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Forbidden City Chinese Restaurant

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4024 Bay Road, Saginaw, MI 48603-1201
+1 989-799-9340
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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16 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016 via mobile

I've been coming to Forbidden City since I was a small child. Their quality food has stayed consistent all these years. My family loves this restaurant.

Thank AnnieTapp
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2016 via mobile

I love this place. The food and service is wonderful. I also love the fact that there are no televisions. I am so tired of TV noise in the background when I'm visiting with my dinner partners. So this place is refreshing.

Thank Herta100
Haslett, Michigan
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203 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2016

Even if you love onions you will NOT like the dishes here. They are over loaded with ONIONS !! It was in the past a great place to eat. We will not be back.

Thank 515any
Saginaw, Michigan
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12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2016 via mobile

This is a full service Chinese restaurant. By that I mean they do a big carry-out trade but it is also a comfortable place for dinner and drinks. I love the lemon chicken and the Forbidden City shrimp.

1 Thank Marley T
Lafayette, Indiana
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83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2016

Family favorite - Sizzling rice soup is difficult to find in many restaurants because its labor intensive. But this restaurant always have the authentic soup and our other entrees were just as good. My only suggestion is to offer brown rice, along with the white steamed rice. Their version of brown rice has peas, carrots, etc. Each of us ordered... More 

Thank WillowIN54
Flint, mi
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2016

This place is "Old School" Chinese dining. If you remember eating upscale Chinese food in the 1970s era, you don't need a "time machine" to re-live this experience. Unfortunately the dinner prices here have jumped to 2025 levels. The portions are smallish, however back in the 1970s meals were not ginormous like everyplace serves now. If you come on a... More 

Thank flintjarvis
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49 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2016 via mobile

Love both the shrimp fried rice & pepper steak. These are usually the only 2 items I will order from any Chinese restaurant. My wife enjoys orange chicken. Forbidden City has been in Saginaw in the same location for over 25 years, so they must be doing something right!

Thank jeffrey l
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2015 via mobile

Food has been up and down over the decades it's been in business. But my recent visit was great. I had ginger and garlic dish that was great. Could taste the fresh ginger. Granted it may not be your thing, but they use good ingredients and the food tastes great. The decor hasn't changed a bit. Like coming home.

Thank chuckwagon524
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2015 via mobile

I have been coming here since I was a child. One can always count on great food. The shrimp with green peas has always been my favorite. Try an authentic dish from the Korean menu. You won't be disappointed.

Thank AnnieTapp
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12 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2015

dishes here are unique and taste good - like the soup, the tea, and the traditional Chinese dishes will go again

Thank Margaret J

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $25
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 9:00 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 - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4024 Bay Road, Saginaw, MI 48603-1201
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Saginaw
  • Phone Number: +1 989-799-9340

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?