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Big Bowl-Cedar
Big Bowl-Cedar

Big Bowl-Cedar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.Bigbowl.com
  • Phone: (312) 640-8888
  • Hours of Operation: Sunday-Thursday: 11am-10pm, Friday-Saturday: 11am-11pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Chinese, Thai
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cedar & State
  • Public Transit: Division/Clark stop on CTA red line
    CTA bus stops at Cedar and Lake Shore Drive and also on State and Elm.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Street parking and valet is available. Free valet parking for guests driving a Hybrid car.
A word from Big Bowl-Cedar
Big Bowl is a pioneering Asian restaurant, vibrant in design and cuisine, offering the latest in Chinese and Thai food. Using market-fresh ingredients, Big Bowl’s signatures include dim sum-sized appetizers, pad thai, seafood, some truly hot and spicy food and fresh made ginger ale.

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  • Diners' Choice WinnerChinese
Diner Reviews
  • "Asked for salmon without glaze. Burnt first filet - long delay before advising. Less an issue with server, more with kitchen. Food reliably good, but an easy order shouldn't have been so difficult."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "We came in to celebrate our 36th wedding anniversary with my parents who were married on the same date. They were celebrating their 64th. Combined, we celebrated 100 years of marriage and our server treated us great. My wife and I are regulars but my parents were in town from Florida and had never been to Big Bowl before. They left impressed and kept mentioning what a great experience it was."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "One of our favorites...best spring rolls and special sauces...wonderful Kung Paola beef great sangria"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "I try to get over here every time I visit downtown Chicago. Love the Asian menu selections and the make your own stir fry is fun!"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Great staff. Very friendly. Food was on point. Our server was fantastic. Do not recall his name but he was a tall young blonde gentleman. Thanks for the awesome service :)"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "The chicken pad thai was delicious and the pomegranite sangria was very flavorful. The service was great!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Service and attention to detail with a 5 year old on the table was phenomenal. Really appreciated it and made the overall experience quite pleasant."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "For a Lettuce Entertain You restaurant I expect more. The food is always very good; but the service is sub-par. We ordered wine - was not offered a taste first. Also asked for two glasses of ice on the side - was brought two ice waters. I tried to explain we had a reservation and the hostess did not even check our name but simply had us taken to an ordinary table as if we were walk-ins. (I saw other reserved table signs). It's convenient because it is in the neighborhood, but of all the Lettuce restaurants it ranks toward the bottom."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Works for my healthy eating style! I eat there all the time."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Big Bowl is always a nice spot for a dinner date, customer service is on top game and the food is always cooked just right!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The food is consistently good. We love the organic, local options."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I like both the dinner and service the staff is very accommodating and helpful"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Great food, great service. Enjoy this local hot spot"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "The food was absolutely wonderful as always! Whenever my family comes up we come here. They like to come here to start out with the great sangrias and appetizers. I had the Ahi Tune with sauteed noodles which was really incredible. It was really good tuna with very interesting infusion of flavors. We also got the Teriyaki Chicken that was very good and we were glad to see they added it back onto the menu. Great value for the meals. Its a restaurant that is a gem and becomes a community with their classes in cooking and other things once you get on their list."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The menu recently changed and went back to "old" menu with some of the newer menu items kept. Whoever made the eggrolls on Saturday morning, did NOT make them correctly. Not only were they half the size they are supposed to be, they did not have the magic ingredient (peanut sauce) in them as they were supposed to have. This is what makes these egg rolls so good! I asked waiter about this and he didn't have a clue and I specifically told him that they were not correct and if he could talk to the manager. Not only did he NOT talk to the manager, he made no effort to correct this problem, either by removing the charges from our bill or providing us perhaps with a coupon for a free appetizer the next time we came."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I've eaten at Big Bowl and always had great food and a wonderful experience but recently my daughter developed a dairy allergy. Both our waiter and the manager were so accommodating of our needs. They even pointed out that they use a special plate with red trim to indicate to everyone that this is a special order. I completely recommend this place to anyone with allergies."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Food keeps getting worse and worse here. We live in. Neighborhood so we come here from time to time. I never really Like it but this was The worst. So greasy and just awful food."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Our last meal here was excellent. Today w/out Chef Patricia Yeo being here, food was lackluster and uninspired - not awful but not great. Sort of reminiscent of a chain restaurant. Our server was new but made a supreme effort to find out what he didn't know and was helpful and friendly. Sangria was flavored excellently but seemed week and sort of watery. Pork Buns were well flavored but buns were cold and soggy. Crab bites were tasty but again the filling was mushy - texture was off. 15 spice beef was superb as usual, pork fried rice was also but the szechuan beef was mainly veggies with very little beef. We will definitely come back and hope this was an unusual occurrence. A brighter dining room would also help."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Big Bowl has a great gluten free menu & takes great care of those with allergies. They are my number one choice for a night out. The food is great and the service is even better. Been here many times and will keep going back. I'm constantly recommending them to my friends & family."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We got the lobster summer rolls, the shrimp summer rolls. The dipping sauces make them even better. Tried the ahi tuna and noodles. I just found a new favorite!"