Famous Restaurants in Shanghai

As a world-famous metropolis, the food culture of Shanghai has a long history. There are many time-honored brand restaurants in Shanghai. Some of them are local brands, and others are branches of other cities. Hundreds of years' inherence and development make these restaurants the best choice for Shanghai local cuisine and various specialties. There are a great number of famous local foods of Shanghai, such as pan-fried steamed buns, small steamed buns, crab shell cake, and so on. Besides, Dexing Restaurant, Old Shanghai Restaurant, Old Zhengxing Restaurant and many other famous food streets are the gathering places of delicious food. Where to eat in Shanghai? Here we list some famous restaurants in Shanghai for you.


1. Dexing Restaurant

Founded in 1878, Dexing Restaurant is the cradle of Shanghai local food. It's said that the secret receipt of the braised meat comes from the imperial palace chefs. Dexing Restaurant further expands the traditional taste on the basis of the original taste. The most famous cuisine of Dexing Restaurant is the Braised Jumbo Sea Cucumber with Shrimp Roe. This cuisine is a high-end banquet dish in Shanghai, and it is praised as "the best sea cucumber in the world". It is not only excellent in the color, smell and taste, but also has a great tonic effect. The cucumber is shiny with a tender texture, which has become a popular dish in Shanghai. Dexing Restaurant is a century-old shop that is famous in Shanghai for the pastries of Suzhou and Wuxi. Dexing Restaurant not only contains nostalgia feelings and memories, but also has an inseparable relationship with the inheritance of civilization. Shanghai people always say that the dish is far from the good flavor if there is no accumulation of time. Dexing Restaurant is one of the famous restaurants in Shanghai that you should not miss.

Dexing Restaurant


2. Old Shanghai Restaurant

Old Shanghai Restaurant, formerly named Rongshun Restaurant, was established in 1875 by a Shanghai citizen Zhang Huanying. Located in the city center, it is close to many famous tourist attractions, such as the Bund, Yuyuan Garden, Nanjing Road, Xintiandi, etc. Old Shanghai Restaurant specializes in the local Shanghai cuisines, which has a good reputation "exploring the source of the local Shanghai cuisine, you should stop in this century-old restaurant". As the birthplace of Shanghai cuisine, Shanghai Old Restaurant is managed by national masters. Shanghai Old Restaurant is well-known for its rigorous choice of materials and authentic taste. In order to get the real hairy crabs, Old Shanghai Restaurant even set up a crab breeding base in Yangcheng Lake in 1998. The famous main dishes include the Eight Treasures in Hot Sauce, the Pepper Salt Spareribs, the Fried Shrimp, and so on.

Old Shanghai Restaurant


3. Old Zhengxing Restaurant

Founded in 1862, Old Zhengxing Restaurant is the earliest restaurant operated local Shanghai cuisines since Shanghai was opened as a treaty port. With a history of 158 years, Old Zhengxing Restaurant is the originator of Shanghai local cuisine. The founders were brothers Zhu Zhengben and Cai Renxing. Taking the word "zheng" and "xing" from their names as the restaurant name, so it was called "Zhengxing Restaurant". Old Zhengxing Restaurant is famous for its various special cooking methods, such as boiling, stewing, baking, roasting and frying. There are different dishes in different seasons, for example, the braised odontobutis obscurus with spring bamboo shoots in spring, the fried whitebait with scrambled eggs and the fried shrimp in summer, hairy crabs in autumn and grass carps in winter. The Stir-Fried Shrimps won the National Gold Medal, and is well-known around the world for its reputation as "the best shrimp in the world".  Old Zhengxing Restaurant is one of the famous restaurants in Shanghai that worth trying.

Old Zhengxing Restaurant


4. Lv Bo Lang Restaurant

Lv Bo Lang Restaurant is called the National Banquet Restaurant. Located in No. 115, Yuyuan Road, Lv Bo Lang Restaurant is close to the Jiuqu Bridge of the Old Chenghuangmiao Temple. It is the most popular restaurant in the Chenghuangmiao commercial circle. Lv Bo Lang Restaurant ever served numerous celebrities and politicians around the world. The special dishes of the Lv Bo Lang Restaurant are the crystal shrimp, the eight-treasure dish duck, the eyebrow cake, and so on. The desserts of the Lv Bo Lang Restaurant are fabulous and unique in Shanghai, which are the representatives of Shanghai desserts. It is famous for its exquisite shape, elegant colors, innovative design and wonderful flavor. Lv Bo Lang Restaurant was highly recommended by Bill Clinton, Prince Sihanouk, Queen Elizabeth, Noboru Takeshita, and many other foreign dignitaries. Lv Bo Lang Restaurant is also well-decorated with grey tiles and vermilion balustrades. It is a three-storey building with the architectural style of Ming and Qing Dynasties. The restaurant has a quiet and comfortable environment with a strong Chinese ethnic atmosphere.

Lu Bo Lang Restaurant


5. Xiaoshaoxing Restaurant

Xiaoshaoxing Restaurant is located in No. 75, Yunnan South Road, Shanghai. The brand "Xiaoshaoxing" was founded in 1943. It was just a street stall in the past, and developed into a famous restaurant chain restaurant in China. The most popular dish in the Xiaoshaoxing Restaurant is the steamed chicken. It looks like a simple cuisine, but the flavor is very good. The biggest characteristic of the steamed chicken is that maintain the original taste without adding any ingredients. However, the chicken skin is crunchy and the meat is tender. It is a light dish but very delicious. Xiaoshaoxing Restaurant is one of the famous restaurants in Shanghai that worth a try.

Xiaoshaoxing Restaurant


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