60 E Ohio St
Chicago, IL 60611Neighborhood:
River North (Chicago)
ChinesePrice: $30 and under
- Dining Style: Casual Dining
- Website: http://www.bigbowl.com/
- Phone: (312) 951-1888
- Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm, Saturday & Sunday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00am
- Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Thai, Chinese
- Dress Code: Casual Dress
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
- Private Party Facilities: We have an elevated semi private area of the restaurant that can seat up to 45 guests.
- Private Party Contact: Laura Nessel 312-589-7001x
- Cross Street: Ohio & Rush
- Public Transit: The red line stops at Grand and State which is only a few minute walk to Big Bowl.
- Parking: Public Lot
- Parking Details: There is a public parking garage directly above Big Bowl on Ohio Street. There are two entrances, one off Ohio St just past the corner of Wabash and Rush on the North side of the street The other entrance is on Rush St just north of Ohio St on the west side. Both are denoted by a green sign with a white "P" on it.
A word from Big Bowl-Ohio
Big Bowl is a pioneering Asian restaurant, vibrant in design and cuisine that offers the latest authentic Chinese and Thai food. Using market-fresh ingredients, Big Bowl’s signatures include “dim sum-sized” appetizers that encourage sharing, Pad Thais, seafood, some truly hot & spicy food, and fresh made ginger ale. Diners from singles to family-style parties, end the meal as they began, with a sampling of “dim sum” desserts.Located in the heart of River North.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
- Diners' Choice WinnerChinese
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Big Bowl-Ohio reviews from OpenTable diners
73 reviews since July 27, 2014
- Ambiance3.7Noise LevelModerate
good for groups (31)great for lunch (26)fit for foodies (24)neighborhood gem (14)kid-friendly (12)special occasion (10)late-night find (9)great for brunch (5)hot spot (5)romantic (3)great for outdoor dining (2)vibrant bar scene (2)notable wine list (1)Show More
- Fresh and Flavorfull FoodOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 11/20/2014Fresh and flavorful food served with good portions. Great location; easy to pop in for a delightful treat; Reservations available. I like this place!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- save money and expectations, easy at a mallOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 11/18/2014The food is over priced and under flavored. The rice was soggy and the meat was minimal. First and last timeSpecial Features:
- Off night for Big Bowljf51VIPDined on 10/30/2014I eat at Big Bowl from time to time. I was surprised this time because they made some minor changes on the menu. Unfortunately, they removed the things that I like best.in addition, a new server was being trained.although the two servers were pleasant, the supervision was poor. I ordered fried rice plain white rice. My son asked for chopsticks for different times before he got them.I will still return it to the restaurant because it is usually pretty good. Just not for a while.I would recommend this to a friend.
- Dining CommentsFoodie4everDined on 10/27/2014The service and ambience was really good. If little more vegetarian options are included it would attract further crowd too.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Our go to place for Asian FoodMameVIPDined on 10/21/2014We come here often. Never disappoints. We ordered pork fried rice, pot stickers, and orange chicken, all were delicious. Enough for take home and dinner the next night too - for two! Will return.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- In a rushOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 10/21/2014I had a reservation and was seated immediately and waited for my guest who had been delayed. I ordered a drink and within 10 mins my guest arrived. The waitress proceeded to frequently ask for our order and watched us eat so closely, I was afraid our plates would disappear while eating. She offered desserts and when we said no, the bill appeared standing up on the table. The restaurant wasn't crowded, but a larger group had private dining as we were leaving. If they didn't want other reservations that evening, they should have denied us seating. It would have been better than the 'rushed' pace of our time there.
- Good foodTrev086VIPDined on 10/17/2014We each ordered the Fried Rice with Chicken Teriykai, and had a good meal. We will be back.Special Features:
- Enjoyable dinner on a rainy night!PeteDined on 10/14/2014Getting to spend a few extra days in the Windy City after my wife spent Sunday morning running 26.2 miles of it, we were looking for a nice dining location before seeing a play at the Broadway Playhouse. The Big Bowl offered us something a little different than the normal steaks, chicken, italian, pizza options. Part Asian made to order, part Mongolian Grill we found a number of different options for our group to choose on. 3 of us ordered directly off the menu, three of us chose to try the grill all were satisfied with food prep, speed and taste. The place isn't stuffy or demanding, the service was nice and the beer selection was ample.Special Features:
- If it's not broke, don't fix itOpenTable Diner Since 2012VIPDined on 10/10/2014I went to big bowl for my usual Pho and was upset to see they had changed the soup completely. Instead of the shredded chicken, they switched to diced which doesn't fit with the soup. They also changed the presentation from a unique bowl to a plain white one. When you ordered the soup before, it always came out piping hot. My friend's and my soup was like warm at best. We told the waiter and he said he had gotten complaints like this before. Please change the chicken and bowl the Pho is served in back.
