Ambassador Restaurant

★★★☆☆
  • 4744 NE Sandy Blvd

    Portland, OR 97213

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  • 503-280-0330

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The Ambassador, a bar of the future from the point of view of the 1980s. Normally, one of our go to bars due to the convenient location and not bad food, although the lack of Guinness on tap is a constant sore point as is the truck stop rivaling condition of the restrooms. After last night, however, our group shall never return. Our waitress (Elizabeth? Tall skinny woman with glasses.) was exceedingly rude the entire evening. She started it off by calling our friend "Baldy." I assume she was trying to be funny, but it was a bit early in the evening and for all she knew he had just recovered from chemotherapy. After that, she told us after two Jaegerbombs that we were at risk of being cut off and "you know those are $9 apiece, right?" The absolute kick in the teeth, however, was at the end of the night when our friend was served up with an insane bar tab. They claimed that he and his wife had consumed 11 Gin and Tonics and 8 beers, for a grand total of $140. Now, unless you're a pretty spectacular alcoholic or the bar is impressively watering down the drinks, there's no way you're going to drink 11 G&T's and still be coherent. We tried to point out that there must be some mistake and that his name, being exceedingly common, had perhaps been confused with another patron. The response? "Well, he looks pretty drunk to me." Thank you, Breathalizer Beth, we had no idea that a person of your talents was serving us beverages all evening.

The pork fried rice we ordered was pretty awesome. Karaoke there is fun, except for the fact that swearing on stage will get you an instant end to your evening. But, if you have a thick skin, can watch your tongue, and possess skills as an accountant to keep track of your own bill, by all means visit The Ambassador. You will not find us there again, however. Last night was the noodle that broke the Strega Nona's back. I award you one star, but only because the review tool does not provide for negative starrage.

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★☆☆☆☆

The Ambassador, a bar of the future from the point of view of the 1980s. Normally, one of our go to bars due to the convenient location and not bad food, although the lack of Guinness on tap is a constant sore point as is the truck stop rivaling condition of the restrooms. After last night, however, our group shall never return. Our waitress (Elizabeth? Tall skinny woman with glasses.) was exceedingly rude the entire evening. She started it off by calling our friend "Baldy." I assume she was trying to be funny, but it was a bit early in the evening and for all she knew he had just recovered from chemotherapy. After that, she told us after two Jaegerbombs that we were at risk of being cut off and "you know those are $9 apiece, right?" The absolute kick in the teeth, however, was at the end of the night when our friend was served up with an insane bar tab. They claimed that he and his wife had consumed 11 Gin and Tonics and 8 beers, for a grand total of $140. Now, unless you're a pretty spectacular alcoholic or the bar is impressively watering down the drinks, there's no way you're going to drink 11 G&T's and still be coherent. We tried to point out that there must be some mistake and that his name, being exceedingly common, had perhaps been confused with another patron. The response? "Well, he looks pretty drunk to me." Thank you, Breathalizer Beth, we had no idea that a person of your talents was serving us beverages all evening.

The pork fried rice we ordered was pretty awesome. Karaoke there is fun, except for the fact that swearing on stage will get you an instant end to your evening. But, if you have a thick skin, can watch your tongue, and possess skills as an accountant to keep track of your own bill, by all means visit The Ambassador. You will not find us there again, however. Last night was the noodle that broke the Strega Nona's back. I award you one star, but only because the review tool does not provide for negative starrage.

Pros: Good Fried Rice

Cons: Everything else...

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This is the worst place I have ever been to in my entire life, and that includes a tour of the auschwitz concentration camp! If you want to hang out at the end of a dying universe...spend as much time possible in this joint. The food costs WAY TOO MUCH MONEY. They have stupid rules and as I understand it their boss is hideously greedy. NEVER go into this place!! They are liars and thieves!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

This is the worst place I have ever been to in my entire life, and that includes a tour of the auschwitz concentration camp! If you want to hang out at the end of a dying universe...spend as much time possible in this joint. The food costs WAY TOO MUCH MONEY. They have stupid rules and as I understand it their boss is hideously greedy. NEVER go into this place!! They are liars and thieves!!!

