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Brenda's French Soul Food

Southern / Soul Food Restaurant$$$$
Tenderloin, San Francisco
453 Tips and reviews
  • beignets
  • grits
  • breakfast food
  • lively
  • brunch food
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  • Max W.
    Max Wenneker1 week ago
    Beignets are all you need
  • Paul F.
    Come hungry. Heavy and filing, but oh so good.
  • Alana R.
    Nutella beignets!
  • Megan N.
    Megan NicoleApril 13
    We came here on a Sunday morning. It was pretty packed and we had to wait a bit to get in but it was worth it! I had the French toast with the butter pecan sauce which was to die for!!
  • Elizabeth B.
    love this; beignets so good; very awesome new orleans style
  • Kevin T.
    Kevin TMarch 26
    Catfish is a really tasty dish!! Also, gumbo is still fantastic, as well as the original beignet!
  • Mehmet
    MehmetMarch 9
    Piece of shit
  • Yuri M.
    Come here for some eggs Benedict and I tried the pulled pork one. Potato hash was terrible and without seasoning and the eggs and pork we're ok besides the spicy flavors.
  • Daniela V.
    Daniela VélezFebruary 27
    Great brunch!! Generous portions, should get the early, the place is excellent and gets really crowded
  • Jordan H.
    Jordan HollidayFebruary 26
    The beignets are the best in town. As well as their grits. Make sure you arrive early so you're not left waiting too long. The sign up board is inside.
  • Patto R.
    Patto R.February 22
    Everything is delicious!! Apple Granny smith was my favorite of all the beignets.
  • Eater
    EaterFebruary 9
    Brenda’s regularly offers plain, chocolate, granny smith, and even savory crawfish (pictured) beignets. Read more
  • JacKEY
    JacKEYJanuary 21
    I expected this place to be better for the rating it has. For me it was not so delicious.
  • Miye M.
    Miye McCulloughJanuary 12
    Worth the wait!
  • Travis T.
    Travis TindellNovember 28, 2016
    Shrimp n grits is fantastic.
  • Randy W.
    Randy WongNovember 27, 2016
    Shrimp grits and beignets
  • suzie
    suzieNovember 26, 2016
    Best mac and cheese in the world. Crawfish beignets, cole slaw, fries, sandwiches, and bread pudding with bourbon sauce were all awesome.
  • Deonne C.
    Deonne CastanedaNovember 24, 2016
    The crawfish beignets are everything
  • Luna R.
    Luna RuanNovember 13, 2016
    The shrimp and grits and crawfish beignets were heavenly
  • Amy
    AmyNovember 9, 2016
    Pretend your down south and fatten up.
  • Jennifer H.
    Jennifer HaackOctober 30, 2016
    delicious but huge portions!
  • Emily J.
    Emily JordanOctober 26, 2016
    Beignets were amazing.
  • Márcio V.
    Márcio VenturiOctober 18, 2016
    The hostess was rude. Sandwich with different hams only tasted like pickles and olives. Omelette with shrimp and goat cheese: the shrimp was tasteless because it's just cooked in water with no salt.
  • Paula Z.
    Paula ZiegertOctober 11, 2016
    The beignet is a must have for sure! The DYO omelette is really good - my suggestion : caramelized onions, mushrooms & spinach!
  • Joanna F.
    Joanna FlammOctober 10, 2016
    Amazing creole restaurant (think beignets, cheese grits, fried chicken)
  • Chris
    ChrisOctober 9, 2016
    Apple beignets the best of the options
  • Cyril Y.
    Cyril YarisantosSeptember 21, 2016
  • Kam
    KamSeptember 16, 2016
    Crawfish beignets are a must!
  • Nika B.
    Nika BlankSeptember 7, 2016
  • Nana
    NanaSeptember 5, 2016
    Line is long but you gotta time it perfectly so that you can grab yourself a Philz coffee walk around a little bit and come back. Shrimp and grits was my favorite along with the crawfish beignet 😋
  • Erica J.
    Erica JacksonSeptember 3, 2016
    Shrimp & grits are superb. 👍🏾
  • Shabnam A.
    Shabnam AminiAugust 26, 2016
    I love this place! The food was amazing and the atmosphere was awesome!
  • BuzzFeed
    BuzzFeedAugust 23, 2016
    The brunch wait is 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
    AnissaAugust 23, 2016
    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 TranAugust 12, 2016
    Shrimp & grits are amazing
  • Luke B.
    Luke BornheimerAugust 10, 2016
    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.
    Nahid AshriJuly 21, 2016
    The food is ok ... the service is bad .. angry unsocial waitress...
  • Jacob B.
    Jacob BradyJuly 17, 2016
    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.
    Caio TurbianiJune 30, 2016
    Great southern food.
  • Cheri B.
