Golden Horse Seafood Rstrnt

★★★☆☆
  • 238 NW Fourth Ave

    Portland, OR 97209

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  • 503-228-1688

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AMAZING food for an unbelievable price. Try the beef chow fun with kai lan (chinese broccoli) or the sesame chicken. Popular American dishes such as sweet & sour are not nearly as impressive as their more authentic dishes.

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AMAZING food for an unbelievable price. Try the beef chow fun with kai lan (chinese broccoli) or the sesame chicken. Popular American dishes such as sweet & sour are not nearly as impressive as their more authentic dishes.

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Father's Day 2009:
I took my partner & father of my son for Father's Day lunch at his request. His mom was also there.
She ordered the deep fried pepper calamari (I forget the exact name).
An older waitress (seemed like owner) brought the

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★★★★★

Father's Day 2009:
I took my partner & father of my son for Father's Day lunch at his request. His mom was also there.
She ordered the deep fried pepper calamari (I forget the exact name).
An older waitress (seemed like owner) brought the

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Not NYC Chinatown quality, but a good basic restaurant. Far superior to many others I've eaten in on this coast, and a mostly Chinese clientele tells me there's something there which I need to explore further. Wait staff wasn't friendly initially but they do respect good food choices and warmed up.

Went with a group of friends who ordered American-Chinese dishes, Lemon Chicken and the like. Not authentic Chinese fare and it was typically bland and disappointing, but everyone else enjoyed it. The duck I ordered was very tasty although a bit dry, but my order of string beans was huge and cooked superbly, deep fried tender and tossed with just the right amount of Szechuan preserved vegetable. I had hoped to find Cho Tofu but was told that it's not served in this area.

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★★★★☆

Not NYC Chinatown quality, but a good basic restaurant. Far superior to many others I've eaten in on this coast, and a mostly Chinese clientele tells me there's something there which I need to explore further. Wait staff wasn't friendly initially but they do respect good food choices and warmed up.

Went with a group of friends who ordered American-Chinese dishes, Lemon Chicken and the like. Not authentic Chinese fare and it was typically bland and disappointing, but everyone else enjoyed it. The duck I ordered was very tasty although a bit dry, but my order of string beans was huge and cooked superbly, deep fried tender and tossed with just the right amount of Szechuan preserved vegetable. I had hoped to find Cho Tofu but was told that it's not served in this area.

Pros: Quite decent for the PNW

Cons: Not overly clean

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Although Portland has a super small China town, The Golden Horse is authentic and worth a visit. I've come here in a large group and had great service and enough food to take home. They have specialty items like pigeon that you can order if you call ahead. I like to stick to the basics. The fish porridge is delicious!

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★★★★☆

Although Portland has a super small China town, The Golden Horse is authentic and worth a visit. I've come here in a large group and had great service and enough food to take home. They have specialty items like pigeon that you can order if you call ahead. I like to stick to the basics. The fish porridge is delicious!

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If you go, ask what fresh vegetables are available and what fresh fish are available. they have a combination where they take a whole fish, make a soup, a main dish and a vegetable dish from the same fish. it is wonderful.

I like the Hong Kong style noodles with the fresh vegetables and It is a fresh noodle that is fried and the then topped with a stir fry.

Also, if the live shrimp are in the tank, they have several fresh shrip dishes that are the best in Portland.

When i go for Chinese food, i want the real stuff and an atmosphere that matches. Golden Horse is as good as any place in Chinatown in San Francisco.

But don't waste your time going and ordering "American" Chinese. My mother drives me crazy because she insists on a #3. Once I got her to try the walnut glazed shrimp, she started letting me order for her and enjoys every trip.

Enjoy

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★★★★★

If you go, ask what fresh vegetables are available and what fresh fish are available. they have a combination where they take a whole fish, make a soup, a main dish and a vegetable dish from the same fish. it is wonderful.

I like the Hong Kong style noodles with the fresh vegetables and It is a fresh noodle that is fried and the then topped with a stir fry.

Also, if the live shrimp are in the tank, they have several fresh shrip dishes that are the best in Portland.

When i go for Chinese food, i want the real stuff and an atmosphere that matches. Golden Horse is as good as any place in Chinatown in San Francisco.

But don't waste your time going and ordering "American" Chinese. My mother drives me crazy because she insists on a #3. Once I got her to try the walnut glazed shrimp, she started letting me order for her and enjoys every trip.

Enjoy

Pros: fresh, high quality, inexpensive meals

Cons: location, decor could be updated

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I do tend to be picky when it comes to Chinese food but I thought this was horrible. I am NOT a fan of greasy, saucy, fried foods and that's all they have here. The restaurant itself was not very clean and appealing and the food was even worse. Even the tea tasted like dirty water. I would NOT recommend this place to anyone!!

