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Dragonwell Bistro

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735 SW First Ave, Portland, OR 97204 (SW Yamhill)
Conveniently next to the SW Yamhill Max Station in Downtown Portland
(503) 224-0800
Website
Today
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
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
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Description: Dragonwell Bistro is centrally located in Downtown Portland at SW 1st and...
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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  • 42
    Excellent
  • 13
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
After 90 minutes, no food

The title pretty much tells the whole tale. But I want to start out saying that we have been loyal customers to Dragonwell (and back when it was Sungari) for over a decade. But no more. We (4 of us) had reservations for 6:30 on Christmas (our ritual for years). Our table wasn't available when... read more

1 of 5 starsReviewed December 26, 2014
LizPdx
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Portland, OR
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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English first
Portland, OR
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

The title pretty much tells the whole tale. But I want to start out saying that we have been loyal customers to Dragonwell (and back when it was Sungari) for over a decade. But no more. We (4 of us) had reservations for 6:30 on Christmas (our ritual for years). Our table wasn't available when we arrived. Okay, whatever, that... More 

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jcmchu, Owner at Dragonwell Bistro, responded to this review

Hi Liz, First of All, I am so embarrassed that i have to find out about your "terrible experience" here at Dragonwell, I actually was there on Christmas Day (we were completely packed that night) when you and your guests were there. I admit the wait for food was way too long, and if I were you I would do... More 

Amity, Oregon
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

We reserved the signature soup dumplings ahead, only to be told after waiting an hour for food that they were sold out. In fact 3 out of 4 dishes we ordered were not available. The black mushroom Bok Choy had few black mushrooms and mostly regular white button mushrooms, since this was labeled as black mushroom and not mixed, I... More 

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jcmchu, Owner at Dragonwell Bistro, responded to this review

Hi Vikki, I am sorry about your experience on Christmas day was less than perfect, I want to make it up to you so if you come back I make sure I give you the Soup dumpling free of charge when you come back the next visit. On Christmas day we were just super packed with every inch of space... More 

Bartlett, New Hampshire
Top Contributor
94 reviews 94 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Talk about a "funky" Asian place with great food & music in a unpretentious, friendly, atmosphere, Dragonwell Bistro is it! Don't expect to walk into your typical Asian restaurant decorated with all the usual Asian art and lanterns or upscale fine dining. No Sir! It's called a Bistro with a Good Bar & TV, because it is. John, who appeared... More 

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jcmchu, Owner at Dragonwell Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you for a wonderful review, and the details....Wow, we will make sure your suggestion is well taken in. Hope to see you back to see us soon. Regards, Jack and Annie Chu Owner More 

Portland, Oregon
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

We ate at Dragonwell Bistro before a concert at the Keller Center. It was our first time at the restaurant. It was quiet (which was nice). We were there around 5pm on a Saturday. The service was excellent. They found our reservation quickly and sat us at a table we requested. The server was very nice and helpful. He gave... More 

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jcmchu, Owner at Dragonwell Bistro, responded to this review

Hi Heather, Sorry about the delay in reply back to you. Hope you had another chance to come back to visit us. We are glad your experience was great and if not, I want to know about it, please email me at: jack@dragonwellbistro.com I am not always at the restaurant but if you are here next time, please ask the... More 

Vancouver, Canada
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Had a wonderful time at Dragonwell - if you like asian fusion food, I would highly recommend this spot to you.

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jcmchu, Owner at Dragonwell Bistro, responded to this review

Hi Joe, Thank you so much for coming all the way from Vancouver Canada to visit us. We are so glad we can take care of you and your palate. Hope you see you around the next time you are back in town. Your comments are highly appreciated. Regards, Jack and Annie Chu Owner More 

San Francisco, California
Top Contributor
117 reviews 117 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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jcmchu, Owner at Dragonwell Bistro, responded to this review

hI Brent, Thank you for your great review. We are constantly strife to make things better, and love any suggestion you can give. Hope to see you back soon. Regards, Jack and Annie Chu Owner More 

Portland, Oregon
Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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jcmchu, Owner at Dragonwell Bistro, responded to this review

Hey Steve, Thank you so much for your review, I apologize for getting back to you late, but it is better late than never I believe. Anyway, I appreciate your comments and hope to see you back again soon. Please ask for me, Jack the next time you are here so we can exchange notes. Take care! Regards, Jack and... More 

Pinehurst, North Carolina
1 review
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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Annapolis
Top Contributor
172 reviews 172 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
109 helpful votes 109 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
Top Contributor
127 reviews 127 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 735 SW First Ave, Portland, OR 97204
    (SW Yamhill)
  • Public Transportation: Conveniently next to the SW Yamhill Max Station in Downtown Portland
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Portland>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: (503) 224-0800

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 40
  • Cuisine: Chinese

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining

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!!
Open Hours
Sunday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?