Shanghai Restaurants

You'll notice that most Chinese restaurants in Shanghai have large, round tables. The reason becomes clear the first time you eat a late dinner at a local restaurant and are surrounded by jovial, laughing groups of people toasting and topping off from communal bottles of beer, sharing cigarettes, and spinning the lazy Susan load
You'll notice that most Chinese restaurants in Shanghai have large, round tables. The reason becomes clear the first time you eat a late dinner at a local restaurant and are surrounded by jovial, laughing groups of people toasting and topping off from communal bottles o
You'll notice that most Chinese restaurants in Shanghai have large, round tables. The reason becomes clear the first tim

You'll notice that most Chinese restaurants in Shanghai have large, round tables. The reason becomes clear the first time you eat a late dinner at a local restaurant and are surrounded by jovial, laughing groups of people toasting and topping off from communal bottles of beer, sharing cigarettes, and spinning the lazy Susan loaded with food. Whether feting guests or demonstrating their wealth, hosts will order massive, showy spreads.

Shanghai's standing as China's most international city is reflected in its dining scene. You can enjoy xiaolongbao (soup dumplings) for breakfast, foie gras for lunch, and Korean barbecue for dinner. In many restaurants, it’s traditional to order several dishes to share among your party for family-style dining. Tipping is not expected, but more upmarket restaurants will tack on a 10%–15% service charge. Although you can eat at Chinese restaurants for less than Y50 per person, Western meals go for Western prices.

Some restaurants in Shanghai offer set lunches at a fraction of the dinner price. Check out the dining section of Time Out Shanghai, That's Shanghai or Smartshanghai.com, all of which list dining discounts and promotions around town.

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  • 1. Lost Heaven

    $$ | The Bund | Chinese

    Southern China's Yunnan cuisine—with Burmese, Vietnamese, and Thai influences—is highlighted at this restaurant, which has a second location...Read More

  • 2. Sui Tang Li

    $$$ | Jing'an | Chinese

    On the second floor of The Middle House Residences, this polished restaurant delivers excellent contemporary renditions of regional Chinese...Read More

  • 3. Yong Yi Ting

    $$$$ | Pudong | Chinese

    You'd expect nothing less than an exquisite experience from a restaurant in the Mandarin Oriental, and Yong Yi Ting delivers. The nuanced dishes...Read More

  • 4. Bellagio

    $ | Gubei | Chinese

    Taiwanese expats pack the Bellagio (which also has branches in Hongqiao and downtown), so you know it offers an authentic taste of Taiwan. Carrying...Read More

  • 5. Bellagio

    $ | Pudong | Chinese

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  • 6. Bird and Bitter

    $$ | French Concession | International

    A narrow driveway is all that separates this couplet of venues on a leafy lane. Bird, an intimate, relaxed wine bar and kitchen, has a changing...Read More

  • 7. Blackbird

    $$ | Changning | Chinese

    Part of the renovated Columbia Circle complex, the carousing spot for American expats in the 1930s, Blackbird features different spaces on three...Read More

  • 8. Brut Eatery

    $ | Pudong | Asian

    This branch of Brut Eatery is a good choice if you're staying near Century Park and/or are traveling with children. The casual café offers a...Read More

  • 9. Canton Table

    $$$$ | The Bund | Chinese

    Though the decor here is thoroughly modern, it still evokes old Canton, with gorgeous tiled floors and painted murals of women in qipao dresses...Read More

  • 10. Cejerdary

    $$$$ | The Bund | Chinese

    Outfitted in gorgeous pale wood with an aesthetic that feels almost Japanese in its minimalism, this light, airy shop specializes in one thing...Read More

  • 11. Cobra Lily

    $$ | Xintiandi | Asian

    From the team behind local craft brewery Boxing Cat and American eatery Liquid Laundry comes this hip Southeast Asian fusion concept. Spread...Read More

  • 12. Da Hu Chun

    $ | The Bund | Chinese

    This hole-in-the-wall shop makes traditional Shanghaiese shengjianbao (fried soup dumplings) with wrappings that are pillowy and soft rather...Read More

  • 13. Din Tai Fung

    $$ | Lujiazui | Chinese

    The star attractions at this Taiwanese chain are the delicate, impeccably folded xiaolongbao (soup dumplings). Be sure to try the particularly...Read More

  • 14. Egg

    $ | French Concession | Café

    Laptop-equipped freelancers and other trendy locals frequent this petite, friendly, Australian-style café. The menu focuses on breakfast/brunch...Read More

  • 15. Fuchun Xiaolong

    $ | Jing'an | Chinese

    Outfitted to evoke 1920s Shanghai, Fuchan regularly appears on lists of the city's best soup-dumpling restaurants. This branch was renovated...Read More

  • 16. Ginger by the Park

    $ | French Concession | Café

    Ginger is a Southeast Asian eatery with a strong European flavor. The food is excellent, and the intimate indoor space, the patio, and the relatively...Read More

  • 17. Golden Maurya

    $$ | Pudong | Chinese

    With a gold- and marble-filled interior, this restaurant makes a statement that lives up to its "Golden Peacock" name. Its serves excellent...Read More

  • 18. Highline

    $$$ | Xintiandi | American

    Perched on the sixth floor of the Ascott Residences, this modern American eatery has a lust-worthy terrace—complete with a sleek firepit—that...Read More

  • 19. Jia Jia Tang Bao

    $ | City Center | Chinese

    The soup dumplings here are arguably the best in town; once the kitchen runs out of them, the restaurant closes for the day. It's a proper local...Read More

  • 20. Jianguo 320

    $ | French Concession | Chinese

    Locals and visitors alike are drawn to this restaurant for its relaxed, casual atmosphere; its home-style Shanghainese classics; and its no...Read More

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