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★☆☆☆☆

I do tend to be picky when it comes to Chinese food but I thought this was horrible. I am NOT a fan of greasy, saucy, fried foods and that's all they have here. The restaurant itself was not very clean and appealing and the food was even worse. Even the tea tasted like dirty water. I would NOT recommend this place to anyone!!

Cons: Horrible food, dirty restaurant

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The place was full of people, so we guessed it had to be decent food. Unfortunately we were wrong. I ordered the Sesame Chicken and my hubz ordered the General Tso's Chicken - and he asked for it extra spicy. The hot tea was very bitter. The service was curt. Both of our dishes looked and tasted exactly alike - except mine had sesame seeds. The General Tso's was not one bit spicy. Both dishes had sliced jalepenos on them. Really? In chinese food? The chicken was burnt on the edges and every bite began and ended with overly crispy, burnt flavored yuck. I definitely don't recommend this place.

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★☆☆☆☆

The place was full of people, so we guessed it had to be decent food. Unfortunately we were wrong. I ordered the Sesame Chicken and my hubz ordered the General Tso's Chicken - and he asked for it extra spicy. The hot tea was very bitter. The service was curt. Both of our dishes looked and tasted exactly alike - except mine had sesame seeds. The General Tso's was not one bit spicy. Both dishes had sliced jalepenos on them. Really? In chinese food? The chicken was burnt on the edges and every bite began and ended with overly crispy, burnt flavored yuck. I definitely don't recommend this place.

Pros: none

Cons: food, service, atmosphere

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Although I may be picky, I don't think anybody should eat here. In my General Tso's Chicken was a squishy ball. Out of the squishy ball squirted liquid. Um, ewwwwww. Also, our server was really crabby. After 20 minutes of waiting (trust me, she seemed allergic to the normal "flagging down") she finally came over and was like, "What?" So I asked her if I could please have some more rice. Well, I really had to go to the bathroom*, so unfortunately, I was gone when she came by with the rice. Instead of leaving the rice, she took it back with her. At the end, I told her the potstickers were good, and she glared at me and spoke rapid chinese to the two hunched over figures peeling beans. Unless you're really adventurous, DO NOT EAT AT GOLDEN HORSE.

*Upon the toilet is a small sign and it says, "For maximum quality flush, take top off of toilet and take rubberband off of flap."

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★☆☆☆☆

Although I may be picky, I don't think anybody should eat here. In my General Tso's Chicken was a squishy ball. Out of the squishy ball squirted liquid. Um, ewwwwww. Also, our server was really crabby. After 20 minutes of waiting (trust me, she seemed allergic to the normal "flagging down") she finally came over and was like, "What?" So I asked her if I could please have some more rice. Well, I really had to go to the bathroom*, so unfortunately, I was gone when she came by with the rice. Instead of leaving the rice, she took it back with her. At the end, I told her the potstickers were good, and she glared at me and spoke rapid chinese to the two hunched over figures peeling beans. Unless you're really adventurous, DO NOT EAT AT GOLDEN HORSE.

*Upon the toilet is a small sign and it says, "For maximum quality flush, take top off of toilet and take rubberband off of flap."

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This is obviously not a place for a date with its outdated decor and fluorescent lighting. However, if you care for authentic cantonese food, you will not be disappointed. We came from San Francisco bay area. Me, raised in China, husband, an HIGHLY TRAINED white , both agree that food is genuinely delicious.
There we were, wandering in the Chinatown on our trip, trying to find a place to eat. Read the menu on about every restaurants in China town, totaling about 6 (?!). Only two stood out as serving authentic full menu . There is another one looked ok, but for noodle porridge type of food. Yes, you can tell from the menu.
What we ordered? Chicken Tofu sheet mushroom soup(soup of the day), sauteed scallop, eggplant anchovy stew, and the BBQ pork fried rice (in case the restaurant is a put off, can't go too wrong on a fried rice). Unfortunately oyster is sold out on that night, otherwise we would have ordered it steamed, with black bean sauce. No complaints what's so ever, food was cooked what it supposed to taste like in China, and huge portion. When the check came, found out soup and rice are both complimentary. Plus the no sales tax bargain, this meal would have cost about 40% more in California.

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★★★★☆

This is obviously not a place for a date with its outdated decor and fluorescent lighting. However, if you care for authentic cantonese food, you will not be disappointed. We came from San Francisco bay area. Me, raised in China, husband, an HIGHLY TRAINED white , both agree that food is genuinely delicious.
There we were, wandering in the Chinatown on our trip, trying to find a place to eat. Read the menu on about every restaurants in China town, totaling about 6 (?!). Only two stood out as serving authentic full menu . There is another one looked ok, but for noodle porridge type of food. Yes, you can tell from the menu.
What we ordered? Chicken Tofu sheet mushroom soup(soup of the day), sauteed scallop, eggplant anchovy stew, and the BBQ pork fried rice (in case the restaurant is a put off, can't go too wrong on a fried rice). Unfortunately oyster is sold out on that night, otherwise we would have ordered it steamed, with black bean sauce. No complaints what's so ever, food was cooked what it supposed to taste like in China, and huge portion. When the check came, found out soup and rice are both complimentary. Plus the no sales tax bargain, this meal would have cost about 40% more in California.

