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Forbidden City Chinese Restaurant

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4024 Bay Road, Saginaw, MI 48603-1201
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11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Closed now
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Sun 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • Food
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great soup

dishes here are unique and taste good - like the soup, the tea, and the traditional Chinese dishes will go again

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 15, 2015
Margaret J
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  • Local cuisine
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  • English first
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English first
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

dishes here are unique and taste good - like the soup, the tea, and the traditional Chinese dishes will go again

Thank Margaret J
Level Contributor
37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

First time to this restaurant and was greeted by a very friendly lady. Good, prompt and friendly service. Loved the oriental decor and the food was delicious. We had the Mongolian Beef and Chicken which was spicy and delicious. Would definitely return on our next visit to Saginaw.

Thank Anne Marie C
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81 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

We love this place the sizzling rice soup is the best. Moo shue pork I could eat every day. The food is fresh and hot when you get it. This is a regular for us.

Thank kellie-jo
Holly, Michigan
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55 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

The food and decor has not changed since it opened in the early 80s. Consistent high quality food. Sizzling rice soup always brings a smile when you hear the crackle of rice hitting the liquid. No matter what you order here- you can't go wrong.

Thank u2lemon78
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

I moved six hours away and still think about the Sweet and Sour Chicken when I'm craving Chinese in the U.P. I really miss living a few miles away... the food and service has always been really good. For a college student, the prices were reasonable for the generous portions. Next time I'm downstate, it will be one of the... More 

Thank Justine D
Saginaw, Michigan
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115 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

I first ate at Forbidden City in 1974 and they were one of the very few Chinese restaurants in the area that served authentic Chinese food. Well they have go thru many owners and cooks since then so good and some not so good, in fact the last time I ate there was very disappointing, but I'm glad to say... More 

Thank LJB049
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

I absolutely love everything about this restaurant, from its unassuming appearance, to the friendly staff and amazing cuisine. I highly recommend the sizzling rice soup, egg rolls, and Mongolian beef, though you can't go wrong with any of their entrees!

Thank Kasey Lynn F
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

This review is from a visit on 2-28-2015. I had Generals chicken and my wife had cashew chicken both were very good. this was the first time I have been here so I can't vouched for consistency of their food but I would definitely return to dine again. This was take out so I do not know how the wait... More 

Thank twoz311
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

We took two bites, paid for our food and left. Worst Chinese food I've ever experienced. My fiancé had Mongolian chicken and it was not edible. Crap cheese was over cooked and had a nasty texture. Do not eat here.

2 Thank jdillon2015
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Great food and service! Princess shrimp and mongolian beef, crab cheese I like it!

Thank BoYoung C

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4024 Bay Road, Saginaw, MI 48603-1201
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Saginaw
  • Phone Number: 989-799-9340

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 25
  • Cuisine: Chinese

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine


Open Hours
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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