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Shanghai 1814 with ultimate dining experience - Shanghai 1814, Southampton, Southampton

Shanghai 1814

4.5
4.5
73 Reviews
£41 and over
Chinese (Shanghai)
Shanghai 1814 is an exceptional destination restaurant in an iconic listed building in the heart of Southampton. You won’t have experienced anything quite like it. This is where East meets West in a cacophony of flavour, style, colour and vibrancy. Shanghai 1814 is so-called as the owner’s ancestors opened their first restaurant in Shanghai in 1814 – the time of the Qing Dynasty, China’s final imperial dynasty.

This combination of traditional European architecture with exuberant Chinese interior design is dynamic and exciting. Welcome to Shanghai 1814 and enjoy the ultimate dining experience.

Wow-factor interiors are decadent and glamorous, draped in dazzling chandeliers and adorned with cherry blossom. The menus feature contemporary Chinese dishes that are fresh and flavoursome, created by a Chef who previously worked at Michelin-starred Hakkasan in London’s Mayfair.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 39 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Chinese (Shanghai)

  • Hours of operation

    Sun 12:00 pm–9:30 pm Lunch Mon–Sat 12:00 pm–2:30 am Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    023 8033 0888

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

Experiences

  • Sharing Menu

    Multiple dates available
    Parties of over six guests are required to order from our sharing menu on Fridays on Saturdays. For bookings in December we require an order from one of our festive sharing menus. Please see the below links for full menu details. We will require credit/debit card details to secure this booking. Cards will not be charged apart from in the event of a no-show or a cancellation or reduction to party size with under 48 hours notice. Sharing menu: https://www.shanghai1814.co.uk/_files/ugd/357922_b8653f25a2aa462a8b2516bcf62bfe51.pdf Festive sharing menus: https://www.shanghai1814.co.uk/_files/ugd/357922_0c25d42d82a448089258ad9b22008aac.pdf Please also view full terms and conditions here: https://www.shanghai1814.co.uk/terms-and-conditions
  • Valentine's Sharing Menu

    Feb 14, 2023 only
    Share the love this Valentine's Day with our special sharing menus featuring a selection of our favourite dishes. Our red rose menu is priced at £58 per person, with vegetarian alternatives available through our pink rose menu at £48 per person. Please note that at lunchtime we also be serving our usual a la carte menu. In the evening we will be serving the sharing menus only.

What 73 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseEnergetic

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  • Hampshire

    Best Ambiance

  • Hampshire

    Most Booked

  • Southampton

    Best Overall

  • Southampton

    Best Food

  • Southampton

    Best Service

  • Southampton

    Best Ambiance

  • Southampton

    Best Value

  • Southampton

    Innovative

  • Southampton

    Romantic

  • Southampton

    Good for special occasions

  • Southampton

    Most Booked

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  1. CP

    ChrisP

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Shanghai 1814 is our favourite Chinese restaurant in Southampton, we just love the decor which fits so well within the grand former banking hall. The staff are excellent, friendly and helpful without being over familiar and the food is just sensational, not cheap but good sized portions which represent good value for money. If I had a complaint it would be that the music is a bit too loud, when people at an adjacent table asked for it to be turned down they were moved to a table in a quieter area.
  2. W

    Welly

    Jersey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food without doubt, second time we have been here
  3. J

    Jilly

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Lovely ambience, fantastic food . Lunchtime menu is excellent value.
  4. JD

    JanetD

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A beautiful restaurant with excellent food & helpful staff
  5. VW

    VivienneW

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    We booked for my daughter’s birthday and also mine as they are two days apart. Five of us, including my husband who uses a wheelchair. We chose this place because of its accessible entrance. I notified them of the wheelchair and said we would put my husband in a chair but the wheelchair would need to be parked. When we arrived we were shown to a small private room. Perfect - we still got the ambiance because the doors were open. A lazy Susan turntable in the centre of the table helped us to share the banquet we ordered. We ordered a set meal for 4 between the five of us plus 3 vegetarian appetisers so my daughter-in-law had enough choice. Drinks were good and arrived quickly, and my daughter loved her cocktail and ordered a second one. A really good experience and a wonderful family celebration.
  6. LG

    LanaG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Meal and service were lovely. Love coming to this restarant as it is so beautiful. For me it was ruined at the end when the bill came. They had put their own tip of 12% on and hadnt said anything. Its only because i looked through the bill, which im sure most people dont, that i saw it. We only had 1 course and a drink, tip they added was 14.00, which, 1 i think tips should be given not demanded, 2 a lot of money. When i asked for it to be removed, aroun 5 staff got involved, i was told they needed a reason, my phone number, which i did not give, i was made to feel bad. Once it was removed, i left a 5.00 tip in cash, which one of the waiters took, but i just felt the evening was ruined after that
  7. SS

    SatbirS

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great service and amazing food, love this place so much.
  8. KG

    KazG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff are lovely. Very welcoming and helpful. Good choice of authentic Chinese dishes on the menu. Highly recommend the home made curry. Very tasty. Will be going back again this evening to try something else from the menu.
  9. MG

    MatthewG

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Probably the best Chinese food I’ve had in the UK. Nice atmosphere and great service.
  10. s

    stevek

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic venue for dinner. I've used this place several times now and it never fails to impress. Staff are friendly and attentive. Service is efficient. Food is outstanding!
  11. LH

    LucyH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Knockout food, warm welcome, attentive service. No hesitation to recommend. But note, music very loud and more for dancing than a leisurely meal. Can the music be changed please?
  12. LS