- An entire gluten free menu!GlutenFreeFoodieDined on 10/1/2014It's so wonderful to have Chinese cuisine again, thanks to Big Bowl - Ohio! They understand the Gluten Free diet and take all the necessary precautions. My husband and I had a wonderful time, and terrific service. I love the homemade Ginger ale and the GF Kung Pao Chicken; he tries a different dish every time. We both order from the GF menu so we can share. We ate early, around 5pm, and saw well-behaved little kids there with their parents. Later in the evening it's adults and families, still a nice happy vibe.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- NiceSilviDined on 9/19/2014Was awesome .I will go again it was fairly nice but a bit pricey.Special Features:
- Something for almost everyoneWendyDined on 9/11/2014The best thing about Big Bowl is that the menu is so broad that almost everyone can find something they like. Everything is made fresh. I frequently will bring colleagues from out of town to Big Bowl because it fits everyone's budgets and I've never known anyone to not be able to find something on the menu. I know it's a "chain" but it's not a "everything comes from a pre-packaged plan" chain.Special Features:
- Too much cilantro!FamilyofFoodiesDined on 9/6/2014I cannot recommend at all! Most of our dishes were overdosed with cilantro! Kinda weird, something I expect in Mexican dishes, which I like. They did however have killer calamari! But that is all I can say we liked, and there were 7 of us!
- Everything we tried was good!OpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 8/30/2014Our first time will not be the last at this restaurant. Everything from appetizers to our main entrées we tried were all good! OpenTable once again came thru for us! Reservations were so easy.Special Features:
- Good, Not GreatJohnsonVIPDined on 8/24/2014The food is good, the desert is very good. However if you have a favorite Chinese restaurant in your neighborhood go there, it's not worth the extra trip. Nothing was a real stand out. But if you're close by then it's a good place to eat.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- JorgeDined on 8/3/2014Comimos muy rico y el servicio excelente así como el de la reservación les agradeZco el detalle Un abrazo 🙏I would recommend this to a friend.
- One of my favesEnjoyagoodmealDined on 7/28/2014Big Bowl never disappoints...great food and drinks and super staff!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Get it right the next time!RAMOSJUDined on 7/27/2014I was not overly impressed. First off they didnt have my reservation even though I had received a confirmation from Open Table. I had to find the e-mail confirmation in order to prove to the hostess that I had made a reservation. We then had to wait 15 minutes in order for our table to be ready. Once seated the service was good except they managed to mess up my order and I had to wait an additional 15 mintues to receive what I had originally ordered. When I finally received my order, I will say that the food was good. I will give this restaurant another chance and hopefully they will get everything right the first time.Special Features:
- The following 336 reviews are from the Big Bowl-Ohio reviews archive.
- great FoodtomgVIPDined on 7/21/2014Great food ,great service Food portions were big (we ordered too much lol)Special Features:
- Consistent productWoodstockFoodieDined on 7/12/2014Big Bowl has great tasting food and they consistently make it regardless of the location - Chicago, Schaumburg, Lincolnshire - as one should expect of a restaurant chain. But despite the casual atmosphere, the kitchen pays attention to the details that make a great dish. Have not been dissatisfied with any entree or appetizer I have chosen.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Really yummyDebiVIPDined on 7/6/2014Just had eggrolls and shrimp summer roll for a light dinner. Was delicious and service very friendly and nice. One of our favorite places!Special Features:
- not so greattexsunstarDined on 7/4/2014ordered one dish three times until they got it right - didn't want it spicy and came out twice with hot peppers. very noisy table behind us with lots of kids whose parents had no desire to ask them to sit down, stop bumping into our chairs, etc. waitress was so frazzled that manager had to help her serve and it really wasn't even that busy. won't go back to that location but thanks for the free desserts! like lincolnshire location much better!Special Features:
- Good experienceJbendVIPDined on 6/30/2014Like the mix of Chinese and Thai options. We ordered a variety of small plates and enjoyed the lettuce wraps, chicken and pork dumplings and shrimp rolls. The broccoli was really good and full of flavor. Service was good though it was busy for lunch and the staff seemed stretched a little thin. All in all, we enjoyed it and would return when in the area.Special Features:
- Personalized Asian FoodHighlandParkBrianDined on 6/24/2014Wonderful menu and quick service. Our family had a wonderful evening here - we all personalized our favorite ingredients to make something unique.....that would just take too much time to put together at home.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good lunch spotAW97Dined on 6/17/2014Had lunch here and really appreciated the number of gluten free options on the menu. Food was decent, good spot for lunch if you work in the area.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Excellent service, salty foodChgoOCVIPDined on 6/16/2014Our server was fantastic, offering appetizer and dish selections without being annoying. Of the group of ten, everyone had a different dish and we l had the same complaint- the dishes were loaded with sodium.Special Features:
