Big Bowl

4.0 stars 4.0 out of 5 14 ratings
$Celiac Friendly, Gluten Free Menu, Dessert + 9 more
85% of 7 votes say it's Celiac friendly

11915 Democracy Dr, Reston, VA 20190 Directions

(703) 787-8852
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    Celiac
    1 rating Not celiac friendly
    2 months ago

    The reviews here, the gluten-free menu, and my knowledgeable waitress made me feel like I was safe to eat here. I got a stir fry which was only average and I felt sick as soon as I left the place. It might still be safe to eat here but steer clear of the stir fry, they must fry it all in the same place and not clean it well enough to be celiac safe.

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    Celiac
    3 rating
    11 months ago

    I tried some samples at a gluten-free expo and they were delicious. But the listing should not say that “delivery“ is offered. I called from the nearby Hilton Dulles and learned that the only delivery option is for catering, that is if your order is $250 or more. Please correct this in the listing.

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    5 rating
    1 year ago

    Separate gluten free menu, and takeout orders are processed with a special "allergy" label. Haven't had a problem!

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    2 years ago

    Safe and delicious! They are very careful with cross contamination! Best place to eat chinese and Thai

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    Not celiac
    5 rating
    2 years ago

    They have more than a few options for the gluten free guest. Enjoyed the spicy Chicken with cashews for lunch. The have a nice selection of appetizers and a flourless chocolate cake for dessert.

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    2 rating
    2 years ago

    Food was very salty, and I think it was contaminated when I ate there (Kung Po Chicken with Rice Noodles).

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    3 rating
    3 years ago

    I wasn't all that impressed, particularly after I got the bill. My normal gut husband said his entree wasn't all that great, either.

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    Celiac
    2 rating Celiac friendly
    4 years ago

    used to be one of my favorite restaurants. food has declined badly. Last visit the GF Kung Pow was awful. Waitress did not understand when I asked if the recipe had been changed and kept repeating that it Was GF. Never saw a manager to ask. they've lost our business.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    4 years ago

    Since changing the fish sauce, Big Bowl offers more than half of their menu items as Gluten Free! Also, chat up their wait staff and discover who's been there the longest. Half of the front of the house staff have been there 3 or more years. As for the management team - you will learn that 5 of the 6 managers have worked there for 9 years plus. This makes me comfortable in ordering off the menu - knowing their expertise & experience can guide me through the menu!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    4 years ago

    They have a gluten free menu and the staff is mostly knowledgeable. The food is very good, and they will substitute rice noodles for rice on any dish if you're in the mood for noodles instead of rice (which isn't noted on the menu). You do have to be vigilant with some of the wait staff. I had to write "gluten free please" on the slip the waiter gives you to take up to the line if you're doing the stir fry bar and picking your own vegetables. He hadn't noted my gluten free request, and I am sure I would have been glutened otherwise. Wait staff turnover is pretty frequent and a lot of nice young people, so make sure you're very specific about your needs.

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    5 rating
    5 years ago

    Really a good place that knows well about gluten-free. It IS gluten-free for real.

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    5 years ago

    The GF Pad Thai is amazing!

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    Celiac
    4 rating
    5 years ago

    Mongolian beef was great!

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    Not celiac
    4 rating
    6 years ago

    You must try the Mongolian Beef, so good!

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    Celiac
    1 rating
    1 week ago

    1950 E Higgins Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60173

    Got sick. Also - server tried to give me my colleague’s non gf meal. If they had protocols they were not following them. Really tired of restaurants telling me how great they are at serving Celiacs and then dropping the ball.

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    3 weeks ago

    1705 Hwy 36 W, Rosedale Center, Roseville, MN 55113

    Awesome! They use a carbon copied slip and special plate to follow the gluten free order. Manager brings it out special. All of the staff was very knowledgeable.

