Loading...

Please wait ...

The Bento Box logo
T

The Bento Box

Chicago, Illinois

(316)

Get a free quote from this professional

Get a free quote from this professional

Photos (10)

See all

Reviews (316)

Leave a review
5/5

316 customer reviews

Loading...
12 December 2019

Wow! This place is unbelievably awesome. Amazing service, excellent food, byob, chill atmosphere. Loved every minute of it. Choice of Chef's Tasting Menu or A La Carte. No menu's, the server will explain the choices for you.Highly recommend the chef's tasting menu. We had egg rolls, curry mussels, steak and rice, Korean fried chicken with potato kimchi, and Singapore noodles.Can't wait to come back and try more! More...

Reviewed on Yelp

7 December 2019

I can't say enough good things about this place! When you factor in the food, ambiance and service this is one of my favorite restaurants in the city. I like to bring a bottle of wine or sake to drink (full BYO) and order the tasting menu. It's plenty of food and offers a full mix of options like noodles, mussels, egg rolls, buns and usually ends with mochi. You won't be disappointed at $50/per. More...

Reviewed on Yelp

24 November 2019

Truly excellent and unique food from a talented chef. Perfect for a date night or special occasion.

Reviewed on Google Maps

16 November 2019

Amazing food and fantastic people!

Reviewed on Facebook

14 November 2019

Great small restaurant but hard to spot because of the construction going on and hard to find or no parking spot

Reviewed on Google Maps

11 November 2019

The best! Every.Single.Time. Don't know why I ever had this less than 5 stars. Birthdays, special occasions, any regular old night, it is always such a good atmosphere and even better food. Love love love!

Reviewed on Yelp

28 October 2019

Fun atmosphere in a small cozy seating area, BYOB is always a plus, and the food is spectacular. Egg rolls make you say wow. How often does that happen. Great especially for a group outing, but make sure to reserve a table More...

Reviewed on Google Maps

28 October 2019

Excellent spot. Don't overlook their catering. People always comment on how much they enjoy the food from here.

Reviewed on Google Maps

28 October 2019

The food was amazing and our waitress Jackie made the visit! First time there, but we will definitely be coming back. Great work Chef!

Reviewed on Google Maps

21 October 2019

Bento Box. This is a great place for a group dinner - a birthday dinner perhaps with friends and family. We were indeed there for birthday celebrations - and they didn't disappoint. 5 course meal for about $50 or so after tip - which for Chicagoland prices, that's a pretty good deal for all you get. Did I mention it's "bring your own" beverages? An incredibly good egg roll, Korean fried chicken, mussels, noodles with pork belly and chicken, and an ice cream dessert. Trust me, you'll be full. Also, they can cater to any dietary needs - very accommodating. Let's talk ambiance. It's pretty straight forward. An inconspicuous restaurant with an open concept and about 3 tables, this place only seats maybe 30 people max. You can make friends with the tables around you or bring your whole crew and takeover the space. What's even cooler - is that you can take over the music if you ask nicely and really set your own vibe. Big fan of the makeshift environment aspect. This is a solid 4 stars for me. I'd return, and bring new friends to experience this. Great place for out-of-towners to try. More...

Reviewed on Yelp

6 October 2019

This Gem is a MUST!!! First, if you plan on dining here make a reservation.  They only have 6 tables so it leaves little for them to accommodate walk ins.   Second, BYOB if you plan on having alcohol.  They highly recommend it as she told me they want you to leave Drunk, Full and Happy!  Third, you do not get a menu, you eat what they serve you and it's shared with all your table mates.  Hey, it leaves the opportunity of missing a great dish out of my hands because I get to eat everything!!! Every dish was so flavorful and as they prepared it you could smell the delicious aroma.  It makes you anticipate the next dish.  The woman who was serving everyone, had such a great personality.  She made the experience so much more.  Excellent music in the background.  I like a little Johnny Cash!The egg rolls were a perfect starter.  They are not typical egg rolls as you get hint of peanut butter in them.  Next came the mussels in a sweet green curry sauce.  This had to be my favorite dish.  I was drinking the juice from the serving spoon.  She offered to just package it up so I can make something at home with(love it).3 rd course was fried chicken thighs with kimchi mashed potatoes!  AMAZING dish!  Must be a signature for them.  Has a slow burn.  Chicken soft and moist.  Kimchi potatoes?  You can't go wrong!4th course was grilled chicken on Singapore noodles with basil and snow peas.  Can you say" I'm so FULL!!"  My husband LOVED this dish.  Chicken is super moist considering it was grilled.  Flavors were out of this world!  We took most of this home as my stretch pants had hits its elasticity maximum!Lastly, for desert we had Lychee Mochi! A perfect ending! All of this for $40 per person! Truly an amazing place.  Don't pass this place up! More...

