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Chow Thai Cafe

#1,159 of 2,566 Restaurants in Boston
#1,424 of 2,994 Places to Eat in Boston
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187 Main St, Boston, MA 02129-3201
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Sun 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Delivery

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
First two dishes were delicious.

I was walking thru Charlestown and stopped in for lunch. I tried the chicken satay, which was tender and perfectly marinated. I also had the chicken hot basil. I love Thai food but most of the time the chicken has been over cooked and is tough. This chicken was as tender and delicious as it... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 14, 2014
suzy b
Centerville, Massachusetts
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Milan, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015 via mobile

I ' ve been to Chow thai cafe with my girlfriend. We ordered pad thai and it was great. It seemed to be in Bangkok. Owner was lovely and very kind. Suggested.

1 Thank pinninninni
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 via mobile

When I first moved to Charlestown over 10 years ago, the first pickup order I made was to Chow Thai. Charlestown had relatively few dining choices and going into the city is often a chore. It's great to have Dan and Chow Thai in the neighborhood and I have been going there on a regular basis ever since for my... More 

Thank Matt W
Centerville, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

I was walking thru Charlestown and stopped in for lunch. I tried the chicken satay, which was tender and perfectly marinated. I also had the chicken hot basil. I love Thai food but most of the time the chicken has been over cooked and is tough. This chicken was as tender and delicious as it gets. The entire dish was... More 

Thank suzy b
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

I got the crispy Pad Thai, would not recommend. The service was horrible. We got forgotten in the front corner. Poor service and mediocre food equals an experience I won't have twice.

Thank Diverdown12
Suwanee, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 via mobile

I walked about .8th of a mile from where I was staying as there aren't many eateries in the neighborhood. I found it to be in a nice neighborhood. The restaraunt was in a comfortable space. It was not overly busy but the take away was as it was a Saturday night. The food was reasonably priced, portion was the... More 

Thank Tinyfoodlover
Asheville, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

I've reviewed over 25 Thai restaurants, and this is my first "Poor" rating. We were driving into downtown and decided to avoid parking for lunch by stopping here. The salad was iceberg and featured two hard boiled egg halves that looked like they had been in the fridge for a vey long time. My pineapple fried rice was greasy/oily and... More 

Thank R C
Dearborn, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I had spent the morning walking the northern portion of the Freedom Trail and needed a lunch break. After a quick search for places to eat, the choices were pizza, sandwiches, or Thai. Since we live right next to a Thai restaurant back home, I wasn't too keen on having Thai for lunch. But since Sonia didn't... More 

Thank Peetrpiper
Lynn, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Friendly and personal touch makes this a repeat dinner spot. I meet friends who live locally every few months. I order something different each time - this time, the crispy pad thai. The server asked if I knew how that was going to be presented and wanted to be sure that I knew the noodles would not be soft. My... More 

Thank Seacoastbreeze
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

Pad Thai was pretty inedible. Prosecco was served in a half pint beer glass. Overcharged on bill and took an age to rectify. Need I say more? Really needs to up it's game.

Thank Carolsjd
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

I'm feeling mean. I would like to give this place a 4 and it's almost there but not quite in "very good" land. That said I would definitely welcome it as a great place to dine in an area of Boston that really doesn't have enough eateries. The tofu and vegetable rolls as an appetizer were OK but small, and,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 187 Main St, Boston, MA 02129-3201
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > Charlestown
  • Neighborhood: Charlestown
  • Phone Number: 617-242-5232

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Asian, Thai, Cafe, Vietnamese
Open Hours
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Charlestown

Neighborhood Profile
Charlestown’s hilly roads, narrow streets and gaslight lamps, make it an enticing neighborhood to visit. Follow the Freedom Trail over the Washington St bridge from the North End or take the scenic water locks to Paul Revere Park. Walk through City Square and stroll down cute Main street, wandering up the windy residential streets to Monument Square, where you can learn about the city’s history along with a great view of Boston at the Bunker Hill Monument. While it’s not a huge area, there are some excellent restaurants. Find your way to the Charlestown Navy Yard, which is a developing area with lots of condos and an additional site for Massachusetts General Hospital research centers. Here you will also find the USS Constitution Museum. After you’re done, hop on an MBTA ferry at the dock on Baxter street and zip on over to Long Wharf and the New England Aquarium.