Shanghai Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Shanghai

October 18, 2017 Viva Honore

The largest city in China is also its most cosmopolitan, offering visitors a chance to experience the past, present, and future all at once. The Huangpu River splits Shanghai into two districts: Pudong and Puxi. The Pudong skyline looks like it was ripped from the Jetsons, with the bulbous Oriental Pearl TV and Radio Tower looking a bit like a two headed lollipop. On the Puxi side, you can walk the Bund riverside district to get a taste of old Shanghai.
Things to do in Shanghai

1. Epicure on 45

88 Nanjing Road (W), Shanghai, China | Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World, Shanghai 200003, China Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar European, International, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner HK$8 +86 21 6359 9999
Excellent
66%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 328 reviews

Epicure on 45

Elegant, with modern style and appeal and a bird's-eye view of the city. Epicure on 45 is a revolving restaurant featuring Shanghai's finest a la carte selections and exciting show kitchens preparing delicious food from Europe, China, Japan and India.

Reviewed By Bwizzard - Shanghai

Decent food, mainly for the view, ask for manager Joyce for recommendations.
Be sure remember where you table was close to when you leave for the toilet, you might come back and lost your scenes of direction.

2. Scena (The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai Pudong)

52/F, The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai Pudong, Shanghai ifc, No.8 Century Avenue, Lujiazui, Pudong, Shanghai 200120, China Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover Italian, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$314 - HK$1,177 +86 21 2020 1717
Excellent
83%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 674 reviews

Scena (The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai Pudong)

In a cozy setting fitted with stylish furniture, artistic decor in rich earth and burgundy tones, dining at Scena promises a pleasurable experience as it continues to serve exquisite authentic Italian cuisine. Large sharing portions will be introduced in the new Scena, in the convivial tradition of an authentic Italian dinner. Scena sits on the hotel’s 52nd floor providing diners with breathtaking views of the city through floor to ceiling glass windows. Old wooden beams, flexible partitions and display shelves allow for separate spaces for diners without depriving them the pleasure of outside views. With the new elegant, albeit casual and homey, atmosphere of Scena and the true flavors of genuine Italian cooking it serves, diners are assured of the finest service from its highly skilled staff and an experience they look forward to again. Scena Restaurant includes a main dining area that seats 128 guests, plus a private room for 16 diners. Dress code: Smart Casual (No flip-flops, beach sandals, plastic footwear; No sleeveless shirts or shorts for gentlemen)

Reviewed By TravelLynn03 - Singapore

As a business traveler who is on business trips 50% of her time, this is probably one of my favorite hotel breakfast restaurants. Excellent spread and gorgeous unbeatable views of Shanghai. I have an Asian palette so I am thoroughly thrilled with the delicious soup noodles, steamed pork bun, fried dough and soya milk, as well as various Chinese soups. The western counter though also has a decent spread of options. Service is prompt, thoughtful and polite - special mention to Helen who went out of her way to know the customers and to make their stay a comfortable one. Needless to say, I look forward to coming back again.

3. Flair Rooftop

58F, The Ritz Carlton Shanghai, Pudong, No. 8 Century Avenue, Lujiazui, Pudong, Shanghai 200120, China Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover Japanese, Bar, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks HK$235 - HK$785 +86 21 2020 1717
Excellent
77%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 754 reviews

Flair Rooftop

The very stylish and contemporary Flair Restaurant & Bar takes pride of place at the very top of The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong on the 58th floor – making it the highest al fresco dining venue in China. Designed by Super Potato, the indoor decor is a warm blend of rustic and contemporary designs creating a loft-like lounge ambience, while the outdoor setting is casually elegant and relaxed with lounge sofas offering breathtaking views of the Huangpu River and across Shanghai. At Flair, mesmerizing Asia staples from Japan, Indonesia, Vietnam, India, China and Thailand are served tapas style, while the sushi and raw seafood bar will further enhance guest’s choices. The beverage menu is extensive offering signature cocktail and spirit selections alongside 40 types of vodka, and fashionable small-distillery rums. With its 100 indoor and 132 outdoor seats, Flair offers a superb setting for hosting corporate and/or private functions and parties. Dress code: Smart Casual (No flip-flops, beach sandals, plastic footwear; No sleeveless shirts or shorts for gentlemen)

Reviewed By 19751112 - Shanghai, China

This is my first time to SH with my husband, we came to FLAIR after the first day's journey, and we met Eddie here, he gave us some recommendations not only delicious cocktail but also the famous tourist attractions in SH, which make our journey more convenient. You can also enjoy the wonderful view in FLAIR, it is so amazing.