Pros: Karaoke Host Wolf was ok...

Cons: Neither was anything else about this place...

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Staff was great! Good food and alot of it for the money. They have two karaoke places inside so the wait is not too bad. I love the DJ's and love to hear them sing. Mostly I love listening to good singers as I am not a singer myself. Really great atmosphere and probably the best karaoke bar I have been to.

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★★★★★

Staff was great! Good food and alot of it for the money. They have two karaoke places inside so the wait is not too bad. I love the DJ's and love to hear them sing. Mostly I love listening to good singers as I am not a singer myself. Really great atmosphere and probably the best karaoke bar I have been to.

Pros: food and atmosphere and the karaoke DJ's sing great!

Cons: can get very busy at any moment and you might get tired of waiting to sing...

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This place is fun, they have good food an lots of Karaoke. It is nice people have to smoke outside, makes for an easier time on the lungs! I think if you want a good time singing or watching karaoke go here!

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★★★★☆

This place is fun, they have good food an lots of Karaoke. It is nice people have to smoke outside, makes for an easier time on the lungs! I think if you want a good time singing or watching karaoke go here!

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For a chinese restaurant, the place is nice and clean.

We went there on Friday around 6-7pm, there was not a single soul in the dining area, except the bar. That tells you something isn't right.
Anyhow, we ordered our food. The food is god awful. How could a Chinese restuarant messed up with stirred fried. It is like Mexicans make really bad taco!

We barely finished our food and left hungry.

Pros: The service was really good. I guess it is because we are the only customer there.

The only reason that this place is still open is because of the bar. The food is really bad!

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★☆☆☆☆

For a chinese restaurant, the place is nice and clean.

We went there on Friday around 6-7pm, there was not a single soul in the dining area, except the bar. That tells you something isn't right.
Anyhow, we ordered our food. The food is god awful. How could a Chinese restuarant messed up with stirred fried. It is like Mexicans make really bad taco!

We barely finished our food and left hungry.

Pros: The service was really good. I guess it is because we are the only customer there.

The only reason that this place is still open is because of the bar. The food is really bad!

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I went there on saturday night and the service was horrible and so was the food. Never going again! I would not reccomend it! blah!

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★☆☆☆☆

I went there on saturday night and the service was horrible and so was the food. Never going again! I would not reccomend it! blah!

Pros: nothing

Cons: everything

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We decided to try the Ambassador one Sunday for lunch. The parking lot was packed (generally a good sign). The restaurant was empty. The bar was full. Our waitress was attentive, but the food (which is what we came for) was spotty. The kung pao chicken was decent, The sweet and sour shrimp were abysmal. The shrimp were tough and tasted like they'd been fried beforehand and warmed up prior to serving. We asked for tea (not an unreasonable request in a Chinese restaurant). We were informed that it hadn't been made yet. "He was supposed to make some last night, but didn't" Huh? Do they make up tea the night before and warm it up for their patrons? We got coffee mugs of hot water with Lipton tea bags. We informed the waitress that the shimp was tough early on but thought maybe it'd improve as we got into it a little more. It got worse and we informed her that it was inedible. She did take it off the check. We tipped her our customary 20% (on the original menu items). She'd served the food like she was supposed to, it wasn't her fault the shimp was bad. Although I'd like some clarification on the tea situation. In short, we won't be back. I'm not a big drinker and not into Karaoke. They should shut down the restaurant and make the whole place a karaoke bar. The management only seems to be serving Chinese food as a sideline.

