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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
Closed now
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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: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Wonderful old school American Chinese...

If you are looking for old school American Chinese, or are on a special diet like gluten free... If you are concerned about having MSG in your food, this is definitely the place to go. This is great American Chinese comfort food, complete with associate atmosphere. American Chinese has it's own... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Lorre R
Salem, Oregon
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Salem, Oregon
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are looking for old school American Chinese, or are on a special diet like gluten free... If you are concerned about having MSG in your food, this is definitely the place to go. This is great American Chinese comfort food, complete with associate atmosphere. American Chinese has it's own culinary history. Many times people confuse different types of... More 

Thank Lorre R
Salem, Oregon
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

I believe that a good Chinese restaurant should have an outstanding Hot and Sour soup as this is a complex dish and to me, is a good indication of the quality of the food. Well, I never had a sweet, hot and sour soup and it was not hot or tasty. When your tastebuds are craving spicy and sour, and... More 

Thank Joesgurl1
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3 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

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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112 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 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 

1 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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91 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015 via mobile

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!

1 Thank Larry-Lyuba
Salem, Oregon
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56 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 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.

1 Thank Cindi C
Madras, Oregon
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81 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 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 

1 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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208 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 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

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