clean, and delicious. This is a very traditional French restaurant with excellent service and a nice selection of traditional bistro food. I had the lamb which was fantastic along with the frisée and blue cheese salad. My dining partner had the hanger steak with fries and a special beet salad both were very fresh with lots of flavor. A wonderful experience and I would certainly recommend it. The prices here are moderate to high so expect with wine and tip to drop around $100 a person.

GA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Overpriced. Food is really low quality for what the restaurant charges and appears to be. Portions size was small. Duck was dry. Waitress wasn't nice, but borderline rude.

FD
New Mexico
8 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and phenomenal service!!!

p
New England
9 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Homey with elegant, authentic French cuisine. We arrived earlier than our reservation and they graciously sat us anyway. The server handled several tables with aplomb. We had the charcuterie, sautéed calamari and spinach Gorgonzola ravioli. Dessert was an upside down apple tart. It was perfect!!

OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Second time we have eaten at Fringale. Anytime we are in San Francisco, Fringale will be high in our list of places to go.

P
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I never miss an opportunity to dine at Fringale when I visit San Francisco. It is a real gem - the food is delicious and the service warm , welcoming and helpful. A great experience!

OT
San Francisco
255 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent dinner at Fringale. For appetizers we tried the prawns in pastis with cherry tomatoes and a special salad with prosciutto, arugula, orange and shaved Parmesan. Both were excellent and we hope the special salad will be on the menu the next time we eat at Fringale. It is a perfect summer salad! For entrees, we tried the rack if lamb and the steak with red wine butter. Both were excellent. We can’t wait to go back to Fringale.

M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a favorite. Reliable, warm service, great wine, perfect portions.

ET
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great find for us. We were visiting from out of town and someone suggested that you have to have the mussels. I was not disappointed. It was a very nice place.

TD
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great experience :-) thanks Fringale we will come back

OT
Tokyo
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

日本人の好みに合う味付けで、非常に美味しいです。

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OK
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s one of the best places to have a leisurely meal. Good food and ambiance and service.

O
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Classic French dishes served by a classic French waitperson and very accommodating about substitutions due to food allergies!!! I’m looking forward to another visit to this well established SF gem!!!! The scalloped potatoes were the best I’ve ever had!!!!

OK
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s always a reliable place to have a decent meal there. Good food and good service in a nice ambiance.

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