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Big Bowl Chinese and Thai

#96 of 7,610 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
Near North Side
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60 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611-2702 (Ohio & Rush)
+1 312-951-1888
11:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Big portions of stir-fry means that generally a lot of food gets wasted, unfortunately. I saw a lot of patrons leave behind half-eaten plates of food. But the food was excellent. The vegan starter option was out of this world delicious.

Thank selmabaldi
Brielle, New Jersey
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had a great experience. I'm gluten free and loved the number of choices. My partner is a big hot and sour soup man and put Big Bowls up at the top,! Definitely will go back.

Thank Mary G
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486 reviews
236 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place was busy and had good reviews. My experience not so much. The soup taste was overwhelmed what I can only guess was MSG and had a real artificial twang to it. The spicy beef was exactly that but not the pleasant kind of spice. Perhaps it was because it was so busy and they were struggling to keep... More 

Thank DrNic1
Coimbra, Portugal
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33 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We really enjoyed this place. The servings are outstandingly generous and everything is soo tasty. The curry was amazing. The restaurant is really spacious and cozy at the same time. The downside is the sangria. A bit too sweet for me, but maybe you'll enjoy it. Would definitely go back.

Thank icandelaria
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23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Always stop in for a bite when in the city and this trip we ate lunch at Big Bowl 3 times!! The appetizers are great and the lunch (Chicken Teriyaki Fried Rice) portions are enormous and the prices are very reasonable. We love sitting at the bar and Nick makes sure you always have everything you need.

1 Thank micheeel
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I liked the hospitality of the servers and attention to detail. Chicken dumplings were excellent. My Chinese host thought it was the best she ever had. Ginger pomegranate is worth trying. Desert choices are very limited. Entrées are about $20 so on the pricey side. Central location and quick access makes it worth trying.

Thank betteradvisor
Chicago, Illinois, United States
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314 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were surprised to sit for more than half an hour with menus and no water before one of the waiters came over to ask if we'd been helped. This was not our normal experience with a Lettuce Entertain You restaurant, and it was very disappointing. But once Sam took our table after noticing that no one was helping us,... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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70 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Got take-out here, while staying at Omni Hotel, about 3 blocks away. Ordered Thai Spicy Shrimp. Didn't realize til I got back to the hotel that they gave me chicken instead of shrimp...annoying. They also told me it would take 15-20 mins to cook, so I ordered a beer at the bar. About 2 mins after ordering the beer, they... More 

Thank Marion G
Panama City, Panama
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69 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We found this place just walking around town and it was a great find. The Pho was very light and fun to eat. The Thai dishes are very tasty and spicy. Give it a try when you're in town to get away from all the pizza, burgers and hot dogs...

Thank Jairo G
East Hartford, Connecticut
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

We had the pot stickers, sesame chicken and orange chicken all were delicious! We were traveling for business and exhausted. The food came out quickly and our check was also served promptly.

Thank aplympton

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Delivery
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 60 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611-2702
    (Ohio & Rush)
  • Public Transportation: The red line stops at Grand and State which is only a few minute walk to Big Bowl.
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Near North Side
  • Neighbourhood: Near North Side
  • Phone Number: +1 312-951-1888
Great food and even better Ginger Ale!!!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?