4. Shanghai Haidilao Hot Pot (Zhangyang Road)

6F,588 Zhangyang Road, Shanghai, China Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +86 21 3871 3936
Excellent
61%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 369 reviews

Shanghai Haidilao Hot Pot (Zhangyang Road)

Reviewed By jiayinhou - Taipei, Taiwan

Excellent service, good food with different kinds. They provide different soup ingredients, be it hot, moderate hot, and extreme hot style, non-hot style, and the ambience is good too. Food content is traditional Chinese, and waiter performed noodle making right at your table, and you cook it right away, which is an extraordinary experience you never have! Two thumbs up.

5. Jin Xuan Chinese Restaurant (The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong)

PudongShanghai ifc mall, No.8 Century Avenue, Lujiazui, Pudong | 53 Floor, The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong, Shanghai 200120, China Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Private Dining, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Validated Parking, Accepts Credit Cards Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$471 - HK$1,570 +86 21 2020 1717
Excellent
88%
Good
7%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 329 reviews

Jin Xuan Chinese Restaurant (The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong)

The Ritz-Carlton, Shanghai Pudong's Chinese restaurant, Jin Xuan, has earned its first Michelin Star in the inaugural Michelin Guide Shanghai 2017. It is one of 26 restaurants in Mainland China to receive this accolade. Jin Xuan Chinese Restaurant showcases the very best Chinese cuisine in a spectacular location with its high 'vaulted' ceilings and a mezzanine level. This fine dining Chinese Restaurant, designed by Steve Leung from Hong Kong, is the discerned choice for social and business diners alike. The refined menu specializes in Cantonese dishes complemented with regional favorites from other Chinese provinces. Tea connoisseurs will be well catered to and indulged as the best choices of tea can be enjoyed in pairing combinations to ideally match and suit the dishes they order. The main dining area can seat up to 52 guests, while the six private dining rooms can host a total capacity of 64; two VIP dining rooms are also available for up to 40 guests. Dress code: Smart Casual (No flip-flops, beach sandals, plastic footwear; No sleeveless shirts or shorts for gentlemen)

Reviewed By Fanny L - 香港

This is the second time to Shanghai Ritz Carltron hotel meals and services. The service is still good. This is to taste of Chinese food, attendant Janice and manager Henry addition to introducing the food restaurant, but also to carefully see our focus on the same type of food , Attendant Janice suggest that we choose other types of food, try more and better varieties of food.
This dinner food can maintain a consistent standard, rich in materials, the next time will definitely patronize, and we sat by the window also saw the Huangpu River in Shanghai night, colorful, very satisfied.
In the meantime, the manager knows that we have to go to Disneyland and help us find a roadmap with more care.
But the most pity is set after a day's lunch, we go out and can not return to the hotel in time for dim sum,really a pity, we cannot see the Huangpu River morning scenery.

6. Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet

Somewhere in Shanghai, Shanghai 200070, China Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Digital Payments, Accepts Credit Cards European, Contemporary Dinner HK$4,999 - HK$7,495
Excellent
94%
Good
4%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 185 reviews

Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet

Conceived by Paul Pairet for over 15 years and opened in May 2012, Ultraviolet is the first restaurant of its kind uniting food with multi-sensorial technologies in order to create a fully immersive dining experience. A single table of ten seats only. A dining room of high-end technology. A 20-course "Avant-Garde" set menu. All guests sit together. The experience unfolds as a play. Food leads. Each course is enhanced with its own taste-tailored atmosphere: lights, sounds, music, scents, projection, images and imagination... And food.

Reviewed By Fernando1969 - Monterrey, Mexico

Visiting Ultraviolet, in Shanghai, is an unforgettable experience. Ultraviolet is not just a normal restaurant with good food, what they do and how they do it is well thought, mixing technology with tasteful recipes in a clever way makes this restaurant stand out. It has a secret location, that guests arrive in a van with the other 9 people being served. The dining room has screen walls, dry smell projectors, speakers, and screen projectors, which are all controlled in a control room. French chef, Paul Pairet’s idea and purpose and idea for this “is to unite food with multi-sensorial technologies to create an immersive dining experience,” (Fine Dining Lovers,) with a 20-course menu. The screens have animations projected that reflect the dish that is served, the odor of the room varies depending on the “theme” of the plate, and most of the time what the food looks like is not what it actually is “what looked like bread is actually lemon-flavoured meringue, the chocolate a foie gras praline.” The restaurant’s bizarre concept makes it unique and wonderful.

