Red Dragon Chinese Restaurant

★★★★☆
A la carte Chinese is alive and well in this neighborhood hideaway.
  • 2513 Fairview Rd

    Raleigh, NC 27608

    Cross street: Marys Street

    Map & Directions
  • 919-782-1102

About Red Dragon Chinese Restaurant

Hours
Mon-Thu 11am-9:30pm; Fri 11am-10:00pm; Sat. 4-10:00pm; Sun 4-9:30pm

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Red Dragon has been a local neighborhood chinese restaurant favorite since the late 1980s. The location in the heart of Five Points, and near Cameron Village, sets the stage for a wonderful experience. Michael, one of the owner, is

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Red Dragon has been a local neighborhood chinese restaurant favorite since the late 1980s. The location in the heart of Five Points, and near Cameron Village, sets the stage for a wonderful experience. Michael, one of the owner, is

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I have been a patron of Red Dragon for going on twenty years. I have never had a bad experience and the food has always been delicious. The ownership has never been anything but nice and the wait staff is always on their game. Keep up the good work!

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I have been a patron of Red Dragon for going on twenty years. I have never had a bad experience and the food has always been delicious. The ownership has never been anything but nice and the wait staff is always on their game. Keep up the good work!

Pros: always friendly, always good.

Cons: none- Red Dragon rocks

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The Red Dragon is a pretty small chinese restaurant and in a sort of obscure location - but it's so worth it!! The atmosphere is nice and the food is excellent!! I highly recommend this to anyone in the downtown Raleigh area!

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★★★★★

The Red Dragon is a pretty small chinese restaurant and in a sort of obscure location - but it's so worth it!! The atmosphere is nice and the food is excellent!! I highly recommend this to anyone in the downtown Raleigh area!

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As soon as you walk in to the restaurant you get a friendly greeting. The one downside of the hidden jewel is the small dining room. The food is fabulous...Hot and Sour soup is the best there, but you can't go wrong with any of the entrees. The parking lot is also sometimes really hard to park in, but I am a really bad driver. GO EAT HERE YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED!!

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★★★★★

As soon as you walk in to the restaurant you get a friendly greeting. The one downside of the hidden jewel is the small dining room. The food is fabulous...Hot and Sour soup is the best there, but you can't go wrong with any of the entrees. The parking lot is also sometimes really hard to park in, but I am a really bad driver. GO EAT HERE YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED!!

Pros: Excellent food, friendly/fast service

Cons: More expensive than the average Chinese place, Small dining room--sometimes there's a wait

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This a great little neighborhood place. The kind of place that if you come often enough, you will run into everyone you know. The food is great, the atmosphere comfortable and the staff excellent.

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This a great little neighborhood place. The kind of place that if you come often enough, you will run into everyone you know. The food is great, the atmosphere comfortable and the staff excellent.

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Great place to eat and get a fast bite. Everything is always fresh. Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah

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★★★★★

Great place to eat and get a fast bite. Everything is always fresh. Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah

Pros: Always hot food and quick service

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My husband and I have been going to Red Dragon for at least 8 years and have always loved it. The food is good Americanized Chinese. If you're looking for authentic style, this isn't it. We love that it's small and quiet. We have always had polite and fast service. Over the years, the portions seem to have gotten a little smaller. We used to always have enough leftovers for lunch, but now we finish our food or have just a small bit left, unless we have big appetizers.
I agree that it is not really suited for children, unless they are the type who stay seated quietly at the table for the duration of a meal. The small size makes noisy people of any age a nuisance to the other patrons.

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★★★★☆

My husband and I have been going to Red Dragon for at least 8 years and have always loved it. The food is good Americanized Chinese. If you're looking for authentic style, this isn't it. We love that it's small and quiet. We have always had polite and fast service. Over the years, the portions seem to have gotten a little smaller. We used to always have enough leftovers for lunch, but now we finish our food or have just a small bit left, unless we have big appetizers.
I agree that it is not really suited for children, unless they are the type who stay seated quietly at the table for the duration of a meal. The small size makes noisy people of any age a nuisance to the other patrons.

Pros: Good food, quiet and intimate

Cons: Hard to find, limited seating and parking

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I love chinese cusine, and this place did not disappoint me. I had a vegetable tofu dish with spices and light brown sauce, it was delicious. The staff is friendly and will suggest what you should try based on your likes and dislikes you tell them.

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★★★★☆

I love chinese cusine, and this place did not disappoint me. I had a vegetable tofu dish with spices and light brown sauce, it was delicious. The staff is friendly and will suggest what you should try based on your likes and dislikes you tell them.

