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Chau Chow City Restaurant

83 Essex St, 52 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111
(617) 278-2121
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Ranked #1,388 of 2,851 Restaurants in Boston
Price range: $1 - $20
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 4:00 am
Cuisines: Sushi, Chilean, Chinese, Pizza
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations, Late Night
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Frederick, Colorado
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164 reviews 164 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

This China town area is nice but not what I was expecting. They have a great archway in front of the China town. The Cho Chow restaurant is easy to find. Once you enter the restaurant it is very noticeable to see the place is very dirty. It stands out from the moment you enter the front door. They did... More 

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Elyria, Ohio
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109 reviews 109 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Midweek is when to go to Chau Chow. Place was mostly empty and we had 2-3 waiters working our table of 9. Brightly lit with a big screen showing the Celtics game, it was not a haute dining ambiance. However, the food is well prepared, shows up rather quickly and is nice and hot. Service is typical for a Chinatown... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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133 reviews 133 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We managed to find a parking spot next to the restaurant which is fantastic considering how difficult it is to find open air parking lots in downtown Boston. We were ushered in efficiently and seated within minutes. The yum cha ladies promptly push their trollies over ( just like the old days in Hong Kong ) and you get served... More 

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Queanbeyan, Australia
19 reviews 19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I love a good Dim Sum and this was some of the best that I have had!!! The service was good, and judging by the number of people in the restaurant at lunch, it is popular with locals too! I can see why!

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 via mobile

Worst yum cha or dim sum ever. Let me preface this by saying we have had yum cha in Hong Kong, NYC and Sydney, Aust. We have eaten some pretty amazing yum cha and this was pretty much inedible. I feel sad that a city's Chinatown should put forward such a sad offering.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

The prices at Chau Chow City were generally cheap, except some dishes like noodle soups were around $16, which seemed a little high for Chinatown. The restaurant itself was big, clean, and nice. The portions were huge, and the staff was very friendly and attentive. The food itself was good, not great; it was a little greasy and not extremely... More 

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

Popped in for dinner last night on the recommendation of a travel guide as we were in the area. Waiter was unhelpful and not interested in us at all.Gave no advice on portion sizes or what we would be served. Ordered 2 appetisers, 2 meals and f.rice. Appetisers arrived in no time at all-just started tucking in when secounds later... More 

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Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
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51 reviews 51 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

We have made it a habit to visit Chau Chow City for lunch every time we visit Boston, to partake of the very good dim sum served daily till mid-afternoon on its third-floor. Word clearly has spread about the appeal of the dim sum vs. the standard menu (served on the ground floor), as the ground floor was completely empty... More 

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Woodstock, New York
13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

We stopped at Chau Chow's on a weekday around 1:30 (dim sum is served until 3). It was empty. Service was fast. We had some shrimp dumplings and pork rolls that were REALLY GOOD! Then we decided to order regular lunches, which was a mistake. The order of BBQ spare ribs was super greasy. I tried to order something healthy... More 

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Princeton, New Jersey
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33 reviews 33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

I now stop here every time I fly into Boston Logan late at night! Open late, and great Chinese. I did not do the dim sum (not sure if they even have it late at night). I ordered their lobster once, and sizzling steak another time. Great food both times! There's free parking in the adjacent (paid) parking lot; but... More 

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Additional Information about Chau Chow City Restaurant

Address: 83 Essex St, 52 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111
Phone Number: (617) 278-2121
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:00 am - 4:00 am
Monday 8:00 am - 4:00 am
Tuesday 8:00 am - 4:00 am
Wednesday 8:00 am - 4:00 am
Thursday 8:00 am - 4:00 am
Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 am
Saturday 8:00 am - 4:00 am
Average Prices: USD 1 - 20
Cuisine: Sushi, Chilean, Chinese, Pizza

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