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Chow's Contemporary Chinese

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720 Saint Michaels Dr Ste Q, Santa Fe, NM 87505
+1 505-471-7120
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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188 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Unfortunately, Santa Fe does not have a top notch Chinese restaurant. Chows, which bills itself as the top of the line, may be the bottom. The hot and sour soup was neither, but rather filled with vegetables and crunchy mushrooms with little of that delicate delicious hot/sour broth one expects. The lettuce wraps are better at that well known Chinese... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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76 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2016

As many probably know, this town is plagued with mediocre restaurants. I had lived here almost 3 years before I gave Chow's a try. The food was excellent. My first experience was when I entered, the small waiting area was crowded with those waiting on take-out. A very good sign. Having tried the Kung Pao Shrimp, I now regret that... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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106 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2016

This used to be our favorite chineese place: no longer ! Had dinner there last nite - and we wont be back. The room was ice cold, the duck was tough and the food took forever to arrive. Reason: a constant stream of take-out food coming out of the kitchen.

1 Thank mleuth
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2016

The menu stated that certain dishes were spicy hot. They were not spicy hot - especially the spicy eggplant - however it was tasty. Tried the Vietnamese fresh spring roll - the rice wrapper was a bit chewy indicating they might have been prepared earlier and not fresh after ordering the dish. The dipping sauce had soy and wasabi -... More 

2 Thank Abirami C
Santa Fe, NM
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78 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

Located in a non descript shopping center that belies the quality of experience within. Really delicious interpretations of Chinese dishes, The specials such as the lamb dish are particularly desirable. Their different takes on pot stickers are also quite interesting including the one with the mint spinach sauce with turkey, carrots inside. Atmosphere is very pleasanr and service very good

Thank shelterform
Santa Fe, New Mexico
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2016

Very interesting menu, and I have tried many of the dishes on it. I have never had a bad meal at Chow's, the staff is always courteous and friendly, meals come out promptly and hot; delicious beers, teas and Chow's special flavored tea, and sake. Very reasonably priced.

1 Thank Craig D
Midland, Texas
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38 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2016 via mobile

I frequent Santa Fe for art and food and love to find new places to eat. We had been gallery hopping and wanted Chinese. " yes you can have too many enchiladas" so my friends recommended Chows. Went and found just the most charming and delicious place. First the atmosphere is a bit more upscale and tastefully decorated. The orchids... More 

1 Thank Bonesdug1
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2016 via mobile

I am highly allergic to MSG. Upon asking if Chow's used it in their food, was accosted by someone I assume to be the owner, who screamed at my mother sarcastically if she knew what it even was. We both felt bad concluding that the restaurant did not use it based on the owner's reaction. Well, some hours later: I... More 

2 Thank Sachiko H
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2016

Santa Fe has had many Asian restaurants over the years, and Chow's is one of the longer lasting and very reliable. Chow’s has a varied menu with many creative dishes, and their ingredients are fresh, well prepared and well presented. Every dish we ordered was a delight. We had an excellent server who was very polite and efficient. All and... More 

2 Thank TfromSantaFe
Amarillo, Texas
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28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2016

Really great food and by the time everyone ordered, there was enough to pass around and share between 5 of us. We also ordered a side dish of fried rice. But the best dish was the coffee chicken. It was really good!

2 Thank tsth

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 720 Saint Michaels Dr Ste Q, Santa Fe, NM 87505
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Santa Fe
  • Phone Number: +1 505-471-7120

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