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Restaurants in Shanghai

Shanghai's dining reflects its position as China's most cosmopolitan city. The Bund area offers restaurants like the French fusion Jean Georges which compare with any in the world. The French Concession quarter is the place to experience tastes from across China – sweet Shanghainese at Bao Luo, fragrant Yunnanese at Lost Heaven, spicy Sichuanese at South Beauty, and hearty Xinjiang cuisine at Xinjiang Fenwei. Tipping is not expected anywhere in the city.

Xinjiang Fengwei Restaurant, Shanghai. Photo by Toby Skinner

Top-end

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  1. 1. Jean Georges - Top-end: (More than RMB400 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Jean Georges, Shanghai. © Jean Georges

    Jean Georges in the Bund area feels like a lavish gentleman's club, with dark woods and elephant skin banquettes in the bar. World-renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten serves French cuisine with an Asian twist. The seven-course tasting menu includes scallops with caramel caper-raisin sauce and duck breast with baby turnips and honey wine jus. Book ahead.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 11.30am-2.30pm & 5.30pm-11pm

    Address

    4F, 3 Zhong Shan Dong Yi Lu, Shanghai 200002

    Telephone

    +86 (0) 21 6321 7733

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Jean Geoges Website

  2. 2. Jade on 36 - Top-end: (More than RMB400 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    On the 36th floor of the Shangri-La Hotel in Pudong, Jade on 36 offers spectacular views over the Bund area and Shanghai's first taste of molecular cuisine. Dishes include sardine mousse and a foie gras lollipop coated in caramel with champagne foam. The eccentric design includes a huge upturned rice bowl. Reserve in advance.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Sat 6pm-10.30pm

    Address

    33, Fu Cheng Lu (near Hua Yuan Shi Qiao Lu), Shanghai 200120

    Telephone

    +86 (0) 21 6882 3636

    Transport

    Lujiazui metro

    Website

    Jade On 36 Website

  3. 3. Mr & Mrs Bund - Top-end

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    French brasserie cuisine never had it so good, creative, or playful. Chef sensation Paul Pairet's modern French eatery has over 100 dishes on the menu with highlights like foie gras light crumble, meuniere bread, and jumbo shrimp in citrus jar. An Enomatic machine in the center of the restaurant dispenses 32 wines by the glass. Request window table for nighttime views of Pudong.

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    Cost

    Meal for 2 ¥700-¥1,200

    Opening hours

    Mon-Fri business lunch (set menu) 11:30am-2pm; daily 6:30-10:30pm (4am Tues-Sat)

    Address

    Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu 18, Shanghai, China

    Telephone

    021/6323-9898

    Website

  4. 4. M on the Bund - Top-end

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    Stunning Art Deco interiors and views of the Bund draw foodies for brunch, lunch and dinner at M on the Bund, perched seven floors up. No longer the only gourmet restaurant in town, it's still one of the best.

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    Cost

    Meal for 2 ¥600-¥1,000

    Opening hours

    Daily 6-10:30pm; Tues-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm; Sat-Sun brunch 11:30am-3pm; Sun tea 3:30-5:30pm

    Address

    Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu 5, Shanghai, China

    Telephone

    021/6350-9988

  5. 5. Shintori - Top-end: (More than RMB400 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Shintori, Shanghai. Photo by Toby Skinner

    Sliding clouded-glass doors reveal a futuristic concrete hangar reminiscent of a James Bond villain's lair at Shintori in the French Concession quarter. Watch quality Japanese dishes being prepared in Shintori's open kitchen. Specialities include cold noodles in sculpted ice bowls and sashimi served on granite slabs. Tiny elevators serve the mezzanine floor. Reserve in advance.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 11.50am-3pm & 5.45pm-10pm

    Address

    803, Julu Lu, near Fuming Lu, Shanghai 200040

    Telephone

    +86 (0) 21 5404 5252

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Shintori Website

Mid-range

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  1. 6. South Beauty - Mid-range: (RMB120-RMB400 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    A water-fringed boardwalk, overlooking a bamboo garden, leads to a huge mirrored door, which slides back to reveal South Beauty in the French Concession quarter. But it's the spicy Sichuanese cuisine that is the real attraction. Dishes such as king prawn with red peppers are heavy on spice. For dessert, try the 'Chinese calligraphy set'.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 11am-10pm

    Address

    28, Taojiang Lu, by Baoqing Lu, Shanghai 200030

    Telephone

    +86 (0) 21 6445 2581

    Transport

    Changshu Lu metro

    Website

    South Beauty Group Website

  2. 7. Simply Thai - Mid-range: (RMB120-RMB400 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Simply Thai Dongping restaurant, Shanghai. Courtesy of Simply the Group

    Set in a welcoming two-storey cottage in the French Concession district, Simply Thai satisfies rumbling stomachs with authentic Thai cuisine. Try house specialities like fragrant tom yum seafood soup, packed with plump prawns and squid, or green chicken curry in a classic coconut broth. In warm weather, dining on the patio is a pleasant option.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 11am-11pm

