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Gold Bowl Chinese Restaurant - 20 Reviews - 3582 SE Powell Blvd, Portland, OR - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (503) 233-5363

Gold Bowl Chinese Restaurant

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3582 SE Powell Blvd
Portland, OR 97202
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(503) 233-5363
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Best

They're one of the few Chinese restaurants that actually has the best BBQ pork on SE Powell in Portland. My wife loves Gold Bowl so we eat there from time to time for the past 15 ...

Worst

This place is really cheap, clean, fast to seat you / take your order, and has a good selection. But honestly? Mall Chinese food tastes better. Pros: Fast, cheap Cons: M...

Pass on this place 10/20/2011

I found this place a huge disappointment all around. The bonus to this place is that you get a huge amount of food, and it is cooked to order. Unfortunately, it's awful. It was the worst eggroll I had ever had: double battered and lacking in stuffing, and the sweet and sour chicken sauce was bland at best. I did enjoy the fortune cookie, however. Worst of all, the woman was having issues with the credit card machine and ended up charging me multiple times for my sub-par meal. When I tried to call in the morning to explain what had happened, I got hung up on. When I went in later that afternoon, the woman denied the overcharge even though I showed her a printout from my bank and refused to give me a refund. I ended up having to contact the bank to have the charges reversed. When I contacted the woman again to let her know I had taken care of it; she still denied it aggressively. Things happen, but I did not enjoy having to spend half my day rectifying something that could have easily been fixed right then and there. I will NEVER go there again. more

Gold Bowl Restaurant, Portland, Oregon 2/12/2011

I have gone to the Gold Bowl Restaurant for many years, and have always enjoyed their food. We always ordered various items so that everyone could have their 'favorite'. There was always a lot of food, and we got to enjoy the left overs.....Many times we even ordered to go..... But things have changed drastically as of about 6 months when I went in and discovered that Sheri and her husband are now retired and had sold the business. I ordered our 'regular' items, and found the food inedible. I complained and told them I wouldn't be returning, and had I been alone I would not have paid for the meal. My son thought it was ok (and I think I embarrassed him)...so I let him take everything home. It is a shame that they had to ruin a good thing....the sweet and sour chicken and the shrimp look almost the same, and the taste is..........bad. Don't waste your time going there. more

Best BBQ Pork on SE Powell! 11/27/2009

They're one of the few Chinese restaurants that actually has the best BBQ pork on SE Powell in Portland. My wife loves Gold Bowl so we eat there from time to time for the past 15 years. Owner lady Sheri made us feel like coming home evrytime we are there. A great place for good food and family get together.\r Pros: Great BBQ Pork and friendly more

A lot of good food at low price 11/21/2009

This is a restaurant serving Americanized Chinese Food. There's a big difference between ""authentic"" Chinese cuisine and what most Americans consider Chinese food, which is the ""Americanized"" type. As long as you are not looking for real Chinese cuisine; a big portion of excellent tasted food with friendly service at low price - that's what I like. Pros: Friendly staff more

eater beware!!!! 1/1/2009

Run far, far away. \r Everyone occasionally craves that ""good bad chinese food"". Those greasy, yet still tasty dishes that are better the next day, but this wasn't even close to ""good bad"". Just bad. \r The egg rolls were generous in size but were double battered and fried (basically just rolls and rolls of clogging grease and dough) with just a smidge of chicken parts and what may have been cabbage. The chicken bit of the sweet and sour chicken was fine, but the sauce was super thin and tasteless. The veggie chow mein was also tasteless, used canned mushrooms, and had about 80% bean sprouts. \r We knew we weren't in for a gourmet meal and that's fine, but this food was just poorly prepared. The woman who was the hostess and server was nice and smiley, but that's where the good part of the experience ended. Don't listen to the positive ratings. Save your cash and head over to your nearest food court. You'll get a better deal and better food. Pros: easy SE location Cons: the food more

