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Lillie Mae's House of Soul Food

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1290 Coleman AV, Santa Clara, CA 95050
+1 408-980-0668
12:00 - 16:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 12:00 - 16:00
Tue - Thu 11:00 - 20:00
Fri 11:00 - 21:00
Sat 12:00 - 21:00
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Sunnyvale, California
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135 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Lillie Mae’s (House of Soul Food in Santa Clara) is going downhill. I used to like this place a lot – especially their fried chicken lunch. But the last 2 times were not so good. In October 2016 they served me a very dry piece of chicken, whereas in the past it was always tender, well cooked, and juicy. But... More 

Thank Robert H
Lynchburg, Virginia
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88 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Being from the south this is great food, the fried chicken is excellent and plentiful 4 pieces . the collards are authentic and the mac and cheese was good . I also have trouble finding good ice tea and they have it here.

Thank martyh00
San Jose, California
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

I love this place. It's real BBQ so it can be a touch pricey. But oh so freaking worth it. Ribs are perfect. And I never order chicken at places. But their BBQ chicken is amazing. Everyone needs to try this place!!! So yum

Thank biadhbeatha
Queen Creek, Arizona
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

Before the comments on the BBQ let me say the fried chicken was fine other then not be allowed to get a breast when you buy the higher end combo meal, only with the meal plates can one get the breast. My thought if I'm paying a higher price why not get my choice. The staff was pleasant and helpful.... More 

Thank Bob T
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111 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

Took one of my work buddies who's from the UK to Lillie Mae's and he was very excited to have an authentic American experience. He thought we were in someone's house when they grabbed the beer from the fridge. Great food

Thank Tahoe55
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144 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

We were first in line when they opened the doors at lunchtime and we ordered the chicken and waffles. You are given your drinks in jam jars and the lemonade was particularly tasty. When the food is ready they literally shout for you to come and collect it. The food was very tasty, homemade and there was plenty of it.... More 

Thank Syd_The_Sloth
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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98 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

If you are looking for comfort food!!! This is a great place for lunch. Portions are good and the food is excellent. Nothing fancy just good food. Get there early for lunch or you will stand in line.

Thank EAN_Diver
San Jose, California, United States
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

I've been wanting to come here for a while now, and finally had the chance to come check it out. Lillie Mae's House of Soul Food makes some delicious chicken and waffles! The waffles where nice and doughy, the chicken was cooked perfect. The skin was nice and crispy. When paired these two just work! Quick service, friendly staff! I... More 

Thank Bradly C
San Francisco, California
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93 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

Even though I had read the reviews I was skeptical. Real fried chicken? Real fried catfish? Real hush puppies? Real corn bread? Really? Could it be...? Shut the front door! It was. I was there with the 2 visiting teenage grandkids who have locust-like appetites. Even they could not finish the combo platters we ordered. We opted for fried chicken... More 

Thank bb0314
San Jose, California
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

this landmark deserves a shout out for keeping it absolutely real! its a very old school place (rustic vibe) that has pure soul emanating from its pores. the staff is incredibly nice and the food is spot on for southern type cuisine. i do have to say that their fried chicken is done to perfection. i've not had better fried... More 

Thank Brandon V

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 - 16:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1290 Coleman AV, Santa Clara, CA 95050
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Clara
  • Phone Number: +1 408-980-0668

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?