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Shintori / Japanese

This massive, minimalist warehouse of a Japanese restaurant is easy to miss; look for an unmarked doorway in the gray wall and follow the bamboo-lined path beyond. Shintori is popular, more for its hip decor and urbane vibe -- lofty ceilings, fully-open kitchen, and polished concrete.

Lost Heaven / Yunnan

Lost Heaven's specialty is cuisine from the tribal minorities of China's Yunnan Province. As far as date restaurants go, this place ticks nearly all of the boxes: dim, flickering candle light, exotic decor, atmospheric music and, most importantly, good food.

Table No. 1 / Modern European

Table No. 1 is a casual mod-Euro restaurant. It's the first post-Gordon-Ramsay project from Jason Atherton, a London chef who just split from nine years with Ramsay's restaurant group. Spare, plain, uncomplicated. The restaurant is a box with plate glass on two sides; one overlooks the street, one overlooks a minimalist interior courtyard.


Sushi Oyama / Japanese

Sushi Oyama is an equisite Japanese sushi restaurant that offers a multi-course "omakase," or chef's choice menu that changes nightly for reservation-only guests. All their seafood is imported directly from Tokyo and Nagasaki, and the menu changes with what's in season.

Jing'an / Modern European

Jing'An is a really nice fine dining restaurant. Restaurants this ambitious and well-crafted don't open in Shanghai very often. The backbone of the cooking is well-grounded -- classical Euro roots.


Sir Elly's / Fine Dining

Sir Elly's is the Peninsula Hotel's fine dining, Euro flagship restaurant, up on the thirteenth floor with views across the river to Pudong. The dining room adheres to Shanghai's art deco aesthetic while kitchen serves forward-thinking French inspired cuisine.

Fu 1088 / Shanghainese

Like Shanghai itself, Fu 1088 is modern, experimental and forward thinking but hasn't lost touch with it's roots. Contemporary Chinese cuisine with Western influences is served in a stately, classic, tucked away villa on the edge of Jing'an District.

Jean Georges / French

Yes, this is the Jean Georges of NYC fame and he brings to Shanghai his internationally acclaimed French cuisine with a slight Asian twist. The restaurant is situated on the fourth floor of Three on the Bund, the interior is lavish and exotic with accents like eel-skin sofas.


el Willy / Spanish

This is the newly-relocated mid-range Spanish restaurant by "Willy" Trullas Moreno. Willy's cooking is more contemporary than traditional Spanish--but stops well short of molecular fine dining. The space occupies a floor on the recently redeveloped Bund 22 Property.

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    • Address
      Times Square, B1/F, 99 Huaihai Lu, near Xizang Nan Lu..

       
      大上海时代广场, 淮海中路99号地下一层, 近西藏南路

      Phone
      4008 200 273


      V Coffee is the cafe outlet for the local coffee roaster of the same name that has distributed to hotels and restaurants in Shanghai since 2008. On offer is a selection of specialty coffees made from arabica beans, and the best part is it's all roasted right here in Shanghai.

    Address
    Times Square, B1/F, 99 Huaihai Lu, near Xizang Nan...

     
    大上海时代广场, 淮海中路99号地下一层, 近西藏南路

    Phone
    4008 200 273


    V Coffee is the cafe outlet for the local coffee roaster of the same name that has distributed to hotels and restaurants in Shanghai since 2008. On offer is a selection of specialty coffees made from arabica beans, and the best part is it's all roasted right here in...

    • Address
      F/1-2, No 21, 320 Tianping Lu, near Hengshan Lu

       
      天平路320弄21号1-2号, 近衡山路

      Phone
      5419 8995


      This is the Shanghai branch of a 16-branch-strong Italian restaurant chain. Offerings are largely classsics, like gnocchi al pomodoro, home made spinach papardelle in mushroom cream sauce, pizzas, and grilled meats.

    Address
    F/1-2, No 21, 320 Tianping Lu, near Hengshan Lu

     
    天平路320弄21号1-2号, 近衡山路

    Phone
    5419 8995


    This is the Shanghai branch of a 16-branch-strong Italian restaurant chain. Offerings are largely classsics, like gnocchi al pomodoro, home made spinach papardelle in mushroom cream sauce, pizzas, and grilled meats.

    • Address
      3/F, 218 Xinle Lu, near Donghu Lu

       
      新乐路218号3楼, 近东湖路

      Phone
      5435 6317


      This cocktail lounge, restaurant, wine bar and homage to modernist Italian art comes courtesy of the team behind Uva wine bar. The place boasts wine list with lots of Italian heavy-hitters, Italian-inspired craft cocktails and shareable helpings of steamed clams in white wine, mixed seafood skewers, braised beef short ribs, and more.