Pros: Authentic delicious, Good price

Cons: outdated interior

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Anyplace that smells primarily like urine and old wood more than cooking food should probably be avoided. But, having eaten here before and enjoying it, I ordered the orange chicken anyway. It came out drowned in soy sauce. My date's sweet and sour chicken was undercooked. Both dishes were completely inedible. I wouldn't recommend this place to anyone, under any circumstances. *shudder*

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★☆☆☆☆

Anyplace that smells primarily like urine and old wood more than cooking food should probably be avoided. But, having eaten here before and enjoying it, I ordered the orange chicken anyway. It came out drowned in soy sauce. My date's sweet and sour chicken was undercooked. Both dishes were completely inedible. I wouldn't recommend this place to anyone, under any circumstances. *shudder*

Pros: none

Cons: smells awful.

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I see lots of reviews that talks about the poor service, but all of these raters need to remember...these people are from immigrant business people from Hong Kong. They are not American, so are they going to act like American waiters. They are brisk, they are curt, but they are professional. The food portions are huge, and delicious. The English is not the best, but when we walk in and see that we are the only white people in the restaurant it confirms that the food is great. And it is! If you do not like the service, sorry, but remember that not everyone acts like you want them to. The food is amazing and they are friendly when you get to know them.

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★★★★★

I see lots of reviews that talks about the poor service, but all of these raters need to remember...these people are from immigrant business people from Hong Kong. They are not American, so are they going to act like American waiters. They are brisk, they are curt, but they are professional. The food portions are huge, and delicious. The English is not the best, but when we walk in and see that we are the only white people in the restaurant it confirms that the food is great. And it is! If you do not like the service, sorry, but remember that not everyone acts like you want them to. The food is amazing and they are friendly when you get to know them.

Pros: FOOD!

Cons: restaurant is a bit dingy, ambiance is blah

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I love Golden Horse. It is one of the few restaurants in town that make me feel like I am in Chinatown. I could see how someone with limited experience of Chinese food and culture might take offense to the decor, style of service, and flavors of food, but this is the real deal folks! This is authentic Chinese food that offers many classics that you can't find elsewhere such as "ung choy", a delicious Chinese green in a garlic sauce that is to die for. The Buddha's Delight contained an unusual, crunchy "wood mushroom" that imparted a flavor that took some getting used to, but was delicious nonetheless. It's a shame that the special board is written only in Chinese, because that's where some of the best food I've had comes from. It doesn't hurt to ask about the specials. The main point I want to make here is that Golden Horse is a really good restaurant, but it takes some patience, savvy, and a little cultural understanding on your part to have a good experience.

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★★★★★

I love Golden Horse. It is one of the few restaurants in town that make me feel like I am in Chinatown. I could see how someone with limited experience of Chinese food and culture might take offense to the decor, style of service, and flavors of food, but this is the real deal folks! This is authentic Chinese food that offers many classics that you can't find elsewhere such as "ung choy", a delicious Chinese green in a garlic sauce that is to die for. The Buddha's Delight contained an unusual, crunchy "wood mushroom" that imparted a flavor that took some getting used to, but was delicious nonetheless. It's a shame that the special board is written only in Chinese, because that's where some of the best food I've had comes from. It doesn't hurt to ask about the specials. The main point I want to make here is that Golden Horse is a really good restaurant, but it takes some patience, savvy, and a little cultural understanding on your part to have a good experience.

Pros: Very Authentic

Cons: Special Board could use some english translations.

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Usually i'm a food snob; I won't eat it unless you can tell me or prove to me the superiorority of the food i'm about to eat. Even if it's not that good, I can appreciate when someone has put effort and creativity into food that is still edible. I can even send my food snob home and enjoy things that usual food snobs wouldn't, like fast food fries or ballpark hotdogs! But both my boyfriend and I were seriously upset and disgusted after the meal we ordered, and did not eat, at the Golden Horse last night.
We thought, "Okay, minced beef with egg and greens... sounds filling and simple and would go well with rice." So we ordered it, along with ginger and garlic beef. We'd have leftovers for lunch the next day, etc. First, the eggrolls came, we ate, we were not impressed. Second, the beef with ginger and garlic came, along with the white rice; we ate and were not horrified, nor were we impressed.
And last, the highlight of our dinner, is what leaves me permanently scarred. In a clear glass Pirex pie dish arrived a mound of what can only be described as gelatinous goop. I tried a few bites, thinking it might be something with gross texture but good flavor; however, it was just too disgusting. There were bits of what looked not exactly like meat, bits of green beans, slimy scrambled eggs, and it was all held together by what looked like gelatinous animal fat. It was time to go...
So I politely tried to leave by saying we were late getting somewhere and asked for our check while standing at the cash register. The waitress went to our table and looked at the uneaten food, asked me if I wanted a box, and when I said no, she scowled. Then she asked if I liked it, and I told her 'no' by shaking my head and clicking my tongue. The other waitress came and looked horrified that we didn't eat the food, they started talking loudly in Chinese, demanded $23.50... and we left as quick as we could. Without leaving a tip.

