Restaurants in Shanghai

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History buffs will love the Sunday afternoon tea in the historic Jasmine Lounge at Shanghai’s iconic Peace Hotel. The Peace Hotel’s Old Jazz band (many... Read More

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

Cong you bing—a scallion oil pancake—is one of Shanghai’s most famous and delicious street foods. Stuffed with scallions grilled in pork fat, this... Read More

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... Read More

This wildly popular chain of cafes belongs to the omnipresent Wagas Group. While it isn’t the most charming or original café on this list, Baker &... Read More

One of China’s most popular breakfast foods, baozi are steamed buns stuffed with hearty fillings. The mantou bread—however bland on its own—makes the... Read More

"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 all... Read More

Boxing Cat Brewery is the city’s leading microbrewery serving American comfort food with a Southwestern touch (think jalapeno corn bread and pulled pork... Read More

CHAR is an excellent, elegant steakhouse housed in the young, stylish Indigo Hotel on the southern reaches of the Bund. The only thing that impresses... Read More

This retro-style, greasy-spoon Hong Kong diner is always jam-packed with young locals, who patiently wait an hour so they can split a table with... Read More

They say behind every great man is a powerful woman. This seems to be true of famed French chef Jean Georges, whose wife, Marja Vongerichten, recently... Read More

This renovated townhouse in the French Concession district provides an elegant, dimly lit backdrop for a Thai dinner. The interior is marked by teak... Read More

Overrun with ravenous foodies, The Commune Social is one of the hardest places to snag a dinner reservation in Shanghai (despite the fact that it’s now... Read More

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... Read More

Coquille is a premium contemporary European seafood restaurant in a quieter side of town, just south of Xintiandi on Mengzi Road. This is the second... Read More

Although located on the second floor of the Xintiandi shopping mall, this restaurant is far from the typical food court options found in malls. Bright... Read More

Crystal Jade is the real deal. The Singapore chain has many locations around the city. The Xintiandi flagship is constantly packed with a sophisticated... Read More

De Xin Guan is nestled in between People’s Square and The Bund. This mid-sized eatery is a more comfortable and sanitized version of a hole-in-the-wall... Read More

With two locations in the heart of the city, Di Shui Dong is a longtime favorite for Shanghai locals and expats. It’s not exactly known for its polished... Read More

Diehard street foodies might groan when they read this suggestion. Some argue that Din Tai Fung lost some of its local flavor and street cred as it... Read More

Ubiquitous chain with English menus and solid xiao long bao. Various locations. Read More

Four Seasons devotes itself to the hearty staple of the northern (Dongbei) diet: big, rustic dumplings. In the modestly decorated restaurant, cheerful... Read More

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,... Read More

A refreshing alternative to the city’s ubiquitous Chinese restaurants, this small café serves traditional Cuban fare in the Changning... Read More

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

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

Farine is a chic artisanal boulangerie headed by one of Shanghai’s most respected French chefs, Franck Pecol. Located in the stylish Ferguson Lane block... Read More

The Ritz Carlton Pudong Shanghai has been wowing travelers and residents with the captivating panoramas of their sky-high lounge Flair. Located on the... Read More

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

Classic Shanghainese food in a French Concession villa. Read More

Tables at Fu 1088 are some of the hardest to snag in Shanghai. You’ll need to make a reservation look before you arrive at the 1930s Spanish-style... Read More

Tables at Fu 1088 are some of the hardest to snag in Shanghai. You’ll need to make a reservation look before you arrive at the 1930s Spanish-style... Read More

Fu Chun is my go-to introductory experience for out-of-town guests hankering to chow down on some xiao long bao. This bustling neighborhood joint has a... Read More

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

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

The real gem of Ginger is the spacious second-floor terrace shaded by the trees of the neighboring park. I like to come here on sunny afternoons after... Read More

This chilled-out bistro, set inside the hipster-hub, DJ lab and indie menswear store KIN, is owned by Shanghai hip-hop impresario Gary Wang. The... Read More

KIN is the city’s certifiably coolest menswear store and hip-hop hub run by Shanghai’s veteran DJ Gary Wang. The KIN compound is also home to the Grumpy... Read More

Cuisine from the southern Hunan region is known for its smoke, spice, and rich color. This Jing’an neighborhood restaurant’s reputation... Read More

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

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... Read More

Jackie is Shanghai’s premier beer aficionado with a quiet cult following. In 2008 the avid beer lover opened his hole-in-the-wall Beer Nest with just a... Read More

