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China River Restaurant
Ranked #8 of 25 Restaurants in Chatham
Cuisines: Chinese
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Springfield Illinois
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154 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“None better for lunch”
Reviewed April 18, 2013

This small mom and pop restaurant had been here for years. It is run soley by a husband and wife who are from Hong Kong. Their lunch buffet is second to none that I have ever been to anywhere for under $7, including drink and no tipping!!! The ususal items you would expect are served but they cook a wide variety of dishes you will get no where else except at a high end oriental restaurant a la cart. The very special dishes vary from day to day. It is best to go right after they open at 11am becase it is a small place and certain things run out quickly and it takes a while to replenish. If you are ever anywhere in the area it is worth going out of your way to eat here. Theyare closed one day a week.

  • Visited April 2013
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English first
Springfield, Illinois
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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“Best in Area”
Reviewed October 16, 2012

The lunch buffet is excellent for the diversity in food. Many of these dishes are not found on the general menu, but you can order if you know what they are called (black peper chicken, Yami shrimp, hoisin chicken, hong kong beef, etc). It can get crowded and slow if there are a lot of pick up orders during lunch. I go regularly.

  • Visited October 2012
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Chatham, Illinois
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383 reviews
230 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 201 helpful votes
“NO.”
Reviewed March 6, 2012

Don't go here. Filthy. Food tastes awful. It's been around a long time, so some people in Chatham must disagree, but I've tried a few times over the years and it's really, really bad.

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Auburn
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99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Love Me Some Chinese Food!!”
Reviewed March 2, 2012

Good variety of dishes. The special shrimp entree' is a must for everyone...delicious!!

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52 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“BEST CHINESE FOOD”
Reviewed December 30, 2011

The best Chinese food. :) they have an awesome buffet and the staff is nice.
-Daughter

  • Visited October 2011
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