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“Amazing Asian Restaurant” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Dragonwell Bistro

Dragonwell Bistro
735 SW First Ave, Portland, OR 97204 (Downtown)
(503) 224-0800
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Ranked #217 of 3,541 restaurants in Portland
Price range: $30 - $40
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!!
Washington, DC
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Amazing Asian Restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

We stopped at Dragonwell after walking around in Portland, tired and in need of food. The restaurant was preparing for a private function later in the afternoon, but they were happy to seat us. The food was excellent - among the best Asian food I've ever had. The service was great, and the owner came over to talk about the restaurant. Definitely a place to go again.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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jcmchu, Owner at Dragonwell Bistro, responded to this review, December 9, 2012
I am happy that we took good care of you. We are constantly trying hard to improve ourself so that clients like you will return and you will feel good to refer your friends. We want our customer visit us to have the best dinning experience and we will not stop trying. Thank you for your report card, we appreciate your visit and hope to see you or your friends visiting us soon.
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English first
Enterprise, Oregon
1 review
“Best Chinese Food Ever!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

Until a few days ago, the best Chinese food I'd ever eaten was 41 years ago in Japan, but that changed when my wife and I had dinner at Dragonwell Bistro. Everything was cooked perfectly and the presentation lovely. Dessert? You're not going to get a Fortune Cookie here! They have several to choose from and I had the ginger custard... it was wonderful! You owe it to yourself to have a meal here.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Portland, Oregon
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Best Chinese food ever!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

Tastiest, most perfectly spiced Chinese food I've ever had. Visiting Portland for the first time and was delighted to find this place. Menu is topped off with incredible Chinese desserts. This is a must-try experience!

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Ellicott City, Maryland
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Just add customers”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

Visited Dragonwell Bistro and had the best experience. They had a "happy hour" menu - small plates which was amazing. The dumplings were good, lettuce wraps, general tso - not to sweet but oh so flavorful - the salt & pepper squid (calamari) was the best I have ever eaten - cooked perfectly.
Our server was very helpful helping us choose our food and took time to chat with us. The only thing
missing were customers. With food and service this good - where is everybody?

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Disappointing.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

Despite being almost empty, service was neglectful at best. Where did they go?? Sorry to do them the favor of eating there. Food wasn't,t that great and what else did they have to do.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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