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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
  • "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
  • "We went on a Sunday for dim sum and the service was truly lack luster. Our server Kat was cold and aloof. The food took forever to arrive and there was a lot of confusion over what had been ordered. We've been before and found interesting dishes (esp for non-pork eaters), but the service really ruined the overall experience."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Oxtail & bone marrow appetizer a Must! Peking duck is an experience"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Have been to Yum Cha twice. The first time the food and service were both spot on. The second time the service was borderline poor. Issues: (1) Person who made the reservation was first to arrive/chk-in in party of two. When second person arrived 20 minutes late, was told first person had not arrived yet. (2) Long periods of time between waiter coming by. (3) Both people asked for silverware but only one person got it. Had to ask three other staff people (since waiter was MIA) before second person received it. I might give it one more chance as the service was good the first time, but, if the service is equally lackluster, may have to avoid it. Hope the service gets better b/c we need more yummy Chinese venues outside of Chinatown."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "At long last, dim sum in downtown Chicago. Beautiful space, friendly service and devine dumplings. Favorites: pork and peanut; shrimp; and scallop w/leek and chive. Looking forward to returning soon."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "You can tell they're working out the kinks but food and service was good. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Sooo glad Maison closed down and replaced by YumCha! This was our first visit and I am sure we will end up as regulars there! It was reassuring to see so many Chinese there as well. We like the ambience and the decor is very chic . It was busy and vibrant on a Friday evening but felt a little short staffed. It took a while for the waiter to take orders and the intervals between subsequent items was a little longer. But having a dim sum place in this location is great. The food was fresh, innovative with big subtle favors. Not greasy or corn starchy.Loved their cocktails with very intriguing Asian twist! Cheers to a successful run !"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "but it was just okay. restaurant is beautiful and good drinks. but food quality was lacking...."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "I really enjoyed the food. My fiancée and I ordered way to much food for two people, on entree for two people and a side of rice would have been better but still very good. We were not big fans of the dessert. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Finally dont have to go all the way to Chinatown for great Dim Sum. All the dishes are well executed. The Emperor's Tea was an incredible cocktail. Octopus is a must have. Very good service and I cant wait to go back for their entree's."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Yum Cha is a fantastic new addition to the New Eastside. It is better than many of the restaurants in Chinatown. The Food Buddha has done an outstanding job with this place - great/unique food offerings and tasty drinks. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "The former Sunda, now E&O crew does a testy job recreating some of the more obscure dim sum dishes. I can only comment on the dim sum as that's all we had. Definitely a must try for anyone curious. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "The Lake Shore East area needed another restaurant and this is an excellent addition. We tried entrees and dim sum on two different occasions. Both were excellent. I'm not expecting Chinatown prices but it is a little steep. Regardless I will be back."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Good quality dim sum. My only complaint is the price us bit too steep. The noodle dishes should be $3-$5 less than it is. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Not your typical Chinese restaurant. Offers some standard dishes but with a difference. Shrimp egg rolls prepared with moist shrimp tucked inside delicate phyllo with several dipping sauces. Soup dumplings are well prepared and tasty. Mongolian Beef is great, but the best of all is Peking Duck. Brown, crispy and tender, meat and skin are served in steamed bao with traditional accompaniments. The most expensive item on the menu, but you also get chopped, flavorful meat for making lettuce cups and plenty is left over to take home, making this dish a good value. The presentation is spectacular. Good wine selections for now and traditional cocktails are soon be offered and, hopefully, will include non-alcoholic fruit drinks."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Food was great. Service was great. Close to home. Great Dim Sum without having to go to Chinatown."
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "Excellent concept Asian dining. A little noisy . Food excellent . Maybe add acoustical sound absorbers "
    Dined on 4/18/2014