Big Bowl - Minnetonka
Big Bowl - Minnetonka

Big Bowl - Minnetonka

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bigbowl.com/
  • Phone: 9527979888
  • 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 952-797-9888

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 WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Big Bowl - Minnetonka reviews from OpenTable diners
71 reviews since May 6, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (29)kid-friendly (29)great for lunch (27)fit for foodies (23)great for outdoor dining (11)special occasion (11)neighborhood gem (9)hot spot (5)late-night find (4)great for brunch (4)romantic (3)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 51 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 6, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 292 reviews are from the Big Bowl - Minnetonka reviews archive.
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
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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.
  • NOT AS GOOD AS USUAL
    BLONDIEVIP
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    THE RESTURANT WAS SO NOISY YOU COULDN'T HEAR YOURSELF THINK. THE FOOD WAS SUB PAR, HAD CHICKEN PAD TAI, HARDLY ANY CHICKEN, OR BEAN SPROUTS OR PEANUTS IN IT AND WAS SERVED WITH LEMON INSTEAD OF LIME. TtHESE ARE THE KEY INGREDIENTS TO THIS DISH. tHE WAITRESS DID EXPLAIN THAT THEY A SHIPMENT OF LIMES AND THEY WERE ALL BAD. BUT WE WERE SERVED A LITTLE SLIVER OF LEMON. ANOTHER GRIPE I HAVE THEY NOW GIVE A SMALL WINE GLASS AND POUR WARM WATER OUT OF A USED WINE BOTTLE. ISH!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We LOVE Big Bowl
    BigBowlEnthusiastVIP
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    My husband & I love big bowl --- and you really can't beat the perks for the Lettuce Entertain You Club. I highly recommend the build-your-own stir fry as well as their home made Ginger Ales. Everything there tastes fresh & delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • my family's favorite place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    This it our family's favorite place for eat out. We love the clear taste of food,service. Our 6-years old is very picky with food but chicken satay is her favorite and it is only protein she eats!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Solid and reliably tasty
    androidizzle
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    I like to eat at a restaurant that offers me something I can't make at home. Big Bowl is such a restaurant. The spring rolls are delicious. My favorite is the make your own stir fry bar - the available options for veggies and sauces are so much more than I am able to make at home. We were celebrating a birthday with grandparents that had never been there before. As new guests, they received some tasty wontons.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gluten Free
    Jerry
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    The Gluten Free menu is not length but very appreciated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everyone enjoyed their food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    Everyone enjoyed their food. A little noisy for talking however....
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Big Bowl Fan
    lkpitner
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Always a reliable place for good food and service.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed our evening very much.
    Rovinfoodie
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Enjoyed our evening very much. They did sit us in the bar, which worked out, because we got happy hour prices on drinks. The server did a fantastic job. The menu offers a large variety of Asian foods. I had a Thai dish, very crisp, fresh, and flavorful. Husband had the fill your bowl type. Always a hit when you can choose vegs and meat, and sauce. Would highly recommend. Prices are right.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food & service
    almeson
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Our waiter did an awesome job of explaining the menu to us from front-to-back. Everything went according to plan after that. Drinks, appetizers, and entrees all arrived in a timely fashion. Food was delicious, as you'd expect from Big Bowl. The Spicy Chicken was fantastic. My wife opted for the stir fry bar, which looked loaded with fresh veggies, and raved about her dish!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was good, but service
    Dodi
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Food was good, but service was very slow. We sat at table for 5-7 minutes before a server acknowledged us. We had made a reservation and we were seated immediately! :) it was early afternoon on a Saturday and very busy,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a 'mixed' experience. Forgot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    We had a 'mixed' experience. Forgot my Lettuce Entertain You coupon...my fault.....waitress couldn't help us out. Food was good. Service was fair. Didn't like the small bottles of water/small water glasses on the table instead of getting ice water in regular sized glasses. We noted a special birthday party on the Open Table reservation, but were disappointed that Big Bowl forgot/ignored it.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Back again
    PamelaVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The food was very good and we had plenty to take home for another meal. The place was packed and several parties had to be turned away.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • best Thi food in town
    adrozd
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    absolutly love thier mongolian beef and sichwan stake entere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Casual Chain
    dpete
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Big bowl is authentic Asian food as Olive Garden is authentic Italian cuisine. This place is casual, fun and a great spot for lunch or a family night out. Select something off the menu, or grab your own veggies into a bowl for a 'personalized' rice dish. It has a small bar and open kitchen concept - so you feel a part of the action when an aluminum pan crashes to the floor.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Saturday Evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    The food was outstanding, but we were seated in the far back, despite having made the reservation. Shortly after they took our plates away, we were asked to leave or move to another table, as they wanted to set up for a party. Needless to say, our conversation among colleagues was cut short, and we won't be back to this location.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, so fresh and served
    laurie
    Dined on 2/3/2014
    Great food, so fresh and served steaming hot. Nice variety of dishes.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh food, good service
    Nellie
    Dined on 1/27/2014
    I always enjoy eating here. I'm pleased that they now also have lunch portions, though I don't mind taking home leftovers!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate