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Szechuan Chef Chinese Restaurant, 
Portland, OR - Szechuan Chef Chinese Restaurant, Portland, OR

Szechuan Chef Chinese Restaurant

3.8
3.8
38 reviews
$31 to $50
Chinese
Located in the beautiful city of Portland, our restaurant has been dedicated to offering the most memorable dining experience for you. We pick ingredients carefully and use only the freshest and natural food to prepare every dish. We try to cook in a healthier way to provide the most nutritious cuisine. Much attention has been attached to ensure you a cozy and inviting ambiance where you could enjoy not only the great meal but also the authentic atmosphere.

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2 people

19:00


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Chinese, Chinese (Sichuan), Chinese (Canton)

  • Hours of Operation

    Tue–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Tue–Fri 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Sat, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (503) 227-3136

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

What 38 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.8
3.8 based on all time ratings
  • 4Food
  • 3.3Service
  • 3.1Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. C

    Cbird

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 April 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Food used to be better. Kung pao chicken wasn’t like it used to be Didn’t taste fresh either Pot stickers just okay. Better ones around town Not a fan of hand shaven noodles - chicken breast meat was good but had hoped noodles were regular chow mein but that’s on me . Beer choices were not what menu had — badly needed to be updated
  2. M

    Monica

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We arrived and your restaurant was closed on Valentine’s Day.
  3. GC

    GeorgeC

    Portland

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 13 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was excellent and the portions were generous. It was a bit noisy but I think that there was a birthday party or celebration going on but one can live with that. ll in all it was very good.
  4. RR

    RussellR

    Portland

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 February 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We arrived on time, but the restaurant refused to seat us. They claimed they did not do business with Open Table. Very disappointing.
  5. M

    Maximillian

    Seattle

    149 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    149 reviews

    Dined on 27 October 2021

    overall3food5service3ambience1
    Most of the reviews here seem pretty accurate to my own experience. The food is really good and at a fair price, with generous portions. The restaurant, however is not very clean in its appearance or with the condiments at your table. See my picture for more on that. I had the Hunan Beef lunch special and it was really good. Great flavor, lots of beef and well-cooked vegetables with the prefect amount of crunch. It was served hot and tasted very fresh. In addition, I had their hot & sour soup and some spring rolls. All of it was very good and I'd order it again. My Pepsi was flat. I believe they poured it from a 2 liter bottle that had been open for a few days, because it was flat and reminded me exactly of how it is when you've kept a 2 liter bottle in your fridge too long and open it, but don't hear that fizz sound. You know it's flat, but you drink it anyway. Service was very impersonal, which is fine. I don't think many of them speak much English, but they knew enough to get my order to me. They were also courteous and welcoming when I entered and left. I would eat here again for the food, but advise you to leave your expectations of friendly service and clean surfaces behind. Or order it to go.
  6. TK

    TinaK

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 28 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Absolutely delicious, highly recommend! The lunch specials are fantastic.
  7. f

    ftbrun

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 September 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Server at restaurant told me their not associated with OpenTable but I got my points anyway. This is a comfortable ma and pa place. They serve good ole fashion chinese food. The scallion pancakes were big, full of scallions and crispy. After traveling 8 hours the Hot & Spicy Special Hand Shaven Noodle /Beef did the trick in getting our senses back to life. Noodles were thick and chewy(seemed handmade) with a nice spicy hot chili flavor. The cumin lamb was also good.
  8. T

    Tomk

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on 20 September 2021

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Made a 2:45 reservation but the restaurant closed at 3:00. We felt rushed and could not enjoy our meal. The food was very good.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We arrived to a big sign out front that said dine in now open. As we walked in we were told that they had no affiliation with open table and that they were not taking dine in seating. As we tried to leave so that we could find other arrangement to feed our 4 year old we were berated with questions as to how we could possible think we had reservations and what open table was. We were not offered a take out option. Due to reservation requirements in the area we were unable to find somewhere to feed our child for another hour and a half. We will never be returning or recommending for take out or dine in.
  10. Q

    Quiremaster

    Portland

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on 25 April 2021

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    They had excellent food, tasty and with delicious sauces, plus a very good pork dumplings appetizer plate. We will definitely return. But, we will be more inclined to return if they take seriously our on-site comment about their filthy and clearly not-attended-to mens' room, with an inch of water on the floor. Yuck. Go for the food, but (maybe) stay out of the bathroom(s).
  11. CF

