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Shanghai Social Club
1277 Commonwealth Ave
Allston, MA 02134
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Shanghai Social Club Details
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: 11:30am - 3:00pm
Full Menu: 11:30am-1:30am
Full Bar: 11:30am-2:00am
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Chinese, Contemporary Asian, Tapas / Small Plates
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
On street and off street parking is available. Off street parking consists of many metered and pay-rate lots within close proximity to Shanghai Social Club.
A word from Shanghai Social Club
Greetings from Shanghai. Inspired by the social clubs and bars of the Bund area of Shanghai. Experience the Prohibition Era in Allston’s version of opium fueled Old Shanghai. Shanghai Social Club was created by the fond memories of going out to dinner at a local Chinese Restaurant. Scorpion Bowls
would be ordered and challenges would be made to see who could eat the most spicy mustard and chili paste. Fried Rice, Lo Mein and General Gao’s Chicken would be ordered. The Quality, Service and Ambiance would always leave a lasting impression and a yearning to return. Once a location was found. Well-known Architect Peter Nimitz was brought on to help develop the Prohibition Era Lounge concept that has become The Shanghai Social Club. To Match the food with the beautiful room Chef Bob Botchie, formerly of Myer’s and Chang, came along. Chef Botchie has created a menu full of flavors and spices that is founded upon traditional Chinese cuisine and cooking techniques.
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This restaurant has a great
ambiance. It was worth going for that alone. It wasn't too crowded for a Friday night and making reservations for the time we wanted was quite easy. The drinks tasted weak but they snuck up on us later. The food was proportionate to price. The service wad on the slow side but the waitress was very friendly. I will definitely go again."
Dined on 2/28/2014
Took my sweetie to Shanghai for
Valentine's Day and the ambiance was just right! They had a special 3-course pris fixe meal for V day that featured a shrimp appetizer, beef stir and veggie stir fry entree and chocolates for dessert. It was understated yet savory. The setting was warm and inviting and a great place for a romantic dinner."
Dined on 2/14/2014
My bf and I keep coming back here
for the duck sauce they give you while you wait for your meal to arrive (so good!). The first time we came here was when they first opened up and the service was great. We just came back for our third time on Valentine's Day, and the food was great, as usual. Our server was a little off, though, and it was far from a full house while we were there. She wasn't very helpful when we asked about dishes (since they have no description), but told us everything was "really good." She then took our beloved duck sauce without asking which really bummed us out since they usually offer us more. After clearing our plates, we had to flag her down to get the check even though we said no to needing anything else."
Dined on 2/14/2014
We had a wonderful time at
Shanghai Social Club. Living right across the street, we were happy to find a place for food and drinks without having to even venture all the way down to Harvard Ave! The service was impeccable and they kindly recognized the birthday in our group. The food was delicious and reasonably priced. Everything came out in a good amount of time- I never felt like we were bombarded with plates, and the vibe was great for a Friday night, but it was not so loud we couldn't have a conversation. the drinks were high quality and plentiful. This is a wonderful spot in Allston, that is a step above the usual undergrad haunt."
Dined on 2/7/2014
I admit that I'm a cocktail snob.
After reviewing the drink options and noticing they are using quality spirits, I ordered one of their signature drinks. What came back was surprising as the bartender did not use fresh juices or quality filler ingredients to go with the good rum. The waitress noticed our displeasure and sent the drink back for another one of their cocktails. In this one, it seemed that they replaced orgeat with almost extract, giving the drink an artificial taste. Food was medium to poor as our rice came out dry and food came out at way different times. (My wife received her main, whlie I had to wait an additional 15 minutes for mine). I would not recommend this restaurant."
Dined on 1/30/2014
The menu choices were few compared
to most Chinese restaurants, but the 3 dishes we had (Orange Chicken, Cashew chicken, and a shrimp dish) were all outstanding. The front room was the scene - noisy and boistrous, but we had asked for a quiet table were shown the back room, which was smaller, quiter, and perfect for conversation among friends. Hard to find that on a Saturday night. When we entered, we were enthusistically greeted by 3 people, our Open Table reservation was known to them and they had noted the request for a quiet table and suggested the backroom. A delightful experience."
Dined on 1/25/2014
The food was delicious and not
over priced, but the scorpion bowl was amazing. Get it... You won't be sorry!"
Dined on 1/25/2014
Every person working on the night
we went was friendly and welcoming. That's literally all I can say in it's favor. The food varied from meh to bad. The atmosphere was fun to look at but a bit sad--near empty at 9 on a Saturday night, except for a table in the back and one guy eating alone while checking out his phone. I think it was empty because it's just not very good."
Dined on 1/11/2014
The decor was upscale &
sophisticated. Beautiful Asian setting. The service was excellent. The food was very good. I would recommend the Shanghai buns & don't leave without dessert. The Shanghai donuts are the real thing ! A lovely night out."
Dined on 12/2/2013
The decor is beautiful, but
service was awful. After we were sat, our server offered to get us water, but never came back to our table until I said something to a manager 15 minutes later. There were only two other tables in the restaurant and I watched her bring things to them one at a time while avoiding eye contact with us let alone mentioning she would be back with the water. A man who appeared to be a manager stood behind the host stand the entire time doing nothing, let alone helping the servers who apparently couldn't keep up. I eventually approached him, and he went to get her, and then returned to tell us she would bring water soon, as opposed to getting them himself. The rest of the visit continued in the same fashion."
Dined on 11/16/2013
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