Restaurants in Shanghai

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With a glut of restaurants listed in Asia’s 50 Best, and hordes of hole-in-the wall eateries slinging local delicacies, this city covers the spectrum... Read More

With a glut of restaurants listed in Asia’s 50 Best, and hordes of hole-in-the wall eateries slinging local delicacies, this city covers the spectrum from international to local fare and fine dining to street-side snacks.

On the international end of the spectrum, Ultraviolet might be the ultimate dining experience, with a 20-course menu that’ll cost you a cool $600. For a more affordable but still excellent meal, go to famed British chef Jason Atherton’s restaurants Table No. 1 or the Commune Social.

The local cuisine tends to be sweet and oily, noted for its freshness, bright colors, and original flavors. “Shanghai” means “above the sea,” and fittingly, the locals love to eat seafood, especially freshwater fishes, steamed shellfish, stir fried shellfish, and crabs. 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, though chicken, duck, and tofu are also common. Traditional preparations emphasize sweet and sour rather than spicy flavors. For local cuisine, options range from the high-end Fu1015 and Family Li Imperial Cuisine, which traces its roots back to the Qing Dynasty, to the affordable Old Jesse, which serves some of the most authentic Shanghainese food in the city. Shanghai restaurants also serve plenty of organic vegetables. Vegetarians will love Fu He Hui and WUJIE.

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  • 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana

    Located within the Rockbund development, this glamorous restaurant is the best place to indulge in fine Italian fare like Hokkaido scallops with fava... Read More

  • El Willy

    With views over the city's financial district, this Bund-side Spanish restaurant specializes in modern and extravagant tapas like beef cheeks with... Read More

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    Family Li Imperial Cuisine

    A traditional Chinese restaurant with roots dating back to the Qing Dynasty, this celebrated spot is the go-to for fine Chinese dining. Read More

  • Franck

    A popular Parisian bistro that boasts it's fine dining in a comfortable, brasserie-style environment, guests are impressed with high quality fare that... Read More

  • Fu He Hui

    Set in a colonial townhouse, this vegetarian Shanghainese restaurant from chef and restaurateur Tony Lu was 2015's highest new entry in Asia's... Read More

  • Fu1015

    High-end Shanghainese fare from chef and restaurateur Tony Lu, don't miss the marinated hairy crab with yellow rice wine, or the chef's abalone tarts... Read More

  • Hakkasan

    With a premier Bund-side location, this restaurant offers Michelin-starred Cantonese cuisine including crispy duck with caviar and Chilean sea bass in... Read More

  • Jing'An Restaurant

    Inside the PuLi Hotel and Spa, Jing'An serves artistically plated French-inflected fare including seared fois gras with sweet wine or galette with... Read More

  • Lost Heaven

    Complete with beautiful ethnic décor, this famed Shanghai Bund-side dining location offers excellent Yunnanese, Tibetan, Burmese, and Thai cuisine in a... Read More

  • Marina by DN

    On the Pudong side of the Huangpu River, Marina DM is helmed by Spanish chef Daniel Negreira and offers high-concept European fine dining with... Read More

  • Mr & Mrs Bund

    This modern French eatery by innovative chef Paul Pairet offers an unpretentious and reasonably priced late night menu as well as set brunches. Read More

  • Old Jesse

    Widely popular with locals, this venue occupies a cozy two-story home that make reservations essential. It's worth it if you want to try what's possible... Read More

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    Table No. 1

    Nestled in The Waterhouse at South Bund, this Shanghai favorite serves up quality European fare like smoked potato mash with whipped bone marrow and the... Read More

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    The Commune Social

    Be prepared to wait at peak hours for this innovative hot-spot serving tapas like sea urchin with pepper butter on ciabatta and oyster devils on... Read More

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    Ultraviolet

    Chef Paul Pairet's brainchild, this multi-sensory dining experience involves 20 avant-garde courses and must be booked well in advance. Read More

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    WUJIE

    Beloved for their blended juices and innovative dishes this Bund-side, vegetarian restaurant, aims to create food and services that are healthy and don... Read More

  • Xixi Bistro

    Nestled along the tree-lined streets of up-and-coming Wuyuan Road in the heart of the Former French Concession, the menu at Xixi offers a fusion of... Read More

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