The Green Dragon Bistro & Pub

Not Rated.
The Green Dragon Bistro & PubThe Green Dragon Bistro & Pub
BA SCORE
88
very good

62 Ratings
Ratings: 62
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: n/a
Taps: 62
Bottles: 40
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

928 SE 9th Ave
Portland, Oregon, 97214-2305
United States
phone: (503) 517-0660

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @pdxgreendragon

Notes:
Place added by: msubulldog25 on 11-02-2007

Owned by Rogue Brewery as of November 2008.

Sunday - Wednesday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
Thursday - Saturday: 11:00am - 1:00am
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Ratings: 62 | Reviews: 34
Photo of msubulldog25
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

***Update: Sept 2008***
New owners, friendlier and more attentive staff. Revised (but as good or better) food menu. In late summer 08, an adjacent outdoor space was leased to create a pseudo-biergarten, which will be great for the 4 months out of the year when the weather is nice enough to sit outdoors! These positive changes have led me to upgrade my Atmosphere score by .5 point and the service score a whole point (bringing it to 'average').

Love the ongoing 'Meet the Brewer' nights, held almost every Tuesday...and occasionally on other nights, too. Have tried some terrific (and sometimes quite obscure) brews from all over the NW at these events.

Rumor has it, the brewery will be up and running shortly (best wishes, Corey...)

***Original Review: Feb 2008***
This new beer bar opened it's doors in early Fall 2007 in the remodeled location of the short-lived Yamhill Brewing Company; future plans for Green Dragon include a full-fledged brewing operation to start sometime in 2008. This inner eastside location, blocks from the Morrison Bridge, is on the fringe of an industrial area, but also near many SE Portland neighborhoods, bus lines, etc. More importantly, it's 'stumbling distance' proximity to SE pubs like Lucky Labrador and Roots leads to the area's unofficial designation as 'Beer-muda Triangle'. Clever...

The building is a non-descript concrete structure (painted a Northwest shade of moss green), marked only with the 'Green Dragon' logo above the garage door entrance and a small signboard on the sidewalk. Inside is fairly minimalist and rather eclectic: bare concrete floors, a mix of painted walls, wood panels, stone tiles and glass blocks. It's actually two spaces: a modest dining room and, in a voluminous adjacent space, a lengthy wooden bar. The dining space holds a scattering of tables, a small bar (including morning pastries and coffee), a narrow side room and a partially open kitchen. Several windows offer views into the distillery next door and into the cavernous warehouse beyond, where the future brewery is well underway. The larger bar is really an extension of an that warehouse, with large beer signs and a backdrop of hundreds of stacked kegs. More bare concrete means the huge space is c-o-l-d in the winter, and that chill spills over to the dining room - bring a jacket. But I bet it'll be nice in the summer...especially when that tall garage door opens up...

The beers: quality is high and selection is superb. Never the same twice, the list of 20 taps is constantly rotating. Recent visits included tastes of Ninkasi, Deschutes, New Old Lompoc, Heater-Allen, among others. There are several menu boards, hand-written and including prices and sizes, both of which vary according to strength and availability. The beauty here is in that ever-changing list of quality brews. Prices vary from the reasonable $4 pint on up to $6-8 (or more) for the rarest imports or limited releases. Selections are balanced between Belgians and local NW breweries.

Food is a little better than 'average' pub food on all levels. heaping bowls full of Belgian mussels, cones full of frites (with delicious curry sauce for dipping), spicy Cajun meatloaf sandwiches and (my favorite) the gruyere-crusted, smoked salmon and caper laden Croque Madame. Salads and soups are good. Prices are reasonable at lunch (generally $10 or less for a hearty meal) but jump a few bucks at dinnertime.

Service has been average at best..and this HAS been consistent EVERY visit. On busy nights this could be forgiven, but on slow Saturday afternoons, we've sat for minutes for any service at all, watched staff chatting idly while food/drink sat waiting, and generally felt unwelcome on more than one occasion. I've had to get our silverware and napkins, grab coasters, request tables be wiped down a second time (with a mildew-smelling rag - gross!). And though indirectly service-related, the bathrooms have a sickeningly sweet cleaning product smell that wafts into the dining room and my wife tells me the soap dispenser and toilet paper supplies are severely lacking in the ladies room. Having these kinds of problems still occurring after 5 months in business shouldn't be accepted. I hope to be able to revise this review at some point, but for now service needs some serious improvement; it's actually bad enough that we've walked out once for dinner and have gone to Green Dragon less frequently than should be warranted by their excellent beer and food offerings.

Certainly worth a visit for the beer alone, just don't expect a charming 'pub' atmosphere...or an overly warm reception...

