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Chow's Contemporary Chinese

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

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  • 6
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  • 4
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  • 8
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    2.5 of 5 stars
OK food, Erratic Service

I was invited to a dinner in my honor, just 16 of us in all. The set-up was OK, and meals were served promptly but then things got confused and the checks got mixed up terribly. A lot of time was wasted at the end of the delicious food (at least, I enjoyed my Peking Duck, but others said it... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed December 10, 2015
John P
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Santa Fe
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Santa Fe
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

I was invited to a dinner in my honor, just 16 of us in all. The set-up was OK, and meals were served promptly but then things got confused and the checks got mixed up terribly. A lot of time was wasted at the end of the delicious food (at least, I enjoyed my Peking Duck, but others said it... More 

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Thank John P
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015 via mobile

Sitting here eating leftover coffee chicken, and after waiting four years to go get again, have decided not only to write a stellar review, but promise myself to NEVER wait so long to go get this again! Pure heaven, nothing exciting about the menu description, but in my opinion, by far, the most delicious dish ever. Good service, clean quiet... More 

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Thank Marygfullerton
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 via mobile

Not your typical Chinese restaurant menu. Very creative and excellent. Decent wine list, reasonably priced. Highly recommend the coffee chicken dish...ask for extra green Bernstein with it.

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1 Thank QuakerBoy
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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472 reviews
272 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 422 helpful votes
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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Thank golem67
Santa Fe, NM
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150 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
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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Thank CandPtravel
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58 restaurant reviews
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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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Thank Bob K
Fairfield, Ohio
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 via mobile

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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Thank Rella H
Stuttgart, Germany
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5 reviews
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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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1 Thank Sal60_12
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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352 reviews
207 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 233 helpful votes
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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Thank Kirk E
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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472 reviews
272 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 422 helpful votes
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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • 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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  • Cuisine: Chinese

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