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Imperial Lamian

4.4
788 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Chinese
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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 788 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.2
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.0
Value
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80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Good food and they were great really accommodating to our 19mo. old daughter. We also made an early reservation so that helped as well.

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

Inauthentic Chinese food, sold at an up cost for ambience. Would not recommend if seeking authentic food.

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2.0Dined 6 days ago

Disappointing from start to finish. The dishes we had were just flavorless and really needed seasoning. The service was slow and forgetful, although our server was very sweet. All the staff was running around trying to turn tables and seemed more interested in bussing the tables and picking up the checks than they did about taking care of their guests. We saw a server actually pick her nose in the dining room.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

We had seven people for dinner with varying ages and tastes. We all made choices to share as entrees and had seven dim sum appetizers.
The food was wonderful. The service was impeccable. The menu has something for everyone. Would certainly recommend the whole fish and the pepper steak which were above and beyond superb.

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5.0Dined on 11 April 2018

Soup dumplings are amazing!

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5.0Dined on 8 April 2018

Spectacular & Delicious!

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3.0Dined on 8 April 2018

Totally over prices. Except the location, nothing is impressive. I am super surprised how much 4-5 stars rating were given. Maybe the reviewers were super hungry ... ...

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4.0Dined on 7 April 2018

Super server. Fun to watch the culinary artists!! Loved my drink. Beautiful tile around the restaurant.

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3.0Dined on 7 April 2018

We found this spot through Yelp after googling for gluten-free dim sum options in the area. This one was well-reviewed, in the right area, and a reviewer had commented that the chef would hook us up with lots of great choices. When we got there, the ambiance was great and the menu looked fabulous. There were only three dim sum options, though, and none of them could be prepared gluten-free. That was disappointing, but we were down to choose some other things and share family style. The biggest issue was our waitress. She did not know answers to any of our questions and would leave for ten minutes at a time between our ordering process. We put in an order for a few dishes, only to find out thirty minutes later that she hadn't put it in yet. I tried to thank her for accommodating us and looking into gluten-free choices, and she rolled her eyes at me. Throughout the evening, she was mostly absent or rude. The food itself was decent, except one truly exceptional dish: the Shanghai chicken. Definitely get that.

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5.0Dined on 6 April 2018

Amazing food. Fun staff. Can't wait to go back! I loved the pork options.

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3.0Dined on 5 April 2018

Did the happy hour menu. The noodles served was lukewarm. Hostess barely came to the table except for taking the order and serving food. Gap between sitting down and being attended to was 15 minutes. Felt like we were rushed to leave the whole time despite empty tables around.

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3.0Dined on 5 April 2018

The service was great. But food was just ok. Outside of the soup dumplings, I didn’t feel like anything really stood out. I also felt it was a poor value for the price overall.

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5.0Dined on 2 April 2018

Great food.

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5.0Dined on 1 April 2018

Absolutely amazing meal. Morgan, our waitress was super helpful and friendly explaining the menu, as it was our first time at the restaurant. I was blown away by the "soup dumplings" and the NY strip beef dish. Everything was so fresh and delicious.

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5.0Dined on 1 April 2018

Food and service was outstanding! Can’t wait to go back!!!

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5.0Dined on 31 March 2018

Very good food, xlb and dimsum are good, roasted duck is delicious, lunar blossom is the best dessert ever

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5.0Dined on 31 March 2018

Travel far and wide for this place. The szechuan wontons and the gruyere, truffle, and szechuan soup dumplings are all out of this world. So are the noodle dishes. Pretty much everything. Get to this place now!

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4.0Dined on 31 March 2018

Great Easter brunch. Delicious hand pulled noodles.

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4.0Dined on 29 March 2018

My daughter and I go to this place all the time for their Happy Hour. $5 wine, dumplings and bun and $6 raman. How can you go wrong. New additions to the Happy Hour menu...crispy chicken bun, very good. Pork belly bun is to die for...the marble meat just melts in your mouth. Hargao (Shrimp Dumpling) are loaded with shrimp. I have never had a dumpling like this at other Asian restaurants. Usually the shrimp is diced and here they serve whole shrimp in the dumpling. The Seiwmai are also delicious dumplings. For the raman, you have a choice of the type of noodle ( regular, flat or hand shaved) and protein. Szechuan Wontons (spicy) were stuffed with chicken and totally great. For dessert we got a free order of the Salted Egg Bao (Steamed Molten Egg Custard Bun). It sounds like a combination of flavors that would not work, but it does. Light and refreshing, i could totally do these with champagne as a brunch item.

Be careful with the ordering. Sometimes our eyes are bigger than our stomach and we end up ordering too much. But it is so good :-)

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4.0Dined on 28 March 2018

I've been to this spot a couple of times, and have always enjoyed my dinners! The soup dumplings are INCREDIBLE; I'd highly recommend the crab ones and the mixed batch is a great taste of lots of things. I've also really enjoyed the black pepper beef and the lamb; both were absolutely delicious. For sides, I've had the green beans, and they were a good value. The hand pulled noodles are a definite must here; I prefer the soup ones over the wok fried. The wok fried ones are a bit like generic lo mein. The white chocolate blossom desert is absolutely beautiful and delicious! While cocktails and wine are a little expensive, the cost of food is pretty inexpensive.

