Seres Restaurant and Bar
Seres Restaurant and Bar

Seres Restaurant and Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://seresrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 9712227327
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
  • Executive Chef: Jun R. Tan
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please call for catering/event information

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 11th and Lovejoy
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Portland Streetcar -
    NW 11th & Marshall Southbound
A word from Seres Restaurant and Bar
Seres Chinese Restaurant features fresh, natural, whole ingredients. Seres’ dishes feature naturally raised meats with no hormones and no antibiotics; sustainably-caught or naturally-raised seafood, and fresh, locally made bean curd from Portland’s own OTA Tofu. Extensive Gluten-Free options.
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Seres Restaurant and Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
18 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food3.9
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
20% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (7)good for groups (6)great for lunch (4)neighborhood gem (4)kid-friendly (1)great for outdoor dining (1)romantic (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Interesting and tasty
    YumasteVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Seres is a solid restaurant with nice modern décor. The entrees were tasty, contemporary and interesting. The vege spring rolls were the only dish we had that was mediocre.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worst Asian Food ever
    DebaVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We started with the hot and sour soup. It was in a heavy beef broth (think authentic Frnch Onion soup). Salty but otherwise tasteless. We asked for vinegar to give it some flavour. None of us could finish it. Sweet and sour pork was giant deep fried balls of gummy dough circa 1950's. They were inedible and I was too busy spitting them out to notice the sauce. The spicy lamb with pancakes was cooked in what tasted like a super salty Jerk sauce. The pancakes were actually 8 inch tortillas (looked like they were straight from a bag). The wrapped the lamb up burrito style. Barely edible. And finally the Prawns. The Mandarin sauce was as close to catsup as possible. The prawns, however, were perfectly cooked.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Upscale Asian
    lemons4uVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    In a area of Portland that lacks Chinese restaurants, Seres is a gem. Food is creative and portions are generous. Lots of variety including lamb dishes, as well as the traditional chicken, beef and seafood. Some entrees are vegetarian. The staff is more than willing to explain how each dish is created. Loved the pot stickers, but the crab filled wontons were cold in the inside. Decor is sophisticated and modern. We will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Chinese
    11goose19VIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Last time I ate at Seres was when it was Sungari Pearl. There were many lunch option to choose from. My group of seven ordered 7 different lunch dishes and each was reported to be tasty and just the right amount of spice heat and quantity. Service was attentive. Overall a very good lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Portland Chinese Restaurant
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I've had several dinners here and I'm always please with the freshness of the ingredients and the flavors. The Moo Shu Pork, prepared table side is excellent. The scallops were the best I've ever tasted, tender and flavorful.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food, slow service
    PdxLinEats
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Overall my visit to Seres was middle of the road. The food was pretty good - I appreciated the fresh, quality ingredients. The fried rice dishes could have used a bit more flavor, but I was still impressed overall with the food. The service however, was poor. Slow service, missing server and long wait times diminished the experience overall. I haven't found a great chinese restaurant, so I may go back to Seres again to give it another chance.
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  • Disappointed
    BonnieP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We had not been here in awhile and were disappointed in our food. I asked the waiter if there was a new owner or chef and he said no. At that point I thought possibly they had a fill-in for the night. The food was okay but with all the great food in the city of Portland, I would go someplace else.
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  • Overpriced
    RickVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Service nice. Restaurant nice. Food was like a Panda Express - at least the 5 items we ordered. House Noodles smothered in a heavy dark sauce. Generals chicken was more breaded than Popeye's chicken. Broccoli was ho-hum. Apps were so-so. Ok if it was a $50 meal, but it was a $100 meal. Will never ever go again. Will recommend against it. Need better cooks.
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  • kinda boring
    boring
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Food was good not great. drinks were fun not fabulous. expensive. boring atmosphere with no music to be heard. ghost town on sat night.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice alternative
    Ryanxl
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Was arranging a group dinner and looking for something different and this fit the bill. We tried a number of appetizers and dishes family style and most was very good. The General Tso was a little disappointing, but everything else was very good. Nice location with plenty of street parking.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Food
    PDXfoodie
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    An outstanding variety of fresh, delicious foods. We've been there many times and the quality of food is consistently good. The Mongolian Beef always draws us back!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 7 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 51 reviews are from the Seres Restaurant and Bar reviews archive.
