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Fri, 4/20
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Dragonwell Bistro

4.1
157 reviews
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$30 and under
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Chinese
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Growing up among the clatter of silverware and plates in his parents’ restaurants, owner Jack Chu went off to China to work as a Business Consultant after he earned his MBA. There, he tasted authentic Chinese food in various regions. When he moved back to Portland with his wife, they opened Dragonwell Bistro. In the restaurant, large, arched windows stretch from the floor to the exposed rafters, allowing natural light to bring to life the color of dishes arranged artfully on plates. Chef Chen draws upon decades of experience as he forges sweet and savory sauces, such as a combination of champagne and orange juice destined to glaze lightly battered chicken; or sautéed shrimps with fresh Dragonwell loose leaf green tea from Hangzhou, China. Traditional steamed dumplings, Xiao Long Bao are freshly made from stratch each morning. Daily happy hour offers local wine, sake, ginger-infused vodka, and green-tea liqueur add exotic twists to cocktails.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Chinese
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–8:30 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
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Phone number
(503) 224-0800
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Payment options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
We will transform our dining room into a venue for all of your special event: corporate meetings, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, and retirement. Catered and hosted by our professional dining room staff and bartender. Customized menus for sit down dinning or buffet options available to fit every different needs and budget. Call us today at 503.224.0800 or email us at info@dragonwellbistro.com and let us help you make plans for an unforgettable experience at the Dragonwell Bistro!
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Catering
Whether you are looking to cater a corporate function or hosting a private party in the comfort of your home, Dragonwell Bistro will deliver in the Portland metropolitan area. A 24 hour advance notice is appreciated. A $100 minimum is required.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
SW Yamhill
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Parking details
Street Meters & Surrounding Parking Lots
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Public transit
Conveniently next to the SW Yamhill Max Station in Downtown Portland
Additional
Bar Dining, Delivery, Fireplace, Happy Hour, High Tea, Private Room, Takeout
What 157 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined on February 20, 2018

The Asian food at Dragonwell is excellent, and at reasonable prices. They had a Chinese special for the Chinese New Year that was wonderful.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Great experience as always.

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

Excellent. Not your average Chinese fare - subtly flavoured as you would expect from authentic Cantonese. This was a real find. Having lived in Asia and travelled extensively in China and surrounding areas we rarely seek Chinese in the US, particularly Portland, but we were fed up of microbrew and gastropub food and contemporary American fare. Found the place on OT, convenient to our downtown hotel. Unassuming place but really great Cantonese food! Melanie our waitperson was very welcoming and social - great story teller. Food was excellent. We started with Xiao Long Bao and a couple of soups. Followed up with the Cantonese General Tso’s Chicken and Spinach and Garlic with Singapore Rice Noodles. We will definitely go back. Sit by the window and watch the cars go the wrong way up SW 1st Street!

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4.0Dined on January 20, 2018

You can expect classic Szechwan-style dishes without the overwhelming heat sometimes found in this genre. Everything on the menu here is consistently good in city that sadly has very few good Chinese options. Some of the standout main courses are the Jade Scallops severed in a decadent crabmeat sauce and their veggie cousin Jade Tofu that offers scallop-like tofu medallions in a umami-rich portobello sauce. Both are served on a discreet bed of spinach hence the Jade moniker. The two recommended starters are scallion pancakes always properly done with crispy exterior and soft center, and sesame noodles (cold or hot) that have a nutlicous blend of peanut and tahini in the sauce. Recommended sides are the gon-bon eggplant – batter fried cutlets in a rich-sweetish brown sauce, and the uber-garliky dry-sauted string-beans. The latter are properly hot-oil blistered before saucing with the typical soy-chili-garlic glaze.

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

We stopped in at 8 pm on New Years Eve for our traditional Chinese dinner. The place was busy but not jammed. They are not normally open on Sunday night, but they were open that Sunday for the holiday. The atmosphere was very pleasant. We like casual places, and we felt very comfortable there in street clothes, but we also saw people dressed for New Years parties later that night. The food was very good, and we really enjoyed our dinner. The service was good, not great. I think that they were light-handed on a Sunday night since they usually are not open. My only complaint is that they were closing at 9 pm as is their customary 'weekday' closing, and the staff was already in major shut down mode at 8:45 pm. I fully appreciate that this was not a normal night to be open, and they likely had other places to be for New Year's parties, etc. I would have expected tables to be bused, etc., but there were many tables that had been put together for larger parties, and the staff was lifting and pulling them into place all around us while we, and several other customers were still dining. It would have been great if the 'heavy lifting could have waited until 9:00 pm or even 9:15 pm. Despite that, we had a good time and would recommend this restaurant to others.

