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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Overall Rating

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4.4

service

4.2

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Birthdays (16)
Happy Hour (15)
Comfort Food (14)
Business Meals (13)
Spicy (13)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
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Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Brunch (9)
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Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
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·Dined 5 days ago

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 6 days ago

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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on 4 August 2017

Aside from their lack of clarity with food allergies, great place and good entertainment watching noodles being made! I don't know why I'd never been there though I've been walk by it all the time for a while.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on 3 August 2017

Food and service outstanding!!!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on 2 August 2017

It just wasn't as good as the last time I was here...

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on 31 July 2017

The food is really good, though it could be spicier. But the service is absolutely awful. The hostess checked us in, but then I got an email from OpenTable claiming I didn't come to my reservation. The waitress forgot about us a number of times, even though she had her busy walk down and was pacing the dining room -- to go talk to her friends at the host stand and the wait stand. We sat with our menus and appetizer on the table for 20 minutes before we got to order, even though she walked by 3 times. Then when I wanted another drink, it took another 20 minutes to get it. She never checked on us.

And the waitresses need to learn how to pour a beer. They hold it directly over the glass and pour. Luckily, she didn't spill my $16 beer (I know how that sounds), but my $8 beer was all foam and overflowed. I was there for an anniversary dinner, and though it didn't spoil it, it certainly didn't make it special. I expect very little when I go to River North, and this place delivered.

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 (New England)·Dined on 29 July 2017

Soup dumplings are really decorative & yummy. The Mushroom steamed buns are a bit playful I design. The turnip cake didn't quite work me as a dish. Taste wasn't bad but felt it wasn't as decorative like the other dishes. Menu was clean & well designed.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on 28 July 2017

Unusual and very well-prepared selections. This is the first US location (waitress told me there are 40 in Indonesia), and I look forward to more.

Tags: Special Occasion, Spicy, Authentic, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on 28 July 2017

We had the stuffed chicken and the combination baos for starters. Both were excellent! Then we had the duck, which was ok. The meat was a little chewy. Finally we had the pork belly noodles, which was also very good. The servers were excellent. They walked us through the entire menu since this was our first time there. And they were great about answering questions.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on 28 July 2017

Still one of my favorite restaurants in Chicago. Easy to get to from the loop or mag mile. Great atmosphere. Recommend reservations.
You can make a meal out of the combination bao. I did. Pair with a pot of jasmine tea and you've got a great lunch at a great price.

Tags: Late-night Find, Tapas, Happy Hour, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on 25 July 2017

Delicious, beautiful and great service.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on 24 July 2017

Great service and incredible soup dumplings; will definitely return!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 23 July 2017

We did Sunday Brunch. Get there early if you can, because it was very full when we left at 12:45p. Handmade noodles and dumplings make this place special. The Shanghai dumplings (Xiao long bao) are for real here, very similar to what we have enjoyed in Shanghai. Super creative dim sum offerings, with plenty for vegetarians, and way better than the generic stuff everyone else offers. Don't miss this gem!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on 23 July 2017

Dumplings and noodles were good but chicken wings were a miss (they were kind of mushy and add-should take them off the menu). Place was possibly too loud or our waitress needed to be louder, we could not hear her well. Portions were a bit small for the price, but maybe that is just downtown pricing. Wish they brought a candle with the birthday dessert for my daughter.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on 22 July 2017

The noodles, fried platter, combination xio long bao are a must!

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·Dined on 22 July 2017

High Class Food and Dining in Chicago. Very special high end Chinese food. Equal to the best you can find in Shanghai

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups
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 (Indiana)·Dined on 22 July 2017

Real. Authentic. Chinese. SUPERB!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on 22 July 2017

Outstanding Xiao Long Bao! Spectacular dessert Lunar Blossom. Everything is great.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Authentic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on 21 July 2017

Great food! Can't wait to return

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 (Chicago)·Dined on 20 July 2017

Dim sum and soup dumplings were great. Great happy hour specials to go with one or a handful of friends. Definitely recommend this spot.

