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Lao Sze Chuan

2172 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60616-1514
+1 312-326-5040
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  • Excellent37%
  • Very good29%
  • Average16%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible12%
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“dry chili” (11 reviews)
“mapo tofu” (6 reviews)
“chicken” (27 reviews)
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Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
2172 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60616-1514
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

While my friend liked her vegetarian eggplant dish, my cashew shrimp had a cloying heavy sauce. I’ve had much better frozen egg rolls. The hot and sour soup was tepid and oily. The shrimp was also tepid. Server not that knowledgeable or fluent in English...More

Thank greatmogul
Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

We visited this restaurant Saturday lunch time, and notice there was a large number of Asians eating. We were greeted by friendly staff and service was very good. The food we had was well spiced and very tasty dishes such as spiced fried noodles with...More

Thank Andy p
Reviewed 4 October 2017

We had heard good things about this restaurant that sadly proved to be untrue. This is not an authentic Sze Chuanese restaurant. The not only is the food Americanized, it was also reheated and not prepared fresh to order. We came to this restaurant for...More

Thank Tleemur
Reviewed 13 September 2017

I had great expectations going to a restaurant with this level of hype and did think what we would be eating would be the next level up of Schechuan fare. Full disclosure: in our party of four, three of us were ill the next day,...More

Thank maegabby
Reviewed 5 September 2017 via mobile

Chinatown has a ton of great restaurants and I've eaten at Lao Sze Chuan three times. The clientele are all Chinese, which is a good sign. The food comes quickly. The portions are enough for 2-4 to share. Fair prices

Thank FlightSurgeon66
Reviewed 4 September 2017

Went for lunch on a weekday...not busy. Ordered the garlic spinach and the house special sauteed spicy fish with cabbage. great meal for two. In and out quickly,

Thank smdds
Reviewed 10 August 2017

we were returning from Skydeck at night and were badly hungry. Most of the restaurants nearby were closed and this came to our help. It was just 15 min to midnight when we reached the restaurant. The staff was very friendly and accommodating, we had...More

Thank Ayan_salto
Reviewed 2 August 2017

We love the authentic hot and spicy Szechuan dishes at Lao Sze Chuan. Excellent service in Chicago's Chinatown. Short walk from Chinatown stop on CTA's Red Line.

Thank Carla J
Reviewed 26 July 2017

This was a great find for lunch as we wandered around Chinatown. The portions were large and very flavorful. It was very busy but worth the wait.

Thank georges-road-trips
Reviewed 17 July 2017

I was in Chicago visiting my son and new grandchild. My son said I had to try a Szechuan place that he had found that he thought I would like because they had all kinds of weird food (pigs ears, pork stomach, frog) on the...More

Thank Larry G
Chinatown may be one of Chicago’s smallest
neighborhoods geographically, but it's big on
character, colors, sights, sounds, and flavors. In
this South Side neighborhood, you’ll find authentic
Chinese restaurants dotting the length of Wentworth
Avenue. After a meal of dim sum, noodles, duck or
other tantalizing food specialties, satiate your
visual appetite with dozens of public art sculptures
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Delivery
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
10:30 AM - 12:00 AM
10:30 AM - 12:00 AM
10:30 AM - 12:00 AM
10:30 AM - 12:00 AM
10:30 AM - 12:00 AM
10:30 AM - 12:00 AM
10:30 AM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2172 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60616-1514
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Chinatown
  • Neighbourhood: Chinatown
  • Phone Number: +1 312-326-5040
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