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The very first Lao Sze Chuan opened in 1998 in Chicago’s Chinatown and has since become one of the most beloved Chinese restaurants nationwide. Lao Sze Chuan prides itself on providing traditional Sichuan cuisine with high-quality ingredients. In 1999, Lao Sze Chuan was recognized by the Chicago Tribune as “One of the Best,” receiving a “three fork” rating that was considered a prominent accomplishment for Chinese restaurants at that time.
Our mission to offer, elevate, and promote gourmet authentic Chinese cuisine and provide exceptional customer service has never wavered. Our Grade A chefs are skillfully trained in Sichuan cuisine to provide the most authentic flavors. To this day, Lao Sze Chuan lives by the mantra “One Style For One Dish, A Hundred Dishes Have A Hundred Different Tastes.”


“No.1 Chinese Restaurant in the U.S.”

– Travel & Leisure 2013

“No.1 Chinese Restaurant in the U.S.”

– Travel & Daily Meal 2015

“Michelin Bib Gourmand List” 2010 – 2016

“The best Chinese Restaurant in the U.S.”

– Travel & Leisure 2013

“No.1 Must To Go Restaurant in Chicago”

– Choose Chicago

“Ambassador of International Chinese Cuisine”

– Chinese World Restaurant Association

“Famous International Restaurant for Chinese Cuisine”

– World Association of Chinese Cuisine

“One of the Best” – Chicago Tribune by Monica Eng, WGN9

“The best authentic Chinese food” – Zagat Survey

“Top Ten spots for spicy food, Lao Sze Chuan is about as good as Chinese food gets in this part of the world”

– Mr. Phil Vettel (Chicago Tribune Critic)

“Such a wonderful restaurant in the U.S.A., One style for one dish, hundred dishes have a hundred different tastes” – World Journal

“Possibly the most interesting menu in Chicago they do a super job on all selections” – Chicago Reader

“Absolutely the best Chinese foods in the country just like our hometown food. But even better” – China Star News

“This is the best Sport for Szechuan cuisine in town” – Time out Chicago

“The closest to Chinese home cooking the best authentic Chinese food. The best restaurant and the best dishes in Chicago” – Chicago Magazine

“Hungry Hound” – Recommended by ABC7, Steve Dolinsky

“Excellent place for authentic Chinese Cuisine” – “Check Please” Channel 11

“Rated top 10 Chinese restaurants in the U.S.” – Chinese Restaurant News

“Best Chinese Restaurant in 2014” – The Reader

“Neighborhood hero” – Chicago Tribune 2012

“One of the 100 most powerful Chicagoans” – Chicago Magazine Award 2012, 2013

“Lifetime achievement” – Timeout Chicago 2012

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