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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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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good28%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (103 reviews)
“beignets” (253 reviews)
Open Now
8:00 am - 10:00 pmAll hours
American, Cajun & Creole, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
652 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94102-3328
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Exquisite chicken, po'boys, bread...even the jam spread for the bread was organic and delicious! The food here is worth the wait anytime.

Thank Jascaliner
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Waited for 90 minutes and then had Mediocre food but great service. Beware no fried chicken on Sunday brunch service. Beignets were not cooked through, raw dough noted near the filling.

Thank Linnick
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our dinner for fam of four was just okay. We all had different items to try a variety. There wasn't a lot of flavor in any of them. I believe the side of mac and cheese might have had the most flavor. Our friends went...More

Thank lltravelmel1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My friends were worried that I wouldn't have anything to eat. We got there and put our names on a blackboard (their way of tracking lines-- super smart!) We sat down in less than 10 minutes. Service was pretty good but the food was even...More

Thank Janet M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Food here is good. Lines can long at times and the area isn't the best. But staff is friendly and once you are in it is a nice cozy place. Have the po boy and shrimp and grits

Thank yay83
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went for dinner with family. Ate the sweet potato dumplings, po boy, pot pie, shrimp & grits, Mac and cheese and cream biscuits. Followed up with the beignets and bread pudding. Best meal of our trip. There is usually a wait so go early or...More

Thank Reba D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had the French toasts, Latte, and house watermelon tea. French toasts were good, just wish it were smaller portions, and Latte was huge! but loved that. The watermelon tea is a bit too sweet. Great service and food overall. Go early if you don't want...More

Thank Yjyj2
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Food: Delicious Cajun cuisine Service: Efficient Ambiance: San Francisco casual chic Decor: Modern design Location: Literally steps away from San Francisco City Hall. Apparently Brenda's a food institution in SF but I've been away for so long, I didn't even know. A friend recommended the...More

Thank rhubris
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Brenda's was an amazing find.. great food, big serves and lovely service. The French roast with pecan caramel sauce was great. The Apple and chocolate beignets were huge and worth going back for

Thank RosO69
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a quaint little spot. We got there before the rush came. It appears to be a very popular place. The food is good. the neighborhood is not so great but that does not seems to hinder or bother anyone who wants to eat...More

Thank dqueen1
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30 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
Marsha P
17 July 2017|
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Response from Chygrl | Reviewed this property |
We went in evening, so I'm not sure. Sorry
Tanya W
26 January 2016|
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Response from Maureen H | Reviewed this property |
No reservations. There is a chalk board where you sdf your first name and number in party to the list. Enjoy
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 15
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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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