Chalawan Asian Eatery

4.7
126 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.

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 126 people are saying
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4.8
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vipAndy
New England
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
8 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.

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vipLVD1
New England
9 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So nice to find a truly unique menu, every dish was a new experience. I loved all but one but the one dish I didn't like was the favorite of another person at our table. Wish they had cocktails though ( just beer and wine) but the wine was good.

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OpenTable Diner
Hong Kong
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

They offer a south East Asian menu - which is great - but the flavors and food really are not authentic- I guess it’s hard to be authentic - but it was really not even close

Otherwise it seems like a good place - probably more Thai

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very authentic! Easily our favorite date night restaurant with authentic Souteast Asian food!

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cbmh
New England
16 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is a new favorite for outdoor and takeaway dining! It was really awesome that we could specifically book an outdoor seating table. They pivoted well during these times and the food was very good, although a bit uneven. Some of the dishes were sizable, others less so, so it was a little hard to judge what was enough. I would also enjoy a clearer indication of spice level (we love spicy and would like to see more info on it on the menu). But those are details; overall this is a great place!

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OldBae
New England
12 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, authentic southeast asian food, presented well, with good value and service. I loved the pork belly, scallop "shots" and the mee goreng. I will absolutely be coming back again even in the winter. The outdoor seating was quite large and accommodated a good amount of people

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viphard2plz
New England
51 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice new restaurant near Porter Square. Service was excellent with good beer and wine list, and lots of fresh new dishes. A little noisy on the sidewalk and in the parking lane on Mass Ave, but they have gas space heaters.

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SusanO
New England
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic restaurant. Food is to die for. So delicious and creative.

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VegeFoody
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Vegetarian menu is awesome. Food is presented well, service is excellent - you get great asian hospitality.

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AjayP
New England
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Diverse menu spanning Chinese and southeast Asian cuisine. Great food. Wonderful service.

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vipJasonS
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful meal and friendly service. This is a quaint Asian eatery located in Porter Square. We started with the calamari and had the ribs and the pepper beef. Everything was very flavorful and you could taste the freshness of the ingredients. We will definitely go back and explore other menu items.

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vipBritishBostonian
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely outdoor dinner at Chalawan. Firstly, safe environment with covid protocols. We sat outside, which was well-spaced out with heaters in between each table, utensils came wrapped, and servers wore marks properly and kept a respectful distance. Secondly, food was tasty: flavorful fish curry and schezuan eggplant, plus I recommend the $4 large scallop. Third: As per other reviews, the desserts were delicious! We enjoyed the thai tea caramel and the divine salted caramel ice-cream.

Prices are a little high for Asian food, but seems worth it given the modern take on a range of unusual dishes from Indonesia/Vietnam in addition to China/India. Owner came out to say hello and check we enjoyed our meal, which we did, thank you!

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RachelB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent! A very nice variety of flavor between dishes/sauces. Would definitely return when in the Boston area!

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Jellos
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

We were excited because of the excellent reviews. Unfortunately we were disappointed with the food and the value. This seems to be an upscale date place where you would not want to eat too much. Food was very overpriced for what we got. $15 for 3-4 fish dumplings. $26 for 10 shrimp pieces with the shell on and nothing else besides some garnish and sauce,

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vipMoneyMakerMacEats
New England
41 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my absolute favorite spots!

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JenniferC
New England
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about the food was absolutely delicious and fresh. The waiter was REALLY engaging and pleasant. We will DEFINITELY be back!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

the staff are super lovely! food isn’t the best, and the prices are rather high for the quality. their deserts and tea are phenomenal though.

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vipIsabelR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and amazing service!

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vipRaveeD
New England
12 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and will come back..very COVID compliant

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vipDianaT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been wanting to try this place and finally came here for a birthday celebration. The service was excellent and they checked on us a few times throughout dinner. The outdoor dining area was well spaced and they took COVID precautions seriously, they even had individually shrink-wrapped silverware. As for the food, everything was delicious especially the crispy pork belly and soft shell crab. The desserts was amazing too, we ordered the sticky rice, Thai tea brûlée and vanilla brûlée. They even brought out an extra dessert of banana cake for the birthday boy. We will definitely come back!

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neighbor
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service, unique flavors, a true gem

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NicholasS
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small and intimate eatery on a lively street. Everything was delicious and the owner was particularly attentive to us and other customers.

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vipAranN
New England
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great asian food.

Dumplings and the eggplant were the highlights

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Ambalavanan
New England
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and the restaurant owner took very good care of us. Very personable and kind! Enjoyed the evening.

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vipGigi
New England
10 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service as usual. Putra , our server, is very attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great, outdoor seating, great service, very friendly, and truly tasty food from appetizers to dessert! All for a reasonable price. Definitely will return soon!

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RickSarah
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a gem! The food was amazing, the staff helpful and attentive and the location fun. I am dreaming of the chicken on betel leaves....

SG
SrinivasG
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best new Asian restaurant in town! Apple salad and Borneo Shrimp are recommended!

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Roni
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal and very attentive staff.

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BonnieM
New England
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, carefully prepared and beautifully presented. Upscale, creative Asian food.

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vipJessieS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I went with my husband and two friends, and none of us had been to the restaurant before. Overall, the food was excellent -- so yummy -- and we all walked away satisfied and impressed. The waitstaff were hardworking -- I really wished that they had one or two more people working with them, as they seemed quite harried. Again, the service was fine -- they just seemed so busy and it might have been nice to get a bit more explanation of some of the dishes. That said, most everything we ordered we loved. And there is a feel vegetarian menu, as well as a full nut-free menu. I would most definitely recommend the restaurant to a friend and plan to return.

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vipLinnie
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

authentic and delicious! a bit hard to communicate with the server which stressed me out but the food was worth it. ambience is cute too.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had dinner here with my son. Exquisite setting, food, service on the edge of the Harvard campus. Our server , Ohm, was terrific. My only complaint-earliest available reservation for 2 was 8:15, so I took it. It was obvious I could have been seated much earlier without an Open Table reservation.

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Andrew
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome dishes with a wide variety of flavor. 101/10 will come back

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02138Omnivore
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The food was very mediocre Thai. I expected (from reviews) to be really be good -- not just junk neighborhood place... it was a marginal restaurant even for a neighborhood place. I will not go back.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Chalawan Asian Eatery using the Order Online button. Chalawan Asian Eatery also offers delivery in partnership with Caviar and 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 126 OpenTable diners.

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.