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Farmer Brown

Southern / Soul Food Restaurant, Breakfast Spot, and Lounge$$$$
Tenderloin, San Francisco
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  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Jessica W.
    Jessica WickhamFebruary 26
    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 !
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Roxanne P.
    Roxanne ParetsSeptember 5, 2016
    Vegetarian scramble is incredible. Service was good. Bloody Marys are yummy. Grey choice with good atmosphere.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Philip S.
    Philip SaulFebruary 7
    Went for lunch and tried the pulled pork sandwich. It was awesome and the buns were really good. Also some cool cocktails
  • 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
    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
  • 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.
  • 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, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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..
  • 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.
  • 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
  • D L.
    D LinAugust 1, 2015
    Love chicken walffles. Non greasy crunchy fried chicken with chewy waffles. Drool peoplet
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • Alexis J.
    Alexis JMay 12, 2014
    Best soul food I've had in the Bay Area. Order the biscuits!!
  • Quintein
    QuinteinFebruary 21
    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.
  • 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.
  • Tim M.
    Tim Macalino5 days ago
    Try the Angel biscuit with gravy. Have your eggs over easy so u can break dem yolks!! 😉😉😁😁
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ansell
    AnsellAugust 11, 2014
    Southern Fried Chicken is juicy and crispy. Yum!
  • Nandi A.
    Nandi AndersonOctober 12, 2015
    So good! The staff is great. The food is amazing.
  • antuan g.
    antuan goodwinSeptember 17, 2014
    Look up the Jazz brunch. Live music and all you can eat are worth the wait.
  • 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!
  • Sean M.
    Sean Meade1 week ago
    Fried chicken is legit. Bartenders are awesome. Oh, and bottomless mimosas on the weekends.
  • Jessica R.
    Jessica RobinsonNovember 13, 2011
    Great food and ambiance! Definitely a "must experience" for SF! Vegetarian friendly as well.
  • 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.
  • Derek P.
    Derek PetersenOctober 30, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    It's very unclear when they're actually open. Despite the hours posted on their door it's a roll of the dice when the doors are actually unlocked.
  • Amanda M.
    Amanda MorelandApril 26, 2015
    We were very well taken care of by our waitress. Very impressed! Nice place.
  • 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!
  • ELJ: Follow me! 'erika_lj' Y.
    Shrimp And Grits are a must try!! The okra is awesome as well...
  • Marisa L.
    Marisa LownApril 12, 2016
    Good biscuits & gravy, pass on the breakfast buffet tho. Not worth the $27 unless you plan to go back for a few passes.
  • Krisha M.
    Krisha MarcanoAugust 24, 2014
    Fried chicken dinner and it looks like from across the room the blackened shrimp and grits look like god himself made it.
  • D L.
    D LinAugust 1, 2015
    Love chicken walffles. Non greasy crunchy fried chicken with chewy waffles. Drool people
  • Lauren S.
    Lauren SchulteJuly 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't miss the chicken. GET THE BRUNCH BUFFET! Worth every penny.
  • Joe K.
    Joe KeeganMay 14, 2011
    The only way to get chicken and waffles for breakfast is to get the buffet and then add a waffel. So good, but for $21 what a rip!
  • Jamie L.
    Jamie LynnAugust 13, 2015
    Save your time deciding between the menu and buffet and just get the buffet!
  • Adrian R.
    Adrian RoesslerJanuary 15, 2012
    Really tasty jambalaya with shrimp, sausage - and a great ginger beer!
  • Tiff T.
    Tiff TingOctober 10, 2012
    Try the Shells And Cheese - Cheesy goodness on top, best eaten hot!
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauJuly 8, 2012
    Try the Weekend Brunch Buffet - Really good fried chicken and fried catfish
  • D@n S.
    D@n S.December 20, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Come early, come hungry, order the pulled pork sandwich if in doubt.
  • Jennifer Y.
    Jennifer YipAugust 24, 2014
    happy hour! they have delicious premade cocktails that comes in mason jars!
  • Mike B.
