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.

6 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60654
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Dining style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
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

Cross street:
State St.

Dress code:
Casual Dress

Price range:
$31 to $50

Payment options:
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone number:
(312) 595-9440

Website:
http://www.imperial-lamian.com/

Catering:
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!

Parking Details:
Street parking available or valet offered at $14.00 up to 3 hours

Public Transport:
State Bus stop, 2 blocks north of Grand ave red line stop

Executive Chef:
Andy Foo

Additional:
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

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4.4

Overall Rating

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Food

4.4

Service

4.1

Ambience

4.2

Value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

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Business Meals (15)
Good Vegetarian Options (14)
Comfort Food (14)
Hot Spot (13)
Lunch (13)
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Worth the Drive (12)
Spicy (11)
Brunch (9)
Romance (9)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
People Watching (8)
Child Friendly (7)
Tapas (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Healthy (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Quick Bite (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined a day ago

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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

Love love love the turnip and the dim sum, oh and the ribs, and the prawns... I could go on and on

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

This is now one of my new favorite restaurants! I came here with a friend on a Friday night and it was busy! We started with the Combination XLB (the rainbow looking baos that everyone Instagrams) and the Pumpkin Puffs. So delicious! I had the Shrimp Wok Fried La Mian and my friend had the Minced Pork La Mian. My dish was so good! I keep thinking about it and I'm ready to go back again!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (San Diego)·Dined 5 days ago

Group I entertained for dinner all had raving reviews about the food. I had 2 vegetarians there and they had great selections to choose from. Watching the cooks make the noodles from scratch was a treat! Overall, I found the cuisine to be tasty, complex yet simple, and overall a great representation of Asian cuisine.

Tags: Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Paleo Friendly, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on 9 October 2017

Everything was absolutely amazing! Kelsey was our server and she was phenomenal! We had quite a combination of food, and Kelsey had great recommendations. Food and staff were exceptional! For sure a must go!

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on 7 October 2017

Good food, good lamian, so-so service, xiaolongbao is good. Service is dependent on the server, and unfortunately, our server was very inattentive to our table. Good food though!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Late-night Find
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on 1 October 2017

Poor service

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 (Indiana)·Dined on 1 October 2017

Had the London Duck, Jasmine Ribs, Fried Platter. All were very tasty. The London Duck is what we specifically came for and was perfect. The Jasmine Ribs had a wonderful smoky flavor. Friendly staff in a relaxed atmosphere.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Romantic
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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on 30 September 2017

I'm a vegetarian and I loved the flavors! I had the veggie basket as the appetizer and it was really good.

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·Dined on 29 September 2017

We ordered 12 items off of the menu and they were all amazing! Definitely going back soon!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on 29 September 2017

We were party of four. For two of us the entrees was served in a timely manner. The other two had to wait for 20 more minutes before their entrees were served. Therefore half of us had already finished their meal while the other two were waiting.

Tags: People Watching
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 (Chicago)·Dined on 27 September 2017

I went to Imperial Lamian for my birthday and honestly I can’t wait to come back. The xiao long bao were my favorites! Each dumpling had their own unique savory flavor. The broth of the beef brisket lamian is rich and hearty. Beef was perfectly cooked and tender. I even received complimentary salted egg buns for my birthday. The staff is also incredibly attentive and friendly. Can’t wait to visit again.

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on 24 September 2017

Awesome authentic Chinese food. Everything was homemade. Best dim sum! Don't wait! Go now!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on 24 September 2017

The food was incredibly disappointing- pretty to look at but bland and unsophisticated in taste. Given the price point, I expected much better. If you are looking for dim sum, just stick to the classics in Chinatown.

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·Dined on 24 September 2017

I've eaten here before, so I think they may just have been having an off night. Food was nowhere near as good as my previous visit. Was pretty disappointed. Staff couldn't have been lovelier.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on 20 September 2017

An absolute delight to taste such fine authentic Shanghainese + HK Chinese food in Chicago upon a walkby discovery! Met the gracious owner, Vincent. Went back the next day for lunch as well before leaving Chicago. Sure will visit again in my next trips.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on 17 September 2017

Always our choice whenever a guest wants creative and good dimsum. Our fave is of course the Xiao Long Bao and the custard for dessert!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 17 September 2017

Amazing food, great service, friendly staff. Girlfriend and I treated ourselves to a night out and couldn't have been happier with our choice of restaurant.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on 16 September 2017

We had been wanting to try Imperial Lamian for a while now. So glad we finally made it!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Happy Hour, Authentic, Spicy, Fun, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on 16 September 2017

Creative menu. Can make dinner with variety of appetizers. Can accommodate large groups in the back. The two of us were seated there first but was able to move to bar area which was more lively.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on 10 September 2017

Awesome dim sum and great service! Would definitely come back.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on 10 September 2017

Very underwhelmed with the food and service. Reading all of the reviews we were excited, but most of the food was bland (from appetizers to main courses to desserts). Service was friendly, but incredibly amateur. Will not return.

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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on 9 September 2017

Horrible service. Very very disappointed.

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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on 9 September 2017

The pork and szechuan XLB were amazing. The steamed dimsum was just ok. Our waiter gave us a complimentary salted egg bao dessert for my boyfriend's birthday and it was one of the best desserts I've ever had. Service was outstanding.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on 4 September 2017

Great fun. Every dish was delicious!! Service was wonderful and very helpful. Our group had every age represented from 6 to 70 and we all had a wonderful time and found something to everyone's liking. Two of us particularly like lamb and the lamb chops were some of the best we've ever had. We ordered lots of different dishes and shared everything in our group of seven. Calamari was fantastic, combination XLB gave everyone something they liked, the pumpkin puffs were amazing, Kung Pao chicken super good, London Duck excellent, and the Lunar Blossom dessert was not only an amazing delight but absolutely delicious as well. A new family favorite restaurant.

