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AO Hawaiian Hideout

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Updated 10/02/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 10/02/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#122 of 432 Asian in Chicago
#1,022 of 5,568 Restaurants in Chicago


$8 - $21
Asian, Thai, Fusion, Hawaiian
Special Diets
Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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South Loop
1.0 miles from The Art Institute of Chicago
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Reviewed March 27, 2021

Great place to go hang-out and have a variety of dishes. Fair priced and very friendly staff. The owner remembered us after one visit and is a wonderful example of a restauranteur. If you are looking for a good choice of Asian and Polynesian cuisine,...and local-place prices then this is the spot. UrbanJoe calls this a must stop.More

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed July 27, 2019

On Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 1 PM, I dined at Asian Outpost by myself (I usually dine with others). There were perhaps, four customers dining inside (they have Al Fresco dining). The waitress barely spoke English. Another staff person had to come over to...answer my question,"are the desserts made in house (they are not)?" When couples arrived, they were greeted warmly. The staff even engaged them in limited conversation. As you enter the restaurant, it is cluttered and nasty looking. The inside is pleasant and very relaxing. The dish I ordered was Kage Shadow listed under Signature Japanese. My lunch was 5 star (*****). My dish was beautifully presented and delicious. One a scale of 1 - 10, it was a 10. FYI, I'm always respectful, easy going and a big tipper. So why one star? The staff made me feel like an interloper, because I dined alone. As I left, the staff person who answered my question regarding their dessert menu, totally ignored me. Being treated in such a cold manner, spoiled my lunch. The staff at the Asian Outpost should be trained to treat each customer respectfully and made to feel welcome. I've dined at many other neighborhood restaurants in the South Loop, where I'm made to feel welcomed and my wait person always acknowledges my departure. When you dine at the Asian Outpost, go with someone.More

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed September 16, 2018

No explanation for our delay in trying this hidden-in-plain-sight-neighborhood-gem, so glad we decided to walk over tonight. Many seating options including sidewalk for pleasant weather. We started with sushi & the generous bowl of Vietnamese Home Style Noodle Soup. My husband was very happy with...his tuna sushi & I enjoyed the soup although it's too noodle-heavy as a starter & definitely enough to share. The dense,slightly sweet chicken fried rice was tasty another shareable dish & the Smothered Roasted Pork Belly was delicious (too fatty from a texture perspective for me) the non-greasy sauce had a deep, rich flavor, generous enough to allow for my husband's breakfast experiment tomorrow morning topped with over-easy eggs. We plan to return, from the full dining room & counter full of carry-out orders, we are not alone in our affection for Asian Outpost. .More

Date of visit: September 2018
Reviewed September 14, 2018

Asian Outpost can best be summed up by the term “wasted potential”. This place really needs some refinement. First…the good. This place is in a great location and the South Loop desperately (and I mean desperately) needs some good restaurants. I can see that the...hundreds of people that walk by this place every day are intrigued by the name and the large menu; and the food (at least the Chinese, Thai and sushi part of the menu) is actually quite good. Stick to the egg rolls, Pad Thai, and fried rice and you won’t be disappointed. Their beer selection and some of their cocktails (like the Freaky Tiki and Asian Martinis) are also quite refreshing. Now…for the bad. As others have posted, this business is definitely geared towards take-out and delivery and stuck in a rut. The staff hasn’t been trained properly (Ever hear of a Chinese fire-drill? Watch the staff look for your bill). Your food and drinks will take at least 20 minutes to arrive (Don’t eat here if you’re in a hurry). The menu is way too big and confusing. (The Hawaiian, Korean and “Soul Food” part of the menu is pretty awful). Large menus like theirs are just obnoxious and in an Asian restaurant can be downright dangerous (The greasy fried items on the menu like the sliders and fried chicken should be renamed “Mao Tse Tung’s Revenge”). The interior décor is totally amateur and way too bright (You’ll need a pair of sunglasses and some SPF 45 to finish dinner). A hodgepodge of Asian trinkets and tableware lit by way too many halogen bulbs make this place look cheap and dated. When I hear “Asian Outpost” I want to see a charming import-export motif; shipping containers with Asian labels, pictures of exotic trading ports and the like not some hanging LED lights and Chinese lanterns from the year 1989. I really want to like this place but it needs a professional overhaul. Cut the menu in half, bring the staff and décor up to Chicago standards, make it more refined, less confusing and this restaurant could be the gem of the South Loop.More

Date of visit: August 2018
Reviewed September 7, 2018 via mobile

We went there for dinner. Eversthing was fine. Delicious good, fast cooked, kind & attentive service. We'll definitly come back!

Date of visit: September 2018
Reviewed June 16, 2018 via mobile

I picked this place because it was walking distance to my hotel and had decent ratings. I wasn't disappointed. Good food (not spectacular, but good) and pretty inexpensive for the area. Definitely recommend to folks not wanting to break the bank and have a decent...meal.More

Date of visit: June 2018
Reviewed June 11, 2018

I am in town for a conference and ordered for delivery to a local hotel. The food arrived in the timeframe quoted. The food was warm and very delicious!

Date of visit: June 2018
Reviewed March 19, 2018 via mobile

Another bad restaurant choice during my visit to Chicago. Restaurant was extremely dirty and unkept. The seat cushions had stains on all of them and the bathroom was an absolute mess. The bar looked like an explosion went off in it. This was more of...a takeaway place than a restaurant anyone would eat in. Anyplace that serves everything specializes in nothing. The staff was friendly but I do not even think they recognize the details on what needs to be fixed.More

Date of visit: March 2018
Reviewed October 25, 2017 via mobile

Very delicious food and nice decoration. Service is very good too! Ordered food by recommendation and they are actually good!

Date of visit: October 2017
Reviewed October 14, 2017 via mobile

If you’re looking for General Tso’s chicken or combination fried rice keep heading west to Chinatown. But if you want Asian food without the American made gimmicks, Asian Outpost is for you. The owners (Lois & David) are the folks behind Hot Woks, Cool Sushi...and they really know their stuff. The menu is diverse, blending Thai, Chinese and Japanese favorites including stir fry, entrees, ramen and sushi. You MUST try the fried chicken. We’re also fans of the quinoa salad. They have large booths and a nice outdoor space as well. Service is usually good and if it’s not, the manager is always available. A great way to break out of your Chinese carry out rut!More

Date of visit: August 2017
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December 18, 2019|
Response from AsianOutpostHawaiian | Property representative |
We have a separate section on our regular menu dedicated to vegan & gluten friendly items
December 18, 2019|
Response from AsianOutpostHawaiian | Property representative |
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Frequently Asked Questions about AO Hawaiian Hideout

  • Yes, AO Hawaiian Hideout offers takeout services.

  • Yes, AO Hawaiian Hideout offers delivery services.

  • Yes, AO Hawaiian Hideout is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

  • AO Hawaiian Hideout is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
    • Food: 4.5
    • Service: 4
    • Value: 4.5
    • Atmosphere: 4.5