Moon Palace Restaurant
Moon Palace Restaurant

Moon Palace Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.moonpalacerestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 3122254081
  • 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: Pan-Asian, Chinese
  • 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: 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!
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Moon Palace Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
22 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance3.4
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (11)good for groups (6)great for lunch (6)fit for foodies (6)kid-friendly (5)special occasion (4)notable wine list (1)great for outdoor dining (1)romantic (1)Show More
  • Great Food
    JoyLVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The appetizers are outstanding, as well as the hot and sour soup. Have tried several dishes and they are all hot, fresh and delicious.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So good for so little
    JSWIVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    GreatVIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Food great service bad the food makes up for the bad service
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Peking Duck
    Foodie62
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A must for chinese lovers
    sharon
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Chinese Food I've Ever Had!
    lilbubrulez
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Place
    DarthVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    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.
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  • ChitownSistaVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yummy Birthday
    lildoll56
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Had a double birthday dinner, the servers were friendly and kind, food was great. Good time had by all
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 12 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.6
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.2
    • Service3.7
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 65 reviews are from the Moon Palace Restaurant reviews archive.
  • majestikal
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, but the service
    sigkap934
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dumplings and seafood to die for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Gem in ChinaTown
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Chinese Food and Service
    wolftoe
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We Will Go Back
    MFD062450
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything as advertised and more
    Kingpin2920
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Timint
    Paula
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Peking duck
    LuluVIP
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    The dumplings are very good, and the duck is sensational.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's Chinese...
    tada
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Had a problem with service.
    CstacyVIP
    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!
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  • Chinese Food to Savor
    Eileen
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    The food was excellent and the service attentive. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal at Moon Palace Restaurant and will return in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing special
    KML209
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Salt and Pepper Squid
    DeederVIP
    Dined on 11/20/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quiet Business Dinner
    TimeZoneTravelerVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    Food was very good. Service friendly and attentive.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent
    DHRb
    Dined on 11/7/2013
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mmmmmmm!
    LuluVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    The Peking duck is exceptional. We need to get a fix often. Also, yummy dumplings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • More contemporary decor than
    FeedbackVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2013
    More contemporary decor than other Chinatown restaurants. Yummy crispy duck.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food in Chinatown
    Pookie
    Dined on 10/17/2013
    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.....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chinese food you WANT to take home!
    CaliforniaJim
    Dined on 9/25/2013
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Moon Palace Rocks
    Praxis2013VIP
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    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).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were attending a concert
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    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
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great early joint, gets busy later
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    Moon Palace had excellent food, large portions, and were very friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • suprised find
    Mike
    Dined on 7/1/2013
    Good food, 10 minutes from downtown, parking validated, we will be back
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    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Peking Duck
    emjayefVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2013
    Peking Duck (order ahead) terrific and served professionally by skilled servers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mixed Results
    MisterBeestieVIP
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really gone downhill
    jess
    Dined on 6/27/2013
    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.
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  • A favorite in Chinatown!
    FoodventurousVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2013
    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.
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    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Moon
    VinciVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2013
    Moon palace delivers good Chinese food. The restaurant has an extensiveenu, the food is good, and the prices are reasonable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.