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Fringale

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SoMa
French, Pub, Bistro
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570 Fourth St, San Francisco, CA 94107 (Bryant & Brannan)
+1 415-543-0573
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5:30 am - 9:30 pm
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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
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Fringale pioneered the South of Market culinary renaissance as one of the...
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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  • 45
    Excellent
  • 38
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Fringale - a franco-basque teasure

A restaurant we never fail to visit for lunch when spending time in San Francisco; the food is excellent and the service always special. Takes some planning to find and park, but worth the effort.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
Pierre B
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Santa Barbara, California
Good for:
  • Romantic
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Santa Barbara, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

A restaurant we never fail to visit for lunch when spending time in San Francisco; the food is excellent and the service always special. Takes some planning to find and park, but worth the effort.

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Boca Raton, Florida
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191 reviews 191 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
163 helpful votes 163 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Very good French food with excellent, friendly service in a very nice atmosphere. One star deducted due to difficulty [terrible traffic] in getting to it from Hilton & then difficulty in getting taxi or uber to go back to Hilton. And this was on a night when there was no game at AT&T.

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52 reviews 52 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Nice romantic date night spot. It has been there for decades. I love their crab appetizer when it's in season. Service is always warm and impeccable.

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Sylvie L, Owner at Fringale, responded to this review

This is exactly what I love to read, and I'm so glad you've had the chance to join us for your date night. Hope to see you again soon! All the best, Jean-Marie Legendre, Owner More 

Walnut Creek, California
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97 reviews 97 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

After reading reviews we settled on Fringale for San Francisco restaurant week. We were not disappointed. We received excellent service and had an outstanding meal. We will definitely return.

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Sylvie L, Owner at Fringale, responded to this review

Glad to hear you enjoyed your meal so much! Thanks for choosing us during Restaurant Week. I will be sure to pass on your compliments to my staff and look forward to seeing you again soon. All the best, Jean-Marie Legendre, Owner More 

Palo Alto, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Let's start with the best part of the experience: the staff is really friendly, and extremely professional. The atmosphere is very cozy and relaxing. The food... I would say, overall, slightly above the average. The quality is certainly not proportional to the high prices of the dishes on the menu. Excellent wine list, and good desserts. Among the starters, special... More 

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Sylvie L, Owner at Fringale, responded to this review

While I'm glad you enjoyed the atmosphere, service, and wine, I wish we could have impressed you more with our food. We always want our guests to leave completely satisfied with their experience, and I'm sorry to hear we weren't able to do that this time. I know we're better than this, and would love the chance to show you... More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Went here for a meeting over dinner. Food was good! Had the roasted beet special and the beef carpaccio. Reasonably priced and fresh. However, the waiter was extremely intrusive, constantly leaning over the table to clear dishes that weren't empty and glasses we were still drinking from - often interrupting the conversation. To the point where it was frankly difficult... More 

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Sylvie L, Owner at Fringale, responded to this review

When you sit down at our table, we want both your food and service to be excellent, Eliza. I'm sorry to hear that wasn't the case on the day you were in. I know we're better than this, and I'd love the chance to show you that in the future. All the best, Jean-Marie Legendre, Owner More 

Worcester, United Kingdom
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368 reviews 368 reviews
206 restaurant reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

This is a French bistro type restaurant with a great menu. But what makes it stand out from other restaurants is the friendly, jovial staff. Our waiter was very professional but very friendly and witty! When we said one of our party had a train to catch he made sure the dessert came speedily. Highly recommend.

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Sylvie L, Owner at Fringale, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. I will be more than happy to pass on your compliments to my staff. I appreciate the recommendation, and hope to see you again soon. All the best, Jean-Marie Legendre, Owner More 

Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Authentic french restaurant. Amazing pommes frites! Everything was perfectly done. They even catered to our time constraints. We arrived late because of the traffic and needed to be out early for our cirque du soleil tickets. Great job!

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Sylvie L, Owner at Fringale, responded to this review

Great choice on the pomme frites! Sounds like you had a great time! I'm glad to hear you were able to make it to the show on time. Look forward to seeing you again soon. All the best, Jean-Marie Legendre, Owner More 

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

I love this place, first dined here in the early 90's, just excellent. The room is quite beautiful, the service professional, warm and very friendly. On my last visit I had the Rack of Lamb, so good. The sponge cake bread pudding with bananas and chocolate, delicious. There's a good reason why this restaurant has been in business so long,... More 

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Sylvie L, Owner at Fringale, responded to this review

Thank you for being such a loyal customer, Fred! Great choice on the rack of lamb and bread pudding. We hope to welcome you back again soon. All the best, Jean-Marie Legendre, Owner More 

Charlotte, North Carolina
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83 reviews 83 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

I've been to this place a few times and normally recommend it. It's very small and the night we went it was packed. Normally the service is excellent but our table was ignored for 15 mintues after being seated. We had to ask another waiter to send our waiter over which was amazing since we were seated directly in the... More 

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Sylvie L, Owner at Fringale, responded to this review

I appreciate your recommendation! Sorry to hear your service was a little slower than usual, but I'm glad you enjoyed your calamari. We always aim for our service to be attentive and efficient, and it sounds like we might have been having a little bit of an off night on your last visit. Look forward to seeing you again soon.... 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>  > SoMa
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, Pub, Bistro

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 570 Fourth St, San Francisco, CA 94107
    (Bryant & Brannan)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > SoMa
  • Neighborhood: SoMa
  • Phone Number: +1 415-543-0573

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 80
  • Cuisine: French, Pub, Bistro

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romantic

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.
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

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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