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Reviewed 1 week ago

Let me start by saying that my family loves Chinese food. We get it at least once in every 2-week period. My wife and I loved coming to the Bedford location. We were fans of Chen Yang Li for a long time but more recently...we have found consistency to be an issue. For a while we would fret about coming here because the quality seemed to be hit or miss but when it hit, it REALLY hit. Not sure if it is because of kitchen staff or what but the last time we went here in June was, well, the last time. The food was so bad in our take-out that we threw 3/4 of it away. We started opting for their Nashua location on a regular basis because we find that they still have a consistent quality to there. If they didn't have the second location, we'd definitely be going elsewhereMore

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed July 29, 2021

My family and I have eaten here several times now and it is amazing. The flavors are authentic, the portions large, and the service great!! We also have a family member with celiac and they haven't gotten sick at all (the staff is very knowledgable...about cross-contamination) plus there are SO many options that are gluten free!More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed March 11, 2020

If I could give this s***hole a zero star i would Do not eat there, I got takeout and became sick for two days, I called them and they told me to f myself, I then called the DHHS and they are looking into it,,,,,,,,,BEWARE,...AND THE fda IS NEXT!!!More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed November 20, 2019

Went to the rest room to wash my hands before being seated and saw a kitchen worker deliver a take out order to the check out while sucking on a plastic dental floss pick while heading back into the kitchen .. gag told the manager...and left gross me out . No apologies picking your teeth while cooking is acceptable hereMore

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed November 7, 2019

No offense,however, this place used to be THE place to go for upscale Chinese food.....not any more...quality has gone way down hill, but servers were great both times, as well as the atmosphere. Maybe you should see for yourself. Ample free parking,as well as located...right off highway.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed October 25, 2019

I absolutely love this place! I most often grab take out on the way home, but on a vacation day I enjoyed a local museum and headed over to Chen Yang Li. I was greeted warmly and seated in a lovely dining room. Actual linen...tablecloths, glistening crystal and comfortable chairs. No hideous, uncomfortable bench seats. Before placing my order, they offered a very refreshing cold pickled vegetable plate. Loved that! Under vegetables, I ordered Triple Green. Broccoli, Snow Peas, and String Beans in a light soy, ginger, garlic sauce. Absolutely delicious. Was very happy I could choose brown rice. (Portion of rice was a bit too small!) My water glass was filled many times, so unlike other places that forget about you! Also had a lovely cup of hot tea. This is a wonderful place to eat!More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed October 24, 2019

I ordered a pomegranate martini which was very good and reasonably priced. The beef fried rice however was not. The portion was huge.. enough to feed 4 people. i was by myself. lets see tho. were they trying to get rid of it? The beef...did not look fresh.. like it was leftover from the lunch crowd maybe, and it wasn't hot. i was polite and didn't say anything. I finished my drink but beforehand i ordered a wonton soup to go. Later when i opened the container there were 2.5 of the smallest wontons i have ever seen. i didn't eat it. looked weird. Many years ago it seemed to be more upscale and delicious food.. maybe the changed owners. Wont go back.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed July 9, 2019 via mobile

Three of us went out for Chinese food. We were seated right away as the restaurant was not busy. I ordered a fog cutter, another person ordered a mai tai and the third person ordered a soft drink. Our drinks were brought over, and we...then ordered our food. I tried my drink, which I have had many times at this very restaurant. It didn’t taste right, and it was a different color. When the waitress finally came back over I told her. She asked if I wanted a different drink. I really wanted a fog cutter but it didn’t seem like I was going to get one so I switched to a mai tai. Our food was brought out. We had a puppu platter, egg rolls, pork fried rice and filet mignon with vegetables. The food was good but not as good as it used to be. That may be the reason it is never crowded any longer.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed March 20, 2019

