Big Bowl-Reston

4.4
813 reviews
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$30 and under
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Chinese
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  • Casual
  • Lunch
  • Group Bookings
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Chinese, Thai
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Hours of Operation
Lunch & Dinner Everyday: Monday- Thursday 11:15am - 9:30pm; Friday 11:15am-10:30pm; Saturday 11:30am-10:30pm; Sunday 11:30am-9:30pm

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Phone number
(703) 787-8852
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Payment Options:
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Area
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Parking Details
Please note we offer complimentary parking with validation when dining at Big Bowl. We encourage you to park in the orange parking garage. Please see a manager for your validation code. We apologize for any inconvenience this new parking system has created. Please share any concerns with Boston Properties at 703-579-6720.
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Public Transit
The Reston Town Center.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
813 reviews
4.4 out of 5 stars
Outstanding
57%
Very Good
28%
Good
11%
Fair
3%
Poor
0%
4.4
Food
4.3
Service
4.2
Ambience
4.1
Value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on 14 July 2018

Got here on a Friday evening with an Open Table reservation.

Got patio seating and was perfect for the summer nights!

We ordered the pitcher of Watermelon Sangria.... its like drinking a jolly rancher! For an app we got Crab Rangoon.... sooooo good....still drooling...

My boyfriend and I both decided to do the make your own bowl thing. He was lazy and got Shrimp and let the chefs decide what veggies go in there.

Of course, I have to be more complicated. I got the Flank Steak with Garlic Mushroom sauce base. And I love noodles, so I had them put both glass noodles and regular Chinese noodles. Then I went inside to pic my veggies. You go to the salad area, grab a bow, and fill up. I love veggies so I pretty much put the entire bar in my tiny bowl. I wish the bowls were bigger, but they probably do that to deter people like me from putting too much.

When our food came, it was piping hot! We had to wait like 10 minutes for it to cool down. It was delicious! Of course I had leftovers, it was even better the next day!

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4.0Dined on 7 July 2018

We both had the lo mien, one chicken and one beef, and both were very good. They use more vegetables than we usually see in lo mien but it added good flavor

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5.0Dined on 30 June 2018

Great food.

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3.0Dined on 29 June 2018

Heard about it from a friend so wanted to try it.. went with group of friends.Food was good, in terms of taste, portion size, plating. It is a bsy place (i went on friday night) so get your tables reserved. One big turn off was that staff was not courteous enough. Bit rude.. As if they are doing favors on us by serving the food.

Apart from that.. will recommend this place.. Veg/ chicken dumplings were good. Mocktails were also at par.

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4.0Dined on 26 June 2018

glad to see they serve riced cauliflower as an alternative to rice. Get it w/ the BBQ pork. You'll be glad you did, Awesome crispy eggplant appetizer too.

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5.0Dined on 23 June 2018

Always great food, great service from Milton our waiter.

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5.0Dined on 22 June 2018

Big Bowl is our favorite family restaurant. We are coming to this place for 17 years.

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5.0Dined on 21 June 2018

Always love this place. Quality Thai/Chinese that's perfect for the spice loving tongue. Family and kid friendly. Live kitchen so keep babies away from the kitchen area. Yummmmmyyyy food

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2.0Dined on 19 June 2018

The chicken pad thai was the worst I've ever tasted. The service was subpar. The waiter was not friendly at all and rushed through our meal.

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5.0Dined on 15 June 2018

LOVE Big Bowl. Gluten free taste good here, as well as a nice variety. Great place for after work and really anytime!

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4.0Dined on 13 June 2018

I have a food allergy, so it took a while for me to put in an order because the waiter had to check with the chef on ingredients. My waiter was very patient and attentive though, and we finally found something I could eat. It was delicious! However, the chicken on top of my cauliflower rice seemed more like a garnish, as there was not much of it. Considering that entree was around $15, there really should be more meat. At least I know now that I can order this, so next time I can actually have dinner with my friends, versus being the very last one to get food, and eating it as fast as possible before we had to leave for our movie...

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4.0Dined on 6 June 2018

When we work with Milton, our experience is always great. Be sure to ask for Milton.

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5.0Dined on 2 June 2018

It was good as always!

