About Big Bowl Ridgedale

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.

12649 Wayzata Blvd
Minnetonka, MN 55305
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Chinese, Thai

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:15am - 4:00pm, Sunday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Ridgedale Dr

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(952) 797-9888

Website:
http://www.bigbowl.com/

Private Party Facilities:
We can accommodate large parties up to 40 guests.

Private Party Contact:
Kim Backer: (952) 797-9888

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Big Bowl Ridgedale Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.1

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Lunch (16)
Spicy (16)
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Business Meals (5)
Kid-friendly (5)
Cozy (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Authentic (5)
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Fun (4)
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Quick Bite (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Vegan (4)
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Afternoon Tea (2)
Hot Spot (2)
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Paleo Friendly (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined 3 days ago

Great food. Everything on the menu is wonderful. A great place to go for happy hour as well. Visited Big Bowl often, never disappointed.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Great service l!! Yummy food!! Friendly servers. Great place for a quick bite or relaxing meal.

Tags: Comfort Food
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food was good. Service was slow, but wait staff said they were backed up and manager did jump in to help. However, for the second time we took home leftovers and the food was incorrect. The first time the containers were unlabeled. This time they were labeled wrong. Both were the same dish but one was spicy. The waiter marked the spicy one "hot" and my husband, being concerned wrote SPICY on the side. It was not. I ended up with the unmarked spicy one that I could not eat. When I complained online the manager said his waiter said they were marked correctly. Well, of course he did. He made a mistake and rather than say it could have been wrong the waiter denied it. The manager's response made me feel like he was questioning whether or not I could read. In the future I will either box my own food or have the waiter do it in front of me.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Casual
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Absolutely fantastic food and always prepared just right

Tags: Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Spicy, Great for Brunch, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Healthy
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

The whole meal was good, but the squash soup was especially good!❤️

Tags: Business Meals, Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Great food on a great date. Will definitely keep visiting

Tags: Spicy
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Too much sugar in the dishes. Makes my blood sugars run high. Otherwise I love the spicy foods and options.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Always a great spot with good food and lots of choices. Can be a bit noisy, but atmosphere is still good. Always busy so plan ahead!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Quick Bite, Casual, Spicy
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Food was ok. Vinegar was overwhelming in Kung pao sauce. Would go back but order something different. Pot stickers were better. Szechuan chicken ok...

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Always pleased with freshness of food. Chefs do a terrific j0b. Wait staff informative, friendly, and watchful. Always glad to go back. Amount is always enough for a take home lunch.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Spicy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Cashews are missing in Cashew Chicken Fried Rice. Upon asking, they said they were out of cashews.

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Good meal and service. Enough leftovers for a second meal. We don't frequent the restaurant often but do enjoy it when we do.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Casual, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 6, 2017

We were seated next to the kitchen and it was very noisey

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients, Disabled Access
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Love the pomegranate ginger ale, the calamari, the chicken satay, and the peanut egg rolls. We have never had an amazing main course, though...still looking! We ordered the Mongolian beef. It barely had any sauce, so they brought us a bowl of it. That made all the difference. Thanks!

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Once again I will say this is my favorite restaurant anywhere. we have a place in Florida as well and I so miss the great food and friends at Big Bowl Ridgdale when we are there.

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 1, 2017

I had the scallop special over pad thai noodles. It was fabulous. Please make that a regular item on the menu. The seasonal sangria with white wine & apple cider was awesome, too. They paired well together. I wish I noted our server's name, as she was very good.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 28, 2017

A group of us had lunch to celebrate a birthday. Some ordered from the menu, others from the 'make your own' stir fry. All 6 of us enjoyed our meals! Large portions, great flavors. YUM!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 19, 2017

The prices have gone up. We noticed that there were not a lot of people there for dinner and wondering if it was due to the price increase.

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Always consistent. High quality ingredients. Excellent flavors. Tried scallops and shrimp. Very good, but a little too salty. Very good service and friendly staff.

