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“I hope it was just a bad day and not permanent change.”

Kwan's Original Cuisine
Ranked #83 of 534 Restaurants in Salem
Price range: US$0 - US$8
Cuisines: Chinese, Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Dinner, Delivery, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Salem, Oregon
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19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“I hope it was just a bad day and not permanent change.”
Reviewed 18 January 2013

We have been eating at Kwan's for over 25 years. It used to be the best Chinese in Salem. We had not been for a while, but ordered take out last night. We got both a beef dish and a pork dish. Both tasted like the meat had been cooked earlier and rewarmed. The vegetables in the beef dish were way over cooked. The appetizer was very good and well prepared. The sauces had good flavor, but the issue with the meat overwhelmed the dishes. I hope this was just one bad day and Mr. Kwan will make the changes needed to get back to being the best Chinese restaurant in Salem.

  • Visited January 2013
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English first
Oregon
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135 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Great flavor but quantity lacking”
Reviewed 10 January 2013

My wife and I went for lunch at Kwan's and the atmosphere was very nice. The food was very flavorful but the portions were small. I order ala-carte and she order a special. I am accustomed to have to take left overs home because we can't finish the quantity of food at most Chinese restaurants, but this was not an issue here.

The service was good and attentive.

The prices based on the quantity delivered was high.

  • Visited December 2012
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Portland, Oregon
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“This is the best of Salem?”
Reviewed 10 December 2012

We were there Dec. 8th for a 5 p.m. dinner. The restaurant wasn't terribly busy. The waitress was friendly enough. We ordered three dishes; Almond Chicken, Mongolian Beef, and Dry-saute Green Beans. It took over half and hour to get our food. Dry-saute Green Beans had sauce all over it! Seriously? Mongolian beef was heavily seasoned, overly salty and sweet. Almond Chicken was the only dish that met our expectation.

  • Visited December 2012
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Salem, Oregon
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“You must go here”
Reviewed 4 November 2012

Kwan's is a must eat at place. If you live in or near Salem your missing out if you haven't gone. Quality food. Boe & Kwan are great, the staff are great. The food is so good. Try the black rice.

Visited July 2012
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Dow
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86 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Cuisine with the personal touch”
Reviewed 29 October 2012

Just had a wedding rehearsal dinner at Kwan's and I highly recommend this restaurant. Chef Kwan is a treasure in Salem. His personal attention to all the details made this the perfect choice for this special event. The food was fantastic—strawberry chicken! Five kinds of rice combined with five main dishes made for a super filling and a delightful evening with friends and family. If you find yourself in Salem and are looking for good food this is the place.

  • Visited October 2012
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