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J.W. Chen's

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1835 S Bend Ave, South Bend, IN 46637-5637
574 271-2777
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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

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

Thank Susan B
United States
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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 

Thank WorldTravelers1999
Charleston, West Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
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 

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

Thank _davjoe67
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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 

Thank missprism
South Bend, Indiana
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3 reviews
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

Thank K1226GXmarkn
Columbia, South Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

The real deal Chinese food. The pot stickers were out of this world, we also split the Cashew chicken between two people. Food was very good and delivered quickly.

Thank Charles A
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2016

Dog food unfit for human consumption. We went there twice in August 2016. There were lots of patrons there. But most ordered standard set lunches or dinners, meaning cup of soup, a single dish of sweet and sour deep-fried pork meats/broccoli and rice, fortune cookies. Americanized Asian rubbish! We ordered beef noodles, ma-por tofu, chili fish, stir-fried kai-lan vegetable--all uniformly... More 

Thank Friedrich Wu W
Northern Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016

Awesome owner and staff. Food is always good. I eat here several times a month. Really recommend the green beans too. They will ask you if you want your dish spicy...the how spicy...or mild. I cannot say enough good things about this place. Never a bad experience!

Thank Hoosiernut_9

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Asian, Taiwanese
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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: 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?