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Dragonwell Bistro

#430 of 3,345 Restaurants in Portland
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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
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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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: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Pleasant twist on what we tend to get in the UK

An enjoyable meal, where we ordered too much and took the rest away in cardboard boxes to eat for breakfast :-) Similar but pleasantly different from UK Chinese fayre.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 4, 2015
Nathanmackenziehobbs
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English first
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24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

An enjoyable meal, where we ordered too much and took the rest away in cardboard boxes to eat for breakfast :-) Similar but pleasantly different from UK Chinese fayre.

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Fresno, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

When traveling, we visited here several years ago and loved it. We made sure to come again when in Portland for several days. We were so disappointed. We eat earlier than most people, so . . getting a table of our choice was easy. The host was very pleasant and accommodating (5 stars) - and then it went downhill. We... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Dinner is a bit more pricey, but it looks more reasonable then I remember it. Some tasty choices, such as Basil Chicken.

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Lompoc, California
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015 via mobile

Great food great prices. Place is very nice, friendly staff, fast service. Loved the sesame chicken!!

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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

We were taking mass transit in a trip to Portland--it had been slow all day because of the Rose Festival. We were at the Yamhill District red line stop, which was delayed, and wandered in. It made the day much better--the music and atmosphere was very relaxing, the serving sizes were fairly large, the prices were good. The server ran... More 

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San Francisco
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

I was expecting a better experience after reading recommended reviews. Dragonwell is a typical Chinese food restaurant in a lovely setting. The portions are ample so there is plenty for take away. I do like the fact that you get a healthy portion of broccoli with a vegetarian dish. Usually, I have to ask for double broccoli or vegetables with... More 

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Gresham, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

I am not a huge fan of Chinese food, but if I go for Chinese or my friends want to go, this is where I recommend in the Southwest downtown area 1 block from the water front park right by the outbound Yamhill Max stop. The outside is not pretentious and you hardly know it's there. But when you get... More 

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Portland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

This is a great happy hour spot. The prices are decent, and the food is worth stopping for. If you like a little kick in your food the salt and pepper calamari is the best. If you don't work downtown and are not walking I find there is usually parking on the street. But remember to feed the meter. There... More 

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Tacoma, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Actually we ended up here totally by accident due to GPS mix up. We saw that it had good reviews but were skeptical when went in and it was almost empty. Realizing we it was still early we ordered. I don't like pot stickers as rule these were huge and sooo yummy, we also ordered their specialty pork dumplings with... More 

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Carlton, Oregon
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

We tried this place tonight since it's in our neighborhood and had a higher rating on google than a very well regarded restaurant across town ... what a mistake! The dumplings were soggy and flavorless, and the Ma Po tofu had no Ma (sichuan peppercorns) and very little La (chilis) ... I've had this dish over 100 times, including in... 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
  • Price Range: $ $ $
  • 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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