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Big Bowl-Lincolnshire
Big Bowl-Lincolnshire

Big Bowl-Lincolnshire Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bigbowl.com
  • Phone: (847) 808-8880
  • 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: Chinese, Thai
  • 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 trays 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) 808-8880

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 WinnerChinese
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The "Pineapple Shrimp" rice bowl was fantastic. For a dessert treat try the "momich", they are a delicious combination of ice cream with a fruit coating."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Usually I like the food the most, but this evening the service was really good. The waiter was a young man (he said he was Russian) I can't remember his name. He was attentive, friendly and very concerned about our experience. He made it very enjoyable. We will return."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Had a great waiter. Food was really good. The bartenders Paul & Antonio are outstanding. Great hostesses too"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The restaurant has a bar area when you walk in and to the right is the main dining area with booths, tables and view of the kitchen where the food is cooked. We had 5:45 reservations and got seated right away. The restaurant has a nice atmosphere, however is a bit noisy with the tables being close together. Our server was knowledgeable about the menu items as we asked questions on how certain items were prepared and for recommendations. We both ordered shrimp and scallops, but I had them in the Bangkok sauce and my husband had the sweet ginger sauce. There were good portions of seafood cooked just right and served over a bed of rice. Both sauces were delicious. In the past I've tried the orange chicken and it's equally good."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The food was very good and the hibiscus lemonade was excellent. We also enjoyed our server."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "This is a go to place for us. The food is always great, the service is excellent, and our reservations are always on time. Brought my mom and daughter for the first time and we were treated with a special appetizer to enjoy. A really nice touch."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Great service, refreshing menu items, very tasty food."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The food is overpriced. It was very good, but double the price of most Thai/Chinese restaurants. Service was very good. Wine list could use improvement. Poor choices"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Service was sporadic. Food ranged from OK to very good. We sat outside and noticed that the umbrellas are really for show and not shade."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "This establishment seems to be improving...over time..Go check it out..there's something for everyone on the menu..desserts are the best!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Our drinks, appetizer, entree, and desert were all extra delicious. Our waiter was friendly, helpful in making our choices and attentive. The entire staff made us feel very welcome. We had a reservation and even though the restaurant was very busy, we were seated immediately in the area we requested. Had a great experience and would highly recommend it. Even the valet was very helpful."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We had a large group and George was very patient and did a nice job."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Watch out when ordering several of the dishes here at Big Bowl! On 2 different occasions I ordered 2 different entrees (Sesame Chicken Fried Rice & 7 Flavor Chicken) and each time the food was inedible due to the heat from the chili peppers in each dish. Now, I can take spicy food - up to a point. But when there you can find 4 large hot chili peppers in a dish, it's time to label a menu item as HOT & SPICY! There were absolutely no warnings on the menu that these dishes are spicy hot (AS INDICATED WITH A FIREY MOUTH) as indicated with other spicy dishes on the menu. Management will replace an inedible spicy dish for a customer, so be sure to speak up if you do get a too spicy entree!"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Had the summer rolls (with asparagus) and barbeque salmon and both tasty and moist. Server very fast and nice also."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Went there with my husband on Saturday night. We were very disappointed in their "new appetizer" , it was described as a Thai Crab cake with spicy dipping sauce. When it arrived there 5 breaded balls on a dish. They tasted like salmon patties. When I told this to the eserver, he said yes, there is other fish in them. I'm sure there was very little crab in them and the description said all crab. So were not happy with that at all. Would not order that again."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "This is the third time that we have been here in the last two months. We were seated before our reservation time in the corner of the bar. It was very quiet compared to the main dining room. Our waitress 'Denver' helped make the evening a memorable one. Food was very good. Never had anything that we did not enjoy. A place to try if you never have been here. A glass of wine and two entrees was more than adequate."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I've never had a bad experience at Big Bowl. The food is great, the atmosphere is fun and the servers are incredibly personable."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "The food is excellent. They were very accommodating with our large party which included an infant and a 3 year old. They also took our birthday cake, cut it and served it on plates."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "I love big bowls food,good service and just a fun place to go."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I have been to big bowl several times. But this time the experience was terrible. The food servered was not even properly cooked. