Big Bowl - Schaumburg

4.5
2305 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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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NatalieR
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really enjoyed the Thai Green Curry with Chicken and the Kung Pao with Chicken. We like our dishes spicy and these did not disappoint! Tried the hot and sour soup as well and it was pretty good, although I've had better elsewhere. The service was very good and plenty of spacing between tables.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Location was convenient. Our server was prompt although it felt like he was a bit patronizing. I ordered Mongolian beef and it was not good. It didn’t taste good and the brown rice was soggy. It’s a Chinese and Thai restaurant but they don’t serve pad see ew. Oh well. Probably not coming back.

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Hjmadre
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had a nice anniversary dinner! Food and service were excellent!

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AuntieBarbara
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Food is always prepared nicely. Servers are attentive and friendly.
Prices are reasonable. Like eating healthy food that tastes good too!

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vipKalpeshS
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food with the right flavor

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MarcS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall1food4service5ambience3

Service was very good, however the hostess and manager need to read the Mask Mandate. They both were rude and made us wait outside. Both seem to believe that they can force you to wear a mask when in fact it's not supposed to be enforceable. I understand if a private business and they do what want, but that's the reason they were extremely slow.

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vipLap2013
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Service was slow and not attentive ,Food was extremely spicy hot even when asked to modify ,not enjoyable

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RobynL
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Kung Pao Chicken!

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AuntieBarbara
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh healthy choices on the menu.
Deliciuos, stir-fry lunch.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

The food has gone down. The Pad Thai had all the peanuts and cilantro tossed on the grill instead of fresh on top.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined on the patio and it was perfect !
Food was hot and delicious .
Server was excellent !!

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vipBecka
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Had a reservation and were seated right away. I think due to shortage or servers we had to wait longer than normal for the server to come and take our order. Due to covid the menu is limited. Order the create your own stir fry but you since vegetables are pre-mixed you have to take all or not get any at all. I had to take out the veggies I didn't care for. Overall food was just ok some of the steak was undercooked and quantity was much less. And the flavor too was bland. Not very impressed and if it was my frist time I probably wouldn't come back. Hopefully after covid things will go back to normal and be able to choose your veggies. For now we will pick another Asian restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Best Pad Thai

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LisaM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food but did not think the extra service fee was appropriate. Less money to server as a result of charge.

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Dawn
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

First time there since CoVid. The restaurant wasn’t very clean and our table and our neighbors table was extremely sticky even after we had to wait after our reservation to “get the table ready”

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s food and service

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Awesome
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Food was great as always. Service was a little to be desired, waitress was polite but lacked mindfulness and did not take ownership to mistakes made in our order. Asked for one item and got another. Asked ingredients to be left-out but still included and waitress would not take accountability.

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vipluv2dine
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

LOVE Big Bowl’s chopped salad! So yummy! Will return to order again!

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RonH
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience2

Food was a pleasant surprise. But server was rude and the tables are small and crowded together. You have to walk through the kitchen to get to the bathroom. Needs a total redo and helpful staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

It was a good experience post COVID-19. The food was still really good in spite of not be able to choose our own stir fry veggies. I’ll be going back soon!

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ColleenC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great dinner Sunday evening at Big Bowl! We were a party of 6 with two birthdays, and we couldn't have been happier with our server - she was great, and patient with my older parents, and super prompt and quick on every request! The food was delicious! We have been to Big Bowl before, but for some reason our food was extra great last night! They don't have the build your own Stir Fry currently bc of COVID, but they have it on the menu with veggies and you choose your protein and sauce. Several of us had that, and all were blown away! Really good! We love Big Bowl, and tonight was even better than ever. Thanks!

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vipsuburbaniteinthecity
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although the menu is currently smaller(due to Covid precautions), the most popular items are still there. The pad thai is excellent. The stir fry bar is not self-serve currently, but the vegetable selection is very good and always very fresh. The service is always excellent. Prices are very reasonable. Big Bowl is one of my favorite places to go out to eat!

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MarMite
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Solid service. Food is generally better at a regular Thai or Chinese restaurant, but this is OK for a group of people who are not so adventurous. Easy to get to before a movie.

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Lrap
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food was good. Our only issue was our waitress. She only came once to check on is. We had to keep flagging her down to get her attention.

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Kiran
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Disaster. Waste of money. Very poor and rude service. The person who serve us is the rude, unattended person and this happens in a row. Her name is "Grace" which is missing in her. She don't care about us as well as did not even follow instructions we requested. No water refill, no offering for dessert or atleast she not even came to table. We called her twice to show her that the food we received is not the one we ordered. This is again 2nd time with the same server in a row this bad and unforgettable experience. Next time if we want us to visit restaurant, we definitely don't prefer her. The food is tasteless today. Not sure who made, but complete waste of money, lost appetite.

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JeffreyH
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good food and always great service. Salmon Pad Thai always remarkable.

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Murali
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great experience with kids and family

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Generous meal size

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DianeB
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was was good waiting for buffet to start again …

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GeorgiaM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love the food there!

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Darling
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

The waitress was very friendly and attentive- provided food recommendations and walked us around the menu. We enjoyed her recommend selections. The total balance due included a service fee/processing fee which can be removed upon request.

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vipLindella
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It's a little different here as we ease out of the pandemic. Instead of going to the counter to select the veggies we wanted, the veggies available were listed on the menu. It wasn't as wide a variety as we had before. As with all menus these days, the font size was so small so some parts were difficult to read even with glasses. Overall it was a nice evening. We all tried a new sauce and are going back to our favorites next time. No need to list who had what as we all have differing tastes.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waitress was exceptionally friendly, the service was great and the food is always delicious!

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vipChicagoNative
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed business lunch

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BarbaraG
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

I don’t care for the new menu. I had teriyaki chicken and it was almost completely devoid of the promised vegetables!!! When I mentioned this to the server her suggestion was “ next time, ask for extra vegetables!” Also excusing the kitchen because they get so busy. Ugh! Unsatisfactory

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DiningGal
Chicago
68 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

A great lunch at Big Bowl! Our server was wonderful - just attentive enough, very friendly and proactive. She was awesome. Food was excellent - all of us enjoyed our dishes. I had the Panang Curry Chicken - delicious. Good portion sizes - just enough for a light lunch the next day. Pomegranate mojito - just what I needed! If I weren't driving, I'd have had another! :-)

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Alejandro
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Family and I have a great time we love it.

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vipSydney
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

It was just OK. The curry was not very good, it tasted like salt and nothing else. The coffee was not hot and sent back because of a knatt or fruit fly floating in it. Overall not a great experience.

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Zobie
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch menu. Our server was prompt, friendly and thorough. We always enjoy dining at Big Bowl Schaumburg.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We had reservations at 8 but our table wasn’t ready till 8:30 and we felt rushed as they closed at 9
Food didn’t taste as good as expected

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You can order delivery directly from Big Bowl - Schaumburg using the Order Online button. Big Bowl - Schaumburg also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Big Bowl - Schaumburg also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (847) 517-8881.

Big Bowl - Schaumburg is rated 4.5 stars by 2305 OpenTable diners.

Big Bowl - Schaumburg does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.leye.com/gift-cards/.

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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