    LaurenS

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and staff where amazing! It was my boyfriends birthday and off there own back they brought him out a slice a cake and a candle and sang happy birthday! Top service and amazing food, will definitely be going back
  13. SM

    SimonaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great restaurant. A bit pricey but the food was delicious and the service was excellent. It was well worth it
  14. L

    Leila

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    outrageous when I first walked in ur staff at the till was so rude not even a hello? the food was disgusting £14 for broccoli? and another £14 for what vegetables? You need to make it more clear what’s on ur menu and stir fry is meant to have noodles? i was served disgusting vegetables. And £5 service charge FOR WHAT? walking me to my table I could do that myself overall a scam I need a refund.
  15. AR

    AdamR

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great food, good wine list, nice vibes, slightly too noisy but nothing to complain about.
  16. EA

    EnoA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    absolutely PERFECT! The food , the service, the atmosphere was all amazing !! So worth the money !!
  17. CG

    CharlotteG

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Delicious food and great atmosphere. Highly recommend
  18. SC

    SianC

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible decor, food was delish. Good vegetarian menu! Great staff. Quick attentive service.
  19. AT

    AnnaT

    Hampshire

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Really good, except the waiter was rood, didn’t speak or interact with us. When we got the bill it was £108, which we thought was good, ask for it to be split 2 ways, when I got home and checked, he had charged us & £61 each, his maths were not that good.
  20. AP

    AntoniosP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    I paid £12 for S/C which I think is service charge and as far as I know it is optional but it was included o my bill and I was not given the option whether I wanted to pay or not.
  21. AB

    AdamB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Decor, food, service, and cocktails were all excellent. Will 100% be back.
  22. JC

    JanielC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Produces limesclae like crazy even thought it’s supposed to reduce the amount. Tried to cope with it but it’s just too much. Way too much. Happy I still had my old kettle to use!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hampshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and fantastic food. Not our first visit and definitely won’t be the last!!
  24. LC

    LloydC

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience, friendly staff , very quick service . Thank you
  25. RC

    RichardC

    London

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service very attentive, with happy staff and a great ambience. Food was very good and portion sizes very generous. A truly special Chinese with plush and cosy decor and an excellent range of food. Full marks.
  26. A

    Anonymous

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall1food3service2ambience3
    Lovely look, say down no service for over 15 minutes even for drink. Had to get up and ask for a gluten free menu and ask some to come and take our drinks order. While the food was delicious the bill was a surprise as they hadn’t listened to the fact I only wanted 3 of the set menu 1 x gluten free dishes ordered separately and 2 other additional dishes we had 3 adults and 2 children dining. Honestly to be charged an additional £55 was appalling and £40 service change when they spilled a drink down my arm and put beef in my handbag when clearing the table. I am not tight but paying that price it should be faultless.
  27. PK

    PatriciaK

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was outstanding. As was service and atmosphere. A meal to remember. Loved the link back over 200 years which somehow made it special.
  28. SM

    SamanthaM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    Beautiful restaurant, we he food was delicious however the size of the rice portion was rather small for the price. We had a lovely meal with good service however what let the experience down was being sat next to a large group who where very loud and swearing so this ruined our intimate meal for two.
  29. EM

    EmilyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The ambience was amazing, much better than a lot of restaurants I have been to. We went on a Saturday night so it was very noisy in there but everyone seemed to be having a good time. I had a Shanghai Twinkle which was delicious, the food was also pretty good! My only regret was not getting dessert!
  30. D

    Daniel

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice place, great food and service. Cocktails very testy but just a bit expensive.
  31. D

    Doll

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Lovely venue and delicious food, especially the Mongolian beef. The service was great, very flexible and attentive. However the 12% service charge was a bit too much and would have preferred more authentic music to suit the venue.
  32. CS

    ChrisS

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Outstanding from every aspect , menu , service quality of food and atmosphere
  33. PS

    PeterS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, food was incredible. They made us very welcome and made my wifes birthday incredibly special.
  34. AH

    AnnaH

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience5
    Unfortunately we have been rushed to leave the table as soon as we finished our food and they brought last drink.They didn't even give us a chance to finish the drinks saying there is somebody else booked on this table and that we have to go, even thought there was numerous tables around us available. Shame for such a poor service at the end.
  35. SM

    SarahM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Lovely evening. Would go again for a special occasion
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Beautiful setting excellent quick service when we said we were off to the Mayflower for a show Already booked another trip on the 9th December
  37. K

    Karen

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant, food good not cheap, bill was so difficult to read so didn't realise it was wrong til got home so too late to do anything about it. All in all a good experience.
  38. LH

    LindseyH

    Hampshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely meal as always . Beautiful surroundings . Very attentive and polite staff.
  39. KB

    KateB

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    Waited over 40 mins for drinks, the food actually came out just before the drinks, non welcoming and over priced then added a £30+ service charge for appalling service
  40. TS

    TerenceS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Beautiful decor, cosy and welcoming. Food was excellent as always. Service a little slow but OK.

FAQs

Shanghai 1814 is rated 4.5 stars by 73 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 39 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Shanghai 1814

Shanghai 1814, 165 High Street, Southampton, Southampton SO14 2DH

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Southampton

  • Hours of operation

    Sun 12:00 pm–9:30 pm Lunch Mon–Sat 12:00 pm–2:30 am Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Chinese (Shanghai)

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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