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Little Szechuan Chinese Restaurant, Bar, Menu & Update

Last Updated on May 20, 2024 by Lauren Beck

If you’re in the mood for delicious Asian food, Little Szechuan in Minnesota is unbeatable.

Let’s take a look at all the mouth-watering dishes this place offers and find out which branch is still open. 

What is Little Szechuan? 

Little Szechuan Chinese Restaurant and Bar offers Asian cuisine with authentic Szechuan flavors. They carry chicken, pork, and seafood dishes; all tossed in a spicy and savory Szechuan sauce. If you want to experience authentic Chinese food without having to travel to China, this is the place to be.  

In case you don’t know what Szechuan is, it’s a style of Chinese cuisine that originated in the Szechuan Province. Szechuan food is known for its hot and spicy flavor, perfectly balanced out with sweet and sour. Fennel, pepper, aniseed, cinnamon, clove, chili, and Szechuan peppers are widely used to achieve the cuisine’s signature flavors. [1] 

Things To Know


  • Minneapolis: 304 Oak Street SE Minneapolis, MN 55414

Little Szechuan’s Minneapolis location was at the Stadium Village, near the Twin Cities campus of the University of Minnesota. It’s at the intersection of Washington Ave SE and Oak Street SE. This location is already closed. 

  • Saint Paul: 422 University Ave W Saint Paul, MN

Little Szechuan’s Saint Paul location is at the intersection of University Ave West and Western Ave. 

Hours of Operation

  • Monday to Friday: from 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
  • Saturday: from 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
  • Sunday: 11:30 am – 9:30 pm

What’s On The Menu?

Lobster Tails 

Little Szechuan’s Lobster Tails are large and perfectly steamed until they’re pink, tender, and oh-so succulent. It’s served on a bed of stir-fried vegetables and shrimp. 

Honey Duck 

The Chinese Peking duck is beautifully browned and roasted, served with spicy honey sauce on the side. 

Chung King Chili Shrimp 

Breaded, deep-fried shrimp is cooked with chili peppers, bell peppers, and snap peas and tossed with ginger and garlic in a mouth-numbing Chung King spicy sauce. 

Diced Fish with Chili Peppers 

Fresh fish fillet is cooked with a generous amount of red and green chilis and tossed in an authentic Szechuan sauce. 

Szechuan Spicy Fish Fillet 

Beautifully poached and breaded fish fillet is served with an authentic Szechuan spicy sauce and garnished with spring onions. 

Geleshan Ma La Chicken 

Ma La chicken is a classic Szechuan dish that involves flash-frying chicken until it’s golden brown and crispy. It is further flavored with a generous amount of chili peppers and Szechuan peppercorns.

Promotion & Reviews

Little Szechuan’s Saint Paul location has an all-you-can-eat promo served 45 minutes before the store closes at 10. This is to ensure that all their fresh ingredients get eaten, as they strive to serve fresh quality food every day. It’ll be worth it if you’re brave enough to beat the long queue during late nights! 

The Saint Paul location also has a Hot Pot Menu. The Szechuan hot pot has been around since the 1700s and has made its way into the heart of modern Chinese cuisine. 

On the other hand, the Minneapolis location carried Hot Express lunch specials whose menu varies daily. The entrees are made fresh as you order and served with a side of steamed rice or fried noodles. It’s the perfect meal for busy university students or professors looking for a fast yet tasty bite!  


Is Little Szechuan Still Open?

Little Szechuan’s location in Minneapolis has closed, but their Saint Paul location is still up and running. The place still serves authentic hot pot, and you can choose anywhere from beef, lamb, seafood, or vegetarian, with various soup bases and sauces. 

Why Did They Close Down?

Unfortunately, we couldn’t find any details as to why the Little Szechuan in Minneapolis closed, just that it’s been replaced with Lao Sze Chuan, a Chinese restaurant chain with a few branches in the United States. 

Key Takeaways 

If you’re near Saint Paul in Minnesota, you should definitely give Little Szechuan Hot Pot a try! Service is great, and you can choose from a variety of meat, seafood, vegetables, and broth, depending on your preference. We highly recommend you go as a group as hot pot is best shared with friends and family. Visit Kitsune Restaurant to discover more about Asian cuisine.


Lauren Beck

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