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Charlie Chan, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

Charlie Chan

4.5
4.5
175 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.

We look forward to welcoming you at Charlie Chan soon.

Opening hours:
11.30am - 10pm (last orders 9.30pm).
We are closed on Wednesdays.

We look forward to welcoming you at Charlie Chan soon.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 4 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Chinese, Dim Sum, Chinese (Canton)
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon, Tue, Thu–Sun 11:30–22:00
  • Phone number
    01223 359336
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Private party facilities
    Please see our website for more information.

What 175 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

175 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Cambridge

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food and great service. We were a party of ten and they looked after us exceptionally

    1 person found this helpful

  2. LuisD

    Cambridge

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 27 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’ve booked this time to be sure to have a table and I’m glad I did as it was full. Amazing food and service.

    1 person found this helpful

  3. ians

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    as always really top level chinese cooking - strongly recommended

    1 person found this helpful

  4. OpenTable Diner

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My partner and I got married in May and had our wedding reception at Charlie Chan's. Peter Lee pulled out all the stops to help make it a memorable occasion- the food and service were fantastic! I have been coming to this restaurant for many years, but never ate upstairs. Charlie Chan's has a wonderful 2nd storey which can be hired out for special events. My mum told me about it, and I love the food and location so contacted them. They were really helpful, especially Angela & Peter Lee. They made sure we had everything we wanted for the perfect Asian wedding celebration. All the food (particularly the turbot and the lobster) were fresh and delicious. And vegetarians were really pleased with the exceptional tastes of the veggie options. My husband & I are really grateful to Peter Lee and the team for making our wedding reception really relaxed and enjoyable. I highly recommend for anyone looking for a venue for a celebration. We had 120 ppl there which is the maximum. And we were able to decorate the large room and tables to our taste- Charlie Chan's even organised a beautiful balloon arch for us. Thanks for a great day.

    1 person found this helpful

  5. AndreaM

    London

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 22 September 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Delicious Chinese meal. The food was excellent. The restaurant is small. Upstairs not in use. All in need of refurbishment but would visit again for the food as it was very good. The menu is a piece of paper that you tick what you want and hand it in.

    1 person found this helpful

  6. Petbrolga

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We booked a table for a family group of four. The food was delicious, the service friendly and very prompt. We've eaten out fairly regularly at the restaurant in recent years and can highly recommend it.

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  7. josieh

    Cambridge

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Traditional dim sums in Cambridge great service and quality of food

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  8. Grace

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, good portions, a little on the pricey side but over excellent and would recommend for a higher quality Chinese dining.

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  9. AnnaG

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious food, speedy service. A bit too noisy if you are going with kids

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  10. CambsSandD

    Cambridge

    9 reviews

    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 1 August 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Been coming here so many times for a many years but the service has gradually declined, whilst prices has gone up. Very rude service on this last visit. We will start to go to Yim Wah instead. Loyal customers lost. Cannot continue at this rate.

    1 person found this helpful

  11. Axle

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 28 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a lovely meal with my mum to celebrate her 50th birthday and my engagement. The staff was very personable greeted us through out the evening to join in ok our celebrations.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Hertfordshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 22 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Chinese food. Best we had so far I think. People working there could help more to tell clients what to choose and mix and match.

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  13. Eddie

    Cambridge

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 June 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Good service, one of the best Cantonese Dim Sum dishes in Cambridge city centre.

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  14. DanielNg

    Cambridge

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 19 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food there is delicious. My family and I love to dine there very much. The staff’s service is highly appreciated. They are all hospitable and polite : )

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  15. TiffyH

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 19 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thank you, we are always made to feel welcome and encouraged to try new dim sum.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Cambridge

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 May 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    閒日其實可以Walk in,但都訂枱和家人一餐下午茶,點心雖然有點貴,但味道不錯而又沒有其他選擇;當中一個燒臘碟頭飯稍為遜色!

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  17. MartynN

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Simply the best chinese in Cambridge. The crispy chilli beef is to die for. Fantastic service and a great atmosphere. 2nd time here now, and will definitely go again.

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  18. DanielNg

    Cambridge

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 27 March 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The dim sum and soup are tasty. The staff there are nice and friendly. So, I like visiting Charlie Chan as long as I go to Cambridge.

