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Won't be going to Shakey's again

  • Jun 5, 2007
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Pros: Clean, free parking

Cons: Bad food, no customer service, rides/games were all broken

The Bottom Line: I am mystified how this restaurant has survived. I do not recommend Shakey's pizza on any level.

I have a 2 year old little boy. I thought taking him to Shakey's Pizza in Studio City would be fun...I was wrong and let me tell you why.

This Shakey's is billed as Shakey's Ye Old Pizza Parlor and is located on Laurel Canyon Boulevard in Studio City California. Laurel Canyon is a long stretch of busy 4 lanes of traffic.

There is plenty of free parking behind the building and no street parking. The parking lot is a little scary and dimly lit. We had to navigate some rough pavement in the dark to enter the restaurant.

The restaurant has a large section of rides and games. There was a pony ride, I put some quarters in, nothing happened. I changed out a dollar for some tokens and put them in, nothing happened. I searched for an attendant who did not speak a word of English. He went and got another attendant who also did not speak one word of English. I pointed to the machine and we went over and he turned it upside down and gave me my money back and walked away, all done without any words.

I then put the remainder of my tokens into another game machine and nothing happened. This time I was getting angry. After another round of pantomime, I got my money back. Enough of the games, let's eat.

The salad bar had seen better days. Everying looked oldish and the bacon bits were the imitation red ones. There was lots of iceburg lettuce, tomatoes, red onions and croutons, in other words nothing special. The pizza seemed the way to go so we ordered a pepperonni pizza with everything. They had no coke products (only Pepsi) and no fresh tea. We ordered the mojo potatos which were heavily advertised in the restaurant, these were simply potato wedges, nothing special at all.

The pizza was called out, we sat at a reasonably clean table near the back. The pizza was sub par and does not compete on any level (taste, freshness, ingredient selection) with Pizza Hut, Dominos or Papa Johns. The prices were reasonable and our medium pizza and 2 fountain drinks came to $16.00.

There were several large television screens with basketball playing very loudly. There were several families and groups of teenagers sitting around the tables drinking beer and watching the games. Why do they serve alcohol at a children's pizza establishment? This seems like a conflict of interest to me but also Chucky Cheese serves alcohol.

We had no drink refills, no bus service, nothing.

On the positive side, the restaurant was clean, and the bathrooms were clean.

On the negative side, it was poorly lit, had skanky characters drinking beer, run by teenagers who did not speak English and could care less if you enjoyed the experience. The food was mediocre at best, non inspired and the selections were slim.

We will not be going to Shakey's Pizza again. It is sad to see how much this establishment has declined.


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Quick Tip by . September 25, 2010
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Great pizza buffet restaurant that are dissapearing from the US. Too bad, the pizza was good and the mojos are one of a kind.
review by . May 12, 2010
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*sniff* I miss Mojo!
Mojo the dog, a mascot type for the Shakeys Pizza Restaraunt is becoming an endangered species these days.  I see fewer and fewer of these chains every day and will be lucky to go to one again.      Shakey's is a Pizza Buffet/arcade that used to litter the landscape in the 80s but sadly the times have changed and there are very few left in the states anymore with a majority of them now in Southeast Asia.      The pizza was juicy and delicous and the buffet …
Quick Tip by . May 12, 2010
A chain thats fading from the US landscape fast. It's pizza and exclusive Mojo potatoes are great. Keep these around!!
review by . June 03, 2000
Pros: Some unlimited foodstuffs, and pizza is still pizza      Cons: Consistently mediocre-to-bad quality     ...but... "Shakey's" has bad pizza by many accounts, yet it is still pizza -- and so edible. It is also unlimited pizza at certain times of the day, making it by default not entirely "bad" pizza.      I am a fan of their thin crust, though others claim it makes for a pizza experience even further removed from …
review by . May 27, 2000
Pros: Mojo potatoes     Cons: Not aware of any      There are a few Shakey's Restaurants here in the Los Angeles City Basin. They are buffet style with take out pizza as well.       They are very popular at lunchtime for the business crowd. This would be between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. The tables are spread out like cafeteria style and there are games for kids in the sitting area as well as another room full of games where you win tickets …
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According to Wikipedia:

Shakey's Pizza was founded in Sacramento, California, on April 30, 1954, by Sherwood "Shakey" Johnson and Ed Plummer. Johnson's nickname resulted from nerve damage following a bout of malaria suffered during World War II. The first weekend the parlor opened, only beer was served and Shakey took the profits from beer sales and bought ingredients for pizza the following Monday.

Shakey personally played dixieland jazz piano to entertain patrons. Shakey's initially became known outside Sacramento, not for its pizza, but for the jazz program it sponsored on a regional radio network. Shakey Johnson is honored in the Banjo Hall of Fame in Guthrie, Oklahoma, for his longtime use of banjo music at his pizza parlors. Other live music, including piano, was also a staple in the old Shakey's parlors.

The original store at 57th and J in Sacramento remained in business until the late 1990s.
A "Ye Old Notice" sign.

The second Shakey's Pizza Parlor opened in Portland, Oregon, in 1956. Shakey's began franchising its restaurant to others in 1957. According to Johnson, Shakey's Pizza engaged in little market research and made most of its decisions on where to locate stores by going where Kinney Shoes opened stores. By the time Johnson sold his interest in 1967, there were 272 Shakey's Pizza Parlors in the United States. The first international store opened in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in 1968. By 1975, ...
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