delicious chinese food 7/4/2008

Yum! I go to the Gold Bowl often and always enjoy my experience there. Prices are very reasonable for their large portion sizes, so I always have lunch the next day when I dine there for dinner. The food is flavorful and re-heats well. A creature of habit, I almost always get the sweet and sour chicken, which is incredibly moist for white meat. I've tried other dishes there as well, and would highly recommend getting some stir-fried veggies to go with your meal. I couldn't really describe what's in the sauce they use for them, but the taste is a nice combination of sweet and salty, without overpowering the food. The service is fast and friendly, and I always leave full and happy! Pros: delicious food, great value Cons: ambiance more

a tough call 4/1/2008

This is my first and last visit to this restaurant. The food itself was fine. And the service was fast and friendly. But, I took two stars away from my review for two things.\r \r First, a number of restaurants choose to be penny wise and pound foolish. They may serve excellent meals but the extras expected that enhance those meals are lacking. I ordered a #3 combo meal (chow mein, fried rice, fried shrimp) and 2 orders of BBQ pork. But, the sauce they brought me for the BBQ pork was most certainly ""watered down."" Out of all the times I've eaten at Chinese restaurants, this is the first time I've seen red sauce so thin it dripped like water. I've had thicker tomato juice. And the soy sauce I was brought appeared to be watered down as well.\r \r Secondly, the manager needs to take a class in restaurant ambience. To enjoy a meal, it's appropriate to have either no music or soft music playing in the background. Originally, the only music I heard appeared to be classical. No problem there. But then, someone in or near the kitchen turned on a portable radio blasting out Billy Idol's ""Rebel Yell."" And, a few minutes later, mixed in with that cacophony of sounds, I heard what sounded like audio from a movie. Sure enough, the hostess had a small portable TV on watching what looked like a Chinese-language film.\r \r I really REALLY wanted to give this restaurant a good review. They're the closest Chinese restaurant to me and the only one close enough to me to deliver (if I wanted delivery). The restaurant was clean and appropriately appointed. And as I said, the food was good and the service was good. But, it takes more than that to make a good dining experience. And unfortunately, the Gold Bowl just didn't pass muster with me. Too bad. Pros: Clean, appropriately appointed, good food, good service Cons: Soy sauce and red sauce both watered down. Multiple audio sounds in background more

Don't believe the 5 star ratings 2/24/2008

I tried this place because (1) I love Chinese food (2) Its close to home (3) most of the reviews were 5 stars. I honestly believe most of the 5 star ratings were written by the restaurant owners. The food is some of the worst food I've experienced in Portland. Completely flavorless and rather fatty. It was a complete disappointment. I think the empty restaurant at dinner time should have scared me away before I wasted my time. The service however, was very friendly and prompt. Too bad the food is awful. Pros: Friendly Service Cons: Horrible Food more

great service, not enough taste... 2/20/2008

i really wish i had something better to say. The people who work there are really friendly, and really helped me decide what to get. They had great reading materal to look at while i waited for my food, and the prices were bad at all!! only problem was the fact that there was little to no taste in the food. it tasted like i was eating slightly flavored water. some people would prefer that though.. i really enjoyed talking to the people and enjoyed my visit, but i didn't enjoy the food.... Pros: great service Cons: not great food more

delicious, hearty chinese food 5/27/2007

Stopped by for dinner because I pass it every day on the way to work. I got the sweet and sour chicken and it was DELICIOUS. Crispy on the outside, juicy, moist chicken on the inside. Service was good and fast and my water glass was always kept full. A hidden gem in the SE. Pros: fast, delicious service Cons: no dessert more

Cheap, Delicious, Romantic 1/29/2007

Cheap, Delicious, Romantic\r \r I ate lunch today with an olde friend. The atmosphere is very romantic. The food is very excellent. It was not smoky at all. I am extremely allergic to many things and can always smell cigarettes long after they've been out. I did not smell any smoke at this awesome restaurant. This is my favorite lunch location. I am an older gentleman with thinning white hair. Their water is somewhat tasteless. Everyone was very polite, and it reminded me of my brief stay (2 years) in China. Pros: Food, Service, Price, Romantic Cons: There are no cons more

Mmmmm! Yum Yum! 1/11/2007

The Gold Bowl is a treasure! I followed the advice of the good reviews, and man-oh-man is that some tastey food! You run a serious risk of over-eating because the food is so good, and the taste doesn't get old. Definitely try this place out. I'm from Corvallis, and I say the Gold Bowl is pure gold. more

