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About Big Bowl-Ohio

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. Located in the heart of River North.

60 E Ohio St
Chicago, IL 60611
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Chinese, Thai

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm, Saturday & Sunday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm, Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00am

Cross Street:
Ohio & Rush

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 951-1888

Website:
http://www.bigbowl.com/

Catering:
We offer our Group Share Menu to go and party platters for carry-out and delivery! Please ask for a manager and they will be happy to assist!

Parking Details:
There is a public parking garage directly above Big Bowl on Ohio Street. There are two entrances, one off Ohio St just past the corner of Wabash and Rush on the North side of the street The other entrance is on Rush St just north of Ohio St on the west side. Both are denoted by a green sign with a white "P" on it.

Public Transit:
The red line stops at Grand and State which is only a few minute walk to Big Bowl.

Private Party Facilities:
We have an elevated semi private area of the restaurant that can seat up to 65 guests. For more information or to check availability, please call Laura or Grace at 312-589-7001 or via email at bigbowlparties@leye.com.

Private Party Contact:
Laura Nessel: (312) 589-7001

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Big Bowl-Ohio Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.1

value

4.3

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Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

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Fun (9)
Kid-friendly (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Healthy (7)
Special Occasion (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Authentic (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Cozy (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
People Watching (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Romantic (3)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 9 hours ago

Great service and food!

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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Excellent Service - Excellent food! What a wonderful night - thanks for all!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 11, 2018

When we are in the US we love to eat at the Big Bowl on Ohio. We have introduced many people to this place.
Love the food and service

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Vegan, Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Our server was excellent—on top of everything — brought us warm wipes after eating a messy chicken wrap appetizer for example.

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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on February 10, 2018

High quality food, good value

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 24, 2018

We Always love their peanut sesame noodles! I always get extra to go for lunch too.

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 20, 2018

My Husband and I came for his birthday meal. We were overwhelmed with the great service and the food. Everything tasted amazing and they gave him a free dessert for his birthday. We loved it and will be back!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 20, 2018

What a beautiful spot for family and friends to meet and enjoy a great meal, Food was excellent and great customer service.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Paleo Friendly
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 19, 2018

I always enjoy a nice bowl of Pho to share with the table and the vegetable springs rolls never disappoint. Quick friendly service and attentive servers. Great place to enjoy a meal with friends without breaking the bank.

Tags: Healthy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Food was fresh and service was outstanding!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Three of us had dined in during the lunch hour. There were a decent amount of tables that were sat, but the restaurant was not super busy. I unfortunately do not remember the name of our server, but once we stated that we needed a little more time to look over the menu, we felt ignored. When we finally ordered our food, I had asked for a different kind of rice. After waiting about 15 minutes, the wrong dish had come out. Very disappointing lunch..

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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Food was a little bland. Service was OK.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Outstanding server - and the are very good at handling Gluten free diet! Pho soup and veggie bowl - delicious

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We dined at Big Bowl before seeing Beautiful the musical. It was a perfect meal. The King Pao Beef was fabulous as was the Mongolian Beef. We finished with flourless chocolate cake and apple crisp egg rolls for dessert. What a way to start the evening!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Im a big fan of Big Bowl. People can say it's "commercial" or whatever, but their food is fresh, vibrant and what seems high quality to me. I've never had a bad meal here. Thai Hot Pepper with Chow Fun noodles is my favorite dish. We also love the chicken pot stickers. Decent Sangria too. Good food, pretty good service and a good location. I'll be back (over and over)!

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 5, 2018

We always have a good meal there. Sure it's a chain, but the food keeps my kids happy. Our service was OUTSTANDING. Great location right on the MagMile.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

It was extremely cold inside that I couldn’t even take my coat off. It was very noisy and The service wasnt that good but the food was good.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Drinks were to sweet. But food was good.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Discovered this place near our hotel on a trip to Chicago. Menu includes a variety of Thai/Asian dishes or create-your-own stir fry. Having celiac disease, I was especially pleased that so many of the sauce choices were gluten free, and they had gluten free soy sauce for the table as well. Portions were huge--I could only eat half of mine and took away the rest. Wait staff was friendly and helpful without intruding.

