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Moon Palace Restaurant
Moon Palace Restaurant

Moon Palace Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.moonpalacerestaurant.com
  • Phone: (312) 225-4081
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00AM - 5:00PM
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00PM - 10:00PM
    Friday - Saturday: 5:00PM - 11:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Chinese, Pan-Asian
  • Executive Chef: Jones Wang
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Please call us at 312-225-4081 or email contact@moonpalacerestaurant.com for catering details and planning.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Please call us at 312-225-4081 or email contact@moonpalacerestaurant.com for special events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wentworth and Cermak
  • Public Transit: Cermak-Chinatown (Red Line)
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking is plentiful on Cermak. Alternatively, there is the Chinatown parking lot located half a block east.
A word from Moon Palace Restaurant
Welcome to Moon Palace! We have been serving delicious Chinese food for 16 years! At Moon Palace we specialize in Shanghai and Mandarin cuisine and are famous for many of our delicious dishes and great service! For our prospective customers, Moon Palace offers a unique experience of Chicago's Chinatown. A jewel resting at the entrance of Chicago's Chinatown, Moon Palace offers quality food, a comfortable and relaxed ambiance, and a full bar menu. Whether you are coming to enjoy a nice lunch date or preparing for a night out with the family, Moon Palace is the perfect place to be. Looking forward to serving you soon!Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerChinese
Diner Reviews
  • "The appetizers are outstanding, as well as the hot and sour soup. Have tried several dishes and they are all hot, fresh and delicious."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "My husband and I wanted to go out somewhere near our hotel, and he was craving Chinese...good, authentic Chinese. We saw several other great reviews of Moon Palace, but some said that the service was less than desirable. I'm not sure what experience those people had, but our service was excellent!! Our drinks were never empty, they were very helpful in explaining the dishes to us, and they even gave personal recommendations for the pot stickers -- both of the servers near us recommended pan fried, and our server asked if she could mix our dipping sauce the way she likes to eat it! It was delicious, and I would LOVE to go back when I'm in the area again."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Simply a great place at a great price . . .. and very casual. Hot and sour soup and pot stickers are the unbeatable warm up bands that make the entree's optional."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Food great service bad the food makes up for the bad service"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "This is my first visit to this restaurant. The Peking duck was exceptional, and the service was great. I would definitely recommend this place for Chinese Food lovers."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "We found this restaurant on open table. It was amazing! Fresh, hot, quick and delicious. Big portions so great for a group of people and family style. Hostess was great - server not so much. It was busy but she made us fell like she had no time for questions and we were dumb for asking. That didn't take away from the wonderful food and I wouldn't let just one person make me not want to go back again when I visit Chicago."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I have had Chinese food all over the world, and THIS restaurant was the best Chinese food I have ever had. Service was great, staff was super friendly, food came out quickly. Cannot wait to go back."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The food here is good. We had mu shu chicken, mongolian beef and sesame chicken. All three dishes were good. There was nothing remarkable about the restaurant. It is a basic Chinese restaurant with typical Chinese food."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We took a friend who was visiting from San Diego here because he was craving Peking Duck. The server had a rather bland attitude and the food was only OK."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Had a double birthday dinner, the servers were friendly and kind, food was great. Good time had by all"
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Best Chinese place in the city. Egg rolls were amazing, pot stickers were unbelievably good, main dishes were simply the best Chinese we've ever had, definitely a must return. Plum wine was very good, also they have a full bar which I've rarely seen in a Chinese restaurant, cumin flavored lamb is a must try if you like lamb. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Great food, but the service was terrible. The restaurant was less that 1/3 full and we were not attended to in an timely fashion throughout the meal."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "This restaurant never disappoints. The menu is extensive and the schezuan dishes spicy - the eggplant is a favorite. They will moderate level of heat. All you have to do is ask. The seafood and fish dishes are always worth the trip. Now for the appetizers - dumplings that are made in house both the gyoza and their famous "soup dumplings" I could make a nwal of the dumplings alone."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We eat out in ChinaTown often. After a trip to New York, I have been in search of the perfect "soup dumpling" and Moon Palace does not dissapoint. In fact their dumplings overall - potstickers included were outstanding. I must admit I am a bit dismayed by the reviews that call this Americanized Chinese- my question to those folks would be what did you order ? The schezuhuan vegetable dishes were perfectly spicy. The salt and peper shrimp and calamari exceptional. The wait staff were not only attentive but spent time explaining ingrediants and sauces. This is our new "go to" place in ChinaTown. My only dissapointment is that it took us so long to find it."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Ate at Moon Palace with our Chinese exchange student. She loved the Shanghai soup style dumplings. We loved the flavors, menu variety, portions, and prices. Located right opposite the welcoming arch into Chicago's Chinatown, Moon Palace will validate your parking, if you use the Chinatown parking lot that is right to the East of it. Do not be put off by the size of the establishment on the outside, it is comfortable on the inside, and the wait staff was very attentive and helpful, giving special attention to our kids. We had a wonderful experience at China Moon. We will return the next time we are in the area."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "My wife and have earned at Moon Palace before and will go back again. The food is quite delicious. Service is OK. Parking is discounted for a lot around the corner so access is easy."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I read about this place. On trip advisor and there was nothing but rave reviews. DO NOT LET THE OUTSIDE FOOL YOU...GO IN! The place is very clean and right in the heart of Chinatown. Just off thr red line l service it's on cermack rd. we had the steamed dumplings GREAT Shirmp toast out of this world....The wife had cashew chicken fantastic and I had beef and pea pods to die for. Try the Mai Tia's from the full service bar. The bathrooms very clean and open. All in all I give it are 5 stars in every category. Go"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "My majoy complaint with Moon Palace is that one of the four entrees didn't arrive until 7-8 minutes after the other three. Less important: we would have all liked some more veggies in the seafood & poultry entrees."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "The dumplings are very good, and the duck is sensational."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "It's all about the food, and the food is great. It's loud, a little crazy, the staff is so authentic it's a little difficult to understand what's being asked on occasion. But if you want authentic Chinese cuisine in Chicago, this is the place."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "Had a problem with service. We had to keep on waiving to waitstaff for service except for the bill! That came without us even asking!"
