Big Bowl - Edina

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$30 and under
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Chinese
There’s really only one place for authentic Chinese and Thai–and that’s Big Bowl. It all begins with the highest quality ingredients–naturally raised chicken and beef, heirloom pork, sustainable seafood and produce grown locally. Because Big Bowl believes that the best food is made from scratch, you can taste big, bold layers of flavors in every dish, from the curries right down to the dipping sauces. Everyone raves about the pad Thai, our spicy dishes that are truly hot, and our create-your-own stir-fry–and for good reason. Every element adds up to big taste and takes our food to another level, be it a fresh squeeze of lime, fragrant herbs or the seared Thai chilies. Big Bowl is so big on authentic flavors that even the ginger ale is made with fresh ginger root–from scratch, of course.
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DO
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, and helpful attentive staff. There were 7 7 of us and they nicely accommodated our request to change our reservation time.

M
Minneapolis
27 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

I will preface this with saying we loved this restaurant for years and years and can be considered regulars but things have taken such a nosedive over the past few years that I think we are giving up on this restaurant. I made a reservation and approached the host desk, was not greeted by this very unprofessional and flustered young man. When I finally got his attention, I asked for a booth. No response so I waited a bit and asked again. He said: ‘Yeah, give me a minute!’ A simple acknowledgement of my request would have been appropriate. He seated us near a side cash register where all the teenage wait staff spend much of the evening loudly screwing around. The restaurant and restroom were very dirty. There appeared to be no manager on site. Our server was clearly untrained and was inattentive. My husband asked for a vodka martini and she had to come back to ask questions about his vodka margarita. Perhaps write the order down. My drink seemed to have almost no vodka in it and was not made correctly. The egg rolls were broken open during frying and oily, which has been the case the last three times. We had to search for the server to pay. All in all, it was a gross experience. No thank you. We’ll go elsewhere. What this place needs is some management. Also the bar is always sticky and unkept.

PS
Minneapolis
17 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and the food is excellent

TW
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Good not exceptional for the price. Service was good.

FK
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Food was tasteless. Not up to previous visits.
Delivered appetizers with the main course

OT
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place to spend some time connecting with friends and family. Not too loud so we can hear each other but lively energy. Foods was good and the service was appropriate- not hovering but showed up occasionally to check on us.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food1service1ambience3

The service was poor , the food ordered was not as per the request , we got wrong things ordered , not a good experience at all.

MC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

I am gluten sensitive and ordered something with a gluten free symbol but felt terrible like I do when I eat gluten!!! So bummed as we used to love this place! We have been going for years but it had been awhile since we went. I am not sure why my tummy was so upset but it was right after the meal! The service was great and the rest of my family who is fine with gluten had a great experience! Ambiance is wonderful and it is very kid friendly.

OT
Minneapolis
39 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall2food5service3ambience3

The food was great as usual. Server would disappear for long periods of time. Also stacked dirty dishes in front of us and left them there for a moment while she got dessert tray.

KC
Minneapolis
36 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had a very nice server. We mostly (5 out of 6) did a make your own bowl. Mine had the wrong sauce on it. The manager took it off our bill. The portion size was excellent and the vegetables were very fresh. The last time I ate here the bamboo shoots were not very good (woody) but they were excellent today. Great variety of veggies. The cooks did a wonderful job preparing the bowls.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Poor service, cold soup, lost entree

ZD
Minneapolis
59 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

great restaurant food is excellent and our server Emilio was superb

H
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our group arrived at different times, but everyone was gracious and helpful. We had time to visit, and did not feel rushed. Our server had a great demeanor and answered our questions well. When one guest asked a question about her meal after bing served, our server made sure to answer and made sure that her meal was to her satisfaction. Our server was pleasant, knowledgable, and kind, and made our experience most enjoyable.

T
Minneapolis
75 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was very good and plentiful and hot. Waitress was very friendly and helpful and efficient. All in all a pleasant experience.

R
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday lunch was a hit! Thank you Big Bowl!!

J
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience1

After waiting an extra few minutes for them to get our table ready that we reserved, we sat there for 15 minutes of not being greeted by anyone. There must have been 3-4 people just standing at host station or on edges with their ipads. The server at the table next to us even took their order, went around again, and then brought them beverages. Still never said anything "I'll be right with you" goes a very long way. Slow service, at a table where we couldn't move out our chair and it was loud for just a Thursday night that we couldn't hear each other talk.

HB
Minneapolis
29 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Kid puked at table next to us, and it room staff 10 min to help. Yup.

L
Minneapolis
19 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made a reservation through Open Table. We were seated immediately. Our waitress was fabulous.
The food was great, as usual. We played cards at the table, and were not criticized.