    CaroleF

    Portland

    25 reviews

    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on 28 December 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Don’t sit next to the kitchen - some alarm goes off when food is ready and it’s pretty annoying The food was great - the service was stellar and we will be back Had the Dan Dan noodles which were delish, the dry fried green beans, spicy and garlicky and the pork Belly - all very good I would like a chili garlic oil on the table and a better quality soy sauce like Tamari but still the best option for Chinese food west of the Willamette near Lake O
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 November 2019

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    Casual family meal
  13. LO

    LODiner

    Portland

    44 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on 1 November 2019

    overall4food4service1ambience3
    Once again, the service here is not good - we had to ask twice for tea and three times for chopsticks. The food is always good, so we keep coming back, but it would be nice to have attentive service.
  14. m

    mjcatt

    Portland

    9 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 29 September 2019

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    The Szechuan dishes had absolutely no heat and very little flavor. The dining table next to us was covered with green bean ends from prep work that was abandoned without cleanup. Wait staff seemed indifferent to this very odd situation. We were first served dry-brazed green beans with steamed rice - a rather bizarre way to start service. Somewhat later the other dishes we ordered, including the appetizer, were served. Following that, there was very minimal contact with the wait staff. Once we got the check we ended up eventually having to take it up front to pay since they never came back to the table. We do not recommend this restaurant and we will certainly not be returning.
  15. MG

    MitchG

    Portland

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 July 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Great food. Tried take-out on a previous occasion and it was not good. This time we ate in the restaurant and everything was great.
  16. LO

    LODiner

    Portland

    44 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on 22 May 2019

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    We used to love this restaurant, but lately I have been disappointed by the dishes I've had a lunch - will give it another chance - but I think the noontime cook is not up to the standards of the evening cook.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 20 May 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great for variety of ages
  18. J

    Jeppo

    Portland

    39 reviews

    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on 15 May 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good value, fair prices, better than many chinese restaurants we have been to. Lots of vegetarian options as well.
  19. V

    Vonr

    Portland

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 24 January 2019

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    We arrived early about 5:15, had reservations. Service was slow, food was average, prices higher than food quality dictated. Difficult to find in a failing minimall. Won’t be going back.
  20. LM

    LauraM

    Portland

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 January 2019

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    Food was fabulous but they forgot half our order and we finally left (paying for what we got) after an hour and a half.
  21. GV

    GiniV

    Portland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 December 2018

    overall4food5service2ambience2
    It is the o Lynz restaurant in town where we can find the potatoes we used to get in Guangzhou. They are sour and I love them!
  22. LO

    LODiner

    Portland

    44 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on 21 September 2018

    overall4food4service2ambience3
    A few months back I said that the food here had gone downhill, but went back again and felt that the food was back up to the old standard. My group particularly liked SC's version of steamed dumplings, sesame beef and honey walnut prawns. The service (at lunch) continues to be spotty - they seemed busy doing everything but taking our order, checking in, etc. We had to get our own chopsticks (no on asked) from the wait stand and after waiting a long, long time for someone to take our credit card so we ended up walking it to the cashier. In short - good food, less than desirable service.
  23. CR

    ChristopherR

    Portland

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 August 2018

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The cumin lamb was particularly wonderful as were the green beans.
  24. LO

    LODiner

    Portland

    44 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2018

    overall4food4service2ambience3
    After a previous "bad" experience we returned based on previous visits where the food was lovely. This time our meal was good. However, the service still leaves a lot to be desired.
  25. NW

    NancyW

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 June 2018

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    Food was good but service not the best. Didnt get to see our waiter for at least 15 minutes after seated. Missed taking some of our parties order. Food and drinks came sporadically not together.
  26. LO

    LODiner

    Portland

    44 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on 8 June 2018

    overall3food2service1ambience2
    I hope this was an "off" day! This has been one of my favorite Chinese restaurants, but Friday I was there with 4 friends and our meal was not up to the usual standard. The food was cool when we received it; it was also much more oily than it should have been. The kung pao chicken was bland and full of celery and tiny pieces of chicken - not nearly as nice or spicy as the usual kung pao in other places. The eggplant was cold and stringy and greasy. The one dish that was up to the usual standard was the basil beef. The staff seemed to be completely oblivious to even the most basic of serving protocols - no menus after 15 minutes - finally had to ask; brought the food so late is was cool. They seemed more interested in doing other tasks or chatting with each other than taking care of their tables.
  27. BC

