farmerbrown is San Francisco Soul.

We are a destination where good things gather: locally-sourced seasonal ingredients, west coast freshness and time-honored southern recipes from the Creoles to the Carolinas, artful and seasonally celebrated cocktails that blend well with fresh beats. All come together to define modern Americana cuisine. With an ambience that mixes true southern providence and generosity of spirit with the heart of San Francisco, you feel native in an instant — welcomed as a member of the family.

Any given night promises a constant contrast of energies that fills the space nicely. They say, evidence of a great meal are the feelings that linger afterwards. farmerbrown prides itself in bringing you that unique sense of home.

photography by andria lo +
deanna sison foster

He & She

farmerbrown was built from the ground up by owners
Jay Foster and Deanna Sison Foster. A true labor of love, the restaurant
was created from their passions: hers, community, and his, food.

Deanna is constantly driven by authentic and wholehearted connectedness—from the neighborhood, to the city, to the food. This drive is reflected in the restaurant’s charm and hospitality. Jay is more than an adventurous restauranteur, but a deeply passionate chef with roots in the American South. This continues to define him, his culinary approach, day-to-day work ethic, and most valuably his relationships with the staff and patrons he calls family.

What Folks Say

"It's a perfect Southern homage."
michael bauer, 2013

"It feels like pure, unadulterated San Francisco, and that's hard to beat."
michael bauer, 2006

"Wonderful fried chicken and fixings for dinner and brunch
at the corner of Funky and Town"

"Fresh takes on soul food with an upscale bent."

"Our pleasure did not hinge solely on having perfect food—
it was about the whole experience."

"There’s jazz in the air/Spiced peanuts on the bar.
Don’t need to get fancy/Just come as you are."

"Classic upscale southern food is served with urbane style
and a socially-conscious slant."

We enjoy serving focused and complex flavors while keeping to the “family recipe.” We believe that a great meal will not only fill you up, but uplift you. That’s soul food at its finest.


wedge salad 10
w/little gems, brioche croutons, pt. reyes blue cheese & lardons

bloomsdale spinach salad 8.50
spice pecans, red onions, goat cheese and russet pears

seafood gumbo small cup 7     bowl 8.5
w/ smoked salmon and shrimp

sweet potato steak fries 7.50
w/ cayenne salt & lemon aioli

cornmeal battered okra 6.95
w/ remoulade

bbq baby back ribs 14.95
dry rubbed and slow-smoked ribs with bbq sauce on the side and creamy jalapeno coleslaw


seafood gumbo 19.95
entree sized with smoked salmon and shrimp

southern fried chicken 19.50
light & dark meat w/ham hock mustard greens & mac n cheese

crispy cornmeal catfish 21.95
w/hush puppies, candied yams, pickled onions, green beans and sauce gribiche

bbq pulled pork sandwich 17.50
smoked pulled pork, tossed in our housemade bbq or carolina mustard sauce, wild arugula
served w/coleslaw, pickle & chips

crawfish & shrimp jambalaya 24.50
cajun rice dish w/shrimp and fresh louisiana crawfish

wild mushroom jambalaya 18.95
cajun rice dish w/mixed wild mushrooms

blackened shrimp & grits 21.95
sweet louisiana gulf shrimp dusted w/cajun seasoning over grits, topped with cucumber &
tomato salsa

smoked chicken pot pie 19.95
smoked chicken with seasonal veggies

bbq baby back ribs plate 23.50
w/ creamy jalapeno slaw, steak fries & our classic bbq sauce on the side

meatloaf 20.50
w/ heirloom tomato ketchup, mashed baby potatoes and a kale & pickled radish salad

skillet pork chop 25.95
w/ shaved brussels, glazed carrots, walnuts & dijon bacon vinaigrette

grilled hangar steak 25.95
over stone ground grits w/parmesan, mushrooms, poached egg and salsa verde

we kindly request no substitutions


bay shrimp & okra hush puppies 8.50
w/ remoulade and pickled peppers

angel biscuits two for 4 / five for 8
w/ honey butter

candied yams 6
roasted yams candied in lemon syrup

mac n cheese 6
with oregons’ tillmook cheddar

roasted delicata squash 6
w/ brown butter and fried sage

southern greens 6
slow cooked mustard greens w/ham hock (veggie also available)

cheesy grits 6
stone ground organic grits with melted tillamook cheddar

grilled brocollini 6
charred with anchovy vinaigrette and grilled lemon

sample winter menu

The exact punctuation to a perfect country meal, a lick of sweet and a slice of dreamy is all you need to feel happily complete.

blue ribbon pecan pie 7.50
simply the best pecan pie around served with whipped cream or try with our pepper ice cream

sweet potato pie 7.50
red velvet cake red chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting, a southern classic!

crunchy apple crumble 8.50
with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce

persimmon bread pudding 6.50
with vanilla ice cream

a la mode with a dessert 2.50 / just ice cream 5
madagascar vanilla, pepper ice cream or
buttermilk ice cream

 sample winter menu

Where we come from, the song sounds sweeter when you got good lean in your cup. These handcrafted cocktails are thoughtfully concocted with seasonal and nostalgic story lines.

