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Chow's Asian Bistro

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St. Michael's St., Santa Fe, NM
471-7120
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Columbia, Maryland
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181 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Visited here with old friends and ordered three dishes - Almond (and Raisin) Chicken, New Wave Scallops, and Lemon Fish. All were excellent - hard to say which was best. The scallops and chicken were unique and innovative, both very tasty. Prices were a bit on the high side, but it was worth it.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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30 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

We just had a small birthday party at Chow's. The signature dish is the coffee chicken. It's amazing. We also had the prawns with walnuts in a sweet/sour sauce and the delectable fried wontons stuffed with a light cheese that came with a lime/ginger sauce. There are many wonderful choices on the menu. Locals know this place so plan to... More 

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Thank rainb0wmaker
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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53 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

I don't know what to call it, but Chinese food is the wrong nomenclature. This is some the worst Chinese food I have ever eaten. Everything I have ever tried here has been awful except for the glasses of tap water. Avoid it.

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Thank BSS9878
NYC
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

They call themselves contemporary Chinese but that's just total baloney. From the crabby husband to the pushy wife at the front of the house, this place screams "go elsewhere." (Go to Yin Yang!) The food is only average Chinese, with nothing special, in spite of the wife's boasting how fabulous it all is. They are both rude, in their own... More 

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New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

Went to Chows on a very slow evening. There were maybe 2 or 3 other tables with customers. Had a variety of foods including Mongolian beef, Cashew chicken, beef Kung Pao with an appetizer of Ranch Spring Rolls. Most of the meals are between $11 to $15. Service was great and friendly. More food than we could eat and they... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016

A friend recommended this place, so we tried it for lunch, and decided to have all appetizers. We happened to pick a very busy day when there was a large group there for lunch, so that may have impacted our experience. The pot stickers were tasty, particularly the pepper sauce they were served with, but they were barely warm. The... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2016

Over the years, my husband and I have given this place several chances, and every single time we go there (usually because somebody we know invites us to tag along), we come away saying "no más." For us, Chow's just doesn't live up to its promise and reputation, which is a shame because we desperately need palate cleansers in this... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2015 via mobile

If you're looking for Asian food while in Santa Fe (I'm not sure why you're not eating southwest) this is the place to go. The spices are perfect and if you ask for hot, it's actually hot and perfect. In a town renowned for good food, this is a good restaurant.

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Thank Addison B
Elk Grove
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108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2015

I was told by the locals that this was great Chinese food, but it was just okay. The service was even worse. The decor was trying to be high end, but the food didn't live up to the decor. I wouldn't go back here again unless this was the only choice for Chinese in town.

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Santa Fe
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2015

Every other week, the wife picks up takeout from Chows. It travels all the way to Eldorado very well. I really love their food. Walnut Shrimp, Coffee Chicken, Lemon Fish, Beef and (well anything) but usually broccoli and any of the various noodle dishes always impress. We've eaten in the restaurant twice over the years but for some reason, take... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Chinese, Asian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: St. Michael's St., Santa Fe, NM
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Santa Fe
  • Phone Number: 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?