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First time going to Red Dragon, we will go back. The food was very well prepared. I had chicken with broccoli. I asked for it spicy, our waiter took the time to explain the two sauces that have that would be spicy. I went with his recommendation, spicy brown sauce. Great time! Place is small, you may have a wait.

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★★★★☆

First time going to Red Dragon, we will go back. The food was very well prepared. I had chicken with broccoli. I asked for it spicy, our waiter took the time to explain the two sauces that have that would be spicy. I went with his recommendation, spicy brown sauce. Great time! Place is small, you may have a wait.

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I went to this place and had the tofu vegetable dish-- best I have had in Raleigh. The veggies were fresh and the brown sauce was flavorful, the spring roll was good, but the wonton soup was a little on the bland side, but still flavorful, especially after adding a bit of soy sauce. The drawback is that the menu does not have a wide variety or staples I expect at a Chinese place (like Spare Ribs, egg rolls, or noodles other than lo mein) & if you go at night it is incredibly difficult to find because the awning isn't lit. The owner said they have been there 15 years so people just know where they are. I highly recommend it.

...And I'm sorry but I can't resist-- to the woman who thinks the staff was rude for shushing your kids (and those like you)-- I applaud them! Nobody wants to hear your loud and obnoxious kids-- yes I'm sure it was disturbing to others trying to enjoy their meals around you (thereby obnoxious) which caused the staff to shush YOUR kids-- a job YOU should have been taking care of yourself. If you want your kids to behave loudly or run around a restaurant like it's a playground, go to chucky cheese, otherwise be considerate to those around you and keep your kids disciplined in public.

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★★★★☆

I went to this place and had the tofu vegetable dish-- best I have had in Raleigh. The veggies were fresh and the brown sauce was flavorful, the spring roll was good, but the wonton soup was a little on the bland side, but still flavorful, especially after adding a bit of soy sauce. The drawback is that the menu does not have a wide variety or staples I expect at a Chinese place (like Spare Ribs, egg rolls, or noodles other than lo mein) & if you go at night it is incredibly difficult to find because the awning isn't lit. The owner said they have been there 15 years so people just know where they are. I highly recommend it.

...And I'm sorry but I can't resist-- to the woman who thinks the staff was rude for shushing your kids (and those like you)-- I applaud them! Nobody wants to hear your loud and obnoxious kids-- yes I'm sure it was disturbing to others trying to enjoy their meals around you (thereby obnoxious) which caused the staff to shush YOUR kids-- a job YOU should have been taking care of yourself. If you want your kids to behave loudly or run around a restaurant like it's a playground, go to chucky cheese, otherwise be considerate to those around you and keep your kids disciplined in public.

Pros: Great Raleigh Chinese Take-Out

Cons: Small Menu

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I've been to The Red Dragon twice; the first time it was not at all good...the second time, my friends and I went because we were hoping that I'd been wrong the first time. Unfortunately, I wasn't. The staff was polite but not friendly; they only came to the table to take our orders, bring the food, and to leave the check. We were never asked how the food was, either time. The Peking Duck was extremely fatty and not crispy. Yes, I know that Duck is not a lean meat, but this was 90% jiggly, inedible fat! The Chicken Broccoli, as well, was not lean; it tasted like it had been reheated and the broccoli was soggy and overcooked. The Beef Broccoli was similar; even doctored-up with a lot of soy sauce and hot sauce, it didn't have good flavor or texture. I requested "extra mushrooms" with the Beef Broccoli and was charged $2 extra for them, but they were very hard to locate on the platter; they also tasted and looked like canned mushrooms. The white rice was very good. Really, the food did not taste good and its' appearance was not attractive, in the least.
The prices weren't too high but I would've been much happier with a higher bill, as long as the food was good. So, in summary, the prices are low (and you get what you pay for..) and smoking wasn't allowed (a good thing).

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★☆☆☆☆

I've been to The Red Dragon twice; the first time it was not at all good...the second time, my friends and I went because we were hoping that I'd been wrong the first time. Unfortunately, I wasn't. The staff was polite but not friendly; they only came to the table to take our orders, bring the food, and to leave the check. We were never asked how the food was, either time. The Peking Duck was extremely fatty and not crispy. Yes, I know that Duck is not a lean meat, but this was 90% jiggly, inedible fat! The Chicken Broccoli, as well, was not lean; it tasted like it had been reheated and the broccoli was soggy and overcooked. The Beef Broccoli was similar; even doctored-up with a lot of soy sauce and hot sauce, it didn't have good flavor or texture. I requested "extra mushrooms" with the Beef Broccoli and was charged $2 extra for them, but they were very hard to locate on the platter; they also tasted and looked like canned mushrooms. The white rice was very good. Really, the food did not taste good and its' appearance was not attractive, in the least.
The prices weren't too high but I would've been much happier with a higher bill, as long as the food was good. So, in summary, the prices are low (and you get what you pay for..) and smoking wasn't allowed (a good thing).

