Asian Outpost
Asian Outpost

Asian Outpost

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.asian-outpost.com/
  • Phone: 3126621100x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
    Lunch: Thursday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Asian, Chinese
  • Executive Chef: David Lee
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Takeout, Wine
  • Special Events: Please contact Lois at 312-504-7998

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 13th
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Roosevelt and State
A word from Asian Outpost
Inspired by the legacy of our families in America, we bring you Asian Outpost. Our heritage dates back to turn of the 20th century when great grandfather Woo arrived in Hawaii to study medicine and to the 1950s when our grandparents migrated here to operate their restaurants. Now, we embark on our journey at Asian Outpost in order to share our heritage with you. We are heavily influenced by the communal meals prepared at our family gatherings. Some of our food is created from family recipes and some take on a more local taste. No matter the recipe, all of our dishes revolve around our desire to cook and serve food that our friends and family can enjoy.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerChinese
Asian Outpost reviews from OpenTable diners
37 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (26)fit for foodies (17)great for outdoor dining (14)good for groups (13)special occasion (7)romantic (6)great for lunch (6)kid-friendly (4)notable wine list (4)hot spot (4)great for brunch (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • MUST GO!!!
    deacrq
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    BEST FRIED CHICKEN , BEST PORK BELLY SLIDERS AND TRY MANGO SODA SOOO GOOD!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would go back
    Emu24VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I would try Asian Outpost again. I had the nutty spicy noodles. The dish has nuts in it, but the noodles themselves are not nutty nor spicy. The dish was ok for what it ultimately was. The lemon cake was divine! I would try other itmes from the menu.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Must Try
    JoeZVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    If you live in the South Loop, enjoy good Asian food, and haven't been yet. . .you're missing out. My wife and I waited several months before trying the Asian Outpost but have been twice and the food is great, service attentive, all with good ambiance. Oh yeah, and the prices are VERY reasonable. This restaurant is a fantastic addition to our neighborhood because it's unique and delicious. And for those who don't live in the neighborhood, it's well worth the trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • How to ruin food with poor service
    AnthemBirdy
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We went here to celebrate our 34th wedding anniversary. The food is quite good. We had the lettuce wraps (too salty for me) and the chicken and ribs. I ordered a cocktail with the appetizer. I had barely sipped my drink and made it though one wrap when the food came. We were seated at a 2 person table and there was not enough room for the food. I had to quickly eat the second wrap to make room for the food. The server did not blink as he plunked down the food anyway. We ate and the bill was thrown down on the table and the server ran back to the kitchen. Very rude. It was not crowded and it was early. I think perhaps there was trouble in the kitchen. It all happened so fast that I was still finishing my drink when I was done eating.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable dinner
    Alces
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Very courteous service, limited but tasteful menu, we had ramen soup, sushi platter, and several fancy maki rolls, all very tasty, reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good meal, reasonable prices
    Hot4Tchr
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Took my daughter and her friend (both 14) here for dinner before the 1D concert. They had chicken stir fry that wasn't pretty or colorful like most - but was quite yummy. I had a seared tuna sushi roll that was presented beautifully and was absolutely delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ChrisVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The ginger garlic fried chicken was most likely the best fried chicken we have ever had, a definite must try. Great selection of wines, tried a red blend - uncensored the waitress told us that the restaurant had an exclusive for it, which was also amazing. It went well with the fried chicken and the forbidden rice maki -a black rice , vegetarian roll. On the menu were also BBQ ribs and ramen noodles, that's for next time. This is now our new favorite place to eat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    2piggies
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Our meal was wonderful--the fried chicken was very tasty, not greasy, and with a coating that was not too thick. Loved the dipping sauce. My husband's half slab of ribs also had an excellent sauce and the ribs were very tender. The sides, pineapple cole slaw, little corn muffins and black pepper potato salad, were perfect complements, and the appetizer--squah egg rolls--was not to be missed. The decor provides a very pleasant background to the food and it was so nice not to have loud, annoying music. We love the place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enjoyed high quality sushi
    EnjoyingMyMeals
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We were seated quickly and greeted warmly. High quality sushi and reasonable prices will bring us back again. Loved the large cucumber salad and the table next to us raved about the ribs
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SLoopgirlVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I love Asian Outpost. The menu is small but packed full of delicious dishes. You don't need a huge menu when you know what you do well, and AO does sushi, rice bowls and ribs WELL. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Nathan has been my waiter a few times and is always a delight.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    SunshineVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Great food, nice variety, unique cocktails & fun environment. This is a place to go with a group, girls night out or a nice lunch or dinner with your sweetie. It's a must visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Move over General Tso
