Chalawan Asian Eatery

4.5
160 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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 160 people are saying
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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HSqdenizen
New England
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fresh and exquisitely spiced. We ordered the scallops, the salmon salad, the dumplings, calamari, fish and chicken curries, roti canai. Everything was wonderful but I loved the unusual flavors and treatment in the salmon salad.

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vipCaroline
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The ingredients and preparation of the food was superb. We will eat indoors because of possible rain outdoors. The indoor ambience seems for us but perhaps that is due to Covid restrictions. The interior atmosphere could be warmer and more inviting. Otherwise everything else was terrific

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vipKayO
New England
28 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, and atmosphere! Love that they have a vegetarian menu available.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience2

Food has slipped

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great! Me and my friend loved the food and will definitely be back.

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shaz
New England
13 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience1

Food was disappointing. The only dish that was good was the scallop appetizer. The pork belly was tough and couldn't even chew it. Dessert was too sweet. The restaurant was loud and was difficult to have a conversation. Not worth the drive from Boston.

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Steve
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

There aren't too many Indonesian restaurants in Boston but even if there were, I would still happily go to Chalawan again.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Flavorless and overpriced food. Not worth the money. Tasteless, previously frozen, hard to chew prawns were served with one scoop of rice. The appetizer, fish dumplings, was garlicky and mediocre in taste. The watermelon virgin Mojito was poorly executed: one mint leaf, small soft chunks of watermelon and salt on the glass’s rim, as if it were a Margarita.
The pork belly appetizer was overdone and didn’t come with much condiment. The soft shell crab was under seasoned and the curry sauce was pretty flavorless. Overall VERY disappointing considering other reviews.

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Lifra
New England
16 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

I love outdoor dining, but it was very noisy on the street. There are no walls or barriers that help the cause.
The lunch specials were good. Lots of great flavor.
I wish they had more fish and vegetarian options as the menu is very meat heavy.

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hasbean
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food, they also have a separate vegetarian menu which you can get upon request.

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SizViz
New England
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Food was not very good and was not authentic flavours at all.

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vipJimmieTimmy
New England
71 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Food - wonderful attentive service. Food perhaps just a tad over-priced but still a good deal. Will return for sure

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vipSherryZ
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our lunch there!! The service was IMPECCABLE and the food was even better :)

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CSeason
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Perhaps the most exciting Southeast Asian menu I have seen. This restaurant offers a variety of dishes from Singapore, Malaysia and other spots. I find hot spicy food challenging, but the staff assured me the menu has only a few really spicy dishes, and I found that true in my experience. The salmon and watermelon salad was outstanding. Big chunks of watermelon, crisp salmon skin and perfectly cooked salmon piled artistically, garnished with fresh basil and drizzled with a piquant, unusual but not-too-spicy dressing. I would go back just for that. The whole crispy fish, topped with a spicy/sweet sauce featuring tamarind, was also really good. I was less taken by the bland chicken korma, however, with big chunks of meat and potato in a creamy sauce. Next time I will venture farther into the many curries. I enjoyed the pandam leaf tea, and appreciated the extensive drink menu included both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and a variety of teas.

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Asianyummy
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food is reasonably good, curry too watery and portion too small for the price.. not worth the cost

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vipdavidfromboston
New England
23 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my new favorite restaurants, but I hope that not too many people read this review because then I won't be able to get a reservation. The sea scallop appetizer is out of this world; its the kind of appetizer you might get at a Michelin-starred restaurant. Even if you don't love scallops, just get it. Every dish we had was outstanding, but we only scratched the surface of the menu and are going to have to work our way through the other choices.

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JessicaW
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were both great! Got the whole fish, delish.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, and it came out so fast! I would come here again in a heartbeat.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience4

The flavors are no where close to Southeast Asian Cuisines. Awful meal and very overpriced. The only good thing was the Thai black rice dessert with ice cream. Please read the negative reviews more than the positive ones. They are closer to the truth about the flavors on the food served here.

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PamelaK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great vegetarian options! The rice was bottomless and the service was great.

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vipljd42
New England
24 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was outstanding!

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hanif
New England
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽 Great customer service, treated like guest

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vipChrisG
New England
11 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

An amazing blend of traditional southeast Asian cuisine with contemporary American dining. The food is delicious, with each bite offering a unique array of flavors and textures. The portions are also very generous, so be sure to come hungry! Highlights include the scallop/duck appetizer and the braised baby back ribs with ginger and scallions. Can't wait to come back!

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Josh
New England
7 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Hard to find SE Asian food besides Thai, and Chalawan has Indonesian, Malaysian, Burmese and other dishes in addition to Thai. Three of our four dishes were delicious (Sumatran lamb, gado gado, and roti canai), and the fourth was pretty good (a chicken dish my wife ordered that now escapes me). Definitely brought me back to travel in the region. I've been cluing in some friends who are big foodies to give it a try, and also a Malaysian pal who is excited to hear about it. Taste buds watering while I write this. Go!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food.
Great space.
Great people.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

everyone was amazing! the food was delicious

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great! The service was excellent. Our waiter sang happy Birthday to my daughter in the most wonderful voice.

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MaxM
New England
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Sat outside on a mild Saturday night. Quiet at first but got busy. We ordered the calamari (very good, but could have been warmer), Chicken Biryani (yum) and whole fish (spicy but crispy with great flavor). Service was very very slow, without much acknowledgment. I think they may have been overwhelmed, or maybe 1 server down, but it was a disappointment.

I'll definitely go again and hope the slow service was an anomaly.

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jdik
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, super reasonable prices. Street food menu was great, very flavorful.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service! One of our favorite restaurants!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
12 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service! The food was beyond what I expected, soooo good! Highly recommend!

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vipAnAmericaninFrance
New England
44 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Ate outside...road noise, but nice food and service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Just really average bad take on Southeast Asian food

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vipMartin
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in Boston period. Food and service outstanding.

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vipAndy
New England
11 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chalawan had really great service!
I also really liked the valentines decorations!
The food was good too, and the portions were big enough.

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Rachelle
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service!!! I have been there a couple of times now and I can’t wait to try everything on their menu over time.

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Columbia16
New England
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Phenomenal food and flavors we are coming back soon. Service was great. We look forward to having the heating fixed next time

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Rory
New England
7 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was great. Food was delicious. Will definitely be visiting again soon

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vipnidhia
New England
10 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

As a vegetarian, I was very excited about their separate veg menu. Ordered the Korma and veg curry, but both were bland. The desserts were good and so was the tofu starter.

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vipwoloshend
New England
14 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had a Nasi Goreng. Good rice but the chicken was hard and dry. They should have comped us with a dessert or coffee or something. Good social distancing and COVID care.
Other dishes like tamarind prawn and all things noodle were delicious.

FAQs

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 4.5 stars by 160 OpenTable diners.

Chalawan Asian Eatery does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.toasttab.com/thechalawan/giftcards.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.