Our party of six ordered a number of main dishes and appetizers, all of which were delivered fresh and hot. Because our order was so large, the restaurant included a quart of hot and sour soup and a few extra egg rolls - a nice...touch. Our order was assembled quickly and ready for pick-up as promised. Seafood dishes were particularly good - shrimp and scallops were fresh. As we didn't eat here, we shall not review the ambiance or table service.More

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed February 12, 2019

After a few years away, my wife and I again visited this restaurant this past weekend, and we were impressed with the food and service. Ordering a rather non descriptive Crab Rangoon for an appetizer with two good drinks - a Mai Tai and a...scorpion bowl for one (drinks were well made), we moved onto a luncheon special of General Tso's Chicken - some of the best and crispiest we've had, and a dish of their Steak & Shrimp Kew, that was also flavorful and tender. The restaurant is clean and seemed very popular for a mid-Sunday afternoon, but the service was prompt and friendly and the food was very good. Well recommended.More

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed February 11, 2019

I have to share something that isn't exactly positive however I think it is important for people to know.. Tonight I ordered food from Chen Yang Li in Bedford! I ordered a pretty good amount of food so the order was placed in a box......NOW here is where the problem begins............... Some boxes of food I got were open... they placed them in liquor boxes... hmm you might think "no big deal?" right! Here's where it is an issue.. My roommate is in the food industry these boxes held liquor previously... think about this..... these boxes have been in Warehouse's .. hmmm mice cockroaches etc etc etc running around now my food is in there! When I question them they told me I was being dramatic and they would place them in bags.......... Wait hasn't the cross contamination already happened???More

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed January 31, 2019

This long time restaurant provides a consistent delivery of decent Chinese American food with pleasant and effective service. The same people have owned and staffed it for many years. The decor is attractive and the general layout of the dinning areas ensures that one is...not crammed together with another table. There is an extensive menu, that offers certain seasonal variations and a good representation of familiar Chinese and Japanese preparation. While not known as a sushi bar, I have found that there offering are extensive and well prepared. This is a place to return to and not be disappointed with your choice.More

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed November 13, 2018

Chen Yang Li is a wonderfully cozy restaurant with food that is prepared wonderfully, as well. They have an excellent menu to choose from, with all of your favorite delights, prepared by master chefs!

Date of visit: September 2018
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Reviewed October 26, 2018 via mobile

I used to like this place until the day I got to the bottom of the complimentary pickled vegetables (which they automatically bring to the table) and I nearly ate a white, smoothed out wad of already-been-chewed gum that was buried in the bottom. I...thought it was a water chestnut. If I didn’t notice the texture was off when I pierced it with my fork, I would have put it in my mouth! By the time I found it, I had already eaten almost the whole thing! I am the only one in my family that likes the dish so I took the whole small plate as soon as it was served and no one else at my table touched it l. It never left my sight so it was either put there by someone in their kitchen, or a previous patron put their gum in their uneaten serving and the restaurant later re-served it to me. Either way... gross! Since I ordered from there often and really liked their food, I was willing to help them save face, and I discreetly told the waitress. The manager later came over and tried to claim someone in my party put it there. She was rude and unprofessional. When I kindly explained why it was not possible, she had the audacity to argue with me about it. She then asks “Well, what do you want me to do about it?” Now I’m mad. I told her, “You’re the manager of the restaurant. You tell me!” She offers me a $20 gift card to use... AT MY NEXT VISIT!... AS IF I WAS COMING BACK! Our order had not yet come out so if my family wasn’t already starving and I knew it wouldn’t be another 2 hours before we could eat if we went elsewhere, I would have packed up and walked out right then. So we stayed, but I insisted she apply the gift card that day. She was resistant, but relented. We apprehensively had our LAST meal there that night. I will NEVER go back.More

Date of visit: November 2017
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Reviewed August 19, 2018

We had a large order for take out for a family function. The food was hot and everything was very good. The General Tsaos was better than others in the area.

Date of visit: July 2018
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Chen Yang Li is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4