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570 4th St, San Francisco, CA 94107-1620 (Bryant & Brannan)
+1 415-543-0573
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Closed now
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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
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Winter Park, Florida
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91 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We returned here on a wet Monday evening, with construction all around the frontage. Once inside, however, it was the same friendly, bustling place we remembered from previous visits. It is not modern or trendy. The dining room is functional and the decor and furniture is forgettable. The food and the service are what this place is all about. We... More 

Thank Lockmk
San Francisco, California
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105 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

Fringale is small, but in a good, intimate way! We returned last week for my birthday and wondered why it had taken so long for us to get back. The cuisine is French Basque with many French bistrot standard dishes, like duck confit and steak frites, all done very nicely.

Thank Terry V
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51 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016

Having been coming here for decades. Even with change of owners over the years this charming little bistro delivers solid food at fair prices in a demure setting.

Thank John H
Canberra, Australia
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253 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2016

The range of choices are quite extensive, it was easy to choose what to have. They have 3 courses for $45 or you can order individually, with mains being $25. The restaurant itself is quite cosy and warm, which was great as it was quite cold and windy outside. The staff were very friendly without being over the top. Our... More 

1 Thank Les_Landau
Shanghai, China
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73 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2016 via mobile

Super cute French restaurant with delicious food and service. A friend brought us and while the menu isn't extensive, everything he ordered was delicious. Can BYOB wine, easily found street parking nearby.

Thank Zutaloo
Palo Alto, California
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88 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2016

Located south of Mission. This is a classic French bistro with french wait staff. The wine was good, as was the food. The calamari appetizer was great. So was the tomato salad. Porterhouse steak was not the largest, but cooked and seasoned perfectly. Served with fries. Dessert of creme brule, apple tart and vanilla ice cream was delish. Would go... More 

Thank Ted L
Acton, Massachusetts
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383 reviews
226 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2016

Mixed experience at Fringale Restaurant on a Monday night. I was able to reserve a table for ten people by phone after trying in vain through the hotel and web; the latter two options required a credit card hold that was subjected to a $25 per head cancellation penalty. Upon arrival, we were seated in a comfortable section of the... More 

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Orange County, California
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94 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2016

Just love this little place. About 10 tables, with owner-operated staff, classic French cuisine and an interesting, small winelist. Food quality was superb, it's a bit off the beaten path, but very walkable from Moscone or Union Square, if you don't mind walking a bit.

Thank Snosearch
Los Altos, CA
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173 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2016

Those of us who grew up in and around SF are still subject to some surprise at the quality of what's now in SOMA. Fringale is one of those pleasant surprises. Small, friendly, professionally run, but possessing an atmosphere that makes everyone feel like a local. The menu is not huge, but is varied and interesting, with a countryside, comfortable... More 

Thank Wazito
San Francisco, California
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2016

A little touch of France. I really enjoy the duck confit, but everything is good. The wine list is very good and nicely priced.

Thank Therese K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$21 - $80
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 570 4th St, San Francisco, CA 94107-1620
    (Bryant & Brannan)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > SoMa
  • Neighborhood: SoMa
  • Phone Number: +1 415-543-0573
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in SoMa

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South of Market (SoMa), has an urban and sophisticated vibe, but you're more likely to find big nightclubs and lots of industrial loft residences than you are to find boutique shopping. Although it’s the epicenter for tech startups in the city, visitors will be able to do more than just business - museums, top quality restaurants, and the San Francisco Giants now call this neighborhood home. Most of its freeway-sized streets may not capture the same character as other neighborhoods in the city, but pockets of charm, like South Park, can still be found throughout its side streets.
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