Shanghai’s 10 Best Restaurants

The Paris of the Orient

Shanghai has seen a remarkable change for the better in its restaurant scene over the past decade. It is now easy to find the finest local delicacies next to idiosyncratic restaurants of global inspiration.

1 | Ultraviolet

No restaurant is like Ultraviolet. With it’s pioneering concept, it must be experienced to be believed. Shanghai’s best modern restaurant.

2 | Jesse Restaurant

This humble restaurant exemplifies what Shanghainese cooking should be. Serving gutsy and boldly flavoured food, this is the perfect place for anyone looking to discover classical local food. Shanghai’s best traditional restaurant.

3 | Fu1015

Tony Lu’s HQ serves excellent refined Shanghainese cooking in a tasting menu format. This is the perfect counterpoint to the rustic charm of Jesse.

4 | Commune Social

Scott Melvin’s cooking here is quirky, packed with flavour and easy to fall in love with. The relaxed atmosphere only helps making this a great restaurant.

5 | Yong Yi Ting

Tony Lu’s restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental in Pudong combines his fine food with the excellent service of the Mandarin and its beautiful setting. Shanghai’s best Chinese restaurant in a hotel.

6 | Yi Long Court

Come to the Peninsula’s restaurant for excellent dim sum and classic Catnonese food. The view over the Huangpu river towards Pudong and the excellent service only complement the fantastic cuisine.

7 | Fifty 8 Grill

Richard Ekkebus’ refined Bistrot offers fantastic reinterpretations of French classics. This is not Amber, but a very well run restaurant that is an excellent option for classic French cooking in Shanghai.

8 | Franck

Franck Pecol’s Franck in the French Concession recreates the experience of eating in a Parisian bistrot pretty authentically. The food is simple, but well-executed, the wine list carefully chosen and the the atmosphere lively. Very much worth a visit!

9 | Family Li Imperial Cuisine Shanghai

Ivan Li’s Shanghai restaurant focuses on dishes served in the late Qing dynasty at court banquets. Updated and served with great precision, this is fine cooking that is not to be missed.

10 | Mr & Mrs Bund

Paul Pairet’s casual restaurant has been given a complete make-over, and continues to serve excellent French cuisine that is served with a twist.