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Brenda's French Soul Food

Southern / Soul Food Restaurant · Tenderloin
652 Polk St (btwn Eddy & Turk St), San Francisco, CA 94102, United States
Hours:
Open until 10:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Tue
    • 8:00 AM–3:00 PM
  • Wed–Sat
    • 8:00 AM–10:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 8:00 AM–8:00 PM
Price:
$ $ $ $
Reservations:
No
Menus:
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
Drinks:
Beer, Wine, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes
Outdoor Seating:
No
9.2/10

Based on 1,127 votes

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    Ryun F.
    "Try the Crawfish Beignet - Just the right amount of spice."(56 Tips)
    Chris L.
    "Crawfish beignets and shrimp and grits are both great."(25 Tips)
    Hua C.
    "Love the beignet sampler and watermelon ice tea."(12 Tips)
    Vincent T.
    "The Beignet flight sampler is great for sharing"(13 Tips)
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  • joahnna

    The sweet potato dumpling with smoked corn-jalapeño cream, seasonal vegetables is delicious! You can add-on shrimp+crawfish too.

    joahnna · 1 week ago
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  • Tara L.

    Beignets were awesome

    Tara Lounsbury · 2 weeks ago
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  • Achille K.

    Can't go wrong with this place. Order the beignet flight, crisp pork belly, and the catfish n biscuits.

    Achille Kolla · 3 weeks ago
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  • Sahitya K.

    Okay place for vegetarians for dinner.

    Sahitya Kakarla · January 6
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  • Danielle P.

    Best chocolate beignets in town

    Danielle P · January 3
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  • Carlos R.

    Pulled pork eggs Benedict, beignets

    Carlos Roqué · December 18, 2015
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  • John K.

    Get the 'Hangtown Fry' w/ cheesy grits. My god it was delicious. Make sure you get there relatively early on the weekend, it'll get super packed FAST.

    John K · December 17, 2015
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  • Annie

    The shrimp and grits is amazing.

    Annie · November 29, 2015
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  • Charlie S.

    The beignets are fantastic - start with the savory crawfish, then have chocolate for a sweet finish.

    Charlie Stigler · November 22, 2015
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  • Olav v.

    Best Oysters i've ever had! Period. Also, the fried chicken is awesome!

    Olav van Dam · November 12, 2015
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  • Ale

    Must try the beignets

    Ale · November 11, 2015
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  • Adrian Z.

    Beignets flight is must have if you are here for the first time. Then you can try whatever.

    Adrian Zgorzałek · November 7, 2015
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  • Pei 👻 W.

    Beignets & bread pudding were world class.

    Pei 👻 Wen · October 25, 2015
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  • Nada f.

    The neighborhood is very unsafe.. breakfast is average.. coffee is belw average

    Nada fouzan · October 3, 2015
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  • Raquita H.

    Omg so. Good. Shrimp and grits. Get Chu Some!!!

    Raquita Henderson · September 26, 2015
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  • James A.

    The beignets are amazing. From chocolate filled to shrimp and cheddar (covered in cayenne!)

    James Ameriks · September 22, 2015
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  • Latanya P.

    Every time I'm in town I must have brunch at Brenda's. The food is consistently good. Plan to wait in line for a table but definitely worth it. Go hungry, the portions are huge.

    Latanya Preston · September 12, 2015
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  • Aaron D.

    This place is trendy, but I waited over an hour for a table and I got mediocre eggs benedict with shrimp. The poached eggs were over cooked, like hard boiled eggs. Nice biscuits and cheap.

    Aaron Dancygier · September 1, 2015
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  • Chuck R.

    Bloody Mary (garnished with pickled okra!)

    Chuck Roslof · August 31, 2015
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  • Mary D.

    Amazing ribs, the rice and beans was great too. Charming service in a lovely setting. Doesn't look like much from the outside but just wait! Write your name on the board and settle down inside :)

    Mary Dawson · August 20, 2015
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  • Kartik S.

    There's a long line so get there early. The beignets are great, especially the savory ones. Get the goat cheese and shrimp omelette in the morning and the fried chicken or shrimp and grits for lunch.

    Kartik Sathappan · August 19, 2015
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  • Adam P.

