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Farmer Brown

Southern / Soul Food Restaurant, Breakfast Spot, and Lounge$$$$
Tenderloin, San Francisco
197 Tips and reviews
  • Southern food
  • fried chicken
  • buffet
  • cocktails
  • grits
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  • SFist
    SFistFebruary 25
    Clear your schedule! You won't want to do anything after hitting Farmer Brown's Saturday or Sunday breakfast buffet, which is laden high with fried chicken, eggs, bacon, biscuits, gravy, and more. Read more
  • Leon
    LeonJuly 28, 2012
    Don't wait for a table. Sit at the bar an order off the menu there. The catfish po-boys are insane - the pulled pork sandwich is even better! Get yourself a free show watching the mad cocktail crew!
  • goldstein j.
    goldstein jodiAugust 26, 2010
    Annie was our server and she was great. Love the service - weird to say but the bus boy rocked! We both had fried chicken and will share it next time so we have room for an app and red velvet! Omg! Yu
  • carla
    carlaNovember 6, 2010
    Red velvet is the BEST I've ever had on both west&east coasts. Vibe is a hybrid of Jersey City's Marco&Pepe and Warehouse &Philly's Illvibe Prod's Body Rock and The Difference. MUST eat&scene in SF
  • Charlie P.
    Charlie PenaflorDecember 19, 2011
    There's parking steps away from Farmer Brown right b/t Eddy and Turk for $20 flat. We opted to park at a nearby parking structure that set us back more than $20. BTW, fried chicken plate...amazing!
  • Curtis M.
    Curtis MaconMay 25, 2014
    Make sure you make a reservation. It was a 1.5 hr. wait without one. The buffet is a great bargain at $22. Boots less mimosas are another great deal. You get your table for 90 min.
  • Jesse W.
    Jesse WileyFebruary 6, 2010
    Go to Farmerbrown's and get the fried chicken and mac n' cheese with greens on the side, best fried chicken I've had in SF. Oh, the mini corn breads they bring for the table are super addictive... Read more
  • Tristan
    TristanSeptember 4, 2011
    Very cool ambiance for a date. The Shrimp and grits are amazing. Definitely try it. Fried chicken here is a favorite and you CAN ask for white meat only but shrimp + grits = best I've had
  • angdipi
    angdipiAugust 24, 2010
    Farmerbrown is all about supporting local and african-american farmers. The origins of soul food can be traced back to Africa and its main staples (rice, okra) were introduced to America during the sl Read more
  • Steven W.
    Steven WallingAugust 28, 2014
    Start with fried pickles and then move on to pulled pork. The fried chicken isn't all that great, though some people rave. Finish up with the pecan pie with pepper ice cream.
  • Ray A.
    Ray AlmedaMarch 29, 2015
    Waited 45 minutes for a table on a Sunday during lunch. Paid $20 for one cocktail. Paid $25 for "All Menu Buffet" with no waffles or fried chicken for 100+ minutes. Don't get duped. Avoid if you can
  • Craig S.
    Craig ShahanJune 25, 2012
    Great food the bus boy was attentive and on the money! The hostess was bubbly and enjoyable! However, if Joy is your server, demand another section! Worse service in the city!
  • Justin C.
    Justin ClarkSeptember 19, 2014
    Pints served in Mason jars, Southern Fried Chicken which makes you re-evaluate everything you've eaten before, and Baby Back Ribs which are smokey taste-tastic amazing.
  • Don N.
    Don NorbeckAugust 30, 2015
    Chicken and waffles biscuits and gravy and more on the brunch buffet. Add bottomless mimosas or iced tea and now it's a party
  • Katarina T.
    Katarina TDecember 3, 2012
    Live music to go with brunch! Get the buffet - chicken and waffles, fried catfish, grits and more. And don't forget to try one of their cocktails!
  • Laurie V.
    Laurie VSeptember 1, 2013
    Service is consistently slow and half-assed, chicken is consistently delicious. On balance worth it, but only just. Get reservations or prepare for a long wait.
  • Blayne D.
    Blayne DouglasSeptember 27, 2010
    Fulton Valley fried chicken breast & drumstick w/hamhock greens, macaroni & tillamook cheddar cheese. For desert: meyer lemon cheesecake w/candied kumquats.
  • 7x7 Magazine
    7x7 MagazineOctober 29, 2012
    Farmer Brown's mac 'n cheese is special because of simplicity - Tillamook cheddar, served baked golden brown in an individual cast iron skillet. Perfect. Read more
  • SFGate
    SFGateMay 6, 2015
    At this Tenderloin soul food restaurant, fried chicken comes with ham hock collard greens and shells 'n' cheese made with Tillamook cheddar. Read more
  • Garret S.
    Garret S.February 22, 2013
    Total surprise for this part of the city. Good cocktails and great chicken. If you are seeing a show at the Warfield, perfect pregame spot
  • Bianca G.
    Bianca GarciaJuly 24, 2011
    I'll repeat what everyone else is saying. GET THE FRIED CHICKEN & MAC N' CHEESE! And the waffle sundae or triple berry trifle for dessert. Wow..
