Big Bowl - Chicago

4.6
961 Reviews
$30 and under
Chinese

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Good Vegetarian Options
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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. Located in the heart of River North.
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vipRodW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Big Bowl is a welcome survivor among the post-Covid River North restaurants. Though the self-serve make-your-own-bowl feature is still suspended (as of this writing April 28, 2021) for Covid concerns, most of the regular menu remains. Dishes are prepared quickly and deliciously, and special requests are no problem. Service is fast, friendly & professional. Prices are a good value. Their thing is Pan-Asian, so whether you like Chinese or Thai, mild or spicy, you'll find something you like. Go!

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viktork
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was below average and the place was not as clean as I was hoping. Probably won’t ever come back.

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Jasmine
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great prices for a large amount of food. Ambiance is good, restaurant was clean, staff was very friendly.

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KatieC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was so pleasant and energetic. Very thoughtful COVID protocols, plenty of space. Multiple staff members helped bring food, answer questions, clear plates, constantly bringing us new waters. Accommodated special requests as well. Outstanding experience!

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vipStephanieS
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

The food was quite greasy and salty

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vipmdillon41
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our go-to neighborhood restaurant. Although, the chicken and peanut eggrolls are worth a long drive. Good prices for beer and wined and always excellent service.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time. Great server. Didn't hurry us. That's a big plus since my wife has medical issues. We will be back soon.

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LisaW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The service was awesome - but the food wasn’t as good as it was pre-Covid. I had the Orange Chicken and it was bland with a LOT of breading to the chicken. Hoping it was just an off day?

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JenniferB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Ladies lunch date. We ordered ,2 , appetizers and 3 main dishes. Portion sizes are good. We all shared everything. The curry coconut chicken was delicious. The shrimp and scallops in garlic ginger sauce was zippy. The pad Thai was a little dry. Our server was really nice and friendly. Please note there is no outside seating.

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SimoneT
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always come here and enjoy the food and drinks! It is definitely a place to come for date night or a group setting!

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vipMaddy
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious and the staff were friendly and attentive!

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AndyJ
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Reliable food. Friendly and fun staff.

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vipCatherineK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was good but not as big of portion as we’ve had in the past. Out of a lot of the beer on tap.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Definitely not worth the price,
Food is definitely not great
Service was a OK
Atmosphere is the only good thing

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Wendy
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always excellent. They have a commitment to the quality of ingredients. Service is always excellent

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Kruttika
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience2

I recently visited Big bowl on Ohio st Chicago, on 03-13-2021 6.33pm check no 1668. I got seated quickly, and host was nice too. I ordered Cashew chicken, it had spicy sign but it was not spicy much which is ok, however the sauce and oil content of this dish was a bit a lot that I didnt like my dish at all. I didnt complain about to host because I figured this is how cashew chicken is served at big bowl and i did not want them to waste the food. My entire experience with the food would not make me want to visit Big bowl again.

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vipKSL2
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service as always. I felt very comfortable with the Covid precautions.

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ChristineM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious as always. We were very excited when we were in Chicago for the weekend to find our favorite Asian eatery open with seats available. The staff was friendly and attentive, and the food was hot, fresh and so full of flavor!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Hadn’t been here in a long time and was pleasantly surprised by the overall quality of the food and service. Great for families as the portions are large and you can easily share. Delicious green curry, chicken wonton soup, and pan-fried dumplings!

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vipMobyville
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hot dishes good and hot, cold dishes cheerfully cold. Service right on top of everything: hardly had time to think of something we needed before it was on the table. All stars.

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SammoDread
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter was professional & friendly, the food was great, the price was good. Awesome experience!

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TyaF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved it will be back soon!!! Amazing service as well!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful experience our waiter was knowledgeable and very friendly.

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vipmdillon41
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A neighborhood gem. Great food, excellent service, and good beverages. The potstickers and chicken egg rolls are not to be missed.

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AbigailS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience. We will definitely be back!

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MariaBraza
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My waiter anticipated our every need. The food was hot, very tasty, and I had leftovers for lunch. The restaurant was very clean and the food looked great.

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vipRichardS
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The orange chicken was very dry and thin, very thin pieces. Had to ask the server for water a number of times. Grateful they are open!

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PatL
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Restaurant followed Covid procedure. Only complaint was the soup wast hot enough

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Restaurant clean, well spaced out

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

always good food. You know what you’re getting.
Service was efficient but not intrusive.
Prices have gone up but I don’t begrudge the slight increase when the hospitality industry is in need.
Have never left disappointed.

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KathrynC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family loves Big Bowl.
Always a treat and fabulous service.
Thank you.

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DianeG
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome staff and food

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GwendolynH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Great food, good atmosphere. Would definitely dine here again.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! Temperature was taken and Covid-19 regulations were being followed

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vipHulahome
Hawaii
34 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Chinese chicken salad had too much dressing. Pad Thai not great but lots of veggies

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viptheklev
Chicago
55 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a lovely eve.

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vipBrandiQ
Indiana
24 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Live Big Bowl. Food was great and super fast. Delicious drinks too.

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Franco
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great way to bounce back after the Covid shutdown. Service was great. Waitress was super attentive and offered great customer care. Food delicious as always. Too bad cocktails were not an option. Nonetheless, will go back in a heartbeat.

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SorB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent location and ambience. Great menu with affordable prices. Definitely would consider again.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been visiting here for 15 years now and it never fails to win us over. Penang chicken curry has all of us under it’s spell!

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Big Bowl - Chicago is rated 4.6 stars by 961 OpenTable diners.

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