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720 Saint Michaels Dr Ste Q, Santa Fe, NM 87505
(505) 471-7120
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout

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  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    2.5 of 5 stars
A varied menu

It is hard to authenticate the food which can be delicious or not depending upon th chief on duty. Service varies but does not felel authentic. An okay Chinese experience far from a big city with a local Chinese community.

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 18, 2015
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

It is hard to authenticate the food which can be delicious or not depending upon th chief on duty. Service varies but does not felel authentic. An okay Chinese experience far from a big city with a local Chinese community.

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Santa Fe, NM
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Chow's can be a night and day experience depending on who's at the front desk. In the past dining in the restaurant the rudeness is beyond acceptable (have stopped dining in) it seems a simple take out order is the way to go as it minimizes the negative interaction with the staff.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

There are several Chinese restaurants in Santa Fe. The atmosphere at Chow's is certainly top 2. The food...well, Chun King comes to mind. But in fairness, the dishes served are well prepared, nicely presented and tasty...enough. Its worth verifying their business hours before going. Its way too easy to arrive during their break between lunch and dinner. Still, for Chinese... More 

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Fairfield, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

We had been here in October on a visit from Ohio to our grandson who was at St. John College and the food was plentiful and delicious. This time our daughter and son-in-law were also with us. I ordered the walnut shrimp which was my favorite. The guys ordered General Tso's Chicken, and spicy shrimp dish which they shared. Daughter... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

Our food lacked flavor. It was NOT even close to the description on the menu. The waiter was nice, but NOT flexible at all. (We wanted to leave out an ingredient and he was unable to do that.) The owner, the crazy woman at the front desk, was sour and borderline rude. **How has this restaurant stayed in business this... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Chow's is a Santa Fe institution for Asian food. It's been in the same strip-mall location for over a decade, and while its menu hasn't noticeably altered in that time, it offers a wide range of dishes sure to satisfy every appetite. The Vietnamese chicken wraps are top-notch, and the walnut shrimp is dangerously addictive. You won't go home hungry... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Came here on a Friday night after stopping at a couple 35 minute waiting other restaurants. Shown to a table right away. Actually a very pleasant atmosphere with American wait staff. A full menu, we ordered the orange beef and the walnut shrimp. Chinese chicken salad was very plain served with a spicy soy sauce. Orange beef was crisply, shrimp... More 

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Santa Fe
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

As other's have said, Coffee Chicken is to die for. Walnut Shrimp (also on the sweet side) a winner. Lemon Fish is great as are many of the noodle dishes. Beef used is thin, tender and high quality as are all the ingredients. If they have the mussel special, try that. We love to take home their food too, it... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

All I wanted was a dish without onions. The first one that was delivered to my table was loaded with onions. The waiter apologized. The next dish that came out was not the pepper chicken I ordered, but some variation of orange chicken. Tasted pretty good though, until I bit into another onion. The waiter scooped up my plate and... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico, Usa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Chow's is the tastiest Chinese restaurant in Santa Fe. Never been disappointed in a meal here. A little pricier than others but well worth it for the quality of the meal.

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Address: 720 Saint Michaels Dr Ste Q, Santa Fe, NM 87505
Phone Number: (505) 471-7120
Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Santa Fe
Cuisine: Chinese

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  • Address: 720 Saint Michaels Dr Ste Q, Santa Fe, NM 87505
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Santa Fe
  • Phone Number: (505) 471-7120

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  • Price Range: $
  • Cuisine: Chinese

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