- Tasty Chinese & ThaiReviewerDined on 6/16/2014We have eaten here many times. The food is really good.Special Features:
- Great service &good foodD00dDined on 6/11/2014My first time here. The waiter took time to explain the menu options to me. He was patient, friendly, and attentive. He refilled my drink twice without asking. The food delivery was timely and hot. I got the pork potstickers which were a tad small but tasty. My entree was the Thai red hot pepper noodles. The quantity was perfect. The dish was tasty and very spicy. I would definitely go again and order the same thing or something different.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good ValueCindyLuvs2DineDined on 6/8/2014Big Bowl offered good food, vibe, and location for the money. I plan to return.Special Features:
- The satay chicken is tastelesslovegoodfoodDined on 5/31/2014if you are just dining with two... you aren't apparently as valuable to them. The waiter brought free appetizers to a party table next to us and barely looked twice at my dad and me. guess we didn't rate with him. he gushed over them the first time you're at our restaurant... let me show you etc. he didn't do that with us and it was the first time we were there too. this was really annoying. The food was passable -it actually tasted a lot better the next day as leftovers than it did in the restaurant. there are seasonal things they have which are nice. The food is better than average but nothing to write home about. We mixed the sauce of one dish with the main part of another dish and came away with a good meal.
- AnneVIPDined on 5/27/2014Interesting variety of food, especially for those who consider the source and healthfulness of the food to be important. The detailed information of all of the choices, given by our waiter, was a great help. The manager and all were very accommodating. We look forward to returning.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Nothing fancyDinerDined on 4/24/2014We checked into our hotel late in the evening & decided to eat here because it was close to our hotel. We loved the chicken & peanut egg rolls. I did the stir fry bar & my husband had the curry chicken (pretty spicy). We both liked our food. Service was good.Special Features:
- Off its markOpenTable Diner Since 2004VIPDined on 4/13/2014We've been to Big Bowl Ohio many times. Something was off. My drink arrived with the strawberry slopped down the side. That seemed to set the tone with the exception of the potstickers we shared. Both entrees were not up to what we expect and have received in the past.., not awful, but not particularly good either.
- Rush, rush, rushPaulVIPDined on 4/9/2014I felt the waiter rushed us at every step of our meal. I realize they may want to turn over tables quickly because of their limited seating. But the meal was rushed. I like peanuts. But there were way too many peanuts in my meal and not enough chicken. I will not "rush" backSpecial Features:
- Nice evening!BinkxDined on 3/24/2014This was our third visit to Big Bowl. The food and service were great.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Initial problem with service, but..smz1VIPDined on 3/23/2014Waited a long period of time for server, seemed to be some confusion, but once rectified, no issues. Food was great, noise level was pretty loud. Crowded place on a Sunday evening to boot, but would go back. Gilly (our waitress) was fantastic!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Disappointing!FrequentEaterVIPDined on 3/7/2014Had wanted to go there for a long time. The food was simply not good--any Asian restaurant can beat this place!
- Valentines DinnerJeffDined on 2/14/2014I chose Big Bowl for a Valentines Dinner for my wife and another couple. The girls both enjoy Thai food. I'm not a big fan, but It was a night for them. We opted for the group share dinner. It's is well worth the price per person. Giving you salad and noodles, appetizers, three entree choices. The restaurant was packed out especially being Valentines night, but the wait staff handled everything perfectly. Each course came out looking good, served quickly, and we never felt rushed to get us fed and out the door. The girls loved the curry chicken dish and the potstickers. We also checked out a new place called Eataly right across the street and would definitely recommend checking that out after dinner for a great Italian coffee and dessert.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Rekindling Date NightNuttyNetty3Dined on 2/12/2014Good restaurant selection. Ambience was great, waiter was exceptional very tentative. The food was great.Special Features:
- Solid.GregVIPDined on 1/29/2014Big Bowl is consistently good, serving fresh, high-quality, thoughtful versions of Southeast Asia's greatest hits dishes. It is not the little-known dive in Chinatown that serves the best Peking duck this side of the Great Wall, but it's not trying to be. The menu is on the larger side (presumably, due to a lot of similar ingredients used in different preparations), but there are always new dishes to try alongside tried and true staples. This time, I started with the pho, which was fine, but the broth lacked vigor and the bean sprouts, Fresno chilis and Thai basil looked anemic. But then, it was on to the Kung Pao chicken (extra spicy, with noodles) which is fantastic. Suffice to say, I'll be back again and again.