Reviewed on Yelp

4 October 2019

This place was soooo amazing! My friend and I went tonight on a whim-no reservations. The waitress was so nice and welcoming. They don’t have a menu which is so cool! They have a tasting menu but we just ordered 3 entrees. They were giant but if you go you have to get all 3!! The mussels were so delicious! It was my first time trying mussels. They were cooked in this curry broth that was so perfect for the colder weather. It really hit the spot! The noodle chicken dish was great and then the crispy chicken dish with sweet potato and kimchi was soooo much flavor. Each dish had little kicks to it and were really outstanding. Food was fresh and we had lots of leftovers. It’s BYOB and I can’t wait to come back with my husband. More...

Reviewed on Facebook

3 October 2019

I love the Beef Bulgogi!I simply love this dish. It has spice and flavor unlike any I have ever tasted. And of course I always get the egg rolls. The dipping sauce makes them.  The mussels and Thai sauce are out of this world. Always an amazing meal from Be to Box. I wish the delivery options were super tight as I never feel like the menu is updated on the sites and sometimes the restaurant is offline during hours the restaurant is clearly open. This is a missed opportunity for the restaurant. More...

Reviewed on Yelp

3 October 2019

This place is AMAZING!! Tonight was my first time and I will be coming back. My friend and I ordered 3 entrees to split which was PLENTY of food. We had lots of leftovers. We ordered the mussels which were outstanding!! It was my first time trying mussels and I am so glad this is where I decided to try! The curry sauce/broth they are cooked in is unreal! It was the perfect element on a chilly fall day. The chicken/noodle dish is sooooo good and the Korean chicken with potatoes/kimchi is delicious. Our server was so nice and so welcoming. They don't have a formal menu which I thought was so weird at first but it just fits with the vibe. I HIGHLY recommend if you are looking for authentic, fresh, flavorful Asian food in Chicago. More...

Reviewed on Yelp

27 September 2019

Best Asian restaurant in chicago! The service is outstanding!Chefs menu is the way to go.

Reviewed on Yelp

27 September 2019

We love this place. Bring your favorite bottle of wine to go with dinner.

Reviewed on Google Maps

14 September 2019

Sushi night was fun. Liked all three rolls: soft shell crab, hamachi, spicy salmon with kimchi

Reviewed on Facebook

8 September 2019

Found this place on accident because our previous reservation at a different restaurant was not BYOB. We called this place and they said no problem come on in. Love the concept of paying a price and the chef makes dishes for you to enjoy. Made it easier to just eat and by the time we left , we were beyond full. Definitely need to visit this if you're near More...

Reviewed on Google Maps

5 September 2019

The food is amazing. Really nothing can compare to it.

Reviewed on Facebook

1 September 2019

Incredible food. I knew it would be good, but better than I even expected.

Reviewed on Google Maps

31 August 2019

Definitely a gem in Bucktown, the food is always stellar. I wish there were more variety, but the few things they do, they do very very well.

Reviewed on Yelp

25 August 2019

we really enjoy coming here with our pre selected byob wine. great eats but the best way to eat here is to order the 40 dollar chef's 5 course meal. it includes everything that you want. the owner is the cook. we seriously love this place. More...

Reviewed on Facebook

7 August 2019

We were pleasantly surprised when we stumbled upon this wonderful hole in the wall neighborhoody spot. Most flavorful mussels I have ever had. The food is stellar and the chef accommodated for my husband's pescatarian diet with shrimp substitutions. Also the service feels homy. We will definitely be back, with friends. More...

Reviewed on Yelp

29 July 2019

We loved all the food we tried! Best mussels I've ever eaten, service was good, and love that this is BYOB.

Reviewed on Google Maps

27 July 2019

Absolutely superb food and excellent service. Plus, reasonably priced. Go,.enjoy, tell your friends!

Reviewed on Google Maps

23 July 2019

Amazing neighborhood spot. Opens Thur Fri and Sat for dinner. Very accommodating of dietary restrictions (pescatarian). We will be back!

Reviewed on Google Maps

20 July 2019

JFC. 10 stars. I always wanted to be cremated after death but had no idea what to do with my ashes. Now I know. I want to be cremated and have my ashes placed in a casket, which is filled to the brim with Chef Rick Spiros' Thai Curry sauce. Thank you for your service. Wow.

Reviewed on Yelp

14 July 2019

Stellar BYOB Asian option in Logan square with an intimate and casual vibe. I stumbled upon this place with my girlfriend while trying to find food in Logan, and we were disappointed when they told us the restaurant was booked all night. The following day, we placed a reservation online for four people and picked up some alcohol on the way there. We were blown away with the tasting menu. Everyone at the table agreed that the egg rolls and mussels were the best of either we had ever had. Additionally, this tasting menu actually fills you - we all felt completely satisfied from the meal! Couldn't more highly recommend the tasting menu, because you pretty much get to try everything on the already limited menu. Make sure to get a reservation and don't forget to byob! More...

Reviewed on Yelp

13 July 2019

Intimate, friendly atmosphere, INCREDIBLE FOOD, chef Rick Spiros is genius. Definitely do the multi-course meal

Reviewed on Facebook

9 July 2019

We LOVE LOVE LOVE Bento Box! My husband and I eat there about twice a month. While the menu is small, the food is absolutely delicious. It is BYOB also. Suggest getting a reservation in advance especially for the weekend (although occasionally there are a few seats for walk-ins). Servers and the chef Rick are super nice. Rick accommodates allergies if possible. We feel his chicken dishes are the best we’ve ever had anywhere. Go there ASAP!!! More...