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    Featured Reviewer, Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 month ago

    1950 E Higgins Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60173

    I LOVE Big Bowl. They are fantastic with allergies. I have Celiac and a dairy allergy and they have a clear protocol. Food is prepped in a GF pan, pink slip is filled out and a manager runs the food out separately to the table. All allergy/GF meals come on a red rimmed plate so that the kitchen and you know it’s an allergy/GF meal. I’ve eaten here so many times and have never gotten sick. The veggie spring rolls are a must! Also, the chicken lettuce wraps are AMAZING! You need to try this place if you like asian cuisine.

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    2 months ago

    12649 Wayzata Blvd, Minnetonka, MN 55305

    Amazingly good with a gluten-free meal. They have an extensive gluten-free menu and track the meal, prepare it separate from other foods, and the manager brings it out on a red-rimmed plate. The orange chicken was fantastic!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    3 months ago

    12649 Wayzata Blvd, Minnetonka, MN 55305

    This is one of our go-to restaurants. We go here all the time (and the other Lettuce Entertain You restaurants). They have seem to have amazing procedures to prepare food for allergies and prevent cross-contamination. And on top of that, it’s really good food!

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    Celiac
    4 rating Celiac friendly
    4 months ago

    1950 E Higgins Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60173

    They have a gluten free menu. The food is pretty good and I haven’t gotten sick yet!

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    6 months ago

    60 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611

    Great gluten free options and good service.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    7 months ago

    60 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611

    Amazing food - separate gluten free menu and a delicious cider available. You could tell they were knowledgeable about celiacs and I felt very safe eating there. Will definitely return!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    7 months ago

    1705 Hwy 36 W, Rosedale Center, Roseville, MN 55113

    Eaten here many times and haven’t gotten sick; the selection isn’t as wide as the normal menu, but when is it ever?

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    8 months ago

    60 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611

    So delicious! Knowledgeable staff, dedicated kitchen space- gluten free menu has tons of stir fry option, pad Thai, a few appetizers- highly recommend!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    8 months ago

    3669 Galleria, Edina, MN 55435

    I come here all the time, it’s one of the only places I feel safe eating out at. Lots of gluten free options and the manager oversees all gluten free orders and brings out GF dishes instead of the waiters. They even use separate plates with red rims to identify gluten free dishes. Food is delicious!

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    Celiac
    4 rating Celiac friendly
    8 months ago

    215 Parkway Dr, Lincolnshire, IL 60069

    The server was very knowledgeable on cross contamination and kitchen practices. They have a separate kitchen space to prepare the meal and use special allergy plates. The manager brings out all allergy meals. The food is good, not great, but it was a safe meal so I’d go back.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    9 months ago

    60 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611

    Separate GF menu (has a lot of options) and the waiter was very helpful about how the food is prepared. We ate cashew chicken a couple days ago without any problems, food tastes really good and the restaurant has a nice atmosphere. Highly recommended!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    9 months ago

    60 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611

    The staff was very familiar with gluten free and could accommodate many bowls to be gluten free. The food was really good. Celiac safe

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    1 year ago

    1950 E Higgins Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60173

    they have gluten free cake ! Have not tried it yet but looks good . I love this place and the clear gluten free menu!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    60 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611

    I have celiac and I’m very sensitive to cross-contamination. They were reassuring when ordering that they are very careful. The food was delicious and I haven’t gotten sick, so I highly recommend this place!

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    1 year ago

    60 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611

    Knowledgeable staff informed us that gf food is prepared in own area with separate cookware. Large gf menu includes appetizers, soup, main dishes, and one dessert. GF soy sauce provided. Excellent food. I didn't have a reaction and I am very sensitive. Highly recommended. We went to 60 E Ohio st location.

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    5 rating
    1 year ago

    60 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611

    Love! So many choices ! Had the orange chicken and shrimp spring rolls. (Rice wrapper) so good & no issues

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    Not celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    215 Parkway Dr, Lincolnshire, IL 60069

    Very accomidating staff for GF. They seperated my plate and clearly marked GF. Ask for GF menu. Not sure about it being celiac friendly but everything seemed safe. Flourless choco cake!

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    Celiac
    3 rating
    1 year ago

    1705 Hwy 36 W, Rosedale Center, Roseville, MN 55113

    I've eaten here a few times and never had a problem until this last time. They must not have been careful this time because the next day I was sick.

