Shawnees China Soul

1415 Palisade Ave, Teaneck
(201) 357-4219

Recent Reviews

Robin Alexander

My friends and I were such fans of this place when we first heard about it and visited frequently. As time went on, we could hardly make a reservation, the menu is never the same and the service is lousy. We had a reservation for 8 pm and was not served until 10 pm. When the bill came, the waitress, which they rarely have, added the next table's bill to our bill. This was discovered when the other table asked for their bill and was told their bill had been added to ours. WTH. When we discovered the error and asked for the money back of the other tables bill which we had paid, we were advised that the owner had left with the money. Visit this establishment at your own risk.

Shadea Miles

I had a bad experience with Shawnees China Soul. The resturant close at 10 p.m. My man & I was there until 8:15, the place wasn't even crowded but they did have a party of 8. Basically we waited all that time no food no beverages. My man has a friend that recommended we go to this place, so we did and the first person we ran into was Shawnee we told her it's our 1st time here and we was there for 2 hours, we didn't taste anything we was just sitting there to get served. We got served alright they ran out of food!!! The lady that was behind the counter going around taking orders lost our order. They just kept making excuses the food was different we wanted to try something different. The crazy part is when we seen the owner outside she was bragging like everything good on my menu but our 1st time there coming from east orange we didn't get to experience anything. Bad for business it seems like we came for inspection like we was inspecting the place. So a young lady with dreads came out and said we will not be able to make your food after we was there for 2 hours with no food or beverages. Just wasted a perfect Saturday and that's all we have is Saturday & Sunday off. It was really late almost 10 p.m. we had to find something else to eat which was chilies and the young lady with the dreads said she'll just give us a gift card i just got up and walked out. Very bad for business, custome Service. Why would the owner say everything on the menu is good and we didnt get a chance to experience this food. This is why people dont like to support their black owned business. Other people that was eating watched us get shut down and leave i know they felt bad for us. Very very very poor customer service im scared to go back there coming from East Orange i was so mad at my man he shouldnt listened to his friend about this place find your own resturant to try because Shawnees aint it!!!!!!!

Susan Pyron

This place is great, great vibe, great atmosphere, great hospitality, food is very delicious cooked with love, food is very fresh made to order, owner/chef came out to introduce her self such a lovely individual. I would highly recommend this place 10 out of 10.


I met this lovely lady in ShopRite the owner that is rushing to get more food because she ran out, her business is that good I went in for the first time it was absolutely popping the music was awesome I had to wait some time for the food but it was so so worth it I had her lobster mac and cheese and it completely exceeded my expectations this woman has a gift it was so good I got in the bed with my plate❤️❤️ I am a foodie to the 10th power if I can have this beautiful goddess cook for me at least twice a week food prep I would that's how delicious and flavorful my meal was I wish her nothing but many blessings and abundance to her business ??❤️

tanisha colon

Venue: Visited this restaurant for a bday brunch. While set-up like a bar/sports bar in the front, they have a beautiful, private room in the back. The decor in the that room is nice and soft.Food: We were served family style soulfood meal which included: fried chicken, fried fish and other traditional sides. Enjoyed all the food and especially appreciated that it was being cooked as we were there so everything came out piping hot. It is not often that you receive piping hot food when dining out. I encourage you all to continue to fry your chicken on the spot as the heat and crisp were on point! I especially enjoyed the mac and cheese, fried chicken and shrimp scampi.Service: Staff was nice and I especially appreciate and think it is NECESSARY for businesses to check in with their guests/customers and ask how they are enjoying their meal and experience. Momma Shawnee and Rhoda were very kind, polite and personable and checked in often. My only feedback and constructive criticism is that while serving family style meals be sure to have enough serving utensils in place as this delayed our party in enjoying the foods as they came out as staff often did not bring out serving utensils and at some point they appeared to run out. That's an easy fix so that certainly would not deter me from dining at this wonderful, soulful, nice establishment.Continued success to you!

Denise Gonzalez

Food is excellent!!! We did order take out. Everything was packaged perfectly. Soul fried rice and oxtails delicious! Fried lobster amazing. We will definitely be ordering more. The staff was very friendly.Vegetarian options: Greens, fried rice, greens etc

Mack Burnett III

Amazing local spot with true southern roots and and electrifying menu every time I visit.

Shakuwra Garrett

Visited from out of town for my birthday! The food and service was great. The owner came out and made it extra special for my birthday. I would definitely come

Lorraine Bailey

Everything about this place is Wonderful, food, music,, must try cornbread egg roll, Mac and cheese, chicken wangz , fried rice you won't be disappointed ? ? also it

Sabrina Boyd

My family and I celebrated my son’s 17th Birthday at Shawnees China Soul ! We had the buffet brunch and the food was nice and hot. Everything was delicious and the customer service was amazing. We will be back!

Walter Boyd

The customer service was the best I have had in years! Friendly staff, very accommodating. Food is very good, the seafood macaroni and cheese was spicy but tasty, you can make a meal out of it!

Candi Stuart

The food was delicious, especially the oxtails, collard greens, and mac & cheese. The portion size was enormous. I was soooo full, I had to request a takeout tray which I ate over 2 additionsl days. The service was great. I even got to meet the owner. I have and will continue to recommend friends to this establishment and will visit again, and again!


As always food and atmosphere was great I highly recommend this spot. It just keeps getting better. I came in for wings and found out about happy hour and the dj. It was great.

Denise Joyner

My sister had her birthday brunch celebration at Shawnees China Soul. The service was excellent. The atmosphere, inviting. The food was exceptional! I truly enjoyed every aspect of the experience. The staff was so attentive and professional. I enjoyed an array of foods, and everything was absolutely delicious. 100% Excellence!!!

Maurica James

Great food, music and the service is great also with a good atmosphere! Definitely will be returning.

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