Fringale

4.7
2182 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
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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Neighborhood
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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.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Join us on Christmas Eve for our special prix fix 3 course menu for $52 per person.

Monday, December 24, 2018

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Join us on New Years Eve for a special prix fix menu. $85 per person with optional wine pairing at $40 pp.

Monday, December 31, 2018

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

What 2182 People Are Saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Disappointing service. We were early and made to feel uncomfortable. A three to wed filled with a couple while another two top remained empty. Our party of three was finally seated after walk in’s got a table

Food okay but overall Very disappointing

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OT
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Service was slow and cold. Food was mediocre at best. did not feel like staying more for dessert. Was so disappointed.

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h
Louisville
33 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice real European service. Fine Freck cuisine. Limited wine selections.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The tuna sandwich was excellent and was paired with a small salad and pommes frites. Yum!

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DB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We used to live down the street from this restaurant and it was great to see that 6 years later, it was still just as delicious and authentic French as it was then - with even some of the same staff! It's a precious gem, don't miss out!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and food!

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g
Sacramento
51 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fringales is always an excellent experience at a reasonable price.

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NN
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was very good, the very high prices was the negative.

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San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best French bistro in San Francisco. Great dinner as always. This time we had vegetarians in our group and they really enjoyed the roquefort raviolis and the couscous veggie plat.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday – – Great food and service.… It's a gem of a restaurant!

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S
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fringale is one of my favorite lovely but not fussy San Francisco restaurants. The menu has some classics that appear most of the time but also seasonal items for each course. Cocktails and wine offerings are varied and appealing. Service is always good. And, if you are on the Peninsula, take CalTrain and walk the few short blocks to Fringale!

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I
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food here is very reliable and the cassoulet was outstanding.

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LK
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I love Fringale.
The food never disappoints !
Also love our server. She is knowledgeable and kind.
Best Tuna Burger and Duck Confit.

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T
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fringale is always consistently civilized--lovely tablecloth service, quiet, excellent preparation of dishes. Unlike many SF restaurants, it is actually worth what you pay. It's been around for decades and doesn't follow the latest hipster craze.

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H
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great French restaurant! Please support it during this never-ending, disruptive construction!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always enjoy our meal at Fringale.

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BT
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was pleasantly surprised! Decor was beautiful and clean and cozy. Food was delicious and wine was spot on. Could not have asked for a better night..

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R
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

This place is never busy and you can always get a reservation. The food and service is fine but nothing to write home about. The place is a bit low energy and could try harder in all aspects - especially in the thriving SoMa neighborhood.

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DC
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always love going to Fringale, our favorite French restaurant in SF. Relaxed casual atmosphere, delicious food, and a great value. Highly recommended!

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We came here after seeing a matinee show; our reservation was early (5:30) and so the restaurant was not busy yet. However, within an hour the place was full! It is not a big place to begin with—it’s a delightful and cozy place that didn’t feel “stuffy.”

The bartender was quite generous with our cocktails! Our food was excellent—from the appetizers to the desserts, the four of us were not disappointed. Each of us ordered something different and none of us had anything bad to say about our dishes. Food was cooked well and so flavorful and the proportions were just right. All plates from start to finish were returned empty—we left no morsel behind!

While it was a bit difficult to hear and understand our server, he was attentive and friendly. Service was good all around.

It really was a perfect way to end our evening! This place did not disappoint! We are sure to return to this lovely restaurant...

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RJ
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Our first time here, a very nice evening. Cozy, comfortable. A full bar, so we had time to enjoy a cocktail to start and wine with our meal. We chose the prix fixe option $48 for three courses, a good value. Everything was very good. It's comfortable food, not cutting edge, but not stodgy either. The carpaccio and moules and frites were probably our favorites. The calamari a la plancha also very well prepared, the calamari properly cooked. Both desserts were very nice. Service was very good. All in all, a lovely night out.

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j
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superbe and constantly good food

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JM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yet another wonderful meal.
Merci!

