Portland >Food & Dining > Ling Garden Restaurant
915 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR | Directions 9720945.529785 -122.694772
Monday 11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Tuesday 11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Wednesday 11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Thursday 11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Friday 11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Saturday 5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Sunday 11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Neighborhoods: Northwest District, Neighbors West - Northwest
When I'm not eating out for work, this is my guilty comfort food pleasure--sinking into a worn red booth in this tidy Chinese spot and ordering soup and a steaming pile of chow mein. Nothing fancy, just fantastically consistent and fresh food. Great service, super quick takeout, and they even deliver within a reasonable radius.
Where have you been all this time! – Good Chinese food... where have you been all this time! Ling Garden fills your desire for outstanding, well flavored Chinese food. Orange Beef was tangy without being too spicy. General Tsao's was crispy and sweet. We have been back here numerous times and not once did we have a negative comment. If you are jonesing for a good Chinese meal... Ling Garden is your spot. Trust me.
Ick. – We went there based on the all of the good reviews we read on Citysearch. On arriving, we decided to get take out based on overall ambience. The service was good and the staff was very polite, we were offered tea while waited forour food. We got the Kung Pao Shrimp and Vegetable Deluxe. Pretty disappointing.The shrimp was bland and mushy (how does shrimp get mushy?). Worse yet, some pieces were not even deveined (ick). I had high hopes, but I don't think we'll be back.
Best Chinese Cuisine, Love it!! – I've been going to Ling Garden for 7 years and have never had a bad experience. The food quality is gradeA, especially for the PRICE!! My favorite dishes are the Tropical Chxn, Mother Baby Shrimp, and The Phoenix... oh, and the infamous PotStickers!! Everyone there is so friendly which makes it easy to want to go back again and again. I think it's nice to see the new (1yr old) inside paint colors create a comfortable atmosphere, but sometimes it's just a must-have-at-home takeout kind of night. Thank you Ling Garden staff and friends for all the wonderful years of dining in and out, I look forward to another 7yrs, Kommpadee!
Best Chinese food place – I'm a customer of ling garden for 5 years. since the first time I've had my first general tao's chicken there, I've never found any other place that can compete with them. Of course, maybe you can go to some expensive chinese food place in pearl to have some more fancy dinning experience,but for me I would rather go somewhere that have a great service, great taste and fit my budget. and that is what exactly Ling garden restuarant offer. For those who think their food has no taste or not hot enough, you really need to know how to order chinese food. In this family style restuarant, the Key and also the Advantage for customer is Customization. First pick somthing you like, ask for their suggestion , and tell them your preference. I always order wonton soup not too warm because I don't like the wonton too hot to burn my tongue, and I've asked them if I don't want hot&sour soup too hot what would they do, they told me they would do half and half eggflower soup and hot& sour soup so it's not that spicy. brilliant! and I always order half and half :D
Very little flavor – Three of us ate for the first time at Ling Garden. We ordered three different dishes and both the Hot & Sour and the Won Ton soup. None of us ate much of any dish, we were so disappointed. The Won Ton soup was lukewarm, with doughy, uncooked won tons, a watery soup with almost no flavor. The Hot and Sour soups fared better, rating a 5 from the two women in the group.
The main dishes were just total losses. Lo Mein had uncooked noodles and a sauce that had heat but no flavor. Same for the Garlic Chicken and the Garlic Pork.
We tried everything. Using soy sauce, sweet/sour sauce..mixing rice with soup sauce. We left vowing never to return.
A sad ending, too, as our two servers took away full dishes and bowls without asking anything about our meal.
There were only a few diners in the large restaurant at 7:00 pm, while every other restaurant in the area was packed.
Parking was just awful.
A rating of 3 is generous. Cannot recommend.
Love bland food lacking any flavor whatsoever? Enjoy watered down soup? Then this is your place! – The only reason this place would even register higher than "1" is because the service was pleasant and they did go out of their way to try and accomodate a special request. I ordered the hot and sour soup to be a bit on the mild side. While they were successful in meeting my request, they also succeeded in removing any flavor that previously existed. It was watered down to say the least. About that garlic chicken- if you have to work to find the garlic flavor- there is something seriously wrong. I do not recommend this place if you are looking for good Chinese food. They do cook a mean bowl of ummm rice.. I'd rather eat McDonalds- 'nuff said!
Wayyyyyy over-rated – I just moved here from Houston, namely right next to Chinatown in Houston. The takeout here was horrible!! Not only did the cuts of meat leave something to be desired, but the sauce was more like ketchup than anything else. All-in-all, I don't like it, the price is right but the food is wrong.
Great Delivery!!! – It was 9:00pm Sunday night and we were craving Chinese food, but didn't want to drive anywhere. We researched Ling Garden on citysearch, found great reviews and decided to try it. Great customer service over the phone and our food was delivered within 30 minutes. We have since odered delivery several times and recommend it to anyone.
Tasty and affordable Chinese cuisine in a popular Northwest location. – In Short
The simple decor uses abstract geometric patterns and Chinese artifacts to splash red into the room. Black-and-white historical photos of Portland dot the pink-hued walls. Locals often come for affordable and dependable Chinese dishes with distinctive flavor. Hot-and-sour soup brims with mushrooms, egg, tofu, and bamboo shoots. General Tso's chicken is spicy, adding dimension to the traditionally sweet dish.
Best Value NW Chinese – We've eaten at the restaurant a couple times and had take-out another half dozen times or so. Both experiences are quality and fast. Definitely the best Chinese in NW, especially when you consider the price. (You could go much higher-end at Sungari Pearl, but the food is only slightly better for 2X the cost.) General Tso's Chicken is the highlight, green beans are crisp and spicy, and the sweet/sour chicken is excellent. Good quality meat -- the chicken is never fatty or stringy like other Chinese restaurants. Sit on the patio if it's warm. The service is friendly and attentive, but not overwhelmingly great. They'll keep your water glass full, and that's all that matters to me.
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