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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.
San Francisco, CA 94107
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
Bryant & Brannan
$31 to $50
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There is also a public parking lot across the street.
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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Fringale Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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