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "The food was excellent and the service attentive. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal at Moon Palace Restaurant and will return in the future."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "Was pleased that they were open on Thanksgiving, as my plans fell through. However, the food was just OK. One item was typical, identical to any other Chinese restaurant in the world... but decent. The other was subpar (cashew shrimp and chicken). Strangely, the hit of the afternoon was the hot tea. Very good and smoother than I've had in the past. Service was friendly."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "They make the best Salt and Pepper Squid that I've ever had. Period. Nothing that I've had there is phoned in. Not the typical mass-produced street food. You can tell the meals are prepared with skill and care. Great service in a nice room."
    Dined on 11/20/2013
  • "I took two colleagues to this quaint spot in Chinatown. I love their food and their tastes are on-point and not over-coated with sauce. If you are looking for a quiet dinner date or small group to have dinner, this is the place."
    Dined on 11/13/2013
  • "Food was very good. Service friendly and attentive."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "Our group of 8-10 has eaten there several times. They have some of the best Chinese dishes in the city. Crispy duck and Moo Shoo anything are excellent! Ambiance is what you expect or slightly better than most others in this category. We keep coming back for the food hoping the service will be better, but it too is consistent, which we rate as only fair."
    Dined on 11/7/2013
  • "The Peking duck is exceptional. We need to get a fix often. Also, yummy dumplings."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "More contemporary decor than other Chinatown restaurants. Yummy crispy duck."
    Dined on 10/23/2013
  • "The food that I had was very good. The restaurant is small but elegant, and the staff attentive. I will definitely be going back there....."
    Dined on 10/17/2013
  • "I've eaten Chinese food prepared in sixteen countries including China in Wuxi, Beijing, Shanghai, and TianJin. The food we got here was excellent. Service was acceptable but the food spoke strongest for this restaurant. Big portions, served steaming hot from the kitchen. Can't wait to visit Chicago again and return to this place for another memorable dinner."
    Dined on 9/25/2013
  • "We really liked Moon Palace and will return soon since its a neighbourhood gem. This is a smaller more personal experience than some of the huge China Town restaurants and I think its therefore better at Moon Palace (great service, fresh food, more chilled out vibe inside, fair prices). This is classic old school chinese food - its does not get any better then this. Just near the China Town gateway arch and fire house - easy access from parking lot and also public transport (red line, water taxi, etc)."
    Dined on 9/21/2013
  • "We were attending a concert at the Arie Crown Theater at 8pm and figured we would allow an hour and a half to park, dine and then get to the concert and allow time to walk from the paring garage. I made reservations for 5:30 and we were done eating at 6:15. The food was great and the service was fast"
    Dined on 8/31/2013
  • "Moon Palace had excellent food, large portions, and were very friendly."
    Dined on 8/2/2013
  • "Good food, 10 minutes from downtown, parking validated, we will be back"
    Dined on 7/1/2013
  • "Peking Duck (order ahead) terrific and served professionally by skilled servers."
    Dined on 6/29/2013
  • "A group of four of us went to Moon Palace for a Saturday night dinner. My Black Pepper Chicken with Peapod Shoots was great and my wife's tofu dish was also good. The couple we went with didn't like their meals. The Singapore Noodles wasn't spicy at all and was bland, despite having the spicy pepper next to the item on the menu. A shrimp dish had had oddly textured shrimp with too much corn starch. My wife and I liked our meals, so this was a mixed bag."
    Dined on 6/29/2013
  • "We have periodically dined at Moon Palace since the mid-2000s. The food used to be excellent and service fine, but it has really gone downhill, and after this last time we won't be back. The place was mostly empty, but it took 20 minutes for someone just to take our appetizer order and a lot longer for any food to come. The pork fried wontons were abysmal--filled with some sort of spinach or kale, no pork to be seen, and tasted like they had been frozen. The mu shu pork only came with 3 pancakes and the sauce was insipid. We had 5 people in our party and not a single person liked their food. I was really disappointed because I had taken an out of town guest to this, and this used to be a great place to go."
    Dined on 6/27/2013
  • "I have looked for years for a Chinese restaurant in Chicago that serves rice cake dishes - stir fried. I finally found one in Moon Palace. They also have rice cake soup. These are my favorites at Moon Palace - and have not found them anywhere else in Chicago's Chinatown. We also love the ma po tofu. My family and I come to Chinatown and Moon Palace JUST for these dishes. The staff always remember us, what we like to order, and are SUPER nice every time."
    Dined on 6/7/2013
  • "Moon palace delivers good Chinese food. The restaurant has an extensiveenu, the food is good, and the prices are reasonable."
    Dined on 6/1/2013