Charlie Chan

4.4
41 reviews
£26 to £40
Chinese
Established in 1982 by London restaurateur, Peter Lee, the Charlie Chan Restaurant is one of the oldest restaurants in Cambridge. Our passion for authentic Chinese food has established the restaurant as a firm favourite with the people of Cambridge and tourists alike, serving fresh dim sum and traditional Chinese food daily.

After a brief period of closure in June 2018, and following the latest Government advice, we are ready to safely open our doors again and reunite our customers with their favourite Chinese dishes. We are also offering takeaway and delivery within a 2.5 mile radius from Cambridge city centre.

Please note our slightly reduced operating hours until 1 August 2020:

Lunch: 11.30am - 3.00pm (full Dim Sum menu and limited à la carte menu).
We are closed on Tuesdays.

We look forward to welcoming you at Charlie Chan soon.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 41 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good service staff, clean environment and delicious Chinese food

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vippaulc
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always high quality and great service

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful to see Charlie Chan out of retirement!

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Magda
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Pleased that charlie chan reopened
Best Chinese restaurant in town

AN
AlexN
London
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Best place for Chinese food in Cambridge hands down!

TG
TeasGoneCold
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Decent dimsum, other items a bit on the pricey side.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We haven’t been to the restaurant since 2005. The restaurant is just as good as what I have remembered as a student here at Cambridge. So glad to be back here.

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Sateesh
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Pleasant return. Excellent dim sum and authentic Chinese.

AW
AnneW
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious dimsum, great service. Would recommend.

RJ
RobertJ
London
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

When we arrived at the restaurant, at the time we had reserved, it was closed. We had received no warning of this, either from Charlie Chan or from Open Table, so I am unable to say who was responsible. I shall not be using Open Table again.

Charlie Chan
Responded on 22 September 2020

Dear Robert, This should not have happened and we are very sorry for the inconvenience caused. We are currently closed on Thursdays but unfortunately this was not reflected in the OpenTable system last week and I'm afraid on this occasion we failed to note your booking in advance. We have since ensured that OpenTable correctly reflects our opening hours. Thank you for taking the time to provide us with feedback. We do hope you will visit again. Kind regards The Charlie Chan team

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As excellent as it usually is!

CG
CityGuru1978
London
14 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, friendly and polite service and delicious food. It was a delightful meal.

IH
IanH
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Good staff and a wide menu to choose from. All the dishes we tried were excellent and good value for money.

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Hammy
London
8 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is pleasing to go to a Chinese restaurant where the staff is friendly and also accommodating, as we had lids with us and they prepared the dishes for us upon request. one of the best Chinese i have been to in uk in my 25 years.

WL
WayneL
Essex
3 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food (Dim Sum) was hot and fresh and came out quite quickly. Nice restaurant will use again if visiting Cambridge.

PC
PaulC
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It is great that Charlie Chan is back! My wife is Chinese, and this is the only local Chinese restaurant that she will take friends and relatives to. Downstairs provides casual dining; upstairs there is a more formal dining area. The dim-sum is excellent; as good as that found in Hong Kong, and at lunch-time it is easy to have the traditional "yam-cha" - that is, dim sum with one or two more substantial dishes and Chinese tea. The full evening menu will provide a banquet to cater for many tastes.

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KarenS
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best Chinese meals I have had in ages. I wished I lived nearer as this would definitely be on my list of regular restaurants

JC
JuneC
London
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The dim sum is lovely & fresh, we were a table of 6, with one vegetarian, one who couldn't eat pork. We had a great variety of food for lunch & look forward to our next visit!

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Sergio
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic !!

The best crispy chilli beef I have ever had.

Sergio.

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DimSumLover
London
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

So happy to see the reopening of Charlie Chan. Food quality is as good as before; had to wait a little while to be served but after that, food arrived fresh, hot and promptly after ordering. Tables are well spaced out so felt safe with regards to social distancing. Really happy to have my dim sum fix at my favorite restaurant - will definitely visit again.

AJ
AlexJ
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent Dim Sum as always and a great pleasure to have the restaurant open again!

CS
CorrineS
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice restaurant, friendly staff and food was lovely. Would recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Isle of Wight
2 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful! We went for dim sum on a Saturday which we would always do whilst living in Asia and it took us right back there!! Lovely service and beautiful food. When we are back in Cambridge we will definitely be back. Thank you❤️

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Bigbird
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was delicious. I visit here regularly for dimsum.

RR
RebeccaR
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were so pleased to hear Charlie Chan's had reopened. The dim sum was excellent and we really enjoyed our meal. Great value for money and great service

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ACambridge
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great as always. So glad they reopened!!!

NH
NatH
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Stalwart Cambridge Chinese institution with the great authentic food to back it up

SB
SamB
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food and nice atmosphere-we had quite a noisy table near us but it didn’t detract from the experience.
We had lots of dim sum which was all very authentic-my mum, who is Cantonese, was impressed!
Also both noodle dishes were also delicious with really tender meat!
Thoroughly happy and will make this a regular place to go!!

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poziflip
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Went to try the dim sum after reading about Charlie Chan's on community forums. The quality was extremely good, and the portion sizes quite generous. The only let down was the service in general which was not responsive to requests and not very friendly. The young waiter who served us was friendly though he did forget our spoon for dessert.

In summary, food was excellent but let down somewhat by the service front of house.

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Macca
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It is great to see one of Cambridge oldest and best Chinese Restaurants back open.
I was sad to hear it was closed down a while back, but its back open!. We had variety of Dim su. It was quite busy, but glad we went. Lovely dim sum..

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Jess
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Some waiters did not have a mask on, no soap in the bathroom and the service was terrible (we had to ask for napkins, the sauces)

MO
MumOfTwo
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous service and food

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Jess
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Lovely place, lovely staff, delicious food.

A
Alix
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best dim sums in Cambridge, so happy they opened again!

B
Bigbird
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Even thought I visited this restaurant during the lunch time as part of Eat out to Help out, it's surprising how quickly the food comes out and it's served hot.

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iheartcharliechans666
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very delicious food, warm and friendly service, very fast cooking time didn’t have to wait long. Good value for money.

TH
TomH
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Best Chinese food I’ve had in a long time. Very quick to the table as well. Would come again.

TC
TomC
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dim sum. Custard buns are not to be missed. Cant wait to come back and try more.

KO
KenO
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Delighted to see this place open again. Best Chinese food in Cambridge!

JM
JessicaM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience2

Food quality was disappointing. The sweet and sour chicken was soggy and tasted weird (not like real chicken) and the noodles were so crunchy (not what we were expecting, the egg fried rice was bland. The only saving grace was the black bean dishes. For the price we paid, it was not good, we get way better from our local Chinese takeaway for half the price!

FAQs

Charlie Chan offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01223 359336.

Charlie Chan is rated 4.4 stars by 41 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 bookings at the moment.