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Forbidden City Chinese Restaurant

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4024 Bay Rd, Saginaw, MI 48603-1201
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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All hours
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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Haslett, Michigan
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212 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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.

Thank Marley T
Lafayette, Indiana
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106 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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 JulieIN54
Flint, mi
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1,058 reviews
734 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 515 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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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46 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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 stars 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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28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

First time to this restaurant and was greeted by a very friendly lady. Good, prompt and friendly service. Loved the oriental decor and the food was delicious. We had the Mongolian Beef and Chicken which was spicy and delicious. Would definitely return on our next visit to Saginaw.

Thank Anne Marie C
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119 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015 via mobile

We love this place the sizzling rice soup is the best. Moo shue pork I could eat every day. The food is fresh and hot when you get it. This is a regular for us.

Thank kellie-jo

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $25
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
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 Rd, Saginaw, MI 48603-1201
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Saginaw
  • Phone Number: 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?