7. Efes Restaurant Turkish & Mediterranean Cuisine

1 Floor, Block B, No. 665 Shang Cheng Road, Lujiazui 1885 Culture Center, Lujiazui, Pudong New Area | Metro Line 2 Dong Chang Road Station Exit 3 , Metro Line 9 Shang Cheng Road Exit 2, Shanghai 200122, China Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Delivery, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Credit Cards Pizza, Barbecue, Mediterranean, Turkish, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Dinner, Drinks HK$235 - HK$275 +86 21 5067 7716
Excellent
81%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 873 reviews

Efes Restaurant Turkish & Mediterranean Cuisine

The soul of the Turkish Cuisine , smack dab in the heart of Pudong and now authentic recipes of Turkish cuisine is available a few door down from some of the tallest buildings in the world, in Lujiazui at Efes -the only and truly genuine Turkish Restaurant in Pudong. Efes serves up modern twists on Turkish classics and that healthy Mediterranean cuisine doctors are always going on about. Try the kebabs, chargrilled over real charcoal for extra smoky flavor. And don't forget a bottle of raki, the anise-flavored liquor and Efes beer that will have you singing "Take me back to Istanbul" in no time. Efes stranded between Lujiazui and Century Avenue and there are two metro stations nearby (line 9's Shangcheng Lu and line 2's Dongchang Lu) and diners who do make the trip will find an upmarket restaurant serving modern takes on Turkish classics, Dine in our elegant yet comfortable dining room, or enjoy your meal alfresco at our huge garden Seating area

Reviewed By SabriEnen - Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina

My husband and I after 14 days travelling and eating Chinese cuisine decide to change a bit for dinner! Trip advisor top 10 restaurants recommend this place. We arrived a little bit pass 9.45 and they were super easy to accommodate us considering they close at 10.30. Manager Ramazan was super welcoming and professional informing us kitchen timing but giving us enough space to take a look on the menu. Food all the food was so delicious. Best Mediterranean we had ever had. We order pita sample including lamb spinach and cheese and kebabs platter with vegetables. We Love the Lamb! So.well seasoned, so well cooked, simply delicious. In addition to add as an appetizer they bring you a fresh from oven to table loaf of bread and yogurt dip. All super delicious. We order 2 glasses of Chardonnay to go with our dinner and was pretty perfect. Last but not least, the dessert was amazing. Never had something like that before. Is not a baklava and we.do not remmeber.the correct name but is a warm dessert cheese inside and shredded wheat , takes 20 minutes to cooked and is from oven to chill to table. I am not usually a big fan of desserts but this one needs to be try by all the customers that go there.It's super good. Super nice experience will totally come back in a next stop in Shangai.

8. Tock's - A Montreal Deli

221 Henan Middle Road | near Fuzhou Road, Shanghai 200001, China Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Delivery, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards American, Canadian, Delicatessen Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +86 21 6346 3735
Excellent
59%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 386 reviews

Tock's - A Montreal Deli

Tock's in an award-winning Montreal-style deli serving smoked meat sandwiches and all the fixings (including authentic poutine!). These specialties are all prepared in-house from the finest ingredients. A nice selection of beers and wines also. For lunch, brunch or dinner, a great choice for smoked meat comfort food! (Nice salads and vegetarian options too.)

Reviewed By Frank C - Bremen, Germany

i found this restaurant here and was super surprised to find such here in SH! i went there with my wife and it was worth the trip! we had the standard and reuben Sandwich, medium cut. the meat was good, not dry at all, fries...MoreThanks Frank C. You, like others who know Montreal-style smoked meat, recognize the quality and authenticity at Tock's -- in Shanghai!

9. Goodfellas

Waitan, No.7 Yan'an East Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai, China Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Italian, Pizza, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +86 21 6323 2188
Excellent
73%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Goodfellas

Reviewed By Maurizio S - Florence, Italy

Very good italian restaurant. Nice ambience. Food is very good, dished are quite big, most of them you can share. Service is good but a bit SLOW.

10. The 1515 West, Chophouse & Bar

No.1218 Middle Yan'an Road, West Nanjing Road | Level 4 , Jing An Shangri-La, West Shanghai, Shanghai 200040, China Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Steakhouse, Bar, European, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks HK$126 - HK$997 +86 21 2203 8889
Excellent
76%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 396 reviews

The 1515 West, Chophouse & Bar

Reinterpreting American dining The 1515 West, Chophouse & Bar combines the aesthetics of a movie set in Old Shanghai with the décor of a classic American bar and grill. The restaurant's generous portions of beef from cattle reared in Australia will delight meat lovers. The Tasting Bar offers oysters and other fresh seafood from around the world. A wine cellar featuring top new world red wine and a selection of white wine, champagne, vermouth and sherry ensures that Sommelier Jasper Sun stays busy. The New-York-style Classic Bar offers views of the piazza and the former home of Chairman Mao. It features a selection of classic and unique spirits. Here, cocktails are created personally by the bar manager and mixologist. Fresh bread, artisan cheese and cut-to-order charcuterie are available for takeaway.

Reviewed By S K - Singapore

The restaurant is on the 4th floor of the hotel and is large. It has an extensive wine list and the grill selection on the menu is great. Unfortunately, the downside was that the meat was either underdone or overcooked, both for myself and for my colleagues

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