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J.W. Chen's

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1835 S Bend Ave, South Bend, IN 46637-5637
+1 574-271-2777
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tue - Fri 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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53 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great restaurant near Notre Dame so the food has to be good for all the college kids to keep coming back! Great family atmosphere - owners try to remember names too! Then the food we had was very good!

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Thank Tracy P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited before attending a performing arts event at the university. Jean's service was great and timely. We were well in time for our event and satisfied with the food we ordered. The request for 'spicy / not so spicy' was honored in just the right way.

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Thank Mandy H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife loves the almond crusted shrimp and orders it every time. I let Jean make suggestions and tell her "not too spicy" and I've always enjoyed what I'm served. For us, it's all about flavor and nobody has better tasting Chinese food than J.W. Chen's.

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Thank davidkF9077VW
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2016 via mobile

Read reviews before visiting South Bend. The perfect reviews were absolutely correct! Fabulous dinner, lovely greeting from the owner.

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Thank Susan B
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

We ate at J.W. Chen's for the first time tonight, and I can honestly say that this establishment serves the best Chinese food that I have ever eaten outside of China. The staff is the best, and the owner will sit at your table and help you figure out a dish that you will enjoy. The establishment is small and... More 

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Thank WorldTravelers1999
Charleston, West Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

The food here is spectacular! I have been working my way through the menu on my annual ND football weekends and I have yet to try anything that isn't something special. I am usually stuck on some of my favorites but have allowed Jean to tempt me with something new each time. She talked me into the Spicy Fish, which... More 

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Thank rreishman
Reston, Virginia, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

Arrived at an odd time after a long drive and Trip Advisor said this was a good place nearby. Looks like a typical Chinese restaurant with flair. Sat down to look at a menu and the hostess (matriarch might be a better word) sat down with us and quizzed us on what kind of food we like. After a bit... More 

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Mishawaka, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016 via mobile

Where else does the owner take your order & insures all is just right. Jean will help the first timers order meals they will like. This is our family & friends favorite place to eat in this entire area. A must visit for out of towners. Have never had a bad meal & you will get plenty to eat

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

After a twelve hour drive to South Bend, we had a very good meal at JW Chen's. We skipped appetizers and shared Chen's spicy fish, black vinegar fish, moo shoo pork, and garlic green beans. Both fish were excellent, especially the black vinegar fish which has wonderfully bright flavor enhanced with cilantro. While the meat and vegetables in the moo... More 

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Thank missprism
South Bend, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

Small family ran chinese restaurant. Home cooked and always great food. The owner always takes your order and offers suggestions as well

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Chinese, Asian, Taiwanese
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1835 S Bend Ave, South Bend, IN 46637-5637
  • Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  South Bend
  • Phone Number: +1 574-271-2777

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