Big Bowl-Lincolnshire
Big Bowl-Lincolnshire

Big Bowl-Lincolnshire

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bigbowl.com/
  • Phone: 8478088880x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:15am - 10:00pm, Saturday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 11:15am - 10:00pm, Saturday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Thai, Chinese
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We offer party platters for carryout. If you need your party catered, you can discuss with a manager and we will do our best to accommodate you.
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer a semi-private dining area that seats up to 40 people. Please contact a manager for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Manager 847-808-8880x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Millwaukee Ave and Aptakisic
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We have a shared lot and we offer valet for $4. If you drive a hybrid car, you will receive $4 off your check. Just show your valet ticket with a green sticker given to you by valet to prove that your car is environmentally friendly.
A word from Big Bowl-Lincolnshire
Big Bowl is a pioneering Asian restaurant, vibrant in design and cuisine, offering the latest in authentic 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerChinese
Big Bowl-Lincolnshire reviews from OpenTable diners
198 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (88)great for lunch (76)fit for foodies (62)kid-friendly (60)neighborhood gem (59)special occasion (52)great for outdoor dining (37)hot spot (35)vibrant bar scene (25)romantic (24)late-night find (22)great for brunch (18)notable wine list (16)scenic view (5)Show More
  • Meal of mishaps
    jsr19VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I have eaten at Big Bowl several times over the years, but Saturday night was just one misstep after another. Our appetizer came out ice cold, and then our two build your own stir fry dinners were mislabeled and came out incorrectly. Our server and the manager were quick to remedy the issues and make things right. We quickly remade our stir fry bowls, and our correct meals came out just a few minutes later piping hot.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good place to meet others
    Surprisedcustomer
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Nice group setting, excellent service, the food is just ok
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food, but Poor Service
    Michele
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Normally enjoy this restaurant very much, however this time around, service was very poor. Group of six on a Saturday night and apparently confusion among staff on who was to service us. Management finally stepped in, but service only improved slightly. Not sure whether our server was new or just overwhelmed with the number of tables he had. We did receive free dessert on the house for their lack of attention, but overall I was dissappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • New menu isn't food
    FoodlifeVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Egg rolls had too many peanuts and were bland. All other food had way too much black pepper. We used to love big bowl. Not anore.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • CathyVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Everything is great! Food, service, etc. But, we miss the mints by the front door.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    bubsVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Pad Thai is wonderful. Great server I would recommend this restaurant to both young and old. Good location plenty of parking and convenient to movie theater.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Very attentive waitress, food arrived quickly. Large portions.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tealover
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    My food (ordered off the menu) came out luke warm. The orders that were specially made from the stir fry bar came out very hot.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Great restaurant. food is very good but the service is outstanding especially Paul and Antonio that take care of the bar and the people seated at the bar booths.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Except food and service.
    BrettB
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Except food and service, as always. Still miss the original Chinese Ginger Garlic sauce they updated about a year ago, but the food is still fantastic!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Big Bowl does it again
    chicagoshar
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We've been going to Big Bowl for years, and for years it has been my favorite restaurant. Since moving out to Fox Lake, we haven't been there for a while, but this year we treated ourselves to tickets to the Marriott Lincolnshire Theater. So imagine how good it was to be back and to find that I could book reservations on-line plenty in advance so that we wouldn't have to risk standing in line once we got there. It was also a treat to find that the food was as wonderful as I remembered it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • mrsa
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We have been going to Big Bowl for a long time and this is the first time we have been disappointed. The food as I said above was just fair and the service was about the same. We will probably give Big Bowl a rest for a while before going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Alvin1
    Alvin1
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    The dining experience for this restaurant on this occasion was just satisfactory. Although we had a reservation, seating was delayed as there was a problem obtaining a table rather than a booth as we were in need of a highchair. Once seated the service began quickly as it always has in previous dining experiences. Napkins and utensils were brought within a few minutes and our waiter introduced himself. After the perfunctory comments related to whether or not we had dined at Big Bowl previously, the waiter asked for our order. Quality of food was excellent as was temperature of the appetizers and entrees. Drinks were unique and very tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great new menu
    CathyVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Love the new menu, bright and easy to read!! Also like the soup section!! Big Bowl is keeping up with the times in making great changes!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Excellent variety. Nice service. Must like Asian food. Would come back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Family Favorite
    jenniferVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    This time my husband and I went for lunch without the kids. Great meal, good conversation and love you can book on Open Table and not have to deal with wait times, etc.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special service
    4Hriver
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    My entrée was served luke warm. They whisked it away and were able to heat it up quickly. As we were ready to pay the bill, they came over with two desserts for the 4 of us and told us they had extra desserts and there was no charge. That was very nice and special to us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for kids and parents
    Familyof5VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We really enjoyed the choices, service and food. We will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    TerribleVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Food was very good. Portiins sizes have increased and were very large.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Excellent food and service.
