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J.W. Chen's

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1835 S Bend Ave, South Bend, IN 46637-5637
574 271-2777
11:00 am - 9:00 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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South Bend, Indiana
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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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50 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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60 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

China gardens was by far the best Chinese restaurant that has ever been. For years we have been searching for someone who could make at least one entree or appetizer similar. I was told that Jimmy was now working at JW Chen and had to stop in. I wish I hadn't. I hate to think that he works in that... More 

Thank mike w
Atlanta, Georgia
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

First time and super impressed. Visiting from out of town and was impressed with ratings so I had to try myself. Owner sits besides you to take order. Very personable. Will visit again.

Thank Jim S
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I travel regularly to China and Taiwan, and this was the best Chinese food I've had since I was in Taipei! The spices and sauces were perfect and all the ingredients were so fresh! I recommend the eggplant, the green beans, spare ribs, and the 3-cups chicken (sometimes called drunken chicken). We were just passing through South Bend and detoured... More 

Thank Melissa B
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49 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love this restaurant because Jean, the owner, is very personal with all the guests who come there. She makes sure everyone is well taken care of. Food is fresh, with no MSG. We have tried almost everything on the menu and have not found anything that isn't delicious! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!

Thank Greatfeets
South Bend, Indiana
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The owner actually sits with you to take your order when you need gluten free. The food here is consistently fresh and delicious and in my case safely gluten free as well.

1 Thank Lee K
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Jean Chen is simply the best host and her restaurant has the best Chinese food in town! We knows my grandchildren by name, sits with us to take our order, often sends spicy been beans for an extra. Eating there is always delightful!

Thank artduo2

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Chinese, Asian, Taiwanese
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
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?