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "We dine at BIG bowl frequently and are never disappointed. The service is excellent as is the food. They have recently added a few items tp the menu. I had one and it will be my new go to."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Our experience was very good. I did, however, think the desert was a bit under par. We had the cookie sandwiches, they were quite bad. "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "This is the first time that we have been at this restaurant and we were pleasantly surprised at the quality of service and food! The variety was great and the welcome to the restaurant was extraordinary."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "We were not thrilled that most of the food was pre-made. No special orders!!!! "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Must be a new chef...greatly improved quality and portion size"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Everything was alright as usual, but there always seems to be a flaw somewhere...Yeah, yeah, nobody's perfect, BUT!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Big Bowl has a special place in our history and still remains as one of our favorite date night destinations. The food always satisfies and the servers generally have a great attitude. The only issue we encountered was during our latest visit during which our open table reservation did not seem to help our wait time as all waiting parties of the same size were seated ahead of us. We might as well just have walked in without a reservation. In all fairness, the other parties all could have had reservations, but I think not."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "I took a date here and the service was only okay. You hear a lot about how good the food is, but in reality you can get the same size portions and quality of food elsewhere from better restaurants."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Went with family of 2 children and 3 adults for an early dinner. Already on a wait list at 5:30pm but our reservations got us to our table in less than 1 min after walking in. Server was great in adjusting orders for the kids and provided drinks and food quickly and without issue. The food was amazing! Much better than the last time we were here. Tons of fresh herbs, spices, and vegetables. Curry was rich and vibrant but not over powering. Orange chicken for the kids was tender, well spiced, and NOT CRAZY SWEET like you find at most places. Really great food all the way around. The drinks were good with some being wonderful and others just OK. All in all we loved it and can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Like the new menu, but glad you can still make some of the dishes off the old menu. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Similar to PF Chang's but less frantic. Lettuce wraps every bit as good. Fat rice noodles a good change of pace. I was fighting a cold, and losing, so my always negative self was even snarkier than usual. My wife and friends liked the place a lot. Lots of non-alcoholic drink options like orange ginger ale and pink lemonade. Friendly and well organized staff: waiters and bussers and hostesses, et. al."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "We enjoy Big Bowl and the experience was typically good, as normal."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Peanut in everything customer should be worn about it. First and last time I am bringing my family there. Very bad food no good drink ambiance was not Cosy. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Been to Big Bowl many times. Brought my friend. She was apprehensive about what to get and ended up getting the Potstickers and Dumpling Soup and LOVED both. They were very busy at 7:15 and our appetizers were late getting to us and it turned out someone else had taken our appetizer order. Margie was very apologetic and when we got the appetizers, she said we wouldn't have to pay for them because we had waited so long - good customer service. Our dessert was on the house also for our inconvenience. I had the AhiTuna with crispy noodles and the spicey green beans. The sauces were stupendous. Love this restaurant!!!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "4 of us went in particular for the group share. Waitress was very nice but apparently had too much on her plate. Everything we ordered came out of the kitchen were it was apparent that it had been sitting under the lights too long. The egg rolls were soggy, pot stickers a bit oily and the cashew chicken was no longer crunchy at all. I didn't say anything because it was my birthday and these women were taking me out for my birthday. I'm guessing they didn't say anything for the same reason. The waitress was well compensated by my friends but I was very disappointed."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "...and very good service. A bit loud and parking is difficult. We were first sat in a booth that was too tight to comfortably get into and the table was chin- high. (We are normal sized people.) We moved to a very comfortable table. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Low impact Asian of sorts...Nice combo of flavors and our service was friendly and efficient.."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Big Bowl is always decisions, and consistently offers excellent service. So when I heard some changes had been made recently, I was a bit apprehensive. I ordered the Stir Fry with Chinese Ginger Garlic. The obvious change was the larger size of the chicken and beef. A less obvious, but still noticeable, difference is with the Ginger Garlic sauce itself. It's still excellent, but it has been modified and it appears to have less garlic. I prefer the previous version, but will still be back. The new chocolate cookie ice cream sandwiches are a must have, if you have room!"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Whenever I am visiting the Lincolnshire area for business, family or just roaming around, I make it my business to eat at Big Bowl. You cannot have a bad meal here, since you are making your own bowl. Everything is fresh, appetizing and simply the best. Great spot to celebrate special times with special people."
    Dined on 4/30/2014