    BridgettC

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 June 2018

    overall5food5service3ambience3
    This place was recommended to me by somebody who's family is from Hong Kong. If you want to try something totally different from the Americanized Chinese fare, this is the place. From the soup dumplings & potstickers with Szechaun peppercorn oil, to fish in black bean sauce, hot pot, and cumin spiced lamb, this is not your average Chinese food. While they do offer some more American style Chinese food, it's done very well. The food is so flavorful- nothing boring here! It's great for a large group because the portions are large and served family style. There are tables with lazy susans that make sharing easy. The service can be kind of odd in that food can come out somewhat slowly and at random. My friend who recommended this place says that it's because they want to bring it out hot & fresh when it's ready, not just wait until everything is done cooking. Waving down waiters and busers for whatever you need is totally normal and not rude, just a little different. Overall, this place is fantastic!
  28. LO

    LODiner

    Portland

    44 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on 17 April 2018

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    We generally are impressed by the meals we have here, but last time the food was not very interesting and the service was exceedingly slow even though the waiters were standing around not doing much. The best of our dishes was the Honey Walnut Prawns.
  29. LO

    LODiner

    Portland

    44 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on 6 April 2018

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    We love the West Lake Beef Soup and the Shanghai dumplings here.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2018

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    When we arrived, and I tried to say we had a reservation, we were ignored. There were many empty tables but we had to wait more than 5 minutes. I told the young waiter, who was taking us finally to a table, that we had made a reservation through Open Table, he rudely said, we don’t take reservations! We sat down and waited for a waiter for more than 10 minutes to take our order. The restaurant was not crowded. There were only a couple other tables with people. The food that we ordered was salty and the noodle soup tasted like chemicals. We couldn’t eat much of the food. We said we were finished and again we waited 10 minutes to get our check... Never again! Really horrible, rude service!
  31. NM

    NoraM

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great find! Super busy but got us right in with reservation. Referred by a friend. Excellent service and beautiful presentation.
  32. C

    Crowso

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2018

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Food and service were excellent, but a little noisy. Interesting food selection and one of the best Chinese in Portland. Plan to visit again soon. Have been there 3-4 times in the last year.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 26 January 2018

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Not sure it even deserves one star! If you've heard that this place is good, forget that notion. It used to be good. I ate here about a year ago and had a fabulous meal. Several months later I ordered a delivery meal through Postmates and when it arrived we seriously wondered if it really came from that restaurant. It was awful! We decided to give this place one more try and dine in. We ordered the beef hot pot which was 99% gristle 1% beef. It also had tofu rolls with the consistency of a latex glove. Disgusting! Our egg rolls and potato pancakes where over soaked in oil. I will say the rice was good but we left feeling like we ate a bowl of rice for dinner. The staff didn't apologize for the bad meal when we said we didn't like it, nor did they offer to bring us another option or even ask if we wanted to order something else. Three strikes you're out, we won't be back! Portland has lots of good food to offer, no need to settle for bad food and even worse customer service.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2017

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    This was our second time eating here and we will be back again. Food takes me back to my time in China. Closest to the flavors we had in China.
  35. DM

    DebraM

    Portland

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 15 December 2017

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    The atmosphere was a little shabby and cold. The soup and the egg rolls were very good. The entrees were extremely salty. So much that it burned lips . I would never order an entree there again. However, the staff was very nice and like I said the soup and egg rolls were very good.
  36. d

    diner

    Portland

    189 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    189 reviews

    Dined on 14 October 2017

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Our first visit to Szechuan chef and it was a pleasant one. We only ordered two dishes. They earn cashew chicken and fried rice ..the cashew chicken was good though it had an excessive amount of celery in it. The fried rice was the best we have found with the exception of Thai basil. For dessert we ordered sesamedumplins with red wine. It was good though they served enough for six people.
  37. P

    Partyof3

    Portland

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 20 September 2017

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great food! Great service and fast but they brought our entrees first. Then the appetizers and cocktails last? A little strange but it was all delicious. They have way too many lights in there or need a dimmer system. Too bright. Overall great food and great for a crowd. Fast service great prices!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 22 July 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service.

FAQs

Szechuan Chef Chinese Restaurant does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Szechuan Chef Chinese Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (503) 227-3136.

Szechuan Chef Chinese Restaurant is rated 3.8 stars by 38 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

19:00


Google Map for Szechuan Chef Chinese Restaurant

7007 SW Macadam Ave, Portland, OR 97219

Additional information

  • Area

    SW Portland

  • Hours of Operation

    Tue–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Tue–Fri 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Sat, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Chinese, Chinese (Sichuan), Chinese (Canton)

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Public Lot

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Vegan

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