Big Bowl - Chicago

4.5
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$30 and under
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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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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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vipLesL
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience2

The food was poorly prepared and the food seemed to be just slopped on the plate.

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MartinC
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Haven't dined there in decades, as we moved away, but we were hoping to see if the food was still great, and brought some friends along. Appetizers of Calamari and Sushi and Peanut Noodles were very good to excellent. Main courses were basically average however. Fortunately a very gracious Waiter helped improve it all.

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ChrisC
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Leticia was awesome!!! We had a great time and will be back!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food with a dear friend. Our waitress, was very kind and helpful

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday party......great time!!

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vipChrisK
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting Chicago for a play. Had a chance to visit the Big Bowl for lunch. Excellent customer service. Our server was very attentive and personable. Our food was delicious, hot and generous! Will be back for more!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went during alentines day weekend, and ordered from the Valentines special menu. It was the best! Although they were very busy, our food came out fast and fresh. Will visit again.

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vipPackerGirl
New England
10 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Overall cool atmosphere. It seemed like our food order was lost in the shuffle multiple tables who arrived after us were served before us and an appetizer order was totally lost/not placed with the kitchen. Once brought to the managers attention, they were very friendly and attentive and followed up on the food order. The server was a little MIA during our time in the restaurant. The food was ok. Very large portions. Nice lunch combination menu.

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vipShed
Chicago
129 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Excellent waitor. Really liked all the healthy options. Perfect for children. The Lunar New Year menu had some nice options

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server john was great! The food was plentiful and tasty! Great place!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

I left smelling like fried food because of how close we were sitting to the open kitchen

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anon
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Came in for lunch on Monday, Jeremey was our server and he was fantastic! He was super patient with my friend and I and was extremely friendly. I’ve dined at Big Bowl multiple times and live only a few blocks away and this was, by far, the best experience we’ve had thanks to Jeremey!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good Food and great experience

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food taste great. Not busy on Tuesday

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vipStevenJ
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Kylie or kealy (very sweet African American woman) was our amazing server.

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vipVeronica
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Im a Big Bowl regular and one of my favorite dishes is the spicy Sichuan beef, I order it almost every time we go. This time around it was way too spicy, it looked like the chef dumped a tablespoon of chili sauce on it (I can see the sauce and seeds). I told the waiter and he suggest I get it without the red peppers. I knew the issue wasn’t the peppers, I always get it the same way without adjusting the peppers, but he insisted and I said, ok, easy peppers. It came back with like 2 red peppers and no flavor...I ate it because I was hungry and didn’t have time to send it back but it was not good at all.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Leticia was our waiter and she was excellent.
Food is always delicious here and fresh!

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Yaaaaas
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was amazing. Heard about us getting into college and gave us a free dessert! Very kind and considerate.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was extremely nice and attentive to our allergy needs. Food was delicious as always . We added an additional person to our party and moved tables with no issues. Overall nice dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Such an easy place to gather with the “build a bowl” option!

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GiaG
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was fresh and delish. Our server, Burdell, was amazing!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Only open table was next to a family with a screaming kid or else ambiance would have been a 4

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Didn’t like the server took for ever to help us

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vipShineV11
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience3

They put us down as a no show even though we came

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vipLuna
Phoenix
59 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

One of our all-time favorites! Service was excellent and so was dinner, my only complaint is I asked for my cauliflower ( I stay away from rice) to be overcooked and it wasn't it was crunchie. Otherwise cocktails were good!

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vipBRIDGET
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Food was terrible - overcooked and nearly burnt! Very slow service!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is always very good.

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vipMohammadK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Ordered the sweet and sour shrimp. The shrimps tasted stale and were low quality. Food quality was very bad this time.

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vipkktaylor
Chicago
118 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I wanted to order everything on the menu! They have so many small plates and appetizers that are just delicious. That’s the way my lady friends and I like to dine. It’s very close to AMC 600. So it’s the perfect place for dinner before or after a movie. We weren’t the only ones who loved it. The place was packed. Glad I made a reservation. But even though they were really busy, the service was excellent and the food came out very fast. Definitely on our movie night list.

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Holland1374
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about it! Service was wonderful and food was delicious

RC
vipReggieC
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was savory and delicious.

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vipKevinW
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience1

Decent food but the restaurant had an open kitchen. It was VERY smoky to the point where me and my guest were coughing for most of the meal. Totally understand they do a lot of stir fry dishes but they haven't figured out the kitchen / room ventilation and it ruined our experience.

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TravelMom
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best pot stickers I've ever had! Definitely coming back on my next trip to Chicago!

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vipChrisK
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arrived with Family for our reservation. Seated promptly, and received excellent customer service during our entire meal. Our complete meal from appetizers to dinner was everything we were looking forward to. We don’t get downtown with Family very often and when we do, The Big Bowl is our #1 choice! Thank you for an excellent dining experience!

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vipSusan
Chicago
107 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5