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★☆☆☆☆

Usually i'm a food snob; I won't eat it unless you can tell me or prove to me the superiorority of the food i'm about to eat. Even if it's not that good, I can appreciate when someone has put effort and creativity into food that is still edible. I can even send my food snob home and enjoy things that usual food snobs wouldn't, like fast food fries or ballpark hotdogs! But both my boyfriend and I were seriously upset and disgusted after the meal we ordered, and did not eat, at the Golden Horse last night.
We thought, "Okay, minced beef with egg and greens... sounds filling and simple and would go well with rice." So we ordered it, along with ginger and garlic beef. We'd have leftovers for lunch the next day, etc. First, the eggrolls came, we ate, we were not impressed. Second, the beef with ginger and garlic came, along with the white rice; we ate and were not horrified, nor were we impressed.
And last, the highlight of our dinner, is what leaves me permanently scarred. In a clear glass Pirex pie dish arrived a mound of what can only be described as gelatinous goop. I tried a few bites, thinking it might be something with gross texture but good flavor; however, it was just too disgusting. There were bits of what looked not exactly like meat, bits of green beans, slimy scrambled eggs, and it was all held together by what looked like gelatinous animal fat. It was time to go...
So I politely tried to leave by saying we were late getting somewhere and asked for our check while standing at the cash register. The waitress went to our table and looked at the uneaten food, asked me if I wanted a box, and when I said no, she scowled. Then she asked if I liked it, and I told her 'no' by shaking my head and clicking my tongue. The other waitress came and looked horrified that we didn't eat the food, they started talking loudly in Chinese, demanded $23.50... and we left as quick as we could. Without leaving a tip.

Pros: There aren't any

Cons: The food causes gastric distress

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The food is good if you know what you are getting. The service is bad!! Do not go in there expecting good service or you will be very disappointed. My faves are the Mongolian beef and mandarin chicken; you will not be upset ordering that. One day I went in and left a tube of lipstick there and the next time I came in the lady gave it to me( almost a month later!) Not to be ruse but they are veryprejudice, if you go in with a man you will get better service than a woman going in by her self. Please do not take offence but I was a frequent guest there a few times a week for a very long time and if you are not white or Chinese they treat you really bed there, I went in with a friend that was African American and we had to wait a very long time for the waitress to come and help us, to refill our water, to give us our check and our food, I had to beg for another napkin and when I asked for more water she pored the water all over my arm left the pitcher there and ran off. She got a quarter tip that night.
The sanitation is not good at all, the wait staff doesn?t wash there hands and the utensils usually have food stuck to them.
Oh and if you are with someone that asks for a fork they will never give you another chopstick again.
Im not saying that they have bad food though.

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★★☆☆☆

The food is good if you know what you are getting. The service is bad!! Do not go in there expecting good service or you will be very disappointed. My faves are the Mongolian beef and mandarin chicken; you will not be upset ordering that. One day I went in and left a tube of lipstick there and the next time I came in the lady gave it to me( almost a month later!) Not to be ruse but they are veryprejudice, if you go in with a man you will get better service than a woman going in by her self. Please do not take offence but I was a frequent guest there a few times a week for a very long time and if you are not white or Chinese they treat you really bed there, I went in with a friend that was African American and we had to wait a very long time for the waitress to come and help us, to refill our water, to give us our check and our food, I had to beg for another napkin and when I asked for more water she pored the water all over my arm left the pitcher there and ran off. She got a quarter tip that night.
The sanitation is not good at all, the wait staff doesn?t wash there hands and the utensils usually have food stuck to them.
Oh and if you are with someone that asks for a fork they will never give you another chopstick again.
Im not saying that they have bad food though.

Pros: good quick food and you can purchase live shrimp there.

Cons: poor service, dirty and just plain rude.