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    Not celiac
    5 rating
    1 year ago

    60 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611

    Great gf menu and they even have gf desserts!

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    1 year ago

    60 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611

    Lots of options. I've been here a few times. Love their GF orange chicken and GF beef with broccoli. No issues.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    60 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611

    Ordered GF orange chicken with Jasmine white rice for dinner. Lots of tender (not breaded) juicy chicken and fresh orange sauce with scallions and red peppers. Loved it!! This celiac had no issues.

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    1 year ago

    1950 E Higgins Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60173

    No doubt, an excellent meal! Our servers were very knowledgeable, and friendly. It was great to see a well produced menu, and excellently prepared and presented food.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    3669 Galleria, Edina, MN 55435

    We just ate out together as a family for the first time since our 14 was diagnosed with Celiac's disease. We were so nervous but decided to try it out due to the reviews on here. We told the staff and they had two managers come out and talk to us to make sure they understood the severity. We had just come back from the Mayo Clinic and had the go a head to eat normal gluten free diet with absolutely no cross contamination . Not only did we have an amazing experience but we saw the manager wipe down the counter and her hands as she served our daughter her plate. AND then gave us a gluten free lava cake on the house! WE WERE ALL IN TEARS! This place cares deeply for their business and their customers! Amazing!

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    Not celiac
    3 rating
    1 year ago

    12649 Wayzata Blvd, Minnetonka, MN 55305

    They changed their menu and the lettuce wraps don't taste as good- very bland and they no longer have gfree sweet and sour- only orange sauce which is a little too gingery for my liking. Still come here though as it is one of the few places to get Asian food gfree.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    2 years ago

    12649 Wayzata Blvd, Minnetonka, MN 55305

    Excellent options, including on the kids' menu. Healthy veg stir fry, generous portions, and manager double checks and personally delivers anything with an allergy alert.

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    Not celiac
    4 rating Celiac friendly
    2 years ago

    60 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611

    Solid, tasty Asian food and a good sized GF menu. The server was well informed and courteous about our dietary needs.

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    5 rating
    2 years ago

    60 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611

    Exceeded my expectations! Amazing GF pad Thai and the manager brought out the food and was sure to recognize my allergy. A must try!

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    Celiac
    1 rating Not celiac friendly
    2 years ago

    1950 E Higgins Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60173

    I was so excited to try this place because of its large selection of gf entrees. I ordered some sort of chicken dish. It tasted great. HOWEVER, I got terribly ill afterwards and was in immense pain all night! The waiter came across as not understanding the importance of no cross contamination action, even though I very clearly explained it to him. I was so disappointed! Never want to experience that type of intense pain. Thumbs down for this joint.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    2 years ago

    1950 E Higgins Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60173

    Large Gluten Free menu with many Chinese and Thai entrees that are normally hard to get as GF. I had Pad Thai with shrimp which was perfectly seasoned and cooked. GF soy and chili sauces at table that you can add yourself. This is a Lettuce Entertain You restaurant and they take great care ensuring safe GF preparation. Top quality food with safe GF practices makes this a great dining destination.

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    Not celiac
    1 rating
    2 years ago

    60 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611

    Lady looked at me like I was a ghost when I asked for a gf menu. She preceded to tell me they did not have any gf options...

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    2 years ago

    3669 Galleria, Edina, MN 55435

    Curry was really tasty and gluten free. Will be going back to try more options.

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    Celiac
    4 rating
    2 years ago

    60 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611

    Really good! It's a chain, but still good. I loved the king pao and spicy green beans. Lots of options on the gf menu, including a dessert option.

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    Not celiac
    4 rating Celiac friendly
    2 years ago

    60 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611

    Could be a four or five stars. They had a GF menu available and asked if it was allergy or otherwise for prep. If you inform them of allergy, they prep it GF for the allergy and it's marked that way (we had take out). My wife (the GF-er) thought her grub was pretty good.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    2 years ago

    60 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611

    So, so good. The best GF Chinese I've had outside of Pf changs. Had the orange chicken and it was amazingly flavorful. Will be on my must-visit list anytime I am in Chicago.