  • Prom Night Dinner
    freerun9716
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    I have been to Seres several times before, but the night I went was really special because it was PROM! :) The food was really delicious; I ordered the sesame chicken and my date ordered the sweet and sour pork. Everything went really well and after dinner, the waitress gave us a complementary dessert which was really nice. I would recommend Seres to anyone looking for a unique location and delicious food!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Chinese food!
    LaxLass
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Seres is a "go-to" Chinese restaurant where the quality and variety of offerings are excellent. There are offerings on the menu not offered elsewhere. Definitely worth a trip!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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  • Fantastic
    MichelinStarHunterVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    I live in Chinatown, San Francisco, and this place truly serves authentic food. It's probably the best Chinese food in Portland. You will definitely find cheaper Chinese food along 82nd Ave., but here you'll get what you pay for. The orange chicken was top quality (no wasteful, pasty dough here) and the string beans were tops. I wish there was an extra menu for lunch on the weekend...unless that was their lunch menu, and if it was, the dishes ranged in the teens; pricey. Still, I should come back for dinner. Loved it, loved it, loved it!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My "Peking Duck" Destination
    Avic
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Great place to eat, wonderful ambience. Located in the Pearl District, it's truly accessible. Peking Duck was delicious & served mess-free. You gotta try it! Vegetables were cooked to perfection. A friend of mine have not tried baby bok-choy so that's what we ordered & she loved it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Best Chinese food in Portland
    Beninpdx
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    This is by far the best Chinese food in Portland. If you like overcooked and soggy veggies , deep fried, greasy ,heartburn in a box Chinese then this isn't for you.! Everything is fresh, amazing flavors and you will not need to take rolaid when done! Try the Buddha's Feast with a glass of White wine. (My favorite)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's a terrific place for
    Judy
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    It's a terrific place for Happy Hour. Good little plates, both meat and vegetable. We have been many times as we have friends who live nearby.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    Jules
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    Had a family dinner here for my son's 28th birthday. Great food, and especially great service. Thanks Seres!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, amazingly slow service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We enjoyed all of the food at Seres, but were blown away by the lack of servers/staff at the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Give it a try!
    Rick
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    We are new to Oregon and decided to give this a try in spite of some bad reviews on yelp. Let me keep it short just give it a try because it is a great place. Beware the dishes the serve are big.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • appetizers, wontons and potstickers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    appetizers, wontons and potstickers were tasty. Sweet and sour chicken was a bit crunchy but had a good flavor. The service was a bit slow, especially the time to get our bill. No fortune cookies at end of the meal - is that out of style now? Good but not great meal. Won't rule it out for another try, but not high on list to return.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place for dinner
    Len23
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    Like a quiet place where the food is well sourced with great ingredients and great service.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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  • Great atmosphere & excellent food!
    Steve
    Dined on 1/27/2014
    We sat in a private booth and looked out at the vibrant street scene on NW Lovejoy. Our server was knowledgeable and made some very choice recommendations for a new dish for us to try along with the right bottle of wine that went extremely well with our entire dinner. I would definitely recommend Seres to anyone looking for a great dinner (bonus that it's the most delicious Chinese food I have ever eaten) with a great atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Portland Chinese
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 1/6/2014
    Best Chinese Food in Portland. Fresh ingredients and great flavors.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Year's Day, 2014
    RtinocVIP
    Dined on 1/1/2014
    We were extremely impress with the quality of the food. Presentation flavors. Best Chinese we've had in a very long time.Service was good too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still like small plates better
    vanfoodie
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Service was excellent as always. We love their food, but we were kind of disappointed to find out that they didn't have happy hour menu (small plates) due to holiday season (New Year's Eve). We like to order many different dishes. All the items we ordered were pretty good. Our favorites that night were hot & sour soup and scallion pancake. We didn't care for chicken with young ginger, both taste and texture were a bit strange for us (It was the first time we ordered). We also ordered sauteed eggplant with garlic, dry green bean, scallop with black bean sauce and Seres fried rice (which had shrimp, pork and chicken). There were three of us. I guess we ordered too much. Somewhat the taste was a bit off (either salty or bland) that night.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprise, merry Christmas!
