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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 - 20:00
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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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Oakland, California
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232 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

When you feel your food tastes WOW that's when I give 5 stars!!! 1st time at Brenda's and 1st time having grits and that crispy pork belly cheddar grits plate had my name on it! What a beautiful combination of the crispy pork, poached egg and the relish with the cheesy grits. You can probably ask for easy on the... More 

Thank Heliana M
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

I read a number of reviews that said to make sure you order off the specials board....which I promptly forgot once we went. BUT our meals were still delicious and more than hearty. I had the Egg and Bacon Tartine - the tomato-bacon relish made the ENTIRE dish. I've never tasted anything like it and I would have gladly taken... More 

Thank Erica B
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124 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went for dinner with 2 others... Place was pretty full, but we were seated fast. 2 orders of Fried chicken and on order of rice and beans. Then we wait... The food arrived in 2-3 minutes! Lightening speed. The fried chicken was perfect. The bun was fresh and light. The greens were a bit on the bitter side for me,... More 

Thank Slayer6
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Worth the wait. Food in incredible. Amazing vibe. Great service. Delicious in every way. We had brunch here and were guided by the waiters on what to eat. The beignets were crazily good.

Thank cooksincrowie
Palma de Mallorca, Spain
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597 reviews
344 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

.. but be aware of the huge portions ... good selection, goodmservice and a nice spot to go for breakfast

Thank Matthias F
Los Angeles, California
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72 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Large portion of fried oysters in sourdough roll with . Small restaurant and very busy at lunch time but you may sit solo at side counter to avoid long wait. Names written on chalk board as reservations are not taken. Quite a long walk from Geary Blvd so transfer at Van Ness and take bus from there.

Thank Margaret Y
London, United Kingdom
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79 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Try the beignets for definite. Had the goats cheese and shrimp omelette. It was full of flavour. Really recommend but come early to avoid huge queues (that do pass quickly)

Thank RJoy21
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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46 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lived up to all those positive reviews. Ordered the Gumbo, Etouffée, Shrimp & Grits, Fried Chicken and Beignets of course! Everything was delicious. Such happy memories :)

Thank ShaiLaS
San Diego, California
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79 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We got here Thursday @ 9am there was small wait, got seated less than 7 mins. We tried crawfish bignet, it was great. We also had shrimp & goat cheese omelette which was really good. Service was also ok.

Thank jhacruz94
Irvine, California
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18 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Brenda's is a cute little restaurant with interesting decor. There is often a wait. Food is pretty good, but it is definitely not traditional soul food.

Thank Teresa N

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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
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, 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?