Lao Sze Chuan - Downtown

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$30 and under
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Chinese
Lao Sze Chuan Downtown is Chicago’s premiere restaurant for gourmet, authentic Chinese cuisine - most notably, our Szechuan flavors, traditional Peking Duck, and handmade dim sum. Lao Sze Chuan is beloved locally and nationally since our founding in 1998 and rated as one of the best Chinese Restaurants in the USA by The Daily Meal.
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vipBenji
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Peking Duck was amazing! Beautiful location and setting. Good service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious!

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Mario
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hidden Gem! Food is amazing and the service is outstanding each timeAnd every time I dine there! Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food was good, better than the last time we went but dishes came out all at once which shouldn’t have happened since we ordered the roast duck and that normally comes out before the main courses. The bubble tea part of the restaurant closed at 8pm before the restaurant closed which meant that we couldn’t try the cheese souffles that were also part of the bubble tea bit. Shame because the food was not bad

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Tables were too close together, otherwise no complaints :)

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Service was bad from the moment I walked in. I informed the hostess that I had a reservation. He didn’t care to grab my name and told me to keep walking forward. When I asked him if you wanted my name, he said no and to keep walking forward unless I wanted to take out. The water did not have ice. They charge for white rice and tea unlike other similar restaurants like Ming Hin. There were no toilet paper in the bathroom. When I brought it to the server’s attention, she didn’t seem to care. The food was overly salty and greasy. The waitress never refilled my water.

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vipMary
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Tepid $7 teapot that would be free in any place in Chinatown

Food not hot

Lousy waiter too busy flirting with a waitress to provide decent service

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GregK
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely would return to try more dishes. The food was amazing! I have been to many Chinese restaurants and this one by far exceeded all of my expectations! I also found out that we have one in our home town. Definitely making it a regular stop.

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vipGray
Chicago
110 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Scallion Pancakes in Chicago! I thought I was back in NYC! Lovely and extensive offerings.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We feel the price for the portions are too high. We get more bang for our buck at Lao in Chinatown. Also, sizzling rice soup on Lao Chinatown.

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vipMaija
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved my Mu Shu!!!!! Yum!!!! New Years Eve!!! Loved their food and the Lychee Martini!!

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LisaL
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and ambiance. My two children LOVED the meal and we will definitely return!

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DavidR
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lao Szechuan's sichuan dishes are always excellent. Prices are a little high, but the potions are generous to huge. Service is brisk and efficient, if not warm. The decor is great - hip meets Chinese restaurant. We visited on a busy night, but the restaurant's high ceilings made it remarkably quiet.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This place refused to honor our reservation. They turned away other guests who had reservations with open table as well. When I checked the open table app, it showed the same restaurant still accepting reservations. Waste of time getting there on Christmas Day. Horrible customer service and would not explain why they wouldn’t honor our reservations. Please do not allow this kind of restaurant associated with your app.

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vipnickname
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall1food3service2ambience2

They sat us 30 minutes late for our reservation. Food took 55 minutes to arrive. Will not be coming back.

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HungryM
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall1food5service1ambience1

I made a reservation in October for Christmas Day at 5:45. Show up at 5:40 and the line is out the door. There is no hostess stand, head to the front of the line to ask about tables for parties who have reserved. He said no, go wait in line. So they do not honor reservations. Waited in line a long while and they then asked if we could share a table with other parties. Fine by me, we have a broadway show to get to by 8. Shares table includes me/my guest, another twosome, and a threesome, all at a nine top table. This area of the restaurant was not super loud, well lit so we could communicate and not so closely bunched that we were overstepping the other parties at the shared table. We got waters and plates but no napkins, no chopsticks, no utensils. We ordered what we wanted quickly because we had been waiting so long and now felt rushed. We waited. And waited. Over an hour goes by and still no food. It is getting close to showtime so we had to leave, we could not even ask for our order to be put into takeout boxes and pay. The one star is for the complimentary spicy cabbage cup they doled out while we waited, it was very tasty, or maybe it just seemed that way because we were so hungry. Probably will not try again.

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vipWinendine
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience3

All dishes were incredibly greasy! Poor quality food. Service is confused and inefficient.

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vipJENNIFERW
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Quite possibly the worst dining experience of my life. Avoid like the plague.

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vipMarciaS
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent coctails and gourmet Chinese food.

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Ocnai
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantasy duck. So happy Tony was there!

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vipRonaB
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Chaotic arrangements for an appropriate table. We are seniors, had a reservation, and should not have been asked to sit in a row at the bar. A table was finally found.

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KimberlyA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Unfortunately the service was pretty bad. Our waitress was overwhelmed and messed up our order as well as our bill at the end of the evening.

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Heresthetruth
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was delicious! I will definitely be back for more

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GokulaM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We ordered a Chili Chicken dish and they served us Chili Beef despite telling them upfront we don’t eat beef. So be careful here.

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JonW
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good and authentic chicken soup (Chinese style).

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vipHGWT
Hawaii
80 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Had 7:00pm reservation for four. After waiting 15 minutes and being told that they couldn’t predict how much longer we would have to wait we left.

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scottr
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat! Best Chinese food this side of the Pacific.

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Larry800
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We are long time fans of Lao starting in their Chinatown place and now right downtown near where we live. Once again, it met our expectations. The atmosphere here is pleasant, in a “Chinese restaurant” way. By that I mean friendly and efficient, but not warm - which works for me. We go there for the food, and it does not disappoint. Everything we ordered was tasty, and served hot. To top it off, prices are very reasonable. A very good choice in the heart of downtown Chicago.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Once again we were served my same server and she was excellent. Our foods were served as made freshly prepared and piping hot and very savory.

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LindaG
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was excellent and our server did a great job. We would’ve loved a little more elbow room for our table for two.

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vipRetiredTraveler01
Chicago
120 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

One of the best Chinese restaurants you will ever dine at.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Been to the original in Chinatown for years. Tried this one to see where it would rank. My expectations at first were not very high in comparison but I was mistaken. This location can stand on its own success. Delicious meal on its own merit. Now I have two locations to choose from!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Peking Duck is absolutely incredible!

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vipLeeH
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The restaurant was good. I enjoyed going and the ambience was great. I do think however that the food is better at the original restaurant in Chinatown. The food in Chinatown is more authentic and the prices are probably more competitive. This was easier when in the miracle mile district.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I have been able to try a variety of food here at a teambuilder. The duck is fantastic along with the soup dumplings and the crab rangoon. I enjoyed the spicy cabbage as well. Pleasant service.

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vipCitifiedLady
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Had a great dinner with Jesse as our server. Food was

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The hostess was bad and started arguing!! The food was not the same. We have eaten here so many times but looks like the chef is changed cause all the dishes were bad and tasteless. The waitress had no interest in serving. Forgot drinks, didn’t get the sauce and was lost all the time. The drinks came with food and when we asked, she said it generally takes that time and guess what was the drink..... plum wine. Over all..... we are done with this restaurant. We are actually permanent customer of thia place. But not anymore

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Lang
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience1

Great food but poor customer service

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Awesome Duck Fried Rice! Thank you for the great service. Crispy and Moist Beijing Roast Duck.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food and service were terrible

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Lao Sze Chuan - Downtown does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar, Postmates and Uber Eats. Lao Sze Chuan - Downtown also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 595-0888.

Lao Sze Chuan - Downtown is rated 4.3 stars by 546 OpenTable diners.

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