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[The Collection]: Restaurants With That View

Eating on the ground is for rabbits and proles. Get high and look at the views!
By Nov 29, 2018 Dining


There's just something about having dinner with a view. It's cheesy, it's expensive, it's for tourists, we declaim, but then when we actually get a seat at one of those tables with a view and... Dammit. All that neon, all those tall buildings, and river views, they're just so... ineffable. Here are eight places to go when you need more than just dinner with your dinner.



Hotel Indigo, 29-31/F, 585 Zhongshan Dong Er Lu, near D... View ListingTaxi Printout


How high up: 29th floor
What it is: Steakhouse and bar

Char’s indoor tables have a decent enough view through the windows, but the main attraction is the outdoor terrace with bar seating, which presents a rare sweeping view of both the Bund and the Lujiazui skyline. The restaurant is STEAK! STEAK! STEAK! Beefy, salty, bloody slabs of imported meat.

M on the Bund

Five on the Bund, 7/F, 20 Guangdong Lu, near Zhongshan... View ListingTaxi Printout


How high up: 7th floor
What it is: A Bund institution


M on the Bund was the bugle call that kicked off the Renaissance of Shanghai's most famous waterfront in the early 2000s. The terrace has a spectacular view of Lujiazui. Make sure to go outside and see it. People tend to swear by this place, and though some *cough* might say the food's not as good as it used to be, it's still belongs in any top dinner-with-a-view list. It's pricy; expect to spend at least 1,000rmb for a two-person meal (before booze).

POP American Brasserie

Three on the Bund, 7/F, 17 Guangdong Lu, near Zhongshan... View ListingTaxi Printout


How high up: 7th floor
What it is: An American-inspired brasserie


Complete with red button leather booths, tray ceilings and tons of copper and tan. POP’s plate-glass windows mean pretty much every table has a view up the river, and if that’s not enough, there’s a terrace to do it while getting slanted on cocktails. Cuisine's approachable comfort food like short ribs, duck leg, steaks and classics. Dinner for two (before booze) will probably cost you about 1,000rmb.

100 Century Avenue

Park Hyatt Shanghai, 91-93/F, 100 Shiji Dadao, near Do... View ListingTaxi Printout


How high up: 91-93rd floor
What it is: Staggering


Once the highest hotel restaurant in the world until Burj Khalifa took the crown in 2011, 100 Century Avenue is perched on the upper floors of the Park Hyatt, offering vertiginous views over the neighboring Jinmao Tower. It's monumental. It’s romantic. It’s got oysters. You can eat oysters in the sky, 90+ floors off the ground, in dim lighting. How Shanghai is that? It's the most Shanghai. The interior is sleek, slick and modern, and the food is Western, Chinese and Japanese cuisine coming from multiple open stations. It’s a hotel. They aim to please.

Il Ristorante

Bvlgari Hotel Shanghai, 47/F, 33 Henan Bei Lu, near T... View ListingTaxi Printout


How high up: 47th floor
What it is: One Michelin star Italian


Bvlgari Hotel's headliner has a stunning view of Pudong over the top of the Bund. Although the dining room is all indoor, the adjacent Il Bar does have an acrophobia-inducing terrace. Cuisine is contemporary Italian done exquisitely by Niko Romito. It's also super expensive. Expect to drop 1,500rmb at least (before booze) per couple.


The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong, 52/F, 8 Shiji Da Dao... View ListingTaxi Printout


How high up: 52nd floor
What it is: Another ritzy Italian


Ritz-Carlton's tower restaurant probably has the best view of the Pearl Tower. Actually, the Flair Bar probably has the best view, but we're writing about restaurants here. The cuisine's Italian (naturally), and most tables have an excellent view out the floor-to-ceiling windows. Expect to drop in the 1,500rmb range for two people (before booze), which is still cheaper than booking a table at Flair.

Roof 325

Shanghai History Museum, 5/F, 325 Nanjing Xi Lu, near H... View ListingTaxi Printout


How high up: 5th floor
What it is: An intimate look at downtown


Perched on top of the newly restored Shanghai History Museum, Roof 325 has an expansive terrace with a great view out over the top of People's Park, which, don’t you know, used to be a racecourse. The history museum itself used to be the Race Club building. Cuisine is broadly "international," and is in the 500rmb range for two people (before booze).

Hai By Goga

7/F, 1 Yueyang Lu, near Dongping Lu View ListingTaxi Printout


How high up: 7th floor
What it is: A sun-downer terrace

The follow-up to Brad Turley's popular Goga, (now closed), Hai by Goga is mostly open-air terrace with a great view out over Xuhui. It's not as immediately imposing as the Pudong skyline(tm) but then again, you've already seen that a dozen times. Makes for a more low-key dining experience in the real heart of Shanghai. Also, this terrace faces west, making it a great place to watch the sun drop down into Hongqiao. The cuisine is California-style surf and turf. A three-course meal for two (before booze) will run you 800-1,000rmb.



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  • 11 months ago JackyVSO Unverified User

    Those all look great, but... suppose you're not a millionaire but you still want to look at the Bund while dining - or maybe just while drinking. Where would you want to go then?

  • 11 months ago the other alex

    @JackyVSO The Captain still has not-apocalyptically-overpriced (about the best you can hope for on the Bund with a view) drinks and the terrace has recently been renovated. Might want to give that one a shot. Or the Fellas.

    Failing that, there's always Family Mart.

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