Fringale, which means "the urge to eat," has been a major contributor to San Francisco's South of Market culinary renaissance. From its opening ... More
Fringale, which means "the urge to eat," has been a major contributor to San Francisco's South of Market culinary renaissance. From its opening fourteen years ago, it has remained a favorite dining spot for food lovers, socialites, politicians, artists, celebrities, and journalists. The restaurant's sponged eggshell colored walls, blond wooden chairs, sand and earth toned banquettes and wainscoting, 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 classic French bistro meal prepared by one of the finest kitchens in San Francisco. Come and experience why Fringale has been consistently rated one of the top French restaurants in San Francisco since its opening.
As with our first visit, we were rushed, asked what we'd like to order almost as soon as we sat down. Heard owner & staff discussing how soon they could get rid of a table when I went to the back of the restaurant. Salad over-dressed & mussels tasty but not great. Won't return again.
The food was tasty French bistro style. The service was spot-on, as well. Although it felt like a neighborhood place -- the host seemed to know half the folks walking through the door -- I thought the atmosphere was a little corporate. Even though it's small and friendly, it doesn't feel as intimate as it could. Wish it had some dark wood and dim lights. We ate via Dine About Town program in SF, so the value was good, as well. Not sure I would add it to my regular rotation unless I lived in the neighborhood...
The food was really really good. I tried my friend's and my husbands. They all tasted excellent. Normally I don't care for desserts, but their desserts are just soooooo yummy. Love it, will go back. 9/26/06
Went here the other nite. The food was ok. Nothing really special (I had the halibut). The menu had a few different choices but nothing really caught my eye as something I had to have. The restaurant is not too noisey so you don't have to shout to be heard.
The apple tart dessert was really good.
I wasn't expecting much when I came here but was blown away. The service is very french, and the waitstaff was very knowledgeable and attentive. One nice thing about hte restaurant is that it is pretty quiet in comparison to many similar restaurants. The food was outstanding. Lobster ravioli melted in the mouth and the sauce was perfect. The shrimp appetizer was also out of this world. I took a gamble on a dish I would not normally try the seafood basquaise and found it amazing. The mussels, pan-fried chicken, and ling cod also looked outstanding at other tables. Desserts were good but not great and I didn't think the accompanying vanilla ice cream was strong - I tried the apple tart and the chocolate cake
Fringale is not your typical SOMA joint with uber-hip waiters and loud, raucous crowds. It's small, with perhaps only 20 tables, and feels like an intimate, upscale Parisian cafe. Their frisee salad with bacon dressing and a quail's egg was simple, but tasty. The pork butt stewed in cabbage and apples was tender and sweet, though the lamb chops were a trifle disappointing, almost bland. The servers are all professionals with many years experience (you can tell from how quickly and efficiently they open a bottle of wine). The wine list is reasonably priced, with many wines priced around $40-$50. The almond cake with sweet custard was amazing; not dry like many almond cakes, but without the stickiness custards can bring. In all, a nice place to go on a romantic night out.
It's a little on the expensive side so I do not go often to this restaurant.
It had been a few years since I was here last.
I recently had lunch there (9/28/05). The food is still very very good. I love the mussels! The bread is good. The coffee I had at the end of the meal was just sublime. I would definitely recommend going to this restaurant.
Yeah, the waiters are just doing their job and perhaps aren't the friendliest in town, but I mainly go to a restaurant for good, fresh food. I would go back.
The food was tasty - I thoroughly enjoyed my halibut over mashed potatoes. And unlike some other reviews, I found the space to be intimate - not cramped. However, the service could use some improving and the location is not the best.