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Brenda's French Soul Food

Southern / Soul Food Restaurant$$$$
Tenderloin, San Francisco
423 Tips and reviews
  • beignets
  • grits
  • breakfast food
  • lively
  • biscuits
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  • BuzzFeed
    BuzzFeed6 days ago
    It’s worth it for the perfectly seasoned savory beignets. If you also want to sample the sweet beignets — GRANNY SMITH APPLE! CHOCOLATE! — opt for the $10 beignet flight. Read more
  • Anissa
    Anissa6 days ago
    Write your name on the chalkboard list and expect a wait! And of course GET the crawfish beignets! (and prepare for a food coma afterwards)
  • Brian T.
    Brian Tran2 weeks ago
    Shrimp & grits are amazing
  • Luke B.
    Luke Bornheimer2 weeks ago
    With insane lines on the weekend (shorter during the week), Brenda's serves up delicious (and heavy/rich) dishes, including their popular beignets as well as pulled pork eggs benedict and french toast
  • Nahid A.
    The food is ok ... the service is bad .. angry unsocial waitress...
  • Jacob B.
    The reflection of the ceiling fans coming off the tables may cause seizures. But the grits are great.
  • Wilson F.
    Heavy, heavy, heavy.
  • Caio T.
    Great southern food.
    Upvoted Jun 30
  • Cheri B.
    Shrimp and grits. Everything! Could eat there every day.
  • Zak L.
    brunch huge
  • Mark M.
    Shrimp and grits, crawfish beignets
  • Kevin T.
    Kevin TMay 21
    The beignets are so good!! Also really loved the gumbo!
  • Karolina T.
    Beignets flight is a must!
  • Pamela W.
    I had the shrimp and grits and they were excellent! Creamy and seasoned just right!
  • Maria M.
    Orleans oysters. Beignet. Shrimp and Grits.
  • H K.
    H KApril 17
    Totally worth 45-min wait (Sunday brunch)! Beignets followed by Grillades and grits with a side of sweet potato pancake was grrreeeat :)
  • Peter C.
    Peter ChiuApril 13
    Fried chicken and beignets
  • Cody H.
    Cody HardApril 5
    Beignet flight is awesome. When they have them, pumpkin pancakes are top notch. Otherwise, can't go wrong with the fried chicken Benedict
  • Teri H.
    Teri HuMarch 30
    Do not miss out on the beignets. So incredibly light and fluffy and not at all greasy or heavy, it's an revelation; you won't ever go back to any ol' donuts no more.
  • Ruby K.
    Ruby KMarch 29
    Aha my favorite place to eat in San francisco i love love Crawfish beignet but everything else is also ridiculously delicious. Getting hungry while writing this review, no joke! 😢 worth checking out
  • Jim P.
    Jim PrattMarch 25
    We LOVED the choc beignets and the shrimp and grits, and the coffee. Our waiter didn't even attempt to warn us that we were ordering way too much food - shame shame. This is a must visit in SF.
  • Zi W.
    Zi WangMarch 4
    Relax with NOLA food and vibes. Outstanding beignets and watermelon tea. Not too flavorful but maybe that's just Cajun cuisine.
  • Maya S.
    Maya ShanmugamFebruary 23
    Delicious, warm and pillowy beignets worth a wait
  • Josie C.
    Josie ChandFebruary 22
    Totally worth the hype!
  • Shola E.
    Shola EshoFebruary 21
    Superb grits and shrimp and crawfish beignets.
  • Nicki L.
    Nicki LeeFebruary 18
    Fried chicken! Comes w a biscuit and collared greens
  • joahnna
    joahnnaFebruary 1
    The sweet potato dumpling with smoked corn-jalapeño cream, seasonal vegetables is delicious! You can add-on shrimp+crawfish too.
  • Tara L.
    Tara LounsburyJanuary 26
    Beignets were awesome
  • Achille K.
    Achille KollaJanuary 18
    Can't go wrong with this place. Order the beignet flight, crisp pork belly, and the catfish n biscuits.
  • Sahitya K.
    Okay place for vegetarians for dinner.
  • Danielle P.
    Danielle PJanuary 3
    Best chocolate beignets in town
  • brenda j.
    brenda jone86December 20, 2015
    Brenda's French Soul Food
  • Carlos R.
    Carlos RoquéDecember 18, 2015
    Pulled pork eggs Benedict, beignets
  • John K.
    John KhuuDecember 17, 2015
    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.
  • Annie
    AnnieNovember 29, 2015
    The shrimp and grits is amazing.
  • Charlie S.
    Charlie StiglerNovember 22, 2015
    The beignets are fantastic - start with the savory crawfish, then have chocolate for a sweet finish.
  • Olav v.
    Olav van DamNovember 12, 2015
    Best Oysters i've ever had! Period. Also, the fried chicken is awesome!
  • Ale
    AleNovember 11, 2015
    Must try the beignets
  • Adrian Z.
    Adrian ZgorzałekNovember 7, 2015
    Beignets flight is must have if you are here for the first time. Then you can try whatever.
  • Pei 👻 W.
    Pei 👻 WenOctober 25, 2015
    Beignets & bread pudding were world class.
  • Nada f.
    Nada fouzanOctober 3, 2015
    The neighborhood is very unsafe.. breakfast is average.. coffee is belw average
  • Raquita H.
    Raquita HendersonSeptember 26, 2015
    Omg so. Good. Shrimp and grits. Get Chu Some!!!
  • James A.
    James AmeriksSeptember 22, 2015
    The beignets are amazing. From chocolate filled to shrimp and cheddar (covered in cayenne!)
  • Latanya P.
    Latanya PrestonSeptember 12, 2015
    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.
  • Aaron D.
    Aaron DancygierSeptember 1, 2015
    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.
  • Chuck R.
    Chuck RoslofAugust 31, 2015
    Bloody Mary (garnished with pickled okra!)
  • Mary D.
    Mary DawsonAugust 20, 2015
    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 :)
  • Kartik S.
    Kartik SathappanAugust 19, 2015
    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.
  • Adam P.
    Adam PutinskiAugust 2, 2015
    "What's good here!?" Everything. Seriously. Shrimp Benedict, Apple Beignet, Biscuits and Gravy — amazing!
  • Daizy S.
    Daizy SinghJuly 30, 2015
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