Lena's Soul Food

3.6
22 Reviews
$30 and under
Soul food

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Casual
Come join us at our new full service dine in restaurant. We will offer the same traditional soul food selections that diners have loved at our fast casual restaurant, plus an extended menu to include more items.

The new location features a beautiful large dining room, patio, private dining/banquet rooms, and a private parking lot.
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3.6based on all time ratings
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3.4
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3.2
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3.3
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Noise · Moderate
78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

No one to check us in at the door. They didn’t even know we had a reservation. Line was long. So we left and went to another restaurant.

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AliciaD
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Girls behind counter not professional at all. The manager on duty was just as unprofessional. Loud!

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DEBBIEG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience2

Some food was under cooked and bland. Too expensive.

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Milt
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

There is no longer waiter service. The food was not warm enough. The food is not as well prepared as when it first opened. The greens were too salty and the fried chicken was too dry. The peach cobbler was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I found this to be one more of the many hidden treasures of the Bay Area. The buffet was my choice and of course will be on my second visit as well.

I will add this though: Baked Fish, Fried Chicken, Oxtails, yams, greens, Mac and cheese, potato salad. I guess you get the picture, so why not stop by and get a plate as well.

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vipLindsayH
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food, glad they had the buffet option!

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SamB
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Not what I expected the pics on line are not what u see or get ....just and expensive buffet style place ..but only single servings and bad customer service

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ElfredaP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall5food5service3ambience3

This was our second visit to lenas. The first time the service was terrible but this trip it was more organized. This is a cafeteria style restaurant and I found the service very fast and orderly. The staff was much nicer and efficient. The good was delivered hot and was delicious. We will return again!!!

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vipHugoE
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall1food2service2ambience1

OMG, why is this even on Open Table. It is NOT a restaurant, it is a cafeteria-like business with no table service or alcohol. They don’t even have waiters or menus! People making reservations don’t even have a hostess to check-in with. The food is “fine” although hardly attractively displayed and definitely not appetizing to look at. Certainly won’t be going back.

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bayFoodie
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was nice and professional we really enjoyed our dinner.

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vipgrannydove
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Food and service good. Generous portions. Unfortunately, too much confusion regarding eating from the buffet is one room and getting in line to get your food. Otherwise, Lena's lives up to its name for providing "soul" food.

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Foodie
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall3food4service3ambience1

I did not like the new buffet style set-up, this takes away from the ambiance, and may later effect the food quality.

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CeceliaW
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

food was excellent in a reasonable price good service as well it was worth it . The line continuously to move very fast so excellent service

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KameshiaN
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall1food2service1ambience1

I made a reservation for 15 people to celebrate my grandmothers 82nd birthday. Myself, along with a few of my guest arrived on time. I waited for someone to greet us or at the least show us where to sit and no one said anything for roughly 30 mins. It was then I assumed maybe they were unaware we had a reservation. I approached a gentleman at the cashwrap and asked where could a large party sit, and he said “you guys had the reservation right”. It was then I realized they were well aware but simply didn’t care. He said “you guys can sit wherever” My reply... but then we all can’t sit together. Is there anyway tables can be arranged for us. In the end myself along with a few of the guest arranged the tables so that we can sit down. When one of my aunts asked for water another gentleman that works there replied “if I get you water I’m gonna have to get everyone water and you have more ppl than what you reserved for”. Sadly, we were treated extremely poorly on my grandmothers 82nd Birthday. We were met with smart and rude remarks the entire time. A young lady with red hair who served food wouldn’t even speak to us or even make eye contact. To make matters worst, the food wasn’t even good. I truly miss both the food and the staff from the other location. I don’t recommend anyone to come here. Both food and service was awful. The only nice person was he security guard. It’s truly unfortunate. I love to patronize black businesses, but after years of going to Lena’s I will no longer be a customer. They ruined a special day.

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LindaT
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Really good eating today!

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ElizabethH
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience2

I was a little disappointed in the Easter buffet this year. Last year had a variety and the setting was very nice. This time it seem just kinda thrown together. I feel you should always make it attractive, good choice of food, and food always tasty.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service the food was REALLY GOOD and I would totally return there!!

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vipdide
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2018
Overall2food2service1ambience1

I made a reservation thru open table and when we got there I was told they don't accept reservations and it was a complete mess as there was a large party in the steam table line and by time we got thru everything was gone and we had to wait for 20 minutes to get overdone food. I won't return.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Fantastic spot for comfort food. You get good home southern cooking at Lena's, at reasonable prices, and portions so large you are guaranteed to take some home. Friendly staff and a welcoming ambiance. For lover's of southern cooking, Lena's is absolutely worth a visit.

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vipKarenF
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The food was very salty and undercooked.

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vipMrsB
Central Coast
23 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Banana bread pudding, I felt like a kid again. Everything here was good and plentiful. We all left with full bellies and happy hearts.

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DethKilr
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2017
Overall4food5service3ambience5

LOVED the chicken. People were saying "lacks spice and seasoning" in reviews on Yelp. This almost kept us from trying it. I'm glad my wife and daughter ordered it anyway. Delicious baked or fried. Fried shrimp and hush puppies were amazing. Especially the shrimp. Smothered pork chop was incredible! Blackened fish was killer! A little pricey but worth every penny. I was full upon exit but wanted more!

FAQs

Lena's Soul Food does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Lena's Soul Food also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (510) 957-5663.

Lena's Soul Food is rated 3.6 stars by 22 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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