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About Imperial Lamian
Welcome to Imperial Lamian, we feature the traditional art of authentic Chinese cuisine in a sophisticated environment. Master Chefs prepare your meals using ancient techniques of noodle making, dumpling folding and wok cooking. Complimented by our unique beverage program - custom blended teas, a comprehensive beverage selection that includes wine, sake, craft beer, Asian whiskey, single malts and specialty cocktails. Open for Lunch, Dinner and Brunch.
Chicago, IL 60654
Chinese, Asian, Dim Sum
Hours of operation:
Monday through Friday: Lunch 11:30am-3pm, Dinner 4pm-10pm
Saturday and Sunday: Brunch 10am-4pm, Dinner 4pm-10pm
Happy Hour : Monday through Friday 3pm - 6pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We tailor custom catering packages to fit your event whether a quick office luncheon that we can deliver to a full off site catering function from 20 to 300 with or without staff. We will make sure that your event is a remarkable one with our refined service and attention to detail, simply contact our sales manager and let us customize your next event today!
Street parking available or valet offered at $14.00 up to 3 hours
State Bus stop, 2 blocks north of Grand ave red line stop
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Imperial Lamian Ratings and Reviews
I used to love this restaurant! I was so disappointed in our meal there this past weekend! The menu changed significantly & the preparation was not great! Calamari had a heavy breading and the hot sauce had such a funky taste, I didn’t eat it. Most unfortunately, they took the stuffed chicken wing off the menu! It was even once written up as a must try in the food section of the paper! It seems all the staff was new, as well. I asked the waiter & a couple of managers about I & they all told me they were new. Sadly, forgotten great menu item! Speaking of menus mine was completely food splattered on the inside. Yuck! We were also seated in the back of the restaurant next to a computer stand for the wait staff. We had to shift our seats at the table because we constantly had servers on top of us! I was sad to see such a lack of attention to detail and service since our last visit.
I absolutely loved my experience at Imperial Lamian. The food was tasteful, the servers were knowledgeable, and the ambiance was unique. There was a slight mixup in the beginning, so it took about 7-8 minutes before anyone came to our table. But, I didn't mind because it was flawless from then on.
Easily one of my favorite restaurants in Chicago. Probably the best noodles in Chicago—beats out other ramen places for sure like Strings or High Five. The pork belly lamian is delicious. The soup dumplings were interesting and tasty. The flaming cocktail was really fun, but the thing that takes the cake is the lunar blossom dessert. We went almost specifically for this and it didn't disappoint. Be ready to share it though—it's huge. We had four people eat one and it was still a lot. For the price, it's well worth it.
The restaurant has a very nice ambiance. The service was great until the waiter completely messed up on almost our whole order. I ordered a shrimp wok fried lamein and 3 cups claypot chicken. They end up giving us a Kung pao chicken and shanghainese chicken. The waiter has also repeated our order before putting it in. Given the fact that it was our first time there and trying their Chinese food, I had no idea how those dishes will look like. So, halfway done eating it, then I realized I was given the wrong dishes. Then we notified the waiter. The manager came over and gave us a rude attitude asking us what’s wrong with the dishes. I’ve never experienced this type of services around all the nearby restaurants in the same area. Very disappointed for my anniversary dinner. Other than that, the food was great.
Beautiful food! The new string beans appetizer was delicious. The Xiao Long Bao were warm rather than piping hot as expected like at the more famous Taiwanese restaurants like Din Tai Fung.
Service was not fabulous. Our primary server ignored us (passing by our table several times) for a good half hour. She seemed to be deliberately more attentive to tables she thought would get her a better tip (ordered more liquor, more items from the menu, larger group, etc.). The rest of the waitstaff were attentive and saved the tip for them (otherwise, I would have seriously considered undertipping which I never do!). Also be careful of your long sleeves! When the table was wiped down between courses (nice gesture!), unfortunately they use a WET cloth and do not follow this by drying off the table.