    Kevwayflo
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Love the food here! Always great and the service is excellent as well. The only down side is that it is usually crowded and loud.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad waitress
    EatingoutVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Our waitress was absent, food came out wrong, couldn't get drinks refilled, and had dessert served melted. Usually better service but the last time was terrible.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • llmeth
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Have eaten here before but this time I did not enjoy my meal. Disappointed.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love it!
    FoodLuvr
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I love food with a kick and Big Bowl certainly has many options in that category. Love the food and service. Comfortable dining ambience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Always enjoy going to Big Bowl and I am never disappointed. The food was excellent, service was great, our server was Nevena, she did a great job. Don't get to Lincolnshire that often, we usually are in the city at Big Bowl. Lincolnshire location was great and we very much enjoyed our dinner.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food, mediocre service
    Lincolnshiremom
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We went with our kids for dinner on Saturday night. We ordered 2 appetizers ( spicy, peanut noodles and calamari) - both delicious! Kung pao chicken and and szechuan beef were our main courses - both excellent. The kids had a combo platter of chicken satay & potstickers. The waiter was not very well versed on the beers & drinks. He was a little awkward overall - spilling some water on my husband and son. Food was great, service was fair. Would go again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Food is always consistently great at Big Bowl, never disappoints. Only complaint I had about this particular day was that the young hostess was biting her nails the whole time I was eating and it was kind of nauseating. This is the same hostess who seats people and gives them their menus, and she's had her fingers in her mouth! Unfortunately the manager at the desk had her back to her and didn't even notice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Use to be Great
    Foodreviews
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This use to be a favorite. But they cheated up on the menu, poor quality of food, At best an average Chinese restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good again?
    RemyVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We have made this establishment a regular stop on our culinary journey..
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of our favorites
    GrabadinerskiVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The server was extremely helpful, the food was delicious (as always) and the people watching was top notch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyed it!
    Tptgrl
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Always enjoy the food and experience at Big Bowl Lincolnshire. So many great Asian food options
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistency pays off!
    Alvin1
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Another consistent dining experience. Reservation was honored for 4. Wait staff was prompt; utensils, water, napkins, etc. quickly brought to the table. Server welcomed us; reviewed the specials and answered questions diners had regarding drinks. Drinks came promptly and we ordered an appetizer for 4, lettuce wraps with chicken and hoisen sauce. This was followed with our entree orders which for all 4 consisted of the stir fry seloection. We selected our protein, sauces, etc. and followed up with the veggies. Great selection and fresh! Within a few minutes finished entrees were brought to our table. Hearty portions & correct temperature. Mean was finished up with a desert for the table. Consistentcy counts! We will be back again
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • FANTASTIC MEAL
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    My husband and I were so happy with our entree choices. We got Shrimp Pad Thai and a Chicken Curry dish. Both were exceptional, we decided when we eat at Big Bowl again we will order the exact same thing! We also got spicy beans for an appetizer, loved those, too!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • foodlover
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    In addition to great food. the service was outstanding. Our waiter was knowledgeable about the dishes & made great recommendations.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is good, parking a nightmare
    ALR1
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Like the title says, good food, parking puts you off. We almost left before we began due to the parking. One should not be forced to pay to park. We almost missed our reservation time due to the fact we had to park so far away. Ridiculous. Food was fine. Service a bit lacking. So, would recommend for a good meal.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always tasty!
    BurbDining
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Had dinner here for first time in a year. Food is consistent. Here are my thoughts: 1) Stir Fry Bar Bowl keeps getting smaller and smaller! I love this bar but I wish it was bottomless! Missed opportunity. 2) Wine At least, Big Bowl stopped serving the ridiculous 2 oz. for $7 and are back to full glasses of wine at regular prices. 3) Menu Nice new variety of food.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • dino56
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Food is always good and a lot of variety on the menu.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worst service I've ever hand.
    sofa
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    The service was terrible. Ordered pot stickers came without dipping sauces to forever to get the waitress to return to the table to ask for sauces or anything else that evening. There were 6 of us some of the food was very good others were overly salty. Ordered dessert s and coffee. Desserts were to share no extra plates came had to get up and get our own plates. Coffee came 10 minutes after the desserts were delivered. Asked for cream 3 separate times never got it. Didn't get any spoons to stir sugar into coffee had to get up again and find our own. We ended up not drinking the coffee. We are great fans of the Lettuce Entertain You restaurants, but this one is definitely off our list.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Top Quality
    SirDineALotVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Everything we ate was fresh and delicious - spare rib and crab bites appetizers, the chicken and wonton soup, Thai hot pepper with rice. The service was very good as well. Service and food are consistently excellent.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great date nite spot
    mhvmk
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Nice outdoor dining, families, couples and groups all there. Nice atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never disappoints
    Tone
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Big Bowl is one of our go-to places when we just want to have great food and they never disappoint. Once again, we had a very enjoyable meal.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate