Big Bowl - Schaumburg

4.4
2250 Reviews
$30 and under
Chinese
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.
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LarryF
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food2service5ambience3

I’ve never been disappointed with the food at Big Bowl until last night. Hoping it was an off night or an inexperienced cook. I’m not overly sensitive to salt, but I found the Mongolian Beef to be ridiculously salty.

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Brooklebeexd
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Food was bland. I would not recommend going here at all.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

I haven’t been to this location in a few years and was disappointed. While the service was very friendly and quick The appetizers we ordered were barely warm and the food while served very hot was just ok. My son ordered chicken pad Thai without cilantro it was served with a pile of cilantro. My sesame chicken tasted a little like burnt oil and the chicken teriyaki fried rice was bland didn’t have much teriyaki flavor.

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SonaliB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed the Mother's Day Lunch at Big Bowl. Generous portions and everything was delicious and service was very good too. Always love going back to celebrate special days!!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service!

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DiningGal
Chicago
62 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our server was wonderful. Food was very good - loved the tempura green beans with spicy aioli. Pad thai was good but not great. Friend had sesame chicken and loved it. Strawberry sangria was delicious. Loved that they are taking good safety precautions (COVID is not gone yet, folks!) and the fun sign above the sink in the bathroom. (Only note - would have been nice if they'd used pandemic down time to do a bit of sprucing up - bathroom stalls in ladies room definitely need painting and some areas looked a bit worn.) Overall, always a good time at Big Bowl.

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Michael
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food4service1ambience5

The waiter seemed like we were getting on his nerves placing the order no suggestive selling
1. not offer any beverages except water
2. Head to ask twice for hot mustard and sweet-and-sour sauce
3. The food was not that hot it was more like a Luke warm
4. For the 1st time it seemed like the cook was in a rush the vegetables were crispy normally there fully cooked all the way through it just seemed like he rushed it there wasn't enough sauce on the Mongolian beef.
5. And the vegetables in the rice were hard like they hadn't been steamed or cooked thoroughly.

But I still love this restaurant You have good days and bad days

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Kiran
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Last week We have been there for my kid birthday. We ordered 1 appetizer and 2 orders of entree at once, but we only got 1 entree first instead of appetizer. Again we asked for the appetizer and one more entree which we are waiting, then next we only got appetizer and again they completely forgot the entree. So again reminded for entree, then we got our final order. We are very disappointed with the service. Food is great that is the reason we are regular to big bowl, but the service is pretty bad.

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vipHectorV
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was running late to the restaurant and called to tell them. They thanked me for calling them and will note that I would be late. Was around 15-20 minutes late. When we got there they sat us down The food and atmosphere was great. Plus it was very well sanitized. Once tables left they were cleaned and sanitized.

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vipPatriciaK
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I have been to this Big Bowl numerous times and it has never disappointed.

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vipcharlie
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

No orange ginger ale on the menu. Food was not as good as before the pandemic.

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LanceFortune
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent food and service glad it survived COVID

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vipGloriaG
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Bring back the stir fry bar, it’s family favorite. Everyone is disappointed it’s not been available!

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Phoebe
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

There is a limited menu due to Covid-19, it's still one of our favorite restaurants but it's still a little disappointed that we can't choose our own veggies anymore.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food

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CarolB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was delicious. I contacted the restaurant earlier that day and received information before my dinner about which sauces were vegan so I could order the delicious chef's choice stir fry. There was a lot of food and I was going to try to bring some home, however, I ate it all!

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vipyahoo
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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vippamiam
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Terrible waitress with 0 personality. She never checked back with us to see if there was something we needed-which we did.
The food was so poorly seasoned and the sesame chicken was soaked in a sauce that was like bad chinese food. Very expensive for the poor quality of food. P. F. Chang’s would be a better choice.
Definitely taking this off our list.

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TinaJ
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Service and food were fine. Not exceptional. I have been at this restaurant before and have to say that on my previous visits the meals had better quality. The food was fine, just not as good as past visits. The menu was limited which I understand per the situation we are currently experiencing. Not likely to visit again soon.

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TomB
Grand Rapids
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food at reasonable prices. The service was top notch!!

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vipGeorgeP
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you waitress Apple! You’re amazing

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vipSHAWNY
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience5

My wife & I had to return our food twice because it came to us cold.

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Dinka
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

First time back here since Covid . Things have changed , the place is not clean , everything was sticky , furniture and decor looked like from 20 years ago . And the food was skimming in sauce !! We couldn’t finish our food because of the sauce , it was like eating soup!
The service was great though !

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JessJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Unfortunately it is just not the same post-Covid. The food was poorly cooked and under-seasoned. We had to track our server down multiple times.

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Linze
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

The clearance of the dirty empty plates on the table should be removed ASAP.
They are good about refilling the drinks, asking if we need anything, but a quick glance at the table to see that there are empty plates can be remove at the time.

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NealM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

so had never been here before, had a 25 dollar gift card. both my 2 daughters went. Service and staff was great. but our three meals were just ok. I am fan of thai and chinese food and have been to authentic restaurants. my spicy thai bowl was good, but just heat, not really any other flavors.. my daughters mongolian beef was just really salty. again, not bad. but far from good. and my daughters yellow curry was also just ok, my kids said it tasted Italian. wanted to like this place, but just another chain making blah blah toned down authentic flavors. and i get the bill and its over 65 bucks. only worth it with the gift card, we wont be going back..

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Jayme
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was very good. Moderately-priced meals. We sat in the back room which had zero ambience, but our server was so kind and friendly.

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Mansi
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great vegetarian choices too..it's always hard to find great taste with vegetarian dishes...no matter what you order tou won't be disappointed

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Kris
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Went at a less busy time, but waitress seemed very rushed and food wasn’t warm when served. Food was just ok - overpriced for the quality and ambiance.

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JohnM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food at a very reasonable price. I had the Mongolian beef and it was to die for. Big tender chucks of beef and fresh vegetables. My wife had the stir fry and it was just as good. They even gave us a chocolate volcano cake for our anniversary (delicious). Can't wait to go back with the whole family.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Waiter & kitchen refused to do as asked with my food.
In the past, they were very accommodating. The menu changes are disappointing. Should bring back the chicken Thai noodle soup, cucumber salad. Then maybe I will return.

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TheKruEEE
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is fresh and of great quality. Portion size is plentiful so either share or expect leftovers. Server was attentive filling water and drinks when needed.

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vipImranB
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was first time eat indoors at a fully packed restaurant in over a year. We felt safe going in and out. Food was delicious as it always had been. Service from host to server was great. No one was allowed to walk around without a mask and keeping that under control was superb.

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Tse2882
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and service. Will definitely be returning.

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MikeL
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

I remember Big Bowl pre pandemic... They had the stir fry bar and selections were better. This is Big Bowl lite but it was still tasty food and we enjoyed the evening despite some of the COVID-19 changes. When this is over I want to see it return tlo what it used to be.

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vipNina
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The service was great in the beginning but tapered off at the end. Waited a bit for the check but the food made up for it! I would go back for sure.

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CMSylvester
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful and the service was excellent. I would absolutely return for another meal in the future.

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MaryI
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Our waiter was great. He provided us all the answers to our questions on the menu selections.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing, food was quick, hot, fresh, & delicious! They have the best fried calamari I have ever had! Pomegranate mojito was sooo good!

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KimberlyB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always delicious! Always get the egg rolls ; they are outstanding!

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Big Bowl - Schaumburg does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

Big Bowl - Schaumburg is rated 4.4 stars by 2250 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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