Dolo Restaurant

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49 reviews
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At Dolo, we bring the best of traditional Chinese and add in a modern twist. Dolo specializes in fresh seafood, culinary cocktails and a modern lounge
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JP
Chicago
61 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Decent Chinese-fusion food. Terrible service on a busy day. Had to keep asking servers to take order. Then everything (appetizers and entry) came at once. Had to hunt down a server to bring bill.

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CL
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Food was good, the service was horrific. There was only few tables, and two servers on. The one we got sat us right away, offered us tea, and then vanished. After 10 minutes, still nothing, but we had selected everything we wanted to order. Spent the next 2 minutes watching the same server lean up against the bar, 50 feet away, remove his show halfway and scratch his foot non stop, then go to another table without washing his hands. Finally the other server came and took our order. I asked again for tea, and told him I had been waiting and when he asked who I told, rolled his eyes and muttered something inaudible and stormed off and returned with tea only after I asked HIM again, and only after he brought our drinks from the bar and our entrees. The check was tossed on the table quickly after clearing our table, without offering a dessert menu or another round of drinks, or even refilling our water. We were there for a special occasion, and there to order a full experience (and spend money), and they could not wait for us to go from the moment we sat down. I understand wanting to go home, I get that our reservations were for 9 pm (my son's play he was in ended at 8:30; what do you want me to do?), but don't take late reservations if you don't want to serve people late then. I have never felt so unwelcome at a place. Its a shame too, because apart from the jellyfish, which was too spicy for my son to eat, the food was really good. We will never go back.

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SM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I took my friend from dinner. The waiter was accommodating with us and help her on food/menu options. The food was delicious and the value was worth it. The place was crowded and noisy and had to wait for 20 minutes for our table. Overall, my friend and I enjoyed the food and service.

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L
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was fantastic and had a lot of flavor. It was fairly quiet for a Friday night, however if you have kids or other folks who prefer chill settings this is a decent spot.

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r
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious! French Beef Tenderloin and Japanese Style Tofu were life changing.

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C
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Just so so. I had been back for a couple of weeks from a first visit to China and was hungry for Chinese food. I'm not sure this is any worse than other places in Chicago but was disappointed that it was nowhere near as good as the food I had enjoyed in Beijing. Quality of the ingredients may not have been as good as the flavors were not as intense and overall the food seemed greasier than what I had in China. I did like our server though.

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C
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was good. Excellent quality and service. Would recommend if you are looking for a great Authentic Chinese meal. Would go back. Very cheap eat with lots of food to share.

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R
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great variety, very good service. The walnut shrimp is to die for. The corn chowder chicken soup is also very good, as is the mango beef and fried rice. We always order a variety of dishes and share with our friends and family.

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OT
London
11 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 2

Very oily food. My stomach hurt that night. Terrible service.

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s
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 1

Based on the reviews I expected to find a restaurant with great food. Unfortunately I was disappointed to find my food very ordinary. The place was dirty - chairs stacked on the patio with debris and TVs playing with inappropriate movie for a family restaurant.

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A
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Meh. Right out of the gate they didn’t have either the wine that I wanted or the beer that my husband wanted. The menu was difficult to understand. Lots of photos but what looked like an item that would be steamed rather than fried apparently was not. Maybe we were just unlucky. The restaurant warned us that the chicken dish that we were considering had bones but we had no idea that the pieces would be less than two inches and filled with tiny bones. Nothing had much flavor either. Just didn’t work got us at all.

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CB
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dolo was amazing! My boyfriend and I went to celebrate my birthday. We were looking around for good seafood and Dolo was SUPER reasonable with price! I had the crab in their home style sauce (kind of like a Cajun style sauce) and it was absolutely amazing. I wanted so much more but was too full. Their portions are great and the general ambiance is also great. I definitely recommend coming here for special occasions or just to eat some delicious Asian food!

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CT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

I made the reservation to try dims, but they didn't offer it when we came. Food was just ok. Servers didn't know much about preparation of food, type of fish in entrees and anything else we asked. I guess there might have been a language barrier. Anyway, I wouldn't drive out to come here. It's like any other fine dining Chinese restaurant anywhere in the city.

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MM
Key West
7 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely perfect food and service.

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S
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an authentic Cantonese restaurant. If you look around the restaurant, you will notice that most people there are actually Chinese. We ordered off the menu, but after ordering we realized that everyone was ordering lobster. Apparently there was a lobster special written in Chinese ok the wall. Since our meal was so delicious the first time, we came back for the lobster which was also superb. One of the owners (and bartenders) even stopped by our table and sat with us to see how we were enjoying our meal. I haven't had Chinese food this good in a long time.

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C
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Too crowded, too noisy. In spite of having a reservation, we waited 45 min. Good food but not that different from other Chinese restaurants. I was expecting something more upscale. It is ordinary room with tables close together and noisy. not good for a relaxed dinner.

