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Powell's Place

1521 Eddy St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 409-1388
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Just go for the fried chicken (largest drumstick you'll ever see) and potato salad. And yams, if you like yams. The food is very reasonably priced and their chicken is delicious. ...


Okay here it is Mother's Day and I am taking my family and extended family to Powell's Place for Mother's Day lunch. Our reservations are for 2:00pm I get there ahead of the rest ...

Strange, disappointing dining experience with awful service 10/13/2007

Tasty fried chicken, mediocre (and grossly oversalted) sides; not a good value. The service (waitstaff AND kitchen) are the worst I've encountered anywhere in SF. Pros: Good fried chicken Cons: Too much salt, unbelievably slow kitchen, and clueless service more


I've been to Powell's Place several times and enjoy the food. The last time I went, however, the servings seem to be getting smaller. For the price one pays here, and considering soul food is supposed to be a lot like good ole southern hospitality, they need to heap the plates full of food and not skimp. Their hush puppies are also way too small to be considered soul or southern, so they need to improve on those. The bad thing about this place, and what I have seen echoed on this site, is the service. You usually have to wait quite a while to be seated, to get a glass of water, to order and to be served. So don't take a first date here, unless you're a darn good conversationalist. The restaurant simply does not have enough waiters or waitresses and that's the problem. I can understand why there may not be enough waiters or waitresses though, because almost every time I've been in there, there's hardly anyone else there. Maybe only 4-6 people in what is a nice sized restaurant. Maybe it's just the age old paradox of which came first, the egg or the chicken, but I'd say, improve the customer service and the crowds will get bigger. Of course, the small number of people present makes the insult out, -that it takes so very long to get service when hardly anyone's in there. One time I was in there and there was 1 young, attractive, waiter, attempting to serve maybe 4 tables, running back and forth, this and that, and everyone frustrated. He was trying though. If you want a home cooked meal, try this place out, just don't expect to have the best customer service. Although the owner occasionally shows up to great you, his niceness cannot make up for the lack of prompt and efficient customer service. I, myself, will continue coming when I want a home cooked meal, unless I find a better place or the servings continue to diminish in size. Pros: Nice clean environment; good home-cooked food. Cons: Most of the time -poor service; sometimes small servings on plates. more

Terrible Customer service;OK food; kind of high priced for what they give you 5/14/2007

Okay here it is Mother's Day and I am taking my family and extended family to Powell's Place for Mother's Day lunch. Our reservations are for 2:00pm I get there ahead of the rest of the family at around 1:55 and I am standing in line to let the person know that my party is here for the 2:00 reservation(13 people). at this time it is about 2:05 and the man tells me that I am late. Well forone I was not late, secondly I was waiting in line(which i understand because it is Mother's Day so I expected a wait, but don't tell me that I'm late when you don't know when came in. Pros: Ambience Cons: CUSTOMER SERVICE!! Prices a bit high for what was given more

Powell's Place - Don't Believe the Hype 3/3/2007

I tried Powell's Place based on the hype and good reviews here, but now I feel really misled. I'm a soul food expert and sadly the truth is that I've had better fried chicken in all the fast food places in S.F. On a weekday (lunchtime), the place was almost empty. The fried chicken was barely warm, blandly seasoned (maybe just lightly salted), not juicy but slightly dry, and the crust was very thin, not crispy at all and even slightly rubbery. The collard greens were OK - not too salty, but they didn't have the slight smoky flavor that I am used to. The mac n' cheese was 'homestyle' which I prefer, not the cheap 'processed cheese' version you might get in other places. The corn muffins were slightly sweet the way I like, but they were way too small, and kind of chewy - definitely missing the 'crunchy top' that another reviewer said they would have. Strangely, they were 'finger burning hot' - like they were reheated too long in a microwave. The only thing that made them worth eating was the pats of butter that they came with, plus we were all still hungry from the small portions of food that we were given. I had a chance to sample the oxtails which I liked better than my chicken. They were well-seasoned, had a nice gravy and were 'fall off the bone' tender. All in all though, I would not recommend Powell's Place because I did not get my money's worth. I don't mind paying extra money if the food is worth it, but I don't like leaving a place feeling like I've been ripped off. To its credit, Powell's Place does have good customer service, friendly and competent wait-staff, and a nice atmosphere. When you are there you do get a strong sense of its history and community pride, but the bottom line is that a restaurant is supposed to be about the food. Powell's Place will have to step up to compete with places offering a better value if they want to regain former customers or attract new ones. Pros: The atmosphere and customer service Cons: Small portions, not very good value for the price more

Hold the salt, please! 6/7/2006

The blackened catfish was moist, but was covered with spices which was way too salty (and I like salt). Luckily it was easily fixed by scraping most of it off. The collard greens had good flavor and texture. Hush puppies were tasty and not too greasy. Best part of the meal was probably the excellent corn bread, which had a nice crispy top. Pros: Excellent corn bread more

Really the Best Fried Chicken... 12/11/2005

We had the Fried Chicken and pork ribs. The Fried chicken was fantastic with every little crispy bit getting eaten. The pork ribs fell off the bone and smothered in a mild bbq sauce. The sides were ordinary and saved for the last as we ate up the main course. Service was friendly, welcoming, and attentive. Everything was sparkling clean and they had a brisk separate take-out section that was constantly busy. Basically great comfort food at a very reasonable price. Pros: Quick seating, Fried Chicken, Service Cons: Wine list-red or wht more

Movin on up and down 9/11/2005

Probably one of my worst dining experience in SF. Was Fri night and not too crowded (probably at 1/3 capacity). Seated after 5 min by the person that rudely did not hold the door open the door for us. At first I thought it was okay but then when I found it out it was the owner, I'm thinking he should have asked us to go in before him (and not rudely close the door behind him). Took at least 15 min take our order. Food took about 45 min. We noticed 2 parties that came in, sat down and walked out after not being tended to. Food was lukewarm and not as good as before. Took a lot of waving to get the bill. The owner then comes to us and asks us if we are ""satisfied or not satisfied"" like we are taking some sort of survey. Pros: easier parking Cons: everything more

can't beat their fried chicken 8/13/2005

Just go for the fried chicken (largest drumstick you'll ever see) and potato salad. And yams, if you like yams. The food is very reasonably priced and their chicken is delicious. They also have ribs, pork chops, salads, sandwiches, and breakfast food until 3pm. The new space is nicely decorated with bright yellow walls, dark wood furniture and, of course, the jukebox. Highly recommended, especially if you love fried chicken. more

Powell's is better than ever! 5/26/2005

Not only is the location new, but the entire spirit of Powell's has been revived. The service is so wonderful, friendly, caring, and attentive. The staff seems so much happier at this location too. The decor of the new space is fantastic: it is spacious and yet feels so warm and inviting. There is plenty of space for big groups. The lighting is nice and the space is so clean! The food, of course, is better than ever: from the smothered pork chops to the fried chicken, corn muffins, and cajun-style hush puppies. The flavors are wonderful and the portions are generous. Oh, and be sure not to miss the sweet potatoes! They are heaven! My only complaint: the greens are just too salty. Pros: amazing food, lovely new space, GREAT staff Cons: greens too salty more
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  • The Scene
    Since moving to its Eddy Street digs, this eatery offers plenty of elbow room for bigger groups. Two large dining areas are decked out with comfortable chairs and banquettes,...

  • 8/1/2005 Provided by Citysearch

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  • Hours:

    Sun-Thu 8am-10pm Fri, Sat 8am-11pm
  • Payments:

    American Express, Master Card, Visa
  • Neighborhoods:

    Western Addition, Central North

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