Tags: Vegan, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Enrique was our server and he was fabulous. Everything about our time there was outstanding - the food, service, place, even the manager was extremely personable and welcoming. EVERYTHING WAS PERFECT!!!!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 23, 2017

We have one son who is vegan, so we often choose Asian restaurants, and we have been to Big Bowl in the past. The food was decent, but the restaurant looks quite run down, and frankly, not very clean. We will not be back.

Tags: Quick Bite, Gluten Free Options
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We had a large group, and tried their fixed price menu....pick three from each column, sort of.
The portions were extremely generous, and the food was fresh, well prepared and very tasty.
This is also an extremely friendly restaurant, and the entire experience is just....fun!

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Reliable go to in the area.
The Salmon Pad Thai is not on the menu but ask for it.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 13, 2017

I’m allergic to poultry, so it seem that everything had chicken stock in it, except vegan

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Fun, Afternoon Tea, Great for Lunch, Spicy
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 8, 2017

At one point we both felt burning in our throats when they were cleaning the grills in the open air kitchen but that improved

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Was good but service was only okay compared to our other dinning experiences on this trip.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Good selection. But soup was cold.
White rice was lumpy. Not as good as Lincolnshire Big Bowl.

Tags: Healthy, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Quick Bite, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Was really looking forward to dining here for a friend’s birthday but the hostess Claudia was so rude. The manager handled the situation very poorly. We decided to dine elsewhere and will not be returning.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Our waiter was knowledgeable and patient about explaining the menu. The appetizers and entrees were delicious, and reasonably priced. I look forward to my next visit.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Birmingham)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Excellent service. We ordered off the menu. Perhaps for a more authentic experience we should have done the make your own stir fry. Not the best Thai food I’ve ever had. Too much ginger in the sweet and sour sauce.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Big Bowl consistently provides very good food in a nice atmosphere. Service is reliable, though Kristopher was especially friendly and attentive, and made the usually pleasant experience even better than usual!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Cuisine using very creative use of spicy and aromatic ingredients plus service was great.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Sure the food is amazing at any Lettuce Entertain You restaurant, but the SERVICE here is just outstanding. We had increased our reservation unexpectedly from 6 to 8 on a VERY busy holiday weekend of the year and the staff at Big Bowl truly went above and beyond to accommodate us. Thank you for the amazing food and top notch service!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Big Bowl is part of a chain, but it's always been one of my favorites. Great Asian food of every type and easily customizable to your tastes. Good service, well situated. A great dining experience in River North.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Spicy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great experience. The food, service and ambience were all top class. Thanks to our server Patrick for taking such good care of us. We will definitely return.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 10, 2017

My friend and I were underwhelmed by the food at this location. We both selected the Stir-Fry option with chicken. The dishes were overcooked, over-sauced, and over-seasoned. The Pad Thai was OK.

Service was good. The upper landing seating area is pretty tight.

Overall, we were disappointed. A return visit is unlikely.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

All the food was way over salted. Their service was excellent

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The problem was the temperature of the food. Our order of dumplings was cold. The waiter did his best to make it right. The new order of dumplings came to us lukewarm-just barely warm enough to eat. Our order of sesame chicken along with the vegetable fried rice was also lukewarm-just barely warm enough to eat. Had the food been hot, fresh from the kitchen, I would have given 4 stars.

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Big Bowl was a terrific find. Very fresh and creative dishes. Great service, too. If we’re back in Chicago, we’d definitely go back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Big Bowls food and service never disappoint. Great Thai picks and great steamed dumplings. We visit every time we are down!

Tags: Fun, Quick Bite, Great for Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Kid-friendly
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