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Brenda's French Soul Food

652 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94102-3328
+1 415-345-8100
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good27%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (126 reviews)
“beignets” (285 reviews)
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CUISINES
American, Cajun & Creole, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
€€ - €€€
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LOCATION
652 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94102-3328
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1 - 10 of 860 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Eating here was such a treat! Everything we had was delicious. We had the verity pack beignets and all of them were fantastic. Coffee was really good. They get busy, so get there early:)

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Catoasch81
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I love, love this place! The food is great and well worth the wait. Love the homemade pepper jam on the warm cream biscuits. I always buy a jar to take home!

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank chgotrvlr71
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Ok at best, got in quickly but service poor from the start, had to ask multiple times for water, condiments, etc. Beignets were not that good, skimpy filling in all. We got the flight and left one, wasn't worth taking with us. I had the...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank kcjnz303
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We wanted something a little different and had walked by this place the day before to see a bunch of people waiting, which is always a good sign so we thought we would try it. We shared the traditional begnets they were very good, the...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Skindychic
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

On my recent stay in San Fran I went to this ‘legendary’ place a fair few times. First thing I’d say is that you could easily wait for over an hour on a Sunday for brunch, perhaps you have better things to do? Past that...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank DonArgy
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Brenda's was a wonderful find told to us by fellow travelers.I felt like I was back in New Orleans! Beignets, Hurricanes, chicken and waffles, and my pick, shrimp with cheesy grits. Everything was delicious. Really cool decor and a great vibe. The place was packed...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank kristen1019
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Was curious about how well they'd do Louisiana-style food here, so stopped by for a late lunch on a weekday afternoon. Even at 3 in the afternoon, there were still a number of parties enjoying the food, so this is a popular place. We were...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank interceptpubs
Reviewed 26 October 2018

Our first breakfast in San Francisco! Great service food and ambiance. Highly recomended!. Just 1 block from our hotel (EPIK). A great way to start the day!

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank JimK68
Reviewed 19 October 2018

There's a reason you will find a million reviews of this place and they are all good...it's fantastic! Small charming place right in the middle of town with delicious French soul food as advertised. The staff was delightful and our food came out almost as...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank jrog9832
Reviewed 18 October 2018 via mobile

I travel the world for a living and this place has some of the best food ever! Fried chicken was moist and tasty, coleslaw was creamy, biscuits were some of the best I’ve ever had, and the red beans and rice were perfectly seasoned and...More

Date of visit: October 2018
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KellieB518
21 October 2018|
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Response from Budzzaw | Reviewed this property |
Not that I am aware of because I see a lot of people with 5 to 6 people. The place is very small and quite packed; I suggest you call ahead of time.
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Shells62
29 September 2017|
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Response from fredyt3 | Reviewed this property |
I don't know that there is a "best time" as reservations are not accepted but whatever the wait may be, it is worth it. If possible I would suggest planning your visit and include up to a 45 minute wait. Of course... More
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3811imustan
16 July 2017|
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Response from Chygrl | Reviewed this property |
We went in evening, so I'm not sure. Sorry
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
08:00 - 20:00
Monday
08:00 - 15:00
Tuesday
08:00 - 15:00
Wednesday
08:00 - 22:00
Thursday
08:00 - 22:00
Friday
08:00 - 22:00
Saturday
08:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 652 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94102-3328
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco
  • Phone Number: +1 415-345-8100
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