Big Bowl-Lincolnshire

4.4
1738 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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DS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, free delicious lave cake with candle for your birthday! Enough food for 2 days!

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JR
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the cauliflower rice with BBQ pork. Try it!

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ED
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 2

Had a reservation but as told it. Was not ready and it would be 15-20 minutes. After about 1/2 hour checked in and was told we would be seated next. After waiting again I saw that a couple that had just st coome in and they were seating them. I was told that they checked in before me. Then they finally put us at a blue that wasn’t even big enough for 1 person. Finally got seated at a different table. Very upset that you do not honor your reservations. Very disappointed.

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TG
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Typically a good spot, but they were 20 minutes late for seating us though we had a reservation. This was a problem as we had tickets for a local playhouse. Dinner was ok, flank steak stir fry not recommended. Had to hurry to eat, took half of dinner home in a doggy bag.

Appears restaurant was trying to sit people that had no reservations, but were complaining of long wait before us.

Will not go there again when we have an event with a timeline to meet.

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p
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Have been going there for years. Like any other big "chain" they always find ways to cut cost....the food "tastes" good but you can tell quality of meat in the dishes is not as good as it used to be.

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C
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had the best service and the food was nice and hot. Wonderful evening.

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JC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service as always. I am never disappointed!

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KQ
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My husband and I had a reservation on a Friday night around 5:30. Had requested a booth in the bar, but they had just sat someone else at the last one as we walked in. We did get the last booth available in the main room though which was fine. My husband ordered the special sangria of the day... cranberry citrus with cinnamon which I kept taking sips of...so good! Had my favorite appetizer...vegetable pot stickers, and we tried something new from their special appetizer of the night...pork egg foo young. Even though I would rather have had chicken or just vegetable egg foo young...it was VERY good, but I would maybe suggest a little portion of rice in the middle to go with it. I would get it again in the future though and order a little bowl of rice on the side. We both had the special blackened scallops which were really good...cooked perfectly and not overdone, followed by two desserts... banana cashew wontons and some kind of mousse with an oreo cookie crust, both delicious. Hope to go back soon and maybe see that the egg foo young is permanately on the menu!

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CS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service is always friendly, the hostess was very accomplished. I have a toddler who decided they were grumpy and tired right before dinner, the hostess got us a booth so he could get comfortable. The server I had was someone I’ve had in the past (I wish I knew her name), she always remembers me, even though I don’t come in often. She is always above and beyond and takes the time to chat with us.

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KO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and customer service. A bit pricey but it’s a great place

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DG
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was outstanding. Our service was a bit slow and we were seated right next to the kitchen. He Boise if he used pans hitting the floor was loud and we choked a bit from the food being stir fried. Sounds like we’re whining but we had a great time.

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d
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waitress was excellent--
food was wonderful
great experience

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o
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

our food was fresh and well prepared, the server was very friendly and informative about menu options.

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DM
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I was there with people from out of town and everyone really enjoyed it. Really nice Asian food place with something for everyone.

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CH
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Going to Big Bowl isn't quite the same experience as going to Hong Kong or even Chinatown, but it's getting better.

The food at BB is tastier and spicier than I recall it in the past and for me, that makes it a better experience. From a string bean Szechuan appetizer, to hot and sour soup, and seafood and beef main courses Big Bowl is hitting on all cylinders.

We enjoyed everything we had. The main courses were generous servings with excellent ingredients and wonderful flavors. I'd particularly point out the stir-fried scallops, which were large, fresh, and done nicely - and not too hot!

The service was great. Our waiter offered to get us tastes of two wines we were considering. It was Monday and wine bottles were 1/2 price - so although we usually have a Tsing-Tao beer with Chinese dinners, we went with a red wine he recommended - and first we compared that one that we were leaning towards from the wine list.

While food prices are a little beyond what you'd pay at most Chinese restaurants, we were very pleased with the overall value and experience at Big Bowl. We will be back and we even brought some food (and wine) home.

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T
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

It was just fine for casual dining. A little noisy, but good food.

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S
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always consistent! Great service! Great food!

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d
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

our waiter Adam was FANTASTIC!!!! THE cod special was great.

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LM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a 6:00 reservation and were not seated until 6:15. No seats at bar. Food great as always.

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s
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Orders not made as per specification. Too much confusion with respect to thr orders!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

This was the worst visit ever- I have been going Big Bowl forever now... 13 yrs starting with Schaumburg location. This location messed up things horribly this time. Not the 1st time when our order of stir fry was ruined and we had to re-pic our vegetables... our other dish was prepared and kept sitting for over 15 minutes. Then when I said the dish was cold, waitress informed me that they will prepare it again... and 10 mins later they reheated the dish in a wok( it was hot but tofu was crumbed and not fresh or crisp) and shamelessly served to us again... My mom and young daughter were really hungry so I could not walk away... but this behavior was just unacceptable. Worst of all this was done in consultation with the person in-charge of the floor.... such despicable behavior from such an esteemed restaurant chain...
Not going back for sure.

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PA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was good

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DB
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were stir crazy because of the crazy cold weather and it was so nice to be out and at Big Bowl!!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great

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LM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great fresh ingredients. Our server was outstanding!

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J
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very good and came out very quick! Our waitress was very nice and friendly to us!

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w
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Prior experiences at Woodfield location were much better. Waitress could have been more attentive. never refilled our water glasses. Also Sechzwan beef too spicey Should have been a warning on menu or from server. Pad Thai with Vegetable was a disappointment for my wife.

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RH
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Menu could use an update/change with a bit more variety, maybe some daily specials?

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U
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Good food. Stellar service.

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CK
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was fresh and we liked the stir fry options. Our waiter was good and kew the menu quite well and didn't pressure us to purchase alcohol or dessert.

He did leave the appetizer plate on our table the entire time. (even though we finished our appetizer before our food came)

I like my dirty dishes removed when I finish, and he was at the table several times, to bring our main course, to refill our drinks and to ask if we wanted dessert.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Very good food and service

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B
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, nice menu selection, great service. Always a pleasure to dine at Big Bowl.

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R
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 1

Food was terrible. Over salted, noodles over cooked, inedible, rubbery, expensive
Service was good. Will never eat there again.

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R
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Provided free anniversary treat.....................................................................,

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FF
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 3

I always enjoy putting together my own stir fry at Big Bowl. My vegetarian selection was delicious!

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L
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great

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KD
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food - as usual was outstanding. Our waiter was good - except I never got the dessert. Really wanted to try the milk chocolate cheesecake. Bummer

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JU
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great meal, always fun to get the team together. We did Big Bowl this year to provide more food options for our vegetarian team members.

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M
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, very good service, love the stir fry bar.

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JG
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

It’s not bad, but it was really crowded and loud. Food was ok, but portions were small, and light on meat.

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