seasonal cocktails

the fig is up 10
applewood smoked bourbon, calimyrna fig syrup, allspice dram, lemon zest

pear naked sailor 10
sailor jerry spiced rum, fresh pear puree’, lime, pure ginger juice, bitters, ginger ale float

the refresh prince 10
lemon verbena gin, kiwi, lillet, organic ginger liqueur, tangerine, rosemary, mint, jalapeno

bottled mason jar cocktails

   (16 oz. of bottled goodness)
harvest moonshine 12
peppercorn bourbon, pumpkin spice liqueur, orange, lemon, housemade ginger nectar,
peychauds, tonic

orchard punch 12
brandy, amaretto, unfiltered apple juice, cranberry, ginger, vanilla, lemon, tonic

farmerbrown classics

grand gimlet 11
tito’s handmade vodka (or blue coat gin), lime, st. germain elderflower, muddled sage & celery

front porch iced tea 10
larceny bourbon, seasonal fruit nectar, housemade ginger nectar, fresh iced tea

mason street manhattan 11
george dickel rye, punt e mes vermouth, orange rind, stirred and served up

tenderloin shandy 6
scrimshaw pilsner, housemade ginger nectar, lemon juice, lemon-lime soda

farmhouse lemonade 10
seagrams vodka, seasonal fresh fruit puree, homemade lemonade, mint, in 16oz mason jar

old-soul fashioned 11
buffalo trace bourbon, brown sugar, sage, raspberry jam, housemade ginger nectar

paloma rio 10
mina real mezcal, mariposa agave liqueur, grapefruit, lemon, mint, cilantro

virgin mocktails

virgin farmhouse lemonade 5
seasonal fresh fruit puree, homemade lemonade, mint, served in 16oz mason jar

virgin front porch iced tea 5
seasonal fruit nectar, housemade ginger nectar, fresh iced tea, served in 16oz mason jar

cimone’s handmade ginger nectar 4.5
fresh ginger, various herb & spice blend, citrus, honey, love & other secret ingredients

cucumber cooler 4
cucumber, mint, sugar, lemon, lime, club soda

seasonal baby bellini 3.5
seasonal fruit puree’, non-alcoholic sparkling wine, lemon twist



red wine

‘08 corkscrew pinot noir - sonoma, ca 12/47
 layers of dark candied cherries, warms spices with hints of earth, harmony in a glass

‘11 artezin zinfandel - mendocino, ca 9/35
 smooth ripe berries, pomegranate, cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper & a hint of earth

‘10 salomon estate shiraz - norwood , australia 10/39
 plumy, earthy and lush, full bodied finish accompanied by silky tannins

‘10 la posta malbec - mendoza,argentina 8/34
 soft rose petal aromas leading into violet, berries, & mocha mid palate, whispering tannins

‘09 decalier de la terre grenache - lake county, ca 9/35
 intense flavors of vanilla, berries & anise backed by spiced smoke

‘09 duende tempranillo - clements hills, ca 11/42
 fruit forwardf , ripe plums, blueberries, smooth tannins , gently spiced

‘09 idle cabernet sauvignon - “los chamizal” sonoma, ca 13/49
 dark inky hues, precisly focused fruit, spiced smooth tannins, delightful sensous linger

white wine

‘11 vino pinot grigio - columbia valley, wa. 8/32
 aromas of warm summer grasses, nectarines, & white anise,an easy sipping white

‘11 pushback sauvignon blanc - napa valley 10/40
 floral jasmine aromas tangle with sweet tangerine & tangy grapefruit

‘11 fatto a mano vermentino - mendocino 11/43
 high toned supple layers of complex stone fuits, juicy bright minerality

‘11 mounts “yeomans vineyard” viognier -dry creek sonoma 9/38
 apricot & ropical fruit notes, soft minerality, dry rich textured finish

‘12 brouhaha pinot gris - paso robles 8/31
 green apple & wet stone nose, passion fruit. lime & exotic citrus with a petulant,
mouth watering finale

‘10 idle chardonnay - ”bonneau vineyard” los carneros, ca 11/41
 aromas of quince, lemon pulp, lightly kissed oak, creamy mid palate, well balanced
soulful linger

sparkling wine

opera prima brut 6/20
spain (glass/bottle)

poema brut cava 38
spain (bottle only)

charles mignon champagne 60
france (bottle only)

draft beers

half pint 3      pint 5       quart 9 scrimshaw pilsner

boont amber ale
anderson valley

racer 5

bottled beers

pabst blue ribbon 3
modelo especial 4
steelhead pale ale 5
lost coast’s 8ball oatmeal stout 5
angry orchard’s apple ginger cider 5
drake’s hefeweizen 5
anchorsteam ale 5
speakeasy’s prohibition ale 5
stone ruination double ipa 6
mad river’s jamaica red ale 6
oaked arrogant bastard ale 7
brother thelonious belgian style ale 8
dogfish head’s punkin ale 9
midas touch golden elixir 9

sample winter menu

Weekends were made to be celebrated. Our brunch menu features old country classics, prepared with the best of West Coast ingredients. Your week was long. Eat slow, laugh loud, and love life.

