Big Bowl-Reston

4.3
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934 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Chinese

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Casual
Good Vegetarian Options
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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FQ
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lot of Nice Vegetarian options... you can choose your Veg bowl... though little pricy....

MI
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Empty night but good food and company. Good sangria

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Food was excellent but waiter was forgetful and had to be reminded of things we had asked for. He asked if we’d like to see a dessert menu and we said yes and he never ever came back so we finally just asked for a check. There were five of us celebrating a birthday party

AM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always, our family dining experience was excellent. Good food and drinks all around.

S
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Stir fry bar is always awesome. Delicious,fresh, served piping hot!:

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and super attentive service!

AJ
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were able to get a table when the other areas restaurants were booked out for at least an hour. Table service was average, only complaint was that it wasn't very timely. It was very friendly just waited a long time for refills and secondary meal requests.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely LOVE their create your own stir fry bar. You get so much food. It’s definitely the best deal on the menu and most delicious.

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Love this place! I have been going there for years. Food and service always consistent.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Milton is great

QR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite place our waiter Milton, was amazing he’s so attentive, gives awesome recommendations, moves so quickly at bringing out our orders. I can’t wait to go back

J
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Was welcomed warmly. Food tasted fresh and warm and service was quite good. Will return again.

OT
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

This is one of the few places you can go where, if the menu says it is hot, it is HOT! I love it!!! They really need to bring the Shrimp Summer Rolls back to the menu.

Do not sit outside at this location. Your server will forget about you!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was great and the food was pretty good - just not as good as I remember it being.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food was great, as usual. My only downside is the fact that I reserved the table for my mother’s birthday and they failed to find it. I called ahead of time and the woman on the phone gave a lot of attitude and “ did not find” the reservation that I had made through Open Table. Not too happy with the rude staff members and not sure about returning there because of it.

OZ
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Big Bowl's environment is amazing, and the staff were all so nice! We went there as a group for homecoming, so as you can imagine, our group was very noisy. However, the waiters were still extremely patient and helpful throughout the whole night. Eating here was one of the highlights of that day, it made our first homecoming so much fun. I would definitely recommend coming here, especially for a special event!!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Good was nothing to write home about. Very average.

G
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience1

As usual, the food was great.
We had a large party and had made reservations.
The manager was rude and disinterested.
Certainly not the Big Bowl we had come to expect.

LF
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Food is filled with sodium. Nothings changed in 20 years

RR
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I like the concept of Big Bowl, which allows you to build your own dish through their vegetable bar. However, service is often inconsistent.

NB
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our go-to place when my husband and I feel like going out for dinner. Food is always great and service is usually excellent. This time our server recognized us (how often does that happen any more?) so it was particularly nice. Food was very tasty and cooked well (Shrimp Pad Thai and a spicy Chicken with Peppers and Other Vegetables over brown rice-sorry, not sure what my husband's dish was called!). We cleaned our plates. Then...dessert. Big Bowl has the most delicious desserts! We shared my favorite - banana egg rolls with ice cream and caramel sauce. Yummmmmm! Service was, of course, excellent. Still our favorite place!!!!

TG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

The best way to describe the service is awkward. The greeting as we entered was without a smile and not warm although helpful. The server was friendly, but seemed unsure of herself and the menu and nothing flowed easily. Nothing was wrong with our order, but the interaction was awkward.

RR
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

If you're looking to customize your meal, the bar option is excellent. Vegetables are fresh and you can pick your favorites. We ate outside and had outstanding service. Nice place to relax with family and friends at a reasonable price.

AB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The occasion was to celebrate our daughter's birthday. Excellent server. Would definitely go again and recommend to all my friends.

m
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Back for our favorite stiry fry! Good food/ good service . Would love to have cleaner air, the smoke from cooking was a bit irritating. Last time we went in July the AC broke and it was stifling. They may need to update their systems.

r
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently high level of service and quality food. We love being able to choose our own vegetables, sauces and meat for our meal. Often, the serving size is so large that we take some home!

KS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Last minute reservation was fulfilled. Service was quick and responsive. Food was fine.

OT
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The food was expensive for the quality but perhaps it is to compensate for the quantity. The portions are enough for two people per plate. The service was great.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We like to come here on Saturday evenings occasionally and we've found that reservations are a must. It's usually quite noisy, but service is always friendly and good. I like to order the stir fry bar because I can choose which protein, sauce and starch I want and then customize my vegetables. It always makes for a very filling meal. The green salad with sesame dressing is quite good and the orange ginger ale is especially good if you want a non-alcoholic beverage. It is definitely not Canada Dry; it's got a bite to it from the fresh ginger. There are quite a few restaurants in Reston Town Center and Big Bowl is one of the best.

M
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great place for good eats

R
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good and served in timely manner without delay.

RF
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch

BR
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience3

The food is excellent, but the Air conditioning was out.

m
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Stir Fry bar is always a hit! But AC could not keep up with outside temps 100 so very uncomfortable inside even once sun was down,
they had fans on but still a sweaty experience. Lighting was also very dark- couldnt see the menu

K
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

My food and drink was great!

K
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was very good, better than a PF Chang's. Food came out very fast as well. If you are going to order the stir fry and a off the menu entree, make sure you time it correctly. Work with your server on the timing....easy to do.

M
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was outstanding! Milton was an excellent server and the food was fresh and delicious as always!!

HO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time with friends who came from Georgia to dine with us at Big Bowl. It's their favorite restaurant! We love it because there is something for everyone, including the 'build your own' bowls. The staff doesn't rush you before or after you've dined. It's the perfect place to gather!

s
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience2

I have booked the table and was told i was not booked.allocated me a table near bar where as i booked 1 week ago

PR
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food and service remains first-rate. However, prices on the wine list continue to climb. We decided to not order a bottle due to this.

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