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Chalawan Asian Eatery, Cambridge, MA

Chalawan Asian Eatery

4.7
4.7
290 Reviews
$30 and under
Asian
CHALAWAN, therefore, has been founded to prove that Thai and Southeast Asian cuisine, including Asian style dining culture of sharing their food can be served in a leading international restaurant. With this belief, we have created a delicious and delightful menu in a restaurant decorated in traditional Thai style in a warm welcome atmosphere with a great service minded attitude of our team, including choices of wine to perfectly pair with our food.


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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 2 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Asian, Southeast Asian, Thai
  • Hours of Operation
    Daily 11:30 am–2:30 pm Daily 5:00 pm–9:15 pm
  • Phone number
    (617) 547-8888
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Neighbourhood
    Cambridge
  • Parking Details
    Street parking is available for curbside pickup
  • Public Transit
    The T: Redline to "Porter Sq."
  • Additional
    Beer, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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What 290 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

290 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Not my first time to Chalawan, I had amazing food there every visit. And the expenses were not crazy at all. I definitely would come back for food.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Scallop appetizer, snapper, & beef cheek rendang were delicious. Pork belly was a little overcooked & so it was dry. Ribs were fine. Prawn & green apple salad was disappointing. The lime/bitters mocktail is my favorite.

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  3. AndyZ

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My wife and I had not eaten at Chalawan in some time. We found the food as good as we remembered.

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  4. DanaO

    Greater Boston

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent and different than a lot of other Thai restaurants. Service was good. Food was also presented beautifully. Also thought interior was pretty. Will go back often.

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  5. JohnG

    Greater Boston

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent spot in Cambridge with very reasonable prices. I highly recommend the snapper dumplings, duck red curry, and banana cake for dessert.

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  6. Phoodie

    Greater Boston

    19 reviews

    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was great, however, the food was mixed. We ordered dumplings and fried calamari to start. Both were delicious. Next we shared a number of main dishes. Each one had a very delicious sauce: duck curry- this was outstanding; eggplant-equally delicious; shrimp - over cooked; deep fried fish - over cooked, and lamb shank - over cooked. We didn't send any of the food back and perhaps in hindsight we should have let the restaurant know about the over-cooked food. If we had ordered only duck and eggplant as main dishes we would have rated the restaurant a 5, but given the overcooked food and the prices of everything we had to rate it lower.

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  7. CarolynR

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was very good! We had the duck salad, which I really enjoyed. We also had Aceh chicken which was good but not amazing. Roti was delicious. I had the butterfly lemonade which was very different but enjoyable.

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  8. CindyT

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was a little salty for my taste. But customer service was good

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  9. ZhexunX

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing. All the dishes were very unique, not authentic but unique. It’s creative and the tastes were not something you would taste usually at home or regular restaurants. If you like Asian food and want to try something new, this is the place. If you are among for real authentic Asian food, consider your choice. The desserts are the tops. The vibe here is also very warm and cozy, quiet and chill. Service was excellent.

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  10. KatherineK

    Greater Boston

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious and unique food. Great service. Nice gluten free options. So nice to be able to actually be able to have a conversation and be able to hear my dinner companion. While I really like the unique options, would also like it if they had more traditional Thai options.

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  11. alicelittle

    Greater Boston

    34 reviews

    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and drink were outstanding. For some reason, despite solicitous service from waitstaff, we waited almost 1.5 hours for our meals. Hopefully this is anomalous because the food is spectacular.

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  12. max919

    Greater Boston

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall nice experience. Food was exceptional. Thank you.

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  13. LilianH

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food is always excellent, and different from other Asian restaurants, the service is friendly and efficient - I hope the place makes a go of it. I certainly intend to help them do so.

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  14. LilianH

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    the staff was friendly, the seating comfortable and sufficiently far apart - the dishes really interesting, have been here twice and hope to be back Lilian

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely delicious experience. The scallop dish is the best bite in the city. The fried tofu appetizer was perfectly cooked and delicious.

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  16. KImbellD

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first visit. The people and the food were amazing. We will come back for lunch soon and another dinner.

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  17. Koko

    New Orleans

    25 reviews

    3.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Chalawan is a pleasant neighborhood restaurant. The chef caters to US taste.

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  18. KatharineA

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and atmostphere! All the food was delicious from appetizers to dessert.

