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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
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Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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South Bend, IN
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2015

It's just great when the owner, Jean, sits down at your table to take your order. She's told me to try the fish for years and when I finally did I wished I'd done it sooner.

Thank KallieKY
Umea, Sweden
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161 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2015

J.W. Chen's in South Bend. Superb! After an appetizer that recalled the dumplings we ate a soup and then shrimp, fish, duck and steak. Everything tasted very nice. Personal service by the owner.

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Retiro, Colombia
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286 reviews
229 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2015

We arrived yesterday around 1PM and the place was full but we found a table. We were seated and immediately greeted by the owner who introduced herself and asked if we had been there before, where we were from and where we heard of the restaurant. We told he and she started asking what we like to eat. We told... More 

Thank HK2LS
South Bend, Indiana
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21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2015

Since moving up here a few years back, we've wished and prayed for a more than just okay Chinese food place. Found it today!!! Food hot, fresh, and the chicken didn't leave you wondering if it was a mystery meat...owner even suggested honey chicken and offered on-the house since it was our first time in! Overlook the decor to get... More 

Thank Leanne B
Marion, Iowa
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172 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2015 via mobile

Food here was AMAZING!! Owner is lively hostess and will walk you through your order. Everything was very fresh and very tasty. Definitely worthwhile. Definitely recommend and would go again if in the area.

Thank bleutalefly
Maple Shade, New Jersey
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425 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 210 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2015

Probably the best Chinese place in town. We enjoy eating in here more than getting takeout. Great food, the owner is super friendly. Service can be slow, but not a big deal. Everything is delicious.

Thank tallgaloot
south bend,in.
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27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2015

We decided to try eating here after softball game in September of 2014,when you walk in you notice a blend,kind of run down place that needs a good cleaning.The lady that greets and seats you was very nice and tried to be helpful when picking something from the menu,but when the food arrived and we tasted it we were disappointed... More 

Thank Randy L
South Bend, Indiana
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2015

J. W. Chen's (Mrs. Chen's) is our favorite Chinese restaurant. It's my go-to place when craving won ton soup and crispy beef. Mrs. Chen is always helpful in suggesting items after asking you questions about your food preferences. Chen's is a favorite of the Chinese student population form nearby Notre Dame, IUSB, Bethel, and St Mary's.

Thank Letsgo1981
Northern Indiana
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65 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2015

First few times service and food was great. Owner sits with you and takes your order and is very amusing. lately her suggestions have seemed like what they had leftover in the kitchen. Good food, Good price, just order what you want and not what is suggested.

Thank Eng1JC92
Crest Hill, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2015

I have been working in the area for awhile and was looking for a good Chinese restaurant. I saw the reviews and thought I would try it out. I was not disappointed, wow! The owner sat down at my table and told me about her restaurant and then asked what kind of food I usually order. She then took my... More 

Thank Scott M

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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
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
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?