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Chow Thai Cafe

#1,138 of 2,674 Restaurants in Boston
#1,279 of 2,887 Places to Eat in Boston
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Charlestown
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187 Main St, Boston, MA 02129-3201
617-242-5232
Today
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
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
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    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
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Centerville, Massachusetts
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

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 

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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 

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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.

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Suwanee, Georgia
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

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 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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56 helpful votes 56 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 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

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 

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Lynn, Massachusetts
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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 

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manchester
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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.

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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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boston
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2012

The pad thai was flavorful and the noodles perfectly cooked. We shared a shrimp stir fry that was also well prepared. If we're back in the area, we'll try the delivery!

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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: Coffee Shop, Thai, Vietnamese
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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