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J.W. Chen's

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1835 S Bend Ave, South Bend, IN 46637-5637
+1 574-271-2777
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Tue - Fri 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The best Chinese in the area!! The Owner is so sweet, sometimes she will send out a free dish or appetizer she thinks you might like. Get your Chinese fix here, you will love it!

Thank Mcpeterek
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I have been to Chen's twice. First time was because I had read a great review. I was disappointed with the food from there. I thought I would give it a second chance. I thought maybe I went on a bad day as that does happen to all of us. I was equally disappointed. There are much better Chinese reasturants... More 

Thank Rick F
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

First time there. Jean came and sat at our table, went over the menu with us, told us about their methods for preparing foods. Best Chinese food we've had in years, hands down!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Saint Joseph, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

This is a wonderful and very friendly Asian restaurant in South Bend. The owner, Jean, like to interview patrons and make menu suggestions based on your likes and dislikes. I came intending to enjoy Tangerine beef and Jean made a few other suggestions but I stuck to my guns. They served the beef, which is really exceptional, but then brought... More 

Thank queking
Rochester Hills, Michigan
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72 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

Owner of the restaurant set down with me to take my order and ask about me which is always a great trait. She seem to know repeat customers and made everyone feel welcome. The food was fresh and the flavor profile was amazing. Also received a free sample from the owner of some kind of beef dish. If you are... More 

Thank Bamajor
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58 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

Heard great things and wanted to see if the hype was the real deal, it was! Sit down, Jean will introduce herself, tell her what you like, tell her what ailes you. She will create your meal to your liking and your needs. I've now refer to Jean as the food whisperer. Go, enjoy, feel good about what you eat... More 

Thank sunshineandbiscuit
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56 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

Great restaurant near Notre Dame so the food has to be good for all the college kids to keep coming back! Great family atmosphere - owners try to remember names too! Then the food we had was very good!

Thank Tracy P
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114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

We visited before attending a performing arts event at the university. Jean's service was great and timely. We were well in time for our event and satisfied with the food we ordered. The request for 'spicy / not so spicy' was honored in just the right way.

Thank Mandy H
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

My wife loves the almond crusted shrimp and orders it every time. I let Jean make suggestions and tell her "not too spicy" and I've always enjoyed what I'm served. For us, it's all about flavor and nobody has better tasting Chinese food than J.W. Chen's.

Thank davidkF9077VW
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

Read reviews before visiting South Bend. The perfect reviews were absolutely correct! Fabulous dinner, lovely greeting from the owner.

1 Thank Susan B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Asian, Taiwanese
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1835 S Bend Ave, South Bend, IN 46637-5637
  • Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  South Bend
  • Phone Number: +1 574-271-2777

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