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China River Restaurant

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426 N Main Plz, Chatham, IL 62629-1701
+1 217-483-6311
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Chatham, Illinois
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142 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

Yes, its is a family-owned place and indeed the food gets prepared quickly. But the food is just edible, americanized version of Chinese cuisine. When you are desperate, it is a good place for quick bite or take-out, but keep your expectations low. The service is good and the owners are very nice people.

Thank edge46
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016

Food prepared quickly while you wait, portions are generous and food is very good. It's a family run business and they all pitch in, providing very good service and food. I've been there for carry out many times over the years. Prices are very good.

Thank jprscrprs
Springfield, Illinois
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93 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2016

I admit it. I'm in a rut when I eat Chinese... sweet and sour chicken. What they have to offer is about the best I've found in the Springfield area.

Thank Daniel O
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2016

We ordered take out from China River on a Thursday evening and it was ready in 15 min. I had the Curry Chicken with onions combo meal which came with fried rice and two egg rolls. My brother had the Cashew Chicken and ordered it with extra cashews. Both our meals were very tasty. The cashews were popping out of... More 

Thank Laurel H
Springfield Illinois
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149 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2016

A hard working couple have owned and operated this restaurant for about 20 years or more. They work seven days a week most of time, by themselves. The lunch buffet has some of the usual dishes but they also have several you will not find anywhere else and they are made from scratch, not from a bag. Very small but... More 

Thank kentdan1
Chatham, Illinois
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2015

China River provides an all you can eat buffet M-F for $7 with awesome food. Nice, clean family atmosphere. They also have all the standard Chinese fare for dinner hours and my personal favorite is the Yami Shrimp and Cashew Chicken

Thank Jim L
Springfield, Illinois, Usa
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57 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2015

Featuring a lunch buffet for under $8.00 and great meals to go, this small establishment is not so bad. The interior is in dire need of an upgrade, but the food is hot, good and priced well

Thank Jim R
Springfield, Illinois
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2015

It's a true hole in the wall and looks wore out, but the food is good and fresh. They offer a lunch buffet that is worth every penny.

Thank Daws62704
Chatham, Illinois, United States
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34 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2015 via mobile

Excellent family owned & operates Chinese food for the best in Carryout eating. You can done in, but not much on table service & atmosphere

Thank Kevin E
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45 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2014 via mobile

I stop in often for take out, one meal feeds 2 people easily. I also do take out buffet for my mom & gives her a good variety, always a favorite of hers.

Thank GrandmaGigib

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 426 N Main Plz, Chatham, IL 62629-1701
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chatham
  • Phone Number: +1 217-483-6311

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