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Steak & crispy noodles as well as Peppered tuna & wide rice noodles were delicious as well as a coconut chocolate chip chocolate syrup sundae was a perfect closer. Server very cute & attentive."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "This Big Bowl has a different, smaller menu than the one on Ohio Street. All I wanted was the shrimp scallop dish and there was not a scallop to be had on the menu. Also, no thai beef lettuce wraps. The menu at this location is a serious bummer. I would recommend NOT going to this location - I bet it won't be open much longer."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "Chicken and beef dishes are not very generous. Mongolian beef quality was not good."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "All the food was good and well priced. The most delicious thing was the Salmon entrée; it was very fine quality fish and seemed to be extremely fresh...both of which are so important with regard to fish."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "We had the trout special and the ahi tuna for entrees and dumplings for an appetizer. Everything was delicious."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Me and and friend had the shrimp toast and potstickers convo and as app and that alone was tremendous. As far as entrees we order Mongolian beef and the sesame chicken and split the two....again that was delicious and to too if all off was the warm dark chocolate cake....I will definitely be going here again soon!!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "This place has surprisingly good food for a formulaic chain restaurant. The BBQ salmon was perfectly cooked and flavorful, and the Panang curry chicken was well prepared and mildly spiced. Service is a bit shaky but adequate. Exceedingly limited wine list has a couple of adequate cheap wines by the glass - beer would be a better choice. The vibrant bar scene can produce a lot of noise on a busy night."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We always enjoy he ambiance at this restaurant, lively and energetic. Also, we usually enjoy the food, this time hot and sour soup, chicken lettuce wrap and the select your own vegetable stir fry."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Was disappointed with our overall dining experience. I made a comment to the restaurant in my Open Table reservation that we were celebrating a birthday. This is my niece's favorite place to eat and we brought her here to celebrate her birthday. No mention was made of the birthday, nor did she receive a complimentary dessert for the occasion. Also, it seems like there are not a lot of entree options on the menu compared with past dining experiences, and my husband and I both thought the portions were on the small side. I think it will be a while before we return here in the future. There are too many other restaurants to try."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We had a nice time at Big Bowl. Pot stickers and spring rolls are excellent. The beef and broccoli is one of the best ever. Pad Thai looked good too"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Food here is always great and you dont have to wait long to get i!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Brought two friends from out of time. Had great food and waiter was attentive and informative. Sangria the best!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "I like the new additions and menu changes - very good for lunch or dinner and variety of portion sizes."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "I am not one to mention servers by name in reviews, whether positively or negatively, but in this case, I have to proclaim how awesome Patrick was. As my recent dive into veganism is in its early stages, dining out has become quite interesting. I have to say, how accommodating and gracious Patrick was about my 'diet choice' really blew me and my guest away. As a matter of fact, they already have a vegan item on the menu, but he offered to check on a few other things for me, which allowed me some variety. Awesome job! Thanks for allowing me to feel welcomed and leave full and happy. As an aside, bring back the old prep for the cashew chicken! (proclaimed my guest)"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "I appreciate the avoidance of heavy pesticides and antibiotics etc.conn"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Always take my family here when they come up. The grilled trout special was fantastic and the coconut fudge sunday was a great finish. Also the Asparagus Tempera was very good.We always look forward to the seasonal Sangria as the Sangrias here are really wonderful by the pitcher. We all thought this was the best yet in all the times we've been here. More relatives in next week so we'll be back."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Wow - what a pleasure to visit Big Bowl again after many years. A new chef has brought life and vitality into the restaurant and updated menus and the creative process. Beverages were excellent especially the Blood Orange Sangria - strong and full of fruit. The story was in the apps with shrimp toast and the shrimp pork dumplings being the best we've ever tried. Entrees were strong too - the 15 spice beef was expertly seasoned, while the Sichuan steak had just the right amount of spicy. Cashew chicken looked too pretty to eat but was delicious also. Simply can't wait to go back here. Professional service and a delightful staff rounded out the picture for us. A++."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "It appears that Big Bowl has reduced their menu, to some extent. However, I was relieved to see that many familiar dishes were still available.I usually order the same dish each time I eat at Big Bowl: a yellow curry dish with shrimp. In the past it has been quite flavorful, with a balance of spice and sweetness. However, this time the dish was actually bland, with no outstanding flavors. The green beans and red peppers were not over-cooked and did retain some bite, perfect for this type of dish. It also appears that the portion size has been reduced and the dish is served in a different manner than previously experienced.I have not given up on Big Bowl and will give it a few more tries. But, I was disappointed with this most recent meal."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We went here for dinner after a day of shopping, the prices were reasonable. The server was great, and the place was packed."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Forgive the cliche title, but this restaurant has been a "go-to" for years each time we are in Chicago, which is quite often. We knew something was different as soon as we were handed our menus. It seems that this particular location is a "test" restaurant for the entire chain, and since the first week in December, they have been experimenting with a new (and MUCH smaller) menu and have eliminated quite a few items, including my husband's favorite dish. My pad tai had zero taste and the peanut sauce I requested on the side was so hot that it ruined the taste for anything else. My husband ordered some crunchy chicken dish and was extremely disappointed. He left half of it. Why change something that wasn't broken. We won't be back."
    Dined on 2/18/2014