Big Bowl-Reston

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921 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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OT
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

Good was nothing to write home about. Very average.

G
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 1

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
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Food is filled with sodium. Nothings changed in 20 years

RR
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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

OT
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
30 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great place for good eats

R
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was good and served in timely manner without delay.

RF
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch

BR
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

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

m
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

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
15 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

My food and drink was great!

K
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

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
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

MH
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Quiet Monday afternoon lunch. Enjoyed the Crab Rangoon
Appetizer and create your own bowl entree. Everything was fresh and delicious. Has become one of our favorite eateries.

SC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always Big Bowl was a great experience, great food and service.

CA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good service, nice ambiance, good food. Too much rice and not enough actual main dish food on the plate, so not a good enough value.

MT
Washington DC
79 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food & service all around. The food was a little bit spicy but otherwise very good.

RN
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time at big bowl and I really enjoyed it! I ordered the Thai hot pepper with chicken and cauliflower rice and that was delicious! For appetizer we ordered the spicy green beans and they were on point! The lettuce wraps were good too!
Will definitely go back!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

June 5th. Poor service

LF
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Ginger sodas we're good. Beef and broccoli was sort of bland.

PM
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Food is decent but thought the service was lacking. Almost impossible to get ice water. They would only serve warm water. Had to constantly ask for ice. Server was not the greatest. Expected more from this restaurant.

CC
Kansas City
53 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and service. We had two parties of 9 and were accommodated.

MT
Washington DC
79 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food & service all around. Plus adding in the "Lettuce Entertain You," points makes the experience even better.

KC
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We entered through the back door and checked in. We asked for a seat in the bar dining area and were told that we'd have to wait for a table to clear, which we were fine with. Once a table opened up, we sat ourselves. The 2 hostesses seemed too busy to seat us with a menu. After at least 5 minutes of waiting, I had to go ask for the menus and then ask if the bartender would be our server. They remained "anchored" to the front podium after handing menus to me and confirming that the bartender would serve us. The bartender appeared busy with the business in the bar area, but did come around and eventually took our order. The food from the stir fry bar was delicious. After a slow start, the bartender was attentive, even with covering multiple tables. We really enjoyed the food, but didn't care for the apparent lack of concern from the hostesses, which got us off to a bad start. This unfortunately set the tone for our dining experience - it was pretty disappointing.

AM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had wonderful time as always. Good food and good service.

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