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Brenda's French Soul Food

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652 Polk Street, San Francisco, CA 94102-3328
(415) 345-8100
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8:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Tue 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wed - Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night

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  • 202
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    Very good
  • 17
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  • 3
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  • 6
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Superb

Went here for dinner and the food was incredible, plentiful and simply superb. If you're in San Fransisco do yourself a favour and go here! There's no reservations but any wait is worth the deliciousness to come. Service was amazing too.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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Melbourne, Australia
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333 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Melbourne, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Went here for dinner and the food was incredible, plentiful and simply superb. If you're in San Fransisco do yourself a favour and go here! There's no reservations but any wait is worth the deliciousness to come. Service was amazing too.

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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

My son recommended this place. It was out of the way but we made it a point to get there. We are glad we did. We arrived at 10:30 on a week day and as expected, we had to wait 45 minutes to get a table. The food was simple but cooked perfectly. My omelette was the best I've ever... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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59 reviews 59 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 via mobile

ok, so Brenda's isn't in the best neighbourhood, and we did have to wait 1/2 hour in line (write your name on the chalkboard), but the fried catfish and fried chicken benedicts were well worth it! We had grits instead of potatoes - so buttery rich! Yum!!!!!!!!!!

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Thousand Oaks, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

The watermelon iced tea alone convinced me that this was a 5-star joint. All the food was great, too, and the service was friendly and prompt. I really liked that I could try a bunch of different things. Definitely a place to look into if you're in San Fran.

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New York City, New York
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Wow. A friend had recommended Brenda's and I went expecting a line. I lucked out and there was no wait around 10:30 on a Friday morning. I suggest going with one other person because you're going to want to try multiple things and portions are huge. I had the beignet sampler, the highlight being the ghiradelli one. They're different than... More 

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San Francisco, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

This place is packed weekend mornings with an overflow crowd waiting on the sidewalk, so we suggest you go during the week when the marina girls and tech bros are at work. Also, do NOT go here if you don't know what New Orleans food is. There will be grits and fatty foods like the hangtown fry (famous as a... More 

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New York City, New York
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53 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

I don't know if the waiters are trying to pull off the Parisian snooty waiter I don't care if you enjoy your experience attitude, or if they they just have really annoying waiters. Either pull it off or send them home. However, the food is so good that I'll give the place a few stars in the hope they pull... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Be sure to arrive early, as this place fills up FAST (for good reason!). The good was excellent. We had two orders off of the chalk board specials with the beignet flight. Definitely start with the crawfish beignet. The restaurant was small and patrons were packed in tightly, but the staff still managed to be efficient.

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Food is a bit hot when they bring it, but it is an amazing experience!! And the waiters were awesome. Great coffee coverage during breakfast.

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Orange, California
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92 restaurant reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Hard to find, but worth it! Went on Friday for lunch, 10 minute wait - AMAZING watermelon iced tea, chicken gumbo, red beans and rice, and the shrimp creole pot pie special - all great, would go back in a second! Not to miss food...

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 652 Polk Street, San Francisco, CA 94102-3328
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco
  • Phone Number: (415) 345-8100

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
  • Cuisine: French, Cajun & Creole
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm

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