• Fringale review

Classic French Dining Experience in the Mission Bay

If you’re looking for a cute French bistro in San Francisco, Fringale would be perfect for you. “Fringale” means “the urge to eat,” and the name perfectly suits the restaurant. Located in a busy part of Mission Bay, just a few blocks from call train station and AT&T Park it offers good quality Basque cuisine for a very reasonable prices. The place is cozy and intimate and can shelter you from a big city craziness. If you’re looking for a modern and fusion cuisine, Fringale is probably not that kind of place.

French Dining: Fringale bistro, San Francisco

They stick to their Basque roots and serve traditional French bistro classics. Therefore, you can expect to find time-honored French dishes, such as Foie gras terrine ($21), Rabbit pate ($10), and Duck confit ($27), which will be properly cooked and delightful. The wine list won’t impress you with a great variety, but will offer a decent selection of thoughtfully chosen wines.

Calamari “a la plancha”($12) would be a great dish to start your dinner with. Slightly spicy and piquant it will be incredibly good with a glass of chilled Cote de Provence Rose. 

French Dining: Fringale bistro - menu

Beef Carpaccio ($12) is excellent there. They serve it with Roquette salad topped with shaved Comte cheese – very classy and elegant appetizer.

French Dining: Fringale bistro - menu

For the main dish you can’t go wrong with Onglet a la Parisienne ($27), hanger steak with a rich beef taste complimented by red wine shallot sauce – simple and delicious. Or you can choose French classic crispy Duck Confit ($27) served on a bed of lentils “Du Puy“.

French Dining: Fringale bistro - menu

French Dining: Fringale bistro - menu

As you may expect, the dessert selection is very traditional as well. Apple tarte Tatin ($9) or Warm chocolate Gourmand ($9) along with a glass of cognac will be an ideal finishing of your evening.

Address: 570 Fourth Street, San Francisco, CA

Atmosphere: Cozy and intimate. The restaurant is equally good for lunch and dinner.

Price: $$ (Moderate)

Recommended Dishes: Butter lettuce SaladBeef CarpaccioTraditional Duck Confit, Onglet a la Parisienne.

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