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Chen's Garden

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18 E 4th St, Spencer, IA 51301-4009
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Durant, Oklahoma
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I travel for my job, and have eaten at different Chinese restaurants throughout the northwest, southwest, and mid-west. I was pleasantly surprised to find such a good Chinese restaurant in a small Iowa town. It is a wonderful place to eat Asian/Chinese food and sushi. My husband had the Papa Honey Roll; I had the Salmon Cheese Roll. We also... More 

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Emmetsburg, Iowa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

The reason I go to Chen's is for the sushi. It's hard to get decent sushi in this part of Iowa, and Chen's does a respectable job. The fish always tastes fresh and the price is right. I've sampled a handful of Chinese dishes off the menu: General Tso's, black pepper chicken, and coconut chicken. The meals were fine, but... More 

Thank Anjou_Lindgren
Dallas, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016 via mobile

If you go in thinking cool they've got PHO, guess again. It's nothing more than a chicken stock with rice noodles and some sliced beef (tuff as leather). They don't understand what a diced hot pepper is either (I was given a dried chile pepper ???). The service was good and the egg rolls were good.

Thank Jace J
Spencer, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016

Chen's offers great quality Chinese food! Great place for lunch or dinner! Lunch specials are affordable and quick. Also offer Japanese menu (sushi).

Thank Jill T
Spencer, Iowa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016

Great food. We only ordered dinner for 2, which could easily feed 4. This is not buffet, but a sit down restaurant. Many choices. Food was always Hot!

Thank lowes2435girl
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We ate at Chen's Garden for Sunday lunch. The restaurant staff was friendly and efficient and the portions were generous. The Cashew Chicken was very tasty, but the Mongolian Beef was not to our liking. We will visit again when we are in the area.

Thank kdlc
Spencer, Iowa, United States
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Good Chinese food. They have expanded their menu to include some Japanese food including Sushi. I have never tried the Sushi as I'm not a fan. The Chinese is excellent. Generous portions and served piping hot.

Thank Barb A
Spencer, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

What a wonderful place for Chinese food! Not only is it great, but there is usually so much, I get to bring some home for a second meal.

Thank SuzanneVS
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This is a great place to eat Chinese food in our small town. You always get more than you can eat, so you can take home the extra.

Thank LuAnn T
Spencer, Iowa
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This was a very good experience. Large menu, excellent value and the service is excellent. Ting one of the waitress' is a delight.

Thank 60sjdh

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 18 E 4th St, Spencer, IA 51301-4009
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Spencer
  • Phone Number: 7122622883
They are only about 2 years old. Their phone number is 712-262-2883. Their fax is 712-262-2880.

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