Big Bowl-Lincolnshire

4.5
1923 reviews
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$30 and under
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Chinese
Using the freshest and highest quality ingredients and starting from
scratch are the only ways to authentically prepare Asian cuisine.
At Big Bowl, we make our own curries and roast our own chilies
and spices, which are ground daily to prepare a variety of our
signature dishes. Our menu features Chinese favorites like Kung
Pao Chicken, Prime Beef & Broccoli, Sweet & Sour Pineapple
Shrimp and Slow Roasted Barbecue Pork Fried Rice, along with
Thai specialties like Panang Curry Chicken, Vegetable & Tofu Pad
Thai and Red Hot Pepper Chicken Noodles. Whether its sweet or
spicy, rice or noodles, Chinese or Thai that you are craving, our
menu has it all.
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LT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I will always recommend Big Bowl. Every time I go there the service is excellent all the waiters and waitresses are awesome. The food is delicious OMG. 😋😋

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BG
Chicago
52 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

Came early and restaurant was pretty empty. Decided to order 4 appetizers for 2 people. Appetizers were terrible. Lettuce wraps were so over salted that they were almost inedible. Pot Stickers we’re over cooked, scrawny and barely had any noticeable stuffing. Chicken Satay was blah-only good thing on the plate was the peanut dipping sauce. The Ahi Tuna Roll had trace amounts of tuna. You’d need a microscope to find the tuna. We were served the appetizers with no spoons or way to serve. Took ages to get anyone’s attention. We only saw our original waiter one other time that night. Water glasses weren’t even refilled. This was absolutely unacceptable and terrible. What happened to the high quality food and service at this location? I will definitely select another neighborhood place over this Big Bowl in the future! :-(

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l
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Not very pleased with wine selection. Food was a large amount which is not always a positive thing but it was just alright. Not a place we will rush back to visit!! The sauce I had, garlic szechan was bland but I have ordered the spicy sauces and couldn't even finish my dish in the past bc it was overly spicy.

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E
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was very impressed with the Pad Thai ! Best in the burbs!

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AM
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place, food and everything!

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s
Chicago
227 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The menu offers many interesting dishes. Staff is very efficient and helpful.

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GS
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing!!! Alot of choices and good service

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Quick and friendly service. Family all enjoyed dinner

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K
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Too salty chicken lettuce wrap.
Chef forgot to put peanuts in Kung Pao Chicken.

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NK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

We went on a Tuesday at 6:15PM, the restaurant was not as “slammed” as the server said it was and told us the kitchen may not be able to accommodate dietary restrictions or special requests because how busy the restaurant was. However half the main dining room was vacant. They advertise in the menu “crispy” tofu but it was mushy and bland, I saw other diners also pushing their tofu to the side. My meal was HOT, like steaming hot but the food wasn’t cooked fully. My cauliflower rice was raw. We ordered our meals the same time as our appetizers which was almost
Immediately after being seated and it took almost 2 hours for our entire meal. The waiter was non existent, we had to ask reception for our bill and an extra plate as there was no service. If would have given less stars but my fiancé enjoyed his food as did his parents however mine was horrible and service was terrible. Such a shame as this wasn’t our first time there but it might be our last. You except more from Lettuce Entertain you restaurants but I would have rather gone to Panda Express.. at least their service is prompt.

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RZ
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food is good, not great. We have one vegan and one vegetarian in our family so it is good they have tofu as an option but their Tofu always comes out soggy, it would be goos if they put more care into its preparation and other dishes that could easily be vegetarian such as garlic tofu or pad Thai with tofu include s fish sauce that they apparently can’t leave out so the vegetarian/vegan options are very limited

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GH
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is delicious, and the service was great. Can get a bit loud if you're seated near the self-serve line

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L
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food good but always crowded and service includes several people so hard to know who to ask when an issue. One dinner was not at all hot.

