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Little Sichuan Restaurant

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168 E 4th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-4005
+1 650-345-9168
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 15:00
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Sun 11:30 - 21:30
Mon - Thu 17:00 - 21:30
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 15:00
Fri 17:00 - 22:00
Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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Denver, Colorado
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2017

I am ruined for Chinese food anywhere else. We tried a variety of things and they were all amazing. Everything we tried was spicy, so if you are spice avoidant, this may not be the restaurant for you. The cumin lamb and the General Cho's chicken were especially tasty.

Thank Piper P
Gaithersburg, Maryland
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43 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

We came here on the recommendation of my best friend. She ordered three dishes she knew she would like based on previous visits (eggplant, salty green beans with pork and the sautéed green beans). I ordered garlic chicken. Because I'm not a fan of eggplant or pork I didn't try either of those dishes but she said they were both... More 

Thank Selica1
Jiang' an County, China
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16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

Be there twice in June 2026 when we visited my daughter's family in nearby Standford University. The waitress are very friendly, the taste is really a SiChuan style for me - a SiChuan grown-up person. Highly recommended.

Thank Albert_CedarHills
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1,670 reviews
1,038 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 203 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 June 2016 via mobile

Everything was greasy. Too greasy. Didn't used to be this way. The place wuz half empty. It made my tummy upset. I had to go bathroom. This used to be good.

Thank Alzor S
Visalia, California
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2016

The menu is very extensive and has many items that are not usually found. The wait staff speak some dialect of Chinese but many do not speak English. However, they understood enough English to take an order. The food was fabulous! We ordered items that we were totally unfamiliar with and enjoyed every bite. Portions were generous. At the end... More 

Thank Dorothy128
Farnham, United Kingdom
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69 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 January 2016

Went as a family group of 6 for dinner before going to the Cinema. Due to very slow service we never got to the Cinema. The food when it arrived was good, hot and of very large portions. We visited in December and my only other comment is to not sit anywhere near the doors as it's quite cold in... More 

Thank jim r
Windsor, Canada
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1,442 reviews
366 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 628 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2015

I visited this restaurant with some friends and we had some nice Chinese dinner with a wide variety. I liked their vegetables more than anything else. However, much of their food was on the spicy side which is not typical Chinese (I would think of Thai in such case). On the overall it was a good experience.

2 Thank TheGlacierist
Brookings, Oregon
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376 reviews
265 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2015

we'd been here many times before and had brought friends and family because the food and service was great, the best we felt in town. we recently moved out of the area and wanted to have some good chinese food again :). the food, black mushrooms and snow peas for me were most excellent. hubby's sichuan shrimp was also excellent.... More 

Thank dmc50
Redwood City, California
1 review
Reviewed 13 September 2015

Place Firstly, the place smells of cigarette smoke. Avoid sitting anywhere near the entrance or exit doors. Food I love Sichuan food. The quantity was reasonable, but the taste was average. It was more oily than all other Sichuan places I have eaten and less spicy than others. Also, there was very less meat. The house special version of a... More 

Thank Hemanth P
San Jose, CA
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 May 2015

This place is amazing. Dry cooked chicken (amazing), stir fried pancake(vinagery, spicey, delicious) and sesame noodles that will melt your face off are all must orders.. Secondary are the Ants crawling up the vine (rice noodles with pork) and the string beans. Go here, go here right now for a spicey fix!

2 Thank Jiefu88

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Reservations
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 168 E 4th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-4005
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Mateo
  • Phone Number: +1 650-345-9168

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?