Sungari Pearl Restaurant

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$30 and under
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Chinese
Sungari celebrates the bounty of the Pacific Northwest by incorporating local, responsibly sourced ingredients into traditional, delicious Chinese food. Bean curd from Portland’s OTA Tofu, prawns from Oregon coast, poultry from Mary’s Farms, and locally grown produce are just some of the ingredients making the rounds in Chef Wei’s dishes. A menu that’s a nod to traditional Chinese cooking, it invokes influences from the diverse backgrounds and travels of its staff, and the cultural experiences that have imprinted their lives. House specials such as the Salt & Pepper Prawns, Stuffed Bean Curd with Minced Seafood, and Dry-Sautéed String Beans are not to be missed. They highlight Sungari’s modern approach of creating lighter, healthier dishes with familiar Chinese flavors. An extensive wine menu featuring German Riesling to local Pinot Noirs and more from the Willamette Valley speak to Sungari’s refined approach to dining around Portland.

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LK
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my second time to this restaurant. The menu reflected new food items for spring. New paintings were hung for the season. New flowers reflected late winter selections. Otherwise, everything was as amazing and delightful as the first time I visited. The service was excellent, the food was fresh and delicious. The sauces are delicate and tasty. Nothing is overblown or overdone to hide the elegance and beauty of the natural food. I ate scallops. They were beautiful and large and had no gritty texture or fishy aroma or taste. They were truly fresh. Everything my friend and I consumed was marvelous. We will definitely be going back.

NQ
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always.

NQ
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Chinese food in town. The owner has the best original recipes. The staff is more than friendly and helpful. They make your experience the best. Thank you!

Sungari Pearl Restaurant
Responded on March 7, 2020

Thank you so much Nicholas!

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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good service, good food. Had a reservation, but it took a long time to be recognized/greeted, and then seated.

DS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This restaurant did not honor our reservation. They refused to serve us the fixed price menu we had reserved three weeks in advance and were rude.

SS
Portland
52 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had the three course duck dinner. It was fantastic! We added two additional dishes but wouldn’t have needed to. We have enough food for another meal. We loved our Valentine’s Day dinner. Thank you, Sungari Pearl❣️

Sungari Pearl Restaurant
Responded on February 17, 2020

Thank you so much for the review! It was a pleasure serving you on such a special night.

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O
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We live in the neighborhood and have eaten at Sungari many times.Food always good but this time it seemed especially good.The wontons were excellent. New chef?

S
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

It was Chinese/ Lunar New Year but nothing at all in the restaurant that spoke to this. Food was good but nothing special. Our server kind of forgot us and so had to flag down someone so we could pay our bill and get out on time to our event.

l
Portland
37 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food with man gluten-free options on the menu.
The service was very good as well as all of the dishes we tried. They have Salt-and-pepper chicken which I enjoy and is not on a lot of menus.

TT
Nashville
34 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We have been going to this restaurant for years and it is better than ever! The menu is great, the food is colorful and cooked just right except for the duck which were mostly bones and over done to dryness. But other than that the food was great! The service is fantastic and friendly. The restaurant decor and atmosphere is beautiful and modern but the temperature is a bit chilly! Really great experience overall.
Thank you

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

We ordered a lot of food and they stuck us in a tiny corner table. They keep forgetting our boxes and we had to remind them. Towards the end our box of $25 was gone and was never returned to us. If I known that they were that shady I would insist that they don’t ever box anything without our presence

JR
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our favorite restaurant for outstanding gluten free Chinese food. They even bring gluten free soy sauce to the table.The sauces are some of the best in town and they’re willing to prepare each dish just the way you want it. The service is also always great and attentive. They seem to always anticipate your needs during the meal. This has been our New year’s celebration spot for the last four years.

Sungari Pearl Restaurant
Responded on January 5, 2020

Thank you for this review John! We're so glad you trust us with your traditions. Happy new year!!

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SP
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The kindest and most welcoming experience having dinner tonight on Christmas! It was our first time going here, and we are so happy we did. You can tell how much passion and care goes into this restaurant. Thank you for a wonderful and comfortable Christmas dinner! May become our tradition. ♥️🤍

Sungari Pearl Restaurant
Responded on December 27, 2019

It was lovely having y'all here this Christmas, We're so glad you had a good time =D Happy Holidays to you and yours!

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M
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Sat for 15 minutes before anyone offered us a drink despite the hostess putting glasses of water on all the tables around us. Drink order screwed up. Vegetables severely undercooked. Food not hot. This was Christmas Eve and wait staff seemed inexperienced. We had been there a week before and knew they could have done a lot better.

B
Portland
56 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good menu, delicious with pleasant service. Enjoyed the sweet and sour chicken, barbecue pork and vegetable dish. Quiet for visiting. Will come again.

Sungari Pearl Restaurant
Responded on January 5, 2020

Glad to hear you enjoyed it Bonnie! Thank you for coming by and leaving a review, happy new year!

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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, service was excellent and the employees were very nice. Definitely will go there again!

Sungari Pearl Restaurant
Responded on December 21, 2019

Thank you so much for the great review! Happy Holidays.