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1.0Dined on December 26, 2017

In top 3 of worst service ever. Too bad cause food was good. Waiter didn't tell us meatball dish was actually soup and let us order soup in addition too. Took 40 minutes to get order in 1/2 empty restaurant on a Tuesday Waiter didn't ask us if we wanted rice when he took order, we requested rice when dishes brought to table, it never came never saw waiter again until 30 later, w/out rice and asked if he could get us anything else! And we were charged for rice plus 2nd soup which also never came! We were party of 2. Can get better service for less

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1.0Dined on December 25, 2017

If I could give zero stars I would. Very long story short- ruined our Christmas dinner.

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5.0Dined on December 25, 2017

Kevin was an amazing server! Love him so much. The food was incredible, especially the Xiao Ling Bao.

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4.0Dined on December 25, 2017

Went for Xmas day. Had a reservation so there was no wait. Food was great. Service was slow but to be fair, they were busy and needed more staff. Even so, waitress was upbeat and knew the menu well.

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4.0Dined on December 25, 2017

There was a bit of a snafu - My original reservation was at 4:00, then I changed it to 4:15 and the restaurant didn't get the revised time for my arrival. Since it was Christmas, they were very busy and the hostess was rattled. She seated us, but asked us to leave by 6:00 because they needed our table. At 6:00 we were still waiting for our desserts, so we were upset when the hostess asked us to leave. Our server and manager were very nice about it and made sure we knew we were important, and the evening was abnormally chaotic because of the holiday. Overall, the experience and the food were good - we had the shrimp, vegetable lo mein, broccoli beef and combination fried rice. We tried four of the desserts, including the sesame balls upon our server's recommendation. The sesame balls were hot and amazing and the vegan chocolate ice cream was delicious. I'd definitely go back, but stick with my original reservation time.

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

Order the soup dumplings every visit - only wish they had a few more varieties. Tried the orange chicken this visit also, liked the mandarin orange flavor a lot. Kung Pao chicken a bit to simple on ingredients for my taste but overall really enjoyable dining there.

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2017

Had a great time at Dragonwell Bistro. I took my partner there for her birthday. I asked for a nice table and I got one. Server was awesome as was the food. Can't wait to have their orange chicken again.

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4.0Dined on November 14, 2017

While I made the reservation for 1 p.m., my plans changed and I walked in at noon. There was no problem getting seated and I was given a window view, My apologies, I do not recall my server’s name however she was enthusiastic and helpful. All dishes are cooked to order; this means a bit more time with the flexibility of leaving items out. The twice fried pork dish, minus bell peppers, was a perfect lunch all by it self. Choice of white or brown rice a good touch. There was some confusion at the end over paying and receiving change however it was cleared up with thoughtful apologies by the staff involved. All in all, a good first experience and I wouldn’t mind going back to sample other dishes.

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5.0Dined on October 21, 2017

This was a great find. We had a large group, all visitors to the area, and the restaurant was wonderful. Food was excellent, service exceptional, and we all had a great time. I will definitely come back next time I'm in Portland. Highly recommend you check this out if you are in Portland. Their menu is extensive and everyone, vegetarians and gluten free folks, found something to enjoy.

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3.0Dined on September 1, 2017

A good lunch spot m-f. Went one night last weekend for dinner and was disappointed. The lunch food is much better! There is a special pork wrap that they promote and that was very good. Everything else was very blah. The salt/pepper shrimp were bland, battered, fried and small. They forgot to take our drink order till the entrees came so by then we skipped beers. Also, they totally forgot our soup. The server was very nice. She said the kitchen staff are new. It felt like the typical rushed and slightly disorganized Asian restaurant. Used to be much better. Bummer

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4.0Dined on August 30, 2017

Not busy when we went. Good service and food.

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2.0Dined on August 29, 2017

disappointing. thw best were appetizers. the duck was very dry and the scallops not so good dessert balls filled with red bean curd and coated with sesame were burnt.

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5.0Dined on August 18, 2017

Great option to make a reservation on opentable. Dishes are flavorful and generous family style portions!

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5.0Dined on August 13, 2017

Great food and outstanding service. Special dumplings were amazing. Great flavor with scallops entree.

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5.0Dined on August 13, 2017

Every bite hit the mark! More than one of us felt it was the best Chinese we'd had in years!

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2017

Real Chinese, Really! Very nice restaurant, spacious, with a traditional and creative menu selection. This was just what we wanted to stir up our meal choices with stir fry. Appreciated the history with a China Professionally trained chef and owner.

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4.0Dined on June 26, 2017

This unostentatious restaurant fit the bill of a neighborhood 'joint' with good food, pleasant surroundings, and excellent value.

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4.0Dined on June 20, 2017

Good lunch option downtown with a nice lunch menu.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2017

We stumbled across this gem as we were staying nearby, it was extremely quiet with it being Easter Sunday however that did not matter as our servers & food were both excellent. If we were local we'd go regularly but it's on the list for when we go back to Portland & will definitely recommend to others.