    Mfaz1550VIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    If you haven't tried AO yet you're missing a great twist on Asian food. There are hundreds of places in nearby Chinatown but AO offers sophisticated entrees, sushi and appetizers that you simply can't get on Cermak Ave. If you want chop suey this isn't your kind of place but if you're looking for creative Asian comfort food served with style you'll love Asian Outpost!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    This was not our first time here. The food is always good and it has a very interesting menu. We're usually dining in the evening so we're not in a big hurry. The service ,however, is not just slow, it's almost non existent. Twice we had to get up and go over to the bar area to get our own drinks. The owners were very apologetic and did comp our last round of Sapporo . Apparently they did not plan for the onslaught of diners that evening ( and both the inside and outside were packed) I don't own a restaurant and so I don't know how to avoid the problem of not enough servers.just be prepared for a leisurely dinner if you go.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice option in neighborhood
    OrangetabbyVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Our first time visiting. Service was attentive--waiter promptly greeted us, and water glasses were kept full and dishes cleared immediately. Skip the tofu green onion skewers but definitely try the ribs. I had the ramen and the shoyu broth was excellent, as were the pork slices with the noodles. We did not try the sushi but we will next time. Waiter brought us the wrong entree and wrong check, but both problems were corrected immediately.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and patio
    yummyummyVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    My friend and I decided to meet for lunch on a Friday, since they are currently open for lunch on Fridays. We sat on the patio, which was a lovely retreat and well designed. I ordered the fried chicken, which was perfectly crisp and delicious. The curry quinoa and the pineapple slaw (not sure of exact names) was good, too. My friend had the cucumber salad, which was just cut up cukes and mandarin orange slices, but she said it was good. She also had the chicken lettuce wraps, which she really enjoyed. The service on the other hand was interesting. The waiter talked too much and was a bit negative. Plus, we had to ask for silverware and napkins, as did the other patrons. I would definitely go back to enjoy the food and patio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outpost out of Service
    sitnwaitVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Waited 15 minutes before telling host to send a waiter, then 35 minutes for a glass of water on so one. Its take out only.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fresh Asian Cuisine
    Honey
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    We keep coming back for the awesome sashimi platter & ginger chicken, with their tasty choices of side dishes. We have tried just about every dish on the menu, and each one is as flavorful as the descriptions. A great neighborhood gem, with enough items to go back & eat 2 or 3 times per week.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 20 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 26 reviews are from the Asian Outpost reviews archive.
  • Asian miss
    Rafa
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Came here for graduation dinner and was disappointed. Pork belly sliders and fried chicken were good, everything else was too sweet. Should have skipped the ramen, fried noodles all together. Sushi and drinks were ok. Skip this and just go to Chinatown.
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  • Different twist on fusion
    hardtopleaseVIP
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Walk into a pleasing dining room that the hostess said is Chinese rustic. The menu offers a very different twist to Chinese cuisine, pairing Mom's fried chicken with corn bread or potato salad. The fried chicken was crisp and corn bread nice complement. Fried rice with shrimp was the best, chock full of endemame and other veggies and served with generous portion of large shrimp on top. Very friendly and sincere service. They really want you to enjoy your dining experience at Asian Outpost.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food
    DapperDan
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    We loved the variety of drinks and food at Asian Outpost. The ramen was fantastic, and the sushi we had was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food!! Definitely
    Larry
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Excellent food!! Definitely will become a routine restaurrant in our family. We love, love the food!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Was average
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    After reading some reviews , I was excited to check out this place . But really was disappointed. Food was average. We didn't have sushi so may be sushi would been better. We had a noodle dish and something resembling fried rice. Really takeout Chinese food would have been better. Drinks were weak and nothing special. Drinks are better at tapas Valencia... I would unlikely go back to this place. Oh and they didn't pack up our left over. They just brought us the boxes...
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  • Excellent food - every single
    Larry
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Excellent food - every single time!!! Great Restaurant!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • new to the neighborhood
    kirstjenVIP
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    Asian Outpost has a good selection of Asian food from sushi to BBQ. They have a full bar, but also have a couple of non-alcoholic fruit drinks, rather than just the typical Coke or Pepsi products. The Mango soda was really very good. We started with the edamame, which I thought was better than average with a zesty seasoning. I ordered the seared tuna roll and it was very good and had a nice presentation. Two at the table ordered ribs & said that they were very good. One person ordered the fried chicken & it was also prepared well. If you are in the neighborhood, it would be a good place to check out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great new south loop spot!
