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Shanghai 30's

4.3
4.3
297 Reviews
£25 and under
Chinese
The name Shanghai means “on the sea” and the city lies on the east coast of China, just south of the Yangtze river. In the 30's, Shanghai was called the “ Paris of the Orient”. It was a place of shows, restaurants, clubs and gambling to keep you from getting lonely. People from all over the world were throwing themselves into the Shanghai parties. It was these new immigrants who fuelled the fantastically opulent and innovative dinning culture in the town – a huge and varied range of different cuisines were being introduced to the city, while native food was being subsequently transformed into a taste and a style of west meets east in order to compete. Shanghai, was one of the melting pots of the gourmet world during the 30's. Situated in this 15th century building, Shanghai 30's cuisine is based on the both classic and contemporary dishes of Shanghai and the surrounding areas - Shaoxing and Yangchow, but also includes some of the most popular dishes from Sichuan.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Chinese, Dim Sum
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Tue–Fri 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Daily 6:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    01865 242230
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    George Lee
  • Catering
    Shanghai 30's outside catering. Ranging from wedding buffets to intimate dinners in your own home. Our outside catering service is suitable for clubs, events, family celebrations and casual/formal dining. We offer food supply only or provide a fully staffed service. <br> For Shanghai 30's to offer outside catering to you is sometimes easier and cost effective than going out for lunch - so we come and set up the buffet for you! We cover a wide range of different events, such as: <br> • Business lunches <br> • Birthdays/for both adults and children <br> • Funerals <br> • Christenings<br>
  • Private party facilities
    Over 50 years The Elizabeth built a reputation for serving quite simply the best food in Oxford and its name is still synonymous with quality. Shanghai 30's are very much continuing that tradition and an elegant and refined atmosphere is exuded throughout this graceful Chinese restaurant. There are two dining rooms; the larger one is classy and stylish and more than capable of hosting the most ostentatious banquet whilst the other is a cosy panelled room offering a snug and inviting ambiance.
  • Private party contact
    George: 01865 242230
  • Neighborhood
    Oxford
  • Parking details
    Single yellow lines outside the restaurant or the multistory car park 10 minute walk from the restaurant.<br> Spend over £200 pounds and get free parking.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Takeout, Weekend Brunch

What 297 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.3
4.3 based on all time ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.3Value

NoiseModerate

297 Reviews
  1. PublishFood

    London

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    I've been here a few times. Food is always good. It isn't super-cheap, but it's certainly not extortionate either and portions are generous. Good for a nice meal out, and a bit different from Oxford's usual eateries. It's an interesting building too, which makes for an interesting ambiance. However, this particular meal was slightly hampered in that respect by a large (very noisy) table next to us on their Christmas do. I'm sure it was a one-off, but the restaurant might want to think about how to accommodate parties like that in future, without detracting from other people's experience. I'd still go back though.

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  2. Jp37

    Oxford

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2016

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    I was very disappointed with the quality of food. Expensive and rather small portion. I ordered the steam bass and was surprised to see how small the portion was when you had £9.00. I won't recommend this restaurant .

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2016

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I used to dine here a lot last year, but for my latest visit, the food was very salty especially the egg fried rice. However, when I informed the waiter, he kindly offer to make a new one.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We took some very old friends out for the evening and not one person had anything to complain about, excellent service and food in a lovely ambience

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  5. BennyPP

    Oxford

    31 reviews

    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The best Chinese food in Oxford. The old style 1920s is brilliant.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It is worth a visit just to admire the dining room. The food and service was excellent. We enjoyed the set menu for three. If I had to critise, then perhaps the dishes contained too much red & green peppers. Also the chilli chicken was a bit overpowering, which I enjoyed, but my dining companions didn't. I would certainly return next time I'm in Oxford.

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  7. leafsasa

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It's worth for the price. And the service is perfect. It was my birthday and the restaurant is so nice and sweet that gave me a box of chocolate.

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  8. SimonM

    Oxford

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding - as always. Simply superb food.

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  9. AlanJ

    Oxford

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food excellent and the service was very good Recommend trying

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  10. JaneS

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best Chinese food my husband and I have ever eaten. Very generous portions so we slightly over ordered against advice of very helpful waitress

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Shanghai 30's offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01865 242230.

Shanghai 30's is rated 4.3 stars by 297 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Shanghai 30's

82 St Aldates, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 1RA

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Oxford
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Tue–Fri 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Daily 6:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Chinese, Dim Sum
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Single yellow lines outside the restaurant or the multistory car park 10 minute walk from the restaurant.<br> Spend over £200 pounds and get free parking.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    George Lee
  • Additional
    Banquet, Takeout, Weekend Brunch
  • Phone number
    01865 242230
  • Catering
    Shanghai 30's outside catering. Ranging from wedding buffets to intimate dinners in your own home. Our outside catering service is suitable for clubs, events, family celebrations and casual/formal dining. We offer food supply only or provide a fully staffed service. <br> For Shanghai 30's to offer outside catering to you is sometimes easier and cost effective than going out for lunch - so we come and set up the buffet for you! We cover a wide range of different events, such as: <br> • Business lunches <br> • Birthdays/for both adults and children <br> • Funerals <br> • Christenings<br>
  • Private party facilities
    Over 50 years The Elizabeth built a reputation for serving quite simply the best food in Oxford and its name is still synonymous with quality. Shanghai 30's are very much continuing that tradition and an elegant and refined atmosphere is exuded throughout this graceful Chinese restaurant. There are two dining rooms; the larger one is classy and stylish and more than capable of hosting the most ostentatious banquet whilst the other is a cosy panelled room offering a snug and inviting ambiance.
  • Private party contact
    George: 01865 242230
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