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Restaurants in Shanghai

Shanghai restaurants offer fusion food from Chinese and Jiangnan culture. The local cuisine tends to be sweet and oily, noted for its freshness, bright colors, and original flavors. “Shanghai” means “above the sea,” and fitting, the local population loves to eat seafood, especially freshwater fishes, steamed shell fishes, stir fried shellfish and crabs. You can find the best local food at Bellagio Restaurant.

When it comes to meat, the Shanghainese demonstrate a strong preference for pork, served in a variety of ways at the best restaurants in Shanghai. The Crystal Jade restaurant serves minced pork in buns, stripped pork and slices are used in soups and stir-fries. Locals tend to enjoy food that is sweet and sour rather than spicy. Restaurants in Shanghai also serve chicken, duck, and regional specialties like deep-fried stinky tofu. Shanghai restaurants also serve plenty of organic vegetables.

Travel + Leisure lists Allure and Coconut Paradise as two of the best restaurants in Shanghai. Coconut Paradise serves an excellent Thai dinner which includes spring rolls, pad Thai varieties, ricepaper crab, and many more delicacies, and Allure is a popular French restaurant in Shanghai.

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  • Allure

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    This restaurant on the eleventh floor of Le Royal Méridien hotel offers a taste of France in the hub of Shanghai. This 50-seat location puts food b... More
  • Bellagio Restaurant, Shanghai

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    "This Bellagio is not a Las Vegas hotel, but a faux-swanky Taiwanese brasserie. There are several locations in Shanghai, and they're all open at al... More
  • Coconut Paradise

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    This renovated townhouse in the French Concession district provides an elegant, dimly lit backdrop for a Thai dinner. The interior is marked by tea... More
  • Crystal Jade

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Although located on the second floor of the Xintiandi shopping mall, this restaurant is far from the typical food court options found in malls. Bri... More
  • Din Tai Fung, Shanghai

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Ubiquitous chain with English menus and solid xiao long bao. Various locations. More
  • Dongbeiren

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
  • El Cubano

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    A refreshing alternative to the city’s ubiquitous Chinese restaurants, this small café serves traditional Cuban fare in the Changning district. The... More
  • Face Bar

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
  • Fu 1039

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Classic Shanghainese food in a French Concession villa. More
  • Guyi Hunan

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    Cuisine from the southern Hunan region is known for its smoke, spice, and rich color. This Jing’an neighborhood restaurant’s reputation precedes it... More
  • Haya's Mediterranean Cuisine

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Haya Ronen plays dual roles of chef and owner at this spot in the Jing ‘an district that specializes in Israeli-influenced fare. The purple and yel... More
  • Jade Garden, Zhao Jia Bang Road

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    One of multiple Jade Garden locations in Shanghai, this restaurant near the Luwan district serves Shanghainese dishes and specialties, such as drun... More
  • Jade on 36

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    Chef de cuisine Franckelie Laloum, formerly of Michelin three-starred Maison Pic and Maison Troisgros, brings his top-shelf experience to this Fren... More

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