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Sun Wah BBQ

Chinese Restaurant and BBQ Joint$$$$
Uptown, Chicago
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  • Teddy
    TeddyFebruary 27
    Get the duck :)
  • XY Y.
    XY YJanuary 23
    Their roast duck, bun and sauce <3
  • Chicago Tribune
    People in the know come here for two things: Peking-style duck and the moist and delicious Mike’s chicken. Read more
  • Joe D.
    Joe DodsonDecember 29, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Fantastic duck dinner. Order ahead. And if you don't get the duck I'd recommend the pan fried squid. Spicy and delicious.
  • Bruce N.
    Bruce NeumannDecember 25, 2016
    Best Peking Duck in Chicago. Never had a bad thing here, actually...
  • Michele M.
    Michele MeansAugust 19, 2016
    The duck, especially with garlic and pineapple.
  • Tiffany W.
    Tiffany WongAugust 15, 2016
    maybe not the best chinese bbq in chicago, but their duck dinner is a real delight.
  • D
    DJune 26, 2016
    Got the Duck Strips with Egg Noodles. It was good!
  • Leland B.
    Leland BrewsterMay 16, 2016
    The duck truly is amazing and a total steal because the $40 dollar meal with soup, rice, and steamed buns is plenty for 4!
  • Alex D.
    Alex DunerMay 15, 2016
    Get the duck feast. It's amazing. A whole duck, plus bao buns, rice, soup, and noodles.
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedApril 15, 2016
    So simple and so unbelievably good. The meat is flavorful and juicy, the skin is crisp, and the rice is the perfect vehicle to soak up the delicious juices. Read more
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedApril 15, 2016
    It's been 15 years and it’s always the same: juicy duck with tender, wide, fresh noodles. Pair it with Chinese broccoli, oyster sauce, and barbecue pork, and you’ll eat like a king for $15. Read more
  • Nicole Z.
    Nicole ZhuMarch 21, 2016
    Two words: duck dinner. It comes with buns, duck fried rice, and duck soup.
  • Shinji K.
    Shinji KuwayamaMarch 15, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The take-out counter is cool. Pro tip: Hon Kee is down the street and also very good
  • Anna M.
    Anna MorozovaMarch 8, 2016
    Food is authentic. Price is great
  • Pat C.
    Pat CarlsonFebruary 22, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Great food - reasonably priced - lively atmosphere
  • Alix R.
    Alix RecordJanuary 25, 2016
    Duck, duck and more duck. Other dishes are nice but who needs em? It's crispy but still juicy. It can be addictive
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 21, 2016
    Looking for some authentic Chinese cuisine. At this popular Chinese restaurant, the Peking duck is the go-to dish. Give it a try and you won't be disappointed! Read more
  • Jeff E.
    Jeff EarlyDecember 26, 2015
    Beef chow fun we get every time
  • Jeff E.
    Jeff EarlyDecember 26, 2015
    Steamed Dover sole is great
  • Nailistic M.
    Nailistic MkeDecember 2, 2015
    Best roasted duck in Chicago!
  • Connie P.
    Connie PraterNovember 24, 2015
    Do the duck feast here. Bring 3 friends.
  • Jeff E.
    Jeff EarlyNovember 24, 2015
    Chinese bbq. This is the best roast pork and duck in town. But everything is great try the beef chow fun. Great value try the rice plates and small plates for a taste
  • Ashley
    AshleyNovember 17, 2015
    Peking duck
  • Gregory K.
    Gregory KueblerAugust 19, 2015
    Peking duck is super great
  • Robert O.
    Robert O'RileyJuly 26, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    If you want an entire duck without the full service just get a large order of it from the BBQ menu.
  • Kevin L.
    Kevin LJune 25, 2015
    The Peking duck was decent and very close to authentic. But the Chinese BBQs and other dishes were just ok. There are better choices in Chicago.
  • IG @antskong
    IG @antskongJune 16, 2015
    If you happen to be in Chicago. This place is to die for. Their Crispy Roast Pork and Peking Duck roasted to perfection.
  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago TribuneApril 16, 2015
    You must order Peking duck in advance at this Uptown restaurant; not to make sure the restaurant has the dish, but to make sure it isn't sold out. Reservations, too, are a must. Read more
  • Ninah R.
    Ninah RandolphFebruary 26, 2015
    Get the duck. End of story.
  • Stephanie H.
    Stephanie Hardiman SimonJanuary 30, 2015
    Get the duck!
  • Jenny L.
    Jenny LuiJanuary 28, 2015
    Two of us accidentally ate a whole duck.
  • Michelle L.
    Michelle LJanuary 18, 2015
    The duck meal is being added to my rotation of foods I must have when I visit.