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SD
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place has a nice dimly lit vibe which was great for date night. We had a reservation and were seated promptly. Our server was attentive and very nice. Refills took maybe a little longer than I like but I am really nit-picking here. I ordered Mongolian Beef and my wife had the Ahi Tuna Poke bowl. Both were outstanding and we were shocked when the Poke bowl came to the table on an enormous plate. Normally a Poke bowl is a smaller entree but this one was very generous and tasty. We started out with a bowl of Edamame which was fine if maybe a bit undersalted. Total check with soft drinks and no dessert (there was no room after those huge entrees) was around $50. That's about what I would expect.

Wear comfortable shoes or be willing to pay for valet; parking here is vast but with the business that Big Bowl and adjacent Wildfire are doing, parking close is not likely.

It had been awhile since we dined at Big Bowl. We didn't recall them having so many Thai offerings when we were there in the past? Maybe we will try those out next time. It will not be so long before our next visit. Enjoy!

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RD
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great option for moderately priced pan Asian meals. Hard to miss with their do it yourself stir fry. Innovative apps and entrees. To notch beer and wine selections

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sisters 60 th bday

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J
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

It was my first time so by the area where the restaurant is located, I expected a nicer look. But the tasty food made the magic. I have no complaints about the service. I just would recommend a table cover and nicer quality napkins.

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JK
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had excellent service and the food was very good

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SQ
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Dining area was quite dark though the service was pleasant, attentive and efficient. The Orange Chicken was delicious and a very generous portion. Unfortunately, the Pho was overly salty; I did let the waitress know just as an FYI.

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s
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Green beans were good but the entrees were bland even though they were listed as spicy. Service was good.

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S
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Consistently excellent food. We were celebrating two birthdays and the restaurant gave us two free deserts to celebrate. Friendly staff. Only downside is parking is difficult. There is valet service but we always just walk the distance,

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Z
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and great service. One of my favorite restaurants.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great! Food and service was great!

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n
Chicago
162 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice healthy place to go especially pick your own. Even on Father's Day, food and service could not be beat.

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D
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 4

Our server was the best. I would have to say the food was fairly bland. My friend who had the garlic sauce on her stir fry said she could hardly taste the garlic. Imagine that. My spicy sauce on my stir fry was not very flavorful or spicy. I believe it was a Kung Pao sauce. I was disappointed. Maybe the fact that I went to Yu's Mandarin restaurant in Vernon Hills the day before set me up for the Big Bowl experience. Yu's had a noodle plate that was both flavorful and spicy. It was amazing. I have a wok and I love to make my own stir fry so I had high expectations for Big Bowl.

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HC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great table, delicious food and drinks, awesome service, great prices - overall a really super dining out experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Maria was the best and our food was so delicious! Definitely make a reservation because the a busy on the weekend! But definitely worth the wait!

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BE
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I do enjoy Big Bowl. However, I was very disappointed to have to wait about 20 minutes beyond my reservation time to be seated, although I had made a reservation 2 weeks earlier! It felt like they were letting others in ahead of my party, and/or had seated walk-ins too close to the time of our reservation.

It would be good PR to hand out pot stickers or other snacks to those in the waiting area!

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food, great service. Dinner was enjoyed by all. The vegetarian options were greatly appreciated.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service as usual!! Mike is fantastic!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was great, server was very nice but seemed to have a few too many tables to handle, making service a little slow.

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ED
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Very pleased with everything this time. Mentioned it was our anniversary but nothing was done about it.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food as always

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Greeted by a friendly host, had an attentive waitress, great drinks (even though they were over iced), and delicious food. The noise level made it a little hard for conversation but it was a Friday night. Overall, a great experience.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great from start to finish. Accommodating with our infant. Fast, polite service.

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SO
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a fun place for family dining. Our waiter was friendly and fantastic. Thanks, Mike!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was outstanding. My friend and I had not seen each other in a while and were happy to be allowed a leisurely meal. She was attentive but did not make us feel rushed. The food was scrumptious

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Some of the food wasn’t too warm.

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FD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food with excellent service. I will be back!

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CM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Birthday dinner

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