Fringale

★★★★★
  • 570 4th St

    San Francisco, CA 94107

    Cross street: between Brannan Street and Freelon Street

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  • 415-543-0573

About Fringale

Hours
Sun-Mon 5:30pm-9:30pm, Tue-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, Sat 5:30pm-11pm

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Somewhat of a strange experience at this restaurant. The food was fantastic (butternut squash soup, ribeye, roasted chicken, creme brulee). The environment was solid ... not elbow-to-elbow coziness but no tumbleweeds rolling through

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Somewhat of a strange experience at this restaurant. The food was fantastic (butternut squash soup, ribeye, roasted chicken, creme brulee). The environment was solid ... not elbow-to-elbow coziness but no tumbleweeds rolling through

Pros: Food

Cons: Iffy service

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Genuine French (Basque-French) cuisine at its best.\r
Fringale is still my favourite in Frisco with Tripp Mauldin as head chef!

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★★★★★

Genuine French (Basque-French) cuisine at its best.\r
Fringale is still my favourite in Frisco with Tripp Mauldin as head chef!

Pros: Service, fare, atmosphere

Cons: The bill...

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Food: The best way to put it is that it would have been edible had it been served at a cheap diner for $10 a person, but at the exorbitant prices they are charging it was absolutely unacceptable. Service: Absolutely unacceptable. I should have gotten up and walked out within minutes after dealing with their rude waiter, who I later discovered was the owner.Insult to Injury: Your bill is going to exceed $100 for two people with their cheapest bottle of wine, two entrees, and one appetizer. Not good for diner food.

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Food: The best way to put it is that it would have been edible had it been served at a cheap diner for $10 a person, but at the exorbitant prices they are charging it was absolutely unacceptable. Service: Absolutely unacceptable. I should have gotten up and walked out within minutes after dealing with their rude waiter, who I later discovered was the owner.Insult to Injury: Your bill is going to exceed $100 for two people with their cheapest bottle of wine, two entrees, and one appetizer. Not good for diner food.

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I've been going to Fringale for years. My wife and I went back last night for Valentine's day and really loved it. For a veteran SF restaurant they do a great job of keeping the menu fresh and the experience and service attentive and personal. It's a great spot for a romantic dinner (particularly after 8ish when they really fill up.) Reservations are a must and due to the small dining room you often may need to wait a few minutes past your reservation time. It's a place to take your time, have a wonderful 3 course French meal. Easy parking and near the freeway as well.

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★★★★★

I've been going to Fringale for years. My wife and I went back last night for Valentine's day and really loved it. For a veteran SF restaurant they do a great job of keeping the menu fresh and the experience and service attentive and personal. It's a great spot for a romantic dinner (particularly after 8ish when they really fill up.) Reservations are a must and due to the small dining room you often may need to wait a few minutes past your reservation time. It's a place to take your time, have a wonderful 3 course French meal. Easy parking and near the freeway as well.

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Fringale is a great French inspired restaurant. The food can get pricey $15-25 depending on what you order. I got their organic chicken and it was delicious. Their food is beautifully presented and the service is pretty good. They also have a full bar and an excellent wine list.

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Fringale is a great French inspired restaurant. The food can get pricey $15-25 depending on what you order. I got their organic chicken and it was delicious. Their food is beautifully presented and the service is pretty good. They also have a full bar and an excellent wine list.

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Fringale is one of the true hidden gems of San Francisco. I've been there twice, on two different dates. if you want to charm and impress company, this is a great venue. Great french fare, sweet people and service, and a good wine

3
★★★★★

Fringale is one of the true hidden gems of San Francisco. I've been there twice, on two different dates. if you want to charm and impress company, this is a great venue. Great french fare, sweet people and service, and a good wine

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We went to Fringale for dinner though food is good service is too bad . Its not good treatment for guests where you want to spend some time with friends. Infact they rush you up in all aspects. I don't really recomend if some one looking

3
★★★★★

We went to Fringale for dinner though food is good service is too bad . Its not good treatment for guests where you want to spend some time with friends. Infact they rush you up in all aspects. I don't really recomend if some one looking

Pros: Thumbs down

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I made a reservation several weeks in advance to celebrate my mother's birthday at Fringale. We had hoped for an enjoyable dinning experience but all night we felt somewhat rushed by the waiter (asking us for our order directly after we

