Little Szechuan - West End
Little Szechuan - West End

Little Szechuan - West End

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://littleszechuan.com/
  • Phone: 9523227671
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 5:00pm
    Saturday & Sunday: 11:30am - 5:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
    Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Chinese
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Cross Street: West End Blvd
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Little Szechuan - West End
Welcome to Little Szechuan!

Little Szechuan is the finest restaurant in the Twin Cities to bring you the culinary art and flavors of traditional Szechuan (Sichuan) Chinese cuisine. With over 100 unique dishes created for you by top ranked Chinese chefs directly from Sichuan province, Little Szechuan offers a unique dining experience that will forever transform your idea of Chinese cuisine.
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Little Szechuan - West End reviews from OpenTable diners
23 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (11)great for lunch (6)neighborhood gem (5)kid-friendly (5)great for outdoor dining (3)good for groups (3)hot spot (2)special occasion (1)late-night find (1)great for brunch (1)romantic (1)Show More
  • Great service
    Windwood
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I went for my birthday dinner. The server is very attentive and thoughtful. We get one half off dish plus great happy hour prices and a free birthday cake. I really like the service...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mak1
    Mak1VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We ordered egg drop soup which had no flavor at all. The rest of the food was just okay.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • loves2eatVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Very good Chinese food and pretty inside. We like it there!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Chinese food in the Cities
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Read the title of the review. That's really all you need to know.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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  • Food ok service blah
    Normaldiner79
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The good was presented beautifully but it was blah. The server Completly forgot the order brought us something completely different than what we ordered then looked at us like we did not know what we ordered.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We have been to Little Szechuan twice and have been very impressed with the food both times. There is such a huge variety that the most timid to the most adventurous of eaters can find something, and everything we tried was perfectly executed. The flavors are more nuanced than at most other Chinese restaurants, and the food is also visually very appealing - even on the menu, which has photos of most of the entrees. The waiter is very knowledgeable about the menu. The food arrived almost surprisingly quickly. The place has a nice upscale feel, and you will spend a couple more dollars than you would at your neighborhood Chinese carryout restaurant, but the difference in quality is apparent at the first taste.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Restaurant
    Gjph
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    It has very good Asian food. Especially Egg drop soup is fantastic. Food is good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find
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  • Not the best Chinese food
    ilovefoodVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Beautiful interior. They ran out of lettuce so we couldn't get additional lettuce for our lettuce wraps. The white rice was hard. They charge for tea which should be complimentary. Most of the food was either too salty or bland. But if you want something spicy, they can definitely make it spicy for you. Some servers are nice, others are a bit terse and rude.
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    LRussVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We enjoyed our experience here because it is not typical American Chinese food. The menu is expansive and everything looks very interesting. We asked our server for recommendations and he was very leery to recommend anything "too spicy." We did end up getting one of the "too spicy" dishes and didn't really find it to be that spicy. We had the dan dan noodles, diced fish with chili peppers, and the chung kind chili chicken. Everything had a pleasant heat to it and was very flavorful. The portions are very generous- we had enough for both of us to have leftovers the next day. Overall a good experience and we would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food
    InflatableStoat
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We've been here a couple of times. Lovely food, good service, and a nice looking space.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 13 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 122 reviews are from the Little Szechuan - West End reviews archive.
  • authentic Chinese menu
    mnchun
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Great selection of Szechuan dishes. Nice and spicy with variety of seafood, meat, poultry dishes.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch
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  • Missing the original
    akl2014
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We have always enjoyed Little Szechuan (University Ave) and with their closure went to West End. We were disappointed with the food - overly salty and didn't seem as authentic as what we have experienced in other visits. Our server was attentive, but indicated there were communication issues with the staff resulting in some service issues. We miss the TRUE Little Szechuan.