    Illini84VIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Great food that is fresh and delicious. Wait staff was very accommodating. Booths are spacious and roomy. Drinks are ubpnique and very good. Great spot to enjoy with friends and family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Back again, good again
    Kickapooer
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    This was a return, for us. We had gone with neighbors last time, and we returned with old friends from the burbs for dinner. As before the food was very good, the serve fine and friendly, and the owners (couple) were friendly and engaged, and we were just regular patrons, noone special. Great place for good food, pleasant environment, at a reasonable price!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A unique menu - some common
    Larry
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    A unique menu - some common foods and others which we were not familiar with. We have tried ribs, fried chicken - excellent choices. Steak plate and nutty chicken tried for the first time and ... all fabulous plates.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Dinner
    TommyDavis
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My girl and I went there for Valentines day and it was a date she had to tell all her friends about.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved it,
    Sasha
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    First time and the food was amazing. The fried chicken was awesome and the server Nick was most knowledgeable. The ambiance was homey and comfortable, just like your home kitchen! I will definitely return and have already told friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great new south loop spot!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Wonderful to see a place like this in the South Loop... Great design, food, and prices. A little disappointed in the undertrained, distracted wait staff, but hoping that gets better with time. Definitely a great new place to check out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They need more waiters and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    They need more waiters and more appetizer choices. Not sure why they have American potato salad. Salmon was lovely as was the decor.
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  • Everything we ate was really
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    Everything we ate was really good but not kid-friendly. No child menus. Happy to have them in the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food and the ambience
    Larry
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Excellent food and the ambience was great. Rustic warm feeling. Service was excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful New Restaurant
    Darty
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Our first time at the Asian Outpost & we were all very impressed. Everything was wonderful. The food was excellent, as the decor & service. The small plate Lettuce wrap...Delicious!!! It's portion size was big enough to share for three. My friend ordered the Ramen Noodle soup with Tonkotsu. She said it was delicious & it was a very lg. bowl of soup. I ordered Mom's Ginger Garlic Fried Chicken w/Ruby Red & Seasoned Yellow Curry Quinoa. It was delicious! The chicken was flavorful, crispy & juicy. The slaw is vinaigrette based & made fresh, very crispy & tasty. The quinoa was slightly dry, but good. My husband ordered the Asian BBQ Ribs & Black Pepper Potato salad. Excellent! Great menu & healthy foods. Beautiful presentation. Great value
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Nice Addition to the Neighborhood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    How to describe the cuisine is not my strength, but I would not feel uncomfortable with Asian fusion. This was our second time at Asian Outpost and it won't be our last. The spare ribs are absolutely scrumptious Decent wine list. Great ambiance, Attentive staff Great food. Reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Welcome to the neighborhood!
    Mfaz1550VIP
    Dined on 1/20/2014
    This was our second visit to Asian Outpost and it was even better than the first. We tried the penko crusted tofu as well as ramen soup and sashimi. The food was all excellent and the server was friendly and attentive. We are long time residents of the South Loop we're delighted to have AO as a new neighbor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dynamic Ginger Fried Chicken
    MaratinVIP
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Ginger Fried Chicken and the cornbread muffins are the star of the show. Will return to try the ribs. It's in my neighborhood and a welcomed treat!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem
    PaulS
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    This is just what our neighborhood needed; great environment, caring staff and owners, and of course really good food at reasonable prices. They could not have done it better. I hope they do well and are around for a long time and become a catalyst for the area.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    EFSloopVIP
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    The menu is quite unique. Some of the items reminds me of my childhood of what my father used to make, while others incorporate more traditional American and even modern flare. The belly sliders are amazing, tenderly cooked. The chicken with spicy nutty noddles quite tasty and mom's ginger garlic chicken is amazing--large portions. The wait staff were attentive and Lois, the owner, was kind and remembered my name from when I checked in for my reservation at the hostess table. Great service, great food. Truly a great addition to the neighborhood! Oh, the decor is very fitting of an outpost and the attention to the details is seen through the different goods and furniture.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Asian comfort food
    Mfaz1550VIP
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    This is a great new spot in the South Loop. Try the fried chicken or the sashimi. Both are excellent. Service is great and there is an impressive selection of wine, beer and saki. Welcome to the neighborhood AO!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.