Hong Kongers and dim sum addicts flock to the enormous Cantonese restaurant Jade Garden, which occupies an entire floor in one of the shiny new towers... Read More

One of multiple Jade Garden locations in Shanghai, this restaurant near the Luwan district serves Shanghainese dishes and specialties, such as drunken... Read More

Chef de cuisine Franckelie Laloum, formerly of Michelin three-starred Maison Pic and Maison Troisgros, brings his top-shelf experience to this French... Read More

French chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten incorporates his affinity for Eastern tastes into the flavors and textures of his cuisine. The first restaurant... Read More

Whenever local residents suggest going out for a Shanghainese dinner, Jesse is often the favorite destination. This cozy, noisy, and fast-paced... Read More

The crabmeat dumplings are available at a decadent (for Shanghai) splurge of $14 for a dozen and are thin-skinned with a deeply, sweetly crabby rich... Read More

Shanghai’s xiao long bao soup dumpling scene is a fiercely competitive one. Nevermind an attractive ambience and stylish décor, to reign supreme hinges... Read More

You cannot leave Shanghai without trying a jianbing, the most delicious breakfast food in China, if not the entire planet. It’s that good. They are thin... Read More

At this charming, casual joint specializing in Shanghainese cuisine, everything about the food here is traditional (except for the MSG and generous use... Read More

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

When I feel like splurging on a lavish brunch, Jing’An, the revered restaurant at the five-star Puli Hotel and Spa, never disappoints. The minimalist... Read More

Originating in Lanzhou province, the local dish known as lamian (meaning “pulled noodle”) is a generous serving of noodles in a giant bowl of fragrant... Read More

One of the most unique dining experiences in Shanghai, Le Restaurant École Institut Paul Bocuse is an offshoot of the famed Paul Bocuse cooking school... Read More

Le Vin is a small and subdued alternative to Shanghai’s bigger, bustling wine bars. Nestled into a charming spot on Changle Road, Le Vin specializes in... Read More

Lei Garden is an upmarket Canontese restaurant with Michelin stars in Hong Kong and outposts all over Southeast Asia, including nearly 20 in Shanghai.... Read More

For some reason this secret hasn’t spread like wildfire yet: Li Long Fang makes the same delicious dumplings of renowned Jia Jia Tang Bao (above), but... Read More

Liangpi literally translates as “cold skin” but don’t be deterred by the less-than-appetizing name. This cold dish is a great nosh for hot days when you... Read More

Housed in the site of China’s first Y.W.C.A., Light & Salt is a literary-themed “Old Shanghai” concept, which binds restaurant, bar, and bookshop.... Read More

Immerse yourself in history as you settle into a seat at the Long Bar of The Waldorf Astoria. Formerly the Shanghai Club—an early 1900s gentleman’s club... Read More

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

A three-floored building of the Ming Dynasty style is home to this restaurant, famously said to have hosted Bill Clinton and Fidel Castro. Rumor says... Read More

The dark, Deco-y Shanghainese restaurant serves roast duck wrapped in mantou buns, kao fu, a warm, brown, bready, tofu-like rice-gluten substance that... Read More

On Sunday mornings, young expat families brunch on the terrace of M on the Bund, Shanghai’s first fine-dining Western-style restaurant, framed... Read More

You haven’t had a proper Shanghai brunch until you’ve dug into plates of duck-fat French fries and eggs Benedict at Madison. The contemporary American... Read More

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

One of the latest ventures from Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten (who also has another, namesake restaurant just a stone’s throw away),... Read More

When it comes to cheap Chinese eats, Mia’s offers many fresher, healthier alternative to heavy dumplings and noodles.  Quaint and inexpensive, the... Read More

Perched in the middle of a man-made lake, the path to this house twists and turns (legend says spirits don’t do curves.) Also known as &ldquo... Read More

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

Xiao long bao (Shanghainese soup dumplings) are the speciality. ($1) Read More

This Julu Road eatery is a favorite with expats and locals looking for a unique dining option. Nepali Kitchen serves food of the Himalayas inside its... Read More

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

China is a popular place for tea so it’s no surprise that teahouses abound across the country. After a flight of stairs to the second floor, this... Read More

The menu features Yellow River bamboo with ham; translucent gooey balls of summer yam with pork and scallions; and lu yu, a river fish with a sour,... Read More

The Hong Kong location of this northern-Italian restaurant is one of only five restaurants in the city boasting three Michelin stars. Intimate and... Read More

Nine lights at the end of a cement staircase make up the unmarked entrance to this trendy restaurant and bar. Once the mystery of entrance is solved, a... Read More

