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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.

Mr & Mrs Bund / French

A "Modern French Eatery" by Shanghai-famous chef Paul Pairet, Mr & Mrs Bund serves Pairet's unique take on classic French cuisine. Expect a few molecular specialties and clever in-jokes. Service is family-style, recast for a modern table.

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.


8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana / Italian

Umberto Bombana is an oft-dropped name in Hong Kong's food scene and his restaurant 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana is one of only five restaurants with three Michelin stars in that city. This branch is their attempt to double down on those accolades when Michelin finally writes a guide on Shanghai.

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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      226 Jinxian Lu, near Shaanxi Nan Lu

       
      进贤路226号, 近陕西南路

      Phone
      6256 8998


      Osteria occupies a sliver of a property on popular food and retail street Jinxian Lu. The menu is contemporary Italian cuisine, well-crafted standards like risotti and pastas as well as grilled meats. One of the main draws is its 226rmb multi-course prix fixe menu. Over the years, the restaurant has also become a popular joint for freshly-shucked imported oysters. They offer a rotating selection...
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    226 Jinxian Lu, near Shaanxi Nan Lu

     
    进贤路226号, 近陕西南路

    Phone
    6256 8998


    Osteria occupies a sliver of a property on popular food and retail street Jinxian Lu. The menu is contemporary Italian cuisine, well-crafted standards like risotti and pastas as well as grilled meats. One of the main draws is its 226rmb multi-course prix fixe menu....
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      Grand Plaza Club House, 2/F, 568 Julu Lu, near Shan..

       
      巨鹿路568弄 四方新城俱乐部2楼, 近陕西南路

      Phone
      6289 6889


      Maya is a popular, upscale Mexican restaurant whose slightly odd location on the second-floor of an apartment clubhouse is a reminder that good food trumps weird locations. The cooking is contemporary Mexican, with a few concessions like tacos and quesadillas, but if it's Tex-Mex you're looking for, you might want to keep looking. Great tequila selection.
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    Grand Plaza Club House, 2/F, 568 Julu Lu, near...

     
    巨鹿路568弄 四方新城俱乐部2楼, 近陕西南路

    Phone
    6289 6889


    Maya is a popular, upscale Mexican restaurant whose slightly odd location on the second-floor of an apartment clubhouse is a reminder that good food trumps weird locations. The cooking is contemporary Mexican, with a few concessions like tacos and quesadillas, but if...
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      Pudong Shangri-La, 36/F, Grand Tower, 33 Fu Cheng Lu,..

       
      浦东香格里拉酒店, 富城路33号, 近陆家嘴西路

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      Jade on 36 is the flagship restaurant and bar of the luxe Shangri-La Hotel group's flagship hotel. Both, designed by NY bigshot Adam Tihany, are modern China, two steps removed -- the bar is enclosed on one side by an abstract hot pink and jade-colored jewel box and as you walk along the Italianate marble floors (it's a five-star hotel, after all) to the restaurant, you pass through a blue...
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    Pudong Shangri-La, 36/F, Grand Tower, 33 Fu Cheng...

     
    浦东香格里拉酒店, 富城路33号, 近陆家嘴西路

    Phone
    6882 8888 ext 6888


    Jade on 36 is the flagship restaurant and bar of the luxe Shangri-La Hotel group's flagship hotel. Both, designed by NY bigshot Adam Tihany, are modern China, two steps removed -- the bar is enclosed on one side by an abstract hot pink and jade-colored jewel box and as...
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      Ferguson Lane, 376 Wukang Lu, near Tai'an Lu

       
      武康路376号, 近泰安路

      Phone
      6437 6465


      Arguably one of the best French restaurants that Shanghai has to offer, the food here speaks for itself. The emphasis is on quality, not quantity. Guests select from the daily board which features simple bistro fare -- homemade terrine, simple meats, fish, cote de boeuf -- done with a high level of attention of detail and quality. Deservedly, it's an icon among Shanghai's many French restaurants.
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    Ferguson Lane, 376 Wukang Lu, near Tai'an Lu

     
    武康路376号, 近泰安路

    Phone
    6437 6465


    Arguably one of the best French restaurants that Shanghai has to offer, the food here speaks for itself. The emphasis is on quality, not quantity. Guests select from the daily board which features simple bistro fare -- homemade terrine, simple meats, fish, cote de...
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      Bund 18, 6/F, 18 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, near Nanjing D..

       
      中山东一路18号6楼, 近南京东路

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      6323 9898


      A "Modern French Eatery" by Shanghai-famous chef Paul Pairet. Mr and Mrs Bund endeavors to be Shanghai's first late night dining restaurant. It's on the Bund so expect it to be classy yet relaxed, without sacrificing an ounce of chic. Serving global French favourites through Pairet's looking glass. Service is family-style, recast for a modern table, and the wine list includes 32 wines by the...
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    Bund 18, 6/F, 18 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, near Nanjing...