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JC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

We were looking for something authentic for our first visit to Chinatown in Chicago. We arrived and service started out good, but then our waiter disappeared between appetizer and entree. We then soon discovered that there was a restaurant wide party scheduled as younger people started pouring in. Food didn't taste bad and portions were plentiful, but in the end gave us both stomach aches. Won't be going back any time soon.

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J
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 2

Would not recommend trying this place unless you're into feeling very ill that night. Although the service was good, they did talk us into ordering the most expensive items on the menu. The items we did receive were a chicken dish that was 60% bone and 35% fat and a noodle dish that was completely deep fried and drenched in sauce. Something about the food gave me an immediate migraine and weird feeling throat, followed by a very rough night indeed. We ate little for the $70 we spent and tossed the leftovers the next morning.

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S
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is fantastic! I brought guests from out of town, and they lived everything about it. Jason does a great job walking newcomers through the menu, asking what they like/dislike, and making personalized suggestions. Highly recommend!

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OT
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

food as good as before, but the plate is not so clear this time.

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k
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Hadn't realized that they only served dim sum on weekend brunches, so that was a slight bummer since that was why we went, but we should have checked. Service was a little slow for a non-busy Sunday, but still friendly. Food portions are large - i was eating my delicious leftovers for two more meals after!

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JZ
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

The portions were reasonably generous, but the food quality was just okay. The beef dish was inconsistent, with some gristly pieces that were just not chewable.

Our service was not very good in spite of coming before the dinner rush. Our server wasn’t attentive and we were left without water for much of the time. When we commented on the gristly beef, our server just shrugged and walked away (language barrier?). The bartender agreed to take some of the price off the ticket, so that was nice.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jason is a great host! All of the food we ate were authentic Hong Kong Style dishes!

If you are looking for a great Chinese restaurant, look no further than Dolo!

We will certainly be back!

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KW
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The Walnut shrimp had way too much mayonaise. Otherwise the shrimp were fresh and good. Interesting that a child's birthday party was going on in the main dining room with about 150 guests. We still had good service, though it was a bid odd of a setup for a Saturday night.

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SW
Chicago
131 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great! Ordered 5 dishes and they were 5 for 5. Staff was great with recommendations. We will be back.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Amazing service and really good food. Flaming short ribs were actually served flaming.....A new go to in Chinatown.

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TA
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious. Salt & pepper enoki mushrooms unique, in our experience, among Chinatown restaurants.

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T
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We couldn't have been happier with the service, food, and custom craft cocktails! We trusted staff to recommend our food and drinks and only one item was on the regular menu. Excellent!

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Oklahoma City
6 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Friendly staff that help my date and I pick out some good food. Wishbi would've known about this place so I could've taken my out of town friends here. Would recommend this place. Side note. The mapo tofu would've been awesome with some extra heat.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

Will not be going back. Had high expectations based on reviews, but the service was terrible. Sat unattended to for 30 minutes, so I left. The green tea I did receive was hot.

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ME
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Delicious feast for a group of 5. Lots of choices, loved what we ordered, the drinks were great. Service was a little slow due to a large large party. LOVE DOLO!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was seasoned well. The service was great and they were very friendly . Would definitely go back

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JD
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We came here after a concert at the CSO. The food was quite good. They have a large assortment of seafood dishes, and the two we had (Szechuan Seafood Eggplant Casserole and Shrimp with Garlic Sauce were excellent, as was the Baby Bok Choy. The Beef with Spicy Oil appetizer (served cold) was disappointing. The waitress was not as familiar with the menu or the drinks as she should have been. But overall a good experience and we will return.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice restaurant. Friendly services.

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OT
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It is always a good place to dine here.

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EG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ordered the boneless Peking Duck and stir fried rice. It was delicious. There is a parking lot attached which was handy. Cute spot for a date night or night out with family and friends.

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MM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Two lobsters for $33 total. That's enough right there for a great review. But it was prepared in a delicious ginger sauce that was soooo good. They had fun cocktails and a modern environment. Great job!

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Y
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Christmas day dinner in Chinatown, so you knows it's crazy busy, but these guys are crazy good at what they do, and in the chaos of the throngs of people dining here on a holiday the wait staff, bar staff, and kitchen staff managed to make it an enjoyable (and delicious) night. Can't say enough good things about this place.

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OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2016
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

Overly booked and crowded. Soup cold, fried food that was inedible. Staff was gracious but host stand did not speak english so he was of little value troubleshooting.

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T
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful spot with great FOH staff providing a fun, engaged and energetic experience. Food was delicious and not over-spiced or salted. Service was friendly and desired to help walk you thru a true Doll food experience. Menu is large and the small private dining rooms offer great options for large families or small business groups. Main dining room is modern yet comfortable. A great experience and worth the drive down to Chinatown. They also have their own parking lot which makes it very convenient!

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