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    5 rating
    2 years ago

    1950 E Higgins Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60173

    I was pretty impressed with Big bowl. I have several food allergies and they were great about working around all of them. They have an entire gluten free menu which makes ordering a breeze. They wait staff is well informed about the ingredients which was a breath of fresh air. I had the orange chicken and fried rice-which was delicious! They also have GF soy sauce.

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    2 years ago

    60 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611

    Love the Lettuce Wrap

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    2 years ago

    60 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611

    They took great care in our ordering. They have an amazing gf menu with extremely flavorful food!

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    2 years ago

    60 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611

    Fantastic. Gluten free designated grill where they make your custom stir fry. Can get soup, stir fry etc. even brought me gluten free soy and hot sauce for the table

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    2 years ago

    60 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611

    Separate gluten free menu, and they even bagged my leftovers separately. The pad Thai and spring rolls were delicious!

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    1 rating Not celiac friendly
    2 years ago

    3669 Galleria, Edina, MN 55435

    Went there for the first time yesterday-- and WAS SERVED A NON GLUTEN FREE MEAL (yes, by mistake-- but I was 6 bites in before they realized their mistake). Upon ordering we had told the server (nicely) that four of the five of us were gluten free and that our entire order was off of the GF menu. When our main course came, we dug right in-- only to learn after a few minutes that the server brought us someone else's order and that we all had inadvertently consumed a relatively large amount of gluten-- NOT OKAY. While I understand and appreciate that they made a mistake (and thankfully caught it relatively quickly-- as well as comp'd my meal)-- that doesn't help alleviate the massive amount of pain my daughter and I are in, even now, nearly 24 hours later. Long story short, don't go there if you're GF for health/medical reasons-- or, at least, double and triple check your meal before consuming. Lesson learned, I'll stick to the 3-4 places that we already frequent that take gluten free seriously. DO NOT RECOMMEND.

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    Not celiac
    5 rating
    2 years ago

    1950 E Higgins Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60173

    amazing gf orange chicken!!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    3 years ago

    12649 Wayzata Blvd, Minnetonka, MN 55305

    Their pad Thai with gluten free Chinese ginger garlic sauce is delicious.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    3 years ago

    60 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611

    Utterly fantastic! There were choices. I had curry, and it was really, really good. If you're in Chicago, and you want a nice gluten free meal, you have to try this restaurant.

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    Not celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    3 years ago

    1950 E Higgins Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60173

    Very helpful staff. When my meal was delivered they said the Gluten Free Thai Chicken. I knew then that they were extra careful.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    3 years ago

    12649 Wayzata Blvd, Minnetonka, MN 55305

    Separate GF menu had lots to choose from here, from appetizers through dessert. Tried the Mongolian Beef and it was delish! Try the Mochi too! My husband (non celiac) said his food was very good too. We'll be back to Ridgedale again.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    3 years ago

    12649 Wayzata Blvd, Minnetonka, MN 55305

    Very particular about allergens in Ridgedale & Rosedale. Great choices! Love this restaurant!

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    2 rating Celiac friendly
    4 years ago

    1950 E Higgins Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60173

    Just okay. Wasn't thrilled with my food. It wasn't *bad* per say, just wasn't anything to write home about. I don't plan on going back really. I much prefer PF Changs!

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    Celiac
    1 rating Not celiac friendly
    4 years ago

    1705 Hwy 36 W, Rosedale Center, Roseville, MN 55113

    Gf menu available and I used to get take out a lot but was always getting glutened. I finally ate in the restaurant once and saw how they cook through the open kitchen and it all made sense. Small space with all the dishes cooked right next to each other. Shared utensils, lots of flipping food all around. Cc all over the place. :(

Gluten-Free Features

  • Celiac Friendly
  • Dessert
  • Gluten Free Menu

Categories

  • Asian
  • Chinese
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Lunch
  • Restaurant
  • Takeout
  • Thai
  • Vegetarian Friendly
Monday
11:15 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:15 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:15 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:15 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:15 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm

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