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  19. GeKiPe

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful surprise! This is a gem of a restaurant in an unassuming location. I must have passsed it by multiple times not realizing the deliciousness that I was missing. Went on a rainy Sunday night and it was quiet but still had a few tables occupied by a diverse clientele. Our party of four ordered four apps, four entrees, sides of roti and stirfried greens, and three desserts...too much, yes, but we ate every morsel and were completely stuffed and blissfully happy. The stars were: oysters, porkbelly and softshell crab apps, and eggplant, red duck curry and singapore chili beef entrees. Nothing was bad, but the snapper dumplings were a bit bland, so would skip those next time. Even the side of stirfried greens (so we could say we ordered vegetables) was flavorful enough to be a dinner. A nice touch, they offer both white and brown rice, which they serve tableside as needed so it never gets cold. Beer and wine only. Can't wait to go back and try the rest of the menu!

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  20. mickpro

    Greater Boston

    22 reviews

    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely quiet room with top-notch Thai food. I’ll be back. Also great for take out.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place to try something new! Be warned that most everything is at least somewhat spicy, even though they don’t label it as such

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Good food, would be really better if you had a full liquor license so could serve cocktails.

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  23. Adam

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambiance and service but unfortunately this night the food was off. Dumpling starter was good but the soft shell crab and eggplant mains each had bizarre textures and were not very flavorful.

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  24. CyntP

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great meal : an explosion of flavors! We had the whole fried fish and eggplant

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  25. JinheeO

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    AMAZING food. Very courteous and attentive staff. Awesome ambiance.

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  26. Sarah

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Chalawan was a pleasant surprise. I visited for the first time with some “foodie” friends from out of town. Was initially surprised when the restaurant was very empty, and it took a while for a server to come over. The space is very nice- thoughtful but comfortable- with ample seating that’s not too close together. Once we placed our orders though, the magic started! Every dish was unique and flavorful, and beautifully plated. Portion sizes were great and the dishes were very fairly priced. Our server became more attentive as the night went on and didn’t rush us at all. My guests can’t wait to go back. Would definitely recommend this place to anyone who’s looking for a great dining experience!

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  27. DanitB

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious and lovely interior. Great for conversation

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  28. Kate

    Greater Boston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great food, always good service! And quiet enough that we can have a conversation! Wonderful!

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  29. JenniferJ

    Portland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious! Flavors are just right and the ingredients fresh and bright. Cannot go wrong at Chalawan!

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  30. Jabe

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambience!! Perfect date spot. The food tasted great and the presentation was very alluring. Not super cheap but definitely not overpriced.

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  31. MilaC

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is delicious, representing South East Asian cuisine that is hard to find. The servings - including the drinks! - were generous, the service was excellent and timely. A must-try.

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  32. Yvonne

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Not a place for authentic Asian food and definitely not worth the price

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  33. AndyL

    Greater Boston

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Enjoyed the crispy pork belly, duck curry and shrimp. Service was very good. Not too busy for a Friday night so a mellow ambiance.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fanstastic restaurant! Very tender meat

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Did not like the food at all. The service was very poor and was extremely noisy.

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  36. KPET

    Greater Boston

    20 reviews

    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The quality of the meats and cooking was good. Service was average. I would have preferred that entrees included some sort of vegetable—it was all meat and rice and we did not know to order sides and it was not suggested to us. We all disliked drinking out of the metal beverage cups.

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  37. Kate

    Greater Boston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a wonderful restaurant--it was quiet so we could have a conversation, and our food attendant was so helpful! He even filleted our crispy fish for us! All the food was spectacular. I'm coming back again and again.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely delicious!

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  39. KarenV

    Greater Boston

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely delicious food! Starting off with a seared scallop was a great way to have an amazing mouthful and save room for the main course. Interesting spices and very different flavors in each of the four mains we tried. Desserts were also a delight, tasty and unusual- and a very nice way to extend the meal. We shared a reasonably- priced bottle of wine, and I also appreciated that there were several non-caffeinated teas. Service was prompt and attentive without being overly so. I want to return to try more apps and salads, along with reordering my favorites (beef cheeks and eggplant).

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  40. JaneS

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We came for lunch, but the food was so good we got takeout for dinner

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You can order delivery directly from Chalawan Asian Eatery using the Order Online button. Chalawan Asian Eatery also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Chalawan Asian Eatery also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 547-8888.

Chalawan Asian Eatery is rated 4.7 stars by 290 OpenTable diners.

Chalawan Asian Eatery does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 2 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Chalawan Asian Eatery

1790 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood
    Cambridge
  • Hours of Operation
    Daily 11:30 am–2:30 pm Daily 5:00 pm–9:15 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Asian, Southeast Asian, Thai
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    Street parking is available for curbside pickup
  • Public Transit
    The T: Redline to "Porter Sq."
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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