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Little Szechuan

422 University Ave W, Saint Paul, MN 55103-1962
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Ranked #158 of 785 Restaurants in Saint Paul
Price range: $0 - $13
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
Cuisines: Chinese
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
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Maplewood, MN
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60 reviews 60 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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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92 reviews 92 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 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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138 reviews 138 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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

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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New Jersey
16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

Whenever I am in the Minneapolis area my wife and family are sure to have a meal here. We order vegetarian and vegan plates and they are delicious. Be sure to order the pea tips if they are available. Pressed spicy tofu and peanuts, Szechuan french fries and crispy fried tofu and my favorites. I will be back in a... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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62 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

Actually visited the West End location in St. Louis Park, but I can't find them on Trip Advisor. Living in a pretty cosmopolitan city for restaurants, but having a tough time finding good Chinese, I thought Little Szechuan was pretty good. A lot of variety on the menu and the appetizers were solid. Not cheap, but pretty good.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

Okay let me first say, this is my first really bad review. But I believe honesty is the best policy! Spent $30+ dollars and all I can say is no one finished their meals and didn't bother to bring the leftovers. There was nothing, I mean NOTHING authentic about this food. It was definitely Americanized and very bland food. Fried... More

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St. Paul, MN
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45 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

So sayeth our Chinese immigrant dining partner. All I know is they have really great food, wonderful service and fair prices. Not a fancy interior or neighborhood location - you go there for the food, not the ambiance. LOVE that their menu includes a big, color photo of every item on the menu.

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Neenah, Wisconsin
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14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

On a recent trip to the twin cities we were taken here by friends. The four of us ordered an entrée each and shared. Each of the dishes was tasty and well prepared. This is NOT your typical Americanized version of Chinese food. We enjoyed everything we ordered. We'll definitely be back next time we are in the area.

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