Portland >Food & Dining > Dragonfish Asian Cafe
909 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR | Directions 9720545.518156 -122.681502
Neighborhoods: Neighbors West - Northwest, Downtown
Good Lunch Specials – This place is good for the lunch bento boxes. They are a pretty good deal and you get to sample a few things, but that's all I have ever come here to get.
ATTITUDE AND INATTENTIVE SERVICE/MEDIOCRE SUSHI – My family and I have been coming to Portland regularly for the last 5 years. We have been to Dragonfish several times and everytime it seems to get worse. The sushi is very mediocre. The fish did not seem fresh and tasted and felt like it had been frozen. The honey walnut shrimp dish was the only decent item we had. Also, the service just keeps going down hill. We clearly specified to the server that we did not want sprouts in the tempura sushi rolls. When they came with sprouts our server was no where to be found. My son and I ate ours but my wife and daughter did not. When the bill was presented by the server we told her about the mistake. She said we should of told her sooner. When I reminded her that she never checked on us after our food was delivered she said sorry our policy is that if you start to eat the incorrect order you are stuck with it. I pointed out that we only ate two of the four orders and my wife was still hungry. She just said sorry and then spilled a glass of water on my wife. She offered a dessert to my wife for the wet pants, purse, and blouse. There was no manager available or willing to speak to us and the hostess would not give us a business card for the manager. We told our conceirge about the incident and was informed that they get alot of complaints about this place. The arrogance and lazziness of the staff was just mind blowing. They act like they are doing you a favor by allowing you to eat at their resteraunt and then ignore the most basic requirements. We will not go back.
Fresh sushi, fair price – Some reviewers here wrote that Dragonfish's sushi isn't great. How untrue. Even after reading of a few bad experiences on Citysearch, I dared to take two out-of-town friends here on a Sunday night. Not at all disappointing - the fish, roe, shrimp, ginger &c was all fresh and good. My party was seated right away, we had a polite and fast-moving waitress and ended up paying just $20 each (before tip) for all the sushi we could stomach and a Tsingtao each. Is twenty bucks a cheap meal? Nope. Mc Donalds on Burnside has $2 chicken McNuggets. But you won't find fresh sushi, a beer and service anywhere else in downtown Portland for much less.
Worst Service, Overpriced, Mediocre Sushi, Great Ambiance – We went to the Dragonfish Cafe looking for an upscale sushi experience downtown for a friends 22 birthday and had the worst time. We started out in the main restaurant with a reservation for 12 but upon realization that happy hour was only in the lounge across the lobby we moved over there hearing about how fantastic it was. So we sit down and wait for the rest of our party to arrive (which ends up only being 8) and we order our food and our drinks. The sushi was bland and pre-prepared and the drinks were actually not that strong. But the environment was interesting and there really wasn't anything to complain about until the server brings us our check. When we tell the server that we need to separate the check because some people were paying separately he told us that "when dining out it's customary to inform the waiter before hand that the meal will be on separate checks" and because we didn't he couldn't divide it up for us. That struck me as odd and one of our party accused him of playing naive because in our collective experiences the server either asks a party when their orders are taken if they will be paying separately or he can easily do so after the meal. The server offers to have a manager speak with us but we tell him that that won't be necessary then takes 45 minutes and actually helps other customers instead of separating our checks. And after thirty minutes he takes off his shirt and leaves the lounge and we have to ask another extremely rude server to find him to deal with our check. He comes back and finally starts bringing us separate checks but has added an 18% gratuity to all of them even when the original check had no gratuity and their policy states very simply that mandatory gratuity for parties of six or more PAYING ON ONE CHECK. When this is brought to his attention he tells us they don't allow checks to be separated for parties of 6 or more and when we asked to speak to a manager he told us he was the manager. He lied to us then or before.
Sushi in bar not very good – I have gone to Dragonfish a few times and always leave disappointed with the sushi. I have sat in the bar everytime and while I've had good service, the sushi isn't that great. The happy hour prices are great, but you defiantly get what you pay for.
Great for a special occasion – I go here for the appettizers, entrees, and the mixed drinks. Try the chicken lettuce cup and the curry chicken. I haven't had anything here that I didn't like, although I swear the Dragonfire Chicken was hotter the first time I had it (a couple years ago). Their desserts are normally excellent. I still remember this lime kiwi dessert they had once upon a time, mmmmm. The portions are huge, and my family always ends up with leftovers, since we can't decide what to share. The prices are moderatly high, which is expected given the area and the restaurant itself. The service is normally friendly and quick.
Great for non-sushi lovers too – A group of us went out for sushi and one guy didn't care for sushi but was impressed with their other menu items (a bit overprice I thought). The sushi was good and the atmosphere is great.
YUmmy – Food was awesome, but somewhat overpriced. As for sushi, selection was limited, not a place to try sushi at its best. Waitstaff was great, very helpful with explanation of menu items.
Movie and a dinner – Watch a movie at the theater across the street and stop in for some good asian cuisine. I'm rating this average overall, but this is really a great place to take a small group because there is something for everyone. Sushi, chinese, thai, you name it. I wasn't impressed with the curry. didn't come with rice, so unless you drink it like miso, you're not going to get all of it. Kung pao was average, but lacking on the peanuts and other veggies. Spring rolls hitt the spot, and the sauce was good. Service was average, and we were seated immediately (Sunday night).
Best Happy Hour in Portland !!!! – The sushi prices rocked, and the rolls and negiri tasted great. Awesome atmosphere, the kind of place you can take a date to or just go down for a few drinks and a good time. The staff was more than friendly and also quite knowledgable of the menu leading me to great dining experience. Go to Dragonfish and you wont be disapointed!
Sign in with Facebook Sign in with Facebook to see what your friends are up to!
Do you have a review of Dragonfish Asian Cafe on your blog? If you include the Citysearch image link (shown below) in your post, we'll automatically link to your review from the business profile page. Here's how our Linkback system works:
The Linkback system is free and automatic. It's really that easy.
To link to our business profile page, copy the html below to your web page.