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About Fringale

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.

570 4th Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French, Basque

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Bryant & Brannan

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 543-0573

Website:
http://www.fringalesf.com/

Parking Details:
There is also a public parking lot across the street.

Executive Chef:
Tripp Mauldin

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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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Sun - Thu 5:30PM - 6:15PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM

Fri - Sat 9:00PM - 10:00PM

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Fringale Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (38)
Authentic (31)
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Special Occasion (28)
Good for Anniversaries (26)
Fit for Foodies (26)
Good for Birthdays (22)
Cozy (22)
Romantic (21)
Worth the Drive (20)
Quiet Conversation (20)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Comfort Food (12)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Casual (11)
Great for Lunch (11)
Business Meals (10)
Bar Seating (8)
Good for Groups (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Healthy (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Seasonal (5)
Fun (5)
People Watching (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

Friendly service, delicious French food, good value.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Organic, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

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

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (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!

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 9, 2018

I've been here many times with family and friends. Always good & creative food, and efficient, friendly service. No snobbery here! Was there 2 nights ago, and though nearly packed-it was quiet enough for unstrained conversation. I have no specific menu recommendations as it has all been excellent in my experience.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 3, 2018

We love this place for a lot of reasons. My husband says it has the best Glacé Vanille in the world. Main courses were just perfectly prepared. We try to be regulars when we are in the city

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Very enjoyable bistro with solid food and charming service. Good and unusual selection of wines by the glass...This was my second trip and I will definitely be back; better option than most of what's available in the Mission!

Tags: Romantic, Bar Seating, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We have been going to Fringale's almost since it opened in the late '90's or early 2000's. We go every few years to celebrate our anniversary, go with out of town friends or relatives. The quality of food and experience has been consistently excellent over the years.

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Fringale was good. This was our second time here this year. The food is excellent, traditional French bistro food. The tables are very close together, and the restaurant is noisy. We sat near a group of very loud young people, piercing with their voices. Fish choices, and duck were excellent. We would go back there again. Be sure to notice the bar top which is made of copper.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Always SUPERB food. It's a close walk from my house and very friendly staff that have been there for years. If you want fresh, simple French comfort food; this is the place. Good reasonable wine list.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

A jewel of a find! Had planned to dine here long time ago but was discouraged by the parking situation. So we decided to have an early Christmas Eve dinner, lucked out on spot on Brannan and had a fabulous holiday meal.
We were welcomed warmly by the bartender, ushered to a windowside table that we forgot we had requested. Our server Andre was warm just so, service was prompt and the food was delicious!
My pre-fixe at $52 started with butter lettuce with boquerones (anchovies) in the cheesy dressing. Had the perfectly fried sole on a bed of baby spinach (substitute for the risotto). M loved his prawns ala plancha and grilled lamb chops. Our tarte tatin took us back to the Fifth Arrondissement in our favorite city.
With a killer martini, a Pinot Noir and two coffees, our tab was about $131. What a deal.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Groups, Casual, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Always great. This is a little gem of a place that when we arrive, we wonder why we don't eat here often. Service is spectacular, very french. Food is always excellent. Very comfortable place to sit and talk with friends or even have a business conversation.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 20, 2017

ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS. Nothing has changed over the years. Merci beaucoup!

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Romantic, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Delicious rack of lamb dinner! Cooked perfectly medium rare. Green beans and au gratin potatoes were delicious, too.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2017

The service at Fringale is incomparable in SF. Fantastic! Love the French vibe!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Wonderful as usual. No wonder they've been around for 25 years?

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We live across the country, but have been going to Fringale since it's first review after it opened more than 25 years ago. The food and service are as superb now as then-so happy to see the restaurant continues to thrive with it's simple classic French cuisine made with impeccable ingredients. Bravo!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Lovely French spot, warm, elegant not overly fancy. Very friendly, timely service with a lot of smile and sense of humor. We had Foie Gras Terrine & Hanger Steak; tasty, unpretentious classical French cuisine - cooked and served beautifully and with love!! Met the owner Jean-Marie who keeps everything “rolling nicely". We will definitively be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

Cozy but 6 person lunch group next to us were so loud it made us think we were being punished for wanting a quiet lunch in nice restaurant, food ok but suggest duck entree needs some green/veg (lentil and fries too carb heavy) service was good...sorry but won’t be back...

