Big Bowl-Reston

4.5
838 reviews
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$30 and under
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Chinese
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Chinese, Thai
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Hours of operation
Lunch & Dinner Everyday: Monday- Thursday 11:15am - 9:30pm; Friday 11:15am-10:30pm; Saturday 11:30am-10:30pm; Sunday 11:30am-9:30pm
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Phone number
(703) 787-8852
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Parking details
Please note we offer complimentary parking with validation when dining at Big Bowl. We encourage you to park in the orange parking garage. Please see a manager for your validation code. We apologize for any inconvenience this new parking system has created. Please share any concerns with Boston Properties at 703-579-6720.
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The Reston Town Center.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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P
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience as always :)

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C
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

The food arrived quickly and just as we expected. The fire cracker Chicken was delicious.

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RT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and friendly service! Recommend to all!

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SS
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My first experience at Big Bowl was absolutely wonderful. Planned a family dinner there for my sweethearts birthday as his favorite food is thai. Not only were they accommodating to making it special, they were more than willing to bring out the cake I brought as a surprise. Lighten up and everything! I am, personally, a picky eater and the waiter worked with me to create my own masterpiece. It was more than delicious. Definitely would return!

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as always

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PG
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always enjoyed coming here. Their stir fry bar is a great value for money . I love their home made gingerale and the seasonal cheesecakes.

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S
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The menu has lots of options for all sorts of diners. My particular choice was extremely salty, likely due to the amount of soy sauce in the sauce.

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GD
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Even though we arrived early for our reservation we were promptly seated. Service was really fast. The stir fry bar was great as usual.

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VH
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We've been going to Big Bowl since it opened, and it's one of our family favorites. Always have a good meal, and the service is excellent.

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MB
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Food was mediocre. Wonton soup had no flavor, had to add lots of soy sauce. Ahi tuna and avocado summer roll was pretty good. Lettuce wraps were standard. Server vanished, very unattentive. We will not return.

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HD
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I chose this restaurant because it seemed like a fun place for grown-ups, but that is also kid friendly. Totally nailed it! This is a great place for families who are sick of the usual restaurants. Food was very good, we enjoyed every dish we got. They also make their own ginger ale, kinda neat:) Even though I selected this because I wanted a restaurant we could bring our 8 year old along, this is not what I would call your typical family restaurant. It's very cool.

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RM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came in causing a ruckus right from the start ... baby in a stroller, had to change tables from where my party was already sitting, etc. The staff was very kind and helpful in making these changes, storing the stroller for us, and understanding of our extra needs for the baby. I had no problem with my food allergies, the food was fresh and fast (even with my MANY allergies), and we had a great lunch.

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LT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fabulous including our waiter, Milton! Never had to ask for a refill. He was very attentive!

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OT
New England
10 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delish! Great service!

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J
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great stir fry bar. Have been to this location often and have never had a complaint.

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AB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Our dinner reservation was at 8:30; we were seated at around 8:40 pm. The server did not even bother to offer water until we asked about 15 minutes later. She was just too busy serving others and we had to specifically request her to come over if we wanted to order anything. I would have definitely moved out of the restaurant had it not been a special occasion. We all have decided that we will not be coming to this restaurant for any celebrations. Anyway, we did not even bother to cut the cake and brought it back home. Now we all know that this is not going to be the special occasion destination for us ever. Perhaps the restaurant owners should think of taking the last order not at 7-7:30 to avoid hurrying customers to finish their food as they want to close.

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LF
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our service was excellent. The food was its usual very good. My whole family goes there a lot. My son wanted to go one last time before he went back to college. We have always had great food there. The wait staff is very responsive to requests. The stir-fry bar selection is wonderful.

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S
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go out of our way just to eat at Big Bowl. We wish there was one closer to where we live in Atlanta. The selection of veggies for our Big Bowl meal is quite nice. The food was cooked and delivered to our table in record time! Tasty as ever!

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AM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent experience as usual. Great food. Enjoyed dinner with family.

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V
Raleigh
15 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Service is superb, food is made with fresh quality product. The cost is surprisingly low.

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D
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 1

It was a great please it was the frist time I try it I wish they had more thai food

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Mobile
15 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great happy hour!

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S
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had not been in a while and it was great as always! Thank you!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

it’s was nice! the service was great and the food was phenomenal! 10/10 recommend!!!

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HM
Washington DC
86 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Birthday party

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MJ
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Got here on a Friday evening with an Open Table reservation.

Got patio seating and was perfect for the summer nights!

We ordered the pitcher of Watermelon Sangria.... its like drinking a jolly rancher! For an app we got Crab Rangoon.... sooooo good....still drooling...

My boyfriend and I both decided to do the make your own bowl thing. He was lazy and got Shrimp and let the chefs decide what veggies go in there.

Of course, I have to be more complicated. I got the Flank Steak with Garlic Mushroom sauce base. And I love noodles, so I had them put both glass noodles and regular Chinese noodles. Then I went inside to pic my veggies. You go to the salad area, grab a bow, and fill up. I love veggies so I pretty much put the entire bar in my tiny bowl. I wish the bowls were bigger, but they probably do that to deter people like me from putting too much.

When our food came, it was piping hot! We had to wait like 10 minutes for it to cool down. It was delicious! Of course I had leftovers, it was even better the next day!

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T
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We both had the lo mien, one chicken and one beef, and both were very good. They use more vegetables than we usually see in lo mien but it added good flavor

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NF
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food.

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h
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Heard about it from a friend so wanted to try it.. went with group of friends.Food was good, in terms of taste, portion size, plating. It is a bsy place (i went on friday night) so get your tables reserved. One big turn off was that staff was not courteous enough. Bit rude.. As if they are doing favors on us by serving the food.

Apart from that.. will recommend this place.. Veg/ chicken dumplings were good. Mocktails were also at par.

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SJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

glad to see they serve riced cauliflower as an alternative to rice. Get it w/ the BBQ pork. You'll be glad you did, Awesome crispy eggplant appetizer too.

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OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food, great service from Milton our waiter.

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AG
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Big Bowl is our favorite family restaurant. We are coming to this place for 17 years.

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V
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Always love this place. Quality Thai/Chinese that's perfect for the spice loving tongue. Family and kid friendly. Live kitchen so keep babies away from the kitchen area. Yummmmmyyyy food

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LD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

The chicken pad thai was the worst I've ever tasted. The service was subpar. The waiter was not friendly at all and rushed through our meal.

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c
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

LOVE Big Bowl. Gluten free taste good here, as well as a nice variety. Great place for after work and really anytime!

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MM
Philadelphia
71 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I have a food allergy, so it took a while for me to put in an order because the waiter had to check with the chef on ingredients. My waiter was very patient and attentive though, and we finally found something I could eat. It was delicious! However, the chicken on top of my cauliflower rice seemed more like a garnish, as there was not much of it. Considering that entree was around $15, there really should be more meat. At least I know now that I can order this, so next time I can actually have dinner with my friends, versus being the very last one to get food, and eating it as fast as possible before we had to leave for our movie...

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

When we work with Milton, our experience is always great. Be sure to ask for Milton.

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AM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was good as always!

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P
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was awesome as ever

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K
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellwnt dinner. I had the pick your own veggies bowl which was amazing and very fresh. Cocktails were really good too. Pomegranate sangria was wonderful! Not sure why more People don't go here and sit outside rather than noisy Jacksons.

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