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5.0Dined on 25 March 2018

The soup dumplings are AMAZING and out of this world. Everything else on the menu is mediocre to good. BEST xiao long bao in Chicago for sure. If you want other Chinese dishes, you’re better off somewhere else.

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5.0Dined on 25 March 2018

Friends were in town from the UK and they wanted Asian - this was close to their hotel and getting reservations (and changing them) were a breeze. We even got there early and they seated us right away. Drinks and the food were great. Staff was very friendly too. Stayed for another drink after dinner in the lounge area. Will definitely come here again. Thanks!

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5.0Dined on 24 March 2018

Our server Anna Maria was excellent and food was awesome

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5.0Dined on 24 March 2018

The XLB sampler alone was worth the trip and a tremendous value for the price. The lamian was extraordinary and truly delicious. We rounded out the meal with kung pao chicken, sweet and sour pork and shared an XO sauce chicken fried rice. While the entrees were good, the true stars of the meal were the bao and lamian. When we go back, and will definitely be back, we will just focus on the xlb and noodles which are what makes this restaurant unique. I recommend this restuarant very highly.

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1.0Dined on 23 March 2018

Mediocre food and service and definitely not worth the price that are charging. Unfortunately, 1 star is a generous rating.

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5.0Dined on 22 March 2018

The food was wonderful. We started with the dumpling sampler. Delicious! I had the seafood la mlan and again the flavors were great. My wife had the pork belly which was fine just right. We finished with the Lunar blossom. That was fun and delicious. The service was very attentive. All around, a very good experience. We will return.

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4.0Dined on 21 March 2018

Food and overall service good. Manager and others who came to table were pleasant. Waitress attitude turned negative after being asked a few questions. Never rude, but definitely, less friendly. She was the only negative. Unfortunate, but will return and recommend resturant to others.

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5.0Dined on 20 March 2018

Great decor and lively environment

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5.0Dined on 20 March 2018

Absolutely fantastic soup dumplings. Seriously. Go get some.

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1.0Dined on 19 March 2018

This was the worst service I’ve ever had at any “nice” restaurant in Chicago. It took 30 minutes for our waitress to even ask us our drink orders. When we spoke with the manager he was rude and told us we should leave. So we left.

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5.0Dined on 18 March 2018

Love the dumpling selection! Sweet and Sour chicken is like no other...fresh & delicious!

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3.0Dined on 18 March 2018

Food was creative and delicious. Service was polite but felt chaotic and disorganized. We had to ask for water, no follow-up from waiter to see how we were doing, felt like staff was overwhelmed although the tables weren't all filled. Overall good experience but probably won't go back.

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4.0Dined on 17 March 2018

My son and I are visiting Chicago and wanted something close to our hotel. The ratings for this restaurant were good and when we saw xaiolongbao on the menu, we had to try it. We had a wonderful meal, each enjoyed the XLB sampler, a steamed dim sum basket and some calamari. The food was superb. Service was a bit spotty, but it was a holiday weekend, so we chalked it up to the crowded and festive atmosphere. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on 17 March 2018

My birthday

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3.0Dined on 17 March 2018

For a Saturday, they didn’t seem particularly full, but the servers were overwhelmed. Things took a long time. Our server was very nice, but the slow pace was bothersome.
The food was good. Ribs and soup dumplings were very tasty. The rice bowl would have been excellent, but it was much too salty.
I will try it again on a weekday.

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5.0Dined on 17 March 2018

Thanks to the manager, ( unforgivable that I can’t remember his name) we had a spectacular meal here.
The Hot and Sour Soup is the best I have ever had. Enjoyed the house made pickles too. The Beef Brisket Lamian Bowl and Duck Fried Rice were decadent. But the show stoppers here are the Tea Smoked Ribs and the Lamb Chops. Good Golly Miss Molly !!! Our group of 4 was in a very sharing mood so we took a little bite of each item and passed it around and each dish never made made it back around. You will love the food here., period.
Back to the fore mentioned manager. Just before we arrived, one of the members of our party received a sad call that he had lost a dear friend. In his honor, we ordered 4 Heinekens, unfortunately it is a libation they don’t normally carry. I had a brief conversation with the manager and a few minutes later there were 4 cold green bottles at our table.
Way, way above and beyond my expectations, I can’t thank him enough.
This is our new favorite restaurant in Chicago.

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5.0Dined on 17 March 2018

So delicious! The handmade noodles were through the roof!

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5.0Dined on 13 March 2018

Great dumplings of all different kinds and great Szechuan Lamp chops.

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5.0Dined on 13 March 2018

Fantastic as always!

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5.0Dined on 11 March 2018

Had brunch. Outstanding. Great broths. Hand mde noodles. Well made dumplings. Not much better.

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