Delicious Chinese Food! 1/10/2007

I went to Gold Bowl after a friend recommended I stop by while in the area. The service was very friendly and prompt, and the waiter quite cute!! (but maybe that doesn't have to do with the food) We ordered the Lo Mein and the Chicken with black bean sauce (recommended by the waiter). The service was prompt and the food delicious. Everything had a rich flavor as opposed to just a greasy flavor like many other local places. It was one of those meals where you're stuffed, but you keep putting food into your mouth just so you can keep tasting it. It was also amazingly cheap considering the portion sizes! Although I don't live in the area I plan on stopping by when I can. Pros: delicious food, prompt service, not crowded Cons: cute waiter has a girlfriend more

Best Chinese In Portland 1/10/2007

This place has awesome Chinese food. I have eaten in over 100 restaurants, and this is the best! My wife, Amanda, loves their sweet and sour chicken. It is her favorite food. This restaurant isn't like those fast food chinese restaurants you've been to. This place is priced the same, except the value of the food far exceeds the value of the price you pay. Excellente! Pros: Best Chinese Food in Portland more

My Favorite Chinese Food Restaurant 1/10/2007

This is the best Chinese Food I have ever had. I have lived in three different states and visited over fifty Chinese Food restaurants. I have never dined in, but have had carry out at least twenty times. Their sweet and sour chicken and vegetable chow mein are the best I have ever had. This is also a very affordable restaurant. I read some bad reviews for the Gold Bowl, and I am shocked. I have never been disappointed by their service or by the quality of the food. Try it; you won?t be disappointed, and if you are there is something wrong with you, but it won?t break your budget. Pros: Best Chinese Food Ever! Prefer to PF Changs Cons: A little smokey inside more

more like an ashtray than a restaurant 11/27/2006

My husband & I have been looking for a good Chinese restaurant in our area. We tried Golden Bowl on a whim. The smell of old cigarettes greeted us when we came in & the experience only got worse from there. The food was uninspired, looking just like the faded pictures in the menu. The soup was only luke warm & flavorless. We tried the General Tso's chicken, which was flat & too sweet. The fried rice was truly terrible & the chow mein noodles were stale. While the prices were certainly reasonable, and the service quite good, the odor of tobacco was just too much for our money. Pros: Smokers paradise & cheap, cheap cheap! Cons: Food bland & uninteresting more

Painfully mediocre 6/12/2006

This place is really cheap, clean, fast to seat you / take your order, and has a good selection. But honestly? Mall Chinese food tastes better. Pros: Fast, cheap Cons: Mediocre food at best more

Ugh. 1/28/2005

Bad chinese food. Not ""I got indigestion"" bad, bad as in ""tasted awful"" bad. Flavorless sauces, overcooked veggies, nothing interesting in the egg rolls. I wouldn't have figured you could mess up sweet and sour chicken, but I was wrong. We did take-out, so perhaps the restaurant fare is better. I won't be going back to find out. Cons: Bad food. more

Wonderful! 10/19/2003

Gold Bowl has been a hidden treasure in Southeast Portland that I'm happy to visit whenever I am on Powell. Their ingredients are top-notch and the staff is very friendly. My personal favorite is the the Gold Bowl Noodles: it's a great mix of three meats and vegetables. They also deliver so if I'm feeling lazy, they'll come to me! Do yourself a favor and visit, you won't be disappointed. Pros: Inexpensive, Great food, Delivers Cons: Unvisible from street more

Hidden Treasure. 10/30/2002

Every time my wife and I come here, this place has very little other customers, and as good as the food is, I wonder why. Not that I'm complaining--as overpopulated as Portland is getting, it's hard to find intamate places like this anymore. The food is great, and I'll agree with the main review that the food is very reasonable--most Chinese places are quite expensive nowadays. The sevice is also very friendly, and a TV is there to entertain if you're bored. And--if you're really hungry--DeNicola's is right next door if you want to do a ""Restaurant World Tour Night"". Pros: Reasonable prices, Parking A+, Not ever crowded more
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  • Hours:

    Monday 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Tuesday 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Wednesday 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Thursday 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Friday 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Saturday 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Sunday 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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  • Neighborhoods:

    Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program, Creston - Kenilworth
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