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#211 of 237 Chinese in Chicago
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Near North Side
1.1 miles from 360 Chicago Observation Deck
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Reviewed July 1, 2020

Eager, during the ongoing pandemic, to support nearby restaurants offering delivery or takeout, we tried Lan's for a second time within a few months and were as disappointed as we were earlier. First indicator was exceptionally slow delivery time -- more than an hour and...beyond the promised time. Second was the shrimp shu mai ($6.95), which was NOT shrimp shu mai -- just droplets of tasteless steamed (raw?) dough with zero hint of filling, shrimp or otherwise. The beef in the (recommended) Manchurian beef ($12.95) tasted (and ate ) like slow-roasted shredded beef falling apart in a sauce devoid of the promised garlic and ginger, just soy. The only positive: the food's high-tech plastic containers -- not positive enough to rationalize Lan's relatively high prices. We hope they survive this crisis -- but I'm afraid they'll have to do it without us.More

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed June 30, 2019

This place scammed us. They charged us for a party of 20 even though 15 showed up. Changed the price of the final bill AFTER they swiped our card and refused to cancel the charges. It’s a disgusting place and there is no policy anywhere....Don’t go.More

Date of visit: June 2019
Reviewed September 29, 2018 via mobile

Lan’s is a great option for dine in or take out. Bring a bottle of wine and enjoy a traditional Chinese meal. The garlic beef dish and Kung pao chicken were both delicious as were the crab rangoon.

Date of visit: September 2018
Reviewed June 30, 2015

Excellent food! Cute date/casual eats spot. Turns in to a karaokee bar late night....The owner is pretty shady....Keep the ladies away from him.

Date of visit: January 2015
Reviewed March 4, 2015

We tried a number of Chinese places and were not overly pleased. Our first order from Lan's was all it took to win us over. We have had several great meals from Lan's since then and each was better than the last. They are only...open for dinner.More

Date of visit: March 2015
Reviewed September 2, 2014 via mobile

I am always leery about Chinese food most places because it's hard to find above average Chinese in my experiences even on the Chinese border in other countries. This place renewed my faith a bit, the dishes we had there were all very good. The...Lan's Szechwan beef was my favorite.More

Reviewed May 6, 2014

The food at Lan's is the best in Old Town, and outside of Chinatown, some of the best in Chicago. The Spicy Pork is outstanding

Date of visit: May 2014
Reviewed October 6, 2013 via mobile

Usually think of Chinese restaurants as kind of mellow and quiet. This place was SO loud. BYOB--lots of rowdy folks. Once you plan your order, food arrives at your table quickly. Food was fresh, but not too special.Entrees come with nothing but rice--no soup etc....Kind of pricey.More

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