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53 Lafayette Cir, Lafayette, CA 94549-4321
+1 925-962-2469
7:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Sun 8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Mon - Thu 7:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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313 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This time we visited during after lunch hours, so then you can have a conversation here. The menu has many choices, including some "old favorites." The service is usually pretty quick. The food arrives warm, when expected to be warm. And, it is tasty.

Thank saolsen11
Moraga, California
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100 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2017 via mobile

We had a delicious breakfast at Chow on a recent Sunday morning. We were delighted by the healthy choices on the menu. The restaurant was quite full, although we didn't have to wait for a table and the server didn't keep us waiting either. And, I felt right at home in my casual weekend clothes.

Thank calgrads
Orinda, California
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79 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2017

At 5:30 on a rainy Saturday we went to Casa Orinda and were told there was not table seating until 8:30. Since Chow was on the way back home, we ate there. Chow was so noisy my friend and I could barely have a conversation. The food is OK, but a bit pricey for what you get.

Thank nancy m
Shaker Heights, Ohio, United States
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105 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2017

Fast service. Welcomes children. Pedestrian menu. Noisy. Favorite of my elderly mother; so I go there fairly often.

Thank AdventureTraveler113
San Francisco
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2017 via mobile

Used to love eating here, local and tasty. The service (at least weekdays) is lacking to say the least. When you have to get up to flag the waiter for service and even after that you need to serve your own water you may as well eat at home. Don't bother with the mussels. They are not worth the price... More 

Thank Carla F
Lafayette, California
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017

Chow Lafayette is our go to location for a late night bite. Food is always tasty and portions generous. The small plates are my go to for late night, (after 8 p.m.), so that I am satisfied and not too heavy to be able to go to bed within a couple of hours after dining. Wine list is good and... More 

Thank KG H
Moraga, California
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42 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017

This is not my favorite spot. The food is okay, but the restaurant is super noisy.The high ceilings make it impossible to carry on a conversation except with the person sitting next to you.

Thank Judy P
Lafayette, California
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176 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2017

Chow has been in Lafayette for over 10 years, and has had a good run. Recent visits have indicated that the food quality has gone downhill significantly and that the restaurant and service are not keeping up with the times. There are a number of family oriented restaurants in the Lafayette/Walnut Creek corridor, and Chow is not keeping pace with... More 

Thank markltennis
Walnut Creek, California
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2017

First let me say that we have been eating at Chow since they first opened. Sometimes the service has been slow, but never unfriendly. This is nothing about the food or the staff. This morning, 1 Jan, we went to breakfast there. We put our name on the wait list and the hostess said it would be a 5-10 minute... More 

Thank cynosure50
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30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2016 via mobile

I wasted time and energy going to this place. Rude staff, overpriced food and poor management. I can't understand why they get so many good ratings. Never again.

Thank Larry S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $30
American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Large groups, Kids, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
7:00 am - 9:30 pm
7:00 am - 9:30 pm
7:00 am - 9:30 pm
7:00 am - 9:30 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 53 Lafayette Cir, Lafayette, CA 94549-4321
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Lafayette
  • Phone Number: +1 925-962-2469
We support our neighbors and local farms by offering fresh, organic, healthy ingredients. Our chicken is organic free-range, our beef is natural & organic and our seafood is sustainably caught & delivered fresh. All our desserts are made fresh daily in our Lafayette location and fresh juices are pressed to order. This commitment to quality has put us on San Francisco Chronicle's list of the Top 100 Restaurants in the Bay Area nine years in a row.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?