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Shanghainese cuisine deploys soy, sugar, and ginger with appetizing results, but don’t neglect other flavors in this cosmopolitan city. Adventurous diners will be amazed by the range of consistently good food served in unusual places – from sidewalk stalls to hotel towers.

Top Restaurants in Shanghai

1221 Restaurant

If you’re intimidated by Mandarin-only menus and entrees that return your stare, try this pleasant introduction to contemporary Chinese food. You’ll relax after that first taste of drunken chicken, followed by a sip of eight-treasure tea.

1221 Yan'an Xi Lu, +86 21 6213 6585
Tags: family | moderate | great value | shanghainese

Bi Feng Tang

A popular chain with Hong Kong roots, Bi Feng Tang is unpretentious, often noisy, and open late. The Nanjing Road outlet dishes dim sum, roast duck, and other Cantonese comfort food until 4am.

1333 Nanjing Xi Lu, 011-86-21-6279-0738
Tags: budget | cantonese

Din Tai Fung

This hip, bright restaurant is typically packed with upscale shoppers resting their weary credit cards. The house specialty is xiao long bao, small steamed dumplings filled with ground pork or crab and a savory explosion of soup.

123 Xingye Lu, No. 11A, 011-86-21-6385-8378,
Tags: budget | taiwanese


This perennial favorite of both expats and locals serves spicy Hunanese specialties such as fried pork ribs with cumin and garlic, and whole fish head with green chiles. Be prepared to wait in line.

87 Fumin Lu, 011-86-21-6249-5628
Tags: moderate | great value | hunanese

Hamilton House

Located in an Art Deco building two blocks behind the Bund, the Hamilton House offers French bistro fare – think croque monsieur for lunch, pot au feu for dinner – in a space that invokes '20s glamour.

137 Fuzhou Lu, 011-86-21-6321-0586,
Tags: moderate | trendy | french

Jade on 36

Set on the 36th floor of the Pudong Shangri-La, this jewel of high design and high cuisine offers innovative preparations of familiar ingredients. Don’t miss chef Paul Pairet’s single prawn steamed in a Mason jar or the sublime lemon tart.

33 Fu Cheng Lu, 011-86-21-6882 8888,
Tags: expensive | notable chef | trendy

Moon River Diner

There’s nothing like a good burger and a cold beer when you’re far from home. Moon River Diner’s cheerful staff can provide both these restoratives, along with other American road-trip favorites like milkshakes and apple pie.

6 Yuyao Lu, Building 1, 011-86-21-6239-6070,
Tags: family | moderate | american

Yang's Fry Dumpling

On a street that offers dozens of options, the longest lines form outside Yang’s two identical shops. Don’t expect silverware or tablecloths; what you want is the 3.5-yuan plate of shengjianbao, large pork dumplings pan-fried with sesame seeds and chives and bursting with soup.

54 Wujiang Lu, 011-86-21-6267-6025
Tags: budget | shanghainese

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