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Diner321VIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Food has been consistently good but the service inconsistent. Need to work on the timing of courses as it all comes out haphazardly. One entree arrived with appetizer, next two much later.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Take it To Go
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The food at Little Szechuan is fabulous. The ingredients are top notch, the flavors are authentically Szechuaneze, and the kitchen team is well trained. There is no better Chinese food in the Twin Cities. Then there is the rest of the equation. The atmosphere is elegant and understated. If you do decide to dine in, ask for a table. The booths are so far apart that an average size person is about 18 inches away from the table - very uncomfortable. But I recommend taking the food to go. The service is mediocre: it took over 10 minutes to get drinks from the bar (and they were not worth the wait). And our food came out all together in spite of having asked for the meal to be coursed. Same thing has happened two straight visits.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not sure what all the hype is about
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    I've heard a lot about Little Szechuan so we decided to try it after a movie. I really don't get all the hype. We ordered Taste of Szechuan chicken which was just average and a little dry (with NO veggies), and the Geleshan Chicken. The Geleshan Chicken is supposed to be one of the spiciest dishes on the menu but all it is, is badly fried small chicken cubes (not spicy) tossed with 100 dried chilies that are too tough and dry to actually eat. Honestly, we've had more flavorful meals at Leanne Chin. Even the fried rice was bland. My advice is to skip it.
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  • Great place for family celebration
    Jewel
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    We celebrated our son's graduation with our family. Service was excellent and the food was delicious! We will definitely consider Little Szechuan for future dining. Only disappointment was that they do not offer salads as a meal option.
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    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
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  • Overall a good place
    PPinMSP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The food was hit or miss. Most dishes were fantastic , best Chinese food I've ever had. Some were just ok. Quality ingredients but it is expensive. Overall this is a great place especially for a group. However the service was not polished. The waiter got drinks mixed up. We had to beg to have them refilled, was just not attentive at all and the restaurant was not all that busy. The restaurant itself has a beautiful ambiance and I would recommend . Will try again in the future.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We really enjoyed the chinese flavored fries. A great restaurant with good service and very tasty Chinese food.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Large group was well treated
    debbie
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We were a group of 8, at the last minute, and were assigned a large round table, a little bit off of the main area. It was great, we could hear each other and felt like we had our own little party going, only we didn't have to do any of the work. The waiter was very nice.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • attentive service, good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    well prepared entrees, quality ingredients, good value
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    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worth a visit
    fawtandthebaby
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Generously sized portions. Decent wine list. Very tasty entrees. I've visited this location as well as the St. Paul location numerous times and have always had a good meal here.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Done Right
    Pjones
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    This food isn't produced in hurry and rushed out of the kitchen. You can tell they care about quality. The presentation was tight and all the selections we tried were truly excellent. Especially for vegetarians - their tofu dishes are amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Menu - Slow service-
    lolo2VIP
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    This was our second visit. The food is excellent and the menu is beautifully presented with photos. Although this did not happen on our first visit, we did wait an unusual amount of time between our soups and the entrees. No explanation was given and the wait staff did not inform us that "your food will be here soon". We just waited, and waited, and waited. Also, pass on the Green Dragon martini: small and strange.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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  • great food , genuine hospitality
    dichard
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    service was friendly and professional. We felt genuinely welcome and appreciated. Food was better than run-of-the-mill szechwan and beautifully presented. Interesting flavors in every dish we tried.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Authentic + Mainstream
    Grace
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Great food and great variety of authentic Chinese dishes and more mainstream staples. Wonderful flavors, not afraid to make spicy dishes spicy. Wonderful service and very convenient location!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pricey food for quality
    Trace7
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    My main course (sizzling rice with 3 delights) was quite good, but my appetizer (spring rolls) was mostly lettuce and way too big to eat easily. My friend loved her main course (shrimp lo mein) but she said her appetizer (egg roll) was bland. Server was polite, but it ignored us a bit too often.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time diner
    Diner321VIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Timing of service was off as the meal came about 2 mniutes after the appetizer was delivered to the table. Egg roll was over fried, and not edible. One of the 3 main dishes was cold.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 0314
    0314
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Food was very good an flavorful, portions were adequate and the service was better than average. We will return.
