Fringale pioneered the South of Market culinary renaissance as one of the first true French bistros in San Francisco. Originally opened by chef Gerald Hirigoyen and J.B. Lorda in September 1991 and now owned by Jean-Marie Legendre, one of the original employees of the restaurant, Fringale has remained a favorite dining spot for food lovers, socialites, politicians, artists, journalists, and out-of-town celebrities.

fringale [frehn gal'], French, n. 1. the urge to eat; 2. the need for delicious Basque-inspired cuisine in San Francisco.


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Fringale just got voted by Zagat as one of the "5 Best Bistros in San Francisco".


The chef composes a "culinary symphony" of "outstanding" Gallic cuisine with a Basque twist at this "darling little" SoMa bistro, "a sure thing" that seduces with simple yet elegant eats and well selected wines.The reasonable prices mean many neighborhood regulars return for an "intimate dinner or relaxed business lunch".

Zagat 2011


With its friendly service, consistency and plain good food, the currently reinvigorated SoMa restaurant scene can take a lesson from Fringale. The menu may feature offerings such as sauteed prawns in Pastis and sun-dried tomatoes; or poached black cod with piperade, artichokes, olives and piment d'Espelette.  Food here embraces the bold flavors and rustic quality of traditional Basque cuisine.

Michelin Guide 2011

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