3
★★★★★

I made a reservation several weeks in advance to celebrate my mother's birthday at Fringale. We had hoped for an enjoyable dinning experience but all night we felt somewhat rushed by the waiter (asking us for our order directly after we

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Dined there last night and the food was great. Our server was good and had a good sense of humor, despite he forgot a few items that were ordered. The flour less chocolate cake is to die for. Over all the experience was good. The only

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★★★★★

Dined there last night and the food was great. Our server was good and had a good sense of humor, despite he forgot a few items that were ordered. The flour less chocolate cake is to die for. Over all the experience was good. The only

Pros: Great deserts.... flour less chocolate cake

Cons: Forgeting a few items.

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You will not be disappointed. The food is outstanding. The ambiance is great. The service was fantastic. Our waiter Stephen had recommendations when we asked. He was also quite charming and personable. We arrived early on a weekday

3
★★★★★

You will not be disappointed. The food is outstanding. The ambiance is great. The service was fantastic. Our waiter Stephen had recommendations when we asked. He was also quite charming and personable. We arrived early on a weekday

Pros: Absolutely devine food

Cons: A little crowded--the tables are close together

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One of the best meals I've had in a long time. The food was amazing. Everything we ate was terrific. The portions are small but the perfect size if you want to enjoy three full courses. I felt it was reasonably priced. I can

3
★★★★★

One of the best meals I've had in a long time. The food was amazing. Everything we ate was terrific. The portions are small but the perfect size if you want to enjoy three full courses. I felt it was reasonably priced. I can

Pros: Great food

Cons: A bit isolated- hard to get cab

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I went to Fringale after a number of recommendations. My group and I were pleasantly surprised. The staff was very accomodating and our window table was ready within 5 minutes. The food was fabulous, especially the shrimp and duck

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I went to Fringale after a number of recommendations. My group and I were pleasantly surprised. The staff was very accomodating and our window table was ready within 5 minutes. The food was fabulous, especially the shrimp and duck

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I read all the great reviews for this place and then I decided to have dinner there with my significant other. When you enter the place you feel small, and when you leave you feel even smaller. The attitude on the staff was such a turn

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★★★★★

I read all the great reviews for this place and then I decided to have dinner there with my significant other. When you enter the place you feel small, and when you leave you feel even smaller. The attitude on the staff was such a turn

Pros: I didn't have to stay and put up with the incredibly rude staff.

Cons: I saved myself some money and found a better french place in the city.

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My date took me to this little gem for my birthday last week It was Fabulous. Service was perfect as well as the food. The foie gras terrine is to die for as well as the prawns in pastis, we could not stop wiping the sauce with the

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★★★★★

My date took me to this little gem for my birthday last week It was Fabulous. Service was perfect as well as the food. The foie gras terrine is to die for as well as the prawns in pastis, we could not stop wiping the sauce with the

Pros: food, service, ambience

Cons: can't think of any

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We selected this place based on good reviews. While the food was decent, I'd recommend the prawns, service was terrible. During dinner the server was helpful, however as soon as we paid our bill and were finishing our wine, service rapidly

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We selected this place based on good reviews. While the food was decent, I'd recommend the prawns, service was terrible. During dinner the server was helpful, however as soon as we paid our bill and were finishing our wine, service rapidly

Pros: prawns

Cons: service

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Disappointing experience. I made a reservation online for 9:30 on a Friday night. Arrived at 9:25 and was not seated at our table until 10pm! we were one of the last tables seated and the host and several servers were actually eating thier

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★★★★★

Disappointing experience. I made a reservation online for 9:30 on a Friday night. Arrived at 9:25 and was not seated at our table until 10pm! we were one of the last tables seated and the host and several servers were actually eating thier

Pros: dessert, not too noisy

Cons: horrible service, average food

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great food and service. received bread and water within 2 minutes of being seated. service was great and the food wonderful. I had the froi gras terrine and the portion was hugh. parking is right across the street. will be going

3
★★★★★

great food and service. received bread and water within 2 minutes of being seated. service was great and the food wonderful. I had the froi gras terrine and the portion was hugh. parking is right across the street. will be going

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We dined here because of the great reviews. Food was delicious, BUT when the waitress spilled the water on my spouse (we are not talking about a glass, but a pitcher full), though apologies were given, we do however expect some form of

