Imperial Lamian

4.5
829 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Chinese
Top tags:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Chinese, Asian, Dim Sum
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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
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Phone number
(312) 595-9440
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Payment Options:
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Alan Tan
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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 with or without staff. We will make sure that your event is a remarkable one with our refined service and attention to detail, simply go to http://www.imperial-lamian.com/catering/ and let us customize your next event today!
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Cross street
State St.
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Parking Details
Street parking available or valet offered at $14.00 up to 3 hours
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Public Transit
State Bus stop, 2 blocks north of Grand ave red line stop
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
What 829 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.3
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.1
Value
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77% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 2 days ago

Would not go back again. The food was mediocre and limited menu. Too expensive for the quality of food presented. The servers were too casual and unattending

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Father’s Day

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5.0Dined on 17 June 2018

My friends and I had a great time. All of the staff were very friendly and the soup dumplings were delicious

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5.0Dined on 17 June 2018

My wife and I had our date-night there last Saturday night and we had a great time. Our waitress was fantastic, and the food was great. We liked the cocktails as well.

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5.0Dined on 14 June 2018

La Mian noodles and xiao long bao combo were very good!

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4.0Dined on 12 June 2018

Other than the soup dumpling, must try the squid ink noodles and for extra fun, finish the meal with the Lunar Blossom as the dessert.

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1.0Dined on 8 June 2018

Owner was rude and lied about a few topics including table reservation. Food was good but table was dirty. Could barely speak with guests for the audio / noise dynamics. Overall a bad experience mostly due to service and lack of cleanliness

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5.0Dined on 8 June 2018

shoutout to our waiter Jacob and the beautiful special occasion-worthy Lunar Balloon. My brother and parents were visiting from out of town from my graduation, and this was probably our favorite meal!

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4.0Dined on 8 June 2018

The food, overall was excellent, yet a little pricey for Asian. Expect to pay $50 per person. The soup dumpling were outstanding, as well as the handmade Lamian (noodles). The only thing that was not up to par, in my opinion, was the dessert, though I usually do not enjoy dessert at Asian restaurants. We had the bao with "custard" which tasted more like raw egg yolks, and also very doughy. The decor was beautiful and service very attentive.

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4.0Dined on 8 June 2018

This place was great! I would probably give it a 4.5 if that was an option. I ate a lot of new foods and liked them all. Our waitress was friendly and it was great for a big group.

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3.0Dined on 8 June 2018

Hi. Let me start off by saying I received a text and a call wanting me to confirm my reservation even though I had already confirmed through text. When I answered the call I was told I should hurry because they are closing the doors earlier. When we got seated they told us we had ten minutes to order. All of this was very bizarre and we were given an attitude about being there at our reservation time. If it is such as issue, it should not be an option on open table for such a later reservation. We didn’t even know what time they close but assumed it was later since we were allowed to make a 9:30PM reservation. In the reservation I mentioned it was my birthday and my bf called separately to make sure there was happy bday written on the dessert and a candle for me. I don’t particularly care but my bf was very upset because he wanted to plan out the perfect night for me as we went to your establishment to celebrate my day. We felt very rushed the whole time. The dumplings were great, the actual meal was average. All in all my “special occasion” was not as special to you. Will not be coming back and will not be recommending.

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5.0Dined on 6 June 2018

So delicious and large portion sizes! This is one of my favorite places to eat in Chicago!

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5.0Dined on 5 June 2018

I wish we went back a second time while we were in Chicago. The cuisine is Chinese Indonesian, with a variety of choices for meat eaters and vegetarians alike. I ordered the salmon which takes 20 minutes but it is well worth it. The non-alcoholic drinks were very nice. I would definitely go back, and wish there was a place like this in the Boston area!

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2.0Dined on 3 June 2018

I took my wife and 2 year old daughter here for a belated Mother's Day lunch since we were unable to celebrate on the actual holiday. Because it was the mid-afternoon, the restaurant was sparsely populated with patrons, but that unfortunately did not mean we received more attention or quick service. It took about 10 minutes for our waitress to ask if we'd like anything to drink other than water, and when we asked what non-pork dishes she recommended, she simply pointed out every vegetarian option on the menu (ignoring other meat dishes) without recommending anything or describing what she liked about certain dishes.

