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About Dragonwell Bistro

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.

735 Southwest 1st Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Chinese

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

Cross Street:
SW Yamhill

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(503) 224-0800

Website:
http://www.dragonwellbistro.com/

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.

Parking Details:
Street Meters & Surrounding Parking Lots

Public Transit:
Conveniently next to the SW Yamhill Max Station in Downtown Portland

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!

Additional:
Bar Dining, Delivery, Fireplace, Happy Hour, High Tea, Private Room, Takeout

Dragonwell Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

3.9

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4.0

value

3.9

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90% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Groups (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
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Great for Lunch (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Business Meals (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Good for a Date (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Seasonal (2)
Spicy (2)
Vegan (2)
Local Ingredients (1)
Authentic (1)
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Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Healthy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
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Notable Wine List (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal
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 (Tulsa)·Dined on December 27, 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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 (Portland)·Dined on December 26, 2017

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

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·Dined on December 26, 2017

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

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Vegan, Bar Seating, Fun, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Spicy, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Gluten Free Options, Vibrant Bar Scene, Disabled Access, Healthy, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on December 26, 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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 26, 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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Spicy, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Vegan, Special Occasion
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 24, 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Fun, Good for Groups
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 10, 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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (Seattle)·Dined 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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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 22, 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.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals
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 (Portland)·Dined on September 2, 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

Tags: Good for Groups, Quick Bite
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 (Portland)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Not busy when we went. Good service and food.

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 (Portland)·Dined on August 30, 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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·Dined on August 19, 2017

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

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 (Miami)·Dined on August 14, 2017

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Portland)·Dined on August 14, 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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 (Anchorage)·Dined 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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 26, 2017

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

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Spicy
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 (Portland)·Dined on June 20, 2017

Good lunch option downtown with a nice lunch menu.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined 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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 (Portland)·Dined 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!

Tags: Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups
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 (Portland)·Dined 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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Portland)·Dined 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2017

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Overall very good. Great appetizers, nice friendly service!

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 (Portland)·Dined 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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 18, 2017

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

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Comfort Food
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 (Portland)·Dined 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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 (Portland)·Dined 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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 (Portland)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual
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 (Portland)·Dined 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

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Portland)·Dined 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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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 (Portland)·Dined 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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Lunch
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 (Seattle)·Dined 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.

Tags: Outstanding Value, Happy Hour, Fun, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Portland)·Dined on September 21, 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed all the dishes we ordered and with 12 people to please, we had enough variety to impress everyone there. Kids loved the egg flower soup and the chow mein noodles as well as the chicken and brocolli. They were even able to substitute the shrimp in the walnut shrimp to chicken and it was excellent! For our birthday celebration, they gave out mochi balls filled with sweet beans for dessert. The wait staff was attentive and accomodated our eating restrictions.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Outstanding Value, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 16, 2016

Worst fried rice I have ever experienced. King Bao Chicken was OK: beef with broccoli acceptable.

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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on September 1, 2016

Service was polite and attentive, but restaurant was under-staffed for a Friday night. It took almost an hour to get our food.
Everything else was great, so hopefully a fluke.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 23, 2016

I was hoping to take my 8 and 10 years old daughters somewhere more exciting than PF Chang. This was a tired old restaurant with and average menu and an ambiance that was set up in the 90's probably and never changed. Very disappointed, relied on the votes from Open table... clearly some have different expectations to me.

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