Pros: location, no-smoking

Cons: parking, service, food

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The only drawback to this place is that it is too small to hold the crowds it sometimes generates. The reason it gets crowded is because the food is very good. Since 2001, I've probably eaten at Red Dragon at least 30 times. The soup is delicious and the sweet and sour chicken is hard to beat. They give you a generous amount of nearly everything.

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★★★★★

The only drawback to this place is that it is too small to hold the crowds it sometimes generates. The reason it gets crowded is because the food is very good. Since 2001, I've probably eaten at Red Dragon at least 30 times. The soup is delicious and the sweet and sour chicken is hard to beat. They give you a generous amount of nearly everything.

Pros: very good taste, generous portions, value priced at lunchtime

Cons: parking lot and restaurant itself is too small

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Red Dragon consistently serves fresh and light entrees of just right portion sizes. The service is always efficient and friendly. However, if you like spicy food as I do, ask for hot sauce on the side. If you ask for the dish to be prepared extra spicy, even for the dishes with the little pepper by them on the menu, you will still be disappointed. The efficient service, the consistent freshness and quality, however, make it worth revisiting. Just be prepared to add your own heat.

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★★★★☆

Red Dragon consistently serves fresh and light entrees of just right portion sizes. The service is always efficient and friendly. However, if you like spicy food as I do, ask for hot sauce on the side. If you ask for the dish to be prepared extra spicy, even for the dishes with the little pepper by them on the menu, you will still be disappointed. The efficient service, the consistent freshness and quality, however, make it worth revisiting. Just be prepared to add your own heat.

Pros: Consistent quality, fresh and light

Cons: not nearly spicy enough

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I tried this place coz it had decent reviews-
why .. i don't know.. the food was bland and
not good. on top of that.. i called it in at least
15 minutes ahead of time, THEN had to wait 37
more minutes!? lame

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★★★☆☆

I tried this place coz it had decent reviews-
why .. i don't know.. the food was bland and
not good. on top of that.. i called it in at least
15 minutes ahead of time, THEN had to wait 37
more minutes!? lame

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Best potstickers I've had. You can definitely tell that they are made fresh and not frozen. Enjoyed the Peking Duck too... Great experience!

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★★★★★

Best potstickers I've had. You can definitely tell that they are made fresh and not frozen. Enjoyed the Peking Duck too... Great experience!

Pros: Great food!

Cons: N/A

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We've tried dozens of awful Chinese restaurants in Raleigh and were glad to finally discover the Red Dragon after nine months of searching. The service and food was very good. The Mandarin Scallops is excellent. The scallops were perfectly cooked and they did not skimp on them. The p-o-t (citysearch flagged this as an inappropriate word!) stickers were worth the 15 minute wait. The Cashew Chicken was also very good, though we prefer the way it was prepared by a favorite restaurant at our old home up north. Prices were reasonable and the staff was very professional. We will definitely go back.

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★★★★☆

We've tried dozens of awful Chinese restaurants in Raleigh and were glad to finally discover the Red Dragon after nine months of searching. The service and food was very good. The Mandarin Scallops is excellent. The scallops were perfectly cooked and they did not skimp on them. The p-o-t (citysearch flagged this as an inappropriate word!) stickers were worth the 15 minute wait. The Cashew Chicken was also very good, though we prefer the way it was prepared by a favorite restaurant at our old home up north. Prices were reasonable and the staff was very professional. We will definitely go back.

Pros: best p-o-t stickers around, good service

Cons: small menu

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My boyfriend is hard to impress when it comes to good Chinese food. I was a huge fan of Red Dragon and took him there thinking maybe, just maybe, he would love it as much as I. Now he requests it more often then I. It is a very small, quaint, great date restaurant. Leave the kids at home...to small.

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★★★★★

My boyfriend is hard to impress when it comes to good Chinese food. I was a huge fan of Red Dragon and took him there thinking maybe, just maybe, he would love it as much as I. Now he requests it more often then I. It is a very small, quaint, great date restaurant. Leave the kids at home...to small.

