Big Bowl-Reston

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906 reviews
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$30 and under
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Chinese
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  • Casual
  • Healthy
  • Good Vegetarian Options
There’s really only one place for authentic Chinese and Thai, and that's Big Bowl. It all begins with the highest quality ingredients–naturally raised chicken and beef, heirloom pork, sustainable seafood and produce grown locally. Because Big Bowl believes that the best food is made from scratch, you can taste big, bold layers of flavors in every dish, from the curries right down to the dipping sauces.

Everyone raves about the pad Thai, our spicy dishes that are truly hot, and our create-your-own stir-fry–and for good reason. Every element adds up to big taste and takes our food to another level, be it a fresh squeeze of lime, fragrant herbs or the seared Thai chilies.

Big Bowl is so big on authentic flavors that even the ginger ale is made with fresh ginger root–from scratch, of course.
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OT
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

The food was expensive for the quality but perhaps it is to compensate for the quantity. The portions are enough for two people per plate. The service was great.

OT
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We like to come here on Saturday evenings occasionally and we've found that reservations are a must. It's usually quite noisy, but service is always friendly and good. I like to order the stir fry bar because I can choose which protein, sauce and starch I want and then customize my vegetables. It always makes for a very filling meal. The green salad with sesame dressing is quite good and the orange ginger ale is especially good if you want a non-alcoholic beverage. It is definitely not Canada Dry; it's got a bite to it from the fresh ginger. There are quite a few restaurants in Reston Town Center and Big Bowl is one of the best.

M
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Great place for good eats

R
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was good and served in timely manner without delay.

RF
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great lunch

BR
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

The food is excellent, but the Air conditioning was out.

m
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Stir Fry bar is always a hit! But AC could not keep up with outside temps 100 so very uncomfortable inside even once sun was down,
they had fans on but still a sweaty experience. Lighting was also very dark- couldnt see the menu

K
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

My food and drink was great!

K
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The food was very good, better than a PF Chang's. Food came out very fast as well. If you are going to order the stir fry and a off the menu entree, make sure you time it correctly. Work with your server on the timing....easy to do.

M
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was outstanding! Milton was an excellent server and the food was fresh and delicious as always!!

HO
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a wonderful time with friends who came from Georgia to dine with us at Big Bowl. It's their favorite restaurant! We love it because there is something for everyone, including the 'build your own' bowls. The staff doesn't rush you before or after you've dined. It's the perfect place to gather!

s
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 2

I have booked the table and was told i was not booked.allocated me a table near bar where as i booked 1 week ago

PR
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food and service remains first-rate. However, prices on the wine list continue to climb. We decided to not order a bottle due to this.

MH
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Quiet Monday afternoon lunch. Enjoyed the Crab Rangoon
Appetizer and create your own bowl entree. Everything was fresh and delicious. Has become one of our favorite eateries.

SC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

As always Big Bowl was a great experience, great food and service.

CA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Good service, nice ambiance, good food. Too much rice and not enough actual main dish food on the plate, so not a good enough value.

MT
Washington DC
77 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great food & service all around. The food was a little bit spicy but otherwise very good.

RN
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

First time at big bowl and I really enjoyed it! I ordered the Thai hot pepper with chicken and cauliflower rice and that was delicious! For appetizer we ordered the spicy green beans and they were on point! The lettuce wraps were good too!
Will definitely go back!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

June 5th. Poor service

LF
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

Ginger sodas we're good. Beef and broccoli was sort of bland.

PM
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Food is decent but thought the service was lacking. Almost impossible to get ice water. They would only serve warm water. Had to constantly ask for ice. Server was not the greatest. Expected more from this restaurant.

CC
Kansas City
52 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great meal and service. We had two parties of 9 and were accommodated.

MT
Washington DC
77 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food & service all around. Plus adding in the "Lettuce Entertain You," points makes the experience even better.

KC
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

We entered through the back door and checked in. We asked for a seat in the bar dining area and were told that we'd have to wait for a table to clear, which we were fine with. Once a table opened up, we sat ourselves. The 2 hostesses seemed too busy to seat us with a menu. After at least 5 minutes of waiting, I had to go ask for the menus and then ask if the bartender would be our server. They remained "anchored" to the front podium after handing menus to me and confirming that the bartender would serve us. The bartender appeared busy with the business in the bar area, but did come around and eventually took our order. The food from the stir fry bar was delicious. After a slow start, the bartender was attentive, even with covering multiple tables. We really enjoyed the food, but didn't care for the apparent lack of concern from the hostesses, which got us off to a bad start. This unfortunately set the tone for our dining experience - it was pretty disappointing.

AM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We had wonderful time as always. Good food and good service.

SM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 3

Bad food. We ordered the same things we always ordered.. garlic fried rice had no taste of garlic.. bland. Asked waiter for spicy entree and everything was bland and lacked salt/ seasoning. Ate very little and dumped the leftovers

J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Our waitress did a marvelous job! She managed several large parties - probably more than what she should have been serving.

OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Order was a tad sour but tolerable. No great shakes.. Ambiance and service was great.

NA
London
12 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Claims to serve both Chinese and Thai food and does neither... distinct whiff of supermarket sauce about the food served. Decent staff, service typical of the US.

JB
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good food, good service and nice location. A good variety of menu options that satisfy both the vegetarian and non vegetarian members of our family. Nothing to complain about. Their vegetarian dumplings are fantastic.

MH
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a great lunch. Everything was fresh and delicious. When making up our bowl we had beautiful fresh vegetables to choose from. After 2:00 it was quiet and had a nice atmosphere. Server was attentive and helpful. Will definitely be back!

AB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Food was fine as opposed to super whenever we come here. But Four stars are because of the server's attitude. It was our wedding anniversary dinner and we brought in a guest also. When the server brought the bill, the guest quickly paid cash and I wish the server had listened to me to charge the credit card and not accept the cash from him. But she was very adamant and denied charging the card.

OT
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Took my mom to dinner before her flight and she had a great time and really enjoyed the Panang Chicken

R
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My wife and I LOVE Big Bowl. Their ingredients are all fresh and they offer a wide variety of dishes to choose from. Two weeks ago, we had guests that are vegetarians - and they had lots of choices. The entrees are huge, so take it easy on the appetizers. Also, try the different flavors of ginger ale !

NB
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Service much better than last time. Seated immediately. Food very good. Dessert awesome as usual!

SH
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I always love the Thai Hot Peppers dish. My friend had the chef's choice stirfry. We both loved our dinner meals.

SC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 1 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Big Bowl has excellent faire and service. Its good every time.

K
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Food and service are okay; I hate the front host/hostess experience; they always look miserable.

ZJ
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Solid experience. Service was pleasant and attentive, and I really appreciated our server pointing out that my dish had fish sauce in it since I had been ordering all veggies.

Food: Garden rolls with dipping sauces were very yummy. Fresh ginger ale was refreshing. Veggie pad thai was fine but not great and a rather small portion. My colleague's sesame chicken looked amazing, and she seemed to really enjoy it. Points for offering a tasty and gluten free dessert - we got the chocolate cake. I would come back for the garden rolls and dessert. Next time I would try a curry or a stir fry.

DC
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The place, ambiance was good. Online reservation was great. Without talking to anyone. Food was great

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