Big Bowl Ridgedale

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$30 and under
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Chinese
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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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
15 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
435 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
1 review
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!

MB
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

i love the food but the noise level is an issue. You cant hear guests talking at the same table with you.

S
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Potstickers are very good. Service is good. A bit pricey, and was disappointed with the stir fry, which usually is amazing. May have been an off night.

R
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated in the bar area which was much more quiet than the main restaurant area. This was perfect for us as we were two couples catching up! Food was great and service was great as well.

o
Minneapolis
20 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed dining outdoors and had good attentive service. we each had dishes we've eaten before so no surprises, which is a good thing.

J
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service. Love the outdoor space!

e
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Again, great service and tasty food! We tried a number of new dishes as well as their weekly special, and were not disappointed! If you have a group with varying dietary preferences, this is the place to go to make sure everyone gets something delicious!

S
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved my chicken pad Thai! Our server was delightful.

HK
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gotcha day. Victoria was great!

e
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This time around, the restaurant was much better staffed, so we did not have long waits for food or beverages. The wait staff and the runners seemed very coordinated. Food was delicious!

e
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food, and the service was good, but they seemed short-staffed throughout the restaurant. Had to wait for extended periods of time for both the server and the food. But our server got everything right and the food was outstanding!

NN
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

haven't been there for years--was great! Definitely willb e back--be part of the Foodsby program!

OT
Minneapolis
21 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Loved our server, she took great care of us!

TG
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always consistent, fresh and delicious!

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