Shanghai

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.

The Roosevelt Wine Cellar boasts the largest wine reserve not only in Shanghai, but in the world. Some 4,000 bottles, to be exact, resting in state-of-the-art coolers that occupy an entire floor of the stately Bund 27 building.

Dr. Wine is a bit crowded and noisy, but that’s part of the appeal; this is, after all, Shanghai’s favorite wine bar. The ambience is cozy yet modern, thanks to industrial-chic interiors with lots of exposed brick, brushed steel and furniture crafted from dark wood and rich leather.

Xiao Nan Guo is a reliable local chain, with 15 (and counting) branches scattered around the city. The restaurants are a favorite go-to for locals hosting family gatherings and business dinners.

You can’t get more authentic than the most beloved street food in the Pearl of the Orient, sheng jian bao.

Tables at Fu 1088 are some of the hardest to snag in Shanghai.

At this charming, casual joint specializing in Shanghainese cuisine, everything about the food here is traditional (except for the MSG and generous use of oil, sugar, and salt).

Whenever local residents suggest going out for a Shanghainese dinner, Jesse is often the favorite destination. This cozy, noisy, and fast-paced restaurant in the heart of the French Concession has been around for decades.

Ultraviolet lives up to the hype as a delicious, psychedelic trip for all five senses.  Shanghai-based French chef Paul Pairet fuses expertly prepared gourmet cuisine and high-tech theatrics to create an out-of-this-world dining experience.

Shanghai’s beloved resident French chef Paul Pairet is behind this modern French eatery, where French classics are amped up with a distinctive twist. The extensive wine list, sublimely chic interior and top-notch service have all helped make “MMB” a definitive Bund favorite for years.

A meal at the Commune Social is adventure. This is not the place where you linger over candlelit white tablecloths for hours; rather chef Jason Atherton (of Table No. 1 fame) wanted to create a fun and casual atmosphere for fine dining.

Tables at Fu 1088 are some of the hardest to snag in Shanghai.

This traditional, understated omakase restaurant has long been heralded as the best sushi destination in Shanghai. Tucked away on the top floor of a villa on Donghu Road, the restaurant dedicates itself to freshest, most exquisitely prepared sushi possible.

This gastropub set in The Waterhouse, a hip boutique hotel, is the creation of Jason Atherton, a London chef who first gained recognition working for Gordon Ramsay.

Even in the Bund, there are great restaurants that won’t break the bank. Lost Heaven strikes a perfect balance that’s not seen elsewhere in this upscale neighborhood.

Shanghai’s beloved resident French chef Paul Pairet is behind this modern French eatery, where French classics are amped up with a distinctive twist. The extensive wine list, sublimely chic interior and top-notch service have all helped make “MMB” a definitive Bund favorite for years.