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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
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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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Los Angeles, CA
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18 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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!

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Thank Duncan C
Silver Spring, Maryland
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310 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

So, I did some creative touring and used my Big Bus tour to get to the Civic Center and walked to the restaurant. Upon approaching the restaurant, I noticed LOTS of people waiting to get inside. This place is packed on Sundays! I ordered scrambled eggs, a cream biscuit, bacon and hash browns as my main breakfast AND a beignet.... More 

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Thank ElleTraveler21
Tel Aviv, Israel
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52 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is not the nicest part of SF, to say the least, and this restaurant is an island of in the middle of an otherwise run down area. Pretty much all the people who worked here and patronized the place when I visited were white hipsters, The food was just ok, and for the price, not so great. The grits... More 

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Thank NYTA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food was great, but the service was awkward. Don't suggest this for larger parties as they will sit smaller groups first regardless of their spot in the line.

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Thank Tony S
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133 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Write your name on the board and wait patiently an it will pay off in the end. Staff is on the ball and service is quick and inviting. Everything we ordered had excellent seasoning and generous portions.

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Thank Tammy F
Lacombe, Louisiana, United States
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35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Being from New Orleans and having someone recommend a Creole restaurant is usually not all that it's cracked up to be. However Brenda's was awesome. A definite to do in San Francisco. If you enjoy New Orleans food and find yourself in the Bay Area, it is definitely worth the trip. Awesome food.

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Thank Allan B
Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place was packed at 2 pm. It had great reviews and I'd read the chef's biography indicating she was a Louisiana native. All checks in the right boxes for French Cajun food. So of course we went. I ordered the beignet trio of apple, chocolate, and seafood. I expected to like the apple one the most as I love... More 

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Thank Alyssa J
Guildford, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An interesting start to a visit at Brenda's is found when you turn up to write your name and party size on a chalk board inside the door, then wait outside for your name to be called for a table. When we arrived there were 18 groups ahead of us in the queue, which did move quickly I must add,... More 

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Thank Ant M
Greenville, Texas
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75 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wow! Food was excellent! You must go here for breakfast! Everything was outstanding! We were lucky enough to walk in on a Monday morning without a wait. We started off with the bineits (?) were phenomenal! Plain, with apples, with chocolate or Cajun! We tried one of each. My wife had Pork Belky with cheese grits, my daughter had a... More 

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Thank Greenvilledan
Toronto
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Busy place and super full, but great comfort food. Also, first time I had pickled watermelon. Not bad at all.

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Restaurant Details

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