    Cheri BreemanJune 17, 2016
    Shrimp and grits. Everything! Could eat there every day.
  • Zak L.
    Zak LitovchenkoJune 16, 2016
    brunch huge
  • Mark M.
    Mark MunroJune 5, 2016
    Shrimp and grits, crawfish beignets
  • Kevin T.
    Kevin TMay 21, 2016
    The beignets are so good!! Also really loved the gumbo!
  • Karolina T.
    Beignets flight is a must!
  • Pamela W.
    Pamela WagnerApril 30, 2016
    I had the shrimp and grits and they were excellent! Creamy and seasoned just right!
  • Maria M.
    Maria MichelsenApril 25, 2016
    Orleans oysters. Beignet. Shrimp and Grits.
  • H K.
    H KApril 17, 2016
    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, 2016
    Fried chicken and beignets
  • Cody H.
    Cody HardApril 5, 2016
    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, 2016
    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, 2016
    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, 2016
    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, 2016
    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, 2016
    Delicious, warm and pillowy beignets worth a wait
  • Josie C.
    Josie ChandFebruary 22, 2016
    Totally worth the hype!
  • Shola E.
    Shola EshoFebruary 21, 2016
    Superb grits and shrimp and crawfish beignets.
  • Nicki L.
    Nicki LeeFebruary 18, 2016
    Fried chicken! Comes w a biscuit and collared greens
  • joahnna
    joahnnaFebruary 1, 2016
    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, 2016
    Beignets were awesome
  • Achille K.
    Achille KollaJanuary 18, 2016
    Can't go wrong with this place. Order the beignet flight, crisp pork belly, and the catfish n biscuits.
  • Sahitya K.
    Sahitya KakarlaJanuary 6, 2016
    Okay place for vegetarians for dinner.
  • Danielle P.
    Danielle PJanuary 3, 2016
    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
  • 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
  • Andy H.
    Andy HemmiJuly 29, 2015
    Beignet for days
  • Craig V.
    Craig VillamorJuly 27, 2015
    Grease is the word.
  • Jae C.
    Jae ClarkeJuly 25, 2015
    Catfish Benedict - you'll remember this one for a while. Excellent dish!
  • Kate G.
    Kate GJuly 22, 2015
    So so good and worth the walk! Shrimp and grits were to die for!
  • Crystalia G.
    Crystalia GunawanJuly 18, 2015
    Loving the crawfish beignet & fried chicken!
  • Nancy T.
    Nancy TranJuly 7, 2015
    Shrimp and grits, y'all!
  • Scott S.
    Scott SoenenJuly 4, 2015
    Shrimp and grits were incredible.
  • Sarianne C.
    Sarianne CormierJune 27, 2015
    Omg omg omg!
  • OngAndrew 翁.
    OngAndrew 翁June 26, 2015
    The best Southern food whatsoever. ...
  • Jiexi C.
    Jiexi CaoJune 19, 2015
    Get here around early dinner time and you won't have to wait too long. Chicken fried steak and watermelon Ice tea mmm
  • Teresa Y.
    Teresa YaoJune 19, 2015
    Solid and rich brunch spot. Open for midday and dinner too (when they have hush puppies). Beignets and watermelon iced tea are must haves.
  • Oz L.
    Oz LublingJune 17, 2015
    Amazing breakfast place. The shrimp and grits is great. All the egg dishes are awesome. I'm partial to the tofu hash.
  • Eve P.
    Eve ParadoxJune 6, 2015
    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.
  • Caitlyn S.
    Caitlyn ScheuermanMay 28, 2015
    Good was outstanding. The wait on a holiday was about an hour. Shorted than expected.
  • dave d.
    dave deCayMay 21, 2015
    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...
  • Maura C.
    Maura CollinsMay 17, 2015
    This place was scary to get to but walking in the door was like walking into Disney. It was so good.
  • Glarence Z.
    Glarence ZhaoMay 17, 2015
    Poboys and crawish beignets were delightful
  • Chau B.
    Chau Bui BuiMay 11, 2015
    Come in around 3pm if you want the classics but do not love the crowds & line.
  • Chau B.
    Chau Bui BuiMay 11, 2015
    They have very tasty options for vegetarians. This was a veggie omelet w/ biscuit & grits.
  • Ashwin K.
    Ashwin Kachhara3 weeks ago
    Sweet potato dumplings
  • Karine C.
    Karine CostaFebruary 20
    Ótimo para um café da manhã reforçado, brunch, almoço ou jantar. Pratos muito bem servidos e dá para dividir entre duas pessoas.
  • Mohammed A.
    Mohammed AhmadSeptember 4, 2016
    مطعم رائع جداً للفطور وسعره متوسط
  • Haruki T.
    Haruki TakeuchiSeptember 24, 2015
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