SC
Minneapolis
66 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

I will say that the service was impeccable. What a delightful waitress we had! Our dishes were average, but on par for that type of chain restaurant. Will go again if I am at the Galleria but will probably try something different.

OT
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This a dinner for a group of 9 people to celebrate two birthdays; I ordered the featured Pad Thai which was a grilled salmon pad Thai and the salmon was hot but the pad Thai was lukewarm; otherwise OK, but not great

N
Minneapolis
44 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Big Bowl!!! It is one of our favorite places to have lunch or dinner! It is hard to try anything new since we have our favorites, teriyaki fried rice and a fried noodle entree. They are fabulous!

K
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall3food2service1ambience3

Waiter was slow, slow, slow - and the restaurant was not busy. Took 15 minutes for my son to get his beer after ordering. Water glasses were not refilled. We ordered an appetizer which came out with the rest of the food. App was only lukewarm. I'm sure it had been sitting on the counter for awhile. Many of the veggies on the stir fry bar were out. Also, the stir fry bar entree seemed rush. Some of the veggies were raw and they forgot the peanuts on top of the panang curry dish. Really disappointed with this trip to Big Bowl. Hoping this was just an off night.........

I'm adding this comment (a day later): I received a call from the Manager at Big Bowl today to discuss my review. I very much appreciated the call and applaud this restaurant for taking the time to read their customers' reviews in order to make improvements. Therefore, I would definitely recommend this restaurant. We will for sure be back.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

We ordered the Kung Pao and what a disappointment! What happened? We’ve been getting it for over 20 years - why did you change the taste of the brown sauce?! Please bring it back!!!

s
Minneapolis
17 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, good food and great service. Particularly liked the Ginger Shrimp and Scallops!

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Had a friend who had recent surgery and needed to elevate her foot at a table. We wanted to order half price apps and cocktails but were told policy is we needed to eat them at the bar? This wasn’t possible given the situation. Just a very odd policy given it was not very busy. My 2 friends were disappointed.

SB
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Celebrated a birthday with drinks, appetizer, entrees, and dessert. Everything was very good.

D
Minneapolis
36 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good, always consistent. Really appreciate that they use as much locally grown produce as possible.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was great but noisy! Food always excellent.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Hard to hear when talking at table, have felt that way since it opened. Acoustics not great for conversation.

KS
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Big Bowl never disappoints. Delicious food and great service.

m
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Had a 6:45 reservation for a large party of 10 Madson Open Table. Not seated until 7:30. Server was terrible. Food was very good

DA
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

I went in today with my girlfriend for our anniversary and our experience was not good at all. My stirfry dish was not good , they brought our food to the table really fast which is awesome, but the vegetables we’re raw .I ask the server if she can take it back and have them cook them well, she came back with the plate and the vegetables were steam which is not how the stir fry should be. I ask the manager if they can make it again because steam veggies doesn’t taste good. The plate took a long time to be cook and when it came back the manager just put it on the table and walk away with out even asking if it was ok this time, the plate was not correct veggies were just steam with lot of water on the bottom, that’s what happen when you steam veggies. I couldn’t eat . I feel they need to recalibrate with the cooks and make sure that they are cooking it the way it supposed to be . Especially when you paying for it. I Been eating at this location for the last 9 years and is the first time that I have to look at the person in front of me eat while I have to wait for my plate to be cook 3 different TIMES! And on the end I have to leave with out eating something .

b
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A night out with our high school aged kids. All was as expected.

PR
Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Not great this time. Wife's pad thai noodles were excessive, chopped up and soaked in sauce. Daughter's chicken was extremely dry. Other daughter's sesame chicken was essentially scallions and some chicken. My king Paolo chicken was pretty good. Service wasnt great either and usually this is better than the service at the Lincolnshire Illinois one but not this time. Ugh.

JG
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

LOVE all the vegetable choices. Wish they sold wine by the oz. or 1/2 glass of wine.

MM
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

My og go to place to eat! I LOVE the build your own stir fry with yellow curry.. and i always upgrade to fried rice!! YUM

OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner for my husband was perfect! Our server was gracious & knowledgeable, the food was excellent, and our table on the patio was quiet & comfortable. Thank you for making the night extra special with a complementary dessert with a birthday candle!

MK
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great place but a little pricey considering overall quality of food. Server was very sweet. Selection is fine. Calamari was very rubbery (yes I know it normally is) but in a non fresh way. Only downside of meal. Wish dessert selection was more thematic. Husband and I hate the galleria but will come here for big bowl.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great service

MS
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Big Bowl Edina used to be on my top favs for restaurants. However, quality service is lacking. The noise level during dinner hour is so loud. It’s no longer one of my favorite places.

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