Tags: Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on 3 September 2017

Look for the specially hand pulled noodles. Also, chat with the owner/partner, Vincent Lawrence. He was really young, personable and helpful. We have been there about 7 times since it opened last year.

I wish the servers knew what XO sauce was, no one was able to bring it to us.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Spicy, Comfort Food, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on 3 September 2017

We were in the back room with all of the film crews belongings from the food network show they were filming. Not even sure where to start with the rest of the experience, very disappointed!

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·Dined on 31 August 2017

In my open table reservation, I specifically noted that one in our party (myself) had a severe shellfish allergy and asked the restaurant to please notify me 24 hours in advance (so I could make an alternate reservation) if the kitchen could not accommodate. I did'n't get any notification that this would be an issue.

Upon being seated and looking over the menu, the waitress let me know that there were literally only 3 entrees I could eat as everything either contained shrimp flakes or had been marinated in oyster sauce. Note: NOT GOOD FOR VEGETARIANS OR ANYONE WHO CANNOT EAT FISH / SHELLFISH!

While the food I did order was good and I still enjoyed the experience (great dessert and unique cocktails), I would not have gone here knowing that only 3 things on the entire entree menu (one of which was a salad and not really an entree) were OK for me to eat. I couldn't try the things they were known for (soup dumplings, lamain).

When someone lets you know ahead of time of an allergy, you should let them know if the menu will be extremely limited. Nobody goes to a restaurant knowing they can only eat 3 things on the entree menu.

While our waitress was attentive, friendly, and very careful about my allergy, nothing on the bill was comped, even when I asked her to let the host know that I was pretty disappointed that nobody at the restaurant let me know when I booked that there was virtually nothing I could eat on the menu.

Disappointed overall.

Tags: Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on 30 August 2017

Had a great night. Our server was incredible. We celebrated our 8th anniversary and it was a really special night thanks to you guys.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on 25 August 2017

Food is good but price high and portions small.
Good service.
The noodles are very good

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on 23 August 2017

Each time we go to Imperial Lamian we always find something new and exciting on the menu. That alone keeps us coming back. BUT, those Dim Sum dumplings are the BEST in town. Thank you again for another great experience and super service.

Tags: People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Special Occasion, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on 20 August 2017

We celebrated my boyfriend's birthday! They made it so special and great!!

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·Dined on 18 August 2017

Many different choices. Great place to take a friend and catch up.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on 18 August 2017

We were never served. Eventually somebody came by and poured water, but that was it. Do yourself a favor and go somewhere else that actually serves dinner.

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·Dined on 13 August 2017

We tried the combination soup dumplings, piggy bao, har gao, and pumpkin puffs. While we don't regret trying this place out for the novelty, we will probably not come back again. It wasn't awful but it also wasn't the best ever.

The space: Nicely decorated, and for a Sunday brunch, it was nicely active starting around noon. The sound of the noodles being prepared was on the loud side, so be warned if you prefer quiet and you're seated by the open kitchen area.

Service: The hostess and our server were both very nice and I have no complaints at all. While the food came out pretty quickly, the person bringing our food (not our main server) was not as clean in handling our food as we would have preferred and one of the plates set out on the table had some food particulate on it, as did the plate they replaced it with.

Food: We ordered two sets of the combination plates of soup dumplings, which come with 6 dumplings each. In my plate, two of the dumplings were already burst from the start, which was a little disappointing. One was popped in the other set. The dumplings were all pretty tasty, and while they're not the best soup dumplings ever, they are still enjoyable for the novelty. The cheese one was not as weird as I expected, and the Spicy Szechuan and crab were my favorite.

The piggy bao and pumpkin puffs were adorable, but a little bready. The stuffings were not as flavorful as they could have been, and I found the taste of the dough really took over.

The har gao was excellent, and probably the most enjoyable part of the meal. There were huge chunks of shrimp, and we highly recommend these.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on 12 August 2017

Great dumplings!

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vip
 (London)·Dined on 6 August 2017

Terrible experience. Had to send most of our food back, and the manager even admitted that it was not up to standard, saying that he had tried the gua bao earlier that day and it didn't taste right (so, why was it still on the menu?). The duck salad was awful. Rather than crispy duck, it was chewy, dry, and tasteless. Very disappointed, as I go to this restaurant often and had grown accustomed to a better experience.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on 6 August 2017

Disappointing experience. The staff lost our order - which they only realized after they brought out the wrong food for the second time. Following us noting that we had been waiting for 25mins for our tea and food that had already been ordered, a second different server came round to take our order, as if we had not yet ordered.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on 6 August 2017

Good value for money and best soup dumplings or Xiao Long Bao you can get outside Chinatown.

Tags: Fun, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Tapas
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on 4 August 2017

We were seated for about 10 minutes and had to ask a server passing by for some water. We then ordered drinks and an appetizer, our drinks never came and had to ask another passing by server about our drinks. The food was good. There could have been more soup in the soup dumplings, but they were still good. The service was horrible. If I wanted great Chinese food, but horrible service, I would have gone to Chinatown. I chose to pay more for great Chinese food with great service, that's why we chose Imperial Lamien. We were really disappointed.

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