I love this diner for its ease-of-use (free abundant parking, centrally-located, open 24 hours) and as such would love to love this place.
Unfortunately, the food is lackluster to put it nicely; downright bad to be just plain honest. I've had two "memorable" experiences with questionable food freshness here, and on both occasions I spent the rest of the night hugging the toilet. Two strikes, you're out--never again. Free parking does not a good meal make, and if there's one thing I insist on it's fresh food that doesn't make me ill. One star for this place, and that's pushing it.
Great Breakfast spot.
This place is defintaly the place to find the all american breakfast with a friendy staff.
The only thing i would recommend is a little make over to the dinner!
Amazing After Hours Dining. Real food, yes real food at 3 am! Comfortable seating, decent service, and a huge menu. You can eat in peace in the middle of the night without being bombarded by a deafening jukebox or settling for terrible food and service. OK ,one time a waitress did cut in front of me to use the ladies room but it was a busy Friday night. The place is packed after hours on weekends. The menu serves everything from breakfast to dinner and in between and the vegetables are fresh! I did eat here once during normal business hours and it didn't quite have the cache that real food at 3 am delivers but it was o.k. A lot of food for not too much money. I had the turkey dinner, that could have served 2 people. But, at 3 am this place is heaven in a coffee cup, with a side of extra crispy fries. Highly recommended for middle of the night munchies.
feels like you are in Reno..... If you are a picky eater this is NOT the right place to eat. Lucky Penny is a 24/7 restaurant, their breakfast menu is GREAT! Some lunch menu are okay...the potroast are tender and juicy. When you go to this place, DO NOT expect it to be a fine dining experience because it is truly not. One thing for sure, this place is better than any "burger joint" or fast food place in the city. It is what it is...just a typical historic cafeteria-sytle of food. Nothing fancy.
The food here is just ok, but the service is VERY bad. I've never been so mistreated at a restaurant in my life. And as I was about to leave they accidentally towed my car and refused to reimburse me. The manager there, lim, was stubborn and refused to accept the fact that they accidentally towed my car. I had to take a cab to the tow company and pay another 260 to get my car back. It seems as if lucky penny has a deal with pacific towing company to make each other money.
Summary: ok food, horrible service, spent over 260 to get my car back. i'm NEVER going back
Great Price for Decent Food, but Horrible Service. I am not demanding when it comes to service or ambience, but the service at Lucky Penny's really needs improvement. The waitresses seem very lazy and nonchalant and you have to go out of your way to get their attention just to be seated or to order something. The menu has decent items, with my favorites being the prime rib for $11 and steak and eggs for $8.9. The food taste pretty good. Usually not crowded at all, and I suspect their quality of service is probably what's holding them back. I mean if they are this "busy" when there isn't that many customers, how can they handle a full house?
Just Plain Good.. The Lucky Penney is on of those San Francisco only experiences in my book. I've had the coolest things happen there. The mix of people, and the food always seem to make feel better. There is no putting on of "airs" by anyone I've ever been served by there. It seems to attract "people" people if you now what I mean. I love their breakfast menu. Also I feel that people who complain about food and service issues can't cook anyways and are usually rude. They get what they deserve ! The Lucky Penny rewards the real people amongst us. Like I said, an only in San Francisco experience. Sincerely, Mark G. Pflepsen.
Best Place for Locals. I have been going to Lucky Penny for over three years now, because it's unmatched. Convientantly located in the center of the northern part of the city, on Geary Blvd. The food is great, espeically the Garlic Roast Chicken. This place is great for dining alone, or with friends. Also good for just a drink, and to read a newspaper (which is provided to read). I recommend the Sherbert Freeze. Lucky Penny is open 24/7, except for Labor Day, for maintainance. Breakfast is served all day. Seating is always availible, no waiting time. Downsides are the Meatloaf, and the forced 15% service fee for groups of 6 or more. This place has few tourists, mostly San Francisco Locals (Bus Drivers, Police, College Students, etc) eat here. Not recommended for impressing your first date with someone, but when things become casual, it is a great place to go.
A diner in every aspect. When you go to a diner, you don't expect the fine dining experience. The menu is comfort food, and the service reflects that. Sometimes the food can be hit or miss, depending on who's at the grill. One time my prime rib medium was perfect, the next time overdone. However when is meat ever cooked to perfection for under $12? I go back for the prime rib and pot roast (the gravy is good!), while my wife likes the spaghetti (their sauce is on the sweet side). Everytime we go, my beer was always served room temperature and I always need to ask for ice...go figure.
Average sums it up. Great hours and a good location for late-night/post-drinking. Food was only average. The meatloaf was served at a strange microwave temperature .. hot on the edges and cool inside, smothered in flavorless gravy, and the potatos had that powdered texture I rememeber from the Navy. A friends pot roast meal was tough and chewy. The children a few booths up seemed to enjoy the 'burgers and fries, so maybe that's what I'll order next time. Because it's so close to Mel's Diner and Tony's Cable Car, I'd only recommend eating at the Lucky Penny during the times when nothing else is available.
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