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.
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.
Beef Carpaccio ($12) is excellent there. They serve it with Roquette salad topped with shaved Comte cheese – very classy and elegant appetizer.
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“.
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 Salad, Beef Carpaccio, Traditional Duck Confit, Onglet a la Parisienne.