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Dragonwell Bistro

735 SW First Ave, Portland, OR 97204 (Downtown)
(503) 224-0800
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Ranked #283 of 3,504 restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $30 - $40
Cuisines: Chinese
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Dining options: Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cross street: SW Yamhill
Transit: Conveniently next to the SW Yamhill Max Station in Downtown Portland
Description: Dragonwell Bistro is centrally located in Downtown Portland at SW 1st and Yamhill by next to the MAX Yamhill Station. If you dare, come inside and take a look, this is not your ordinary Chinese Restaurant. when you walk in, you will be greeted with an Upscale Bistro with high ceilings and a full spacious bar along with the Newer decorations Owner Jack Brought back from China. The smell of the food will make you want to sit down, and one taste of any of their popular dishes some of which was brought back by Jack from the 20 years of travelling in China. will keep you coming back time after time. If you are a visit, be sure to flag Jack down to give you some suggested place to go, as he grew up here in Portland but have live in Portland, San Francisco, LA, New York and Asia for the past 20 years. We love visitors, from all over!!
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Edmonton, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

We picked this place off of our map of downtown. We were in the mood for some Chinese food, and we had walked passed this place a couple of times. Our server was super awesome and helped us pick some amazing dishes. I will definitely be going back to this place next time I'm in Portland. I highly recommend the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Dragonwell Bistro is my default go-to location in Portland for lunch. The food always is excellent. I especially recommend the Mongolian Beef and the Dried Sauteed String Beens.

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Coquitlam, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014 via mobile

After reading all the positive reviews about this place here my sister and I decided it would be a fun place to try for my belated birthday dinner in portland. I was so shocked after what a lousy experience we had compared to everyone else reviewing. We went Monday for happy hour, arrive shortly into the start and the place... More

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jcmchu, Owner at Dragonwell Bistro, responded to this review

Hello there, Sorry about you have had a bad experience with Dragonwell. I understand we are not the best taste for everyone, and we sure is not going to be long winded about how many more people that tried our food and like it. But nevertheless, I appreciate you given us a try, and if you think we can do... More

San Diego, CA
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102 reviews 102 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

After reading so many good reviews, 6 of my colleagues (all on a business trip to Vancouver, WA) wanted to try Dragonwell Bistro for lunch to sample the (soup) dumplings (Xiao Long Bao). Because of our relatively long drive from the office to downtown Portland, I called before we left the office for a reservation and asked whether they still... More

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jcmchu, Owner at Dragonwell Bistro, responded to this review

Hi There, I am so sorry about your visit to Dragonwell was not one that is satisfactory. Reading what you gone through will make anyone upset including myself. I apologize for my staff for not giving you the best experience here. Although being in a downtown location, we do get very busy most of the time, since there is not... More

Bethel, Maine
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

The food was good Chinese food and the service was excellent. Our waitress was very helpful with regard to the menu and things to do in Portland. The dumplings are excellent!

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jcmchu, Owner at Dragonwell Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you for your recent visit to Dragonwell. We just take it very personally when one of you is kind enough to give us a review. We hope we took good care of you. And appreciate any suggestion you have for us. Jack Chu Owner, Dragonwell Bistro More

Seattle
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013 via mobile

Very pleasant bistro ambiance with wonderful Asian food, a good selection of wines, friendly and efficient service -- all at a reasonable price. The absence of a sales tax in Portland is always a pleasant surprise.

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jcmchu, Owner at Dragonwell Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your visit. It is clients like you that keep us in our sharp self and make sure you will be back again. If you like a better suggestion of wine. Please let one of us know. We have good selection of local wine if you like to pair them with you meal, just let the... More

Hillsboro, Oregon
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We ate here before a concert at the Rose Garden. They have a really good food selection and the prices are really good. We I had the Salt and Pepper Pawns and they were wonderful! My daughter had the Sesame Chicken and thought it was good too. We each ordered a drink. Be careful, the drinks were really strong! We... More

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jcmchu, Owner at Dragonwell Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your visit to Dragonwell. As we are located in Downtown Portland there are many activities around here. Hope to see you soon! Much appreciate your visit. Jack Chu Owner, Dragonwell Bistro More

Leeds
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98 reviews 98 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

We visited here as it was close to our hotel. Almost immediately we regretted our choice. The service was perfunctory and the atmosphere non existent. We were more or less the only people in. The food was just good enough that you could not complain, but we would not return.

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jcmchu, Owner at Dragonwell Bistro, responded to this review

Hi Dave, I am sorry that you have a bad experience at our restaurant, it means a lot to us when you review us, good or bad, we need to know. You must have came in on Labor Day weekend and being a downtown location, long holiday weekend most of our clients are out of town, thus you do not... More

Portland
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105 reviews 105 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

This was my third visit to Dragonwell. The restaurant is clean and spacious. There are a variety of items on the lunch menu. You will be paying a slightly higher price than for a typical Chinese lunch and there will be no free soup included, but the food it very good. I chose the Mongolian beef on this occasion. The... More

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jcmchu, Owner at Dragonwell Bistro, responded to this review

If you have visited us for the third time, you are really our most valued clients and we want to make sure we treat you right, if there is anything we need improve on, please let us know. Most of our clients here are very health conscious so we make the portion just the right amount. Our hot and sour... More

Boca Raton, Florida
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145 reviews 145 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

Dragonwell Bistro sits alone down by the river in the SW district of Portland, but it is worth a trip for authentic and varied chinese cooking. No MSG, naturally, in this capital of culinary correctness. All of the dishes we tried (mongolian beef, orange chicken, shrimp, dumplings) were very well prepared and promptly served. Our waiter was extremely helpful in... More

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jcmchu, Owner at Dragonwell Bistro, responded to this review

Hi John, Thank you so much for your review. Especially after the review we received before you which denote us in such a bad restaurant. I am so glad that we are giving you a good experience here. When I take a look at your credential, I am more impressed by your review as you are a highly regarded reviewer... More

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