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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: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Firday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm

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

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Why bother with dishes, Christmas is about family. Enjoy a hassle free dinner, so you can get back to what really matters, each other!

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

Special dinner hours 4pm to 9pm. Let us do the dishes, so you can enjoy your family for the holidays!

Dragonwell Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

service

4.4

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4.3

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4.2

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Quiet

78% would recommend it to a friend

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 (Seattle)·Dined 7 days ago

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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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 (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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 (Portland)·Dined on June 15, 2016

We had a party of 15, but they were not staffed to accommodate. The server was good, just incredibly busy. There were 2 total FOH people working -- including tending the bar. We waited 15 minutes to be seated, another 15 to get menus and water and didn't actually order until close to 45 minutes after our reservation start time. I was surprised they allow larger parties if they do not have the staff on hand to provide faster service.

The food was delicious, albeit maybe a bit overpriced for Chinese food, and it actually came out from the kitchen fairly quickly. I would definitely go again, but would not recommend trying with a party larger than 5 or 6.

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 (Portland)·Dined on May 31, 2016

This place never disappoints, the food is excellent and the portions are large. The one thing I don't like is the service can be slow. They get fairly busy for lunch so making a reservation is encouraged if you're not early!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Romantic
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 (Portland)·Dined on May 14, 2016

This was our first time to Dragonwell which was a pleasing experience. There were only two of us, some had a small sampling of an extensive menu. Our appetizer was the pot stickers. Though not exceptional, they were good. For an entree, we had aporia dumpling they generally serve as an appetizer. They were really well done and different from any we had experienced. We added a fried rice, house special to complete our entree. Very good. We tried two different desserts, a ginger pudding and a sesame chocolate filled ball. Both good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Portland)·Dined on May 10, 2016

This is a great place to eat family style if you want. We all order something different and pass the entrees around. Everyone gets their own individual rice and a separate plate. The food is delicious and healthy.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on April 22, 2016

The food here is well prepared and very tasty. It is a Chinese inspired restaurant with high quality food. They do not skimp on the food or use cheap ingredients such as mayonaise on their honey walnut shrimp.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Portland)·Dined on March 12, 2016

We were looking for a Asian restaurant with good food and nice atmosphere. Dragonwell really fit what we were looking for. Excellent food and service. Quiet and simple elegant atmosphere. And the price was reasonable. We strongly recommend Dragonwell.

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 (Portland)·Dined on March 7, 2016

The main reason I selected Dragonwell was the convenient location and the fact that they were open on a Monday night. The food was OK, not fabulous. I had miso soup and a mushroom dish, which was kind of tasteless. Maybe I'm used to the fresher flavors of Thai cuisine, but I find many Chinese restaurants heavy on sauces that have little flavor. The waitress was very friendly and personable and quick to ask for our order -- so high marks for her!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 13, 2016

We celebrated my wife's 33rd birthday. 14 of our closest friends came and the owner came right over and thanked us for choosing the Dragonwell bistro. At the end of the night he surprised my wife with a tea set for my wife on her birthday. Nothing but positive things to say. The atmosphere is welcoming, the table layout is flexible, the food is outstanding.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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