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My daughters wanted a new dining experience so I found the reviews of "Golden Horse" on the web. I was dazzled by the reviews of fresh asian seafood and the ratings of potstickers I had read at WWEEK so I thought, perfect. (saw the rating from CS but didn't read all the reviews here til now) So we wandered downtown to try and find this highly rated restaurant. When we got there, my youngest daughter looked inside and then back me stating that it had "school lighting!' Okay, so the ambience wasn't very good, and there weren't very many people there on a Friday night, was that a good thing? But the visions of what I had read about the sweet and sour fish kept me from turning around and leaving. So I sat down with my daughters, grandly assuring them that the best food I'd ever had in restaurants had been served under fluorescent lighting with plastic covered chairs. When the waitress came, we ordered potstickers, fried shrimp, the sweet and sour whole fish, seafood fried rice, tso chicken, buddhist noodles, dried fried geen beans, the lot. I like to really be able to try a lot of different things! So after tasting the sweet and sour soup, I wanted to go back and look at the sign outside to verify I was really at the Golden Horse that so many nice things had been written about. The buddhist noodles were really awful, I think we only ate three bites. One bite. Each. The potstickers were palatable but nothing like the bites of yum I was expecting, the fried shrimp was edible, but not special. The green beans were okay, the noodles tasted like two day old dishwater, the tso chicken was, well, like something you 'd pick up at Indifferent Panda. Honestly, I would tend not to go back. I'd love to know what sort of epicurians gave their glowing reviews to this place. I am totally not a food snob, by the way. The sweet and sour fish was good. Not excellent, just good. Kind of like a blooming onion, but made out of a fish. At least it was cheap and fast!

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★★★☆☆

My daughters wanted a new dining experience so I found the reviews of "Golden Horse" on the web. I was dazzled by the reviews of fresh asian seafood and the ratings of potstickers I had read at WWEEK so I thought, perfect. (saw the rating from CS but didn't read all the reviews here til now) So we wandered downtown to try and find this highly rated restaurant. When we got there, my youngest daughter looked inside and then back me stating that it had "school lighting!' Okay, so the ambience wasn't very good, and there weren't very many people there on a Friday night, was that a good thing? But the visions of what I had read about the sweet and sour fish kept me from turning around and leaving. So I sat down with my daughters, grandly assuring them that the best food I'd ever had in restaurants had been served under fluorescent lighting with plastic covered chairs. When the waitress came, we ordered potstickers, fried shrimp, the sweet and sour whole fish, seafood fried rice, tso chicken, buddhist noodles, dried fried geen beans, the lot. I like to really be able to try a lot of different things! So after tasting the sweet and sour soup, I wanted to go back and look at the sign outside to verify I was really at the Golden Horse that so many nice things had been written about. The buddhist noodles were really awful, I think we only ate three bites. One bite. Each. The potstickers were palatable but nothing like the bites of yum I was expecting, the fried shrimp was edible, but not special. The green beans were okay, the noodles tasted like two day old dishwater, the tso chicken was, well, like something you 'd pick up at Indifferent Panda. Honestly, I would tend not to go back. I'd love to know what sort of epicurians gave their glowing reviews to this place. I am totally not a food snob, by the way. The sweet and sour fish was good. Not excellent, just good. Kind of like a blooming onion, but made out of a fish. At least it was cheap and fast!

Pros: Service. Cost.

Cons: Inconsistency between dishes.

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No way, no how. Golden Horse has become less than what it used to be, which unfortunately wasn't much. The dishes used to be plentiful and full of flavor. Now they're skimpy about portions and if they're not, the food still tastes weird. Service has taken a spill for the worst as well, as now the staff is limited to two waitresses who could care less about you or your party.

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★★★☆☆

No way, no how. Golden Horse has become less than what it used to be, which unfortunately wasn't much. The dishes used to be plentiful and full of flavor. Now they're skimpy about portions and if they're not, the food still tastes weird. Service has taken a spill for the worst as well, as now the staff is limited to two waitresses who could care less about you or your party.

Pros: Prices, Food

Cons: Service, Parking, Atmosphere

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I've been to Golden Horse many many times. Their food is good, not great, but very tasty and a must if you like Chinese and live downtown without a car. However, beware when you go in a small group and you're the only one there!! The last time I went in, mind you I've been in there with family, friends, partners since the early 90s, the waitress STOLE my tip!! I left a tip on the table and she took it from me saying "well, you WERE goin to tip weren't you??" What the..? I've waitressed for 4 years and never took my tip out of someones change let alone said something like that!! So she got a six dollar tip for a 12 dollar meal, and that's the last time I'll ever eat at the Golden Horse -- also if you're skiddish about hair being in your food you might want to watch out. It's never been a problem for my family and I, but we have found more hair than usual in the food at the Golden Horse. FYI.

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★★★☆☆

I've been to Golden Horse many many times. Their food is good, not great, but very tasty and a must if you like Chinese and live downtown without a car. However, beware when you go in a small group and you're the only one there!! The last time I went in, mind you I've been in there with family, friends, partners since the early 90s, the waitress STOLE my tip!! I left a tip on the table and she took it from me saying "well, you WERE goin to tip weren't you??" What the..? I've waitressed for 4 years and never took my tip out of someones change let alone said something like that!! So she got a six dollar tip for a 12 dollar meal, and that's the last time I'll ever eat at the Golden Horse -- also if you're skiddish about hair being in your food you might want to watch out. It's never been a problem for my family and I, but we have found more hair than usual in the food at the Golden Horse. FYI.