It’s very unique as you get to see how Lamian is made in front of you. Everything is hand made and cooked right before your eyes. But it’s also not the most thrilling food. Just cool experience. The combination of dim sum was yummy but again, it’s not super incredible level of food that you can’t get anywhere else. The ambiance is a lot more casual than they describe on the website but it’s very cute.
Best dim sum and hand-pulled noodle (la mian) period. High quality ingredients with expert dim sum chefs equals the best Chinese food in Chicago, perhaps the best high end dim sum in USA. (based on my dim sum dining experiences in Hong Kong where I’m from and Chinatown of Manhattan, Flushing, San Francisco and Boston)
My group went for the soup dumplings. Unfortunately, the soup dumplings are only average, much better ones can be found in NYC or Seattle. The cocktails were great, I had the white tiger made with whiskey and cashew creme. We ordered the Lunar Blossom for dessert which was an event! Was not disappointed.
Seating location was terrible from the start. I should have known it was going to be bad since we were seated towards the back of the restaurant far away from the kitchen and bar. The server did not know the menu, the server disappeared at times which lead to long waits in ordering, the drinks were watered down, the food was cold when it arrived at the table, the food flavors were bland for pan Asian cuisine (except for the dumplings), and it all lead to me not ever wanting to come back to this place again.
Food was not exceptionally flavorful. The black pepper beef was the best dish we ordered (sezchuan bao, seafood la mian, roasted duck were nothing special). Moderate serving sizes. No left overs. We came here thinking it was mainly dimsum but it turns out that is only a small section in the menu. Overall not a favorite but still a better option from the limited Chinese food choices in River North.
Came here to try the soup dumplings and chose to order their soup dumplings sampler. My favorite ended up being the truffle one. The star of the menu in my opinion are their hand-pulled noodles. I ordered the spicy minced pork handpulled noodle soup, and added steamed wontons. Delicious for a cold day.
I've been twice and was underwhelmed by the food both times. It's fine but it doesn't blow my socks off. I feel like there are lots of hole-in-the-wall places in the city doing the same kind of food but so much tastier. I can't put my finger on it. Nothing was terrible, but nothing was particularly memorable (although the pumpkin shaped dumpling was super cute). Our server was fine, the floor manager was fantastic, enjoyed chatting with him. The busser was very odd. Kept trying to clear our plates when we clearly weren't done, and would come back 2 minutes later to ask again, interrupting us mid-sentence every time. The restaurant wasn't busy, so there was no reason to rush us, and certainly the server and manager weren't trying to do so. Overall, not terrible but not something I'd rush to visit again except to chat with Wesley.
We will come back to the Imperial Lamian-8 of us enjoyed many different dishes-all superb. Personally my beef dish and the garlic bok chop--oh my!!! My husband needs to eat gluten free and the waiter was very helpful with choices-his shrimp dish was excellent as well.
We had colleagues from Japan, China, and India. They all loved the food and remarked that for their stay here, this was the best food they’d that made them feel closest to home. We had approx half of the items on the menu, tried to keep it diverse, it was all amazing. Great options for alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks as well.
Okay, but uninspiring and for the higher price point, not value. Were out of London Duck, so had to take the regular. Anemic portion for $30 and just not “special”. Xiao long bao tasted good, but two of four were punctured, cardinal sin of this dish. Server said she would “see what she could do about that” and then did nothing.
This is a LOUD restaurant. Service was good, food was pricey and good, not great. We had the famous dumplings, calamari, chicken wings, potstickers, seafood noodles, green beans, pineapple cake and coconut gelato. $140. Yikes. That with a $16 valet who took 30 minutes to retrieve our car, we won't be back. Go to Chinatown or Broadway for the same authentic dining at half the price.
Great food with beautiful presentation and excellent service! The Shanghai Xaio Long Bao are the best in Chicago and very comparable to the famous Ding Tai Fong restaurants in China. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for high end Chinese food in Chicago and great soup dumplings!
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