    Address

    5C, Dongping Lu, Shanghai

    Telephone

    +86 (0) 21 6445 9551

    Transport

    Hengshan Lu metro

    Website

    Simply Thai Website

  3. 8. Blue Frog - Mid-range: (RMB120-RMB400 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Blue Frog, Shanghai. © Blue Frog

    Blue Frog in the Jingan district offers a peaceful retreat from the sports and dancing-girl bars. There's free WiFi, efficient service and good international fare made with fresh ingredients. The Blue Frog burger bucks the trend for small portions in Shanghai restaurants and the chicken salad is healthy and hearty.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 10am-late

    Address

    86, Tongren Lu, Shanghai 200040

    Telephone

    +86 (0) 21 6247 0320

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Blue Frog Website

  4. 9. Din Tai Fung - Mid-range: (RMB120-RMB400 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Din Tai Fung, Shanghai. Photo by Toby Skinner

    Locals and tourists flock to Din Tai Fung in Xintinadi for Shanghai's best xiaolongbao, dumplings filled with pork and crab meat, and a mouth-watering garlic and ginger soup. This bright restaurant offers a chic take on street food, all served in bamboo steamers. Reserve in advance.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 10am-12am (until 1am Fri-Sat)

    Address

    6, South Block, Xintiandi, Shanghai 200020

    Telephone

    +86 (0) 21 6385-8378

    Transport

    South Huangpi Lu metro

    Website

    Din Tai Fung Website

  5. 10. Lost Heaven - Mid-range: (RMB120-RMB400 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Lost Heaven, Shanghai. Photo by Toby Skinner

    Subtle flavours cooked by the ethnic minorities of the Yunnan province and Myanmar abound at Lost Heaven in the French Concession quarter. Dishes bear a close resemblance to Thai, such as the chicken curry with lemon grass, ginger, garlic and a host of spices. The exotic decor features dark, rich colours and romantic spotlighting.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 11.30am-1.30pm & 5.30pm-12.30am

    Address

    38, Gao You Lu, near Fuxing Xi Lu, Shanghai 200031

    Telephone

    +86 (0) 21 6433 5126

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Lost Heaven Website

  6. 11. Xinjishi - Mid-range: (RMB120-RMB400 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    The decor may be drab, but this restaurant in Xintiandi serves up classic Shanghainese home cooking. Xinjishi classics such as air-dried eel with horsebean paste and house speciality pork knuckle are all served without too much oil, sugar or monosodium glutamate.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 10.30am-10.30pm

    Address

    181, Tai Cang Lu, Xintiandi, Shanghai 200020

    Telephone

    +86 (0) 21 3307-0761

    Transport

    South Huangpi Lu metro

    Website

    Xinjishi Website

  7. 12. Art Salon - Mid-range: (RMB120-RMB400 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Art Salon, Shanghai. Photo by Lisa Tsang

    The mismatched furniture and painting-cluttered walls give Art Salon its jumbled, wonky charm. Tucked away on a quiet street in the French Concession district, this cosy restaurant serves up home-cooked Shanghainese recipes, with a good selection of vegetarian options. Popular dishes include preserved eggs with tofu and pork with mustard greens.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 10am-10pm

    Address

    164, Nanchang Lu, Shanghai

    Telephone

    +86 (0) 21 5306 5462

    Transport

    Huangpi Nan Lu metro

Budget

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  1. 13. Xinjiang Fengwei Restaurant - Budget: (Less than RMB120 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Xinjiang Fengwei Restaurant, Shanghai. Photo by Toby Skinner

    The Uighurs, a Muslim minority living in west China's remote Xinjiang Province, cook hearty and complex stews. Xinjiang Fengwei Restaurant in Xujahui serves da jan pi, chicken in a tomato braise with star anise, tsaoko cardamom, onions and peppers. After dinner, diners get up and dance as waiters burst into traditional songs.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 10am-2am

    Address

    280, Yishan Lu, by Nandan Lu, Shanghai 200030

    Telephone

    +86 (0) 21 6468 9198

    Transport

    Taxi

  2. 14. Bao Luo - Budget: (Less than RMB120 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Bao Luo, Shanghai. Photo by Toby Skinner

    Bao Luo in the French Concession quarter, is usually packed with locals who come for Shanghainese dishes like braised pork hoof. The huge dining hall has a grand stairway leading to a warren of small rooms. Go with a Chinese-speaking friend. If you can't, prepare for translations like 'stewed pork intestine with eating able grass'.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 11am-6am

    Address

    271, Fumin Lu, Shanghai 200030

    Telephone

    +86 (0) 21 5403 7239

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Bao Luo Website

  3. 15. Gu Yi - Budget

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    Gu Yi offers spicy Hunan food in an elegant environment. Tops here are the fresh seafood dishes dressed in a variety of spices and ingredients direct from Hunan. Adventurous types may want to try the signature shredded pig's ear in chili oil. If not other recommended dishes include roasted shrimp on skewers and lamb with cumin spice. Reserve in advance.

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    Cost

    Meal for 2 ¥160-¥240

    Opening hours

    Daily 11:30am-2pm and 5:30-10:30pm

    Address

    87 Fumin Lu, Shanghai, China

    Telephone

    021/6249-5628

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