  • Redeye Chicago
    Redeye ChicagoJanuary 16, 2015
    A bustling Hong Kong diner. Lazy susans are stuffed with noodles, dumplings and steaming pots of tea. Live lobsters swim in tanks and whole animals hang in the window. Read more
  • Christine P.
    Christine PyraDecember 30, 2014
    The duck is absolutely worth it!
  • Andrew G.
    Andrew GriesemerDecember 7, 2014
    Half bbq duck if your a hungry dude -- half duck if you're only kind of hungry (seriously)
  • David C.
    David CurielNovember 29, 2014
    First time I went I thought it was amazing, don't visit it often it loses the special quality. Fairly good duck though, and with the sticky buns 😋
  • Chris V.
    Chris VanisonNovember 16, 2014
    If you get there late they probably won't have any more duck...
  • Richard B.
    Richard BlackwellNovember 9, 2014
    Very good value for a large group. Best Chinese food I've had in the city
  • Nisai M.
    Nisai MeknitiNovember 5, 2014
    We feel more uncomfortable to sit down !! Getting dirty ! Condiments look like never been cleaned !!
  • Nisai M.
    Nisai MeknitiNovember 5, 2014
    We've been coming here for number of year ! They have a good and reasonable prices but services are horrible !! They never ever come to ask you how the food is and what's more do you need !!
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 26, 2014
    Check out Sun Wah as seen on Meat And Potatoes Read more
  • Tracy T.
    Tracy TakacsAugust 21, 2014
    Awesome Peking Duck
  • Larry L.
    Larry LiAugust 17, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Sun Wah BBQ has come a long way. One of the original Chinese restaurants in Uptown.
  • Jillian J.
    Jillian JacksonAugust 12, 2014
    The garlic chips are a great addition too anything! Try the roast pork and duck and you will be satisfied
  • Anthony B.
    Anthony BainAugust 10, 2014
    Don't order the ham, they don't have any.
  • Hillman P.
    Hillman PhilistiaAugust 7, 2014
    I think, not sure, they use too much MSG. every time I went there I felt thirsty the whole day.
  • Annisa D.
    Annisa DavilaJune 23, 2014
    Duck dinner is the best deal
  • Justin R.
    Justin RApril 24, 2014
    Get the duck.
  • Sam O.
    Sam OliveiraApril 20, 2014
    Decent food but poor service.
  • Antonio P.
    Antonio PerezMarch 1, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    You're going to love the roast pork and it's crunchy skin goodness
  • Kristi D.
    Kristi DorsonFebruary 26, 2014
    I don't even like duck typically but the Peking duck is amazing!!
  • James L.
    James LaCroixJanuary 6, 2014
    Order the whole Beijing Duck for a delicious meal that will easily satisfy at least three people.
  • Matt T.
    Matt TaegeDecember 29, 2013
    Get the whole duck & steamed buns.
  • Justine D.
    Justine DolorfinoDecember 24, 2013
    Best chicken wings I've ever had!
  • Rick H.
    Rick Hicaro Jr.December 8, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Must get the Peking Duck.
  • Diana F.
    Diana FakhouriNovember 20, 2013
    DUCK DINNER. #micdrop
  • Dan
    DanNovember 10, 2013
    Call in a day in advance and get the duck.
  • Stephen
    StephenOctober 7, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Malaysian Style Chicken wings with a side of white rice. Finger licking good.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsSeptember 9, 2013
    This North Side gem serves the best Peking Duck in the city.
  • Dayon D.
    Dayon DAugust 21, 2013
    Extremely overrated.
  • Scott R.
    Scott RichardsonAugust 11, 2013
    awesome atmosphere
  • katie z.
    katie zhuJuly 23, 2013
    Duck or you're not doing it right. They also have a good selection of other dishes – I recommend the eggplant, spicy string beans, and hot and sour soup.
  • George W.
    George WilksonMay 10, 2013
    They should make their items order-able from my smart phone by adding them to the app "appay biz". That way, I can order ahead using "appay"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Stephen
    StephenApril 26, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Have a big group. Call ahead and order the baby pig. Delicious! And don't forget the duck!
  • Vincent Z.
    Vincent ZhangApril 21, 2013
    Duck duck duck!!!!
  • Tracy L.
    Tracy LeApril 21, 2013
    Very rude and poor service.
  • Joel E.
    Joel EApril 20, 2013
    The Peking Duck Dinner gets the nod here!! 
  • Punya S.
    Punya SannApril 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    BBQ anything!
  • D B.
    D BrowneFebruary 10, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Of course the duck is great, but my sleeper fave is the ginger scallion lo mein.