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 5, 2017

This our favorite French restaurant in San Francisco. The duck confit is a special dish that can't be found at many restaurants. Thanks to Jean-Marie, the owner, for wonderful service and French cuisine.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Casual, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 5, 2017

It's a little out of the way but a wonderful French bistro style. Food was great and super reasonable. Great house cocktails and, although I didn't look too closely, a very nice selection of wines. Food was traditional but well and tastefully prepared. At first I felt uneasy because it's a small place, but I was wrong. We intend to go back.

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

We have been going to Fringale for at least 20 years. The food quality and service has been consistently superb each time we've been there. Everything is extremely well prepared and flavorful, using fresh ingredients. It's always a pleasure anticipating our experience, and equally well reflecting on the evening, whether it be a celebration, as it was this last time, or just an even out at a lovely restaurant!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Romantic, Fun, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Wonderful. Consistently fresh, classic and delicious food. Service is perfect. Amazing ravioli, salad, Coq au Vin, duck confit, pommes frites, wine, cappuccinos and apple tartine. Lovely!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Food was amazing, noise level was bit high when all tables are full. But ambiance is very nice.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Fringale was our favorite restaurant when we lived in SF almost 20 years ago. We returned for a day visit and included it for our evening meal. It was as wonderful as we remembered! We had 7:15 reservations and found that we were free to eat much earlier. I called and asked if they could fit us in then and they had an opening in 30 minutes. (5:30 pm) We rushed over, were the first to be seated and by 6 pm they were practically full! The staff are low-key, friendly and extremely efficient. Our waiter was perfect and when I found I had a stain on my sweater half-way through my meal, he appeared out of nowhere with a glass of water and a clean towel. The food was superb: I had the special - the coq au vin and my partner had the duck confit. From bread to dessert it was the kind of meal that makes you feel that all is right with the world. What more could one possibly want?

Tags: Romantic, Bar Seating, Authentic
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vip
 (京都)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Jean Marie and Ramon were terrific as always

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 28, 2017

If you want great food and friendly service this is for you. The location just a couple of blocks from the San Francisco Cal Train station is a plus for meeting folks from the peninsula. Just ignore the construction on 4th street.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Great food as always. It was a Monday, so the waiter did say they were out of a few items, but it was as I remember it. Ever since my one dinner at Fleur de Leis (?) where I learned of Fringale back in 1994, I have been coming to Fringale. It's one of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 28, 2017

We have been going to eat at Fringale for years - and it is always wonderful! The service is attentive, but not overly so; the wine list is good (but not too overpriced); we love the steak (onglet) and duck confit as entrees. I tried the roquefort and spinach ravioli this time and quite enjoyed it; my husband had the frisee salad - yum. It is a smallish restaurant, but not too loud. Overall, we recommend this restaurant highly.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 27, 2017

How can you not love going to Fringale for authentic French food served by a very French server in a cozy restaurant that makes you feel like you're family. The food is delicious. The portions are moderate, but who wants to be overly stuffed after a great meal. The duck foigras pate was delicious with the bread. The shrimps with bacon was super delicious. Our entrees of the sable and pork were both superb, and the side of potatoes au gratin were terrific. Oh, the dessert was delicious, too. Parking around the place can be challenging with all the new construction. So just park across the street and pay the $15 dollar parking fee. What else can you do to avoid the frustration and walk across the street to Fringale where great food and wine are waiting.

Tags: Comfort Food, Organic, Authentic, Fun, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Paleo Friendly, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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vip
 (London)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Warm thoughtful service and delicious food as always

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

I've been enjoying delicious dinners at Fringale for years, and it is my favorite restaurant in San Francisco. The setting is intimate, the staff is attentive and professional, and the food is first rate. An evening at Fringale is always a special occasion!

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Authentic, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Professional, fast, and courteous service. The food was good, and well priced for the area. The atmosphere was not upscale, but didn’t feel gaudy.

The food was prepared well, I have a steak while my boyfriend had duck confit. He found it dry, but I found my to be excellent.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 16, 2017

The food was very good. Service was good and they were very accommodating to my special dietary needs

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Authentic French food in a quiet but energetic room. Great ambience, food, service! If you have s French friend or francophile visiting this is the place.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Authentic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Delightful place that I remember from the 1990s. It is still very good and very much a treat.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Food was excellent, particularly salads & mains. Just a very warm, comfortable atmosphere with excellent food.

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