Big Bowl Ridgedale

4.3
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849 Reviews
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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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BradleyP
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Big Bowl is one of my favorite Minnesota restaurants. The food is always top notch and everything I order is delicious. The service is always great and I love that they take reservations so it's not a guessing game whether we'll get in, or not.

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Opentable1234
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Food was good, but our waitress rushed us through the entire meal. She stopped by our table constantly, interrupted many conversations, and looked irritated when we weren’t getting up to leave after only 30 minutes. It was not an ideal way to catch up with friends you haven’t seen in a while.

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Moe4
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We had reservations but they didn’t have our table ready for us. It wouldn’t have been so bad, but they brought us over to the table and made us stand in the middle of the busy restaurant, while we waited for them to set it up & bring more chairs. Food was very good but a bit overpriced. Especially the kids’ meals. The portions were huge, but the price tag was too. The waitress was pleasant, but slow & never offered any refills on our drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Reservation was for 8pm and we were seated at 8:45. The food came out very late since the server had forgot to put in he order twice.

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SamanthaM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent ambiance. Excellent food. Excellence service. A little loud. Will definitely go again (and again)!

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1HonestAbe
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. The Mongolian beef was tender and flavorful.
The cauliflower fried rice has me craving more.
The spicy green beans had a wonderful spicy kick.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
42 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Tried the seasonal Banana Cheesecake that was awesome.
Great server, Erika!!

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vipJohnny99
Minneapolis
65 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Waited 45 minutes after our reservation to finally get our table. Apologies multiple times from the Manager and he gave us a couple of free apps. Still, what's the purpose of having a reservation if it is not honored? Service was abysmal. Server was too busy and just wasn't around to take care of us. Food temperature was lukewarm, but we were so hungry, we just ate. Just not an impressive dining experience at all. No reason to go back.

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vipNickO
Minneapolis
23 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

They did not register my lettuce points after the meal. The meal itself was delicious as always

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ElizabethA
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Went to celebrate a birthday with 4 of us dining. We arrived just a touch early for our reservation. The host was terse and not welcoming he waved us over to some extra chairs in a hall. The group that followed us were welcomed into the bar and were served drinks and given menus. After a wait we were seated, IN THE BAR! No server for us though. After a long wait the bartender came to ask if anyone had been by and we said, no.
He took drink orders and asked if we needed more time, again no. We all knew what we wanted. He asked if we wanted soy sauce and hot sauce, we said, yes. It never came. I ended up getting up and asking for some after the food arrived. The bartender was nice and I left him a nice tip but we were clearly not a priority or even a second thought to anyone in the restaurant. As an aside, the bartender’s clothing was filthy, very unappetizing.

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Restaurantweeknightout
Minneapolis
22 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We had our usual delicious and healthy bowls for dinner. Got to share with good friends. Wonderful evening.

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JeanR
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love Big Bowl. We are from out of town and do not have a chance to visit often. When we lived in the Twin Cities we dined there often. Food is outstanding. We are never disappointed.

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vipdanabeth1
Minneapolis
324 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

really good stir fry bar, fabulous waitress, great lunch spot to meet

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vipcarrie
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.

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Bobbi
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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vipSisterfoodie
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food— every time!

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JayP
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.

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TheHammer
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.

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MrsMoof
Minneapolis
20 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience3

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

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vipRain
Minneapolis
22 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
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 😋

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great

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KristiL
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.

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vipNeskko
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time with great friends!

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vipak74
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Hanamama
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.

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BarbaraV
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the stir-try bar!

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MarybethL
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience5

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

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vipBrianD
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipMikeS
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!

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SANDRAW
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

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

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BarbaraV
Minneapolis
5 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!

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RoxanneM
Minneapolis
9 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.

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vipaej123
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.

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vipSuzanneK
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Always a great meal!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Always live big bowl

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MPLS
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

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