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4.0Dined on 26 May 2018

It was awesome as ever

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4.0Dined on 25 May 2018

Excellwnt dinner. I had the pick your own veggies bowl which was amazing and very fresh. Cocktails were really good too. Pomegranate sangria was wonderful! Not sure why more People don't go here and sit outside rather than noisy Jacksons.

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5.0Dined on 21 May 2018

Our group of four friends includes formal and informal dieters, and a couple of people with food "issues". We all were accommodated by Big Bowl's menu choices and were very happy with our choice of restaurants. We have find at Big Bowl previously and will continue to include it in our regular lunch venues! Thank you Big Bowl!

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3.0Dined on 21 May 2018

Undoubtedly Food is great. Problem is the service and time to deliver.
This has been my 2nd visits in 8 days and each time similar problem happened.
Last time among the party of 5, 1 order was delivered wrong. It's okay let go.

Today with the party of 3, time taken to deliver food from order placed is 30 minutes and then no one is there to get the check.

On the reservation slip, there was a note

Send Mgr - 10 Resos
Not happy with Service & Food. Manager visit require.
*
But no one showed up.

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4.0Dined on 20 May 2018

Always tasty.

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5.0Dined on 18 May 2018

Great spot in Reston for dinner. Attentive waitstaff and delicious, fresh food.

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5.0Dined on 13 May 2018

Delicious food here.

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5.0Dined on 13 May 2018

BigBowl definitely is one of the best dinning place in RTC.
You should surely try it and experience the great food.

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5.0Dined on 12 May 2018

Big Bowl is always consistent - the food is good, the place is well run, and the service is terrific. My wife and I have had the same waiter several times and I don't know his name but he is a real pro.

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5.0Dined on 5 May 2018

Love to visit this restaurant when we're in the area.

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3.0Dined on 5 May 2018

The food was decent. The atmosphere is very nice, the bathrooms are clean and well kept. The service was okay, the waiters and waitresses are alright, they’re very nice but a little on the slow side. It’s a very diverse type restaurant so be prepared for some different cultures. All in all I’d give this restaurant a 6/10. Will I be back? Sure. But am I rushing to try more? No.

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5.0Dined on 27 April 2018

Excellant food and excellent service

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5.0Dined on 27 April 2018

This was our second visit to the restaurant and the food was just as wonderful and the server was fantastic. We were catching up with friends and never felt rushed while getting wonderful service. We'll go back again soon.

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4.0Dined on 25 April 2018

Theron, server, was awesome! Let us try several sauces to pick just the right one for us!

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5.0Dined on 13 April 2018

Great customer service,the server was great also ,we had him previously.

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2.0Dined on 4 April 2018

The food wasn't that good. Although the pot stickers were great.

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5.0Dined on 30 March 2018

Celebrated my birthday with Milton!

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5.0Dined on 25 March 2018

We had a wonderful experience. The waiter was wonderful and the food absolutely delicious. We're already planning to go back!

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5.0Dined on 24 March 2018

Birthday Lunch

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4.0Dined on 11 March 2018

We selected a number of appetizers for our lunch. The potstickers, peanut noodles and chicken satay were delicious.

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5.0Dined on 11 March 2018

Big Bowl Reston has consistently been s great place to dine for one, two or a family. Excellent service , consistently great food.

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3.0Dined on 10 March 2018

Food was good but service could have been better.

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5.0Dined on 8 March 2018

Big Bowl doesn't miss a beat. Continues to be one of the best values around with a very competent, professional and friendly staff. Add that to a great menu and we have a winner!

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1.0Dined on 4 March 2018

Spices or oil from grilles had burned and filled restaurant with faint smoke that was an irritant and kept us all coughing during the meal.

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4.0Dined on 2 March 2018

The food here is reliably good. Nicely prepared flavored ginger ales provide a good alternative to alcoholic beverages if one needs to head back to work after the meal.

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5.0Dined on 1 March 2018

We went as a family of four, 2 small children. Our waiter Milton was excellent with great attention to detail. If was a very enjoyable experience.

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4.0Dined on 24 February 2018

I enjoyed my time on my friend’s birthday occasion. Loved the chicken chopped salad. The waiter was very pleasant.

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