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Yum Cha Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://YumChaChicago.com
  • Phone: (312) 946-8885
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:00pm -10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Chinese
  • Executive Chef: Rodelio Aglibot, Eddie Chi Ping, Henry Wong
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please contact Info@yumchachicago.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Upper Columbus
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Village Market parking garage or valet parking off Randolph Street.
A word from Yum Cha
A Cantonese term for “drink tea,” Yum Cha also has a cultural meaning to “go eat dim sum,” and that’s exactly what guests will do. By restauranteurs, Paul Lee and Aeron Lancero, diners can expect to see an array of homemade dim sum dishes representative of the past, present and future of Chinese fare. Executive Chef Rodelio Aglibot envisions a menu that highlights traditional Chinese dishes such as Peking Duck, Hong Kong Style Sweet and Sour Pork and House Steamed Tofu, alongside modern dishes that showcase a playful take on the cuisine. The restaurant will be situated in the Village East complex, between Randolph Street and Benton Place, offering stunning views of the neighborhood and Chicago’s architectural gems. The 150-seat restaurant will feature a full service bar, seasonal patio dining and valet parking.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerChinese
Diner Reviews
  • "Food was tasty, disappointed they were out of tea soaked sea bass (at 7 pm). Otherwise we like to dim sum choices, especially the dumplings."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "The food in this restaurant is very good, we especially enjoyed eating the Peking Duck dish. We've had it twice now and both times the meat was lean (not fatty) but still juicy and tasty. The dim sum dishes are also quite good. Good atmosphere and service, my only complaint is that the chairs are too low...not at a comfortable height."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Bar b q Brussels sprouts are terrific, as are kale dumplings. Friendly, accommodating. Good for vegetarians."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "Terrible service. Waiter had no idea what he was doing and forgot about our petitions several times"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Our 6th time eating there and we won't be returning. The selection of dim sum is about 1/3 of it's original menu. They also forgot to send out a dish we ordered."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "The food was delicious, but the waitress was not very attentive. The air conditioning wasn't working that night, so it was extremely hot and we complained, but the waitress just said they know and are working on it. Overall, really unique and delicious dishes and great atmosphere."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Recommended. Had several dim sum and was very pleased. Will be back soon to check out the rest of the menu! Excellent in all respects."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Yum Cha is a great Neareast neighborhood restaurant. The dim sum menu is my favorite, with many different good choices. Some tables have a wonderful view of the park. Staff are friendly a and helpful."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "We were surprised at the wonderful food here. Not because we don't like Asian fare, not to hot on Dim Sum. We were delighted to find that there were many choices in addition to Dim Sum. We ordered the crab ragoon, honey/walnut shrimp and fried rice. All of it was delicious! We will make this our regular place for sure."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "The dim sum is delicious and one doesn't have to go to Chinatown for it!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "I had heard great reviews about the chef and his fusion of tradition foods with Americanized Chinese food. The dim sum was exactly what I expected and more on the tradition side. I was a little sad they didn't offer card service but the food was ready promptly. The servers were helpful and regularly stopped by the table. The ambience was a little strange; Daft Punk playing overhead with Asian feeling decor. But overall, it was an easy returant to get to and the food was pretty good. No complaints. However if you are looking for an authentic dim sum experience you will need to look elsewhere."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Love the convenience of having this beautiful Chinese restaurant with such a varied menu in my neighborhood. The food is yummy, but a little greecy."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "My daughter and I showed up on time. Took ten minutes to get our table. Restaurant half filled. Twenty minutes later still no wait staff just water. Call the manager who comes over, takes a drink & appetizer order, which is brought to table by bus boys, another 25 minutes still no wait staff has come over. Really 45 minutes without a waiter or waitress!! My neighbors had warned me about the bad service, but that was incredible. Oh yeah, no apology or discount, NOTHING! If you want to wait for food, come here!"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "I enjoyed the ala cart delivered Dim Sum which allowed us to see what was available and ask questions and get it right there to start eating. The Filipino pancit with chicken was very good. Overall the food was very good as well as the service. The server helped us to pick the Dim Sum dishes and the jasmine tea. The styling of the restaurant is neat and modern."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Yum Cha is situated on Upper Randolph, it is small and cosmopolitan. Other than those two items it was a very pleasant experience. Service was excellent, food was superior to most Dim Sum and it seemed elegant. I was disappointed that there were no carts, which made it seem less like Dim Sum, also Valet parking is NOT available on Monday nights and the only parking is Millennium Garage."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "I've been waiting for dim sum in the Loop. So glad for Yum Cha. Power Hour is the best bargain around."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "We know the neighborhood; a little hard to find otherwise. (Off e. Randolph a little.) Had dinner; the whole dim sum menu was also available. We had several dim sum items which were excellent. We tried the hot and sour soup which was just OK; somewhat different taste. Both that and our entree were not served totally hot. White rice came late, a little small serving. Over all a good meal. We'll go back."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We had a bad experience our first time, but the food was good enough to try again. No better. 5 of about 25 tables were filled when we arrived, but we got the, "Oh, that's reserved," runaround when we asked for a window table. Finally, the hostess relented, but did the same thing to another party 20 minutes later. Clearly, she was saving them for more important diners than the ones who showed up. (One window table was still empty when we got our check.) Once seated, we were told our server would not arrive for 5 more minutes, tho we found another server to take our order. Soup came after the entree, we had to ask for napkins, dipping sauces, water...yikes. The food is good, and priced accordingly, but the experience is very substandard."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We were very excited when we heard that a dim sum restaurant would be opening close to our offices. ChinaTown is too far to manage on a regular work day. We decided to try the restaurant about a week after it first opened, for a birthday lunch. We were very pleased with the restaurant, the waitstaff, and especially, the food. It was wonderfully delicious - each item having it's own flavor but not overpowering or fighting the taste we had from the previous selection. The tea selection was also exciting and a nice counterpoint to the flavors of the dim sum. We just went back a few days ago, and the food is still wonderful, the restaurant is beautiful and tasteful. A great place. Enjoy!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "There are not enough superlatives to describe our meals and service (thanks, Matt) at Yum Cha. This was the first visit since they moved into the neighborhood. We will return again and again."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Our server was excellent, incredibly helpful and knowledgeable. However, the food was hit-or-miss. The Szechuan green beans weren't flash fried like I expected, but simply sauteed and didn't have a particularly bold or spicy flavor. The Peking duck ($48 for two courses) left much to be desire. I've had crispier skin, juicier and more flavorful meat elsewhere in Chinatown. We should have ordered more dim sum! The best thing we tried was the wok braised Szechuan octopus. Pickled cabbage was a great starter too. I'd come back if I were in the area but try different menu items, sticking to the dim sum side of the menu."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "I was happy to have a dimsum place open up in the East Loop but was greatly disappointed . There are maybe 2 steamed dishes on the many everything else is sautéed in oil and lots of it, at that. In this day and age When everybody is so health conscious, I don't see this place being open for long if they don't work on their menu and get it healthier ."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "This was my third time at Yum Cha. I am so excited to have a dim sum restaurant in this area! The dim sum is fantastic, and there are even basic Chinese food entrees for those who don't like dim sum. I was very disappointed by the service, however. We were waiting for a while, and had to wave down a random employee to place our order. Our waiter hardly stopped by. As our food began to arrive, there were two or three occassions where extra food was placed on our table and we had to inform them that wasn't our order. Toward the end of the meal, I had to flag down two different people to request more water and the check. We got the check but not the water. I hope to see an improvement in service in the future."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "The atmosphere is pleasing, and the service excellent. The food was tasty, and nicely presented. However, the prices are high for this type of food. It is in the neighborhood, which is a great advantage."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The atmosphere and location is great. The shrimp potsticker appe was great and I was glad they had gluten free soy sauce. We had the kung pao chicken and the gluten free fried rice with shrimp and pork. Both main dishes were fine but not great. Our server was nice but not yet polished. There was a table next to us with food left on long after their occupants had left. Not sure why since restaurant wasn't busy at all (we were there at 5:30). Restaurant has promise and I would go again before a show at Harris Theater. But hopefully they will step up their game in both taste of food and service ."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Didn't get to try the dim sum, but I will next trip!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Excellent dim sum, great service and nice views. Will definitely go back!