    Address
    3/F, 218 Xinle Lu, near Donghu Lu

     
    新乐路218号3楼, 近东湖路

    Phone
    5435 6317


    This cocktail lounge, restaurant, wine bar and homage to modernist Italian art comes courtesy of the team behind Uva wine bar. The place boasts wine list with lots of Italian heavy-hitters, Italian-inspired craft cocktails and shareable helpings of steamed clams in...
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      Address
      8-9/F, 33 Sichuan Zhong Lu, near Guangdong Lu

       
      四川中路33号8-9楼, 近广东路

      Phone
      6352 0775


      The second venue off shoot after its popularity. Dishes are homestyle and creative in the 40-50rmb range, with lots of noodles, and the interior is contemporary and minimal, without being pretentious. Inexpensive, good food in a slightly more refined environment than your average Hunanese joint.
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    Address
    8-9/F, 33 Sichuan Zhong Lu, near Guangdong Lu

     
    四川中路33号8-9楼, 近广东路

    Phone
    6352 0775


    The second venue off shoot after its popularity. Dishes are homestyle and creative in the 40-50rmb range, with lots of noodles, and the interior is contemporary and minimal, without being pretentious. Inexpensive, good food in a slightly more refined environment than...

    • Address
      43 Yongjia Lu, near Shanxi Nan Lu

       
      永嘉路43号, 近陕西南路

      Phone
      5465 6123


      Situated right across the street from Shanghai Cultural Square, Maggie's specializes in Italian and Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, like Greek-style meatballs, prosciutto crudo with melon, pasta dishes and risotto.

    Address
    43 Yongjia Lu, near Shanxi Nan Lu

     
    永嘉路43号, 近陕西南路

    Phone
    5465 6123


    Situated right across the street from Shanghai Cultural Square, Maggie's specializes in Italian and Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, like Greek-style meatballs, prosciutto crudo with melon, pasta dishes and risotto.
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      Address
      11 Dongping Lu, near Hengshan Lu

       
      东平路11号, 近衡山路

      Phone
      6474 6628


      Sasha's serves a variety of Continental European dishes with a few Southeast Asian delicacies as well. Equally spacious indoor and outdoor portions of the restaurant with a patio that is renowned throughout town. Cocktails rotate on a seasonal basis. They also provide a weekend brunch with a free-flow champagne option.
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    Address
    11 Dongping Lu, near Hengshan Lu

     
    东平路11号, 近衡山路

    Phone
    6474 6628


    Sasha's serves a variety of Continental European dishes with a few Southeast Asian delicacies as well. Equally spacious indoor and outdoor portions of the restaurant with a patio that is renowned throughout town. Cocktails rotate on a seasonal basis. They also provide...
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      Address
      Suite 206A, 1376 Nan'jing Xi Lu, near Xikang Lu

       
      南京西路1376号206A座, 近西康路

      Phone
      6289 8298


      Perched over Nanjing Xi Lu in the Shanghai Centre, Maison Camus lounge and restaurant is devoted to French cognac brand Camus. In addition to casual French cuisine for lunch, dinner and afternoon tea, they offer a selection of fine spirits and craft cocktails.
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    Address
    Suite 206A, 1376 Nan'jing Xi Lu, near Xikang Lu

     
    南京西路1376号206A座, 近西康路

    Phone
    6289 8298


    Perched over Nanjing Xi Lu in the Shanghai Centre, Maison Camus lounge and restaurant is devoted to French cognac brand Camus. In addition to casual French cuisine for lunch, dinner and afternoon tea, they offer a selection of fine spirits and craft cocktails.

    • Address
      Room 102, Bldg YWCA, 133 Yuanmingyuan Lu, near Beiji..

       
      圆明园路133号YWCA楼102室, 近北京东路

      Phone
      5386 6011


      Paris Rouge is a classic white tablecloth French restaurant with leather banquettes, brass bars, an old-style copper espresso machine, parquet floors, and a little bit of Chinoiserie to remind you of where you are. The menu follows suit with very by-the-book-classics like pate en croute, escargots, roast rack of lamb, baba au rhum, etc.

    Address
    Room 102, Bldg YWCA, 133 Yuanmingyuan Lu, near...

     
    圆明园路133号YWCA楼102室, 近北京东路

    Phone
    5386 6011


    Paris Rouge is a classic white tablecloth French restaurant with leather banquettes, brass bars, an old-style copper espresso machine, parquet floors, and a little bit of Chinoiserie to remind you of where you are. The menu follows suit with very by-the-book-classics...

    • Address
      1712 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Wuxing Lu

       
      淮海中路1712号, 近吴兴路

      Phone
      6426 0911


      Most is a Japanese restaurant, bar and cafe concept. The menu focuses primarily on sushi and sashimi, but also features Japanese noodle dishes and donburi bowls. It's a small but comfortable space and the decor skews heavily toward the trendy post-industrial look — think buffed concrete, steel frames, reclaimed wood.

    Address
    1712 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Wuxing Lu

     
    淮海中路1712号, 近吴兴路

    Phone
    6426 0911


    Most is a Japanese restaurant, bar and cafe concept. The menu focuses primarily on sushi and sashimi, but also features Japanese noodle dishes and donburi bowls. It's a small but comfortable space and the decor skews heavily toward the trendy post-industrial look —...

    • Address
      888 Gaojing Lu, near Huqingping Gong Lu

       
      高泾路888号, 近沪青平公路

      Phone
      3988 0890


      Macarena specialized in classic Spanish gastronomy, like Mediterranean giant red prawns, Iberico ham, churros and chocolate, and fine wines from Spain.

    Address
    888 Gaojing Lu, near Huqingping Gong Lu

     
    高泾路888号, 近沪青平公路

    Phone
    3988 0890


    Macarena specialized in classic Spanish gastronomy, like Mediterranean giant red prawns, Iberico ham, churros and chocolate, and fine wines from Spain.