    Scarlatti0521
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    Got a $25 dollar gift certificate on Christmas Day! We were the last couple (as always) and were with our three-year-old daughter, who was enjoying wearing her sparkly dress and doing spins in their foyer, at about 10 o'clock in the evening. When I asked why, the hostess said because of her and pointed to my daughter and smiled. Up until that point I had not been very satisfied with the customer service, but that instantly made up for it. We had The pressed duck, the sea scallops, and also noodles with chicken beef and pork. The cocktails were very finely crafted, my husband's date bourbon was delicious but strong.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • so-so for christmas
    Frenchie
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    i loved the idea of going to a chinese restaurant for christmas dinner. i wanted to have as unchristmas a holiday as possible. SERES was in the pearl and offered a menu with organic means and fresh ingedients. it sounded perfect. unfortunately not quite so perfect when we arrived. we were only two and seating for two-tops is limited. we finally setlled on a table close to the front and were constantly chilled by cold air coming in from the large front door. i had to eat with my coat on. the food was a notch up and my chicken and broccoli felt fresh and perfecctly done. lots of brocooli (cooked to perfection) and declicious chicken also excellent duck salad rools. i'd give it an A- for food and a D for ambience.
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    good for groups, kid-friendly
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  • Good food, overbooked on Xmas Eve
    mvivace
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    This may be an outlier experience as we went on Christmas Eve. We were seated 45 minutes late for our reservation. Food was good but Seres was overtaxed by the numbers of people they were trying to serve. Next year: Hire some extra staff on special days.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Chinese Food in PDX
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    Fresh crisp and tasty. Excellent Moo Shu and tender scallops.
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    neighborhood gem, good for groups
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  • Nice dinner at Seres...
    DebiVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2013
    Had a really good experience at Seres. The restaurant is nice and open. Service was good, a tad slow but very attentive and we liked all of our dishes. The prices are reasonable and portions are just right. Pot stickers were especially good!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Chineese Food in the Pearl
    LovejacksonVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2013
    I had dinner there two nights ago and think it is the best Chinese food I have had in some time. The starters were average but the main dinners were very good. The service was attentive and overall a good experience. We will go back.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • good chinese in Portland
    jillandamyVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2013
    this is one of a hand full of good Chinese in Portland. It's a little spendy for what you get ($3 for a single cup of rice) but the food is good and drinks too. Service better than most Chinese places I've been. Easy to find and plenty of street parking.
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    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing Special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/18/2013
    The quality of the meal, particularly the appetizers, was no better than what fast-food Chinese restaurants for less. The chicken in lettuce wraps amounted to chopped chicken in a gooey flavorless cornstarch mixture. This was a recommendation by the waiter. The pork was like leather. The menu selections were pedestrian. Nothing I could see was innovative with respect to ingredients or preparation. I would not return or recommend this place to anyone. Low point of my trip to Portland.
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  • Waiting, waiting
    TheExperienceVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2013
    Upon arrival there was no one at the hostess desk, staff was sitting at a table but ignored the front desk area..Someone came out of the back and seated the party ahead of us who were also waiting. After 3 minutes or so, a kitchen member came out to offer assistance. Great we were seated, now the real wait, after 15 minutes! (our res was for 6, seated at 6:07, it was now 6:25) staff came as we leave. He was not a waiter?? Anyway, we tried several different dishes, not great. Pieces of chicken are too large for bites, they don't give you a knife. Pork fried rice not on menu, no almond or cashew chicken. The salt & pepper chicken was good, but very dry. Tables are to small for Chinese food as I always order for take home.. Find another place!
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  • Best Chinese food in Portland,
    hgwpdxVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2013
    Best Chinese food in Portland, lovely setting, great staff, very good wine list by the glass.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • new place
    ladyj
    Dined on 7/14/2013
    We were given a gift card and found that we enjoyed the food and ambiance.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow! The scallop and crab
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 5/25/2013
    Wow! The scallop and crab fried rice was outstanding! Nice and quiet while we were there for lunch great food and service, will certainly return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Chinese food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    Fresh, delicious Chinese food. Sizzling soup is a great starter. Sesame beef is the best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food, great service,
    diner1361
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    great food, great service, always a delight. I dont go there often enough!
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