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Pearl Dragon

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18 Eastern Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea SS1 2ER, England
01702 613468
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12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 105
    Excellent
  • 36
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
a legend for Southenders

Chinese dining in style , this highly rated eaterie is legendary in Southend for ultra high class chinese food with superb service. Tip , book before you visit , partes love the large corner table with it's lazy susan. The duck is to die for.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Terence B
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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Pearl dragon express used to be the best Chinese, ever. However recently it's gone so down hill, the crispy shredded beef isn't crispy at all, it's tough and chewy. The Hong Kong style chicken is also hard and tough and the shredded chicken chow mein just taste like grease. It never used to be like this. Also it now come... More 

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Thank Rachaellodge
Essex
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14 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Went out with friends to the Pearl Dragon, they had all eaten there before I hadn't, we were meet at the door and shown to our table on the 1st floor, seated in the window. We were given prawn crackers and chilly dip and left to decide on the food. We did spend a long time deciding on what to... More 

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Thank 72pj
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Me and my partner get takeaways fairly regularly from peal dragon express but what I realise is the food is slowly deteriorating and portion size's getting smaller. Not cheap either. I've got duck a few times and there has only been a few pieces mostly peppers and onion (bulking in up) and the duck mainly fat and gristle. Also there... More 

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Thank jubjubellis
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Chinese dining in style , this highly rated eaterie is legendary in Southend for ultra high class chinese food with superb service. Tip , book before you visit , partes love the large corner table with it's lazy susan. The duck is to die for.

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Thank Terence B
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

The friendly and hardworking staff served a delightful set banquet meal and created a great party atmosphere. A wonderful way to see out the year. Well done and thank you to everyone involved.

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Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

We are regular customers to Pearl Dragon and cannot reiterate how this is by far the best dim sum restaurant I have ever eaten in. I never feel the need to start name dropping and hoping people think I'm seasonly well travelled however I have eaten dim sum in some of the best establishments in Asia, North America and London... More 

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1 Thank Harry M
Kissimmee, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

Our Chinese restaurant of choice in Southend had been Mr Ping in Thorpe Bay, but after a few not-so-great meals there we decided to try somewhere different. Following the good reviews on TripAdvisor, we settled on Pearl Dragon and were not disappointed. Unlike the report of a previous reviewer, we had no problem making a telephone reservation. The service was... More 

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Thank Robin B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015 via mobile

Reception is very kind. Got a table without booking even on Christmas eve. Food is fantastic, overall very great place! Prices are reasonable and definitely I wish to visit this place agen :)

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Thank JKKJ07
London
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

Nice food, good choices, quick and accommodating service. Families are welcomed, even some boisterous juniors are tolerated by the service staff. It's just a pity they do not work more on the inspection score, it SHOULD be higher, check Southend on sea restaurant ratings by local authority online.

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Thank kellyrochford
Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015 via mobile

Tonight's meal at the pearl Dragon was out of this world. The best meal I've had in a very long time. The service was second to none. I would highly recommend this restaurant. Worth every penny.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 18 Eastern Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea SS1 2ER, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Essex  >  Southend-on-Sea
  • Phone Number: 01702 613468

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 29 - 69
  • Cuisine: Chinese, Asian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
12:30 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?