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Brenda's French Soul Food



652 Polk Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

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(415) 345-8100

Hours

  • Monday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Thursday: 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Friday: 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Saturday: 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Sunday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm


4.8 of 5.0 from 107 reviews


price range:$11 to $25

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Blogger Reviews of Brenda's French Soul Food

  • SLC Food Radar on Aug 16, 2013

    It wasn’t until the 4th day of my San Francisco trip, that I finally got a taste of something truly special. I’ll give you a hint. One of the two buildings pictured above is an absolute MUST when visiting San Francisco, and it doesn’t involve a talking chihuahua or burrito-filling injected using caulking guns...

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  • John H.Awesome food. You will not be disappointed or leave hungry

    55555 by John H.


  • Jesse T.Hype hype hype. Average diner food in a hipster vibe..

    55555 by Jesse T.


  • Liz W.Definitely check this place out. Great atmosphere and food. Sunday evening jazz quartet - very cool.

    55555 by Liz W.


  • Florence B.Everything is amazing. Just go!

    55555 by Florence B.


  • Lily Y.Must order the crawfish beignets! :)

    55555 by Lily Y.


  • Martin H.The have a vegan sandwich that’s heaven. And the beignets are out of this world.

    55555 by Martin H.


  • Luke A.The crawfish beignet is no joke. Order it while you consider what else to eat.

    33333 by Luke A.


  • Shabeebget the biscuits with brunch

    55555 by Shabeeb


  • Nada C.the line is worth the food! the plain & crawfish beignet were the best!! The crispy pork belly was to die for!

    55555 by Nada C.


  • Steven W.Crawfish beignets are to die for!!

    55555 by Steven W.


  • Sukhjit G.The gumbo is phenomenal.

    55555 by Sukhjit G.


  • FrancesThe gumbo was amazing!

    55555 by Frances


  • Roger D.Shrimp and Grits Wow

    55555 by Roger D.


  • Chona G.Try the Shrimp & Grits (via @Foodspotting)

    55555 by Chona G.


  • Chona G.Try the Kickass Meatloaf (via @Foodspotting)

    55555 by Chona G.


  • Chona G.Try the Brenda's Fried Chicken (BFC) (via @Foodspotting)

    55555 by Chona G.


  • Chona G.Try the Smoked Pork Rillettes (via @Foodspotting)

    55555 by Chona G.


  • Chona G.Try the Crawfish Beignet (via @Foodspotting)

    55555 by Chona G.


  • Chona G.Try the Flight Of Oysters - Casino, Tchoupitoulas and Orleans. Delish (via @Foodspotting)

    55555 by Chona G.


  • Nancy C.Bottomless watermelon tea

    55555 by Nancy C.


  • Kris K.diy omelette with some good options

    55555 by Kris K.


  • Markus A.The perfect brunch spot, this Bayou restaurant run by New Orleanian Brenda Buenviaje serves scrumptious creole dishes.

    55555 by Markus A.


  • Christina M.The crawfish beignet is one of the most surprisingly incredible things I have ever eaten.

    55555 by Christina M.


  • Lauren S.sweet potato pancakes were to die for! Get them on special while they last!

    55555 by Lauren S.


  • David B.Use the appetizers like a tasting menu and include a flight of the incredible oysters.

    55555 by David B.


  • EtienneThe breakfast was ok but nothing to die for. The service was awkward.

    55555 by Etienne


  • Hua C.Love the beignet sampler and watermelon ice tea. Pork belly grits special is also bomb.

    55555 by Hua C.


  • Ross P.The food was amazing. Great portions and amazing atmosphere. Just be sure to get here early or be prepared to wait for a while...

    55555 by Ross P.


  • Maya F.Great for brunch.

    55555 by Maya F.


  • Fox W.Yes. As others have said, for something nice and very different-tasting, try the crawfish beignet.

    55555 by Fox W.


  • LeVan G.Food and service excellent!

    55555 by LeVan G.


  • Noah H.If you're a small party ask to sit at the counter if you don't want to wait in a line.

    33333 by Noah H.


  • Petey V.Brenda's beignets - filled with meth, powdered with yay :)

    55555 by Petey V.


  • Tara R.Shrimp & Grits, very good. But the STANDOUT was the MEATLOAF (Pulled pork w carmalized onions?) Special! So amazing.

    55555 by Tara R.


  • Benjamin W.Great atmosphere-stop by on Sunday at 5 for live music and all day brunch menu.

    55555 by Benjamin W.


  • JoeSexy ladies up in here

    55555 by Joe


  • Melinda L.Best cream biscuits, basically ever!

    55555 by Melinda L.


