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570 4th St, San Francisco, CA 94107-1620
+1 415-543-0573
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good37%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“duck confit” (9 reviews)
“roquefort” (4 reviews)
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5:30 pm - 9:30 pmAll hours
French, European
$$ - $$$
570 4th St, San Francisco, CA 94107-1620
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11 - 20 of 131 reviews

Reviewed January 11, 2017

The food here is really quite wonderful, the difficulty was the service was unbelievably slow, lack of attention - finished plates left forever, had to beg for them to be taken away. No fresh water, no wine followup - nice people but seemed like we...More

Thank Jim G
Reviewed January 9, 2017

We can only rave about this restaurant. First of all, the food is out of this world - beautiful quality, wonderfully cooked, melting in the mouth. The best pork loin ever eaten. Unlike most restaurants, Fringale offers very good wine by the glass - the...More

Thank JFG1111
Reviewed January 7, 2017

The special 3 course dinner was excellent. One of the finest meals I've had in the last year. Service and quality of the food top notch. I would recommend this restaurant for lunch or dinner if you are in San Francisco area.

Thank poncho20
Reviewed December 18, 2016 via mobile

Compared to bistros in Paris, the service by the French staff is super friendly and very good. However, compared to bistros in Paris, the food here lacks originality and would be just average or even below average. Good for pre- or post-show dinners.

Thank Lam N
Reviewed December 12, 2016 via mobile

This small French SoMa bistro remains a favorite and is usually the first place we go for dinner when we arrive in SFO. We started with champagne and the special crab appetizer -- absolutely scrumptious! To accompany the main course we selected a bottle of...More

Thank AwayWeGo2016789
Reviewed October 18, 2016

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...More

Thank Lockmk
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...More

Thank Terry V
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
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...More

2  Thank Les_Landau
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
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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$21 - $80
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
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
  • E-mail
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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