Pirata is the popular tapas kitchen and bar helmed by Ling Huang, former chef at Willy Trullas’ upscale, modern Spanish restaurant Elefante. In the... Read More

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... Read More

The Waldorf Astoria presents an afternoon tea experience so opulent; it would make Marie Antoinette roll around in grave with jealousy. What sets it... Read More

Opened in 2013 in Jing’An district, SeeSaw is a popular Wi-Fi cafe for freelance creatives who need a strong Internet connection and even stronger... Read More

You can easily make a meal out of Shanghai’s fried dumplings. Little joints around the city typically whip up to two types of pan-fried pork dumplings... Read More

Japanese architect Sakea Miura designed this bunker-like restaurant, which was once a movie theater for retired government officials. Guests enter down... Read More

Shouning Road is lined with street-side grills, men kneeling in alleys shucking oysters and throwing shells on alleyway middens, food carts selling... Read More

Fiery Sichuan food on a packed French Concession street. Read More

The terrace bar at the Peninsula Hotel’s fine French restaurant, Sir Elly’s, is the classiest spot to enjoy al fresco drinks on the Bund. With full-on... Read More

While there are many choices for dim sum in Shanghai, Soahc makes its mark with Yangzhou-influenced cuisine. Visitors must cross a fish pond to... Read More

Run by a Parisian woman passionate about Chinese culture, this lovely teahouse invites visitors to explore the finest teas in a funky setting with chic... Read More

The South Beauty group manages over 40 restaurants across China, and the 881 outpost makes its home in two buildings: a 1930’s restored stone... Read More

Californian David Seminsky opened Sumerian a few years ago for fellow hardcore coffee lovers who share his passion for brewing the perfect cup. Don’t be... Read More

This traditional, understated omakase restaurant has long been heralded as the best sushi destination in Shanghai. Tucked away on the top floor of a... Read More

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

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... Read More

The Tap House is a popular draft beer bar that just opened a second location with an expansive terrace and handsome décor in Jing’an district. The bar’s... Read More

The Brew is the bar at The Kerry Hotel, a luxury business hotel in between the swanky suburbs and CBD of Pudong district. This modern, airy Australian... Read More

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

When money is no issue, this two-level restaurant perched atop the historic Bund building offers a VIP experience. Having hosted Tom Cruise and Halle... Read More

Afternoon tea in the lobby of The Peninsula is several hours of a sugary, swanky indulgence. Picture yourself in the Art Deco splendor of immaculately... Read More

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

Echoing the young, fun vibe of Dr. Wine, UVA is the hip, date-worthy wine bar of the moment in Jing’An district. Managed by two Italian oenophiles, UVA... Read More

Via Modern Slow Cook is a communal eating concept where guests are made to feel like they are dining at the home of a close friend who is a very... Read More

The historic Union Building became “Three on the Bund” in 2004, and the fifth floor houses the 120-seat Whampoa Club. Located inside one of... Read More

With its huge private terrace and its out-of-the-way location (it’s set down a quiet driveway of low-rise creative office buildings), Must is a favorite... Read More

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

In 1918, Wing On was one of four Nanjing Road department stores that helped define Shanghai as the Paris of the Far East. Now it houses Xian Qiang Fang,... Read More

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... Read More

Sometimes the best way to find a restaurant is look for the longest lines, and that’s the case for this street-side restaurant that specializes in... Read More

The park setting of Xin Dau Ji is enough reason to go alone. Set in a corner of French Concession’s lovely Xiangyang Park, the terrace is set next to a... Read More

The Uighur people bring their northwest Chinese flavors to this glass-fronted restaurant. Chinese Western Muslim music sets the rowdy atmosphere inside;... Read More

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

You can’t get more authentic than the most beloved street food in the Pearl of the Orient, sheng jian bao. A bit plumper than golf balls, these pan... Read More

Part of the Elite Concepts group, this restaurant has sister locations in Hong Kong and Kowloon. Housed in a brick mansion in the Xintiandi district,... Read More

Ye Shanghai is a popular lunch spot for travelers who are sightseeing in the upscale shopping neighborhood of Xintiandi. Their weekend dim sum ($16... Read More

Despite the exclusive-sounding moniker, this French Concession restaurant is open to common and famous; Ralph Fiennes, Yao Ming, and Jackie Chan have... Read More

Yongkang Road (Yongkang Lu) never disappoints. Shanghai’s cheap and cheerful bar street offers a lot to beer lovers. Choose an imported bottle from Dean... Read More

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