Fringale

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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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CJ
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
105 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

BB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

P
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

It was very hot but the food was very good

CM
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and attentive service. Highly recommend.

RJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

C
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

JP
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

F
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 5

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?

E
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
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 on August 15, 2019
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
26 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
28 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
19 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
29 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
21 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
4 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
18 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.

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