come and get it brunch

famous fried chicken, country scrambled eggs, applewood smoked bacon, cornmeal catfish, mushroom gravy, sausage gravy, biscuits, waffles, cheesy grits, cajun potatoes, succotash veggies, yogurt w/granola and honey, pecan brownies, banana bread, fruit salad, seasonal house salad.
all items subject to seasonality

a la carte items

skillet baked eggs with house made potatoes and a biscuit
smoked salmon 13
pulled pork 11
bacon 10
cheese & veggies 9

french toast 12
whipped cream, berries, 100% maple syrup

chicken ‘n’ waffles
2 pieces fried chicken with 2 waffles 15
just waffles and berries 9

farmerbrown burger 14
1/2 lb. of house ground chuck, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, on a toasted house made bun with remoulade, served with chips
add cheddar or bacon 2 each

sample winter menu

Our arms are open to you any day of the week so come and make yourself at home here in the warmth of good company and sumptuous eats. The space comes alive every night because, here... soul is a way of life.

make me happy hour

Our five & dime happy hour. Gather and get loose, shake off your day with good music and good folk. Bar bites from 5-10 (bar only). Every Tuesday - Friday, 5-7p.

come and get it brunch

Let us fix you a plate of our famous fried chicken, country scrambled eggs, applewood smoked bacon, cornmeal catfish, mushroom gravy, sausage gravy, biscuits, waffles, cheesy grits, cajun potatoes, succotash veggies, yogurt w/granola and honey, pecan brownies, banana bread, fruit salad, seasonal house salad, and more. Don't forget to wash it all down with our bottomless mimosa!
all items subject to seasonality

tuesday night chicken ‘n’ waffles

Said to have been developed as a classic Southern Sunday brunch combo, it sure does taste just as good on a Tuesday night. Join us for the best of both worlds: the sweet and the savory. Two waffles and our famous fried chicken.

humpday bbq special

Because the middle of the week is a big deal. Each week, we feature one bangin’ BBQ entrée item on deck, a side of your choice, and a pint of cold beer. Bring the fam!

eat your greens thursday

This is a night dedicated to the true riches of the earth. This meat-free culinary experience features soulful spins on classic dishes. Vegetarian soul food is the essence of living off the land, the (literal) roots of southern cooking. Celebrate your health and enjoy the complexity of homestyle flavors with quality-sourced, seasonally celebrated vegetables.

wino sundays

A wine glass half full or half empty...only begs for more wine. On Sundays all wine is 1/2 off, so fill your cup and sip the evening slow.

Come on down to farmerbrown

located in the heart of the city
25 Mason @ Market, San Francisco, California google map
accessible by BART (Powell Station) and Muni


monday closed
tuesday - thursday 530-10p
friday - saturday 5-11p
sunday 530p-10p
weekend brunch 10a-230p


415.409.3276 (farm)

If ya just want to holler:

For special occasions:


Looking for lunch? farmerbrown brings you mid-day grub at our sister joint, little skillet. This small and mighty take-out window is perfectly poised in a south of market alley close to AT&T ballpark. Our hot box lunches are famous for the po’ boy selection and San Francisco’s finest chicken and waffles.


farmerbrown offers secure paid parking on Mason Street, directly adjacent to the restaurant. Rates vary depending on time of day and day of week.


You can save your spot at the table by phone Tuesday to Sunday, 5-10p and online.
special diets
We are happy to make recommendations for any special diet. Allow our staff to craft a meal for you that suits your needs. Simply alert your server to your special requests, so that we get your order just right.
private dining + special events
We love celebrations at farmerbrown. The space has flavor. The food, unforgettable. The drinks, artisanal. Bring your event game up a notch.

The restaurant offers up to 2800 square feet of event space for large dinner parties, brunch and lunch events, corporate meetings, wedding receptions, holiday soirées, and more. Bountiful buffets and cocktail receptions can accommodate up to 150+. The restaurant is also available for complete buy-out {includes digital projector and dj-ready booth}.

Contact us at with your ideas and we will work with you personally to complete your vision, suiting both your taste and budget.
Bring your guests “home” to a mouth-watering table, set with amazing Southern fare. From family-style picnics to corporate lunches, enjoy slow-cooked, sustainably-sourced, warm and tasty comfort food.

Contact us at or 415.409.3276 with your ideas. We are happy to help you determine how much to order and collaborate on creating a menu to fit your event.
farmerbrown nests in the heart of the city in the Tenderloin neighborhood. Bordering the Mission/Market street corridors, this older downtown residential community has colorful stories to tell and our restaurant is blessed with natives, business owners, and friends who fill our space with them on a daily basis. The energy is always bright, the personalities as colorful and this makes our establishment burst with personality.

We make it an important part of our operations to give the best of ourselves and this business to the community around us and in doing so, we are constantly reminded of what’s important in life. This neighborhood is beautiful because of its resilience, standing strong in the face of earthquakes, ever-changing demographics and economy. We are deeply grateful that we are welcomed here and we open our arms in return to all those who need to feel at home, wanderers and travelers alike.