Photo of frankm
4.35/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I've been to the Green Dragon 3 times in the past two weeks, and can't wait to go again. They have 18 handles, and really rotate them. For instance I was in on a Thursday; went back on Sunday, and 12 of the 18 taps had changed. I was told that hey have had over 175 different beers there in just over 3 months.
One of the things that really impressed me was that they cater to some of the smaller breweries that have trouble in other establishments in getting a space for their product. No Widmer, Bridgeport, Deschuttes, or Full Sail. Each is a fine brewery, but you can go anywhere in town for those beers or to their pubs.
Last night I had...Mia and Pia's Barleywine Bourbon Barrel, Lagunitas Lumpy Gravy, Cascade's Tempter Triple, Hopworks Abdominable, and Terminal Gravity's Strong.
I enjoyed each and every one, but...if I go back next week those beers will be gone and others will be in their place, so don't fall in love with any of them. Just one night flings.
Every Tuesday they are having a " Meet the Brewer " night at 6:00 P.M. They have an area set aside for it with some tap handles as well so the brewer can speak and we can sample. Their schedule for January/08 calls for Salmon Creek, Lazyboy, Amnesia, and Ninkasi.
Most pints are $ 4, and some of the higher alcohol beers are served in 8 oz glasses. The food menu features mussels, bread salad, soup, pate, and frites. Don't bother looking for chicken wings or nachos.
It's a non smoking establishment, has a full bar, ( which features a gin that is distilled on premises ), and a decent wine list, ( I am taking my companion's word on this...I didn't look at the list...she did, passed, but said it looked good to her ).
3 pinball machines, an area for music, on street parking, and they shut down at 11 most nights.
The service can be a bit spotty because the servers have to write most things down by hand. Also the place is catching on, and can really fill up. I would advise asking for your check quite a while before you are prepared to leave, ( maybe as you order your last round ), or to be patient. I found the staff to be friendly, and most know their product thoroughly, and if they don't...they will get some other member to come over and answer your questions.

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4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The last thing I needed ….. another worthy beer destination on my visits to Portland. If two visits are any indication, this will become a must-stop. Housed in the old Yamhill Brewing building (and Portland beergeeks know that crazy saga), this place is an oasis in a less-than appealing warehouse district. Just a few blocks from Lucky Lab, if you are inclined.

The bistro is located in the smaller section of the building, while the bar is located in the old production area from Yamhill days. The brewing equipment is now housed at the end of the structure, adjacent to the bistro. Plans are to be online and brewing in the near future. I understand that their head brewer is one of four people chosen to brew this year’s Samiclaus in Austria. Without knowing how the brewers are chosen, that seems pretty impressive. There are currently about 20 guest taps, or so, and the intent is to continue to have several guest taps after their own beer goes live.

The atmosphere is rather massive and spartan in the bar area, while the bistro side is smaller and a bit cozier. Wait – did I say “cozier?” I meant “freezing ass cold” on these two late October visits. Apparently, they are still working on some HVAC issues. The service was friendly and efficient in the bar area on a rather crowded Friday night, ditto on a Sunday morning after they had just opened. Of course, we were the only ones there, so make of that what you will.

The food was pretty good. We had a wild rice/chicken crepe dish and the Tuscan bread salad. Certainly, they are aiming for a step or two above pub grub, and I know some people have to have pub grub with their beer.

Oh yeah, the most important thing – the beer. The highlights on tap included 2006 J.W. Lee’s, Laurelwood Deranger Red, Abbye de Rocs Tripel Imperiale, Clinton Street Captured by Porches IPA, and Ninkasi Tricerahops.

I hope this place is successful. I know I’ll be back.

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4.35/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

This is a welcome addition to the area, located not far at all from the old (now closed) Rose & Raindrop pub.

My understanding is that the Green Dragon is located in the old Yamhill brewery, and that the plan is for GD to brew their own beers on site soon and offer them along with the current, stellar guest beer line-up.

This place has only been open a few months I believe and undoubtedly there are still a few kinks that need to be worked out. The first evening I visited it was quite cold inside, as apparently the heat had not yet been hooked up. The place has the feel of a large old warehouse, with high ceilings and wood walls. While a bit stark at the present time, the atmosphere is pleasant enough and the staff friendly. This is a comfortable place to hang out and have a beer. Service has been a bit slow the two times I've visited, though they were pleasant enough and seemed pretty knowledgeable. At present the bottle selection is no better then fair, but the draft list is so outstanding I hardly cared. The first time I was there the selection included the 2006 JW Lee, Racer X, La Rulles Estival and Deranger Red. I think there were roughly 20 tap handles, and the selection was diverse, interesting and obviously quite well thought out. Food appears to be a work in progress. Last time I was there I ordered the frites, and was told it was the last order available that evening (this was early evening on a Sunday).

The Green Dragon looks to be a great place, one I'm sure to visit often whenever I'm back in Portland. The only real fly in the ointment is the price for the food and beer here. I think my frites were around $5 for an average at best portion, and my half pint of Deranger Red was the same. Generally, beer and food prices struck me as a bit on the high side, though given their outstanding selection, that won't keep me from coming back.

This is a very solid addition to the already outstanding Portland beer scene.

5/2/11 update. Had not been here in some time, and not at all since Rogue took this place over. Frankly, I didn't feel as if the place has changed very much, though there are considerably more tap handles than before (50 all told I believe - 20 in the front and 30 in the back). Selection was still very, very good, and service was pleasant enough. Got the frites again, and they were pretty much the same as before. I was here during happy hour, so the cost for them was only $3. Food doesn't really seem to be the srong suit here, but everything I've had so far has been more than tolerable. As for price, my pint of Upright wit was $4.75. Shrug. As before, I thought this a very solid place and excellent addition to Portland's beer scene. Not really sure I quite understand some of the more negative reviews... though granted I was here on a Sunday afternoon (still a decent size crowd though).

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The Green Dragon Bistro & Pub in Portland, OR
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