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

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Fringale Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (42)
Good for a Date (37)
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Authentic (29)
Quiet Conversation (28)
Fit for Foodies (28)
Cozy (27)
Romantic (25)
Good for Birthdays (24)
Good for Anniversaries (22)
Worth the Drive (19)
Pre/post Theatre (16)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Business Meals (15)
Casual (15)
Great for Lunch (14)
Comfort Food (13)
Bar Seating (10)
Notable Wine List (9)
Fun (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
People Watching (5)
Seasonal (5)
Healthy (5)
Organic (3)
Paleo Friendly (2)
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Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Great food, great cocktails, and great service.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

I always enjoy Fringale. It really is a neighborhood gem, that has managed to please customers for many years. The food is very good, the service is warm and friendly, and the prices are not over the top.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Authentic, Business Meals, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Wonderful restaurant. It was our first time dining there, and we absolutely enjoyed the excellent service, great food, and warm ambiance.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Very nice setting, great staff.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Unfortunately, the food is simply mediocre. Calamari appetizer was nice. Fish main course was not worthwhile - bland sole on a pile of simple rice (oops, i mean risotto). The hazelnut dessert cake was horrible - way to sweet and artificial tasting.. leaving a terrible taste in our mouths and a bad way to finish an otherwise forgettable meal.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Excellent food, great service, extremely friendly, and quiet. Go!!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

A pleasant restaurant with delicious food and wine.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

First time there. Foods are delicious, portions are good, waiters/waitress are friendly. Love it and will visit again.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Went here on a recommendation during restaurant week and was not disappointed. it's a smallish place, quiet, a small bar and very comfortable ambiance. Service was top shelf as was the food; good portions, nicely presented and left me wishing there was a bit more. Good selections of wine by the glass that complimented the menu nicely. All in all, a neighborhood gem that we will visit again.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Fringale never fails to deliver! Fantastic food and warm service. 👍👍👍

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Love Fringale. Always great food and service. Highly recommend it.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Great meal, but we felt rushed by the servers. They didn't give us time to enjoy our before dinner cocktails and didn't pick up on our statements of surprise.. "Wow why is food is here so soon?"

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Fringale has been a go-to spot for me and my family for 25 years. Love the shrimp in pastis, can hardly ever not order it as a starter, but in addition to standards the menu always has new options. Very hard to maintain this level of consistent excellence over such a long period. Bravo!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 24, 2018

The food at Fringale is very very good. But, unfortunately, this visit the service wasn't up to par - which is unusual for Fringale. Throughout the lunch, the water was never refilled, even though my guest's glasses were completely empty - and our server was somewhat curt.
But, I'll continue to go to Fringale, and hope that this visit was an exception.
Fringale is a lovely, small, authentic restaurant, where you can count on very good food at a very fair price.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Business Meals
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Nice start to SF restaurant week.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Excellent food and service. It is a testament to how fabulous Fringale is that people are still visiting in spite of the construction out front!! It will be great when the subway is finished!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 22, 2018

This is a small restaurant.
Despite the fact of many excellent restaurants in San Francisco, this restaurant offers still very excellent dinners in the more traditional french way
The servers seems to be well trained.
I used the restaurant to have a quired business dinner with 4 people close to Moscone center. Everybody found it was very good.
I was there on a Monday evening and it was full.

I would not label it as very fancy or to impress people with high specialty plates.

Quality food and price are very good for San Francisco.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Great place

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Friendly service, delicious French food, good value.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Organic, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 12, 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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Romantic
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 (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.

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vip
 (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.

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 9, 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 8, 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 2, 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 December 31, 2017

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 30, 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 28, 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 26, 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 24, 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 19, 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 19, 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 16, 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 13, 2017

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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