Big Bowl - Schaumburg
Big Bowl - Schaumburg

Big Bowl - Schaumburg

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bigbowl.com/
  • Phone: 8475178881x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:15am - 4:00pm, Sunday: 11:15a m- 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Thai, Chinese
  • Executive Chef: Marc Bernard
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We have party trays available for carry out or delivery through Take Out Taxi. Trays come in 2 sizes and cover the entire menu. Please call Take-Out-Taxi @ 847-882-2525 to place an order for delivery only.
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer a semi private dining area that can seat up to 40 people. Week end rates and restrictions apply.
  • Private Party Contact: Manager 847-517-8881x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hwy 53/290 and Higgins
  • Public Transit: Schaumburg Pace station 1/4 mile north west of the restaurant. Trolley service to/from Woodfield Mall available.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Free Parking is available immediately around the building, or in the parking garage to the west of the restaurant.
A word from Big Bowl - Schaumburg
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 and lemonade.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerChinese
Big Bowl - Schaumburg reviews from OpenTable diners
144 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (52)good for groups (52)great for lunch (48)kid-friendly (43)special occasion (38)neighborhood gem (32)great for outdoor dining (21)hot spot (15)romantic (14)great for brunch (7)vibrant bar scene (6)late-night find (5)notable wine list (3)Show More
  • Pad Thai
    Shocked
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    It looked like Pad Thai but tasted like something different. Would not recommend this at all.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just OK
    SuburbanGirl
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Appetizers were very good. Two in our party sent their entrees back and ordered something else. Service was very good though.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Big Bowl Friday Night
    FilledwithFood
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We were happily surprised at 6:30 pm, to get a reservation at 7:00 pm on a Friday night at Big Bowl in Schaumburg. Our waitress was friendly & the food was excellent. We would use Open Table & eat at Big Bowl again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • hossa81
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    This is my third time in the last couple of months and I always order the same thing. I just love it. Scallops and shrimp with a slightly spicy ginger sauce will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just ok
    Nanny
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Bland plain food. Drinks very expensive . Server was good but she was very odd and got slow towards end of our visit. She didn't explain any meals to us like the male server at table near us - wish we had him! He really sold the dishes to his guests.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Great service!!! We were seated right on time for our reservation, even though the restaurant was extremely busy (an hour wait for walk-ins).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good fun on a Saturday night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Enjoyed the food and the service. We will definitely be back! Thanks Jason.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Much improved
    AvisVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Very happy with their new-ish menu. The Kung Pao Tofu (order it extra spicy) was really tasty. Our servers were very nice and didn't rush us, even though we sat around for hours.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food and diverse menu
    LilyflowrzVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We loved the food. Our waitress did not understand us and we did not understand her. I felt like I was in a foreign country.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary dinner
    Abzr600
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We went to celebrate 22 years of marriage. My wife has been there before and ordered off the you choose bar. We chose to order off the menu this time . Mongolian beef is what I had and wife had shrimp and scallops. Satay chicken and veggie spring roll for appetizers. We were served appetizers and meal within 10 minutes of ordering... Way to fast for my liking. Food was mediocre. Wife's scallops were like eating jello. Mongolian beef was so so. I will go back again to try the food bar. But I don't think I will order off the menu
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quick Service for Lunch
    HappyCamperVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I was concerned about going to Big Bowl for lunch but was pleasantly surprised how quickly we were served. I had Pad Thai-which was OK-not spectacular. It was very fresh, but it seemed like a lot of money for mostly noodles. My friend had Teriyaki Chicken Fried Rice-again it was expensive considering the portion size but it was good. Might be a good place to go for a special occasion but I have other places I like better for Chinese Food that are less expensive.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great customer service
    wickedgood
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The menu item I ordered was not the same as the description on the menu. Unfortunately, asparagus was out of season and I didn't care for the vegetables that were used in place of the asparagus. Thankfully our server made certain to bring me a different dish that I thoroughly enjoyed and gave us a complimentary dessert. The customer service is always outstanding, and they are quick to address any issues which may occur.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Susie
    Susie
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Always great food, service and ambiance. We love coming here, and come as often as we can.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1st timers
    cynkata
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We have always wanted to try big bowl. Had some gift cards so we made reservations and heading out there. It was definitely worth the 40 min drive. Food was great and our server was very helpful. Even my picky son loved it!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Food was tasty and they were able to accomodate a wide variety of eating styles.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent service
    CubanGalVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Unfortunately, we did not get the server's name - we were seated in the center of the restaurant, just after 7pm on sept 10. This young man was courteous, friendly, patient, and was there whenever needed. He noticed a greeting card on the table and asked what we were celebrating, then assured a dessert with a candle was brought to our table at the end of the meal. We have been loyal customers for years, when something has not been right, they have stepped up and earned our repeat business - in spite of many changes to menu and presentation, it is their service that continues to impress. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun
    futurex332
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Went there with a group of ladies (8) of us and we asked to eat in the bar area since we could get loud ourselves. The staff was very helpful, made recommendations that were very much appreciated. The food was very good, everyone liked their meal. The drinks were very good. Had a great time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    luvchinthai
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    I ordered the Kung Pao chicken and it was good but too salty and I usually eat salty food but this was a bit much for me and I had to let my server know and he was awesome about it and got me another dish of my choice. Usually you don't get charged for the dish you send back but he went above and beyond and took care of our dessert as well. It was a birthday lunch for my best friend and he made it a great experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    Cookie6
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    It was our granddaughters 16th birthday and besides our food being so good, we also had a great dessert that our waitress brought out. She was really thrilled.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food ok but...
    PaulOVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I met a colleague at Big Bowl for lunch as it was central for us and I have to say I was underwhelmed by the state of the restaurant and the food. Our server was fantastic as it was very busy yet she was always there when we needed something. I know it is a very busy area and the restaurant is busy most of the time but both my colleague and I thought the restaurant looked tired and the food was ok but I think other restaurants are passing them up in terms of creativity and freshness.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • No Longer tops my list
    Sonoma
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    I have been to Big Bowl several times. I return for their delicious healthy and zesty appetizers and their home made ginger ale (it does vary in flavor batch to batch). Appreciating their healthier choices in dishes. Not thrilled with the service as it seems to get progressively worse. Front end likes to ignore guests even though, there is usually 2 or more people present. Recently I walked up to the front desk during a meal because our server was no where to be located until check time, to ask for sugar and chopsticks. First I was (again) ignored, eventually I was asked what I wanted - just to turn away leaving me stranded before finally the second hostess asked and delivered. Celebrating a birthday was a BAD idea at Big Bowl.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • teriyaki firedrice
    Sanjeev
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I love Teriyaki Chicken Fried Rice and Kunfu noodles
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I got a LEY $15 gift card in the mail for my birthday from the rewards program. My wife and I had never been to Big Bowl before but had heard good things. We ate outside on their patio which was quite nice. Great furnature and comfortable chairs but the view of IL-53 and the Streets of Woodfield parking lot didn't make for the most scenic view. The food was great and our service was great.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Asian Food
    Ralph
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Great selection of Asian food. I had salmon and pad thai and it was excellent, as was the service. A bit noisy and not the kind of place I'd bring a date for a romantic evening.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • notpickyVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    love picking out veges and salmon was very good. will return soon
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Friday Early Evening Dinner
    Faye
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I visited Big Bowl for the first time and was beyond satisfied. I made a reservation for 5:45 PM on a Friday night for my Mom and I. We were pleasantly suprised overall. The restaurant was very clean and nicely decorated. The service was excellent and our waitress was very friendly and helpful. The biggest suprise was the quality of the food! It was great to eat somewhere that offers healthy, fresh food options. I ordered a Thai dish and my mother ordered Chinese. Both exceeded our expectations as you could clearly taste a difference in the food. Even the beverage choices were great. The pomegranate gingerale was DELICIOUS! We will be sure to visit again!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunshine
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The food, service and restaurant location were excellent. Of all the other locations(nothing wrong with them), I will choose this one again. It gave my family the opportunity to continue celebrating my daughter's 18th birthday afterwards at Woodfield Mall and spend more time together as a family. Our waitress who has just been there 2 months was very attentive, caring, knowledgeable and patience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JmjmVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Meal started with attitude from the host because we asked to switch tables and not be so close to the kitchen. The water was warm and not served with ice. The children's enters were tiny and the food was not great. We go to the big bowl in Lincolnshire usually and it is much better.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SharonVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great food and staff! Always a pleasant experience!
    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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Catered to every exception request
    DrHazel
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Was able to fix a dish just the way one of our guests requested. The menu was just a set of suggestions. Plenty of vegan choices for our vegan guest, too. And for the rest of us, great food. We liked being able to have either Thai or Chinese style dishes and sauces.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good stuff
    MichaelVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Great Pad Thai as usual...quick service and food was very enjoyable on a nice summer afternoon in Schaumburg!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Big Bowl never disappoints
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    This is a favorite restaurant not only for me but for out of town guests. The food is wonderful and the service is great.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and service!
    wickedgood
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I tried a new menu item - the shrimp chow fun with asparagus. It was a little spicier than I anticipated, but still very good! My husband had the broth-less ramen which was also very good. Loved the blueberry lemonade and cheesecake as well. The ambiance is great, just wish we had known about the outdoor dining! It would have been a beautiful night to sit outside!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Noise level was almost too loud, but I think it was due to the section we were sitting in—right off the outdoor patio so it was a smaller area that probably echoed more. Plus, it was during prime lunch hour during the week, so it was packed. But the food and service were great! Will be back, but will ask to be seated in the main dining area if possible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We love Big Bowl
    juliac
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I discovered big bowl through trip advisor and saw how wonderful the reviews were so I gave it a shot! The restaurant was pretty packed at our 8:45pm reservation time, but the service was incredible and we got our food in an extremely timely manner. I would recommend Big Bowl any day!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Spot
    kevinVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    great food. menu continues to get some minor tweaks. we can usually get some of the dishes that came off the menu which is nice. Lots of variety and fresh ingredient set up for a great meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Casual and Delicious Asian Spot
    ChicagoDinerVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    As long as you know that this is a more relaxed and casual Lettuce Entertain You restaurant, this is a perfect place for dinner date for two or larger party. There are plenty of choices on the menu for picky eaters and many healthy options (including vegan and gluten-free). We will definitely return because of the menu variety and the food tastes really good - and trust me, I grew up eating Chinese and Asia food!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Everything was good
    Kathy
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We have been to this restaurant many times and the food is always good and the service constant
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • worthless trip
    Samrai
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Had reservation for 830, got table at 9. Appetizer came after main course. Never saw any concerns about this on face of any staff.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    It was a great time and delicious food!! appetizers were small portions
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.