The food was good, but certainly nothing mind blowing. The shrimp lo mein had only 5 pieces of shrimp in the entire dish, and was comparable in quality to Chinese take-out. The crab soup dumplings were tasty but pretty skimpy on the crab for the price, and both the shrimp har gao dumplings and vegetable fired rice were very bland. Making matters worse were the very small plates provided. While they would be appropriate for dim sum and other small bites, they were wholly inadequate for the fried rice and lo mein. Finally, our waitress found it necessary to check the cleanliness of both the spoons provided for the soup dumplings and our tea cups at the table - returning a spoon and a teacup for having "some sauce" on them. I don't know if sauce splatter on dishware is normal or not, but it did not add anything positive to the experience. I don't think we'll be going back or recommending it to anyone.

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5.0Dined on 3 June 2018

The food was outstanding! Will be back again soon.

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5.0Dined on 31 May 2018

The food was excellent, service excellent !
Definitely will be back

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5.0Dined on 28 May 2018

One of the best places for dumplings in the US!

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3.0Dined on 27 May 2018

The atmosphere, decorations are cute. Service is great. Just the food it’s ok to me, maybe my expectation was too high.

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3.0Dined on 25 May 2018

Good service and decor but food was very bland- had multiple dishes with no flavor at all

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5.0Dined on 24 May 2018

I cannot even begin to get into how amazing this meal was. Okay, I will tho.

We were seated promptly and given menus/water and everything. Our server AARON? Was just a delight. He was super knowledgeable on all things on the menu and did not fail to highlight his favorites. He seemed very honest and was open about portion size and helped narrow down tough options.

The food......
WOW everything was really great but I have to talk about this duck fried rice....WHO KNEW. It was perfect all around. The rice and duck was the perfect amount of crispy and came w a great assortment of veggies in there.

Highly enjoyable meal. I will be back

I had the mule for a cocktail and it was also perfection.

Aaron stayed in touch throughout the meal and promptly brought the check when asked. He was everything you could ask for in a superb server. Thank you IL

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5.0Dined on 21 May 2018

Amazing Xio Long Bao's and hand pulled noods are great too.

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5.0Dined on 20 May 2018

We never go to Chicago without stopping at this restaurant. Hand pulled noodles are absolutely delicious as well as fun to watch being made. Everything on their menu is wonderful. The soup buns are fantastic.
Definitely make reservations here when you’re in Chicago.

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3.0Dined on 14 May 2018

Good for non-Asian customers. The food is Americanized and way too salty. Great atmosphere though!

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5.0Dined on 13 May 2018

This place has great service. Our waitress was extremely knowledgeable of the menu. The food was delicious and I love the fresh noodles that are made in front of you. Definitely a creative spin on familiar Chinese dishes. The inside ambience is beautiful. I love the modern decor.

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4.0Dined on 13 May 2018

food was unique and very good. They have some crazy desert I would recommend. They have four kitchens so there was an issue getting the food out together. My party was done eating before my food arrived. But even given that I would definitely go back.

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1.0Dined on 13 May 2018

Very disappointed. Nice atmosphere, but we were not happy with the service and food.

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2.0Dined on 12 May 2018

Food tasted great.

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5.0Dined on 12 May 2018

This restaurant is excellent. The food is extremely authentic - real Chinese food prepared by Chinese chefs for knowledgeable customers (look around at the composition of the customers when you visit). This is NOT the American version of Chinese food - if you want that, go elsewhere. This is the real thing. Ingredients used and cooking style are exactly as they should be. The interior is pleasant without being remarkable. The staff are extremely friendly and knowledgeable about what they are serving. Considering many of the staff are not ethnic Chinese this suggests in-depth training which just underlines that the owners are very serious about their mission. Having lived 25 years in Asia I seldom go to Asian restaurants in America as few serve unmodified dishes - this is an exception.
Very delighted to have this place in the neighborhood.

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5.0Dined on 12 May 2018

We had dimsum here for Mother's Day and it was perfect! The ambiance of the place is really gorgeous, and my mom appreciated that it wasn't too loud. We ordered a bunch of things, all of which were delicious. The Piggy Bao, Szechuan Wonton, and Egg Custard Bun were all DELICIOUS and I'd highly recommend them. We also had 2 kinds of soup dumplings, and I'd highly recommend those if you are coming here! This is a great place for any occasion, and I'd highly recommend it.

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1.0Dined on 10 May 2018

I visited your restaurant on May 09, 2018 for dinner with my guest to celebrate a happy occasion.