Pros: cheap food, close-in

Cons: parking, hair in food, over tipping against your will

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I find myself at Golden Horse enough that I no longer need a menu. The food is fabulous (well, unless you get one of the combos. I never have, but they look a bit like the fare in the safeway deli) and authentic. The service is surly, but endearing (the Chinese equivelant of a truck stop diner). This isn't the place to go on a romantic date, but it is definitly the place to go to chow down with good friends.

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★★★★★

I find myself at Golden Horse enough that I no longer need a menu. The food is fabulous (well, unless you get one of the combos. I never have, but they look a bit like the fare in the safeway deli) and authentic. The service is surly, but endearing (the Chinese equivelant of a truck stop diner). This isn't the place to go on a romantic date, but it is definitly the place to go to chow down with good friends.

Pros: the food!, one of the waitresses, location

Cons: sometimes surly, the combo meals

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Very dissappointed. At $4.95 it's a very cheap lunch with healthy portions, but you get what you pay for. On my first (and last) visit there I found the food was greasy and my cashew chicken was severely undercooked (raw in middle). Staff was friendly enough but there was only one woman waiting on the whole restaurant. We waited to seated, waited to order, waited to pay our bill......I couldn't wait to get out of there.

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★☆☆☆☆

Very dissappointed. At $4.95 it's a very cheap lunch with healthy portions, but you get what you pay for. On my first (and last) visit there I found the food was greasy and my cashew chicken was severely undercooked (raw in middle). Staff was friendly enough but there was only one woman waiting on the whole restaurant. We waited to seated, waited to order, waited to pay our bill......I couldn't wait to get out of there.

Pros: Cheap

Cons: Food, Service

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Do NOT expect to get any friendly service there.
I waited for 10 minutes for waitress to come up to me and bring me a glass of water. AND another 20 minutes for the waitress to come and take orders. I was not happy. After the meal, I paid, and left a couople of bucks for tip. A lady came after me and said "YOU DID NOT GIVE ENOUGH TIPS!! IT IS A LAW TO PUT 10% TIP!" I mean....What kind of restaurant is that?!?!?!
I'll never go back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

Do NOT expect to get any friendly service there.
I waited for 10 minutes for waitress to come up to me and bring me a glass of water. AND another 20 minutes for the waitress to come and take orders. I was not happy. After the meal, I paid, and left a couople of bucks for tip. A lady came after me and said "YOU DID NOT GIVE ENOUGH TIPS!! IT IS A LAW TO PUT 10% TIP!" I mean....What kind of restaurant is that?!?!?!
I'll never go back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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It is a no frills restaurant but the prices are low, my husband and I had a soup and two entrees, bill was $24. Of course they have the usuaul American Chinese dishes but where else in the country besides NY could you get Conch, Sea Cucumber and Abalone. The place was filled with Chinese families, that tells me that the food is authentic. I had the Seafood Combination Pot that the other writer complained so much about, I found it delicious, there was alot of squid but alot of scallops too. Obviously it is made in a big batch and you kind of get what is ladled out. If you don't like what is in a dish then don't order it! I liked the resturant and would recommend it especially to someone who is tired of the usual American Chinese dishes.

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★★★★☆

It is a no frills restaurant but the prices are low, my husband and I had a soup and two entrees, bill was $24. Of course they have the usuaul American Chinese dishes but where else in the country besides NY could you get Conch, Sea Cucumber and Abalone. The place was filled with Chinese families, that tells me that the food is authentic. I had the Seafood Combination Pot that the other writer complained so much about, I found it delicious, there was alot of squid but alot of scallops too. Obviously it is made in a big batch and you kind of get what is ladled out. If you don't like what is in a dish then don't order it! I liked the resturant and would recommend it especially to someone who is tired of the usual American Chinese dishes.

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Fantastic vegetarian dishes. Try spicy eggplant (best ep I ever tasted), sauteed spinach w/garlic, Hong Kong style vegetable chow mein (w/tofu). They cook your food to order, bring it out as soon as it's done, and give you the check shortly thereafter. Consistently excellent & delicious.

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★★★★★

Fantastic vegetarian dishes. Try spicy eggplant (best ep I ever tasted), sauteed spinach w/garlic, Hong Kong style vegetable chow mein (w/tofu). They cook your food to order, bring it out as soon as it's done, and give you the check shortly thereafter. Consistently excellent & delicious.

