Shanghai Restaurant Guide

Chinese Restaurants in Shanghai

Din Tai Fung
Din Tai Fung Restaurant, Shanghai The Shanghai branch of the international Din Tai Fung chain is a truly superb restaurant.
Specializing in Xiaolongbao (small, juicy dumplings), their signature dish is exquisite and available with a number of fillings: pork, shrimp, mushrooms, fish and vegetables. Also on the menu are steamed buns with various fillings, plain meat or vegetable dishes as well as a tasty selection of appetizers, soups and desserts. Given the quality of the food and the reputation of the restaurant, prices at Din Tai Fung are very reasonable with most dishes around ¥30 and beers around ¥20. You could order more than you could possible eat for ¥100 per person. The restaurant’s interior is pleasing, without offering anything special, and the service is impeccable.
Ph. (021) 6385 8378 Web: Open: 11:00-0:00
Address: Block 6, Xintiandi South, 2nd Floor (inside Xintiandi Nanli Plaza) Subway: Xintiandi
Show the taxi driver: 请带我去鼎泰丰,谢谢。地址:兴业路123弄新天地南里6号2楼, 近黄陂南路。
Lost Heaven
Lost Heaven Restaurant Lost Heaven serves a wide variety of Yunnan folk dishes, is foreigner-friendly and boasts an exquisite interior.
It’s a very accessible restaurant for foreigners with English-speaking staff and menus. It’s also like a fine dining experience with the snazzy interior. The menu has a huge range to choose from – all dishes from minorities in Yunnan Province and bordering parts of south-east Asia. The food might not be mind-blowing, but is definitely worth trying. Most mains are ¥60-70 with three dishes plenty for two people. Wine starts from ¥55 per glass or ¥250 per bottle. There’s another location in the French Concession – see the website for details.
Ph. (021) 6330 0967 Web: Open: 11:30-22:30
Address: 17 Yan’an Dong Lu, (between Sichuan Nan Lu and the Bund) Subway: Yuyuan Garden
Show the taxi driver: 请带我去花马天堂,谢谢。地址:延安东路17号, 近四川南路。
South Beauty
South Beauty, Shanghai South Beauty is the easiest introduction to the fiery Sichuan cuisine for foreigners.
The tasteful interior features lanterns, comfortable booths, wicker chairs and every table comes with a dining companion in the form of a goldfish. South Beauty boasts fine-dining fittings and waiters usually have at least a basic grasp of English. The menu is also careful to point out which of the dishes will truly test your ability to stomach spicy food. You can buy a delicious meal here for around ¥40 but there is also a range of far more expensive offerings. Specialties include Sliced Sze Chwan Pork and various spicy crab dishes. Beer ranges from ¥20 for local brews to ¥40 for imported brands. Multiple outlets in Shanghai: see the website for contact details.
Ph. (021) 6445 2581 Web: Open: 11:00-23:00
Address: 28-1 Taojiang Lu (near Baoqing Lu) Subway: Hengshan Lu
Show the taxi driver: 请带我去俏江南,谢谢。地址:桃江路28号, 近衡山路。
China Moon
China Moon, Shanghai China Moon offers an extensive menu of predominantly Cantonese cuisine along with Sichuan and Shanghainese options.
A tastefully decorated restaurant with attentive service, China Moon is a good option when seeking a fine dining experience. Prices are reasonable with an average bill per person around ¥150 including a starter, main course and drink. Seafood dishes are pricier while other mains are on offer for as little as ¥40. The food presentation is beautiful and the meals are delicious. The only problem with China Moon is that the staff don’t speak much English and the English-language menu is not detailed enough. Otherwise this is an elegant, dependable restaurant.
Ph. (021) 3218 1379 Open: 11:00-23:00
Address: 1168 Nanjing Xi Lu (CITIC Square), 3rd floor Subway: Nanjing Rd West
Show the taxi driver: 请带我去海上明月,谢谢。地址:南京西路1168号中信泰富广场3楼, 近陕西南路。