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★★★★★

We dined here because of the great reviews. Food was delicious, BUT when the waitress spilled the water on my spouse (we are not talking about a glass, but a pitcher full), though apologies were given, we do however expect some form of

Pros: good food

Cons: bad customer service; wear a waterproof jacket - the waitress will spill water on you

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My boyfriend took me here for for dinner to celebrate my birthday last. It was my first time there, and I was quite impressed. Though we were initially annoyed because we had an 830pm reservation and didn't get seated til close to 9, once

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★★★★★

My boyfriend took me here for for dinner to celebrate my birthday last. It was my first time there, and I was quite impressed. Though we were initially annoyed because we had an 830pm reservation and didn't get seated til close to 9, once

Pros: FOOD- one of the best meals ever, ambience, service

Cons: long wait even w/ a reservation, pricey-but worth it

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Went with the wife on a Friday night and had one of the most enjoyable dinners there. Service was impeccable, do not understand why others had such a rough time here. She had the pork, me the sol. The pork was insanely good, my sol was so

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★★★★★

Went with the wife on a Friday night and had one of the most enjoyable dinners there. Service was impeccable, do not understand why others had such a rough time here. She had the pork, me the sol. The pork was insanely good, my sol was so

Pros: Food, service, ambiance.

Cons: Can't think of any, parking is right across the street.

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Very tasty food, rubbish service. In a 90 minute visit the waiter visited our table once to take our order. Never returned to offer more drinks, deserts or coffee. Our empty water glasses were filled 5 minutes before we left. If the place

3
★★★★★

Very tasty food, rubbish service. In a 90 minute visit the waiter visited our table once to take our order. Never returned to offer more drinks, deserts or coffee. Our empty water glasses were filled 5 minutes before we left. If the place

Pros: Food

Cons: Service

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A wonderful French experience from the waiters who true French accents, the dim warm lighting and good, tummy-warming food. The clientele tends to be older and refined, just like the restaurant so if you're looking for hip - this won't be

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★★★★★

A wonderful French experience from the waiters who true French accents, the dim warm lighting and good, tummy-warming food. The clientele tends to be older and refined, just like the restaurant so if you're looking for hip - this won't be

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I went with a large group for a holiday party and it took over an hour to get seated. Once we did the food was great and the service was excellent. I would not recommend going with a large group.

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I went with a large group for a holiday party and it took over an hour to get seated. Once we did the food was great and the service was excellent. I would not recommend going with a large group.

Pros: Great food and service

Cons: Too compact for a large party

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One of my "foodie" friend recommended this place and boy was she right!!! The steak and pomme frites are excellent!!! Very cozy atmosphere with great detail to food and wine. Waiters are very nice and recommended excellent wine with our

3
★★★★★

One of my "foodie" friend recommended this place and boy was she right!!! The steak and pomme frites are excellent!!! Very cozy atmosphere with great detail to food and wine. Waiters are very nice and recommended excellent wine with our

Pros: Lovely atmosphere, great French food

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pretty easy to miss the sign, took me a while to figure out the location. \r
One we got there, the hostress was really nice, and the attitude of the waiter was good too.\r
food was great, meat was tender, juicy and tastful, what a

3
★★★★★

pretty easy to miss the sign, took me a while to figure out the location. \r
One we got there, the hostress was really nice, and the attitude of the waiter was good too.\r
food was great, meat was tender, juicy and tastful, what a

Pros: great price, tasty food

Cons: location, small space

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My husband and I had a lovely dinner here, and the price is reasonable enough that you don't have to worry about ordering anything (and everything!) you want. The standout for me was a salmon, potato and coriander appetizer. For my husband

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★★★★★

My husband and I had a lovely dinner here, and the price is reasonable enough that you don't have to worry about ordering anything (and everything!) you want. The standout for me was a salmon, potato and coriander appetizer. For my husband

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I adore Fringale. Everyone of my friends that I introduce to Fringale adores it too. My favorite dishes are the Black Angus rib eye steak with wine butter and the duck leg confit. Make sure you save room for dessert (which is why I'm

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★★★★★

I adore Fringale. Everyone of my friends that I introduce to Fringale adores it too. My favorite dishes are the Black Angus rib eye steak with wine butter and the duck leg confit. Make sure you save room for dessert (which is why I'm