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MB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food and wine at Fringale are excellent. The Roquefort and spinach ravioli is divine, the best pasta I've had in ages. The only quibble was that mid-way through our lovely meal pop music suddenly came on the restaurant speakers. It sounded like a French version of Madonna and was so out of synch with the elegant atmosphere, and louder than was comfortable for conversion, that members of our table and the one next to ours exchanged comments. The waiter turned it down but seemed unsure what we were objecting to. I prefer either music that complements the food - and is hardly noticed - or none at all. But that is a personal preference. We will return to Fringale!

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C
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice menu, not way too many options. Nice wine list, also curated like the food. Impeccable service.

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WW
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service, great food, and great value. I always get the prix fixe menu. Three courses (with good sized portions) for $48.00. If you hate leaving a restaurant still hungry, then this is the place for you.

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CZ
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was great, even though they ran out of the sea-bass by 6:15pm. Two of us ordered it from the menu after our server recommended it and then she had to come back after going to put our order in and ask us to pick something else. We ended up with the Petrale sole and risotto and it was very good. The wine we had was French and A-mazing! The wine list is small though, not many choices for being in California. The table was small and cramped for 4 people. I'll bet this restaurant will be happy when the construction out front is finally finished. A good place for locals walking to it. Not great to park nearby or for Uber pickups.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We were looking for a place near CalTrain, for dinner after a matinee show, and had high expectations. The waiter seemed annoyed when we didn't orders appetizers, the Petrale Sole was very bland, the Seafood Basquaise was quite good. Prices were about 25% higher than sample menus on both Open Table & Yelp, which isn't cool. Two entrees and two glasses of their cheapest wine cost $100 bucks. Will not return, too many other good options.

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DL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is one of the very best value restaurants in the city. It isn't cheap but when you consider the consistent high quality of every dish you can see you get your money's worth. Andre, the waiter we like to go to is almost, or just plain is, psychic. You expect a good waiter to come around at times throughout the meal enough times to make sure you aren't waiting for something, but not so many times that you aren't interrupted. Andre either has this balance perfectly or close enough that you'd think he's reading your mind.
The prawn appetizer is both terrific and yet not too much or heavy at all. The lamb and the scalloped potatoes are also real stand-outs but everything has been so good every time we've been there that I don't think you can go wrong. When you want to take someone out to a place that will be really special, this is definitely the place.

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d
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Superb...our waiter was gtacious well versed and kind...even got us a cab

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L
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our second time at this restaurant and it is as outstanding as the first visit. The food is simply outstanding: creative and incredibly well prepared. Always excellent service. This time, because of a large conference in town, there was a delay in their having our table ready. I have never seen ANY restaurant handle the matter so well - so quietly and so gracefully. It is easy to see why they have a very loyal clientele.

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A
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu of well-prepared, beautifully presented food. Something for everyone. French influence throughout the menu and delightful french staff. Love the small venue and cozy yet elegant ambiance. Always a go- to for a special occasion.

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G
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

A fantastic French restaurant at a very reasonable price.

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FA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food was excellent...owner stayed late to honor our 2:30 end of lunch reservation. We did not feel rushed.

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BW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very relaxed. The onion tart was over the top. The service is so family style

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SF
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fringale has a warm neighborhood vibe. The food is fantastic—varied menu, creative and beautifully plated. The service was professional and friendly. It goes to the top of our list for San Francisco restaurants.

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OT
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an excellent meal and value.

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O
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you are in SF and have the opportunity to eat here, you owe it to yourself not to miss it!

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GC
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was outstanding! And so very very French. The food was divine. My sole was only a tad disappointing, but may have just been my personal taste. EVERYTHING else was divine. Classic French cuisine with a bit of a California twist. They will boom again when that construction is finally finished. IT's worth the schlep around the future muni line construction. LOVED IT!

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great customer service from start to finish! Lovely having the foreign touch with all servers fluent in French!! My server was very attentive and accommodating

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