Pros: Masterful seasoning

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I frequented this restaurant and enjoyed the fare until I ordered a tofu dish stuffed with shrimp that was inedible due to the amount of salt in its preparation. I asked to have this dish removed from my bill and a staff member attempted to bargain with me since I ate one of the five pieces on the plate. I complained about the saltiness and I was told that it wasnt salty.. I literally had to get very forceful, insisting that this dish was not edible and that I wouldnt pay for it.. Consequently, I wont return to this restaurant again

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★★★☆☆

I frequented this restaurant and enjoyed the fare until I ordered a tofu dish stuffed with shrimp that was inedible due to the amount of salt in its preparation. I asked to have this dish removed from my bill and a staff member attempted to bargain with me since I ate one of the five pieces on the plate. I complained about the saltiness and I was told that it wasnt salty.. I literally had to get very forceful, insisting that this dish was not edible and that I wouldnt pay for it.. Consequently, I wont return to this restaurant again

Pros: good portions, varied menu, rapid service

Cons: food often salty, not accomodating, lack of customer serv

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Tried too many Chinese restaurants to count, this is the worst. Drive by and check out the miniscule % of tables that are occupied. Many of the classic dishes were bland, some we passed on all together. Go a few doors down either way for a much better experience.

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★★☆☆☆

Tried too many Chinese restaurants to count, this is the worst. Drive by and check out the miniscule % of tables that are occupied. Many of the classic dishes were bland, some we passed on all together. Go a few doors down either way for a much better experience.

Pros: no wait! (but why?)

Cons: most dishes

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How in the world can this restaurant be rated as one of the best?

Lousy food, pathetic service, what ambience?

Those lunch specials with fried rice, chow mein, or chop suey are just garbage food. I went back a second time only because I was with a group. The fried rice was dried and tasted like they were made the day before. Chow mein and chop suey were too salty. Even the small shimps were not devained, so there were some crunch to the bite. Itty Bitty shrimp and a humongous batter(uncooked). Table was dirty, as were the utensils and I suspect that the food wasn't prepared with much care of cleanliness. Expect absolutely minimum waiting and no smiles.

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★☆☆☆☆

How in the world can this restaurant be rated as one of the best?

Lousy food, pathetic service, what ambience?

Those lunch specials with fried rice, chow mein, or chop suey are just garbage food. I went back a second time only because I was with a group. The fried rice was dried and tasted like they were made the day before. Chow mein and chop suey were too salty. Even the small shimps were not devained, so there were some crunch to the bite. Itty Bitty shrimp and a humongous batter(uncooked). Table was dirty, as were the utensils and I suspect that the food wasn't prepared with much care of cleanliness. Expect absolutely minimum waiting and no smiles.

Cons: disgusting food, unfriendly staff of, one

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We moved to Portland last year and have been in search of some good chinese food since. We found it in the golden horse. The ambience ain't much, but the food is really very good. We ordered hot and sour soup, it was the only slight disapointent of the meal though not terrible. Also had the mo shu chicken (not on the menu with chicken but they made it no problem) and the pork spareribs with black bean sauce. Both were really good and cheap. We'll be back.

2
★★★★☆

We moved to Portland last year and have been in search of some good chinese food since. We found it in the golden horse. The ambience ain't much, but the food is really very good. We ordered hot and sour soup, it was the only slight disapointent of the meal though not terrible. Also had the mo shu chicken (not on the menu with chicken but they made it no problem) and the pork spareribs with black bean sauce. Both were really good and cheap. We'll be back.

Pros: yummy food, inexpensive

Cons: downtown parking, no atmosphere

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There were two really amazing things that happened that night. The first was the (only) waitress' service. She spoke only three words in seating me down, taking my order and waiting on me. As I walked in, she asked "One?" and then pointed me to a small table in the middle of the restaurant to seat myself down while she was headed into the kitchen. When I had put down the menu she comes over and just stands next to me, so I order House Chow Fun. She then repeats after me as she turns around to head back into the kitchen. About ten minutes later I was served the largest and one of the tastiest Chow Fun I've ever had. The portion was large enough for two people.

Anyway, the waitress never again returned to my table or said anything, thus ending the shortest waitress encounter of my life.

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★★★★☆

There were two really amazing things that happened that night. The first was the (only) waitress' service. She spoke only three words in seating me down, taking my order and waiting on me. As I walked in, she asked "One?" and then pointed me to a small table in the middle of the restaurant to seat myself down while she was headed into the kitchen. When I had put down the menu she comes over and just stands next to me, so I order House Chow Fun. She then repeats after me as she turns around to head back into the kitchen. About ten minutes later I was served the largest and one of the tastiest Chow Fun I've ever had. The portion was large enough for two people.

Anyway, the waitress never again returned to my table or said anything, thus ending the shortest waitress encounter of my life.

Pros: good food, gigantic portions

Cons: terse service, modest ambience

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You can tell how good a Chinese place is by how many Chinese people are eating there. The "Horse" knows how to keep it real. Lunch menu has big portions for little money. A tip: Order off the specialties side not on the lunch specials. The duck rice and the beef and tofu are sure to please.

As for the dinners, they offer a a banquet menu that can serve a large party of about 8 people for under $40! The menu is written in Chinese - the adventurous diners will just pick one and wait for the food.

Yes - the place is kinda run down and the service is authentic loud Chinese women. Hey, I'm here for the food - got it?