  • David H.
    David HeFebruary 7, 2013
    Triple Treasure Rice plate for $6 after tax. Cash only under $12.
  • Jibin G.
    Jibin GeorgeJanuary 20, 2013
    The Peking duck is fantastic. Call ahead to make a reservation for the duck though
  • Jenni P.
    Jenni ProkopyJanuary 13, 2013
    Call ahead and they'll make some of your dishes without soy sauce so they're gluten-free :)
  • Sam C.
    Sam CrewsJanuary 1, 2013
    Expect slow service. But so so so so worth waiting for the duck.
  • Jennifer C.
    Jennifer ContraveosDecember 3, 2012
    The full duck service will change your life. :)
  • Chris S.
    Chris ShackletonNovember 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Duck Feast...call and order it a day before and bring some friends.
  • Renaissance Hotels
    Renaissance HotelsOctober 16, 2012
    The Peking duck is one of the most loved dishes by chefs, critics and other insiders on the city’s food scene – for good reason. Also, corkage here is absurdly cheap! Read more
  • "SUNDER" J.
    "SUNDER" JerryOctober 14, 2012
    It was great!!
  • Stephen
    StephenOctober 12, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Best Chinese place on the North Side. Love the Peking duck special and all their other dishes. Haven't had a Ba dish yet. Cheap but delicious food. One of a kind. I come here weekly for lunch
  • Nate P.
    Nate PerkinsSeptember 30, 2012
    Go for large format beers or wine to avoid a large corkage fee on the bill. They charge per individual bottle.
  • Amy C.
    Amy CerconeAugust 22, 2012
    Try the Pan Fried Rice Noodles With Vegtables
  • Amy C.
    Amy CerconeAugust 22, 2012
    Try the Shrimp Fried Rice
  • Rob W.
    Rob WJuly 13, 2012
    Try the Peking Duck
  • Dan R.
    Dan ReichertJuly 4, 2012
    Call ahead for the Peking Duck carved right at your table. It will blow you away!
  • Jonathan L.
    Jonathan LuceroJune 15, 2012
    Get the egg rolls and chow fun noodles....bomb dishes for sure.
  • Jake S.
    Jake SungMay 17, 2012
    Go for Peking duck dinner. (Roasted duck with buns, soup, and fried rice)
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableMay 1, 2012
    You can't go wrong with any soy selections. Try firm tofu in a casserole, with cubes of fried, shrimp-stuffed tofu simmered in black bean sauce: Read more
  • Sruts S.
    Sruts SamApril 15, 2012
    BBQ combination, eggplant in garlic sauce and white fish in black bean sauce - some of my recommendations; although everything here looks and tastes good!
  • ISC C.
    ISC ChicagoApril 10, 2012
    The Peking duck really is worth the trip. It helps to go with a large group so as to be able to try different dishes.
  • Erik P.
    Erik PerezMarch 25, 2012
    Everyone will tell you to get the Peking Duck. Get the Peking Duck!
  • James L.
    James LeFebruary 8, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    $5 Footlong my ass Subway. $5.25 at Sun Wah will get you home cooked rice, duck, chicken and/or pork with veggies and salted egg!
  • Dan B.
    Dan BernsJanuary 28, 2012
    Apparently, you can order an entire pig for $100. Probably best to call in advance.
  • Feb S.
    Feb SJanuary 4, 2012
    It's arguably one of the best Chinese restaurants in Chicago. The Duck is simply awesome. Other dishes are yummy too!
  • Dennis H.
    Dennis HaleyDecember 15, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Excellent food: Appetizing, a lot on the plate, good value for the money. The owner is very down to earth, and she cares about your food experience.
  • Ina Y.
    Ina YangNovember 3, 2011
    Try the Roasted Duck, Steamed Fish, And Other Dishes
  • Katrina
    KatrinaOctober 1, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Beijing duck dinner is deeeelish! Also ask for the minced pork with string beans - it's not on the menu, and is addicting.
  • Chad V.
    Chad VivarSeptember 13, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The duck service (deservedly) gets most of the attention here, but if I have to pick one bird, I'm going with Mike's Chicken.
  • Bethany L.
    Bethany LangSeptember 4, 2011
    Duck duck duck.
  • Louis S.
    Louis SAugust 31, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Call ahead and order the Peking Duck. Best Chinese food north of Cermak.
  • Christopher
    ChristopherAugust 22, 2011
    I'm going to throw a curve ball and recommend the Duck dinner. Fantastic!
  • Mauricio C.
    Mauricio CubillosAugust 29, 2015
    El pato y lucky budda, lo mejor del lugar.
  • Junior Salvatore #.
    deliciosa comida humm
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