Lao Sze Chuan - Downtown

4.1
627 Reviews
$30 and under
Chinese
2021 UPDATE: All Lao Sze Chuan locations are open for indoor dining! Please self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms prior to arrival and wear a mask except when eating and drinking. For takeout and delivery, please visit www.laoszechuanusa.com or your favorite app. Please stay safe and take care, and we look forward to your visit!

We will be open normal hours for the upcoming holiday season. We greatly appreciate your patience and kindness with our staff during this time as we do our best to bring you the best dining experience.

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 in Chicago's Chinatown and is rated as one of the best Chinese Restaurants in the USA. To learn more, please visit www.laoszechuanusa.com. We look forward to sharing our delicious food with you soon!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 627 people are saying
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vipMitch
Chicago
68 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Olga, our waitress and bartender and hostess was fabulous. Recommend the Master Chef Tian’s Peking Duck. Best we have had since Beijing. Cocktails were tasty and generous.

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Stavros
Orlando
23 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall3food4service4ambience5

Sunday lunch for diim sum… everything we had was good, but the menu was very limited

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ChrisR
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great location on Michigan the food is fabulous a bit noisy but not bad at all. We will be back.

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vipChicagoFoodie
Chicago
65 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When my family has a craving for Peking Duck, this is where we go! But of course we have other favorites we must get every time too like Chef’s Special dry chili chicken, Mongolian Beef, and Szechuan Twice Cooked Pork. Everything really hit the spot. It’s really excellent values too considering everything else has gone up more in prices recently. A real gem in downtown Chicago!

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vipGourmet2
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience4

We r downhill. Used to be a favorite.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Nice looking quiet place, good food. A bit overpriced.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

I understand that we are still in the middle of a pandemic but if someone would communicate that a establishment is short staff, we as the consumers would understand. My reservation was at 745 PM , we arrived at 720. No one was at the hostess station. Then as worker moved a about no one acknowledge me or anything. When I finally got recognized it was in a rush and it seem as if they were talking through me. When we finally got seated it took 15 minutes to get just water, let's not talk about the length of time to take my order. From the time we walked into this restaurant, from the time we cashed out was approximately three hours entirely to long from the service and quality of the food.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Poor service
Food was ordinary

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vipdawnm
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Place was crazy … sat at table that was so close to other table we may as well of just joined them too cramped ! Service very very very slow not her fault im thinking low in staff ordered martini came in a champagne glass she said they ran out of martini glasses ! Bathroom was just disgusting 🤢 never seen a worse one ! Had to ask for everything she was so busy she couldnt keep up took over 2 hrs but the food was very good

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Service was poor, food was oily and chewy, had them refund our meal.

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vipSami
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Even if you have a reservation, it doesn’t matter. I waited 30 mins until being seated. I think it could have been managed better because there were only 3 servers for a full restaurant. No one acknowledged anyone in line and was a free for all depending on your table size. Some people who just got there was sat down immediately due their party size. I did feel bad for the restaurant working due to the capacity. The manager and my waiter were the best. The manager came out to sit people and the waiter was really nice. I wish it would have been reservation only

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great food! I would definitely visit again.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We loved the Mongolian beef and the Xiao long baos (soup dumplings). Unfortunately, the number 1 rated dish (dry chili chicken) and the szechuan chicken were not that tasty in our opinion. But, the experience was still wonderful and we will return to this classic Chinese restaurant to discover other delicious dishes sometime in the future. Thanks for having us!

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vippeter
Columbus
14 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Christmas Eve

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MarkH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Just as good as the Chinatown location. It’s a relaxed family friendly environment that allows for a leisurely gathering over the shared table with the lazy Susan to aide the sharing of the delicious plates.

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BSmm
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Extensive menu. Good food. Convenient location on Michigan Avenue

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sheng jian bao changed my life!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Not worth the visit and parking to get there.

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vipTryThisMaybe
Chicago
142 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Best Chinese dumplings!!

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vipKristinR
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is so delicious at this restaurant. It is so unique. I visit every time I am in Chicago... Must not miss!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Food was greasy, very pushy server since we sat down kept saying kitchen is closing. Uncooked food and no flavor.

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LM18
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our food was very good, and the service was great. My main complaint would be that the tables are very close together. I don't really want to hear other people's conversations, whether in English or Chinese! (It is good to see many Chinese-appearing people eating in a Chinese restaurant--it speaks well for the authenticity of the food)

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite dining experience in Chicago for Chinese food.

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HungryEye
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving was busy but service was still absolutely spot on. Food selections were terrific.
Great location.

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vipCathyVolunteer
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate at Lao Sze Chuan 4 times while we visited Chicago for 5 days! The food here was very good, we loved the spicy fish. It was a whole fresh fish, filleted, fried and cooked in a spicy sauce. We tried their noodles, fried dumplings and vegetables and they are all very good. They were crowded on a Sunday evening, but the 2 staff, Laurie and Jennie, did a great job handling everything. We will definitely return when we are in Chicago again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Waitress was nice and attentive

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allie
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Just not good. Only one good plate of the four we ordered.

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MichaelG
San Antonio
8 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Service was slow, and inattentive. We visited he Chicago location from Houston, and wanted to take a friend that lives in Chicago to try Lao, because we thoroughly enjoyed the food. The location in Houston is so much better.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Good food. Good service. We’ll go again.

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vipLaneB
Grand Rapids
87 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Authentic Asian and an amazing selection makes this a destination must.

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vipNicholH
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The ambiance and food were delicious as usual.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great service and food! The chilli bean soy fish is a MUST

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vipSaji
Cleveland
15 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious food, busy atmosphere (we arrived early for our reservation and the host made us wait through several walk-ins, about half hour wait...). Our waitress was helpful and quick, and all in all, we enjoyed our time.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Has reservations but don’t honor should up on time had no table ready. Waited 20 minutes for another table.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience1

There were only 2 servers on the whole restaurant. She took our order and brought us our food and that was it. It even took awhile to ask for a fork. I had to get up and ask the host. The manager was also really rude when we were leaving. He was basically on his cell phone the entire time.

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DrAl
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Consistently a good overall experience with a variety of selections. Enjoyed the duck

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

we waited 2 hrs for our food. Asked staff for water and waited for 30 minutes

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Service is average but good by Chinese restaurant standard. Restaurant was understaffed so service is slow. The food is dried but otherwise tasty. Tables are closer together than they should be resulting higher than expected noise level.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Worst experience at Lao Sze Chuan. Quality of the service and food has atrophied. Service was one of the worst I have ever received in Chicago; it is okay to be short staffed but not rude and mindless. soupless Xiao long bao, mis shaped wood ear mushrooms, spiced fish with tail and spiced cauliflower with chunks of bacon all get an F. Feeling bad for Chef Tony.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal

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You can order delivery directly from Lao Sze Chuan - Downtown using the Order Online button. Lao Sze Chuan - Downtown also offers delivery in partnership with 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 4.1 stars by 627 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.