Reviewed on Google Maps

1 July 2019

On our entire 4 day trip to Chicago, this was the HIGHLIGHT. We were recommended Bento Box by a friend who used to live in Chicago. Our table did the tasting menu and every single dish was better than the last...how is that possible? The Singapore noodles were my favorite. The korean fried chicken was impeccable and had an unbelievable amount of crunch. We considered going back to BB for dinner every other night of our trip, but figured we should mix up our eats. I love the unassuming nature of BB and will recommend it to EVERYONE I know who is planning a trip to Chicagoland. More...

Reviewed on Yelp

30 June 2019

The food here is great, the Red Chili Chicken Singapore Noodles, are GREAT, I don't normally do spicy, but this was a sweet heat, that was like a spicy party in my mouth. Mmmmm Caliente Fiesta

Reviewed on Google Maps

30 June 2019

Hell yeah.

Reviewed on Google Maps

30 June 2019

asian food and the feeling at this location is great. certainly worth a return visit.

Reviewed on Google Maps

30 June 2019

One of my fav spots for delicious asian food. Super savory. If it was closer to my home I would be here often.

Reviewed on Google Maps

29 June 2019

They told me my food will be ready in 20Minutes and it's already been triple the time. I hate wasting my time, I could've spent that 40+ minutes to do something productive. I just moved across the street, very bad first impression--------Rick the owner reached out and expressed his apologies. Gave them another shot and they delivered! I appreciate the great customer service. Moral of the story, sh*t happens. More...

Reviewed on Yelp

26 May 2019

Bento Box continues to be one of my absolute favorite restaurants and relatively hidden gems in all of Chicago. I threw a surprise birthday party for my husband there three years ago and it was perfect. We were only a dinner party of 10 so not enough to warrant renting the place out. I reached out to BB early and they were happy to make the reservation for us. We were doing the tasting menu and the chef even allowed me to make some requests for my husbands favorite items for that night. On top of that, the BYOB allowed us to bring in a crate of wine and liquor and my brother in law set up in the corner and spent the night as bartender, whipping up cocktails. The food was incredible as always and for our friends who had never been, they had no idea the 5 course meal they just experienced was only $35 a person! We hadn't been back to Bento Box since that fabulous night...until this past Friday for an impromptu date night. They have commercialized a little bit - they take credit cards now, they offer take out and delivery, and they increased their tasting menu to $40 a person. But the BYOB is still free, the venue is still perfectly unassuming, and the food is still absolutely mind blowing. We were thrilled this time to try many dishes we had not had before - hangar steak and Singapore noodles, Korean fried chicken and kimchi potatoes, and my husband's first time with the green curry mussels. Everything was amazing and I'm determined to figure out how to recreate the kimchi potatoes because I've been dreaming about them ever since. You simply can not go wrong with Bento Box but I also hope they always remain a little less famous so they can be one of my personal insights to the city that most don't know about. More...

Reviewed on Yelp

12 May 2019

Absolutely love the Bento Box. The food is delicious, but it's the service that really makes the place unique. I've gotten the tasting menu all four times I've been here and every time Darius, their only server at the restaurant, has surprised me with his level of attention and service. You can't teach that level of kindness and it's what brings me back every time More...

Reviewed on Yelp

30 April 2019

First time to this place and I'll definitely be coming back. The food is fresh, healthy, and super flavorful. Entrees range from $8-11 and big portion sizes. Great staff too!

Reviewed on Google Maps

25 March 2019

OMG the food here was delicious!  My family had the red chili chicken and the green curry chicken. They were fresh tasting and full of flavor. Delicious!  We ordered take out so I cannot comment on the service but the staff were friendly when I went in to place my order and to pick it up. Highly recommended!! More...

Reviewed on Yelp

28 February 2019

Delicious food! Creatively Asian fusion. Attended a private party and it was very well handled and intimate. Also byob. Great service and food was delicious and beautifully plated and served! Great value also!!!

Reviewed on Google Maps

4 February 2019

Delicious food and enormous portions! And it BYOB! I was there last weekend for a special occasion with a party of 10 people. The place is very small and they have specific sitting/dining times. The dinner includes a 5 pre-selected course meal and I have to say that I was impressed with every single dish! More...

Reviewed on Yelp

30 January 2019

Best Place for a 5 course meal

Reviewed on Google Maps

30 November 2018

Just rock that prefixed menu, it's amazing and just great to chill and munch some super innovative Asian!

Reviewed on Google Maps

30 November 2018

Some of the best Asian food I've had in Chicago!

Reviewed on Google Maps

18 November 2018

Dined for a monthly ethnic BYOB event. Whine the place is very small they do still take walk ins. Manager, chef, waiter all very attractive. We ate there on a Friday and chose the chefs selection option, which is 5 courses for $40. Each course was amazing! Loved their kimchi mashed potatoes and fried chicken with slaw. Everything was the perfect amount of spicey. Will def go back More...

Reviewed on Yelp