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J.W. Chen's

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1835 South Bend Avenue, South Bend, IN 46637
574 271-2777
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Dining options: Lunch, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
The food is good, Jean is great!

Went to J.W. Chen's for dinner and met the owner Jean as we walked in the door. Jean welcomed us to her restaurant and we visited for awhile, she made suggestions then took our orders. Jean stressed that she used fresh ingredients and no MSG. While waiting for our dinner to be served, Jean had... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Mack M
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Missouri
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Fort Wayne, Indiana
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Owner was very friendly and motherly. Helpful in helping you choose what to order. Service was fast, but serving size is small. You can tell that the oil had been used too many times and needed changed. Panda Express would have been a better choice.

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Missouri
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went to J.W. Chen's for dinner and met the owner Jean as we walked in the door. Jean welcomed us to her restaurant and we visited for awhile, she made suggestions then took our orders. Jean stressed that she used fresh ingredients and no MSG. While waiting for our dinner to be served, Jean had the kitchen send out a... More 

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Thank Mack M
West Chester, Ohio
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27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

I do not, usually, go to restaurants in strip malls. But this one is helping to break that prejudice. The food was great and much more than enough. The price was great, too. I would reccomend J.W. Chen's to anyone in the South Bend area looking for great Chinese.

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Thank JohnRay2
Naperv
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015 via mobile

Love this restaurant! Let Jean order for you. She does s great job. Food and service great! Love the bubble fruit tea's. If you like being treated like family, this is your place! Thanks again!

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Thank Steve C
South Bend, Indiana
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Went here with date, sign said seat yourself,then older asian lady runs up hollering "you no sit there", and seats us in a tiny table.though there are only about 6 people in the place. Ordered Mooshoo pork, had to ask the waitron to roll em up, smallest eggrolls ever seen,slow service,food not very warm.I love chinese food, but not from... More 

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1 Thank Laszlo N
Mishawaka
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

Don't be fooled by the strip mall, this is the place in South Bend to get authentic Chinese. No frozen "take-out" style food here. The vegetables and meat are fresher than I have had at most other restaurants in the area. Every dish I have tried was flavorful, without any overpowering saltiness you get from most Chinese fare. If you... More 

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1 Thank Jason F
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015 via mobile

I have been here many times, never been feel sorry to come here for dinner. Try it, if you looking for real Chinese food. The owner is very nice lady, she will ask you question and help you if you don't know what to choose.

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1 Thank Xiaohui B
Vandalia, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015 via mobile

I have been looking for a good Chinese place since moving from Chicago and finally found one. The egg rolls are VERY small but good, the fried rice is awesome as is the shrimp with pea pods and the cashew chicken. Will definitely repeat.

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Thank Tom K
Cypress Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

We were in South Bend for a college visit to Notre Dame. We saw Reviews All TRUE and ALL GREAT! In Strip Center Non Remarkable from outside but PACKED! BUSY FOR LUNCH!!! GREAT FOOD! GREAT SERVICE! THE OWNER and their FAMILY are visible throughout our visit! Very nice

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1 Thank closeout-queen
Columbia, South Carolina
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272 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 552 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

this is a very good Chinese restaurant. the food was very good and had great flavor. not a large place, but I must say that I enjoyed it. clean,maintained quite well

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1835 South Bend Avenue, South Bend, IN 46637
  • Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  South Bend
  • Phone Number: 574 271-2777

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Chinese, Asian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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