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MC
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never been disappointed our go to for asian food. Best in Portland.

Sungari Pearl Restaurant
Responded on December 21, 2019

Glad to hear it Malcolm, thank you for the review! Happy Holidays =)

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AT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious from start to finish! Attentive service, great lighting and ambiance. Will be dining again there soon.

MM
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very good in all areas

A
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our experience at Sungari. The interior architecture is simple and modern, the space is very clean and the tables are not congested. The food choices are plenty and the food came well prepared, well served with a genuine Chinese taste. The price was reasonable for the good quality offered. We would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants to taste high quality Chinese food in a modern ambiance.

BG
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing gluten free selection! Superb service. They brought us complementary prosecco for our anniversary. Staff were super, impeccable service. Everything was delicious.

CB
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

We really enjoyed this place! We thought the food was very authentic and was rich in flavor. If you're looking for a great Chinese spot in the Pearl District, Sungari Pearl is the place to go.

NW
Portland
13 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sungari never disappoints, except that I noticed the lunch portions seem to have gotten smaller. Delicious, however.

AW
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first visit to Sungari Pearl, but it will not be our last. The menu is creative and the presentation is gorgeous but simple. Before we got started, Sunny (May not be the correct spelling) gave us a detailed description of some of their signature dishes and their philosophy in making their sauces. We tried several items off of the appetizer menu including Crispy Scallops with Honeyed Walnuts and Steamed Wontons. Both were outstanding. We could have just had these for a meal. Our main courses were: Crispy Prawns with Honeyed Walnuts and Sesame Salmon Bites. You will want to try these salmon bites soon as the King Salmon they use is seasonal. Each bite has this wonderful slightly sweet sauce but when you bite into each bit you get a nice surprise of fat which accents the opaque cooked salmon. We liked that the sauces were not too sweet or spicy, they were just right. Both entrees were most enjoyable.
We finished the meal with a heavenly Dark Chocolate Mousse. It was just the right size and was a perfect finish to a wonderful meal. As I said at the beginning of my review, we will definitely be back.

M
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the relaxed feel and atmosphere of this place. I definitely would return to try more dishes. The Sungari fried rice was excellent, full of flavor and unique. We were given a complimentary appetizer that was excellent, hand made potstickers, I would definitely order these again. We were running late and gave them a call to let them know. They were accommodating and had our table ready when we arrived. Service was well-timed and friendly.

B
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good Asian food in a good location.. creative cocktails

A
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is one of our favorites! Authentic, delicious Chinese food in a relaxing atmosphere, a civilized place to eat. The duck dishes are a specialty, and a treat. The sauteed eggplant is another marvel. We order the eggplant dish every time we are in town.
Sungari is in the Pearl District and a very short walk from local hotels, like Residence Inn.

VB
Greensboro
18 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tourists. We liked the look and went in. Awesome food and service.

WP
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have food allergies and it can be challenging to find good restaurants that can accommodate me. This one can and the food is delicious. The service is great, the portions are generous and we really enjoyed the experience overall.

Sungari Pearl Restaurant
Responded on August 5, 2019

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review! We're glad you enjoyed dining with us, and hope to see you again soon.

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OT
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We were ten minutes late due to traffic. We told the gentleman who greeted us that we had a reservation yet we were reported as a no show to Open Table. For most of our visit we were the only people there.
Food and service were both real good.

Sungari Pearl Restaurant
Responded on August 3, 2019

Thank you for your review! We're so sorry you were marked as a no show. If you send us the name it was under, we'll make sure to correct this with OpenTable. We're glad you enjoyed dining with us, and hope to see you again soon.

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K
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really enjoyed our time at Sungari Pearl. The staff was attentive, offered recommendations, and pleasant.

Great food value and delicious.

RL
London
107 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Disappointed in food.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I love Sungari Pearl, especially happy hour. And with windows and being in the corner and you get to watch Portland go by. Very attentive sincere service and excellent food.

PB
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience5

Definitely chef “Mike” made our meals... way over price. Very disappointed. If you don’t have fresh food, then don’t serve it!

Sungari Pearl Restaurant
Responded on May 24, 2019

Could you be confusing us with another restaurant? We do not have/had anyone named Mike who works here, in the front or the back. Our chef's names are Zhi Wei He and Peng Chen, neither have English names. We do use only fresh ingredients, including produce delivered daily (Mon-Sat), only use seafood from Oregon and Alaska, and poultry from Mary's farms. We do not use any frozen vegetables, hand make our dumpling wrappers from scratch. May I ask what it was that you ordered?

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C
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was average and didn’t taste great enough to warrant cost.

1
Portland
200 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Eclectic lunch menu. Grilled salt and pepper scallops, Kung Pao Chicken, hot and sour soup were the favorite in our group.

RC
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent choice. All the food was very good.

SS
Portland
52 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great! The food was terrific and quick to come out. Very clean and organized restaurant.

p
Portland
41 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had been craving good Chinese food. Sungari Pearl was not just good, it was EXCELLENT! Love the refreshed interior as well. We’ll definitely be back soon.

OT
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food!