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Dragonwell Bistro

735 SW First Ave, Portland, OR 97204 (Downtown)
(503) 224-0800
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Ranked #256 of 3,552 Restaurants in Portland
Price range: $30 - $40
Sun 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Sat 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Cuisines: Chinese
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Dining options: Reservations, 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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San Francisco, California
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97 reviews 97 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014 via mobile

We stumbled on this place and ran it through trip advisor and found it was highly rated. We were not at all disappointed. The food was fresh and served hot. Great complexities of flavor. We were very pleased.

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Portland, Oregon
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We have been to Dragonwell several times but I thought I'd write a quick review since it is one of my favorite places in Portland. First of all, the Xia Long Bao is amazing (exactly like I experienced in Shanghai)! This is a must-have app if you've never tried it. For dinner we had string beans, sesame beef and General... More

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Pinehurst, North Carolina
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

We went to the Dragonwell with some reservation based on the mixed reviews. We hadn't had good Chinese food in a while and were looking forward to it. The Dragonwell did not disappoint. We had a simply wonderful meal here! Our server was attentive and personable. The food was delicious, served promptly, and piping hot. The room was very attractive... More

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152 reviews 152 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We went to Dragonwell Bistro late on a Tuesday evening. We had checked out TA for a decently reviewed restaurant close to our hotel and this seemed to fit the bill. The service was good. We had an interesting Joto Sake Flight which allowed us to try the differences in the Sakes. My partner ordered the Lion's Head which was... More

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Leominster, Massachusetts
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127 reviews 127 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

After two weeks vacationing in Oregon and eating at mostly craft beer pubs, we decided we wanted a little something different. Dragonwell Bistro fit the bill perfectly. Our food was flavorful and you could tell they used homemade ingredients throughout from the dumplings to the noodles. The Xia Long Bao dumplings were excellent (and unique). The service was very attentive.... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

This place was across from our hotel and we were wandering exhausted that night looking for food. The menu had all sorts of unique options and the staff were very friendly. It was not very busy the entire weekend we were in town but it should be. We shared a plate of shrimp that were cooked in green tea! It... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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41 reviews 41 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

This was a random dinner choice, and we could not have been happier. Dragonwell makes all of its own noodles, and the difference is marked! Chicken lo mein was fresh, light and full of vegetables and bits of chicken. The pan fried Ravioli were amazing, the dough was a delicious, and the filling flavorful. Sesame Beef was literally the best... More

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Phoenix, AZ
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67 reviews 67 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

Went for happy hour but ordered from happy hour menu and dinner menu. Our selections were quite varied, delicious and well prepared/presented. The young lady who served us was very well acquainted with all the menu items and made great selections. I would suggest you try the dessert menu as it has some delicious offerings. A Portland treasure.

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Edmonton, Canada
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

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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