Big Bowl-Cedar
Big Bowl-Cedar

Big Bowl-Cedar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bigbowl.com/
  • Phone: 3126408888x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday-Thursday: 11am-10pm, Friday-Saturday: 11am-11pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Thai, Chinese
  • 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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Big Bowl-Cedar reviews from OpenTable diners
72 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (42)great for lunch (23)kid-friendly (20)good for groups (20)fit for foodies (18)great for outdoor dining (9)special occasion (8)hot spot (8)romantic (6)great for brunch (5)vibrant bar scene (5)scenic view (4)late-night find (3)Show More
  • Review
    reviewerVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Big Bowl has had some transitions over the past several months and the food is uneven.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rude Manager Paul
    unhappycustomer1VIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I have eaten there more time than I can count, always loved the food and service. This time I asked for them to warm up the air conditioning or open the doors, the hostess said no, the waiter said he can't due to manager and the manager was simply arrogant, rude and abrasive in the way he proclaimed he would do nothing. He h I left and will never go back. In a day of social media, hiring someone of that calibre is just stupid.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently good
    fashionableVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We hadn't been to Big Bowl for some time, but it hadn't changed and the food was still very good. You can choose and refine any of your choices to get it just right, so don't hesitate to ask. Our waitress was exceptional which always helps when you like things the way you like them. Will go more often now that PJ Clarke's on State has been sold and much diminished. The choices here are terrific and everyone should be able to find the perfect food combinations. The new barbecue pork buns were delicious and an unexpected presentation that was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Chinese-Thai
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We were in the mood for Chinese and didn't know of any in the area. Our handy smart phone pointed out this restaurant. The food was great! All 4 of us loved the meals!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Informal Meal
    ElmhurstGuy
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Big Bowl was able to accomodate our table for 8 on a Friday night. It was a rare opportunity to find a table that size in that neighborhood at an informal restaurant that was suitable for both adults and children. Everyone was really happy with their meal. There's a kids menu, they liked the homemade ginger ale and dessert. Adults all enjoyed their meals, which were all ordered off the menu - nobody wanted to do the wok station. Valet parking for $10 is a deal in the neighborhood too. I'd go back again, especially with kids.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Slow Kitchen
    ChiDiner
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Anniversary
    DisappointedVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thai yes
    JannieVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    One of our favorites...best spring rolls and special sauces...wonderful Kung Paola beef great sangria
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yum!
    IamMBB
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    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 :)
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kelley
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The chicken pad thai was delicious and the pomegranite sangria was very flavorful. The service was great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just okay
    MoonRiver1VIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Regular at Big Bowl
    AliceBCVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Works for my healthy eating style! I eat there all the time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Service Good Food!
    dbenes
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous as always
    TwoOneNine
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The food is consistently good. We love the organic, local options.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner
    wfb42VIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    I like both the dinner and service the staff is very accommodating and helpful
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    PgL2013VIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Great food, great service. Enjoy this local hot spot
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  • Fantastic as always!
    Hungry4Thai
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Menua Changes
    DebiVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Allergy Friendly
    JenG
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    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.
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  • Uninspired meal - good service
    TravelGirlVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 49 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 233 reviews are from the Big Bowl-Cedar reviews archive.
  • Gluten-Free Friendly
    AJFerguson
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love the summer rolls and ahi tuna
    waldmkaVIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • sexxyVIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WARNING! Different (bad) menu
    ChicagoEaterVIP
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    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.
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  • Portion size and quality is lacking
    ThegroupVIP
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Chicken and beef dishes are not very generous. Mongolian beef quality was not good.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Excellent Salmon
    foodandwineloverchgoVIP
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JP - BigBowl
    JP007VIP
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    We had the trout special and the ahi tuna for entrees and dumplings for an appetizer. Everything was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy
    Purrrrry
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Surprisingly Good Food
    Eagle779VIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We always enjoy he ambiance
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing dinner
    pmmor
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • always a great choice
    FoodguruVIP
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    PgL2013VIP
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    Food here is always great and you dont have to wait long to get i!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Out of town friends
    dinertalk
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Brought two friends from out of time. Had great food and waiter was attentive and informative. Sangria the best!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • tasty
    wittyVIP
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    I like the new additions and menu changes - very good for lunch or dinner and variety of portion sizes.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vegan friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    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)
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quality food. They avoid gmf food
    Connie
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    I appreciate the avoidance of heavy pesticides and antibiotics etc.conn
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.