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Wow Bao

835 N Michigan Ave - Water Tower Place, Chicago, IL 60611-2203
+1 312-642-5888
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  • Excellent32%
  • Very good49%
  • Average15%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“steamed buns” (23 reviews)
“baos” (32 reviews)
“bbq pork” (18 reviews)
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Chinese, Fast food, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
835 N Michigan Ave - Water Tower Place, Chicago, IL 60611-2203
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Reviewed 9 November 2018 via mobile

Chicken curry noodle and Thai dumpling soup taste is not delicious at all. Better not to try at all.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank EnjoyEaThings
Reviewed 27 October 2018 via mobile

Tasteless and more of an American style than a authentic one . I was really looking forward to my two Boa and Asian salad but hey end up to through it and buying some tasty food at Freshii . Salad had nothing Asian about it...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank NakedChef900
Reviewed 27 October 2018

Very yummy baos. And very filling as well. Good vegetarian options available. But the most interesting part is the automated ordering process. You order yourself at a kiosk and then collect your order form a cool locker which opens once your order is ready. Had...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank JoshiS_14
Reviewed 3 October 2018

So the location was a little different to the last time I was there. It was like a giant vending machine. Didn't love that..I get the business model, and cutting down on the labor etc. but leaves you feeling a little uncared for. Food was...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank jjm040817
Reviewed 20 September 2018 via mobile

I ordered whole-wheat vegetable bao, which was tasty (I usually cannot find whole-wheat bao in Asian countries). Unfortunately, Kung Pao (bowl) was too salty for my pallet (Note that I am Asian).

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Maki K
Reviewed 17 September 2018

Right after lunch and being short of time, I just grabbed a couple of their Sweet Baos - Apple Cinnamon and Chocolate, both turned out pretty tasty. There were not too many customers there at that late afternoon hour (and that was Wednesday), so order...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank irina g
Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile

Good good, good prices, fast service, Wow Bao is all around Chicago. My daughter and I first discovered it on a college-search trip a year ago and it’s a favorite quick lunch or snack stop now. Great dumplings and BBQ buns. The best is to...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank 2beans2000
Reviewed 24 August 2018

Dropped in for a quick snack pre-lunch. Tried a bunch of their bao's - Mongolian beef, spicy kung pao chicken, and teriyaki chicken. All were good. I didn't see any pork options on the menu though. The concept of the place is really cool and...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank marux23
Reviewed 18 August 2018

I had the steamed buns with Mongolian beef. Delicious and spicy! It made for a nice break while in Water Tower Place.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank purselady1
Reviewed 27 July 2018 via mobile

Loved the chicken potstickers. Ordered three Mongolian beef and three kung pao chicken to share. Spicy good filling but didn’t really like the sweet outer dough. Still a filling quick meal

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Hunter H
Wow B, Guest Relations Manager at Wow Bao, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2018

Thank you for your review, Hunter! We're glad to hear it was a filling, quick meal. We hope to see you again in the future.

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Restaurant Details

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Average prices
US$ 20
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 835 N Michigan Ave - Water Tower Place, Chicago, IL 60611-2203
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Near North Side
  • Neighbourhood: Near North Side
  • Phone Number: +1 312-642-5888
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Wow Bao is an innovative, small footprint restaurant that operates in the high-growth Asian fast casual segment. Based in Chicago, Wow Bao’s menu focuses on hot asian steamed buns, potstickers, and rice & noodle bowls.
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