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Crystal Dragon

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South Side Street, Plymouth, England
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Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Takeout

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  • 18
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  • 11
    Very good
  • 12
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  • 13
    Poor
  • 10
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
stuck in the 80's

We visited the Crystal dragon in Nov first time for about 5yrs, the food was ok but it was very quiet, the service was slow and there was no atmosphere, It is a shame, but it is stuck in the 80's and has been over taken by a lot of other, better restaurants on the Barbacian. Also my husband... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed December 19, 2015
Karen J
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Swanage, United Kingdom
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Bergen, Norway
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100 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A typical saturday at the Barbican. Occupied tables in all streetlevel restaurants and bistros. We checked Crystal Dragon and luckily us (and them regardig tips left at table) there were room for our company. We ordrered a plentiful table with many dishes from the mixed menues and likewise with wines. And - plentiful it was and well prepared. The wines... More 

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Devon Uk
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really odd restaurant layout we were seat at the very back of the restaurant which was dark & very cold with absolutely no atmosphere The service was poor when asking what a fish dish was like we were told like the chicken dish! Every starter on the menu was either deep fried or covered in batter A really disappointed meal... More 

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Thank DEBBIE2007
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Found this wonderful little gem tucked away above shops opposite Plymouth Gin. The food was freshly cooked to order and was truly lovely. Having lived in Hong Kong, I know my Chinese food. The hot& sour soup was to die for. The staff were friendly and polite. They will certainly be seeing a lot more of my family.

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Thank Karen R
United Kingdom
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112 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

I had a simple meal of hot and sour soup and a mixed curry which I asked to be made very spicy. Considering I was the only patron in the restaurant I was surprised that this request could not be accommodated as the food was tasteless and bland. The plates and bowls came out and were freezing cold which even... More 

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Thank WM-Travel
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

Went here because we left it late on a busy night and everywhere else was full. We joked beforehand about why they weren't full... and then found out why! If anything, the food itself wasn't bad but the staff's antics made me wonder if we were on candid camera! One of the group was allergic to nuts. He asked the... More 

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Thank Ophie16
Swanage, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

We visited the Crystal dragon in Nov first time for about 5yrs, the food was ok but it was very quiet, the service was slow and there was no atmosphere, It is a shame, but it is stuck in the 80's and has been over taken by a lot of other, better restaurants on the Barbacian. Also my husband could... More 

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Thank Karen J
Derby, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

late sunday night meal in November. Excellent menu good starters a very hot (spicy) main course no draught beers waitress english was basic but a lovely polite smiley face

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Thank Martin H
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

Service leaves a bit to be desired - the staff always look bored but at least they are friendly once you start talking to them. The food is always excellent and it's a good price. Spiral metal staircase to get up to the restaurant so not good for someone with mobility issues. Toilets are tiny but relatively clean. My favourite... More 

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Thank Kirshten
Devon
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65 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

Nice choice of food and reasonable. Crispy Mongolian lamb was good so too lemon chicken and cripsy beef not a lot of beef in it though but O.K. sauce was lovley.

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Thank DevonCheekyMonkey
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

Sorry to see that this place has gone downhill,Toilets are absolutely disgusting ! the floor and skirting boards are black.The tablecloths has seen better days,they are all stained.The young man did his best with serving drinks and food,taking phone calls for the takeaway and then we were shocked to see that he was actually ironing the top red tablecloths in... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: South Side Street, Plymouth, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  Plymouth

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 41
  • Cuisine: Chinese, Asian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic

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