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Little Szechuan

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422 University Ave W, Saint Paul, MN 55103-1962
651-222-1333
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Today
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 26
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  • 16
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 5
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  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Fun way to eat, but good food too

My wife and I went here on a Saturday night, not knowing that it was a hotpot restaurant, but we rolled with it. You pay about $8 for the pot, which is like a soup (a bit more than a broth) that boils on the hotpads built into each table. We went with the split pot, so we could have... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
pdwschmidt
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Roseville, Minnesota
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015 via mobile

I have been to Little Szechuan 3 times and have never been impressed. The food lacks passion or any real attempt to excel beyond palatability. While some of the dishes are quite spicy hot, they are otherwise bland.

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Minneapolis, MN
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47 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

This was one of the more unusual and authentic Chinese meals I have ever had. First you order a broth, and there are a number of options at various levels of spice to choose from. Then, you choose what you would like in your soup, from meats, fish, vegetables and other assorted items. The food is then brought to you... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Happy to see the hot pot concept in the cities, but disappointed at the quantity/pricing for each of the dishes. Portions were very small. Though we chose one base, even a range of things to try (particularly unique things that we struggle to secure for hot pot at home) ended up with a tab of $70+ for two people. At... More 

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Roseville, Minnesota
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75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

My wife and I went here on a Saturday night, not knowing that it was a hotpot restaurant, but we rolled with it. You pay about $8 for the pot, which is like a soup (a bit more than a broth) that boils on the hotpads built into each table. We went with the split pot, so we could have... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

The food was decent but when the waiter brought the wrong dish and we corrected him, he became rude. He said, "No this is what you ordered." When he went to prove us wrong he saw his mistake and came back and just said, "Fine if you don't like this I'll take it away."

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

We had a group of 10. There were two hotplates built into our table. Each hot pot comes to the table with a split center so we could have both hot and not so hot broths in the same pot. The hot was wicked hot, uffda! The ingredients we ordered to cook at our table were fresh, plentiful and very... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Very expensive for what you get and staff not very helpful. With each ordering kept thinking it would get better....it didn't. Left hungry.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

I was a huge fan of the prior version of Little Szechuan... So the bar was already set high for my first visit in their new all hot pot format... Our experience exceeded my expectations. Great service, large selection of ingredients, mix your own sauce bar. Very happy with not only the quality of the food, but the cook at... More 

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Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

I thought I was back in China having a hotpot, this is authentic China in St. Paul. Warning when they say spicy they mean spicy. My lips are still comfortably numb.

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Lakeville, Minnesota
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

This was the best Chinese Restaurant in the Twin Cities, and now it's not. They recently changed to - Hot Pot - style. I am not a fan. Extremely disappointed to lose such a wonderful menu. The hot pot is really just boiling meat and vegetables. The service was good and the waitress tried to help us along. But, all... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 422 University Ave W, Saint Paul, MN 55103-1962
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Saint Paul
  • Phone Number: 651-222-1333

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 13
  • Cuisine: Chinese, Szechuan
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?