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Chau Chow City Restaurant

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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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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 4:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
Brunch with Dim Sum newbies

Four of us had Sunday Dim Sum. It's so much fun seeing push carts with steaming delectables. So many choices. We had to remind ourselves that our eyes are bigger than our stomach. Once seated, the steaming carts come out you all at once. We had so much food on our table in just a few minutes that... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 22, 2015
Boston, Massachusetts
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Boston, Massachusetts
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61 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015 via mobile

Four of us had Sunday Dim Sum. It's so much fun seeing push carts with steaming delectables. So many choices. We had to remind ourselves that our eyes are bigger than our stomach. Once seated, the steaming carts come out you all at once. We had so much food on our table in just a few minutes that we had... More 

Thank ugojoema
Washington Township, New Jersey
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76 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

They came to our table with different dim sums, which were excellent !!!! We also ordered some typical dishes like egg rolls, fried rice, chicken and broccoli, and egg foo young. Everything was delicious ............. we had enough to take home for several more lunches.

Thank Pubkahn
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

Having read the reviews I was optimistic even on seeing the very basic decor but I was sooooo disappointed. I opted for one of their speciality dishes of soft shell crab, squid and shrimp. Never before have I not been able to cut or chew squid. The crab & shrimp were so 'unfresh' that they tasted awful and my stomach... More 

1 Thank Teresa B
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015 via mobile

Really good and a lot per plate. Downside is nothing comes with side. If you want fried rice to have to order a whole order.

Thank ingy2009
Boston, Massachusetts
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63 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

once a month when in boston we stop off at chau chau for dimsum. you have ladies pushing little carts with warmers filled with tapas size (small dishes) Cantonese breakfast plates. delectable shrimp dumpling (har gau). rice noodles- plain, shrimp or beef filled, shu mai (pork and shrimp filled top open wonton like purses and much more. Chinese breakfast is... More 

Thank nhvacabadfood
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52 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

I happened to walk past this place and noticed the awards. I went in for the lunch special and it was amazing. I can't believe the value and quality of food and presentation. The service was impeccable. The soup, duck, pork, rice and vegetables were perfectly cooked and presented in a very professional manner. I can't wait to go back.... More 

Thank Waterfront
Kansas City, MO
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99 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This food is really good, especially the Shrimp Fried Rice. We also ordered the Chicken with Black Bean Sauce and the Fried Noodles with Beef. Both were delicious as well. I feel the food was fairly priced and you got plenty of food. I would recommend it to you. Parking is hard to find, but after all, it is Boston.... More 

1 Thank yminkc
Saint Simons Island, Georgia
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51 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 via mobile

My husband picked up a couple of servings of wonton soup for a late night snack and it was so bad I couldn't eat it. Bok choy was out of season, broth was boring and I nearly choked on the actual wontons. It's rare that I give restaurants a terrible review, but here I can attest that the soup was... More 

1 Thank GradGirlAKJ
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 via mobile

I ate at Chau chow and the food was ok my fried food was very light. And the service was horrible there customer service suck

Thank Tre W
Moorhead, Minnesota
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633 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 277 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015 via mobile

I had dim sum here more than half a dozen years ago. It was busy and good too. This time there were just a few tables of guests. The main floor was empty. The place is even worse looking then before which I didn't mind because the food was good. It is still ok but barely. Still cheap at about... 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>  > Chinatown
  • Neighborhood: Chinatown
  • Phone Number: (617) 278-2121

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Chinese, Asian, Japanese, Pizza, Sushi, Chilean, South American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
8:00 am - 4:00 am
8:00 am - 4:00 am
8:00 am - 4:00 am
8:00 am - 4:00 am
8:00 am - 4:00 am
8:00 am - 4:00 am
8:00 am - 4:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Chinatown

Neighborhood Profile
A small area rich in Chinese cultural influences, visit Boston’s Chinatown for some great Asian cuisine and small, authentic bakeries. Enter through the iconic Chinatown gate and stroll down Beach, Tyler, and Kneeland streets to explore the compact area. Rest your feet from walking and grab a bite at one of the many restaurants around Chinatown. From traditional Chinese to Vietnamese to Malaysian, there is a wide range of Asian food available, within easy access of South Station. At night, Chinatown becomes a late night food destination after the bars close.