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53 Lafayette Cir, Lafayette, CA 94549-4321
+1 925-962-2469
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08:00 - 21:30
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 08:00 - 21:30
Mon - Thu 07:00 - 21:30
Fri 07:00 - 22:00
Sat 08:00 - 22:00
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Moraga, California
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100 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We had a delicious breakfast at Chow on a recent Sunday morning. We were delighted by the healthy choices on the menu. The restaurant was quite full, although we didn't have to wait for a table and the server didn't keep us waiting either. And, I felt right at home in my casual weekend clothes.

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Thank calgrads
Orinda, California
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77 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

At 5:30 on a rainy Saturday we went to Casa Orinda and were told there was not table seating until 8:30. Since Chow was on the way back home, we ate there. Chow was so noisy my friend and I could barely have a conversation. The food is OK, but a bit pricey for what you get.

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Thank nancy m
Shaker Heights, Ohio, United States
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105 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Fast service. Welcomes children. Pedestrian menu. Noisy. Favorite of my elderly mother; so I go there fairly often.

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Thank AdventureTraveler113
San Francisco
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Used to love eating here, local and tasty. The service (at least weekdays) is lacking to say the least. When you have to get up to flag the waiter for service and even after that you need to serve your own water you may as well eat at home. Don't bother with the mussels. They are not worth the price... More 

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Thank Carla F
Lafayette, California
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Chow Lafayette is our go to location for a late night bite. Food is always tasty and portions generous. The small plates are my go to for late night, (after 8 p.m.), so that I am satisfied and not too heavy to be able to go to bed within a couple of hours after dining. Wine list is good and... More 

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Thank KG H
Moraga, California
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42 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is not my favorite spot. The food is okay, but the restaurant is super noisy.The high ceilings make it impossible to carry on a conversation except with the person sitting next to you.

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Thank Judy P
Lafayette, California
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151 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

Chow has been in Lafayette for over 10 years, and has had a good run. Recent visits have indicated that the food quality has gone downhill significantly and that the restaurant and service are not keeping up with the times. There are a number of family oriented restaurants in the Lafayette/Walnut Creek corridor, and Chow is not keeping pace with... More 

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Thank markltennis
Walnut Creek, California
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

First let me say that we have been eating at Chow since they first opened. Sometimes the service has been slow, but never unfriendly. This is nothing about the food or the staff. This morning, 1 Jan, we went to breakfast there. We put our name on the wait list and the hostess said it would be a 5-10 minute... More 

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Thank cynosure50
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

I wasted time and energy going to this place. Rude staff, overpriced food and poor management. I can't understand why they get so many good ratings. Never again.

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Thank Larry S
Healdsburg, CA
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358 reviews
277 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

I took the whole family for dinner. The menu is quite limited. But the food is good and service is fast and appropriate. It's crowded, a bit loud, and just right for a casual meal. Pricing is normal for Lafayette: higher than you'd pay elsewhere, but not unexpected.

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Thank CaliforniaFellow

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Cuisine
American, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
08:00 - 21:30
Monday
07:00 - 21:30
Tuesday
07:00 - 21:30
Wednesday
07:00 - 21:30
Thursday
07:00 - 21:30
Friday
07:00 - 22:00
Saturday
08:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 53 Lafayette Cir, Lafayette, CA 94549-4321
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Lafayette
  • Phone Number: +1 925-962-2469
Description
We support our neighbors and local farms by offering fresh, organic, healthy ingredients. Our chicken is organic free-range, our beef is natural & organic and our seafood is sustainably caught & delivered fresh. All our desserts are made fresh daily in our Lafayette location and fresh juices are pressed to order. This commitment to quality has put us on San Francisco Chronicle's list of the Top 100 Restaurants in the Bay Area nine years in a row.

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Irvine, California, United States
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?