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  19. DanielNg

    Cambridge

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 24 March 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dim sum is good especially the dumplings. The waiters there are nice and polite. We met the founder Mr Lee who is friendly and talkative and looks young even he has been eighty six : )

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  20. ChrisG

    Cambridge

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 March 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Best Dim Sum in Cambridge! Service top notch, with food advice if requested. Lots of our favourite dishes cooked to perfection

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  21. Adam

    Cambridge

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Chicken was so horrible. I would avoid all chicken dishes

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  22. DeeC

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mr Charles chân is the best host! Authentic Hồng Kông dim sum!

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  23. NaoLondon

    London

    42 reviews

    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friendly staff, amazing food!

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  24. DanielNg

    Cambridge

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    dim sum tastes wonderful especially shrimp dumplings and siu mai fried noodles with beef belly is also delicious attendants’ service is great, both English and Cantonese are applicable must visit in Cambridge

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  25. CambsSandD

    Cambridge

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 12 January 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always look forward to lunch here for dim sum and it never disappoints. Staff are always friendly and we know of nowhere else in Cambridge that does better dim sum. Really very good.

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  26. MichelleC

    Cambridge

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 January 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food with good services

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  27. Alyson

    London

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 5 January 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our local favourite for dim sum. We’ve been coming with our family for years. Good food & good service.

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  28. Charles

    London

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 January 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We usually go to Yim Wah Express but we just decided to give a try for Charlie Chan. It was a huge mistake. The food quality was OK but the service was absolutely rubbish. We will never go back to this restaurant. The service & atmosphere of Charlie Chan is KFC level. Don't ruin your special occasion by trying this restaurant. Absolutely terrible.

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  29. Pete

    Cambridge

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 December 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Charlie’s is the oldest Chinese restaurant in Cambridge and they closed for some time which was sad for everyone. They reopened during Covid , albeit with a reduced menu so please support them! I will continue to frequent and support them for as long as possible!

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  30. BrentS

    Cambridge

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 24 December 2022

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We booked a table for Christmas Eve When we arrived the restaurant was closed 😡

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 December 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Wonton noodle soup was tasteless except for an off taste so my guest didn’t eat it. No offer to reimburse. Rest of food was good especially the prawn toast.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 December 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome food and great service. We’ll be back!

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  33. FrankW

    Cambridge

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 November 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the top Chinese restaurant I have ever been to in UK. Good menu available, great service and excellent food quantity and quality. I certainly will be returning to this Cambridge city restaurant.

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  34. Dottie180

    Dorset

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 15 November 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Staff were really helpful with menu choices, food was served in a timely manner and nice buzz in the restaurant

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Cambridge

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 November 2022

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    On arrival they had no record of booking and told me they did not use or recognise “open table” this was awkward and my guests were all confused. They managed to seat us, 8 people but service was poor and took forever. Food was first class when it arrived. Pity about reservation it spoilt the whole experience

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  36. MrsTrellisofNorthWales

    Oxford

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 11 November 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely food and excellent service. It was very quiet when we arrived for our booked table at 6pm, but soon filled up. Clearly a popular restaurant and deservedly so. Waiter was helpful and polite, food arrived quickly and was delicious. We had a selection of starters and dim sum, the crispy duck with pancakes and then several main dishes with rice/noodles. The sweet and sour chicken was a particular favourite. Jasmine tea to finish and no pressure to leave, despite people waiting for tables. Really enjoyable evening.

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  37. EddyM

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 October 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, especially the Dim Sum, great atmosphere!

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  38. Pips

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 October 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious dim sum. Would have loved some sesame prawn rolls, Vietnamese spring rolls and cuttlefish fish cake but weren’t available. Ho fun was delicious. Prawn and spinach dim sum sooo delicious! Busy popular restaurant with helpful staff. We will def go back.

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  39. josieh

    Cambridge

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 October 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Lunch with husband. Always lovely food. Very friendly staff

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  40. JonathanT

    Cambridge

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 2 October 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We went for dim sum and the food was even better today than it normally is! The service today was a little off-the-boil, but this did not detract from the overall experience.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

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

Charlie Chan is rated 4.5 stars by 175 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 4 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Charlie Chan

14 Regent Street, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB2 1DB

Additional information

  • Area
    Cambridge
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon, Tue, Thu–Sun 11:30–22:00
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Chinese, Dim Sum, Chinese (Canton)
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Takeaway, Wine
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