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Big Bowl-Ohio

4.5
669 reviews
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$30 and under
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Chinese
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  • Casual
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good Vegetarian Options
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Chinese, Thai
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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
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Phone number
(312) 951-1888
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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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.
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Private party contact
Laura Nessel: (312) 589-7001
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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!
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Cross street
Ohio & Rush
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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.
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Public transit
The red line stops at Grand and State which is only a few minute walk to Big Bowl.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Celebrate Mother’s Day at Big Bowl. We will be open from 11:30am – 9:30pm, serving our regular menus, in addition to daily specials. Reservations are recommended.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 669 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

I had a very kind server, the food tasted fresh, & it was not too loud.

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3.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Waiter was great. Flavors just off from other Chinese

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Kind server and good food!!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Food was great. Loved the rice cauliflower.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Our food was great. Server was great. Decent variety of beers on tap.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Big Bowl never disappoints. Delicious, fresh food! Lots of options. Great service!!!!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We came just before closing but we were not rushed. The service was really good. I would come back and dine again

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Great food and service. A go to place for lunch with my team.

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4.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Very consistent food.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Have not been to Big Bowl on Ohio in at least ten years, used to live downtown in the early days of the Melman restaurant revolution. Meal was delicious, lots of choices and variety. Will return again but not wait 10 more years

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Great service, great food starting with the cold sesame peanut noodles - our all time fave! The place is fun and very loud - great for friends but not a quiet date night (unless there is seating of which I am unaware).

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Always pretty consistent-service was good as well-enjoyed

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2.0Dined on February 20, 2018

the appetizers (pot stickers and lettuce wraps) were great...the main courses, not so much. The Kung Pao chicken was average, the Pad Thai didn't taste like Pad Thai (too much vinegar and citrus). The only good tasting dish was the Mongolian Beef (I'd order that again). Overall, though, a disappointment.

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2.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Food was too salty.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Great service and food!

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2.0Dined on February 18, 2018

I remember Big Bowl when it was first located up on Cedar and Rush 20+ years ago. Much better dining experience then. Felt rushed, tightly packed, noisy and more fast-food now than years ago. Food quality was still decent, its just the ambience and locational differences that changed. I am 20 years older too, and more discriminating than when younger.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 10, 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

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5.0Dined on February 9, 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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4.0Dined on February 9, 2018

High quality food, good value

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5.0Dined on January 24, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Food was fresh and service was outstanding!

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3.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on January 14, 2018

Food was a little bland. Service was OK.

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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)!

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5.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Drinks were to sweet. But food was good.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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!!!!

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2.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined on December 15, 2017

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

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3.0Dined on December 13, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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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