Fringale

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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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vipLisaC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner at Fringale and are sorry it is closing. We will miss you!

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vipSusanP
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We will miss Fringale! One of a kind neighborhood restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best ever, so sorry to see them close. Looking forward to what Chapeau brings back with Suzette in a few months.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great last meal. Thank you for all the years of great meals and wonderful memories.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and exquisite knowledgable service.

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vipJaxEats
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

So sad that this gem of a restaurant is closing. Food is still excellent as well as service. The frisee salad is one of my favorite things to order there, and it did not disappoint this time. The duck confit, steak frites and lamb were all delicious. This place will be missed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
73 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fringale has been our favorite French bistro in San Francisco since it opened 28 years ago. How sad that it is closing! It has a delicious menu, delightful ambience, and charming servers. We loved our 3-course luncheon beginning with duck rillettes and prawns in Pastis, and then steak frites and duck confit, ending with hazelnut & almond mousse cake and warm chocolate gourmand. Very satisfying and reasonably priced, as well. Merci beaucoup!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So sad to say goodbye to our favorite restaurant in SF

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vipBruce
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am so sad that Fringale is closing later this month. I hope that the new management (Chapeau) keeps up this fine tradition

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StephenA
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been going here for years. Sorry to see that it is closing.

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vipMichna
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sadly, and I mean very, very sadly, Fringale as we know it will close next week. Although I am told that the restaurant, possibly with the same name, will open in a few months with a new owner, it's hard to say goodbye to this place. The food and the ambiance are always wonderful, a combination of a first rate classy restaurant and an informal bistro. To some extent the restaurant is a casualty of subway construction, which has gone on for almost six years.

We had the duck terrine, which was perfectly seasoned and presented and I had the rack of lamb, perfectly cooked and memorable.

We've been coming to Fringale for almost 25 years and, as above, it's difficult to say farewell to such a charming and wonderful eatery.

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vipDelightful
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Can’t believe they are closing on Saturday - please don’t !!!

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VeryHappyDiner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect in every way! Best food in San Francisco, and wonderful personal service. Fringale will be sorely missed. Rack of lamb perfectly done every time. Prawns pastis - the best thing I've ever eaten. The handmade spinach ravioli with the Roquefort - delicious! The tarte tartin for dessert tops off a perfect meal. Jean-Marie and his warm, excellent staff made this place feel like home, and it will be hard to find another dining experience as wonderful as this -- ever. A true gem, and a huge loss to the restaurant world and to San Francisco.

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vipAltair4
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. You can have a real conversation!

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vipLuc2dine
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been coming here for years. I bring, friends, business colleagues and entertain customers. Fringale’s is always stellar and this time was equally wonderful. It was a business lunch Thank you to the entire team.

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vipGeraldS
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food's still great. Sad that they're closing

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MissG
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Wonderful dining experience except for the tables are a bit to close, especially the 2 person tables along the window. Conversations from other diners are not easily ignored. Food was fantastic from salad to entree, but the hazelnut and almond cake was scrumptious.

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SophieD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place for consistant delicious french bistro food. Love the service and the quiet atmosphere.

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vipDavid
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We live in Santa Rosa (one hour north), and Fringale is our choice of French restaurant in SF. Over many years, each and every meal has been absolute perfection. Perfect in every way. The option of 3 courses for a fixed price is a great value.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Outstanding meals, particularly the rack of lamb and accompaniments. The recommended wines were disappointing, not complementing the food. It was new years eve, so was noisier and more crowded than usual, but the food made up for that. We are still raving about the excellent rack of lamb and green beans.

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SanFranciscofoodlover
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you want a wonderful meal, in a cozy bistro style setting, with attentive service, then Fringale should be your choice. Whether its a date night or a casual dinner, their great food and excellent service will make you very happy. From a longtime, very satisfied client and patron.

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vipSURI
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best French Restaurants I’ve been too

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vipBrittaJ
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Food was very good. We did the 3 courses for $50.00 each - it was too much food as we were 7 people and could have shared some appetizers. It was pricey but we were not expecting it to be inexpensive and the the quality of the food was high. I would recommend.

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Mooz
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb French fare and service

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vipglabrucherie
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been going to Fingale for over 15 years and it never disappoints! The prawns are always amazing.

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vipEdith
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, the food was first rate, the service fine, and the ambience perfect. Noise level low allowed nice conversation. Recommend the endive salad and moules. The fries were perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Casual, but stylish dining room. Excellent service. Generous portions. Food was nicely prepared. Style is fresh ingredients with subtle flavors.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our large group was perfectly served and made to feel special. The food was flawless. The cocktails were terrific. They have just one Pinot but it was delicious. Great experience.

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cedricc
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had the rack of lamb, deeeelicious, perfectly cook and a light crisp on the fatty edge. Will be going there again real soon. To my liking, the brussel sprouts could have been cooked a little longer. I like them tender.

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vipMiguelito
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Good food, but nothing exceptional and not cheap. a little crowded.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, solid entrees, delicious desserts

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StevenB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just my opinion but I think this is the best overall restaurant in the city ( we’ve been to a lot, but not all). Of course if you want Chinese, Indian, Mexican, etc. I’d recommend someplace else. This is one of the few places where you can actually have a conversation at your table. Great food and service, not a very large restaurant, reservations recommended .

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DennisG
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Thought the food was fantastic!
Endive/Arugula salad was a great start,
Our seafood and chicken entree were delicious!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful in ever way every time I’ve been over 25 consistent years. A treasure

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DonL
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

From an excellent Calvados cocktail to very savory appetizers and copious entree of PEI mussels, the meal was noteworthy and very French in an understated, genuine way. Good-sized portions. Reasonably priced as well

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vipAliLynn
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and great service! Excellent location for dinner before a show. Highly recommend the rib eye, lamb, and pate. The potato gratin is superb!

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viplaurayecies
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

really outstanding - food was delicious, service excellent

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vipLoveSacramento
Sacramento
89 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lamb chops and hangar steak were cooked perfectly. Potatoes w the lamb were delectable and frites were great.
Ice cream sundae was really really good. Service was totally professional and flawless.

We arrived with chair pads and a walker on our first dinner out following knee surgery and were met at the door with a warm welcome and help getting to the table.

We have been coming to Fringale for three decades and the quality of the meals and warmth of the place will keep us coming back for years to come.

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vipaaaa
New York Area
50 reviews