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    • ADDRESS:
      511 Jiangning Lu,
      near Kangding Lu
      江宁路511号, 近康定路
    • PHONE:
      6047 7638
    • WECHAT:
      -
    • AREA:
      Jing'an
    • METRO:
      15 mins walk from Changping Rd
    • HOURS:
      Tue-Sun,

      Lunch:
      Tue-Fri, 12-2.30pm
      sat-sun, 11:30am-2:30pm

      Dinner:
      Tue-Sat, 6-10.30pm

      Closed on Sunday evenings, Mondays, and all major public holidays
    • CARDS:
      Local and international cards accepted
    • PRICE:
      $$$$$
    • WEB:
    • SmartShanghai.com Editor's Description
      The second restaurant in town to bear the Jason Atherton brand on its masthead. The Commune Social is a contemporary tapas, dessert and cocktail bar. The cuisine seems largely informed by former Gordon Ramsay Lieutenant Jason Atherton's frequent flier miles log. Dishes exhibit a variety of flavors from Spain, England and all over Asia with highlights such as roasted bone marrow with beef cheek, salt and pepper squid dusted with crushed sichuan peppercorn and more. After dinner, you're lead to the dessert bar, where you can watch your sweets prepared to order. Upstairs is a craft cocktail lounge with a vast terrace. Decor is dressed down and simple with naked light bulbs, exposed concrete and plain white tiles. Reservations are not accepted. First come, first served.
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    • Social Club No 6 with Yang Jing Bang - Jiangnan Style!

      Featuring chefs Nat Alexander, Christopher Pitts, and Scott and Kim Melvin, The monthly Social Club puts together a nine dish sharing tapas menu. Price is 488rmb including drinks. Starts at 7pm.
    • Tapas Lunch

      Jason Atherton's Commune Social has a lunch tapas menu that rotates regularly with new items. Price is 178rmb for three dishes and you can add additional dishes for 62rmb. Soda or iced tea is included in the lunch set. Seems like a good...
    • Happy Hour

      Jason Atherton 's Commune Social has a happy hour from 5-7pm Tuesday through Saturday. They've got 10rmb off select drinks that start at 28rmb after the discount. Lots of different cuisines offered. It's a high end restaurant; dinner...
    • Halloween Offal Bits Menu

      Jason Atherton's Commune Social is doing three, four, and five course tapas menus for Halloween that has "offal bits attached". Also on offer are "Erie punch" and cocktails. Price is from 238-388rmb per person. Goes from 4-10.30pm on...
    • A Night With Jason Atherton

      Michelin starred celebrity chef Jason Atherton, he of City Social in London, 22 Ships in HK, Esquina in Singapore, and Table no. 1 in Shanghai, is passing through The Commune Social for dinner and a meet and greet. No cover. Starts at 7pm.
  • "Doesn't get any better... Anywhere"
    For The Commune Social on July 23, 2016
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    johnl986
    Joined Jul 23, 2016
    Posted 1 Reviews
    I live in Manhattan and travel often for work. The Commune Social is without a doubt my favorite restaurant to visit. The staff is awesome, music is perfect, and the drinks are on another level. All that being said, the most amazing aspect of this restaurant is the food. I can't explain how much of a pleasure it is to eat here, a true culinary experience every time. Everything is remarkable but I'd say the must try dishes are "scallop ceviche, avocado, jalapeño jelly, pear" the "beef tar tar, egg yolk, pickled mushrooms, toast and smoked fat dressing" (the best beef tar tar you will ever have, period ) and the absolute must try here is the "aged grass fed ribeye, chimmichuri".

    This restaurant has made me explore many of Jason Atherton's restaurants in Honk Kong, NY and table no 1 here in Shanghai. Without questions, although all have been great, The Commune Social is my personal favorite spot.
    Scott has never let us down.
    For The Commune Social on August 19, 2015
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    No ratio Nelson
    Joined Aug 19, 2015
    Is British
    Posted 19 Reviews
    It is immediately obvious that The Commune Social is the result of dedication and passion. Slightly annoying that they don't take bookings but nonetheless the front of house team are informed, well turned out and efficient. Try and get a bar stool round the open kitchen and watch the team go to work. The quality of ingredients is impeccable, execution balletic, a bit like watching sushi chefs making modern European tapas. The food isn't going to be for everyone, it is decidedly feminine, those looking for charred lumps of protein with mounds of mushy carbs are in the wrong place. Thomas Hardy called poetry: "the right words in the right place", that's what you get here. Go, buy Scott the English chef a drink, he looks like a grumpy Dickensian villain, who Is suffering from toothache and find out that he is as charming a man as could be imagined. Eat the Lomo, truffled toasties, sea urchin and any fish they have. Drink manzanilla, then finish with the caramel popcorn in liquid nitrogen. This place has soul. So what if you have to walk over and read off a blackboard? If you want beige carpets and a bloke with an inexplicable Swiss accent serving you in an ambassador's sash, whilst surrounded by nouveau riche locals tapping into smartphones, go to Mortons.
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    napkinplease
    Joined Apr 1, 2015
    Posted 2 Reviews
    I am on a restaurant-hunt that is gonna blow me away. I did my research and found that The Commune Social has some interesting reviews. Mostly about its service but overall everyone sounded happy, and this is how i started my commune social journey...