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★☆☆☆☆

We decided to try the Ambassador one Sunday for lunch. The parking lot was packed (generally a good sign). The restaurant was empty. The bar was full. Our waitress was attentive, but the food (which is what we came for) was spotty. The kung pao chicken was decent, The sweet and sour shrimp were abysmal. The shrimp were tough and tasted like they'd been fried beforehand and warmed up prior to serving. We asked for tea (not an unreasonable request in a Chinese restaurant). We were informed that it hadn't been made yet. "He was supposed to make some last night, but didn't" Huh? Do they make up tea the night before and warm it up for their patrons? We got coffee mugs of hot water with Lipton tea bags. We informed the waitress that the shimp was tough early on but thought maybe it'd improve as we got into it a little more. It got worse and we informed her that it was inedible. She did take it off the check. We tipped her our customary 20% (on the original menu items). She'd served the food like she was supposed to, it wasn't her fault the shimp was bad. Although I'd like some clarification on the tea situation. In short, we won't be back. I'm not a big drinker and not into Karaoke. They should shut down the restaurant and make the whole place a karaoke bar. The management only seems to be serving Chinese food as a sideline.

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Wanted to find a place to eat near my apartment and decided to give the Ambassador a try. I service was stellar. The waitress Tina, gave us her input on what she thought was good and we took some of her advice. She was attentive and friendly, we enjoyed talking with her. At 6.95 a plate lunch including soup, fried rice, and an eggroll you really can't go wrong, even if the food is lackluster, which is exactly what it was. The barbequed pork was awesome on the other hand and the eggflower soup was very good. The General Tso's was not spicy, the Schezuan chicken was also not spicy, and the flavor was bland. The beef and brocoli was the best thing we ordered this afternoon. All in all an average place to eat. The bar was clean and i can see how Karaoke in the evenings could get out of hand and i think that is what they cater to.

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★★★☆☆

Wanted to find a place to eat near my apartment and decided to give the Ambassador a try. I service was stellar. The waitress Tina, gave us her input on what she thought was good and we took some of her advice. She was attentive and friendly, we enjoyed talking with her. At 6.95 a plate lunch including soup, fried rice, and an eggroll you really can't go wrong, even if the food is lackluster, which is exactly what it was. The barbequed pork was awesome on the other hand and the eggflower soup was very good. The General Tso's was not spicy, the Schezuan chicken was also not spicy, and the flavor was bland. The beef and brocoli was the best thing we ordered this afternoon. All in all an average place to eat. The bar was clean and i can see how Karaoke in the evenings could get out of hand and i think that is what they cater to.

Pros: Great service, clean.

Cons: average food

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This place is full of smokers and the smoke even left over smoke, the venelation is very bad. It is a great place however for karaoke and they have great shrimp fried rice.

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★★★☆☆

This place is full of smokers and the smoke even left over smoke, the venelation is very bad. It is a great place however for karaoke and they have great shrimp fried rice.

Pros: Great Karaoke

Cons: Very Smoky

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We went here for a family party and we were very surprised with how much we liked it! The service has been FANTASTIC every time we've been. Very clean. We love the food too. The veggies all taste fresh. The flavors are great. We have brought 2 other families with us since then and now THEY are regulars. Very vegetarian friendly too! LOVE that. We always DO tip 15% or up.....so we were not at all turned off by the automatic gratuity when we used our Entertainment card. This place a pleasant surprise.

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★★★★★

We went here for a family party and we were very surprised with how much we liked it! The service has been FANTASTIC every time we've been. Very clean. We love the food too. The veggies all taste fresh. The flavors are great. We have brought 2 other families with us since then and now THEY are regulars. Very vegetarian friendly too! LOVE that. We always DO tip 15% or up.....so we were not at all turned off by the automatic gratuity when we used our Entertainment card. This place a pleasant surprise.

Pros: friendly, fast service, well priced

Cons: smoke

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The wait staff was friendly and attentive. The food was disappointing, and the overall atmosphere was harmed by the presence of the bar, as a beer and smoker smell wafted through the dining area. You will smell like cigarette smoke when you leave. The experience would be improved by physically separating the bar from the restaurant.

