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Farmer Brown

Southern / Soul Food Restaurant, Breakfast Spot, and Lounge$$$$
Downtown San Francisco-Union Square, San Francisco
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  • SFist
    SFistFebruary 25, 2016
    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!
  • 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.
  • Jessica W.
    Jessica WickhamFebruary 26, 2017
    Recommend scrambled eggs with sweet peppers, the winter veggies and incredible breakfast biscuits! The buffet looks amazing, but the meals are a great smaller plate choice for normal appetites !
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Roxanne P.
    Roxanne ParetsSeptember 5, 2016
    Vegetarian scramble is incredible. Service was good. Bloody Marys are yummy. Grey choice with good atmosphere.
  • Jeremy H.
    Jeremy HoganSeptember 26, 2016
    The jambalaya was incredible. And, if you like spice, they have a honey jalapeño sauce that you should dump all over it.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Philip S.
    Philip SaulFebruary 7, 2017
    Went for lunch and tried the pulled pork sandwich. It was awesome and the buns were really good. Also some cool cocktails
  • 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
  • Paul d.
    Paul de HalléMay 13, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Casual restaurant with good bar service and the fried chicken with mac n cheese is great.
  • 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.
  • Jordan H.
    Jordan Holliday3 weeks ago
    Would love to try this place for brunch but dang this place is expensive. I wish I could say that I loved everything I ate but I did not enjoy the ribs sauce nor the potato salad.
  • Chris 🍻 M.
    Chris 🍻 MakarskyApril 24, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    good soul food place to take your out-of-town southern friends to. Sunday brunch is great but make sure you get reservations
  • Garret S.
    Garret S.February 22, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    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
  • Bro
    BroApril 1, 2016
    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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Bikash M.
    Bikash MishraFebruary 19, 2016
    Fried chicken brunch buffet, enough said. How do they keep the chicken tasting so fresh in a buffet setup? This place hits the spot.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Amy B.
    Amy BJuly 5, 2016
    Service, atmosphere, food. Can't ask for more. Prob the best wedge salad ever. Big chunks of blue cheese!
  • Anya
    AnyaAugust 27, 2017
    The location of this place is in the area with a lot of homeless people. The food was good, but the choices were limited and we couldn't fail to notice all the dirt on walls and ceilings.
  • 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..
  • D L.
    D LinAugust 1, 2015
    Love chicken walffles. Non greasy crunchy fried chicken with chewy waffles. Drool peoplet
  • Alexis J.
    Alexis JMay 12, 2014
    Best soul food I've had in the Bay Area. Order the biscuits!!
  • Quintein
    QuinteinFebruary 21, 2017
    Reasonably priced food in a very nice setting. You probably will think you're in the wrong place until you walk inside.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Tim M.
    Tim MacalinoApril 18, 2017
    Try the Angel biscuit with gravy. Have your eggs over easy so u can break dem yolks!! 😉😉😁😁
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Jennifer A.
    Jennifer ArchambeaultNovember 10, 2013
    A southern gem. Give the shrimp and grits a chance, however the baby backs are DELISH.
  • Nandi A.
    Nandi AndersonOctober 12, 2015
    So good! The staff is great. The food is amazing.
  • Ansell
    AnsellAugust 11, 2014
    Southern Fried Chicken is juicy and crispy. Yum!
  • antuan g.
    antuan goodwinSeptember 17, 2014
    Look up the Jazz brunch. Live music and all you can eat are worth the wait.
  • Sean M.
    Sean MeadeApril 14, 2017
    Fried chicken is legit. Bartenders are awesome. Oh, and bottomless mimosas on the weekends.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Keith C.
    Keith CirkelOctober 27, 2017
    Good bar. Old Fashioned 👌. Great chicken. Pecan Pie was out of this world 👌💯
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