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One of America’s Best Sichuan Restaurants Finally Hits the Westside

Sichuan Impression is ready to roll in West LA

Stew from Sichuan Impression in Los Angeles, California
Stew at Sichuan Impression
Bill Addison
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Phenomenal news for far west fans of the San Gabriel Valley’s prodigious Sichuan food community: Soon, the drive from the Westside won’t be nearly as arduous. That’s because nationally-known restaurant Sichuan Impression has decided to take up some space on Santa Monica Boulevard, right near the 405.

Eater has learned that the new Sichuan Impression will take over for Jin Jiang Restaurant at 11057 Santa Monica Boulevard. The large restaurant overlooks a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf on the second floor of a strip mall, and has been a staple for the community for well over a decade. Eater reached out to ownership to confirm a closing date, but so far has not heard back.

As for the incoming Sichuan Impression, there’s no current timetable for the opening. There is, however, an active ABC license for the property, showing plans for beer and wine only. Eater reached out for a possible opening timetable, but so far no word.

Regardless, the landing of Sichuan Impression in West LA is sure to cause a massive shift in the Chinese food conversation in Los Angeles. The restaurant is a beloved staple in the San Gabriel Valley, and has been named by roving Eater critic Bill Addison as one of the best places to eat in all of America, period.

Westsiders have for years been complaining about the dearth of great Asian food overall, but with the addition of names like Night + Market Sahm, Kato, Meizhou Dongpo, Little Fatty, Northern Cafe, Tasty Noodle House, and even the new Ooak Kitchen in Culver City, it seems things are on the rise.

Sichuan Impression
11057 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA