China Grill - Chicago

★★★☆☆
  • 230 N Michigan Ave

    Chicago, IL 60601

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  • 312-334-6700

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I liked the atmosphere better then the food. There's Asian decor everywhere with beautiful paintings and there is clubby techno music playing in the background. I had the chicken chow mein and it was ok. My friend has the Cashew chicken and said hers was ok too. The staff was nice though.

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★★★☆☆

I liked the atmosphere better then the food. There's Asian decor everywhere with beautiful paintings and there is clubby techno music playing in the background. I had the chicken chow mein and it was ok. My friend has the Cashew chicken and said hers was ok too. The staff was nice though.

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Decor pleasant ... that's where it ended.
Music too loud for medium upscale restaurant.
Restaurant was half full, if that. We waited 35 minutes for our one course; it arrived basically RAW.
Sent back, it took another 15 minutes.
We are poured water from Voss, didn't ask the for the second bottle ... still charged $20 more.
Obscenely overpriced (for "theme"), $135 for two dishes, 2 glasses of wine total and 2 bottles of water.
Nothing tastes that good.
Complained to manager; not even apologetic, no credit; nothing.
Do not expect a return. Ever.

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★☆☆☆☆

Decor pleasant ... that's where it ended.
Music too loud for medium upscale restaurant.
Restaurant was half full, if that. We waited 35 minutes for our one course; it arrived basically RAW.
Sent back, it took another 15 minutes.
We are poured water from Voss, didn't ask the for the second bottle ... still charged $20 more.
Obscenely overpriced (for "theme"), $135 for two dishes, 2 glasses of wine total and 2 bottles of water.
Nothing tastes that good.
Complained to manager; not even apologetic, no credit; nothing.
Do not expect a return. Ever.

Pros: None

Cons: Prices and tardiness.

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The food here is excellent. Be sure to try the crab cakes as an appetizer and BBQ Salmon as an entree, you will not be disappointed.

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★★★★★

The food here is excellent. Be sure to try the crab cakes as an appetizer and BBQ Salmon as an entree, you will not be disappointed.

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This was my first time dining at China Grill, never heard of the restaurant until a friend of mine's husband surprised her with taking her there for their ten year anniverary.She bragged and raved about the service and how great and unique the food was until my husband and i finally made reservations. When we first stepped through the door we were welcomed with warm and enchating smiles from the two host standing at the podium.China Grill was mellow yet vibrant and lively the server was prompt and proffessional. The food was fantastic! the seasoning of the bbq salmon was perfect to the tee. As soon as i cut into it, it fell apart, thats just how soft and tender it was, when i took my first bite it melted in my mouth, i took my time savoring all the rich flavors. I also highly recommend the avocado rice. I dont even like avocado, but this mixture of avocado with other ingrediants had my taste buds standing on their tippy toes.Im also not a big fan of spicy food, but it's not so much of a spicy where it's so hot you have to hurry and drink a glass of water it has a hint of spice but you can still taste all the flavors. Our money was well spent and you totally get what your paying for.

2
★★★★★

This was my first time dining at China Grill, never heard of the restaurant until a friend of mine's husband surprised her with taking her there for their ten year anniverary.She bragged and raved about the service and how great and unique the food was until my husband and i finally made reservations. When we first stepped through the door we were welcomed with warm and enchating smiles from the two host standing at the podium.China Grill was mellow yet vibrant and lively the server was prompt and proffessional. The food was fantastic! the seasoning of the bbq salmon was perfect to the tee. As soon as i cut into it, it fell apart, thats just how soft and tender it was, when i took my first bite it melted in my mouth, i took my time savoring all the rich flavors. I also highly recommend the avocado rice. I dont even like avocado, but this mixture of avocado with other ingrediants had my taste buds standing on their tippy toes.Im also not a big fan of spicy food, but it's not so much of a spicy where it's so hot you have to hurry and drink a glass of water it has a hint of spice but you can still taste all the flavors. Our money was well spent and you totally get what your paying for.

