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Wow Bao

#421 of 7,665 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
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Neighbourhood:
Magnificent Mile
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835 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
+1 312-642-5888
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08:30 - 21:00
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Sun 11:00 - 19:00
Mon - Fri 08:30 - 21:00
Sat 10:00 - 21:00
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Tampa, Florida
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Wow Bao has excellent bao, Sweet Coconut bao was just delicious. If you are looking for healthy and fast, try this quick menu. their wheat edamame buns or the thai curry buns to go while shopping, in a hurry or in between drinks is a lifesaver.

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Thank bengiland
Dayton, Ohio
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122 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice quick good eats, that won't filled you up but will help keep you going to the next meal. The dumplings are good and the rice dishes with chicken or beef is good treats as well. Makes for a good snack.

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Thank filetmignon96
New York City, New York
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51 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Waiting for the hop on hop off bus we saw this place inside a mall. Awesome for a quick bite, they make the bao right in front of you. We ordered a couple of bao to go and dumplings and delicious ice tea. I only wish there were chairs so we could sit down but we didn't want to miss... More 

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Thank girlvoice
United States
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

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Thank P T
Weston, Connecticut
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100 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 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.

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Thank RL987654
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71 reviews
37 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!)

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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.

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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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381 reviews
238 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 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

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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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263 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 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.

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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.

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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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20
Cuisine
Chinese, Fast food, Asian
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 19:00
Monday
08:30 - 21:00
Tuesday
08:30 - 21:00
Wednesday
08:30 - 21:00
Thursday
08:30 - 21:00
Friday
08:30 - 21:00
Saturday
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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Typical questions asked:
  • 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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