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Keep the carts for Sunday brunch! They are a welcome addition to ordering off the menu and make the experience more dim sum authentic."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "First time at Yum Cha and it won't be the last. Delicious food. I recommend the pork belly and the Malay style fried rice. The shrimp dumplings were great too."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Our service was top notch. The food was excellent. We were four and shared everything. The duck was succulent and well worth ordering. The buns that are served with the duck are light and very good for you! They have specialty cocktails that one of us tried and found it yummy. Keep up the good food."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "This is a terrific new dim sum restaurant in the Lakeshore East area. Easy in/out. Great ambiance and comfortable dining areas. Nice little bar area and they do have screens when there are events to follow. The night I was there, they were off and it was pleasant that way as well. Comfortable dining room attentive and knowledgeable wait staff. Food was terrific and the portion sizes are build for 2 or more people, depending on their appetites. Reasonable prices and a nice, but not overly extensive wine list. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "We were very surprised by Yum Cha - the dim sum was very good and well executed. While the menu isn't as vast as some of the more popular Chinatown spots, the restaurant is very clean, service is friendly, and they provide you with water without asking. The shrimp dumplings, shu mai, pork buns, and soup dumplings were fantastic. The turnip cake was just OK, as was the Hong Kong toast. Overall it's a great alternative to Chinatown and I would definitely go back."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Unusual and tasty dim sum selections. Exotic dim sum with a twist so don't expect the traditional cart offering. The lychee "mimosa" was delicious! Busy place so be sure to make reservations or be willing to wait. Lovely restaurant with gorgeous hanging lamps."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Unpleasant surprise one at Yum Cha is that its address offers no clue to its location. 333 Randolph should be on the south side of the street. Instead, it's behind some buildings on the north side--as we found after 10 minutes of searching. Unpleasant surprise two was the chairs. They are very low, so we felt like we were at the kiddie table, and they're so uncomfortable it's painful. Surprise three is that you need to consult multiple menus. Other diners were feasting on steamed dumplings, but we couldn't find them on the menu. Surprise. There's a second menu, apparently used at lunch, with tons of options, if you know to ask. The food here is great, but they need to work on the rest of the dining experience. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "We had 5 women who met while living in China 5 years ago. The food and ambience reminded us of a specific place we used to lunch quite frequently. The food was wonderful and it was the closest I've had to REAL Chinese food since moving back from Suzhou China. Yum Cha is now my only choice for Chinese food. Very accommodating too. We had to push back our reservation by an hour and they were very understanding. We also had some special requests and they had no problem."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Food wasn't bad but pricey. Could get same or better quality at Chinatown. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Yum Cha is a great blend of traditional and trendy, small plates and entrees, with spicy options and tamer favorites. The drink list includes interesting cocktails with tea as well as a full bar and wine list. The services is wonderful. Their system of bringing items to the table as they are ready results in fast service and hot food. The view over the park at Lakeshore East is beautiful. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Maybe my expectations were too high given that Sunda is probably my favorite Chicago restaurant. We started with pork moo shu. Unfortunately we were served chicken moo shu. Our waitress did immediately notice the mistake and replaced with the pork. However although the vegetables and wraps were excellent, the pork was barely there. Walnut shrimp is one of my favorites at Sunda; here it was overcooked and pasty. The shredded duck was terrible; dry duck wrapped in a fried ball of mashed potatoes surrounded by cold gravy."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "If your looking for traditional dim sum, don't come here. Of course they have the shrimp dumplings, shu mai, and soup dumplings but they also have lobster fresh toast and ox tail pot stickers! Its dim sum with a flair. All the flavors were amazing and you have a great view of the city if you sit by the window. They also offer their take on traditional Chinese food such as orange chicken and fried rice. The restaurant isn't light on your pocket, expect to spend some bucks. If you want plain old pushing of the carts dim sum don't come here. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Between 4 of us, we tried 8 Dim Sum plates and 2 entrees - everything was delish, and there was plenty to eat. There are lots of interesting options in addition to tried and true Asian staples. For the neighborhood, and quality of the food, the prices are extremely reasonable. The restaurant has a sleek, modern look ... once you find it. It's tucked away, off the street, and not super easy to spot. The key is to look for the red umbrella valet stand on the north side of the street. Word is you can park in the adjacent garage for free - just shop at the Mariano's next door and get your ticket validated."
    Dined on 5/18/2014