Pros: A big convience for us that there was valet parking and it was validated

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I love Chinese food and was very excited to try China Grill. I was underwhelmed to say the least. Because Chinese food is generally so cheap, to me there has to be something special about either your food or the atmosphere to justify the additional cost. I don't think there was here.

2
★★☆☆☆

I love Chinese food and was very excited to try China Grill. I was underwhelmed to say the least. Because Chinese food is generally so cheap, to me there has to be something special about either your food or the atmosphere to justify the additional cost. I don't think there was here.

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China Grill does not eff around. They are serious about their food and about being "cool," perhaps to a fault. Nevertheless, I implore you to not let the faux-Asian decor and lightly thumping techno music fool you, this place is worth a try.

Go for the Kobe beef appetizer, stay for the Kung Pao. And then stay some more for the wasabi mashed potatoes.

Make sure you ask the waiter a recommendation on how much to order, because it is meant as a shared dining experience.

Also, we showed up on a Friday night thinking we'd have to wait a while and the place was half empty. Don't know if that's good or bad. But I do know the food is good.

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★★★★☆

China Grill does not eff around. They are serious about their food and about being "cool," perhaps to a fault. Nevertheless, I implore you to not let the faux-Asian decor and lightly thumping techno music fool you, this place is worth a try.

Go for the Kobe beef appetizer, stay for the Kung Pao. And then stay some more for the wasabi mashed potatoes.

Make sure you ask the waiter a recommendation on how much to order, because it is meant as a shared dining experience.

Also, we showed up on a Friday night thinking we'd have to wait a while and the place was half empty. Don't know if that's good or bad. But I do know the food is good.

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We were promptly seated because the restaurant was practically empty. The waiter was quite attentative. The food was ok. The only thing I enjoyed was the duck salad. i could not get enough. It is a pricey place but the waiter made good suggestions for one appetizer and one entree for 2 people. The drunken chicken should be renamed the very salty drunken chicken... I think it is a nice bar scene, but i was not terribly impressed with the food. I normally like china grill management restaurants. Asia de Cuba in New York is incredible, but they need a chef change in Chicago.

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★★☆☆☆

We were promptly seated because the restaurant was practically empty. The waiter was quite attentative. The food was ok. The only thing I enjoyed was the duck salad. i could not get enough. It is a pricey place but the waiter made good suggestions for one appetizer and one entree for 2 people. The drunken chicken should be renamed the very salty drunken chicken... I think it is a nice bar scene, but i was not terribly impressed with the food. I normally like china grill management restaurants. Asia de Cuba in New York is incredible, but they need a chef change in Chicago.

Pros: nice place

Cons: ok food, pricey for asian

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A client took a group of us out to lunch at the China Grill and it was fantastic! Great service, great food - plenty of veg options- baby leaf lettuce salad or the avocado rice were my favorites, and best of all, great dessert. (Do not miss the Bavarian Chocolate or the Bananas in a box... yum!) Nice place to go but probably at a time when someone else is picking up the tab! I would def go back.

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★★★☆☆

A client took a group of us out to lunch at the China Grill and it was fantastic! Great service, great food - plenty of veg options- baby leaf lettuce salad or the avocado rice were my favorites, and best of all, great dessert. (Do not miss the Bavarian Chocolate or the Bananas in a box... yum!) Nice place to go but probably at a time when someone else is picking up the tab! I would def go back.

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The China Grill in Las Vegas is much nicer (and I can't stand Las Vegas). The restaurant is always empty...service is mediocre but the food is about the samebut for basic Chinese food it is OK.you can go to Chinatown for better food.

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★★★☆☆

The China Grill in Las Vegas is much nicer (and I can't stand Las Vegas). The restaurant is always empty...service is mediocre but the food is about the samebut for basic Chinese food it is OK.you can go to Chinatown for better food.