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if you don't love this place you are out of your mind. please enter a mental hospital if this is not the best chinese food you have ever put in your mouth. super service, great with kids, and great for large groups. the general chicken and the crab rangoons rock the house!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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★★★★★

if you don't love this place you are out of your mind. please enter a mental hospital if this is not the best chinese food you have ever put in your mouth. super service, great with kids, and great for large groups. the general chicken and the crab rangoons rock the house!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pros: everything

Cons: nothing whatsoever

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My husband and our neighbor went to the newly opened branch of this restaurant and they are anything but kid-friendly. They shushed my kids directly twice. Food is ok.

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★☆☆☆☆

My husband and our neighbor went to the newly opened branch of this restaurant and they are anything but kid-friendly. They shushed my kids directly twice. Food is ok.

Cons: not kid-friendly, poo customer service, rude

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incredible dishes, out of this world service, and cozy setting....the best chinese food in the triangle served quickly, quaintly, and with a smile. call at least 30 minutes ahead to reserve a table. everyone loves the dragon...

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★★★★★

incredible dishes, out of this world service, and cozy setting....the best chinese food in the triangle served quickly, quaintly, and with a smile. call at least 30 minutes ahead to reserve a table. everyone loves the dragon...

Pros: delicious dishes, great staff, cozy and efficient

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I have yet to find a decent chinese restaurant in Raleigh. I can't comment on everything on the Red Dragon menu, but I can say that the "Sesame Chicken" tastes like chicken hunks in ketchup. Well, I guess that is better that bark hunks in ketchup. I like ketchup A LOT! but not when it is supposed to be sesame chicken...

Also, like every other chinese place I have been to in Raleigh, the Red Dragon's Chicken and Broccoli is in one of those light sauces that turn to glue when it gets cold and no microwave nor blowtorch can bring it back to its former liquid state. GROSS. Chicken and broccoli and boogers.

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★☆☆☆☆

I have yet to find a decent chinese restaurant in Raleigh. I can't comment on everything on the Red Dragon menu, but I can say that the "Sesame Chicken" tastes like chicken hunks in ketchup. Well, I guess that is better that bark hunks in ketchup. I like ketchup A LOT! but not when it is supposed to be sesame chicken...

Also, like every other chinese place I have been to in Raleigh, the Red Dragon's Chicken and Broccoli is in one of those light sauces that turn to glue when it gets cold and no microwave nor blowtorch can bring it back to its former liquid state. GROSS. Chicken and broccoli and boogers.

Pros: price of crap is fine, free chopsticks!, free sauces!

Cons: the crap food you get

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I've eaten at the Red Dragon for years and loved it. Over the last year, I have seen a decline in the quality of the food and the size of the take out servings and I no longer patronize them.

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★★★☆☆

I've eaten at the Red Dragon for years and loved it. Over the last year, I have seen a decline in the quality of the food and the size of the take out servings and I no longer patronize them.

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My bro-in-law highly recommends their take out, but after trying it twice, I'm just not impressed. Everything was too greasy and usually overcooked. The General Gau's was awful--too shriveled and no nuance to the flavor. Perhaps this is authentic Chinese, but it seemed more like a deep-fried Southern take on everything.

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★★☆☆☆

My bro-in-law highly recommends their take out, but after trying it twice, I'm just not impressed. Everything was too greasy and usually overcooked. The General Gau's was awful--too shriveled and no nuance to the flavor. Perhaps this is authentic Chinese, but it seemed more like a deep-fried Southern take on everything.

Pros: Nice atmosphere, friendly service

Cons: Too fried, Too greasy

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When I moved to Raleigh from San Francisco, I thought I wouldn't be able to find any authentic Chinese food here! However, this Chinese restaurant really impressed me, their food , service and the atmosphere are great! I think this is the most authentic Chinese restaurant in Raleigh. It worst to try !

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★★★★★

When I moved to Raleigh from San Francisco, I thought I wouldn't be able to find any authentic Chinese food here! However, this Chinese restaurant really impressed me, their food , service and the atmosphere are great! I think this is the most authentic Chinese restaurant in Raleigh. It worst to try !

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Decent food at average prices. Basically about 9 bucks per entree. Most dishes I've had there are good... not great, but good. In my opinion, the best dish is the Mandarin chicken. If you're a fan of Sesame and/or General Tso's chicken like I am, you'll love it. All white meat chicken and great sauce. I used to live in Chapel Hill and I'd drive all the way to Raleigh to get it... it's that good.

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★★★★★

Decent food at average prices. Basically about 9 bucks per entree. Most dishes I've had there are good... not great, but good. In my opinion, the best dish is the Mandarin chicken. If you're a fan of Sesame and/or General Tso's chicken like I am, you'll love it. All white meat chicken and great sauce. I used to live in Chapel Hill and I'd drive all the way to Raleigh to get it... it's that good.