Pros: absolutely delicious! well priced

Cons: older crowd

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The food was not bad with some quality but kind of too little per serving w/ the price. service is below average, the waiter never came by to ask "how is everything" or refill the water. There was not many ppl when we were there. After we

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★★★★★

The food was not bad with some quality but kind of too little per serving w/ the price. service is below average, the waiter never came by to ask "how is everything" or refill the water. There was not many ppl when we were there. After we

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I hadn't been back to Fringale in 7 years until tonight and wish I hadn't waited so long to return. The service was attentive and charming and the food was good. Fringale's Basque-inspired bistro food is great for those nights where

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I hadn't been back to Fringale in 7 years until tonight and wish I hadn't waited so long to return. The service was attentive and charming and the food was good. Fringale's Basque-inspired bistro food is great for those nights where

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I went for a weeknight dinner with two friends and it was wonderful! There was no wait although the restaurant did fill up (which always is a good sign to me) as we dined. I had the duck over smoked lentils, which was delicious! Friends

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I went for a weeknight dinner with two friends and it was wonderful! There was no wait although the restaurant did fill up (which always is a good sign to me) as we dined. I had the duck over smoked lentils, which was delicious! Friends

Pros: delicious food, good service, pretty reasonable

Cons: area's not-so-nice

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I choose this restaurant because it has a overall good review. I am not sure it is my luck or it is the norm of this restaurant.
We has four main course and two of them are awful and two just average. I have much better experience with

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★★★★★

I choose this restaurant because it has a overall good review. I am not sure it is my luck or it is the norm of this restaurant.
We has four main course and two of them are awful and two just average. I have much better experience with

Pros: good parking, clean

Cons: disappointing food, svc is below avg

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Tasty and plentiful food. Great staff. Parking lot nearby. A perfect combination for a return visit.

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Tasty and plentiful food. Great staff. Parking lot nearby. A perfect combination for a return visit.

Pros: tasty food, parking available, great wines

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Fringale is a french restaurant located close to the freeway. They have an attractive sign out front and inside, the place is dimly lit giving it a romantic feel. A full bar is available on one side of the room and the evening we were there, the place was crowded. Our waiter was nice and attentive to our needs despite this so we were very happy with the service. The food I ordered, roasted chicken, was delicious. Their prices though are a bit on the expensive side.

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Fringale is a french restaurant located close to the freeway. They have an attractive sign out front and inside, the place is dimly lit giving it a romantic feel. A full bar is available on one side of the room and the evening we were there, the place was crowded. Our waiter was nice and attentive to our needs despite this so we were very happy with the service. The food I ordered, roasted chicken, was delicious. Their prices though are a bit on the expensive side.

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I started dining at Fringale in 1999. I have to admit, the food has changed quite a bit. The food they serve now is a far cry from the delicious meals I remember when I first started going there. Hope it returns back to normal soon.

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I started dining at Fringale in 1999. I have to admit, the food has changed quite a bit. The food they serve now is a far cry from the delicious meals I remember when I first started going there. Hope it returns back to normal soon.

Pros: Intimate

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The service was friendly. We had a reservation for 6 on a Friday night and in despite of being late they held our table when we called to let them know. The food was outstanding and at reasonable prices. The neighborhood is a little rough,

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The service was friendly. We had a reservation for 6 on a Friday night and in despite of being late they held our table when we called to let them know. The food was outstanding and at reasonable prices. The neighborhood is a little rough,

Pros: great food, reasonable prices, romantic

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Great food, great service. It is in south Market. You might feel the neighborhood a little bit rough. The food is more of French country. The quality is consistant. There are so many restaurants in San Francisco we wanted to try, and we

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Great food, great service. It is in south Market. You might feel the neighborhood a little bit rough. The food is more of French country. The quality is consistant. There are so many restaurants in San Francisco we wanted to try, and we

Pros: good food, good service, easy reservation

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The new menu is fantastic! I highly recommend the fois gras appetizer and the duck for the main course. Everything that was ordered by all in my party was also wonderful, including the tuna and the risotto. For dessert, we enjoyed the

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The new menu is fantastic! I highly recommend the fois gras appetizer and the duck for the main course. Everything that was ordered by all in my party was also wonderful, including the tuna and the risotto. For dessert, we enjoyed the