  • Dara D.Aaaaamaazing sweet potato pancakes so moist and salty sweet with the brown butter pecan sauce.

    55555 by Dara D.


  • James W.Get the French Toast and get it with Butter Pecan sauce.

    55555 by James W.


  • Kelsey G.The french toast with butter pecan sauce was the best I've ever had and i was surprised how much i enjoyed the crawfish doughnut

    55555 by Kelsey G.


  • Brian H.Specials are great. Get there at 11 am to get the fried chicken with brunch.

    55555 by Brian H.


  • Kelly R.Crayfish beignets are incredible, as was the fried chicken benedict

    55555 by Kelly R.


  • Nisha M.Try the bookshop on Van Ness while you wait for a table :)

    55555 by Nisha M.


  • Marc F.They need to learn how to make grits. I should be able to eat it with a fork. It's too soupy. Flavor is decent. Shrimp wasn't properly shelled.

    33333 by Marc F.


  • Sean F.Really good food! Beignets are a must try! Crispy pork belly over cheddar grits are yummy too!

    55555 by Sean F.


  • Amy C.Walk in and write your name and number of people on the chalk board. Be prepared for a wait and terrible service.... Despite the fact that the service is down right rude the food is excellent.

    33333 by Amy C.


  • ThrillistThe Hangtown Fry may be the true breakfast of champions: A crispy oyster, bacon & scallion scramble with girts and a biscuit.

    55555 by Thrillist


  • Kim E.The sweet potato dumplings were absolutely delicious! A little bit on the spicy side for me, but not too much. Definitely will be back here someday.

    55555 by Kim E.


  • Jeff P.The Fried Catfish Eggs Benedict is amazing, so are the Crawfish Beignet's, you have to get them. Can't wait to go back and try their specials and grits.

    55555 by Jeff P.


  • Emmanuel H.The crawfish beignets are excellent.

    55555 by Emmanuel H.


  • RTWgirl A.If you're desperate to eat and don't want to wait in line, go solo! I had the pork belly special for breakfast and it was goooooood!

    55555 by RTWgirl A.


  • Hannah B.Be sure to get biscuits and beignets. They're outstanding

    55555 by Hannah B.


  • Juan B.Egg & Bacon Tartine breakfast and the Biscuits were the bomb!

    55555 by Juan B.


  • AnthonyWow, this place is awesome. The oysters are bomb. The chicken confetti is mmm mmm good!

    55555 by Anthony


  • Joseph L.Order anything and everything, and you will not be disappointed.

    55555 by Joseph L.


  • Ting T.Get the hangtown fry

    55555 by Ting T.


  • Mitch G.It's a long wait, but I would go back just for a plate of their Crawfish Beignets. My dish was grits overload, leaving me with a full stomach and probably a clogged artery...a great sign in my book!

    55555 by Mitch G.


  • Don J.I really enjoyed the Shrimp and Goat Cheese Omelet.

    55555 by Don J.


  • DailyCandySouthern favorites (beignets, buttermilk pancakes, potato hash) are simple, honest, and good for the whole family.

    55555 by DailyCandy


  • Melissa G.Crawfish beignets are heavenly. Order comes with 3 but 2 will fill up your average eater.

    55555 by Melissa G.


  • JasonCarlinTry the Beignet Flight - Plain, crawfish, apple, chocolate, @zoetica. (via @Foodspotting)

    55555 by JasonCarlin


  • 7x7 M.For brunch, brave the long line at Brenda's for the traditional sautéed shrimp with cheddar grits doused with spicy tomato-bacon gravy. It's definitely worth the wait.

    55555 by 7x7 M.


  • Plinio C.Better than Zazie!

    55555 by Plinio C.


  • tina P.If your order the beignet sampler note that its huge!!!

    55555 by tina P.


  • Austin H.Hangtown fry.

    55555 by Austin H.


  • Chito P.po boy, shrimp, grits, biscuits, bbq oysters, um...biscuits!

    55555 by Chito P.


  • KaRiM O.The beignet sampler was off the hook and so was the shrimp po'boy...will definitely be returning

    55555 by KaRiM O.


  • Aaron B.Don't walk down this way on foot if you're not too comfortable with the homeless. Also, be prepared for a long wait.

    33333 by Aaron B.


  • Valerie W.Wait is long but service is fast. Portions are huge so come ready to eat... Or ready to share. Not sure if it was worth the hour plus wait, but it was definitely delicious.

    55555 by Valerie W.


  • Craig B.Eater’s 20 Epic SF Sandwiches To Eat Before You Die: #4 Croque Monsieur

    55555 by Craig B.


