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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
11:30 am - 10:00 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: Reservations

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  • 25
    Excellent
  • 15
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 3
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  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Chinese Hot Pot (fondue-style) Unique!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 14, 2015
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MPLS
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MPLS
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
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
2 reviews
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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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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32 reviews 32 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
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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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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Maplewood, MN
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64 reviews 64 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

We went in for chung king chili shrimps, dan dan noodles, and green beans and were disappointed none of our favorites were available. The greeter explained the new hot pot concept which did not sound appetizing, or maybe it was simply anticipation being met by bitter disappointment in any event, we left and headed to the Tea House. If we're... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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135 reviews 135 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Little Szechuan has been an old favorite for several years, one of the default restaurants we visit on Friday evenings when we can no longer think. This Spring the place closed in order to remodel and shift the format from familiar Szechuan Chinese food to Szechuan hot pot food, rather like a Chinese version of European fondue. We were trying... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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186 reviews 186 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This used to be awesome szechuan...maybe the best kung pao in town. great chili oil, great spice and flavor. not anymore. things first went to a buffet style, which was ok. Now they are a hot pot restaurant. We went with a large group. They crowded us around a big table because of the "hot pot" setup being on wires... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014 via mobile

Nice and chic place to eat. Food and service is really wonderful! Price is a bit higher than the standard price but you are paying for the nice surrounding.

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Omaha, Nebraska, United States
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45 reviews 45 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

I love spicy food.... I love exploring the distinct varieties of Chinese cuisine, and this place isn't just called "Szechuan". It really is Szechuan, with it's strong peppery, numbing flavors. I had the Mala Chicken which is my favorite from restaurants in other cities, and I was surprised how good this place was. The tea tree mushrooms, were super earthy... 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 0 - 13
  • Cuisine: Chinese
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?