Big Bowl - Minnetonka
Big Bowl - Minnetonka

Big Bowl - Minnetonka

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bigbowl.com/
  • Phone: 9527979888x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:15am - 4:00pm, Sunday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Thai, Chinese
  • Executive Chef: Exec Chef Marc Bernard, Chef de Cuisine Andres P. Garcia
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We can accommodate large parties up to 40 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Kim Backer 952-797-9888x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ridgedale Dr
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Big Bowl - Minnetonka
There’s really only one place for authentic Chinese and Thai–and that’s Big Bowl. It all begins with the highest quality ingredients–naturally raised chicken and beef, heirloom pork, sustainable seafood and produce grown locally. Because Big Bowl believes that the best food is made from scratch, you can taste big, bold layers of flavors in every dish, from the curries right down to the dipping sauces.

Everyone raves about the pad Thai, our spicy dishes that are truly hot, and our create-your-own stir-fry–and for good reason. Every element adds up to big taste and takes our food to another level, be it a fresh squeeze of lime, fragrant herbs or the seared Thai chilies.

Big Bowl is so big on authentic flavors that even the ginger ale is made with fresh ginger root–from scratch, of course.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Big Bowl - Minnetonka reviews from OpenTable diners
80 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (34)kid-friendly (30)fit for foodies (25)good for groups (21)neighborhood gem (14)special occasion (10)great for outdoor dining (9)hot spot (6)great for brunch (4)romantic (4)vibrant bar scene (3)late-night find (2)Show More
  • the4oscarVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Good food. Very busy. Service somewhat slow which is unusual for them. We will return.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Taste!
    PaddyVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Once again the food was nice and tasty! The environemt was fun and full of energy for a Monday Night. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We eat at Big Bowl on Cedar Street in Chicago all the time. The Minnetonka location just doesn't compare. The service was very slow, and the servers mostly stood around talking to each other as if they were teenagers. Clearly service was not their priority - their social life was. The food was ok but, again, the quality just wasn't as good. We have eaten at this location quite a while ago and we thought that it had been better. Perhaps the mall setting sets the tone. Too bad.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service
    LizPVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Food is great and service is always very attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Robin foodie
    Rovinfoodie
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    ,A delightful meal. Had the fill the bowl menu item. Exceptionally good. Will go back again and again. The ingredients were plentiful and fresh, a nice variety. Service was great. A dim lit atmosphere, conducive of fine dining, yet casual. Nice bar area, also.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Big Bowl
    BLONDIEVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    I Love Big Bowl, They did run out of egg rolls at 7:30, but substituted for summer rolls, they were ok, it bit on the smaller size than usual. Tried the Panang sauce, It was just the right heat.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I haven't been to Big Bowl lately, but used to be a regular. Glad to see it is holding up. Brought a guest who had not been there before and two others who had. We all loved it. Excellent service too
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Misty
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I had reservations for six and I made them well in advance. Still we were seated right by the stir fry bar where we were jostled and bumped repeatedly as there is a lot of traffic in and around the stir fry line - from wait staff to patrons. My friend had her purse knocked off her chair two times. We kept being asked to move in or around so people could get by. They should not have a table there - or at least not for six - a table for two or maybe three would be more appropriate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • danabeth1VIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    always come for the chicken potstickers, love the spring rolls
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • coatVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    the food was wonderful and the server andrew was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Big Bowl always quite good
    JockoVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    We returned to big bowl after nearly a year and and forgoten how much we enjoy the fresh and delicious food. The place was extremely busy for a Tuesday night however they took us in immediately based n our open table reservation. Service was also quite good
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Always good food and a nice place to meet friends. New offerings are well thought out yet we come regularly for the regular menu items.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • outtolunch
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We were seated right outside kitchen so a little loud with the staff congregating by the kitchen but otherwise great dining.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disapppointing
    mnman2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We have always liked Big Bowl. This meal, though, was a real disappointment. We started with the steamed buns. They were, as usual, great. I had a shrimp/scallop citrus curry dish for an entree. The shrimp and scallops were perfectly cooked. The noodles and sauce were terrible. The greasy fried noodles were in a clump under the extremely salty sauce and the unidentifiable chopped vegetables. Really nice seafood ruined with way too much salt and greasy, sticky noodles.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Table bussed early
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Usually I have a very good experience here. It's my 6 year old's favorite place, she loves the chicken satay kids meal. Hand rolled egg rolls are the BEST. Very busy place. I went with just my daughter, and after we had received our drinks and she had colored her kids menu, we went to wash our hands. When we came back, our drinks and her drawings were totally gone and they were ready for the next guest. I explained what happened to our server, and she said she assumed we were walk-offs. She actually waited for ME to apologize for not alerting her that we were going to wash our hands!!! My daughter was of devastated that someone had thrown her drawing away. I'm a Lettuce Entertain You guest and expected more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Eatfish3x
    Eatfish3x
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Yummy Bangkok scallops and shrimp. The flavors were delish. Enjoyed every bite. Daughter had pad Thai ( and a sore throat) but was able to eat and bring some home when she felt better;) husband enjoyed gingered scallops. All were good even the ginger teas!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Stir Fry
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I absolutely love Big Bowl. My food is always hot, fresh, and delicious! Always my favorite place to dine in. They had us seated at our reservation time in the specific booth we requested (very nice of them!)
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy as always
    Mumsy
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We visit Big Bowl fairl frequently and love the food. The stir fry bar is wonderful.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • danabeth1VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    always our go to when at ridgedale mall, love a lot of the appetizers
