Big Bowl-Reston
Big Bowl-Reston

Big Bowl-Reston

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bigbowl.com/
  • Phone: 7037878852x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch & Dinner Everyday: Sunday - Monday 11:00am - 9:30pm; Tuesday - Wednesday 11:00am - 10:00pm, Thursday 11:00am - 10:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 11:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Thai, Chinese
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Public Transit: The Reston Town Center.
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Big Bowl-Reston
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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Big Bowl-Reston reviews from OpenTable diners
91 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (36)great for lunch (36)neighborhood gem (35)fit for foodies (33)great for outdoor dining (31)kid-friendly (27)special occasion (20)hot spot (12)great for brunch (7)romantic (7)scenic view (4)late-night find (4)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • Bad Night
    BaseballVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My wife and I have gone there many times and have loved it. This night they put the wrong sauce on our bowls and by the time someone was around to complain, we just ate it. The sauce they used, a hotter sauce than requested is always one of the sauces we would also order so we were not that badly put out but the service so we could not correct it was the problem.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great menu selections
    EljayceeVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I used to eat here regularly, but have not been for a while. Going back made me realize what I've been missing. New menu items are terrific and my old favorites still please. The Neiman Ranch Pork potstickers are very tasty as is the green bean dish. Yum!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a Good Choice
    LoganPark
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Dinner last night was terrific. The hot and sour soup was exceptional and the curries terrific. But the best part may have been our attentive but not intrusive server.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Parakeeta
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Big Bowl is our 'go to' dining spot when we last minute don't feel like cooking. The food is consistently great, and the servers are top notch. They don't hover, but are always attentive. It's a place we see many 'repeat' diners. The booths are comfy and you are allowed to enjoy a leisurely meal. There is no pressure by the servers to 'hurry' your meal so they may turn the table. I give this restaurant a big 'THUMBS UP', not only for their food and service, but for their commitment to environmental stewardship and supporting local farmers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worst meal...in eons
    Wolfytoo
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    My enter was HORRIBLE.. mush, no taste...absolutely terrible.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Dinner at Big Bowl to date
    Starbase
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We don't know what it it was but dinner at Big Bowl was the best we've had. The stir fry chicken with all the vegetables and sauce that were added were outstanding. So delicious. There was a slight delay in having own bowls stir fried. We honestly didn't even realize there was a delay. Nevertheless, the manager came over to apologize and offered us complementary desserts. This kind of goodwill and caring about the customer goes miles toward making us feel welcome and wanting to keep coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First LEYE Disappointment
    DCAfoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    After many years of dining at many LEYE Group restaurants (including the Big Bowl in Chicago's River North neighborhood), this visit to the Big Bowl in Reston was a big disappointment. On entering, there was a very strong smell of burned oil in the air, and the small dishes on the table had a thin film of oil on them. As you might imagine, the entrees were incredibly oily, using too much oil even in what should have been lighter selections. The kitchen apparently has a heavy hand when it comes to the oil, perhaps needing a bit of retraining if they're using so much as to send that very distinctive (and unpleasant) smell wafting through the restaurant. We should have turned and left once we smelled the oil, a mistake we very much regretted.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not a great experience
    Mona
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Even thought I had reservation I have to wait 1.5 hours to be accomodated. The restaurant server was not profesional and not knolegeble nor accomodeting of our group needs
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Big Bowl is a neighborhood gem; it never disappoints. Went with a friend. Ordered: Green Curry Chicken, Sweet Ginger Shrimp and Scallop, Shrimp Pad Thai and Citrus Curry. The first two were excellent, the third was better than good, the fourth -- tried for the first time -- was a little below the par. The service was cordial. On the whole a good experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • hungrygirlVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We went early and had a great lunch with an active toddler. He loved the chicken teriyaki on the children's menu. Great healthy options for eating out with a toddler.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent as usual
    DonHVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    This one of our favorite spots for quick, affordable, delicious Chinese/Thai food. Service was great as was the food. I had the Pad Thai and my son had beef with broccoli. Both were excellent. The steamed dumplings are some of the best we have had. They have toned down the music, much appreciated!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently Good
    Coog13
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Always fresh, quality ingredients. And consistently good dishes. Nice, friendly service. Also love the ginger beers!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very slow
    LisaVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    This is the first time I've ever had a problem at Big Bowl. Usually the food is delivered quickly but this time it took 45 minutes to have 2 entrees served. It was shrimp and scallops...2 meals that cook very quickly. I am not sure what the problem was but it wasn't my best experience...once we finally got our food we had to rush to eat it and be back to our jobs without going over the designated hour for lunch. Our waitress was slow and the kitchen seemed to be horribly backed up.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth a try
    DougB
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food here was good and all of the staff were friendly and helpful. I found that there were a lot of options on the menu, especially fresh options: they make their soups fresh daily, and the ginger ale is made in house. They also have a "make-your-own" stir-fry bar like those Mongolian grill places, so you can get exactly what you want. I had the ginger ale and ordered off the menu. The crab cake-like appetizer I had was OK, but the beef dish that I had (12-spice beef, I think it was called) was excellent. I didn't try dessert, but they looked pretty good as well. If I am in the area again, I'll probably be back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyed!
    SandLVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Built our own bowls, food was great, excellent and pleasant service. Interesting and tasty blueberry ginger ale. First time there, will return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, Ok service
    Abhi
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Service is pretty good at the tables but the front desk handling reservations was extremely inefficient - even with two people and individual computers, they were processing one party at a time. The table we sat at was supposed to be for 6 people but ended up squished between two other group tables so the manager had to request one of the tables to move a little bit which still left us with bare minimum space. That said, food was VERY good - everyone at the table raved about their meals on the way home both in terms of creativity and taste. So I'd probably still go back there - I do recommend reservations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun place, good food
    eatsoutalotVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Great place to eat with a group. Has a nice variety of Asian food. The appetizers are great for sharing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BEST SERVICE
    LoveShay
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    I reserved a table and specially requested a brownie cake with a lit candle at the table when it arrived. It wasent there and the manager apologized and said that they forgot. Upon going to get the cake he realized the browines were done so he gave us any other desert free. The food was good but lacked a lot of flavor and spice. I recommend this to those without a craving for spice.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Great place to eat. Places to eat outside and in. Food was well made and fresh. The service was the best though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MaryAmm
    LarryM
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Great food and great service, but lots of kids/crying babies(very loud).
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Thai
    ROSE
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    I absolutely love Big Bowl - especailly the curries. Service needs to be stepped up. thanks
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    perfbal
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We had a great dinner at Big Bowl in Reston. We had spent the day touring DC and it was a wonderful atmosphere to unwind and relax. Everyone had different tastes and all of us loved our meals. The hot and sour soup was the best I have ever had. Our waitress was very attentive and gave us great suggestions for brunch the next morning. I would highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrible food this time!
    Raj1234
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I am a frequenter at big bowl. But this time it was an extra crowded evening and the food was horrible. The green curry i had was flavorless and very watery. Disappointed this time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent RTC Spot
    AlexEatsVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    This is the type of place that tries to do everything all at once. Every type of asian fusion, al la carte, make your own buffet, etc. I always get the make your own stirfry. It's fine, nothing crazy. Both quantity and price are high. Good business lunch, as everyone can get what they want.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • just ok
    JdonisVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    It's in the Reston Town Center and probably b/c of that it's a bit pricey. Also, the food was just ok. I've definitely had better. :( The waitress was fantastic and it was really nice to sit outside and people watch.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great, fresh tasting Thai food
    BeatNavy
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Big Bowl has the best pad thai in the area in my opinion. Very light and fresh tasting. The pot stickers there are awesome as well (my kids love them).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A "must go" place
    Pickyeater
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Ever since the first toms I ate here it is and will continue to be my favorite place. Every one I have taken there loves it and now it's the place we go for all go-out dinner occasions! It also meets all of my dietary needs seeing as I am a vegan and I have gluten and lactose free friends.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great patio dining
    Manatee65VIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Delicious food, good beer selection, friendly staff, and great patio dining (umbrella was good in light rain).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Satisfied
    SandyVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Friendly, efficient service and good, fresh food! We ate in the late afternoon so noise was not a problem.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always great!
    BatgirlVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    This is my college son's favorite Restuarant to go to when he comes in town. The food is tasty and fresh. I had farm to table for the first time. It was great. Choices with good freshness. Can't beat that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh and flavorful food
    DnAHam
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    My first Big Bowl experience was in the Chicago area and I loved it! I was thrilled to learn there was an east coast location in Reston. Food is so fresh & delicious I forget it is a chain restaurant. I love Thai food & their pad Thai is the best I've had. The sauces for the pot stickers & stir fry are so flavorful & unique. The homemade ginger ale & ginger cocktails are a must. In the warm weather, the outdoor seating is a great place to people watch. My husband & I happily drive an hour to eat here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite place
    Foodie200VIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We love Big Bowl! Eating outside is our favorite there because the noise level inside is a little robust.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Children Friendly
    SashidharRao
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    The past 4 years I never had issues. But this time, we were denied a Kids Menu. Our child can't usually even finish the Kids Menu item (any restaurant same thing - she just does not have good apetite). But I spoke to the manager who said she will make an exception for "this one day" which is not what we are looking for. But the dinner itself - we always enjoy. 100% marks for that.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Foodie200VIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    The food choices are amazing and all are beautifully prepared. The acoustics of this restaurant are unfortunate - large open space with hard surfaces. If that could be fixed, it would be my favorite restaurant.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 57 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 450 reviews are from the Big Bowl-Reston reviews archive.
  • Pleasant Asian Fusian
    TimCVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    The chicken potsticker appetizers are tasty, though small and pricey. The curry dishes were also very good. The only disappointment was the house Pinot Gringiot, which seemed very ordinary.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food and Ambiance
    GiorgioVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    I always enjoy a Big Bowl experience. The food is superb, the drinks are novel (get the homemade ginger ale in its various flavors). The service is attentive and courteous.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mothers Day Success
    SteveVA
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Brought three generations here for Mother's Day. With varied food interests amongst the diners from 10 to 82 years old, everyone was able to find something that they enjoyed on the menu. All of the food was fresh and well-prepared. Though one of the runners did slam the food down on the table, generally the service was fine.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a safe bet
    Luden
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Big Bowl is one of my favorites in the Reston TC area. Always good food and great service. Price level is also very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious and different
    marykz
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We really enjoyed our lunch here- the Waitress recommended a special appetizer (crab bites) that was outstanding, and we really enjoyed building our own bowls to eat!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I like BB...
    Arun
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    The food is delicious, although bit high on price but..I like coming here again and again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic