Creative Loafing's Jennifer Zyman reviews Masterpiece, awarding the Buford Highway restaurant an "excellent" rating of four out of five stars. Zyman says the Sichuan cuisine lives up to the restaurant's name:
The dining room is not fancy. It's simple with its tiled floors, white tablecloths, and a wall of framed photos and articles. Yet, something about the barebones space feels homey, like I'm in some grandmother's kitchen where I will sit, linger, and eat very well. Service is slow and patience is required since dishes come out one at a time - almost like a paced-out tasting menu. It's just Liu Ri in the kitchen. Since this is a family operation, be prepared to find your table missing bowls, chopsticks, and, sometimes, a waiter. But such inconveniences are a small price to pay for the best Chinese food in the Atlanta area.
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