    THE LOCATION

    Normally this doesn't bother me much but this place felt a little bit far out. I felt like someone lost in a dessert looking for water. Considering the prices and portions, i wish their location was more central ( i am coming to that later )

    THE FOOD

    This is where things get interesting. Nice presentation, tasty food but very small portions. But their cocktails made it interesting.
    The Commune Social is a place more for having drinks with some finger food rather than going for food due to size of its portions.


    We've had
    - Marinated olives
    - Wild Mushroom Croquettes
    - Gambas , chilli and garlic
    - The Veal Tounge
    - Beef tar-tar
    - Warm Cauliflower salad

    Drinks
    - Apple sour mash
    - Green-eyed vesper
    - Jing’an juice

    Desserts
    - Peanut ice cream
    - Smoked Chocolate

    THE SERVICE

    I think owners read about online reviews. It has been all over internet,people are mostly complaining about the service. Surprisingly we didn't had any problems with it. The waitresses were were helpful, they were always around when we needed their help. But one thing for sure, they are definitely understaffed.It is obvious that during their busy times they would face some difficulties.

    THE DECOR

    Very enjoyable and easy on the eyes interior. Rough Industrial Style with wooden hints spread around.Once you get inside u get to discover different levels and areas if you want to explore. But again, Outdoor seating needs improvement. Wobbly chairs and almost rotten bench needs an upgrade before someone falls.

    I recommend eat around the show kitchen, yes it may feel a bit oily at times. But watching them cook is something u would like try.

    OVERALL

    I never felt hungrier by eating so many dishes.( portions were too small ).Especially considering their location and price, i believe they need to offer more. Perfect for date if you wanna have couple drinks with some finger food that goes well, but not for a place if you wanna enjoy your dinner with friends where everyone is well fed.



    Dont come here hungry
    For The Commune Social on April 3, 2015
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    AussieChic
    Joined Feb 5, 2015
    Posted 5 Reviews
    After hearing so much about this place on smartshanghai and a million photos on instagram, I decided to give this place a go. I came here with my friends last weekend for brunch, arrived 10 minutes before opening time, and already there was a line. This place MUST be good!! ...I'm a sucker for lines

    They were very efficient in seating everybody and taking orders. Wine at 12pm? Why not? Its past noon. The sun is shining. Any excuse will do. The service was great, menu was user friendly and everyone speaks English. We decided to go with a la carte off the menu instead of the 3 course deal. And I have to say that the food does not disappoint. Sea Urchin on toast - WOW. Beef Tatare - orgasmic. My favourite was the free popcorn before dessert - infused with nitrogen!

    The downside here is the price - our total bill came to almost 500RMB per person. My only advise for patrons are - dont come here hungry.
    This is a MUST TRY!
    For The Commune Social on March 30, 2015
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    shanghaihotelier
    Joined Apr 22, 2012
    Posted 19 Reviews
    My second time at the Commune Social and once again I left truly impressed by a great dining experience. The unimposing entrance does not do justice to the restaurant behind. A narrow long maze leads you through the restaurant to the back where seated around the 'hot kitchen' one has a unique dining experience seeing a well oiled kitchen team prepare the main dishes for the restaurant. It also allows for interesting interactions between guests and the kitchen team and enticed us to order more than we would have (seeing the wonderful creations being prepared first hand, makes you more hungry is what we experienced!). There is also an outdoor dining area that must be ideal in the spring and autumn months but you go here for the food and concept. My second time to try the Iberico Pork with grilled cabbage, mustard seeds and yogurt which like the first time, was just perfectly cooked and so tasty. Same for the Lamb Chops that we picked as our main courses. The barbecued octopus with beetroot, was a perfect combination. The broccoli salad of the blackboard menu was refreshing and the wild mushroom croquettes with mushroom ketchup all a perfect way to start the meal. We ended the meal with the smoked chocolate with beetroot ice cream and loved every scoop. A well balanced wine list and good selection of wines by the glass makes the experience just perfect. What a great concept and terrific team in both kitchen and service and a place to definitely go back!
    Brunch has gone downhill
    For The Commune Social on March 16, 2015
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    calatrava
    Joined Jun 15, 2014
    Is Cuban
    Posted 20 Reviews
    Came here over the weekend and did not notice anything new decor-wise though they were closed for a supposed renovation recently. They could have taken the time to get rid of that off-smell emanating from the dessert counter area in the front.

