Portland >Food & Dining > Legin Restaurant
8001 SE Division St, Portland, OR | Directions 9720645.505708 -122.580783
Monday To Thursday From 10:00 AM To 12:00 AM Friday To Saturday From 10:00 AM To 02:00 AM Sunday From 10:00 AM To 12:00 AM
Neighborhoods: Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program, Montavilla
Really good – This place has seemed to improve it's food selection and freshness considerably since I first started coming here years ago. Give it another go.
AVERAGE – While I found this place to be slightly cheaper than the busier Wongs King down the road, they simply offered less to choose from. Taste was about the same on the dishes they did serve and there is rarely a line to get seated. Its always our fall back if we want Dim Sum and dont want to stand in line at Wongs King.
Atrocious Food, Lackluster Service – The food as Legin is the most atrocious Chinese food I've had in years and years. I grew up in the SF Bay Area and regularly ate from a variety of established Chinese restaurants over the years. At its best, the food should be impeccably fresh, delicately seasoned and light, never greasy. Legin really missed on all marks with a group of 15. Every dish tasted noticably of grease. Old grease. We all left feeling heavy and bloated. There's no excuse for that kind of lazy behavior. There seemed to only be one server on duty for three large groups. I won't be going back. Don't waste your time.
Supervisor is a nosepicker! – The food was great, and service was wonderful and helpful UNTIL I HAD SEEN THE MANAGER OR SUPERVISOR PICK HIS NOSE OUT IN THE OPEN!! I paid the bill and left feeling very unsatisfyied.
then i wondered if he touched my food?
Dim sum is so-so – Maybe it's because we sat in the smaller room, but we kept waiting and waiting for carts to go by, and then, when they did, we had to try hard to flag them down and give us some food. The stuff we did end up with was fine, but not better than fine, and there was very little variety. I asked about a couple of my favorite dim sum treats, and the waitress would say 'oh, that's coming'. An hour later we gave up and left. Not cheap either.
Best Dim Sum in Portland, Period – A lot of these reviews will tell you Fong Chong, or Jin Wah, are the best dim sum places and even though they are much closer to my home, the drive out there really is justified when I get my Shrimp Har Gao and Sticky rice. The other places just are not as good. the ingredients are better quality and the cooks know what they are doing extremelly well. In fact I never write reviews for anything but Legin really really merits it.
Dim sum delight – Seems to be some debate on how good this place is amongst citysearch reviewers. In our opinion, the dim sum at Legin rivals that we had in Vancouver-the largest Chinese community on the North American west coast. We think it's delicous. And it's served HOT. Maybe if you expect "Chinese-American" food, whatever the hell that means, you'll be disappointed, but for a more authentic Chinese fare, I'll just say this...the place is usually packed, with at least 75% of its clientele being Chinese. For me, that's that's a pretty good validation of our high opinion of the place.
This tasty Chinese and dim sum restaurant is a boisterous good time. – In Short
Children screech, dishes clank and waitresses call out their goods as they go from table to table. At peak times, the cavernous restaurant is packed, and a 20-minute wait is not uncommon. But it's worth it--the dim sum is arguably the best in town. Diners can get traditional favorites like perfectly tender shrimp or pork dumplings, sticky and sweet barbecue pork buns, crunchy spring rolls, slippery rice noodles and crisp-skinned roast duck.
Decent – Not great but decent, some of the items i've had there are a little greasy and lifeless. I would not recommend it for a date night, but if your in the area and need to eat then its alright.
Most Overrated Chinese Restaurant In Portland – Keep me away from this place as far as possible. The hours are on the only good (and somewhat bad) thing since they are open late night. It forces folks with Chinese food cravings to have to settle for this place. Dim Sum is terrible and the dinner prices are atrocious. Most of the Chinese community would have to frown at this place but admire its spacious interior.
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