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Brenda's French Soul Food

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652 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94102-3328
+1 415-345-8100
08:00 - 22:00
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Sun 08:00 - 20:00
Mon - Tue 08:00 - 15:00
Wed - Sat 08:00 - 22:00
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San Rafael, California
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I have never been disappointed eating at Brenda's. Yes, it's busy but what do you expect from a great restaurant. Well worth the wait which is never really that long considering how well the staff moves there. Highly recommend it !

Thank Darren B
San Mateo, California
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130 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Excellent authentic southern food in a great restaurant with excellent service. The Beignets were delicious, great omelettes, best hash browns and hot chocolate like my West Indian mother used to make.The best Spiced Strawberry jam - we actually brought a jar home - its that good! Would eat here again in a heartbeat - highhly recommended!

Thank Flowerbloss
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5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great garlic shrimp appetizer. Turkey dressing good as appetizer too. Pork shoulder scrumptious and accompanying green beans about the best I ever had. Pricing reasonable and great service. Can get very crowded; show up early or late.

Thank Clark V
Bologna, Italy
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24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have had a dinner for two and food was fresh and good, the staff kind and with a good value for money.

Thank Ghirobo
Rancho Cucamonga, California
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332 reviews
245 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

On this visit we ordered the Andouille Sausage and Cheddar Omelette. As usual, we subbed out the carb sides for a side salad with mustard dressing. The salads was good and the dressing was fantastic! The omelette was really good and I am sure at least one of us will order it on our next visit. We also ordered the... More 

Thank SrGrammyLinda
Reno, Nevada
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48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a good time for breakfast here during the week. Arrived right when they opened and there was a small line. Service was still prompt and I would return. The location has a lot of homeless people and can feel a little sketchy depending on the route you take. I'd probably take a ride to get there next time.

Thank Kevin K
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178 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I had breakfast at Brenda's 3 times in a week, it was that good. The hangtown fry is rich and tasty and filling, but the fried chicken eggs benedict (read that again, yes, fried chicken eggs benedict) is one of the best breakfasts I've had ever (actually, two of the best breakfasts, since I ordered the same dish on different... More 

Thank JimBCalgary
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5 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had attempted to visit over the weekend and found a 2 hour line. We came back on a weekday and walked straight in to a table for dinner. Service is a little bit slow, but the food is very good. For international travellers I feel like Brenda's is a must visit.

Thank Matthew D
New York
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84 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Tenderloin district where Brenda's is located is not for the faint of heart with homeless on every corner and almost at the door. The rating is way too high even though the novelty of the menu is attractive and some of the dishes looked very good (po-boy). The sourdough bread served with the eggs was commercial and tasteless and... More 

Thank OrganicForever
Los Angeles, CA
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18 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Beignets! Need I say more? The ambiance and food at this New Orleans-style bistro is just wonderful. The food was delicious and high quality, the service was attentive and quick, and the prices are reasonable. Highly recommended!

Thank Duncan C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
American, Cajun & Creole, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?