Portland >Food & Dining > Mandarin Cove Chinese Rstrnt
111 SW Columbia St, Portland, OR | Directions 9720145.513253 -122.676259
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Neighbors West - Northwest
I have been going to Mandarin Cove with my family for a very long time, and the service has always been great. The dishes are delicious and the servers are very accommodating. Some dishes we always order are the kung pao chicken, sizzling rice soup, and Mongolian beef. Although we have our "go-to" dishes, whenever we have tried something new, it has always been wonderful. They offer free parking to their customers above the restaurant, and it is right off Portland's waterfront - highly recommended!
YUMMY!!!!!!! I love that place. the service is so fast, the soup is amazing, and everything was so yummy! They even have free parking which is even better! I would really recommend the Mandarin scallops.
One of the best I've seen so far – The service was fast. I loved the soup. It was our first time there and they made a very good impression. There was free parking if you went after 5ish. The Mandarin Scallops were awesome and so was their orange chicken.
Best Chinese Restaurant!! – My husband and I live in Maryland but when we are in Portland we never miss Mandarin Cove! We just love love this place! Not just the atmosphere but the food is amazing! We especially love 'Jentai Prawn', what an incredible taste. Their 'Mandarin Scallops' are to die for. We also tried their 'Mongolian Beef 'and it was so tasty we wanted to take some home with us if we could. But what we really enjoy the most whenever we are there is their 'Sizzling Rice Soup'. I don't know why but their Sizzling Rice Soup is like no other. We have been to so many Chinese Restaurants and by far Mandarin Cove's Sizzling Rice Soup is the best we have ever had! Not even in the east coast can we find such soup with so much flavor and texture! This place is #1 by far, food, service and of-course $$ ( great price) also.Which is why we always visit Mandarin Cove whenever we are out there. My only complain is that we don't have this restaurant in Maryland and would love to ask the owner to maybe opening one up here in the east coast so everyone can have this wonderful dining experience! Thank you Mandarin Cove! We love you!! From, Julie & Chris Your #1 fan from Maryland! We"ll be back!!
P.S. Make sure you don't miss the ultimate dessert - fried ice cream, Its out of this world!!
Big Plus: No MSG, FREE Parking for Dinner, Delicious Food – I'm glad to have stopped by here for our last night in downtown Portland! Our friends took us here for a nice dinner. They could not stop talking about their Sizzling Soup, Mandarin Scallops and Three Flavor Taster!!! I wanted to see what the hype was about! Everything was so perfect and delicious and this was one of the best soup that I have ever tasted! Moreover, it's their commitment to "NO MSG" which will permanently keep them from ever being authentic. Next time I go back here, I will make the same order for sure, and maybe try their Roasted Peking Duck cos it's one of my favorite Chinese dishes as well.
The service was pretty quick too. We got our food within 10 minutes which was short with the amount of people seating inside (The house was full that night).
Great food, Great prices, A Big plus for their No MSG dine in or take out and FREE Parking offer !!Don't forget to Validate, FREE parking is good for Dinner (after 5) [Always a nice Surprise in Portland area]
Great CHinese Food in Town~ – I've had lunch from the Mandarin Cove a few times and the food was a good value, if unremarkable. We recently went there for dinner and was pleasantly surprised by the food we had.
The restaurant has a relaxed atmosphere and our server was very attentive. I had the sizzling rice soup, Mandarin scallops and kung pao chicken.
The sizzling rice soup had an exciting presentation with the hot, browned rice added to the soup at the table creating a sizzling sound and inviting smell. The broth had a very light chicken flavor which seemed too insubstantial at first but turned out to be perfect for presenting the flavors of the seafood and rice without getting in the way.
The kung pao chicken had a solid but not overpowering spiciness and not overly greasy as is too often the case with this dish.
The highlight though was the Mandarin scallops which were lightly breaded with a spicy, tangy sauce. This is one of the best scallop dishes I've ever had. The scallops were huge and would just melt in your mouth. I'll defiantly be back for this one.
BEST CHINESE FOOD, ENVIRONMENT – I have eaten at a lot of great Chinese places in Asia. But I always come back to Mandarin Cove. It's that good and very consistent.
After the dinner, I asked the waiter, "hey, do you have recommendation for dessert? I would like to try something different this time"
Waiter: Oh, our Deep Fried Ice Cream is the best dessert in town. This is our signature dessert as well.
ME: Really? I have never tried it before, let's do this, I will have an order of deep fried ice cream. (Thinking: How could ice cream be deep fried? I don't quite believe it, I looked at the menu, one order of deep fried ice cream is only a $2.95, why not give it a try)
This Deep Fried Ice Cream Has a very unique taste and texture. I LOVE it SO MUCH!!! It was a scoop of cold, smooth vanilla ice cream inside that is quickly deep fried creating a warm, crispy shell around the ice cream. I couldn't know the ingredient of the cream shell (in their secret recipe probably) but it was very delicious anyway.
I will definitely come back again for this!!! GREAT food, GREAT service, GREAT Environment and Reasonable Price, what more could I ask for!!!!
Did not enjoy the food – The food was not very tasty and the ingredients did not see to be very good quality.
A haven of mediocrity – At first glance, this restaurant seems ok. The vibe wasn't bad. They seated my family in the back all by ourselves, so it was quiet. the place was tidy and clean, the service was good.. The first bad sign was the menu.. it listed almost no vegetables in the dishes.. but who knows, maybe they do put them in there.. So we placed an order for several dishes. Less than five minutes later, all six dishes showed up. We all sat with mouths agape - how could any place possibly prepare 6 different dishes in 5 minutes? My hope dwindled.. we feasted on six dishes of mediocre, bland tasting, oily plates of pork, chicken, and shrimp. Some were tolerable, but none were decent. The sweet and sour pork was the worst i've ever had. The dishes were around $11 each, which for chinese food isn't cheap. I wouldn't recommend this place to anyone. I've had better chinese food from the safeway deli.
Simply Fantastic – Great Food; Great Service!!
Lunch or dinner; it's a great place to dine.
Headed for an event such as at nearby Civic Auditorium?
If you're running late let them know. They do their best to cater to event-goers. They'll speed it up if at all possible.
Parking?? Not a problem. There's free parking in the adjacent parking structure. You can even leave your car there while you go to the event after dining.
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