    Mike BarnesJune 22, 2012
    Closest bar to Warfield of any merit...use it, abuse it! :)
  • Tiff T.
    Tiff TingOctober 10, 2012
    Try the El Conquistador - Grapefruit, pineapple, and lychee = formula for happiness
  • Alex R.
    Alex RainertJuly 13, 2011
    Fried chicken, collard greens and Mac and cheesy are where it's at. Go get some!
  • Kevin C.
    Kevin CApril 18, 2016
    Biscuits, the chicken is great. Actually with flavor in the batter!
  • Victor M.
    Victor MarquezApril 6, 2016
    Great place for brunch. The place's decor is pretty cool.
  • 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.... 😕
  • 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.
  • Bianca G.
    Bianca GarciaAugust 10, 2014
    Great atmosphere, fried pickles worth the visit!
  • Krysta G.
    Krysta GJuly 18, 2012
    Chicken & waffles special for $15 on Tuesdays!
  • Gerrit N.
    Gerrit NiezenJune 26, 2016
    The smokiness of their pulled pork sandwich is mind-blowing.
  • Greg S.
    Greg SchechterAugust 19, 2014
    Delicious. You must get the chicken and waffles.
  • Felipe B.
    Felipe BubolzMarch 15, 2015
    Great brunch menu. Go for the buffet.
  • Mari P.
    Mari PosaJune 5, 2013
    Wow. It takes forever for them to seat u even if u have reservations at 530pm. Expect to wait.
  • Abbey K.
    Abbey KeckMay 2, 2016
    I would just like an order of a dozen of those pecan pie tarts. Kthx!
  • Ryan S.
    Ryan SarverNovember 2, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    $15 all-you-can-eat Sunday soul food brunch is a great deal
  • Monica D.
    Monica DahlNovember 5, 2012
    Omg. The baby back ribs + their jalapeno sauce = heaven.
  • Leon
    LeonJuly 29, 2012
    Come in after food stops and you get yourself a cruisy bar vibe!
  • D L.
    D LinAugust 1, 2015
    Crunchy in tact fried chicken with chewy light walffles. One of my favorite places!
  • Benjamin H.
    Benjamin HeadrickApril 30, 2013
    If you like Southern style cooked food,,, you will love this place.
  • 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!
  • Andrew R.
    Andrew RichMarch 30, 2015
    Live music with your Sunday brunch is great...but way too loud. Like "screaming your order to the server" loud.
  • Nora T.
    Nora TaranoNovember 19, 2014
    The apple bread pudding is literally the best dessert EVER.
  • Ryder C.
    Ryder CarrollDecember 6, 2014
    Pork skillet was great. The grits were just gross.
  • Fiona S.
    Fiona StrobridgeJune 5, 2016
    Don't leave without getting the chicken and waffles.
  • Candace S.
    Candace SooHooSeptember 13, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Love their weekend bottomless fried chicken and mimosas brunch - however the live music is only available on Sundays now.
  • Ben H.
    Ben HuxterMarch 14, 2014
    Met a local who bought us "welcome to America" drinks. Batman also bought us a drink.
  • Sarah
    SarahJuly 24, 2013
    Gumbo, Watermelon salad and a Tenderloin Shandy - bliss <3
  • Tiff T.
    Tiff TingOctober 10, 2012
    Try the Fried Chicken Basket - Excellent fried chicken: will get it again!
  • 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
  • Toby M.
    Toby MasonMay 15, 2010
    Chicken Wings are AMAZING! Great value too. $30 for more food we should eat and 3 drinks.
  • John D.
    John DohertySeptember 23, 2014
    Delicious jambalaya and great cocktails
  • Kevin K.
    Kevin KearneyOctober 14, 2011
    The mac & cheese is ridiculous, the fried chicken is overrated, and the biscuits deserve way more acclaim.
  • Katherin S.
    Katherin SonJune 4, 2012
    The jambalaya is my faveee. Don't walk there alone though...sketchy sketch :/
  • Nick B.
    Nick BaumFebruary 21, 2015
    Whatever you do, make sure you get the pancakes!
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