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For 2
Mon, 1/22
9:30 PM
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2038 reviews
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$31 to $50
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  • Neighborhood Gem (40)
  • Good for a Date (36)
  • Authentic (32)
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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French, Basque
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(415) 543-0573
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Tripp Mauldin
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Cross street
Bryant & Brannan
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Parking details
There is also a public parking lot across the street.
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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.
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Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine


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Join us for Valentines' Day Dinner on Wednesday, February 14th. You will be delighted with
a wonderful 4 course dinner for $85 pp & offering wine pairing for $40 pp. Looking forward to making your holiday special!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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What 2038 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
Dined 2 days ago

This was our first visit and, therefore, we did not know the exact location until arriving. Much to our surprise we found there was major construction being done in front of and surrounding the restaurant, even on a weekend evening. Parking difficult and walking also difficult. Learned this will be a long process as it is the underground work for public transportation into and out of dowtown SF from the train station, as well as the proposed Transbay Terminal.

Scott (San Francisco)
Dined 2 days ago

The meal was not quite up to snuff as my previous reviews. The chicken was a tad dry this time, but beef carpaccio salad and tarte tatin were delicious. Our guest ate her salad inordinately slow that probably screwed up the kitchen timing. I was quite uncomfortable as well as I could see the staff continually checking, but not in an obstrusive way. The Vacqueras that was recommended by the waiter was excellent.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
Dined 3 days ago

What a great restaurant! We had a wonderful Friday night dinner at Fringale. For starters we tried the foie gras, the prawns in pastis/tomato sauce and the crab napoleon. All were excellent. For entrees, we had the roast chicken and the rack of lamb. The lamb was perfectly prepared and absolutely delicious. Great French fries too. For dessert we shared the hazelnut mousse cake, and we loved it. We can't wait to go back.

vipAlainR (San Francisco)
Dined on January 16, 2018

Friendly service, delicious French food, good value.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
Dined on January 14, 2018

Great Restaurant with Excellent food. We will differently be back!
Thank you, Bob S. from Reno

vipCoxMT (San Francisco)
Dined on January 13, 2018

Fringale has been a favorite spot of ours for two years - since shortly after we moved to San Francisco. It is a great combination of dishes from le Midi down to pays Basque, all with both a Parisian and San Franciscan metropolitan flair that manages to keep true to the origins. From their delightful and seasonal cassoulet, to the foie gras d'oie, coq au vin, and one of our most favorites the crevettes au pastis, I have yet met a dish here I do not like. In addition, Fringale has curated to perfection a selection of wines, both local and French, to pair perfectly their diverse clientele's tastes with each dish on the menu.

If you haven't, eat here.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
Dined on January 12, 2018

I enjoyed a very nice lunch at Fringale. I had the calamari appetizer and roast chicken entree. I would have preferred some sort of potatoes with the chicken however was still very good! My empty glass also sat on my table for most of my lunch even though the waitress and bartender passed by me several times.

vipGoPears (San Francisco)
Dined on January 10, 2018

No question about it, Fringale is a wonderful French bistro. Their menu and service have, over the years, consistently been outstanding. Go there for lunch or dinner.

vipOpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
Dined on January 10, 2018

Food was quite good. Server was pleasant but wasn’t very attentive. For example, brought coffee but didn’t bring cream, never filled water glasses even though the restaurant was almost empty when we ordered coffee.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
Dined on January 10, 2018

We had a wonderful time at Fringale. The food is classic French, well executed and unpretentious. The service is outstanding, very attentive, friendly and accommodating. The noise level is fine, even though the restaurant was full it was easy to enjoy our conversation - which is not the case in so many other places these days. And they make a great martini. Overall, a wonderful experience that we will want to repeat!