  • Sandra S.Start w/ Chocolate Beignets & Cappuccino, then go for the Pork Belli w/ Cheesy Grits

    55555 by Sandra S.


  • Mary X.Skip the beignet flight, just get the crawfish one, only 2.75 for one, which is already a good size. The biscuit is delicious and huge.

    55555 by Mary X.


  • Gizem G.Granola pancake is soooo delicious..

    55555 by Gizem G.


  • Katie B.Get the oysters!!!

    33333 by Katie B.


  • Stephanie S.Yum! The catfish po-boy was delicious

    55555 by Stephanie S.


  • Winnie Y.Get the Shrimp and grits here. The sauce adds such a nice kick to the grits.

    55555 by Winnie Y.


  • Morgan H.Breakfast was amazing and I would recommend this place at any meal. Great food all around!!

    55555 by Morgan H.


  • Colleen D.They have that daily specials board you NEED!!! Always start and end Witt beignets -- crawfish and a mixed dessert trio. You're welcome.

    55555 by Colleen D.


  • Marcelo M.Make sure you try the Shrimp & Grits plate and the Watermelon Tea!

    55555 by Marcelo M.


  • Eric W.It's not an overstatement to say that this will be the best breakfast you've ever had.

    55555 by Eric W.


  • Ramsey M.Worth the wait. Get the Grillades & Grits. Life changing. Oh and the mimosas rock.

    55555 by Ramsey M.


  • Sisko M.Awesome atmosphere and food! Be prepared to share your table with strangers if it's two of you, but it makes for a great experience!

    55555 by Sisko M.


  • Party EarthWeekend brunch at Brenda’s is insanely popular, so expect a wait of one or two hours if you show up between 10am and 2pm. To avoid the crowd and a growling stomach, get there by 9am!

    55555 by Party Earth


  • Mike C.Try the BFC (brendas Fried Chicken) (via @Foodspotting)

    55555 by Mike C.


  • Mike C.Try the Chocolate Beignet - Filled with molten Ghirardelli chocolate. (via @Foodspotting)

    55555 by Mike C.


  • Mike C.Try the Granny Apple Smith Beignet - Sweetened with cinnamon honey butter (via @Foodspotting)

    55555 by Mike C.


  • Rachael C.The crawfish beignet is worth it alone.

    55555 by Rachael C.


  • Gabriel G.Get the strawberry beer

    55555 by Gabriel G.


  • SF Weekly M.SF Weekly's Best of Winner 2012 - Reader's Poll - BEST BRUNCH

    55555 by SF Weekly M.


  • Zack H.Crawfish beignets. Just go.

    55555 by Zack H.


  • Ashley M.This restaurant has amazing food. It makes me want to be a bulimic

    55555 by Ashley M.


  • Beau H.79. Crawfish beignets

    55555 by Beau H.


  • Heinzel F.excellent fried pork belly with grits with cheese plus beignets and watermelon tea - yummy! :)

    55555 by Heinzel F.


  • Josh B.Try Watermelon Iced Tea.

    55555 by Josh B.


  • Alison L.Loved this Cajun brekkie spot! The hangtown fry is a real SF classic (the dish gold miners usually splurged on). And I'm usually a sweets girl but the crawfish beignet was my fave.

    55555 by Alison L.


  • Abhishek V.French toast with the butter pecan sauce is splendid !!

    55555 by Abhishek V.


  • Gene X.Try the Pork Belly with Cheese Grits (via @Foodspotting)

    55555 by Gene X.


  • Ethan C.Overrated brunch

    33333 by Ethan C.


  • Alex S.One thing you must get: Sweet Watermelon House Tea

    55555 by Alex S.


  • Charity G.Oh man, all these reviews about the crawfish beignets and shrimp and grits are right - so delicious!

    55555 by Charity G.


  • Jeff W.Gumbo, biscuits, and watermelon iced tea.

    55555 by Jeff W.


  • Amanda A.The biscuits really were creamy...the menu doesn't lie. They were soo good they didn't even need butter!

    33333 by Amanda A.


  • ryan r.Beigneits left me sad after coming back from new Orleans. Too oily.

    33333 by ryan r.


  • Elle B.watermelon sweet tea doesn't taste like tea at all, it's like watermelon nectar and water. i can't decide if i like

    33333 by Elle B.


  • Lili P.Have to try Gumbo and Catfish Po'boy

    55555 by Lili P.


  • Tim B.Great Food

    55555 by Tim B.


  • TheFatAppleNYC.comTry the Crawfish Beignets - To die for! (via @Foodspotting)

    55555 by TheFatAppleNYC.com


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