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Chau Chow City Restaurant

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Sushi, Chilean, Chinese, Pizza
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83 Essex St, 52 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111
(617) 278-2121
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8:00 am - 4:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 4:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Families with children
Large groups
Dining on a budget

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Visitor rating
  • 14
    Excellent
  • 25
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great authentic Chinese food, atmosphere could use some help!

Great dim sum! We loved everything that we chose, although many carts did not come our way. We missed out on salads and seafood. The whole place needs an overhaul and the restroom was horrible. That being said, this is the second time we have been there and the food is good. We will return!

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
Maria O
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Savannah, Georgia, United States
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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62 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Savannah, Georgia, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Great dim sum! We loved everything that we chose, although many carts did not come our way. We missed out on salads and seafood. The whole place needs an overhaul and the restroom was horrible. That being said, this is the second time we have been there and the food is good. We will return!

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Frederick, Colorado
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183 reviews 183 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
146 helpful votes 146 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 via mobile

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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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
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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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Sydney
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

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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Senior Reviewer
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
34 helpful votes 34 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
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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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 83 Essex St, 52 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston
  • Phone Number: (617) 278-2121

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 1 - 20
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Chilean, Chinese, Pizza

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Dining on a budget
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

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