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“Totally Overinflated - Don't Believe the Hype”

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Chow's Asian Bistro
Ranked #323 of 555 Restaurants in Santa Fe
Cuisines: Chinese, Asian
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
NYC
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Totally Overinflated - Don't Believe the Hype”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 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 unattractive way, and have no understanding of what proper, pleasant, customer service is. Their food, for anyone who has eaten great Chinese from one of the provinces made by a real Chinese chef in a major American city, is the equivalent of a big Mac to a nicely grilled rib eye, ie just no comparison. Unfortunately, Santa Fe doesn't really have excellent Chinese--it's all pretty mediocre--but the customer service is far better at any of the others in town.

  • Visited August 2016
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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
“Nice dinner”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 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 packaged our remaining food right at the table for us. They had good Saki too. Next time I'm in Santa Fe I will definitely return.

  • Visited July 2016
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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171 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
“We are going to give this a second try; it has promise”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 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 lettuce cups had cubes of chicken, rather than ground chicken, and were very under seasoned. The chicken spring rolls were warm, and they came with a nice dipping sauce, but again, were a bit underseasoned. They forgot our order of steamed pork buns until we reminded them. Unfortunately, they seemed overcooked and dry, and the filling was unremarkable. We did notice a lot of entrees being delivered to other tables, and they looked quite good, so I think next time, we will try those instead.

  • Visited June 2016
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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89 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“We're locals who don't care for Chow's.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 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 green-chili-and-posole town.

Instead, try Ying Yang… but be sure to order off the excellent menu. Don't go for the buffet.

  • Visited May 2016
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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10 reviews
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“Serious Asian food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 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.

Visited December 2015
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