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Fringale

570 Fourth St, San Francisco, CA 94107 (Mission)
+1 415-543-0573
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Ranked #309 of 4,936 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $21 - $80
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Cuisines: French, Bistro
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Good for: Romance
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Mission
Cross street: Bryant & Brannan
Description: Fringale pioneered the South of Market culinary renaissance as one of the first true French bistros in San Francisco. Featuring French/ Basque cuisine, specialties include spicy Monterey calamari with jalapenos & chorizo, foie gras terrine with nectarine compote, bacon wrapped pork tenderloin, and braised savoy cabbage with caramelized onion sauce. Also popular is traditional duck confit served with lentils "Du Puy" in red wine sauce. The restaurant's sponged eggshell colored walls, blonde wooden chairs, sand and earth toned banquettes 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 meal prepared by one of the finest French kitchens in San Francisco. In addition to a full bar, Fringale's wine list offers a fine selection of California wines along with wine selections from smaller French producers.
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Orinda
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112 reviews 112 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We were greeted by a lovely host who immediately took us to our table. He suggested a wonderful bottle of wine. The ravioli appetizer was the best thing. The shrimp were a bit overcooked, but it had a nice sauce. The seabass was also overcooked but tasty. The seafood stew had a nice flavor but was slightly overcooked. I enjoyed... More

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Sylvie L, Owner at Fringale, responded to this review

I'm thrilled you enjoyed a great meal with us. It's wonderful to hear your server hit the nail on the head with the wine recommendation and that you loved the Ravioli appetizer. However, I'm sorry to hear the sea bass dish was a bit over done. Normally, our kitchen cooks each dish to perfection, so I'm sorry we slightly missed... More

Bratislava, Slovakia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

I have been to this wonderful restaurant for the second time with the same business friend. The first time it was because it was convenient, walking distance, to the Moscone Center. The second time was because it was such a great experience. The wait staff was superb. The bistro menu had a fine range of 1st and 2nd courses. I... More

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Sylvie L, Owner at Fringale, responded to this review

Top French restaurant choice in San Fancisco? That's quite the compliment! We're thrilled to hear you're such a fan. So glad you enjoyed your meal both times you've come to visit. And it's great to know you love our extensive wine selection. Our staff works hard to bring that extra special 'je ne sais quois' to every table, so I'll... More

Santa Rosa, California
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55 reviews 55 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I've been here a handful of times and each experience has been great. I've had the lamb, and the mussels, as well as their specials. All are delicious. The fries and potatoes gratin great sides. Great friendly service (even for a French restaurant)

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Sylvie L, Owner at Fringale, responded to this review

We're so thrilled to count you as a member of the Fringale family, Scott! It's wonderful to hear you've enjoyed so many of our menu items. Our team works hard to bring that certain 'je ne sais quois' of French dining to San Francisco, so I'll be sure to pass along your kind words. Hope to see you again soon,... More

Wausau, Wisconsin
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82 reviews 82 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

This gem deserves at least one Michelin star. We dined here during Dine About Town week. The dinner menu was a great value. The service was superb and the dining room is beautiful but simple. Ravioli takes on a new dimension in their spinach and rocquefort dish. The ravioli was thin, delicate and the best ever. Their preparation of pork... More

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Sylvie L, Owner at Fringale, responded to this review

Wow! You really know how to make our day! We are thrilled you able to visit us during the Dine About Town week. Our staff works hard to bring that certain je ne sais quois to every meal, and I will be sure to pass along your wonderful compliments. So glad that you truly enjoyed each dish, from the ravioli,... More

Sebastopol, California
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113 reviews 113 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

I had the appetizer special that consistent of nicely cooked vegetables with a vinaigrette dressing simple and properly done. For the main dish I had the classic french duck confit. It was nicely done but lucked the wow factor. The dessert was well done. Warm chocolate cake with ice cream. Overall nice meal great service and I will be back... More

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Sylvie L, Owner at Fringale, responded to this review

Thanks for stopping by, Michel. Although I wish you'd been as impressed with the duck confit as with your appetizer and dessert, I'm glad you enjoyed your experience overall, and I appreciate your honest feedback. Hope to have the pleasure of hosting you again soon! All the best, Jean-Marie Legendre, Owner More

San Francisco
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

I am not a professional reviewer, and this is just my opinion. My wife and I have enjoyed the food at Fringale ever since it opened in 1991, with Gerald Hirigoyen (of Piperade and Bocadillos fame) in the kitchen. Many of his Basque signature dishes are still on the menu. Then Hirigoyen and his partner sold the restaurant to Jean-Marie... More

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Sylvie L, Owner at Fringale, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the detailed review. It's wonderful to hear that, 22 years later, you and your wife are still loyal customers. I appreciate the support and look forward to welcoming you back next time. Best wishes Jean-Marie Legendre, Owner More

San Francisco, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

We went here for valentines day meal and were super excited for some great French cuisine based on previous reviews and zagat rating. The service was outstanding, super polite, courteous however it is a shame the food didn't match. We thought the food was overpriced for the quality and was not seasoned very well.

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Sylvie L, Owner at Fringale, responded to this review

My apologies for the delayed reply—we're just getting active on Tripadvisor. Although I'm pleased to hear you were impressed with our service, I'm sorry you were disappointed with your meal. I realize it's been several months since you came in, but do you remember which dishes you tried? If so, please don't hesitate to email me at info@fringalesf.com. We're always... More

Huntington, New York
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35 reviews 35 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

We were a party of three dining at Fringale for the first time. We will be back many times I am sure. The food was delicious - excellent French bistro fare - and the service was perfect. I loved the Seafood Basquaise. The mussels were excellent as was the simple, but perfectly roasted organic chicken. Our waiter was attentive and... More

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Sylvie L, Owner at Fringale, responded to this review

Thanks for stopping by and sharing your experience, Bob. Delicious food, warm service, lively atmosphere—it sounds like we did right by you on all accounts, which is truly flattering to hear. Looking forward to welcoming you back next time! Best wishes, Jean-Marie Legendre, Owner More

Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

About a mile from downtown, is is lovely family bistro. Excellent food and wine. All tasted very authentic and homemade. Full all night we were there, but service never faltered. Wonderful homemade desserts. Difficult to get a cab back to downtown at night. Ask them to call.

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Sylvie L, Owner at Fringale, responded to this review

Thanks for the review. We work hard to impress our customers with delicious, authentic French cuisine and attentive service, and it's great to hear we were on point when you came in. Hope to have the pleasure of hosting you again soon! All the best, Jean-Marie Legendre, Owner More

Canton, Michigan
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68 reviews 68 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

Quaint, fine-dining French restaurant, with a great affordable menu. The entire team loved their respective courses. Potato leek soup was enjoyed by the entire group. My sea bass was exquisite, and the others loved the short ribs and seafood medley. The almond custard desert was decadent.

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