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Kwan Original Cuisine

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835 Commercial St SE, Salem, OR 97302-4107
(503) 362-7711
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11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Sun 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Sat 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Terrible To-Go Experience

Awful. Just, awful. My wife, some friends and myself ordered to go from Kwan's last night and it left something to be desired........a lot of something. I have eaten at this place before a few times and have only thought it average at best. But last night, however, made it clear to never eat here... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Clayton D
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English first
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Awful. Just, awful. My wife, some friends and myself ordered to go from Kwan's last night and it left something to be desired........a lot of something. I have eaten at this place before a few times and have only thought it average at best. But last night, however, made it clear to never eat here again. The soup that came... More 

Thank Clayton D
Gresham, Oregon
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111 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

Kwan's is a historical landmark restaurant for Salem. One of a kind. I give it five stars as we know what good Chinese should be. Others who didn't give it five stars might just want a McDonalds type of Chinese cuisine, or just don't know what real good Chinese food is. But you go, and decide for yourself. Better yet,... More 

Thank thelion44
Salem, Oregon
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

Dingy, dark atmosphere. Staff was average - seemed 1/2 asleep. We ordered bbq pork and it was a small serving slathered in bbq sauce. Too much sauce and too sweet. Hot and sour soup was not great. My wife had egg flower soup and she said it was too salty. Our entree was Kung Po Shrimp and we were disappointed.... More 

Thank John L
Salem, Oregon
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81 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

I have been coming here for many years and I have never been disappointed. Always high quality fresh food! Today I had a huge lunch for 10 dollars!!! Great combination selection!! More than I can eat!

Thank Larry-Lyuba
Salem, Oregon
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54 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

We've been eating at Kwan's for decades. The food is great and the number of options is amazing. They use purified water in their cooking and offer options for all preferences and food allergies. I need Gluten Free and I can trust the food I get here.

Thank Cindi C
Madras, Oregon
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80 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

A friend of mine says that this is the best Chinese restaurant in Salem. I would have to agree that it is quite good. I absolutely fell in love with the pot stickers. They are like no other kind of pot sticker that I have tasted. So soft and delicious! The chef or perhaps the owner came out to greet... More 

Thank jaypoo
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

We have been loyal customers for years. I don't know if Mrs. Kwan and the staff were having a difficult evening, but from the moment we walked in, this was not a good experience. We had to wait 20 minutes for our order to be taken and mine wouldn't have been taken at all if I hadn't stopped the server... More 

1 Thank OregonTransplant12
Fullerton, California
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200 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Decor is like something out of a Quentin Tarantino movie, we were delighted by the giant Buddha in the lobby, and are great fans of the unique and unusual; however, on the day we visited (about 1:30pm on a Sunday) there was a long line as for some reason there was only one person working front of house and she... More 

1 Thank CelineSoCA
Salem, Oregon
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

I've been going to Kwan's for over 30 years. As a young single woman, I would splurge the Friday after payday once a month for dinner out and Kwan's was my favourite place to go as I felt very comfortable there dining alone. He and his wife, Bo, are like old friends. He often suggests a new dish for me... More 

1 Thank Pauline B
Walla Walla, WA
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111 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Strawberry Chicken? I chose the Chop Suey because I like it but I will be back to try some of the other tantalizing items on the menu. The chop suey was filled with interesting vegetables besides the customary celery, onions, bean sprouts, etc. The iced oolong tea was excellent. My son had a szcheuan dish that was also excellent. Mr.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 835 Commercial St SE, Salem, OR 97302-4107
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Salem
  • Phone Number: (503) 362-7711

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8
  • Cuisine: Chinese


Open Hours
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm

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