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Dragonwell Bistro

735 SW First Ave, Portland, OR 97204 (Downtown)
(503) 224-0800
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Ranked #236 of 3,548 restaurants in Portland
Price range: $30 - $40
Cuisines: Chinese
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Restaurant details
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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English first
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142 reviews 142 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

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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128 reviews 128 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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
21 helpful votes 21 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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Coquitlam, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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106 reviews 106 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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
13 helpful votes 13 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

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