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  • Little Szechuan is Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    The first time I dined at Little Szechuan the tastes were music to my palette! I especially love the Little Szechuan Potato Fries! I have yet to try all the dishes, and what I have tried I have been satisfied! I am looking forward to my next dinner at Little Szechuan!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was bland and overpriced
    JennyF
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    I was not impressed with the food. It was expensive for lunch and not all that flavorful. Additionally, one of our party ordered gluten-free food (both appetizer and entree). Both of them had to be returned to the kitchen when they arrived at the table and had not been prepared gluten-free.
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  • Perfect Evening
    MMM2
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    we loved everything about this place - free parking, fun, modern atmosphere, friendly and attentive staff and the FOOD - was incredible. We had the chicken with broccoli and the kung pow chicken. Both were fantastic. We are both planning to go back soon. It's my new favorite place!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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  • Nice surprise
    smsherm
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    I haven't been impressed at all with Chinese food in the Twin Cities and my first and last visit to Little Szechuan on University Ave. was not good. We asked for the waiter's recommendations and got the standard fare "American" style food. Not so at this St. Louis Park location. Our waiter was quite knowledgeable about the menu and made excellent recommendations. Everything was quite good.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First timer
    BRJJ
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    This was our first time to this restaurant, we decided to come here because there have been great write ups about how good the food is here. We just moved to the area so had to try it out. The host was amazing and sat us right away even though we were 15 minutes early for our reservation. The waitress was not so good. She could have made our night had she been on top of her game. The orange chicken was really good. My husband had the crispy duck which was good but needed a sauce. The restaurant was very elegant and a nice atmosphere.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best authentic Chinese in the city
    Jess
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Little Szechuan serves great authentic food from China. It has been great every time we have been there and visiting family loves it.. The prices are very fair as well
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • thumbs up
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 1/21/2014
    love this restaurant, food is always good and the tmosphere is even better. cute decor and modern/clean plates and set up. great location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A New Family Favorite!
    Explorer
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    We ate here on New Years Eve because it was close to the movie theatre and we scored!The specialty martini's were above average and set the tone for a great meal to come.To start out with the menu includes high quality photo's.You can view everything on the menu and get a much better idea of what your ordering then a simple written description.The photo's looked so good we ordered an extra entree and an appetizer because we couldn't decide. I am pleased to report the food looked even better when it arrived! Outstanding presentation of the fried Tilapia! The flavors were complex with lots of contrast between dishes making for a great meal.Our server(Diana)was friendly and very knowledgeable about the menu and she made our evening perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bustling Xmas Eve
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    This place was PACKED with non-Christians who love A Christmas Story. The staff was merry and attentive. The food was all on point. A perfect Christmas Eve dinner. Get reservations!
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    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This place has become a regular
    Sukanya
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    This place has become a regular haunt whenever chinese food craving happens!
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    good for groups, great for lunch
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  • You can make a reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    there was 4 in our party. the place was fairly empty when we arrived. our food took an unusually long time to get to our table, considering we ordered shortly after we arrived. first, they brought out 2 of the 4 dishes, then another one arrived about 3 or 4 minutes after the first two. the 4th entrée arrived close to 15 minutes after the 3rd. 2 of the dishes were the exact same dish (Mongolian beef) but one dish looked as though it was meant as a childrens portion, very sparse. we asked our wait person, who was just lovely, and she got the "manager" (I use that term loosely) who did nothing but apologize. we ended up getting 50 % off of 2 dishes. very poor customer service, will not go back or recommend this place.
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  • Wonderful authentic Chinese food
    DahBoyz
    Dined on 12/4/2013
    My friends and I have loved the St Paul restaurant for years. We are all very happy that there is a location closer to our homes.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.