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“Cool Asian restaurant in RTC” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Big Bowl Chinese and Thai

Big Bowl Chinese and Thai
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Ranked #8 of 144 Restaurants in Reston
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Chinese, Asian, Thai, Gluten Free, Mongolian
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Transit: The Reston Town Center.
Virginia
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Cool Asian restaurant in RTC”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

It was our first experience dining at the Big Bowl located in Reston Town Center on a Friday night. Luckily, we played safe and made online reservations before we reached. And boy we were happy. The wait would have been pretty overwhelming. Our family of 5 was served within minutes. My daughter opted for the Stir fry bar, while we chose their menu offerings. We ordered steak and noodles, Thai hot pepper with chicken, basil and peanuts and the spicy Thai vegetable curry. The food was awesome. Loved the steak and the noddles. The curries were spicy enough to suit our Asian taste buds (yes, we didn't need to substitute the spice with any hot sauce.) The stir fry bar was OK -- nothing worth raving about.

Apart from the food, the decor is upscale -- perfect for a girls' night out, family night or even for a date (however, finding a quiet corner might be tad bit difficult...)

Loved it. Recommended.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Service
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Food
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Washington, DC
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56 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Solid if predictable”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

They have changed their menu recently and added a few new items - the cherry shrimp was great. Otherwise its where we go to have solid, fresh Asian food. Decor is lovely and upscale in keeping with Reston Town Center and the staff is always very good. Pricing is reasonable.

Visited March 2013
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NYC
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76 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“impersonal service”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

I waited a very long time for my food. The food was undercooked and laying in grease. My waitress then disappeared and I had to stop another waiter to ask for my check.

Visited March 2013
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Ithaca NY
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
“for hearty appetities”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

Choose your own stir-fry ingredients works well. The sauces we tried (from a wide selection) were quite good. Desserts not that great. Attentive service and fairly quick. It's popular so go early if you can. Noisy (despite the high ceiling), especially near the food prep area.

Visited April 2013
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Tampa, Florida
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“outstanding service from a foodie!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Waitress recommended a proper chinese dinner on a cold day that really hit the spot. Great noodle dish limited time offer, ready to go back for their fresh food!

Visited February 2013
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