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★★☆☆☆

The wait staff was friendly and attentive. The food was disappointing, and the overall atmosphere was harmed by the presence of the bar, as a beer and smoker smell wafted through the dining area. You will smell like cigarette smoke when you leave. The experience would be improved by physically separating the bar from the restaurant.

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the food was pretty good the last times i went until this last time. the food was the wrong order and a dish was not brought out.....she forgot. i could tell she had no experience waitressing. she had not personality and when she was talking to us she kept her eyes down or away. she was not very attentive and took forever to even ackowledge we were there. this was not a busy night, two other customers were there eating.....
the remodel has made everything dirty and out of order and it was not very organized for good service.

PROS: cannot think of anything now
CONS: all of the above

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★★★☆☆

the food was pretty good the last times i went until this last time. the food was the wrong order and a dish was not brought out.....she forgot. i could tell she had no experience waitressing. she had not personality and when she was talking to us she kept her eyes down or away. she was not very attentive and took forever to even ackowledge we were there. this was not a busy night, two other customers were there eating.....
the remodel has made everything dirty and out of order and it was not very organized for good service.

PROS: cannot think of anything now
CONS: all of the above

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Delicious Chinese food, fun atmosphere, and great drinks. A must go to place for anyone that likes to Kareoke. Their food is reasonably priced. There is this one platter of appetizers that could feed 2 people and its just great. The paper chicken is good too.

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★★★★☆

Delicious Chinese food, fun atmosphere, and great drinks. A must go to place for anyone that likes to Kareoke. Their food is reasonably priced. There is this one platter of appetizers that could feed 2 people and its just great. The paper chicken is good too.

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They seem to be genuinely trying to improve service. Both our wait staff attentive. The food is very good, but since they are in the process of a remodel, the ambience was a little off. Very clean including the bathroom. Video Poker in the bar area was a little annoying, but overall it was a good experience. Possibly because I used an Entertainment Coupon Book discount a 15% gratuity was automatically added to the bill. Not sure if this is added to all bills or not.

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★★★★☆

They seem to be genuinely trying to improve service. Both our wait staff attentive. The food is very good, but since they are in the process of a remodel, the ambience was a little off. Very clean including the bathroom. Video Poker in the bar area was a little annoying, but overall it was a good experience. Possibly because I used an Entertainment Coupon Book discount a 15% gratuity was automatically added to the bill. Not sure if this is added to all bills or not.

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I was introduced by a friend and have become a regular ever since. FINALLY a karaoke bar with REAL drinks and super-clean bathrooms. Legin where we'd go because there was nowhere else, but now we've found the spot. Everything on their menu is AWESOME! Service is good, however, at times can be extremely slow. If you're tired of the club scene, but still want good music, this is the place to go.

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★★★★★

I was introduced by a friend and have become a regular ever since. FINALLY a karaoke bar with REAL drinks and super-clean bathrooms. Legin where we'd go because there was nowhere else, but now we've found the spot. Everything on their menu is AWESOME! Service is good, however, at times can be extremely slow. If you're tired of the club scene, but still want good music, this is the place to go.

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In spite of its dingy bar appearance, the food was rather good. Try the succlulent yet edgy mongolian steak. The Honey prawns were tangy and large. This is a good 'to-go' option if you are in this area, unless you're under 30 I would not recommend sitting in the bar. The waitstaff had better things to do than seat us, the dining room was completely vacant! They live and die by their bar apparently, but the food was good in spite of this!

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★★★☆☆

In spite of its dingy bar appearance, the food was rather good. Try the succlulent yet edgy mongolian steak. The Honey prawns were tangy and large. This is a good 'to-go' option if you are in this area, unless you're under 30 I would not recommend sitting in the bar. The waitstaff had better things to do than seat us, the dining room was completely vacant! They live and die by their bar apparently, but the food was good in spite of this!

Pros: good take out

Cons: dingy atmosphere, service

 

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