Tags: Healthy, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Spicy, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 16, 2017

As always the food was wonderful. There was an issue with the bill and the general manager came right over and made everything right for us. We love this restaurant and will continue to come back

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Food was awesome

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Everything was fine initially-host actually apologized for seating us 3 min. after our reservation. It went downhill from there. The booth was too small for our party of 6--when we requested to move, we were rudely told it was that table or nothing. Our appetizers came quickly and were delicious. Then we waited and waited--the entrees came out just over an hour after we were seated--at least 45 min. after ordering. The waiter said, as if doing us a favor, he sent them back to be re-warmed as they had sat so long! The food was good. I don't know if the problem was with the kitchen or the waiter, but the restaurant was not busy, several empty tables near us.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 28, 2017

Love Big Bowl Stir Fry Bar - so many options! Wide variety on menu but the Choose Your Own from the Stir Fry Bar is my favorite. Server brought it to table immediately after it was cooked so it was hot...and delicious!

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Each year I take my grandchildren out for a 'Grammy's Back-to-School Shopping Extravaganza,'
and we start with lunch at Big Bowl! This year there were 10 of us - a highlight of our year! Table appetizers, ginger tea for the big kids, and everyone getting their favorite meal. Our waiter was great - served the group nicely and in good humor. Of course, we'll be back next year!

Tags: Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Food quality this time out was not the best I've ever had.
Ambience was ok but wait staff speed of service and customer service really made up for the food which was good but not great.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Afternoon Tea
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Service was a little slow.

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 25, 2017

Very tasty meal and excellent service. Chris was our server and he was both prompt and courteous. The build-your-own noodle/rice + protein dish is a favorite, and it did not disappoint. Very helpful management.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Quick Bite, Paleo Friendly, Healthy, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 21, 2017

I have eaten at Big Bowl many times and the experiences have always been great. Keep up the good work.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Featured cocktail was small for the price. Calamari served room temperature.

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Very nice for wonderful Asian dining! Lots of options and great food, service as well as settings. Popular but service is enough to make you feel individually cared for. They will even modify the standard dishes to meet your desires. Highly enjoy all of the locations.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 19, 2017

We arrived at Big Bowl and were immediately given a warm welcome from our cheerful host. He showed us to one booth which was not right for our party and brought us to another table without any hesitation. Our waitress was also friendly and very helpful when asked about special preparations and options. Our meal came promptly, hot and delicious. The Thai food is really special and the dishes were plentiful and delightful. I added the chicken to my dish and it was nicely prepared and also a nice sized portion. We were offered dessert but had no room for this delight, but our waitress did present the choices from a sample dessert tray which was fun to get a peek at. This is a nice respite in a mall! The room is a little crowded and noisy but peppy and bustling. We will come here often!

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 17, 2017

Always a perfect dining spot for our family. Service and quality of food are consistently meeting our expectations!

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 13, 2017

We had great service this visit...it's been spotty in the past. As usual, the meal was delish!

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Big Bowl has superb food! Their happy hour is one of the best around and most affordable!

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 8, 2017

The food was fresh, hot and delicious. Our server did an excellent job. She made sure our water was filled, we had what we needed, and cleared the table so we didn't have plates and paper on the table. Very good service. Thank you!

Tags: Healthy, Spicy, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Casual, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Food took a very long time, tables around us who Were Sat after us got Their food Before us. The food wasn't consistent with the big bowl at the galleria...I was disappointed.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Very good food - we love the Kung Pao Chicken! Our youngest likes Lo Mein - not on the menu though the waiter offered to combine the Teriyaki Chicken from the menu with noodles and vegetables... Youngest happy, dad happy - all happy :-)

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 2, 2017

This restaurant was very quiet, but it was the 4th of July weekend, so attendance was low for a Sunday lunch. I always enjoy the pick-your-own stir fry, and I was not disappointed with the meal in any way, shape, or form. My friends enjoyed their meals and the pot stickers as well.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Nice menu and good food. Very loud and crowded on a Thursday night

Tags: Fun, Spicy
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on June 28, 2017

We wait 25 minutes for our food, and it was not even busy we go to the location at ediana usually and they are ready fast

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