Tags: Good for a Date, Spicy, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Romantic, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on 15 July 2017

Portions were small for prices. Place and staff were nice. I probably wouldn't go again as it was not worth the drive nor the price. We didn't even order drinks and we had a 62.00 bill for Chinese food. Lol. Nope not again! Give it a try it was not a bad place and location was nice. Just portions and price.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on 15 July 2017

I made a reservation at Imperial Lamian for my mom's 50th birthday because she wanted to try dim sum and to go somewhere new and different. The food was good and the service was great but the ambiance was only ok. We had a 6:30 reservation and the restaurant was about 20% full at the time of arrival and there wasn't any background music playing so the atmosphere was "meh" for that reason. By the time we left at about 8:15pm, the restaurant was about 40% full and still pretty quiet. FYI: dress code is very lax, most people were wearing shorts and t-shirts. The kitchen was able to accommodate my gluten free preference but options were limited. Overall my group agreed that the experience was about 6 out of 10, with the service being the highest scoring segment.

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 (Switzerland)·Dined on 11 July 2017

The food is just outstanding. To me this place is one of the best I know. Every time I am in Chicago I pick a Hotel close by, so I can walk there and eat. I wish I would have a similar place in my German Hometown.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Spicy
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on 11 July 2017

NEVER DISAPPOINTS. fresh food, beautiful decor. Great energy from the team and the expert dumpling makers and noodle polars make for a wonderful theater.
I'm on the road more than 200 days out of the year for business and Imperial Lamian is one of my all-time favorite restaurants in Chicago. Easy to get to from Cambria Chicago Loop. Just walk straight up State Street is on the left. Ask for Alejandro as your waiter for an extra bonus. He's awesome

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Romantic, Casual, Tapas, Pre/post Theatre, Spicy, Local Ingredients, Afternoon Tea, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Late-night Find, Healthy, Special Occasion, Quick Bite
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 (Orlando)·Dined on 8 July 2017

Yummy Dumpling! Will return!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on 8 July 2017

Just delicious! Artfully prepared dim sum.

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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on 6 July 2017

Delicious! The roasted turnips are amazing, I've never had anything like them before

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on 2 July 2017

While our food was wonderful, everything about the service was poor. It wasn't until after we had received 2 appetizers that the wine we ordered first came out. Our waitress never returned with answers to questions we asked, and was generally unhelpful/responsive during our meal. It's unfortunate, because the food was very good!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on 30 June 2017

Excellent service, but the food is expensive for what it is. However, it was tasty and was a good spot to catch up with friends and their 20mo old kid.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on 30 June 2017

Our table of 10 became 12 and was handled seamlessly. We were all delighted with the presentation and quality of the food and service. Our Lions Convention was enhanced with this dining experience. Thank you from Canada!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on 25 June 2017

The place is nice, food is good. Unfortunately they have a party going on and they couldn't cope with the other customers so the service was below average. Definitely too expensive.

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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on 25 June 2017

Food was good but service was poor. Server showed-up inconsistently and we need to flag down what turned-out to be the manager as well as other staff members to order, receive water refills and request the check. The check / credit card was also returned to the wrong table; staff never noticed and the other patrons returned the card / bill

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on 25 June 2017

We had heard good things and wanted to try it. Nothing worked. Service was slow. The food was greasy and not interesting. Had to ask for utensils, wine, water, etc. Dull ambiance. Too pricey for what it is. That said, our server was a delightful person...wasn't her fault. The noodles were good.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on 25 June 2017

Had a great experience here with my friends - Michelle was a fantastic server. The food was great, and the dumplings were something special! Will come back!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 22 June 2017

Outstanding fresh noodles and dumplings made while you watch. Great interior and service to match.

Tags: Spicy, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on 22 June 2017

Food was good but the only thing served hot were the soup dumplings. Service was abysmal. Drinks so so. Happy hour is the way to go.

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Happy Hour, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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