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

    The sister restaurant to the Hong Kong eatery of the same name (which has three Michelin stars), the sophisticated, fine dining Italian is located... Read More

  • El Willy

    Part of the Shanghai-based Spanish chef Willy Trullas Moreno's El Willy group, this is a Bund-side flagship venue with views that spread out toward the... 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. The owner, Marseille-born Franck Pécol, impresses... Read More

  • Fu He Hui

    Vegetarian Shanghainese fare from chef and restaurateur Tony Lu. The restaurant was 2015's highest new entry in Asia's 50 Best Restaurants, coming in at... Read More

  • Fu1015

    High-end Shanghainese fare from chef and restaurateur Tony Lu, the restaurant is placed number 16 on the list of Asia's 50 Best Restaurants 2015. Don't... Read More

  • Hakkasan

    With a premier Bund-side location, this restaurant, part of the award-winning brand's chain of international venues, offers Michelin-starred Cantonese... Read More

  • Jing'An Restaurant

    Inside the PuLi Hotel and Spa, this restaurant oozes chic sophistication with its light and airy surroundings, and quality ingredients. Although trained... Read More

  • Lost Heaven

    This famed Shanghai Bund-side dining location offers excellent Yunnanese, Tibetan, Burmese, and Thai cuisine in a luxurious, yet authentic, environment.... Read More

  • Marina by DN

    Perched on the Pudong side of the Huangpu River, this restaurant, helmed by Spanish chef Daniel Negreira, previously of Taiwan's El Toro and DN... Read More

  • Mr & Mrs Bund

    A modern French eatery run by innovative chef Paul Pairet, this venue reached number 21 in 2015's Asia's 50 Best Restaurants. Although a fine dining... Read More

  • Old Jesse

    Widely popular with locals, this venue was the original restaurant that propelled the Jesse brand into the successful chain it is today. Arguably the... Read More

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    Table No. 1

    Nestled in The Waterhouse at South Bund, this restaurant is stewarded by Jason Atherton, the famed British chef. Serving quality European fare in... Read More

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    The Commune Social

    Jason Atherton's second project in the city (after Table No. 1), this hot spot offers innovative tapas (don't miss the sea urchin with pepper butter on... Read More

  • shanghai restaurants Limelight Studio

    Chef Paul Pairet's brainchild and number three in 2015's Asia's 50 Best Restaurants, this multi-sensory dining experience involves 20 avant-garde... Read More

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    A fantastic, Bund-side, vegetarian restaurant, the venue aims to create food and services that are healthy and don't tax the environment. Loved for... Read More

  • Xixi Bistro

    This new venue sits nestled in the tree-lined streets of up-and-coming Wuyuan Road, in the heart of the Former French Concession. The story goes that... Read More

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