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • danabeth1VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    we love coming here for lunch, wonderful pot stickers and love the stir fry bar
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner
    Dodi
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Dinner and service were very good. It was my daughters birthday and she was treated to a lovely dessert. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I was meeting someone and they were very late, your staff was gracious and sensitive with my feelings. When my companion showed up with an extra person you were accommodating. The food was exceptional and service was great and I have never been rushed or felt forgotten. I place your restaurant at one of my top ten.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lunch on the Patio
    DanaB
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We went for a business lunch. When we arrived, we noticed there were tables available on the patio that were also shaded, so we decided to eat there. Great ambience! We enjoyed food from the lunch menu, as well as lunch servings from the regular menu. Lunch was reasonably priced and portioned. Overall a great experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top Notch Place
    yorkie
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Visiting the US from the UK on business with colleagues from Germany and India, we needed to find a place that suited us all. Big Bowl fitted the bill perfectly. Really nice food, great service and good ambience. Everything I would look for in a restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • coatVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    robyn the hostess have such a warming personality that your experience begins positive from the moment you walk in to the ridgedale location
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • my3boys
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Big Bowl is great after shopping, to meet a friend or a group. Food is always consistent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our favorite go-to spot!
    FavPlace4DinnerVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Always excellent service... highly recommend lunch or dinner.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good as before
    fullprice
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The stir fry bar wasn't stocked, the wait staff was bored since they came to the table WAY too much, and I just wasn't as impressed.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't go if you have allergies
    Superbee
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We thought we would have a good experience because we could pick our own vegetables and sauces. We asked several times and were reassured that they would take special care of our child's dish because he has peanut allergy. However that turned out to not be true. The kiddo had a severe allergic reaction the next morning. We might still go but certainly will not be taking the children out there ever!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 51 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 300 reviews are from the Big Bowl - Minnetonka reviews archive.
  • Enhance wine list
    SlugVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Great food but wine list needs to be expanded a bit to include light red Italian wines like Tavernello Sangiovese which is 12% alcohol.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fathers Day dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    In the past, we liked to go to Big Bowl for special occasions. However, our experiences are becoming less and less memorable. The food is good and we usually get the Stir Fry Bar. We also get an occasional Lettuce Entertain you coupon, etc which incents us to return. However, the service was unusually poor this time (perhaps a new waiter?) We were forgotten for a very long time and when the waiter finally provided a bill, there was a mistake. The manager happened to stop at our table and he was able to resolve the issue. Also, when we book through Open Table, we're prompted to list special occasions, etc....that never seems to be communicated to Big Bowl, so not sure why we do that?
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  • Safe call every time!!
    Try2dineVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Our favorite last minute go to place! Staff are very welcoming and the food is always fresh and tasty.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner for 4
    MapleGroveFoodie
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Our first time dining at Big Bowl. They made the "Top 100" restaurants according to 2013 MN Monthly, so we gave them a try. We ate outside and even though the restaurant is part of the Ridgedale Mall and our view was a mall entrance, it was pleasant. The restaurant interior looked nice. The group shared an order of Summer Rolls and Pot Stickers which were both good. A lot of greens in the Summer Rolls. Two of us had Pad Thai (great and chicken extremely tender, plenty of food); one had the stir fry bar (wonderful) and our last diner had Orange Chicken (good, but with only rice and about 9 bites of chicken [no vegetables to speak of] he left hungry).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sharing menu is a wonderful bargain
    WaconiaMarkVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Our family chose from the sharing menu and had several items that we might not have chosen individually. The food was uniformly excellent and this allowed us to sample items that will likely become new favorites. The portion sizes were more than adequate, making this menu one of the best bargains as well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food!
    Michael
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    The restaurant was pretty slow inside, outside dining was starting to fill up. We dined outside. We weren't approached for over 5 minutes, even when others were there were seated after us. An employee with a floral print was walking by so we asked if we could get some help. Well she wasn't thrilled by it. She just wasn't nice. Once our server arrived, she was awesome! Food is always fantastic!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find
    SlugVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    My only complaint is the excessively frequent high frequency beeping that is part of their food service technology -- extremely annoying!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GailVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The last time we were in our dishes were too salty. Decided to try again and this time they were perfect!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place
    DKMSP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Love to come here for lunch, wasn't sure how to rate the noise, it was not noisy in there and it was packed. Great kids menu too.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very tasty food!
    Readerama
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    There were four of us dining at Big Bowl. We had the chicken satay for appetizers. They were very good. We all ordered a different entre and all of us loved our choices. Everything was very flavorfull! One of our group misspoke when ordering something special about her choice. When the food came, she was going to eat it even though it wasn't the way she wanted, but the server had them make it the way she wanted! He was so nice! The only negative was that it was rather loud, but it was a crowded evening...we were still able to hear each other.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good food.
    Serverjohn
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    It doesn't come along very often that everyone in your group likes what they ordered. That happened this time around. I had the cashew chicken. It says hot but I got some fresh peppers to go along with it... That made it perfect. My only complaint was the waiter was a little slow getting around to us but the place was packed. Other than that the service was great!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Late-Night Find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.