Frequently Asked Questions

Is there B.Y.O.B.?

A corkage fee applies to patrons who bring their own wines or beers. Wine corkage is $5.00 per bottle. Beers are $2.00 per bottle. Please let your server know if you need wines chilled in an ice bucket.

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Why isn't the Beijing Duck Feast on the menu?

The preparation on a Beijing duck begins a day in advance. Saavy customers that phone ahead to make reservations for a Beijing Duck Feast are on the priority list. Walk-ins without a reservation are only subject to general availability.

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What are the other styles of duck served at Sun Wah BBQ?

Hung at the front window are roast duck and pei-par duck. Roast duck is first prepared in its traditional Chinese seasonings and roasted until it acheives that beautiful laquered skin. This duck is available whole for carry-out or cut into manageable pieces. Pei-par duck is splayed flat and prepared with a glaze before roasting.

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What's the difference between Peking duck and Beijing duck?

Same product, translated from different dialects. Beijing is the standardized Mandarin pronunciation for the Chinese capital once called Peking.

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What if my guest has a food allergy?

Please make it your responsibility to adequately inform your server of the nature and severity of food allergies you or your guest may have. While we can only try our best to suggest menu items that avoid certain ingredients, the unique nature and sensitivity of each individual's allergy may exceed our ability to serve them.

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Is there delivery?

No delivery is available. Any third party service(s) claiming to deliver from Sun Wah BBQ is in no way affiliated with the restaurant.

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How late are you open?

Sunday through Wednesday, Sun Wah BBQ opens from 9:00am to 9:00pm central standard time. Friday and Saturday hours are 9:00am to 10:00pm. Kitchen staff begins its nightly cleaning process several minutes before closing

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How many ducks are served at Sun Wah BBQ?

With dine-in and carryout combined, anywhere from 900 to 1100 ducks are prepared during our six-day week. Stacked end-to-end, that's the equivalent height of the Sears Tower!

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How many diners visit Sun Wah in a week?

An estimated 4500 patrons have their meals in our dining room every week. The count spikes higher surrounding holidays and festivals.

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Do you have a parking lot?

There are no parking lots in the vicinity that belong to the restaurant. Please use available street parking according to posted signs along Broadway and Argyle.

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Why aren't you taking reservations?

If you're hearing, "Sorry, no reservations," it doesn't mean we NEVER take resevations. It means reservations are fully booked; an entire dining room of patrons managed to phone-in earlier than you. Situations ike this, the only available recourse is to walk-in and get placed on a waitlist for an available table. Walk-in wait times can span anywhere from 15 minutes to well over an hour.

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What's the most sure-fire way to make a successful reservation?

Phone during business hours when the restaurant isn't under its dinner rush and do it well in advance: 773-769-1254. BE SURE to provide a name, phone number, total number of guests, and whether you're ordering the Beijing duck dinner. This way, you'll receive immediate feedback on whether the timeslot is open. Reservations left on email or voicemail rarely go through.

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Can I have my next party at Sun Wah BBQ?

An enticing menu, a spacious dining room, and a lively atmosphere is what keeps at least one party group booked each night at Sun Wah BBQ. Honor your guest-of-honor with our tableside Beijing duck or whole roast pig service. Our round tables seat 10 comfortably. Long tables can be arranged to seat even more. Please ask for Kelly or Laura at 773-769-1254 during business hours to book your party.

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Was this restaurant previously around the corner on Argyle?

Yes. From 1987 to 2009 Sun Wah Bar-B-Q was found just around the corner on Argyle street steps away from the CTA Redline Train Station.

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Do you have bubble tea?

No.

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Why is there a 2nd kitchen in the front?

The casual eateries found throughout Hong Kong typically feature an open kitchen in the front. Some shops specialize in noodles and congee, others only offer Chinese barbecue. Sun Wah's front kitchen contains the best of these eateries from its Chinese barbecue display to its variety of congee and fresh wonton dumplings made daily.

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What goes on in the back kitchen?

Many of the entrees involving the wok are created in the back kitchen. This is also the area that houses our custom-built barbecue chambers for all the items displayed in the front window. While dining in, pay attention to the side accessway. A whole roast pig is hoisted to the front using this path.

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What does "Sun Wah" mean?

Owner Eric Cheng explains that his restaurant's name translates to "New China."

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What IS Chinese barbecue?

For countless ages, Chinese chefs have honed their culinary craft to impress their emperors. In the practice of Chinese barbecue, the process of carefully flavoring meats followed by a slow roasting over fire provides succulent results that ensure the process carries on into today.

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What credit cards do you take?

We accept only Visa and Mastercard in addition to cash or Sun Wah BBQ gift cards. No checks, AmEx, or Discover cards.

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Can we pool our credit cards on the bill?

Patrons may combine credit cards so long as Visa and Mastercard are used. For staggered amounts, the most efficient procedure is to write the cardholder names along with the desired charge amount on the back of your check. This will go a long way towards avoiding any confusion and speed up the process considerably.