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Theater District/Tenderloin/Civic Center

Brenda's French Soul Food

652 Polk St.
San Francisco, CA, 94102, United States
TEL: (415) 345-8100

Chef-owner Brenda Buenviaje calls on her New Orleans roots to create refined, Creole-influenced fare at her namesake French soul food restaurant. The beignet, a deep-fried pastry similar to a doughnut, is one of her specialties, with varieties including chocolate, apple, or crawfish. Customers fill the Civic Center Plaza diner (expanded in 2011 to accommodate the crowds) for budget-friendly staples like gumbo or shrimp and grits with spicy bacon gravy. Brunch is served Saturdays and Sundays; choices include a beignet sampler, gumbo, and traditional Benedicts or Southern-style versions with fried chicken or catfish.

Insider Tip:

Wednesday through Saturday, Brenda's is open between lunch and dinner and serves a limited menu of appetizers, po-boys, and beignets to those looking to avoid the crowds.


Open / Closes
  • Accessible by Public Transportation
  • Breakfast
  • Brunch
  • Family-Friendly Dining
  • Handicapped Accessible
  • Lunch
  • No Reservations
  • Take-Out Available

Cuisine Type:: Southern/Soul


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