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Chen's Garden

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18 East 4th Street, Spencer, IA
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Emmetsburg, Iowa
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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 Lori H
Dallas, Texas
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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
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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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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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
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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
Spencer, Iowa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Lunches are spectacular for the price, quality and amount of food you get. They have remodeled after the first of the year (2014) and it is much more attractive. The food has also gotten better and we have been frequenting this nice clean place more often lately than we ever did before. We do takeout and eat in...lunch or dinner.... More 

Thank 2travelbirds

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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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 18 East 4th Street, Spencer, IA
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Spencer
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?