Pros: Atmosphere was OK

Cons: food is average

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After having a fabulous time at the Las Vegas China Grill, I was excited to bring out-of-town friends to the Chicago location. The host was pleasant however we waited much too long for our waiter to greet us, the restaurant was virtually empty. My friend made a comment that her drink, a Jack and Diet, didn't taste right and barely touched it during the rest of the meal. Our server had barely cleared the appetizer plate before one of our entrees arrived, and then we waited ten more minutes for our second entree. To top it off, my favorite side dish, the Crunchy Spinach, was so heavy with grease it left an unpleasent dirty oil aftertaste that even my martini couldn't disolve.
We received the check, which had it's own problems, realized my friend DID have the wrong drink, laughed, and said we would never go back.

0
★☆☆☆☆

After having a fabulous time at the Las Vegas China Grill, I was excited to bring out-of-town friends to the Chicago location. The host was pleasant however we waited much too long for our waiter to greet us, the restaurant was virtually empty. My friend made a comment that her drink, a Jack and Diet, didn't taste right and barely touched it during the rest of the meal. Our server had barely cleared the appetizer plate before one of our entrees arrived, and then we waited ten more minutes for our second entree. To top it off, my favorite side dish, the Crunchy Spinach, was so heavy with grease it left an unpleasent dirty oil aftertaste that even my martini couldn't disolve.
We received the check, which had it's own problems, realized my friend DID have the wrong drink, laughed, and said we would never go back.

Pros: Trendy, Presentation, Host

Cons: Service, Food, Timing

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Cool place to be seen and to begin an evening. The food was over priced for asian cuisine and the portions are not as large as advertised in their write-up. Would return for drinks and the appetizers.

1
★★★☆☆

Cool place to be seen and to begin an evening. The food was over priced for asian cuisine and the portions are not as large as advertised in their write-up. Would return for drinks and the appetizers.

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Nice place to hang out and be seen. It has a clubby atmosphere. The food is too pricey for average chinese food. The portions are not that big to warrent the prices.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Nice place to hang out and be seen. It has a clubby atmosphere. The food is too pricey for average chinese food. The portions are not that big to warrent the prices.

Pros: trendy scene

Cons: pricey, average food

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The new CHINA GRILL @ the Hard Rock Hotel is an amazing fusion of Ambiance, Service, and most important FOOD.
The Cool reds and oranges along with AMAZING music boom, while the beautiful and talented staff attend to your every need. The food is RICH , so go hungry. The Schezwan beef is a amazing platter (all food is served with sharing in mind , so dont let the prices scare you.) The desserts are works of art that taste so good, they put SUGAR to shame. (Bananas in a Box #1 , or Chocolate Seduction) Also do yourself a favor and try a SAKETINI.
The Lunch staff is great understanding that us in the LOOP have limited time , but dont want Subway. They get you in and out , while feeling you have had a great time and good food.
Welcome to Chicago guys.

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★★★★★

The new CHINA GRILL @ the Hard Rock Hotel is an amazing fusion of Ambiance, Service, and most important FOOD.
The Cool reds and oranges along with AMAZING music boom, while the beautiful and talented staff attend to your every need. The food is RICH , so go hungry. The Schezwan beef is a amazing platter (all food is served with sharing in mind , so dont let the prices scare you.) The desserts are works of art that taste so good, they put SUGAR to shame. (Bananas in a Box #1 , or Chocolate Seduction) Also do yourself a favor and try a SAKETINI.
The Lunch staff is great understanding that us in the LOOP have limited time , but dont want Subway. They get you in and out , while feeling you have had a great time and good food.
Welcome to Chicago guys.

Pros: Food Drink Desserts, STAFF, Decor/Music

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China Grill and its Globe Bar offer quite the scene, while serving Italian, Japanese, French and Chinese-inflected fare that fortunately is decent. Over the years, the best dishes we've had include miso-glazed black cod and lobster…

 

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