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Chalawan Asian Eatery, Cambridge, MA

Chalawan Asian Eatery

4.6
4.6
250 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 PM


Booked 7 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Asian, Southeast Asian, Thai

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri–Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 547-8888

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Neighborhood

    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

What 250 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Boston / New England

    Asian

  • Boston

    Innovative

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  1. JS

    JaneS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came for lunch, but the food was so good we got takeout for dinner
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such an amazing meal, ambiance, and service. Thank you!
  3. JE

    JamesE

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Innovative take on appetizers. Really great flavor combinations in the entrees
  4. e

    emg21

    New England

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent and service was great! Will be back soon.
  5. SM

    SoniaM

    New England

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    We got there before the dinner rush and so it was quiet. The food while being flavorful is overall quite bland. I expected the Asian flavors to be a lot stronger. We paid $100 for a dinner for 2 with no drinks. A tad bit pricey.
  6. t

    tarzaparza

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gorgeous food, friendly and fast service, in a beautiful setting. Love the mural on the wall. Fried soft shell crab was beautiful—lightly battered and crunchy. The betel leaf appetizer was a great combination of savory and fresh flavors. The rendang was on the sweet side for me but the fish curry was to die for. Ask about the dessert menu! Both the black sticky rice and the banana cake with palm sugar were amazing, with generous portions.
  7. JH

    JanineH

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed a holiday meal at Chalawan. The service was excellent and the food was delicious - unexpected flavor combinations and super fresh. We will be back!
  8. C

    Chanigan

    New England

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is excellent, very tasty, not spicy but perfectly balanced. The menu is interesting and varied, a refreshing choice, setting them apart fro other eateries
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My 3rd time at Chalawan, and as before, it was great. Loved the scallops appetizers, chicken skins, and the stir-fry snapper. Great, friendly service. Definitely will go back again, very reasonably priced!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    First time visitor. Definitely a good experience. Will return.
  11. J

    Ja923

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    it was delicious!
  12. R

    Rafael

    New England

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food and good flavor in every dish. The staff was very helpful and pleasant.
  13. MS

    MargoS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, attentive service. Had a great time.
  14. CF

    CarolF

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience! The food was not just delicious, but beautifully presented. We were extremely happy with the menu, both our vegetarian and our celiac guests had many excellent options to choose from. And the staff could not have been more accommodating. A perfect dining experience!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The fish curry with the brown rice side was delicious. I also enjoyed the beautiful tableware and serving bowls. The staff was also friendly and helpful. We came early so it was quiet for most of the meal but filled up to capacity as we were finishing up.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tastes were fantastic. Not your typical Thai/Asian restaurant
  17. JD

    JohnD

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Beef cheeks were pretty fatty. They may have been excellently prepared, just not for me. Waiter said they were the best. Calamari app was very good.
  18. G

    Ging

    Edinburgh

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Nice mid-week dinner. Interesting menu. Dumplings were delicious. Beer and wine only
  19. JH

    JohnH

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Authentic and amazing. Get the whole fish and share with your friends.
  20. SK

    SaraK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Super honest and autentic Asian food! Would go there again !
  21. CD

    CambridgeDiner

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really excellent food and great atmosphere. We enjoyed it!
  22. MK

    MichaelK

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Well prepared pan-Asian food with fresh ingredients. Many dishes can be made with tofu or veggies (ask to see the vegetarian menu).
  23. JG

    JeffG

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We dined outside on a beautiful evening. The service was attentive and the food quite good. The Pan Asian menu is quite impressive making it hard to decide what you want to eat. If you go there, do not miss the scallop appetizer. It was mind-blowingly delicious and we ordered seconds.
  24. M

    Medium

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really great experience overall. The food was excellent the portions were huge and the service was very attentive. I highly recommend.
  25. SH

    SHRUTI

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our First time at Chalawan Asian Eatery was great! Every vegetarian dish had a unique flavor. The servers were very attentive to our needs and the service was great. Food was excellent!
  26. AB

    AndyB

    New England

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This was our first time dining at Chalawan. We were celebrating our anniversary. The food was just excellent. It tasted so fresh and the flavors were so bright and distinct. We love spicy food and the dishes we ordered both had a lovely “kick”. Service was excellent and the space is very nice. We will be back!
  27. BM

    BillM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Not sure if it is "authentic" but it is not typical Thai food. Everything we ordered was flavorful, fresh and tasty
  28. L

    Lexi

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience5
    Honestly, not that great. Scallops were great, but everything else we had was mediocre.
  29. RP

    RandP

    New York Area

    157 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    157 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Wonderful menu options- especially gluten free!. We shared many seafood appetizers & members of our party raved about duck, beef cheeks & soft shell crab choices. Great service, very attentive. Appreciated the well selected beer & wine/ bar too! Highly recommended ☺️
  30. C

    Chanigan

    New England

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A very interesting and very tasty menu. The food is very good
  31. HK

    HayK

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful, interesting food and lovely outdoor seating!
  32. VS

    ValerieS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tasty, flavorful food from a variety of countries in Asia -- including Indonesia (the ribs are excellent)!
  33. CC

    CiaraC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was OUTSTANDING. I recommend birthday celebrations, the appetizers were the perfect portion size and super flavorful. I had never tried Indonesian food previously and was blown away by the lamb shank and beef cheeks. Cannot recommend this restaurant enough!
  34. BD

    BobDe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience2
    Food and service were exceptional. Eventide water was low it was refilled. Questions were responded to quickly.
  35. KM

    KamalM

    Cincinnati

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    Poor service. Server wanting to hurry us up at 9pm on a Saturday night. Kept bugging us for our order on a night when it was my wife’s 50th birthday. Also not wanting to accommodate any substitutions at an Asian restaurant. Super pricy for the level of service.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My family & I enjoyed this restaurant. Service was wonderful and food were tasty! All dishes were equally amazing!! The whole fish was well worth it! I will definitely be back!
  37. L

    Lulu

    New England

    44 reviews

    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We thoroughly enjoyed the food, the service and the pleasant atmosphere at this restaurant. Will return soon.
  38. LS

    LauraS

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    The food was under seasoned. The server was nice but seemed inexperienced and under trained. Forgot drinks etc
  39. DJ

    DanielJ

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    It’s seared scallop is amazing
  40. P

    Patralekha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food at Chalawan was top-notch and the service was extremely professional and welcoming. The restaurant has good interiors, a great vibe, and one of the best flavors in town. Do not miss this one!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • 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

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 4.6 stars by 250 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for Chalawan Asian Eatery

1790 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Cambridge

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri–Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • 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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