Big Bowl Ridgedale

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$30 and under
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Chinese

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Good Vegetarian Options
There’s really only one place for authentic Chinese and Thai–and that’s Big Bowl. It all begins with the highest quality ingredients–naturally raised chicken and beef, heirloom pork, sustainable seafood and produce grown locally. Because Big Bowl believes that the best food is made from scratch, you can taste big, bold layers of flavors in every dish, from the curries right down to the dipping sauces. Everyone raves about the pad Thai, our spicy dishes that are truly hot, and our create-your-own stir-fry–and for good reason. Every element adds up to big taste and takes our food to another level, be it a fresh squeeze of lime, fragrant herbs or the seared Thai chilies. Big Bowl is so big on authentic flavors that even the ginger ale is made with fresh ginger root–from scratch, of course.
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c
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything at the stir fry bar was fresh and abundant. The options for vegetables are always awesome. I always order the stir fry and the choices of sauces, rice and noodles are great.

B
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience3

We dined at Big Bowl on New Year's Eve. The service was not good. People who were seated after us recieved their appetizer before us. (same wait staff person). Our main dish was luke warm. My husband noticed that it was sitting at the counter for quite awhile before it was sent to the table. We didn't have the best dining experience. Also most of the appetizers we wanted to order were not available. I don't think the restaurant was prepared for diners that night.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We always enjoy our visit at the Big Bowl and look forward to eating there again soon.

S
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food— every time!

JP
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Every thing is very good except the waiting time . Even after reserving the table an hour before through opentable we have waited for 15 mins to get a table after reaching there by time.

TH
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I took my daughter to Big Bowl for her birthday. We made a reservation for 5:00 pm via OpenTable. We were seated right away and the restaurant was not too busy when we got there. Our service was extremely good, the waiter refilled my drink several times without being asked. We both ordered the build-your-own stir fry. There were many delicious options at the build-your-own station. The only think I would have liked that wasn't there was tomatoes. The szechuan sauce on our food and the parmesan crusted chicken were fabulous. I highly recommend Big Bowl.

MM
Minneapolis
19 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had a great, last minute family dinner at Big Bowl Ridgedale. Good service and tasty eats. We always do the make your own stir fry and come home with leftovers.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Cashew tofu was extremely spicey. Server said it comes that way. Disappointed.

R
Minneapolis
20 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Consistently fresh and tasty food with above average service. One of my favorite places for Thai / Asian.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this location. Everyone is so nice and helpful. Not to mention the food always comes out hot and fresh 😋

OT
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great

KL
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The one thing that was noticeable was the smell of the fish. When we were leaving the aromas that hit us we’re overwhelming (in a bad way). We are still talking about it 2 days later.

N
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time with great friends!

a
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

I've been to Big Bowl over a hundred times, and this isn't an exaggeration. But this time was different - I have a broken left foot so I was using a scooter, and the restaurant is far from handicap friendly. The restaurant door was closed, and there was a no host at the entrance till I entered. Using the bathroom is even more challenging. The Thai Basil Chicken recipe seems to have changed because it didn't taste anything like I have tasted before but it was still decent.

OT
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just came for dinner love the teriyaki’s chicken fried y

H
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I Did ask specifically for a candle in a piece of chocolate fudge cake. This was overlooked, and no one gave a reason. I thought it was a pretty small thing to ask . To be fair, the host said happy birthday to my husband when he seated us.There’s obviously a disconnect between the app and the servers.
Food was good, as it always is.

BV
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the stir-try bar!

ML
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Amazing food and atmosphere! Unfortunately, the worst waitress we have ever had. Thankfully management seemed receptive:)

BD
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome server, thank you again! Food was wonderful always enjoy going to big bowl

MS
Minneapolis
37 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Big Bowl is always very consistent. I switched it up this time for Mongolian Beef. The flavor is excellent, very fresh scallions, tender steak, and great sauce. Also had the squash soup - outstanding. Very good food! Service was also very good!

SA
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Service and food were great. Pretty noisy but expected that on a Friday night.

BV
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My "Birthday Buddy" and I went for our annual birthday lunch together. We loved our meal and had a great visit. I tried the Shrimp Stir-Fry bar and it was awesome!

RM
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

My family and I have been to Big Bowl dozens of times since it first opened at Ridgedale. It is one of our favorite meal destinations. But Friday night we were less than happy with our experience since we let ourselves get talked into sitting in a booth in the bar area. Being seated there, it was noisier than usual and though he wears hearing aides, my husband struggled to follow the conversation at times. Our main concern though was the fact that a family of 7 or 8 people was seated on the high top tables along the wall, all of them facing the bar but really facing us. It felt as though they were staring at us while they waited for their food because I suppose they really had nowhere else to look. Because they were spread out along the wall, it looked as though it was hard for them to just converse with each other. I will definitely keep this experience in mind for future trips to Big Bowl.

a
Minneapolis
33 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

It was a fairly busy night but the restaurant was not staffed adequately. There were several parties with reservations waiting to be seated and the servers were spread thin. Four of us ordered the stir fry bar and they were served very dry like they hadn’t been cooked with much sauce. Had to ask several people for more sauce, since our server was busy. Was told they had to make it from scratch so we waited to eat our food that was already sitting in front of us. The food just wasn’t as good this night. It’s an expensive dinner for being sub par service and food.

OT
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Always live big bowl

MP
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Best Asian casual dining restaurant and as always food is great.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was good however the noise level made it difficult to hear conversations at the table.

JW
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As a family, we truly enjoy our dinners at Big Bowl. Actually, a favorite place for many.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service

R
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've decided this is currently my FAVORITE place to eat out!!

M
Minneapolis
36 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

This used to be a favorite place to go but in recent years it has gone down hill.
I no longer recognize the food. My sesame chicken was overpowered with some type of gloppy sauce that I didn't recognize and there appeared to be bits and pieces from some other dish included.
The ambiance seems tired and worn down from what it used to be.
I always liked the zippy special ginger ale they served. This time it was watery and had no tangy zip.

N
Denver
440 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

First time to this location though long-time patron of the brand. Seemed to arrive at a peak time but no excuse for waiting to be sat, then waiting for even water. It was exactly 20 minutes after arriving that water appeared on the table. No manager in-sight (rare for any Lettuce Entertain You property) until later when, with oversight and an extra pair of hands, things were decidedly better. Food, as always, was outstanding. Great flavors and value-for-money. Watching service, our table and elsewhere, made me give 4 stars not the usual 5 but hopefully that was just a one-time exception. To be safe though, perhaps next visit to the Twin Cities I'll go back to the Edina location.

JL
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food was decent but the service was poor. It was a little busy when we arrived, but nothing that should've caused the delays we experienced. A few of us asked for food to be wrapped and none of us were given the food we ordered - no one was going home to the same house so when I got home and saw the food I was given wasn't what I ordered, it went into the garbage instead of the fridge (thus I paid full price for a 1/2 order of food).

d
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter was one of the best I've ever had. He kept our drinks full. He kept our table clean. Very attentive. The food was outstanding. Hot in temperature.

DM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Pad Thai and great service. It's always busy, but get waited on and served quickly.

LG
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Hostess, servers and chefs were accommodating, happy and personable. A delightful experience.

KB
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love visiting this Big Bowl location, food and service are always great!

s
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Has been my favourite from last few months. Tried lunch bar and green curry. Exceptional taste!!!

C
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

It took 45 mins to get our app. The soup was luke warm. Not impressed.

D
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and very nice waiters. Nice place. Thank you!

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