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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
Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Tue - Fri 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Rochester Hills, Michigan
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77 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
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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65 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 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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59 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 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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154 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
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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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 21 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
United States
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212 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2016

We ate at J.W. Chen's for the first time tonight, and I can honestly say that this establishment serves the best Chinese food that I have ever eaten outside of China. The staff is the best, and the owner will sit at your table and help you figure out a dish that you will enjoy. The establishment is small and... More 

Thank WorldTravelers1999
Charleston, West Virginia
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122 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2016

The food here is spectacular! I have been working my way through the menu on my annual ND football weekends and I have yet to try anything that isn't something special. I am usually stuck on some of my favorites but have allowed Jean to tempt me with something new each time. She talked me into the Spicy Fish, which... More 

Thank rreishman
Reston, Virginia, United States
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29 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2016

Arrived at an odd time after a long drive and Trip Advisor said this was a good place nearby. Looks like a typical Chinese restaurant with flair. Sat down to look at a menu and the hostess (matriarch might be a better word) sat down with us and quizzed us on what kind of food we like. After a bit... More 

1 Thank CKBisk
Mishawaka, Indiana
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

Where else does the owner take your order & insures all is just right. Jean will help the first timers order meals they will like. This is our family & friends favorite place to eat in this entire area. A must visit for out of towners. Have never had a bad meal & you will get plenty to eat

Thank _davjoe67

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Chinese, Asian, Taiwanese
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
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?