Boston >Food & Dining > Chau Chow City Restaurant
81 Essex St, Boston, MA | Directions 0211142.352335 -71.060226
11AM - 1AM
Neighborhoods: Central, Chinatown, Chinatown / Leather District, Downtown
This is one of my fovorite hangouts – I just love this place! It has awsome food and reasonable prices, If you like authentic Chinese cuisine then you will find it here. They also have some Chinese-American dishes for the unadventurous. They have plenty of space and parking, and it's open till 3 AM! The seafood is so fresh, it's still swimming in one of the tanks when you place your order. They also have the game on in the evenings and karaoke upstairs late at night. The Dim Sum is probably the best in Boston.
Simply the best – Open late. Best customer service i've ever dealt with in all my Chinese food years. If your dining in, wonderful tranquil area with great scenery. average pricing, and in all honesty probably the best all around Chinese food experience you will have. Highly recomended!
Adding Tips By Yourself? – I ordered a takeout and 3 days later found out that the restaurant overcharged my credit card 10% of the amount I agreed to pay. This is rediculous - so the restaurant ASSUMED that I should pay tips without my awareness? I called the restaurant and was just pushed around. I guess this is a way they make profit!!
Very good dim sum in Chinatown!!! – I just love it. It is so good and tasty that I go there once a week!!!! Their Dim Sum is probably once of the best in Boston Chinatown. The only inconvenient is it is very hard to find a parking in Chinatown.
I can live with the atmosphere but the food was not impressive – As far as atmosphere, Im not hard to please so I wasnt concerned with the place itself. My friend was raving about the calamari and it wasnt good at all. The fried rice was the only thing that was good. I ordered beef lo mein and I wasnt impressed at all. The noodles were super thin, and I asked for no bean sprouts and they still put them in there. For the amount of money I spent, I should of gone to PF changs.
Worth the trip to the DMV just for the Dim Sum – I wondered into Chau Chow after visiting the DMV one block over. I had no idea what the reputation of the restaurant was, nor what to expect. I was ushered into the back, up-stairs room which I later learned was the Dim Sum Room. Here, waiters and waitresses push around little carts of dumplings, rice, veggies, and dessert. I had no idea what I was ordering, and just pointed to random dishes. Everything was fantastic! I was a little nervous that they didn't accept credit cards (everyone else in the room was paying with cash), but they do take cards! I highly recommend the Dim Sum Room for lunch! I had lobster, shrimp, and pork and all of the food was fresh! fresh! fresh!
where everybody crowds after 2am – for dim sum this place is ok, but i usually prefer "hei la moon" on the other side of the gate (franklin street). it seems a bit "cleaner" (and tables less squished together) there. food is slightly there better too.
one thing special about this place is, any club-goer knows this is THE place to go to for after-party eats and "cold tea".
Dim Sum for Sunday Brunch – I love chau chow's for their dim sum on sundays! It's a fun place to take your family for brunch. They go around the room with carts filled with dumplings and other things that you can choose from. It can get a little too hectic in there sometimes but overall it's one of my favorite places to go with the family.
One of Chinatown's largest restaurants, popular for its late hours and dim sum service. – In Short
Chau Chow's first two floors offer seafood; the upper floor serves dim sum. All areas are patrolled by dutiful, formally-dressed waiters. The menu includes hundreds of offerings, from the familiar (moo goo gai pan, sweet and sour chicken) to the more exotic (honey-glazed jumbo shrimp with walnuts, conch with ginger and scallion, scallop with green beans and Macadamia nut). The dining rooms are often filled with wildly mixed crowds, as boisterous groups of Chinese-Americans sit alongside well-dressed club kids or tentative tourists.
Good Choice – WIDE variety of selections, fast service and tasty food. Clean, wide open eating areas.Can't be beat.
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