     
    中山东一路18号6楼, 近南京东路

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    6323 9898


    A "Modern French Eatery" by Shanghai-famous chef Paul Pairet. Mr and Mrs Bund endeavors to be Shanghai's first late night dining restaurant. It's on the Bund so expect it to be classy yet relaxed, without sacrificing an ounce of chic. Serving global French favourites...
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      Huasheng Tower, 5/F, 399 Jiujiang Lu, near Fujian Zho..

       
      九江路399号 华盛大厦5楼, 近福建中路

      Phone
      6361 1777


      Yuxin is by far the best Sichuan restaurant in Shanghai. They manage to get authentic, complex, spicy Sichuan cuisine right. The chuanbei liangfen -- a misleading rice "jelly" on the menu -- and the tea-smoked duck, and the rabbit with two kinds of pepper are among the standouts.
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    Huasheng Tower, 5/F, 399 Jiujiang Lu, near Fujian...

     
    九江路399号 华盛大厦5楼, 近福建中路

    Phone
    6361 1777


    Yuxin is by far the best Sichuan restaurant in Shanghai. They manage to get authentic, complex, spicy Sichuan cuisine right. The chuanbei liangfen -- a misleading rice "jelly" on the menu -- and the tea-smoked duck, and the rabbit with two kinds of pepper are among the...
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      96 Plaza, 3/F, 796 Dongfang Lu, near Shiji Da Dao

       
      东方路796号 96广场3楼 近世纪大道

      Phone
      6109 9696


      Yuxin is by far the best Sichuan restaurant in Shanghai. They manage to get authentic, complex, spicy Sichuan cuisine right. The chuanbei liangfen -- a misleading rice "jelly" on the menu -- and the tea-smoked duck, and the rabbit with two kinds of pepper are among the standouts.
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    96 Plaza, 3/F, 796 Dongfang Lu, near Shiji Da Dao

     
    东方路796号 96广场3楼 近世纪大道

    Phone
    6109 9696


    Yuxin is by far the best Sichuan restaurant in Shanghai. They manage to get authentic, complex, spicy Sichuan cuisine right. The chuanbei liangfen -- a misleading rice "jelly" on the menu -- and the tea-smoked duck, and the rabbit with two kinds of pepper are among the...
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      Zhaoshangju Square, 3/F, 333 Chengdu Bei Lu, near Wei..

       
      成都路333号, 招商局广场3楼, 近威海路

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      5298 0438


      Yuxin is by far the best Sichuan restaurant in Shanghai. It's also the biggest, spread over the whole third floor of an office building. There are 26 private rooms and seating for twelve million, and they manage to get authentic, complex, spicy Sichuan cuisine right for just about all of them. The chuanbei liangfen -- a misleading rice "jelly" on the menu -- and the tea-smoked duck are among the...
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    Zhaoshangju Square, 3/F, 333 Chengdu Bei Lu, near...

     
    成都路333号, 招商局广场3楼, 近威海路

    Phone
    5298 0438


    Yuxin is by far the best Sichuan restaurant in Shanghai. It's also the biggest, spread over the whole third floor of an office building. There are 26 private rooms and seating for twelve million, and they manage to get authentic, complex, spicy Sichuan cuisine right...
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      3/F, 83 Changshu Lu, near Julu Lu

       
      常熟路83号3楼, 近巨鹿路

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      6445 8100


      You'll pay a little more here than the competition, but it's well worth it. Vedas serves some of the better Indian food that Shanghai has to offer. On the menu is a selection of exquisitely executed Indian standards. Fresh baked naans, puffy parathas, biryanis, curries and vindaloos. They also do a very reasonable lunch set. Leave full for 68rmb or less.
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    3/F, 83 Changshu Lu, near Julu Lu

     
    常熟路83号3楼, 近巨鹿路

    Phone
    6445 8100


    You'll pay a little more here than the competition, but it's well worth it. Vedas serves some of the better Indian food that Shanghai has to offer. On the menu is a selection of exquisitely executed Indian standards. Fresh baked naans, puffy parathas, biryanis, curries...

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      618 Yan'an Xi Lu, near Zhenning Lu

       
      延安西路618号, 近镇宁路

      Phone
      5169 9217


      You'll have to walk through some smelly dark alleys to find this place, Thai House's original apartment location. The no-frills restaurant used to be the best Thai in town. They've been on a downward slide since 2008, however, and are now just one more average Thai restaurant in a city awash in them.

    Address
    618 Yan'an Xi Lu, near Zhenning Lu

     
    延安西路618号, 近镇宁路

    Phone
    5169 9217


    You'll have to walk through some smelly dark alleys to find this place, Thai House's original apartment location. The no-frills restaurant used to be the best Thai in town. They've been on a downward slide since 2008, however, and are now just one more average Thai...


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