Big Bowl - Chicago

4.6
1034 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. Located in the heart of River North.
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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
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 1034 people are saying
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AGMKE
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Visiting Chicago for one night, we decided on Thai food for dinner. Found Big Bowl on Open Table. It was convenient to our hotel, so we made a reservation for dinner. The service was great and friendly and the food was delicious! We had a couple of appetizers and Pad Thai and a Curry dish for main course. Portion sizes were large and everything was quite tasty!! We would dine there again and recommend Big Bowl!

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Nelly
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food. Excellent service. It was pretty empty for a Sunday noon, but the staff was complete and the food was fresh.

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JacksonV
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was helped by Chris and was very impressed with him. The food was great And ambiance as well, but Chris is what made my night!

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vipGene
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am a Lettuce Entertain you member.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had 4:00pm reservations and we were seated promptly. There menu was very diverse, and the prices reasonable. The portions were very generous and the food was good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

our server, Mike was AMAZING!!! love him <3

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BenjaminS
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

After all these years, Big Bowl did not disappoint us. Excellent food, the BEST Mai Tai's ever and great company.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Everything was good except that Lettuce Entertain you 3% tax. Today I noticed it just says 3% surcharge which you can request to remove. Last year it referenced Covid. So they’ve transitioned that tax to be permanent. It would be better to have a box on the check that says, can we charge you an extra 3%….

This tax can penalize the staff if the customer says, ok, you can charge me extra but I’m going to tip less.

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MikeB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Always consistent. Casual. Good choice of healthy foods. Friendly staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Food was decent- not great! Better options in the area!

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vipLinda
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience3

Very disappointing menu options. Cant pick what you want all pre made. Hard to find an option with out onions

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were so good that we ate there twice on our 3 day stay.

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JanineS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I hadn't been to BB since our neighborhood location on Cedar and Rush closed years ago. It was so marvelous that the menu still had our favorites, and the food was still an explosion of flavors! Our personal table guide Michael was phenomenal! So attentive and yet let us relax and enjoy ourselves

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The staff was not accomodating at all. When we asked for a table, the lady told us there’s a minimum wait of 25min even though there were at least 6 tables vacant. She said they were all reserved. We went out and on open table and reserved a table for in 5min. The same lady pretended to have never seen us before.
The food was not authentic. Very salty, all the flavors were buried under a thick soy sauce layer and you couldn’t taste much else. I had the Kung Pao chicken and my friend Cashew chicken. The ambiance was nice but too loud. There’s an open kitchen and all the fumes and scents will pour into the dining area. My sweater stank for the rest of the day and that was quite nauseating. The prices did not go hand in hand with the quality - way too expensive for the bad food. I definitely do not recommend to come here.

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viproses
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently great!

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SusieQ
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! The service was great and so was the food. Staff was very knowledgeable about GF options. And the chocolate GF desert was amazing

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JohnM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Quality has certainly declined from the last time I was at Big Bowl. Got the Shrimp Toast appetizer and was very disappointed with how small the portion was and it was more like over cooked shrimp chunks rather than a shrimp paste. The Poke bowl featured very little in the way of raw tuna and paying extra for the fried rice instead of brown or white rice was a waste of money as it was flavorless and added nothing to the dish.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food was delicious, in particular the egg rolls. Service was outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Big Bowl never fails. And LEYE has the best sound control of any restaurant I have ever been in. The ability to talk at the table is the best.

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DannyF
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was good as usual however because of Covid I’m sure, I wasn’t able to select my veggie from the bar to for my Kong Pao stir fry. But the food was good nonetheless.

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AngelaK
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For great Chinese and Thai, this is the place. Large portions and great service.

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vipchicodusty
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Server was great. Best part of the experience. Thank you for being so kind to our son.

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HungryEye
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Food has always been consistent in this once bustling lively place, now always somewhat empty. Only a table or two occupied. Covid has impacted many dining establishments in River North. Nonetheless one undaunted staffer Ramona was outstanding. She immediately greeted me from behind the bar although doing loads of work. Quickly seated me, pleasantly took my order. If not for her immediate engagement, I may have left. Brought over my order, kept checking on me. Was SO polite, upbeat and professional. Tipped her 45%. Hope the ownership of Lettuce takes note. She really should be running the place. She would make me return to any restaurant !! So impressive.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good selection of Gluten Free options. Ordered the Orange Chicken, Tuna Poke Salad and Beef and Broccoli all gluten free and delicious. Our kids loved the chicken potstickers. Entree portions were large.
The crab rangoon was our least favorite food. Service was good. Restaurant still offered social distancing, and the atmosphere was a little on the loud side, but not overwhelming. Overall good meal.

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maejcapone
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was good and the staff was very friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Service was good, dumplings and Rangoon were good but my yellow curry tasted like smoke and might have been the worst curry I’ve ever had.

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JodyK
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good food and super fast service on a Saturday!

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LeapinLL
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Asian cooking prepared fresh. Lots of yummy authentic dishes.

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JoeS
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Quick service in a lively environment. Food was very good - would have liked some more chicken on the sesame chicken😀

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LeapinLL
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best Asian food and cooking. Prepared fresh.

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GaleC
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The food was very salty . I think they should use less soy sauce

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CharlieQ
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive service without being overbearing. Good size portions for the money.

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PaulI
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I simple and maybe a local knockoff of PF Changs. We enjoyed the dining experience.

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vipmdillon41
Chicago
52 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The best chicken and peanut egg rolls in Chicago. George was an excellent and
very efficient waiter. We'll look for him again.

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Foodie
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, hot, and ready quickly! Excellent and friendly service. Great evening overall.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Birthday party. Food was outstanding.
Service was sub-par.

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TimS
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious fresh food, great service. It is a favorite destination and it never fails us.

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MarkB
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall good

SG
vipSueG
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Some of my favor dishes are out of the menu :(

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JAKMON
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Reasonably priced for downtown Chicago. Food was very good and not a long wait after ordering. Staff very attentive and prompt. Would go again.

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You can order delivery directly from Big Bowl - Chicago using the Order Online button. Big Bowl - Chicago also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Big Bowl - Chicago also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 951-1888.

Big Bowl - Chicago is rated 4.6 stars by 1034 OpenTable diners.

Big Bowl - Chicago 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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