    "What's good here!?" Everything. Seriously. Shrimp Benedict, Apple Beignet, Biscuits and Gravy — amazing!

    Adam Putinski · August 2, 2015
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  • Daizy S.

    http://www.allwonders.com/san-francisco/restaurant-review/brendas-french-soul-food

    Daizy Singh · July 30, 2015
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  • Andy H.

    Beignet for days

    Andy Hemmi · July 29, 2015
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  • Craig V.

    Grease is the word.

    Craig Villamor · July 27, 2015
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  • Jae C.

    Catfish Benedict - you'll remember this one for a while. Excellent dish!

    Jae Clarke · July 25, 2015
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  • Kate G.

    So so good and worth the walk! Shrimp and grits were to die for!

    Kate G · July 22, 2015
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  • Crystalia G.

    Loving the crawfish beignet & fried chicken!

    Crystalia Gunawan · July 18, 2015
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  • Nancy T.

    Shrimp and grits, y'all!

    Nancy Tran · July 7, 2015
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  • Scott S.

    Shrimp and grits were incredible.

    Scott Soenen · July 4, 2015
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  • Sarianne C.

    Omg omg omg!

    Sarianne Cormier · June 27, 2015
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  • Ong Andrew 翁.

    The best Southern food whatsoever. ...

    Ong Andrew 翁 · June 26, 2015
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  • Jiexi C.

    Get here around early dinner time and you won't have to wait too long. Chicken fried steak and watermelon Ice tea mmm

    Jiexi Cao · June 19, 2015
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  • Teresa Y.

    Solid and rich brunch spot. Open for midday and dinner too (when they have hush puppies). Beignets and watermelon iced tea are must haves.

    Teresa Yao · June 19, 2015
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  • Oz L.

    Amazing breakfast place. The shrimp and grits is great. All the egg dishes are awesome. I'm partial to the tofu hash.

    Oz Lubling · June 17, 2015
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  • Eve P.

    Heard about this place. Thought it might be a lil over rated. Not at all! That line outside is serious! The food inside is fire. The tri tip had most definitely been slow cooking for hrs.

    Eve Paradox · June 6, 2015
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  • Caitlyn S.

    Good was outstanding. The wait on a holiday was about an hour. Shorted than expected.

    Caitlyn Scheuerman · May 28, 2015
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  • dave d.

    Don't order the Bloody Mary if you are expecting something delicious with alcohol in it. Theirs is neither. I'm honestly surprised that this place has such a long wait for such mediocre fare...

    dave deCay · May 21, 2015
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  • Maura C.

    This place was scary to get to but walking in the door was like walking into Disney. It was so good.

    Maura Collins · May 17, 2015
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  • Glarence Z.

    Poboys and crawish beignets were delightful

    Glarence Zhao · May 17, 2015
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  • Chau B.

    Come in around 3pm if you want the classics but do not love the crowds & line.

    Chau Bui Bui · May 11, 2015
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  • Chau B.

    They have very tasty options for vegetarians. This was a veggie omelet w/ biscuit & grits.

    Chau Bui Bui · May 11, 2015
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  • Chau B.

    Guava mimosa is pretty yummy, too!

    Chau Bui Bui · May 11, 2015
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  • Chau B.

    Pulled-pork eggs Benedict w/ grits. Soo good!

    Chau Bui Bui · May 11, 2015
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  • Chau B.

    Crawfish beignet & watermelon sweet tea <3

    Chau Bui Bui · May 11, 2015
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  • Marc E.

    From "Best. Breakfast. Ever." - best french toast ever, the banana foster

    Marc E · May 3, 2015
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  • Philip G.

    Scope out the specials board each time!

    Philip Garcia · April 28, 2015
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  • AD N.

    Know what your delayed friend wants. Order for them and they might let you sit down w/o a full party.

    AD Nys · April 17, 2015
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  • Lauren M.

    Beignets (crawfish and chocolate) are BOMB. Cream biscuits are really well done. Expect a wait!

    Lauren Mac · April 5, 2015
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  • Angel F.

    Definitely need to try their beignets. Huge portion and very delicious.

    Angel Fu · March 31, 2015
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