We were reminded once again just how special the Five Star Golden Dragon Restaurant in Costa Mesa really is. We were there last evening for a birthday party.
Yuau-Der Wang and his wife, Chi-Yun are still active in the business they founded so many years ago. Now, however, they have their son, John, as restaurant manager overseeing day to day operations. But most evenings you can still count on Mother Chi-Yun to be on hand to greet customers, something we always look forward to on our visits and sure enough she was there for our warm greeting last night.
The Golden Dragon is a fine dining restaurant with a intimate full service bar and lounge, a dining room with booths and tables and a private room for small parties as well. This is a restaurant with a very large menu with choices for al a carte selections as well as complete dinners. For such quality and service prices are surprisingly modest.
Our dinner, it could be called a banquet, opened with special egg rolls with mushroom, chicken and vegetable. Next came the hot and sour soup with shrimp. Entrees which arrived family style included Mongolian beef, Walnut shrimp with glazed walnuts and honey sweet sauce, a specially prepared sweet and sour chicken and the house fried rice with pork, mushroom and shredded vegetables. Also pork Low Mein and fish with bean sauce.
Besides traditional Chinese sweets the restaurant features some western desserts which have become very popular.
Unlike most Chinese restaurants John Wang is most knowledgeable about wine and so here there is an outstanding list of California vintages.
The fame of Golden Dragon brings people from all the beach cities surrounding Costa Mesa. For here is classic Chinese dining with a serene atmosphere and decor, outstanding cuisine and attentive attention from a well trained staff, many with years of experience at the restaurant.
Golden Dragon is located at 2023 Harbor Blvd., in Costa Mesa with ample off street free parking.
The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, lunch starting at 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Dinner from 4:30 to 10 p.m. On weekends the restaurant is open all day from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. For reservations call 949 542-7162.