Pros: food, casual ambiance

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I just dined last night and only regret not trying this restaurant earlier: the food, price, convenience and service were all top notch!! The calamari and seafood stew were both extremely tasty - spicy and not overcooked at all. The

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I just dined last night and only regret not trying this restaurant earlier: the food, price, convenience and service were all top notch!! The calamari and seafood stew were both extremely tasty - spicy and not overcooked at all. The

Pros: Good value, Easy parking, Excellent Food

Cons: Small dining area

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This was my best overall dining experience since moving to the city 3 months ago. The food, service, and ambiance were all top shelf. They were able to accomodate a party of 12 and we all enjoyed our meals. The steak and fish dishes

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This was my best overall dining experience since moving to the city 3 months ago. The food, service, and ambiance were all top shelf. They were able to accomodate a party of 12 and we all enjoyed our meals. The steak and fish dishes

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What a pleasant dining experience. I have not once been disappointed with my food or service at this cozy restaurant. An awesome pork tenderloin and a perfect creme brulee. The prices are fantastic and the wine selection is short but

3
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What a pleasant dining experience. I have not once been disappointed with my food or service at this cozy restaurant. An awesome pork tenderloin and a perfect creme brulee. The prices are fantastic and the wine selection is short but

Pros: service, food

Cons: small dining room

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We went for a business lunch with 20 people and everyone really enjoyed the food. Having heard this place was supposed to be excellent, I was little disappointed. The service was very abrupt and French. I sat on the outside of the banquet

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★★★★★

We went for a business lunch with 20 people and everyone really enjoyed the food. Having heard this place was supposed to be excellent, I was little disappointed. The service was very abrupt and French. I sat on the outside of the banquet

Pros: promptly seated, iced tea refills, tasty desserts

Cons: surly French service, grungy bathroom, small dining room

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I suffered the most abhorently rude service here than I've experienced at any other SF restaurant. Not to mention an "upscale" eating establishment. I dine out a lot and at some of the better restaurants in Northern California.

I would

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I suffered the most abhorently rude service here than I've experienced at any other SF restaurant. Not to mention an "upscale" eating establishment. I dine out a lot and at some of the better restaurants in Northern California.

I would

Cons: inexcusably rude

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We got off to a rocky start as we waited for 45 minutes for a 7:30 reservation. The staff didn't even acknowledge that we had waited, so we were a little annoyed when we sat down. But by the end of the meal, the food had made up for it!

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We got off to a rocky start as we waited for 45 minutes for a 7:30 reservation. The staff didn't even acknowledge that we had waited, so we were a little annoyed when we sat down. But by the end of the meal, the food had made up for it!

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this was at lunch (july 2002) but easily surpassed dinners at ritz-carlton, farralon, skates and scotts. excellent wait staff/service. this chef knows his stuff

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this was at lunch (july 2002) but easily surpassed dinners at ritz-carlton, farralon, skates and scotts. excellent wait staff/service. this chef knows his stuff

Pros: food, service, lively atmosphere

Cons: downtown area

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Food was fabulous! The foie gras was great and Seanyboy enjoyed the frisee salad. Main course was even better: rack of lamb and Steak/frittes. Both large portions, cooked to perfection and reasonably priced. Biggest disappointment was

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Food was fabulous! The foie gras was great and Seanyboy enjoyed the frisee salad. Main course was even better: rack of lamb and Steak/frittes. Both large portions, cooked to perfection and reasonably priced. Biggest disappointment was

Pros: Food, Good Parking, Reasonable

Cons: winelist, bar service

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I have dined at Fringale 20 or 30 times. I have never had a bad meal. Actually, I've never had a single dish that I didn't think was excellent. The staff is friendly and helpful, the wine list is interesting and reasonably priced.

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I have dined at Fringale 20 or 30 times. I have never had a bad meal. Actually, I've never had a single dish that I didn't think was excellent. The staff is friendly and helpful, the wine list is interesting and reasonably priced.

Pros: food, service

Cons: crowded

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Serving simple but deliciously adventurous fare from the Basque region of France, Fringale has maintained high quality and moderate prices since its opening. A handsome curved bar stands near the entrance of the cozy, intimate brown and…

 

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