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Chau Chow City Restaurant

#1,014 of 2,673 Restaurants in Boston
#1,134 of 2,886 Places to Eat in Boston
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Chinese, Pizza, Sushi, Chilean
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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, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 15
    Excellent
  • 27
    Very good
  • 10
    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
OMG yum!

Went on the recommendation of someone at a conference. Wide variety of food. Was sooooo thankful to see corn and chicken soup on the menu! I've missed that. Food seemed a bit pricey at first glance - that was until it arrived. Big portions! Like massive. I ordered the small soup - it came in a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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Decatur, Illinois
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
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Decatur, Illinois
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Went on the recommendation of someone at a conference. Wide variety of food. Was sooooo thankful to see corn and chicken soup on the menu! I've missed that. Food seemed a bit pricey at first glance - that was until it arrived. Big portions! Like massive. I ordered the small soup - it came in a full-sized bowl. I then... More 

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42 reviews 42 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 via mobile

Spring rolls, scallion pancakes, and sauteed veggie dishes were all good. Lo mein was overcooked, and seafood (shrimp and squid) seemed of low quality. Also, hygiene of the restaurant (carpet, bathroom) needs improvement.

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Rochester, Minnesota
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15 reviews 15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 via mobile

I came here during a lunch break during a conference at the Boston Convention Center- only a very short bus ride (Silver Like to South Station) and walk from the BCEC. It was fairly quiet when I got there (1:15 pm), so I was seated immediately. A very cheery woman with a food cart approached and asked if I wanted... More 

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21 reviews 21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Once we arrived we were seated immediately, this was a weekday around dinner time. I am neither here or there with the food. I feel like some of the food was already prepped and re-heated, I know restaurants do this but ensure the temparture of the food. I would suggest the Calamari, the Lobster, the Scorpion Bowl and a couple... More 

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Savannah, Georgia, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

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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185 reviews 185 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
157 helpful votes 157 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
56 helpful votes 56 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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137 reviews 137 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 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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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 20
  • Cuisine: Chinese, Pizza, Sushi, Chilean

Restaurant Characteristics

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