    Weekend brunch has got to be the most popular meal here. Service is suffering. Would it hurt them to print up a dozen or so brunch menus? Instead they tell you to go stand awkwardly in what is essentially a narrow corridor crowded with tables to take a gander at the selections for the brunch set menu. Prices start at 178rmb for 3 courses. Menu doesn't seem to change as much as it used to, seems less seasonal, and there's definitely less interesting stuff on offer. Coffee is no longer included, it now comes with either iced tea or soda. And you don't get that little baggie of squid powder anymore either.

    This place has been on the decline for a while now and I think this most recent meal is the final nail in the coffin for me. Options for mediocre, greasy food in crowded environs abound, so need to return.

    Delicious brunch
    For The Commune Social on November 4, 2014
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    luoteman
    Joined Jun 13, 2011
    Is Peruvian
    Posted 3 Reviews
    I've had brunch at The Commune Social on several occasions over the last nine months, and the experience has been superb, consistently. Their menu has changed over that period of time, and all dishes have been top-notch.

    During our last visit, we took (as usual) the three course option. The highlights were the Spanish breakfast (a must-try, with the crunchy chorizo), the hamachi with kimchi, the cured salmon, and the peanut ice-cream with salted peanut caramel.

    Service during each of our visits was excellent.

    They have, by far, my favorite brunch in Shanghai.

    Begrudging Enjoyment
    For The Commune Social on July 4, 2014
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    jginsh
    Joined Aug 18, 2009
    Is American
    Posted 14 Reviews
    Great restaurant.

    I am sick of small plates. I love tapas, I love sharing, I just am sick of restaurants and their small plates. I also hate noisy, young people. Of which I am both.

    This is why I didn't eat here until last month. Prejudice often leaves us feeling like assholes.

    The food while served on small plates was good and for the most part unpretentious. I don't recall too many foams or deconstructions. What was dehydrated or deconstructed didn't feel showy, it felt honest and well thought. This translated to a few great salads (beats, and cheese) a good pate, a fairly good ceviche (under seasoned), and an outstanding suckling pig. The small plates were all below CNY 100, and the piggy was CNY 168.

    The peanut butter and jelly thing was outstanding. This is the reason why I am writing this review. Go for this one thing.

    Wine list is reasonably priced. Ordered a good bottle of un-oaked chardonay for CNY 300, the same caliber bottle at Willy or Mercato would be in the 700s. It's easy to find cheap wine and triple the price, it's easy to buy prestige and go with a standard markup, but its really eff-ing hard to find great wine you can serve at a great price. Gold Star.

    Service was inconsistent, but great by SH standards. No major mistakes, no one brought be a bottle of opened evian when I asked for the free stuff.

    Great place when I am in the neighbourhood I'll be back.
    Life is too short to not eat dessert
    For The Commune Social on June 26, 2014
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    Seunsworth
    Joined Aug 26, 2013
    Is British
    Posted 1 Reviews
    Just left the commune social, it's a very rainy Thursday so we didn't have to wait for seats, and we were able to sit at the tapas bar watching the chefs work their magic. Ordered probably two too many dishes, but we were extremely happy with all of them, we had three cocktails each, all of which were delicious, and then retired to the dessert bar where we each picked a dessert. Bear in mind we were both far too full for dessert at this point, but having just tasted the tapas we knew dessert would be too good to miss. And we were correct. Complimentary sangria ice pops whilst we waited were amazing, I felt very much like a child. This only increased as my desert was presented to me and dry ice honeycomb was poured on top. Total bill:1083 rmb. Having recently tried out char and hakassan I have to say that this place was markedly better on all fronts - service, food, drinks, and value for money. We can't wait to go back. Multiple times.
    Suprisinging misfire
    For The Commune Social on June 22, 2014
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    calatrava
    Joined Jun 15, 2014
    Is Cuban
    Posted 20 Reviews
    I've visited for brunch about 5 times prior to my visit today. First visit was before they launched the mix-and-match pre-fixe menus, and I remember spending a lot of money but still feeling very hungry. From the second visit on, the 3, 4, and 5-course menus had been launched and I found it to be an incredible value. That and subsequent visits left me sated and pleased. Today's meal was an exception, and I hope this is a short-lived period of decline. I'm still optimistic so I wn't be too harsh with the ratings.

    But let me say I ate something here today that was just so untasty, I really wanted to complain. It kind of felt like false advertising. It was a dish named "Paella with Peas and Broad Beans". But you know how paella is usually made with rice? Well, this interpretation was made of barley. Firm pearls of barley that absorbed nor contributed any flavor in the dish. Yes, it was absolutely not delicious. I think it's necessary to accurately describe it as "Barley Paella"--if it had been, I definitely would not have ordered it. I wanted to send it back, but decided to play nice by pretending they were doing me a favor by saving some calories for dessert.

    Other dishes were more miss than hit. I tried 5 other savory dishes and none impressed. There was something in the watermelon, tomato, and radish salad that was overly sweet, and it wasn't the watermelon! Braised beef inside the empanadas was stringy and dry. And so on...

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