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Nice and quite atmosphere in a nice neigbourhood. The food was good and the service friendly. Parking is kinda tricky along this intersection and street.

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★★★★★

Nice and quite atmosphere in a nice neigbourhood. The food was good and the service friendly. Parking is kinda tricky along this intersection and street.

Pros: parking

Cons: food, atmosphere, location

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Absolutely, the best Chinese food I've ever had. I frequently visit Red Dragon and have tried several new items simply because everything else I've had there rocks and it's all good! I thought Neo China was the best, now I don't even consider it for take-out because Red Dragon has that too! Don't mention PF Chang around me or feel the wrath of my "over-priced, trendy crap" rant.

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★★★★★

Absolutely, the best Chinese food I've ever had. I frequently visit Red Dragon and have tried several new items simply because everything else I've had there rocks and it's all good! I thought Neo China was the best, now I don't even consider it for take-out because Red Dragon has that too! Don't mention PF Chang around me or feel the wrath of my "over-priced, trendy crap" rant.

Pros: Inexpensive, Gigantic Portions, Friendly service

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Just moved here from the West Coast. Tried Red Dragon based on "Top 10" recommendation here. Another mistake under the Reader's Top 10. Bland seasoning, skimped on chicken content of entree, and very greasy egg rolls. Never again...........

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★☆☆☆☆

Just moved here from the West Coast. Tried Red Dragon based on "Top 10" recommendation here. Another mistake under the Reader's Top 10. Bland seasoning, skimped on chicken content of entree, and very greasy egg rolls. Never again...........

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We happened upon Red Dragon by accident and fell in love. We've never had a bad experience there... the food is always wonderful! Their Egg Drop soup is the best I have ever had, and their Spring Rolls are out of this world.

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★★★★★

We happened upon Red Dragon by accident and fell in love. We've never had a bad experience there... the food is always wonderful! Their Egg Drop soup is the best I have ever had, and their Spring Rolls are out of this world.

Pros: Great food, Great Service

Cons: Not a lot of seating

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I recently got a take-out order from Red Dragon. It was undoubtedly the worst Chinese food I've ever had. In fact, I really couldn't eat it - I ended up throwing it away after a few bites. What a waste! The entree was bland and undercooked. No flavor at all. I was so disappointed. I will probably never eat there again.

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★☆☆☆☆

I recently got a take-out order from Red Dragon. It was undoubtedly the worst Chinese food I've ever had. In fact, I really couldn't eat it - I ended up throwing it away after a few bites. What a waste! The entree was bland and undercooked. No flavor at all. I was so disappointed. I will probably never eat there again.

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Decent soups, egg rolls and dumplings. Entres are bland bland bland. They cater more to the many retired people in the area.

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★★★☆☆

Decent soups, egg rolls and dumplings. Entres are bland bland bland. They cater more to the many retired people in the area.

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I have been a fan of Red Dragon for over four years. This intimate restaurant gets it right every time. My husband and I often make the 45 minute round-trip to enjoy the wonderful mixed vegetables and sesame chicken AND that fabulous wonton soup.

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★★★★★

I have been a fan of Red Dragon for over four years. This intimate restaurant gets it right every time. My husband and I often make the 45 minute round-trip to enjoy the wonderful mixed vegetables and sesame chicken AND that fabulous wonton soup.

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No way is this in the Top 10! The food was soggy and had very little taste. We will never eat there again.

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★☆☆☆☆

No way is this in the Top 10! The food was soggy and had very little taste. We will never eat there again.

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The Red Dragon I think is one of the best chinese retaurants inside the beltline area. located on fairview rd, this is a very convinient restaurant to hit on your way to the rialto in five points, or even on your way out for the evening in

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★★★☆☆

The Red Dragon I think is one of the best chinese retaurants inside the beltline area. located on fairview rd, this is a very convinient restaurant to hit on your way to the rialto in five points, or even on your way out for the evening in

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Chinese here is not as wonderful as it could be. While it is very popular with the locals, the Chinese will tell you that it is very Americanized with few similarities with the fare that you would find in China. For a quick eat, however,

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★★★☆☆

Chinese here is not as wonderful as it could be. While it is very popular with the locals, the Chinese will tell you that it is very Americanized with few similarities with the fare that you would find in China. For a quick eat, however,

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The small, nicely appointed interior is devoid of the typical Chinese restaurant kitsch. The pot stickers, in contrast, are excellent. The boneless duck entree should be prized by duck-lovers for its crispy skin. The…

 

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