  • 7x7 Magazine
    7x7 MagazineNovember 30, 2012
    Stop by for the all-you-can-eat brunch for only $20 and be sure to grab the hot and cheesy grits that are stand out at Farmer Brown's. Read more
  • Kat S.
    Kat Stew---May 2, 2015
    Amused at all the brunch prices.... $15? $21? Today we went and it is $24.95 ... Good food though, but now I wish it was cheaper ha
  • Gladys R.
    Gladys ResuelloSeptember 11, 2011
    I wasn't impress with the fried chicken, mac&cheese, and greens. But the shrimp & grits is a MUST! Love the Honey Jalapeno Hot Sauce too!
  • Bikash M.
    Bikash MishraFebruary 19
    Fried chicken brunch buffet, enough said. How do they keep the chicken tasting so fresh in a buffet setup? This place hits the spot.
  • Jason L.
    Jason LeeFebruary 25, 2013
    Everyone raves about the food, but the drinks are equally as impressive. Try the Old-Souled Fashion for a twist on a bar classic
  • Bro
    BroApril 1
    Skip the southern fried chicken and go for the jambalaya, it's a lot better and big enough to share. Waffle and shells n' cheese for sides.
  • Patrick D.
    Patrick DuganSeptember 3, 2012
    Try splitting a dish with a friend so that you can sample more. The Gumbo here is huge and can easily be split between two people.
  • Leslie H.
    Leslie HitchcockAugust 4, 2011
    $16 brunch buffet that includes grits and fried chicken, sweet tea and a live jazz band on Sundays? What's not to love!
  • Paul d.
    Paul de HalléMay 13, 2015
    Casual restaurant with good bar service and the fried chicken with mac n cheese is great.
  • Chris 🍻 M.
    Chris 🍻 MakarskyApril 24, 2013
    good soul food place to take your out-of-town southern friends to. Sunday brunch is great but make sure you get reservations
  • Leïla E.
    Leïla EggerAugust 29, 2015
    Fresh waffles with seasonal fruits came with one small piece of watermelon! An the quantity for US standard is just poor!
  • Eszter T.
    Eszter TomposDecember 23, 2011
    Looks funky from the outside but the inside is a whole other world. Good organic food and really nice creative cocktails.
  • Candace S.
    Candace SooHooSeptember 13, 2010
    Love their weekend bottomless fried chicken and mimosas brunch - however the live music is only available on Sundays now.
  • Marisa L.
    Marisa LownApril 12
    Good biscuits & gravy, pass on the breakfast buffet tho. Not worth the $27 unless you plan to go back for a few passes.
  • Alex M.
    Alex MyersFebruary 1, 2014
    Been for brunch and dinner- the food is not that good for the price but the atmosphere and drinks are great!
  • S C.
    S CJune 17, 2011
    Large servings are perfect for sharing. Divine catfish w/ candied yams & string beans. Quench your thirst w/ a vanilla mint julep.
  • Anthony N.
    Anthony NudoMay 6, 2011
    All-you-can eat Saturday's and Sunday's from 11am-2pm. Make sure you order the bottomless mimosas with your meal!
  • Ricky S.
    Ricky SherrillJune 28, 2015
    I went to the weekend brunch which was very good. Has a bit of everything but really enjoyed the shrimp & grits.
  • D L.
    D LinAugust 1, 2015
    Love chicken walffles. Non greasy crunchy fried chicken with chewy waffles. Drool peoplet
  • Amy B.
    Amy BJuly 5
    Service, atmosphere, food. Can't ask for more. Prob the best wedge salad ever. Big chunks of blue cheese!
  • Dave B.
    Dave BryanAugust 28, 2009
    The bar menu has these amazing Pulled Pork Sliders on a Biscuit. They are delectable and sublime! Eat several.
  • Alexis J.
    Alexis JMay 12, 2014
    Best soul food I've had in the Bay Area. Order the biscuits!!
  • Danny S.
    Danny SauterJuly 2, 2012
    Too expensive to justify a meal here. Instead, sit at the bar and order a Vanilla Mint Julep and the Pecan Pie.
  • Kanyi M.
    Kanyi MaqubelaSeptember 23, 2011
    Come on Sunday mornings and hear the really tight live band. Also bottomless Mimosas and buffet with mean grits. Win.
  • John S.
    John SommerNovember 7, 2010
    Beer by the quart is awesome. For some reason they close at 11 pm on the weekend. Try Johnny's Irish bar instead if they're closed.
  • Jessica R.
    Jessica RobinsonNovember 13, 2011
    Great food and ambiance! Definitely a "must experience" for SF! Vegetarian friendly as well.
  • YC L.
    YC LJune 29, 2013
    Good food good drink just really didn't like the waitress bringing the bill before I see the desert menu.... 😕
  • Sophie C.
    Sophie CurtisMay 3, 2014
    The pork sliders are delicious. Great place for dinner before a show at the Warfield.
  • Jennifer A.
    Jennifer ArchambeaultNovember 10, 2013
    A southern gem. Give the shrimp and grits a chance, however the baby backs are DELISH.
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