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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.
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.
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.