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“Don't let the strip mall turn you off!”

Szechuan Chinese Restaurant
Ranked #21 of 392 Restaurants in Lakewood
Cuisines: Chinese
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed September 9, 2011

We rarely eat out, since my husband is such an excellent cook. But he doesn't make Chinese food, since he isn't much of a wok-man. We used to make up excuses to travel from Lakewood (our home) to southeastern Denver (perhaps 20 miles?) to a wonderful Chinese restaurant with both American and traditional menus. When that changed hands (and the food quality plummeted), we were at a loss. About 3 years ago, someone suggested we try Szechuan. One visit and we were hooked.

The food is delicious, fresh, and tasty. I rotate among chicken in garlic sauce (good amount of ginger and other spices), Mongolian chicken (nicely spiced with sufficient sauce to coat the rice), basil chicken (also a bit spicy but less sauce than the Mongolian chicken), and chicken and cashews (not spicy at all but very flavorful). The way they cook chicken is exemplary--it's always moist and tender, sliced thin. My husband always orders the eggplant/mushroom dish but asks them to substitute tofu for mushrooms. No problem with substitutions. He also likes it VERY spicy, which it took a few visits and intercessions by the wait staff to convey to the chef. Now, though, she just writes "XXXX spicy with many dried chilis" (usually somewhere around 40!) and the spiciness meter is just right for my asbestos-mouthed husband. Brown rice is available for a small fee, which is a nice option. Also a big thumbs' up to the steamed dumpling appetizer!

As others have noted the prices are reasonable ($9 for any of the above dishes) and the portions are generous. We also leave with enough food for another dinner for us both and often an extra lunch portion for me. Can't hardly beat that with any other fast food option. Their fortune cookies are consistently the freshest and tastiest I've ever had, with a nice hint of almond. And I used to eat pretty regularly in Chinatown in NYC when I worked at NYU!

The staff are terrific and know us as regulars, since we go at least once--sometimes twice--a month. (It's about 3 miles from our house.) When one of the 2 waitresses who usually work Monday nights (our night!) sees us come in, she heads immediately to the kitchen to pre-order our steamed dumplings even before we're seated. I've never been considered a "regular" at a restaurant before--it's a nice feeling!

The interior is far from fancy, but larger than it looks from the outside. Service is always prompt and friendly. They have a full bar, although I've never ordered anything from it.

The strip mall it's in has quite a few vacant stores right now and could look less than desirable if you just drive by. But don't be fooled--you'll have a delicious meal and head home with plenty more!

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5  Thank ztsipapu
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Reviewed August 23, 2011

We've been several times over the years, but haven't been in a few years. We enjoyed this visit just as much as all the other times. Spicy food is spicy like it is supposed to be, good flavors, good portions, quick service. If you don't want salty food, you probably shouldn't eat American style Chinese food.

That said, we very much enjoyed our visit, as usual.

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3  Thank JeremyHakes
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Reviewed June 3, 2011

Even know i had not try eveything that they have in the restaurant ,but I still have to say that everything at tha restaurant is amazing. They have great sever and great food. When you go to the restaurant a little bit before they close they still let you hve a set and eat. That the best place I ever been to and I love it there. They are great to old fokes and really little kids. When you are there order their pan fried dumplings or something sweet likt the ribs or the ses.chicken. Everytime I go there they always treat me like family even if it the first time there. I love this place i wish I live there. when you are there you would see the custumers all have a big happy face and that everybody there is super friendly. LOVE THAT PLACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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5  Thank Bella44067
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Reviewed March 11, 2011

The Best Chinese food. We love this place. We many many Chinese restaurants in Colorado before we found Szechuan, and now this is the only place we will go even though we live 40minutes away. We go to Szechuan at least once a month, sometimes more :)

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2  Thank adgwisdom
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Reviewed September 11, 2010

I've gone there so many times, and I've always loved their food. I almost always get snow peas with shrimp and scallops and it is to die for! The beef and brocoli is also an amazing meal! I recommend taking anyone there, old or little. It's a wonderful place with nice servers and great food! People keep saying it's too salty, but I definetly disagree. YOU NEED TO GO THERE :)

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2  Thank EvergreenGirl1994
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