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2017

A friend and I have a regular, end-of-month lunch date to check-in with each other. We usually try to mix up our meeting locations; however, Dragonwell is our number one choice. The location is convenient (we walk from our downtown offices), the service is quick and friendly, and the food is always comes out of the kitchen fresh and delicious. I adore their Chicken and Green Bean entree, and since we usually share a meal, that is what we typically order. We are never disappointed with the quality and quantity of the plate, enough to feed two generously. My friend supplements with hot oil, but I enjoy the flavor of the sauce already on it. The last time we tried their Kung Pao Chicken, also delicious, I felt it could have had a little more "heat" to the spice. (I assume heat levels can be adjusted to taste.) The hot and sour soup is also a favorite, and the serving size is generous as well. A great place to have a quiet conversation with a friend over a shared meal. I would recommend reservations for lunch, as the time before last we were relegated to sit at the bar. I usually see one or two large business-lunch gatherings. The benefit there is if everyone is amenable, you get to share multiple entrees. Yum!

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4.0Dined on March 2, 2017

Wonderful regional Chinese cuisine, with creative interpretation and execution. Both dishes we tried were not found on the typical Cantonese or Mandarine menu and were superb.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2017

The restaurant and experience were excellent, but they had no record of my reservation through Oregon Table.

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3.0Dined on January 28, 2017

Good chinese restorant with tasty food. Service was ok, friendly staff, moderate waiting time.

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4.0Dined on January 28, 2017

Overall very good. Great appetizers, nice friendly service!

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4.0Dined on January 28, 2017

We enjoyed it very much. It was a bit expensive but good tasting food. They also charged extra for a small dish of rice, which was odd, since it was rather spendy. Our biggest complaint was all our food was served Luke warm. Wish it would have been hotter. The server was good and it was easy to park near the restaurant.

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5.0Dined on January 18, 2017

Duck and vegetable dish is great as is the hot and sour soup.

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4.0Dined on January 15, 2017

We were there when it opened so we were the only ones in the restaurant. It was my husband's birthday and I did a yelp search for Chinese food. Dragonwell got 4 starts so thought we would try it. We weren't disappointed. The food was very tasty and portions were large.
However, our hot tea was luke warm and they charge for rice which was surprising since most folks wouldn't eat Chinese dishes without rice.

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3.0Dined on January 5, 2017

Place was empty and cold. The appetizer of pork dumpling was good served with black rice vinegar and ginger. The orange chicken was ok and the green beans were a little better. This was my second visit because the first time it was good: must have had a change in food preparation. Our waitress, Lauren, was very nice.

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3.0Dined on December 25, 2016

We chose Dragonwell Bistro for our Christmas Dinner. Wanting a relaxed environment and chill after the holidays. Looking for a restaurant that could accomodate a large party of 10. The restaurant manager came to table and the thanked us, and the Waite staff was very friendly. The food was average Chinese food and atmosphere was casual. Many other large parties were there and the manager said one group comes every Christmas as tradition.

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4.0Dined on December 24, 2016

Dragonwell was packed for Xmas eve and the staff had a festive and energetic attitude. Food was tasty and served in a reasonable amount of time considering how busy they were. Thumbs up to Dragonwell. Will go back

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2.0Dined on November 23, 2016

Even though the place was nearly empty, it took forever to get our food. One of the three entrees we ordered arrived when we had almost finished our meal. Our server apologized for messing up our order, but the long wait was still inexcusable.

We had this same server a few months ago when we visited, and her service was just as mediocre. We won't be back.

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5.0Dined on October 30, 2016

We were visiting Portland and looking for Asian food, found this on open table and what a gem. The food was excellent, one of the best I've had in a while. Highly recommend

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3.0Dined on September 29, 2016

Excellent dumpings but disapponiting area dining room empty makes The place not very attractive le day I was there

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4.0Dined on September 29, 2016

We were seated promptly and the service was top notch. Their menu is extensive and varied. I liked the fact that all our orders came out at the same time. The portions are overly generous so plan on bring some home.
There is convenient parking right next door for 4.oo in the evning if you can't find anything on the street.

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5.0Dined on September 23, 2016

This was my second time at Dragonwell and I think I love it even more. I had come before with a friend but came back this time with my partner. What makes this place great is the happy hour menu. We ordered 10 dishes and two drinks and got out for a little over $50 with tip. The food is fresh and flavorful. They ran out of scallion pancakes but the chef was nice enough to make us a mini pancake because I wanted my partner to taste one for the first time. Our waiter was very nice and super efficient.

The only complaint I have - and I would imagine it would be difficult for a business to monitor this easily - is that a group of four people came in 15 minutes into our meal and one in their party had a laugh resembling a bag of cats being tossed into a wood chipper. I cannot imagine that was a real laugh as it seemed designed to get everyone looking in her direction which she seemed to enjoy. It annoyed the patrons at the neighboring table as well.

But beyond the hyena shrieking, the food is great and the service is excellent. And you will not be able to beat the value.

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