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570 Fourth St, San Francisco, CA 94107 (Mission)
+1 415-543-0573
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Ranked #360 of 5,040 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $21 - $80
Hours:
Sun - Wed 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Tue - Wed 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thu 5:30 am - 9:30 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Cuisines: French, Bistro
Neighborhood:
SoMa
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Good for: Romance
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
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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English first
Sebastopol, California
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

This was a very nice find. Our waitress was friendly and helpful with the menu. The atmosphere was warm and relaxing. We had the Petrale Sole and it was done to perfection. The salad choices were terrific. We look forward to a return dinner.

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Sylvie L, Owner at Fringale, responded to this review

I'm glad your Petrale Sole was delicious! I will be more than happy to pass along your compliments about the service to my staff. Thank you for coming to try us, and I look forward to seeing you for that return dinner. Best, Jean-Marie Legendre, Owner More 

New York City, New York
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Great French influenced basque restaurant. Every course was delicious, but the lamb chops are some of the most flavorful and properly cooked that I have ever had. Service is very efficient, but sort of with a bit of French attitude (not the most cheerful, but not by any means bad). Would definitely return.

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Sylvie L, Owner at Fringale, responded to this review

Our lamb chops are some of the most flavorful you've ever had? That's a great compliment! I'm glad to hear your service was efficient, and look forward to having you back for some more lamb chops soon. Best, Jean-Marie Legendre, Owner More 

Beijing, China
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

This is a very nice restaurant and we went for our New Year's Eve dinner. It is not too pricy considering its location and on New Year's Eve. Food is good. Sea Bass could not have been Chilean but we were told it is Chilean. We had Chilean Sea Bass before and we knew this wasn't Chilean. Filet Mignon was... More 

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Sylvie L, Owner at Fringale, responded to this review

Thank you for letting us host your new year's dinner, Tony! I'm sorry to hear that there seemed to be a miscommunication about the sea bass,we did order chilean seabass from our fish market and that was what we paid for according to our receipts. However, I am glad that the filet was good. We hope this will be the... More 

San Francisco, California
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

Wow. And that response is foremost for the service here - absolutely terrific! We had a reservation, were greeted pleasantly & promptly on arrival and the next few hours we were treated to some of the best wait service I have had in the city since living here. And I eat out a LOT! The food & ambiance was terrific... More 

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Sylvie L, Owner at Fringale, responded to this review

The best waitstaff you've had in the city? Consider our day made, Jennifer! We're glad you finally decided to stop in and try out some of our duck confit. We hope to see you again soon, Jean-Marie Legendre, Owner More 

Northern California
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Fringale is in the SOMA....an edgy part of town. So it makes sense to me that the prices were very reasonable and the portions very good as well.....especially for a French restaurant. Everything was delicious. Les Garcons were very nice and attentive, nothing like Paris! My only negative....$25 corkage! Yikes! I'm used to the Napa Valley where the corkage fee... More 

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Sylvie L, Owner at Fringale, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed your meal with us. It's great to hear your server was friendly and helpful. Hope you'll visit us again next time you're in San Francisco. All the best, Jean-Marie Legendre, Owner More 

San Francisco, California
Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Excellent traditional French food, served very professionally by true French waiters (but without the bad attitude!). This is a good place to impress your friends by ordering in French. I was surprised by the reasonable prices, especially for the Menu Prix Fixe (3 courses). Cozy & small restaurant makes for a romantic setting. Try to get a window seat (for... More 

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Sylvie L, Owner at Fringale, responded to this review

Merci for your kind words! It's great to hear you enjoyed our Prix Fixe menu and romantic ambiance. Looking forward to seeing you again soon! Bon Appétit, Jean-Marie Legendre, Owner More 

San Francisco
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Been going to Fringale for many years. Some of the dishes are as good as any you'll find in SF. It is small and sometimes crowded, but the staff have been there for a long time and they're typical bistro pros. The menu changes from time to time but it could do with more seasonal changes.

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Sylvie L, Owner at Fringale, responded to this review

I'm very pleased to hear you are a longtime fan. It's wonderful that you enjoy our bistro vibe and that our staff has always been consistent. Hope to see you again soon! Best, Jean-Marie Legendre, Owner More 

Gig Harbor, Washington
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Was taken there on a recent busy Friday evening for a 7PM reservation. The place is very small, over crowded, no privacy, uncomfortable chairs, and devoid of ambience. Our older male, bearded waiter, was very abrupt and unfriendly. So much so, that we started comparing the service to the infamous "soup Nazi" segments on the old Jerry Seinfeld Show. Service... More 

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Sylvie L, Owner at Fringale, responded to this review

This is really disheartening to hear, James. As great as Seinfield is, we want to avoid comparisons like that at all costs. Thank you for giving us a heads up about this. I'll be sure to relay your feedback to the rest of the team to ensure we're always on our A-game. In the meantime, we hope you'll decide to... More 

Orinda
Top Contributor
124 reviews 124 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 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 

State College, Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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 

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Additional Information about Fringale

Address: 570 Fourth St, San Francisco, CA 94107
Phone Number: +1 415-543-0573
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Mission
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm  11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm  11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday 5:30 am - 9:30 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 2:30 pm  5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 21 - 80
Cuisine: French, Bistro

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