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Wow Bao

#424 of 7,635 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Magnificent Mile
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835 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
+1 312-642-5888
10:00 - 21:00
Closed now
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Sun 11:00 - 19:00
Mon - Fri 08:30 - 21:00
Sat 10:00 - 21:00
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United States
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I rated this as a Mid-Range price because I've had Bao at a lesser price from Chicago Chinatown and Argyle bakery in Chicago. I was glad this was inside Water Tower Place though. We were in a hurry before our parking meter expired so getting Bao To Go was such a good idea. We ate it while walking down Michigan... More 

Thank P T
Weston, Connecticut
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96 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

Good for a quick bite. Take out only. Dumplings were average, with vegetarian and chicken options. The pasta was average. Not bad.

Thank RL987654
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63 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

We ordered from here on our way to an outdoor picnic-like event. I can't say I've ever had a bad bun from Wao Bao, this one included. This is also the first place I go when I'm out for shopping, especially for a drink. (free refills!)

Thank Laura O
Chicago, Illinois
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33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

Cheap, tasty. What more can you ask for? It's a great quick bite. I wish they had more locations/flavors, but what they do have they get right. I try to go every time I'm in the area.

Thank dherlich
SocialBD, Manager at Wow Bao, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your compliments! We hope to open more locations across the country but in the meantime we'll look forward to seeing you when you're in Chicago! ! More 

Brisbane, Australia
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378 reviews
235 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

Good for a quick lunch. I had chicken dumplings which I enjoyed. The others in my party had different flavoured steamed buns & both said they were tasty. I also tried their green tea ginger beer...yummy & not too sweet

Thank jotibarker
SocialBD, General Manager at Wow Bao, responded to this review

Thanks for the compliments! We're glad you liked your meal and took the time to share your thoughts! More 

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230 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

Insanely overpriced for what it is. The BBQ pork bun did not taste like BBQ pork. The dumplings were a little soggy. The food wasn't bad, but definitely paid too much for it. Fast food should be a little cheaper.

Thank Tansy C
SocialBD, General Manager at Wow Bao, responded to this review

We're sorry you thought we fell short, Tansy! We appreciate you taking the time to share your suggestions with us as we always take them to heart. Thanks for checking us out while you were in Chicago. More 

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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

Wow bao is an interesting fast food restaurant. The baos and chinese food are delicious. The spicy kongpao chicken is the best.

Thank Katie Q
SocialBD, General Manager at Wow Bao, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your compliments, Katie! We appreciate the time it takes to leave these notes and look forward to serving you again in our stores soon. More 

Warner Robins, Georgia
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85 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

We'd never heard of Wow Bao, but it was across from our hotel, and we gave it a try. The potstickers were good, but my husband and I both ordered the spicy Mongolian beef. We were expecting chunks of real beef, but what we got was what appeared to be ground beef. They offer fried rice, but yet, I couldn't... More 

Thank Angela M
Springfield, Illinois
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883 reviews
564 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

If you like Chinase and want a quick bite and inexpensive this is the place It's good and fast as you will find it as you enter the Watertower Mall to the right of the escalators

Thank Clevlander
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

We ate twice at this Wow Bow location during a recent trip to Chicago and found the food flavorful, filling, and reasonably priced.

Thank bouvdeflan
SocialBD, General Manager at Wow Bao, responded to this review

Thanks you for sharing your compliments! We''ll be looking forward to serving you again the next time you're in Chicago! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Chinese, Fast food, Asian
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 19:00
08:30 - 21:00
08:30 - 21:00
08:30 - 21:00
08:30 - 21:00
08:30 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 835 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Magnificent Mile
  • Neighbourhood: Magnificent Mile
  • Phone Number: +1 312-642-5888

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Magnificent Mile
Over 400 stores pack the concrete along Michigan Avenue, the eight-block stretch known as Magnificent Mile. This area between Oak Avenue and the Chicago River is more a shopping paradise than a full-out neighborhood. For prime upscale shopping, this is the place to go. It’s busy, energetic, and packed with shoppers. You'll also find hundreds of restaurants and dozens of hotels, all on the mid- to high-end scale. Some of the city’s most iconic buildings like the Wrigley Building, John Hancock Center and other architectural marvels define the magnificence of this neighborhood.
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