This is a customer review of The Lucky Dragon Chinese Food Restaurant, located at 1501 Grass Valley Highway (Highway 49), in Auburn, California (Placer County). My family and I visited The Lucky Dragon for lunch in mid-September, 2010. Following are my observations of this Chinese food restaurant.
Service – I found the service at The Lucky Dragon to be better than average. My family encountered about half a dozen separate employees during our visit, and each one was extremely pleasant. We were seated immediately upon entering, the employees who were maintaining the buffet were friendly and courteous, and our waitress did things like clear plates and refill our water glasses in a timely manner without being asked to do so. She was also friendly towards our kids, and that’s always nice.
Prices – Personally, I found the prices at The Lucky Dragon to be just a little high. We arrived just before the lunch period ended, so we were given lunch prices for the buffet. The menu states $7.50 per person as the lunch buffet price, but it also says that customers are charged a lower price for children, which seems fair – I mean, all other buffets do the same thing. However, we were told upon ordering that we would be charged the adult price for both our 12 year old and our 9 year old. I thought it was cheesy to charge the adult price for a 9 year old, personally (even Disneyland resists charging adult prices until a kid turns 10). Also, when we received our bill, it was obvious that we didn’t receive more than a $1 discount for our 5 year old, either. $6.50 for a 5 year old to eat a spoonful of chow mein and an egg roll seems a little unreasonable, in my opinion. The menu states that the buffet price for dinner is $10.50. I would say The Lucky Dragon would be much more appropriately priced if they charged something more along the lines of $5.99 for lunch, $8.99 for dinner, and half price for kids under ten years of age.
Food – The food was just “OK”. The egg rolls were pretty good, as was the Broccoli Beef and the String Bean Pork. The chow mein was pasty and bland, the sweet and sour chicken was soggy, and better orange chicken can be had at Panda Express. The rest of my family reported that the Egg Flower Soup was good, as was the Brandy Chicken, but they didn’t like the Pork Fried Rice. The buffet selection was acceptable, with additional menu items including, Tempura Vegetables, Crab Wontons, and Hot and Sour Soup. I also noticed one or two sushi selections. There is also a small desert bar at The Lucky Dragon as well, with kid-friendly choices like lemon cake and chocolate pudding, along with almond cookies and some type of pastry.
Atmosphere & Cleanliness – The atmosphere at The Lucky Dragon is forgettable. I mean, seriously, I have pretty much forgotten it. It does not feel like a traditional Chinese food restaurant. Hot tea is not brought to the table, and the windows are uncovered enough that you see the parking lot while you eat. There is no ambiance to speak of. The buffet station was very clean, although the carpets and walls don’t seem exceptionally clean. The women’s bathroom was downright gross.
To summarize, the Lucky Dragon Chinese Food Restaurant in Auburn has friendly staff, but the food is mediocre. The prices are high for what you receive (especially when it comes to kids), and the bathrooms need some serious cleaning. I hate to be negative about this restaurant, simply because the employees were so very, very pleasant. But the truth is, that our family will never go back. The Lucky Dragon Chinese Food Restaurant does not have a website, so for hours of operation, call (530)888-6868.