I was excited to try Imperial Liam as I was craving Thai food and read great reviews.

We ordered SAMBAL LAMIAN SEAFOOD (LOBSTER, SHRIMP, SCALLOP) PRICED AT $27. Unfortunately the ink noodles were flavorless and underwhelming. There were three shrim in my dish, a small piece of lobster and NO SCALOPS at ALL!

I am very disappointed with the food provided and left the restaurant hungry with a $100 bill. As an overall rating, our experience at this establishment was not near what we were expecting. I hope a restaurant of this repute pays more attention to the culinary ability of the staff and improves on the food served to the guests.

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4.0Dined on 4 May 2018

Food was interesting- something spicy with no warning. fortunately we goo there for happy hour as our bill for 6 people, including two teenage boys was very high. Food was very tasty, vegetables wonderful. Not god value for the dollar.
Service was cheerful and competent.

I really resent you using energetic qs a noise level to really cover loud and obnoxious. We ate very early in the evening and the noise level was fine.

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1.0Dined on 3 May 2018

My wife and I were searching for a new (for us) Chinese restaurant in the city. Imperial Lamian came recommended by a few acquaintances. I will not listen to them again.

On entering restaurant, the ambience seemed to fulfill the promise. Friendly front door staff, striking furnishings, open kitchen, all enticing!

Then trouble start. Lumbering slothful waiter whose apparent only desire was to say "No!" For a moment we thought he was a frustrated and out of work Russian Twitter troll whose mother would only say "Nyet!"

He told us with a sadistic delight that it would take 20 minutes for sea bass dish and that we will have to wait until all food is ready to be delivered all at once. Ah?!

Asking him if appetizers could come first led to a brief, short "No!" Ah?!

Indeed, I will not report more of this pathetic event.

Actually, I will.

Hot and sour soup (excellent, thick broth, spicy and tangy) came together with tea (excellent!) and Hibiscus Flower drink (mezcal based drink - outstanding!). At the same time we got dumplings and the main dish! At the frigging same time!

At the same frigging time!

Main dish - I chose Schezwan chicken partly because I started to have second thoughts as to the quality of the place. Ha! I was right! The chicken was an overcooked mess. It might have been some other animal; all flash tastes the same when overcooked. It came with no rice, well okay may be it is a la cart...

The duck salad was good, I ordered it afterwards because the chicken dish was not only overcooked, but small... like minimal... may be they gave me remains from another patron...

A few other notes: hot and sour soup came without spoons... I guess we were expected to sip it. The tea came without sugar. And the table was set for 4, even though there were only two of us. So the busboy kept four water glasses filled at all times...

The overall impression was that we were not wanted there. Fair enough. We will not return there again.

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4.0Dined on 1 May 2018

Pretty good.

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2.0Dined on 30 April 2018

Extremely slow kitchen and unconcerned server. Noon seating. Ordered soup dumplings at 12:10 and they came in 10 minutes, which was fine. Ordered 3 entrees at 12:20 and they came at 12:55, two without serving pieces. Took 5 more minutes to flag server for serving pieces for two dishes and he brought only one. Had to flag him again and waited 5 more minutes to get third spoon. Ruined the whole experience.

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5.0Dined on 29 April 2018

We've been here before and have never been disappointed. The staff is very helpful and the food is delicious. It was a busy Saturday night but the service was quick and friendly. We will be back.

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5.0Dined on 28 April 2018

Amazing! Love the dim sum and the noodle broth. The lunar blossom dessert was such a surprise!

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5.0Dined on 27 April 2018

Sitting near the kitchen is so much fun to watch them stretch and make fresh noodles!

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5.0Dined on 25 April 2018

The food is SO good I'm always surprised they have tables left when we go last minute. Which helps make this spot our goto at least once a week. The host has always been helpful and our service has been great. We've had Aaron as our server a few times and he's awesome! Our favorite dishes that we get every time are the wok fried la mian with shrimp and the yang chaofan fried rice. Also the soup dumplings are amazing, I recommend the Shanghai pork ones.

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5.0Dined on 22 April 2018

On this our first time dining here we could the food and service exceptional. The kitchen agreed to cook King Pao chicken even though it was not on the Sunday brunch menu. The soup dumplings were tasty and nicely presented quickly as well as were the sesame cookies! As roundeyes we were in the minority with many Asian eaters and all
Of us were happy.

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5.0Dined on 21 April 2018

Sensational food and service. Would definitely go back.

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