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★★★★☆

You can tell how good a Chinese place is by how many Chinese people are eating there. The "Horse" knows how to keep it real. Lunch menu has big portions for little money. A tip: Order off the specialties side not on the lunch specials. The duck rice and the beef and tofu are sure to please.

As for the dinners, they offer a a banquet menu that can serve a large party of about 8 people for under $40! The menu is written in Chinese - the adventurous diners will just pick one and wait for the food.

Yes - the place is kinda run down and the service is authentic loud Chinese women. Hey, I'm here for the food - got it?

Pros: Food, Value, Keepin' it real

Cons: Ambience, Service

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If you crave for authentic Hong Kong style Chinese, then this is one of the best I've found in the area. The menu is bit cluttered with diverse groups of offerings, but if you take the time to go through the maze, there are some hidden treasures to be found. The Prawns with Walnuts is absolutely to die for. Pretty nice portions on all entrees, too. As is the case in most Asian restaurants, the service is menial, but not too bad.

2
★★★★☆

If you crave for authentic Hong Kong style Chinese, then this is one of the best I've found in the area. The menu is bit cluttered with diverse groups of offerings, but if you take the time to go through the maze, there are some hidden treasures to be found. The Prawns with Walnuts is absolutely to die for. Pretty nice portions on all entrees, too. As is the case in most Asian restaurants, the service is menial, but not too bad.

Pros: authentic food

Cons: so so service

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Having eaten at all the best restaurants in Chinatown and most of the other majors in Portland, 3 main impressions stick out about the Golden Horse: Very fresh food, overall culinary expertice & large very reasonably priced portions. The Golden Horse is a humble place. It neither screams 'Tourist Chinese spot!' nor 'Gymnastic staff will delight you!'. On the "edge" of Chinatown, it is often missed by the cattle stampede of tourists... and that's what makes it a satisfying quiet getaway. That coupled with the overall very good food (remember, no 5 stars pretense), the very attentive staff (once you've taken the time to know their timing and what words seem to get their attention) and the open large bright windows that invites the outside in, I would give this restaurant an overall rating of 8 as a reliable standard when the mood for Chinese strikes. "Shin lee quai lo!"

2
★★★★☆

Having eaten at all the best restaurants in Chinatown and most of the other majors in Portland, 3 main impressions stick out about the Golden Horse: Very fresh food, overall culinary expertice & large very reasonably priced portions. The Golden Horse is a humble place. It neither screams 'Tourist Chinese spot!' nor 'Gymnastic staff will delight you!'. On the "edge" of Chinatown, it is often missed by the cattle stampede of tourists... and that's what makes it a satisfying quiet getaway. That coupled with the overall very good food (remember, no 5 stars pretense), the very attentive staff (once you've taken the time to know their timing and what words seem to get their attention) and the open large bright windows that invites the outside in, I would give this restaurant an overall rating of 8 as a reliable standard when the mood for Chinese strikes. "Shin lee quai lo!"

Pros: Very Fresh full menu, Large Portions, Inexpensive

Cons: Plain atmosphere, Average staff energy, Unexciting bathrooms

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A friend and I went there for lunch this weekend. It took us 45 minutes to get our food, and we watched a whole family of 6 get food, eat and leave before we ever got our food. It was good, but I'm not sure if I'll go back.

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★★★☆☆

A friend and I went there for lunch this weekend. It took us 45 minutes to get our food, and we watched a whole family of 6 get food, eat and leave before we ever got our food. It was good, but I'm not sure if I'll go back.

Pros: good food, cheap

Cons: service

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A friend & I were hungry so we stopped by. I ordered the lemon chicken & she had a vegetable plate (I don't remember which one). When the food came we were both surprised, both by the portions (huge) and by what lay before us. Her dinner was well done, but mine was another story. It was supposed to be lemon chicken, but what I got was chicken covered by a sickly sweet yellow goo (think thick Mountain Dew) that was not lemony at all. I tried, but couldn't eat more than a few bites.

That said, I won't go back there, but she might. The portions were large & her vegetables were pretty good. Under no circumstances order lemon chicken though.

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★★☆☆☆

A friend & I were hungry so we stopped by. I ordered the lemon chicken & she had a vegetable plate (I don't remember which one). When the food came we were both surprised, both by the portions (huge) and by what lay before us. Her dinner was well done, but mine was another story. It was supposed to be lemon chicken, but what I got was chicken covered by a sickly sweet yellow goo (think thick Mountain Dew) that was not lemony at all. I tried, but couldn't eat more than a few bites.

That said, I won't go back there, but she might. The portions were large & her vegetables were pretty good. Under no circumstances order lemon chicken though.

Pros: large portions

Cons: bad food

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Portland's Chinatown still sways between gritty and gentrified, and this large and longstanding restaurant has a foot in both worlds. The lengthy menu offers tried and true favorites---such as General Tso's chicken or crispy Peking…

 

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