Shanghai Jazz

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300 reviews
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New Orleans may be the birthplace of jazz, it has found a home at Shanghai Jazz in Madison, NJ.
Long recognized among the top 100 jazz clubs in the world, Madison New Jersey’s Shanghai Jazz feeds the soul with timeless, world class, live music and the body with classic Asian cuisine 6 nights a week!
Now celebrating its 22nd anniversary year, Shanghai Jazz continues to host the very finest musicians form throughout the northeast – and beyond – to entertain true music lovers in an intimate setting just 25 miles from Manhattan.
A world-wide legend, Shanghai Jazz is a local treasure not to be missed.
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JB
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food, warm hospitality - great venue supporting live music in a quiet corner of town. World-class artistic talent in next-door joint. Great all the way around!

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MO
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a great time. Band was awesome! We loved the drummer Purdie.

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TD
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great new basement room. Staff top notch. Thanks again for a great night!

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DS
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great time with great music, food and especially the service!

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p
Philadelphia
44 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place. Live jazz with Asian cuisine. Service was great. Good drink and wine list. Make reservations. You will need them.
Definitely coming back. Great w friends or a birthday. Right on main st in Madison. Check it out.

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VW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for the first time for my birthday. It will always be most memorable! Jazz band was excellent along with the food & service!

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JB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great time, enjoyed it all. Blue Soul was outstanding.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 2service 2ambience 4

Go for the music not the food

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d
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Shangai Jazz. The wait staff were knowledgeable, helpful, efficient, and effective. The jazz music was spectacular. The Matt Kane Trio was excellent. I had the filet mignon for my meal. It was "okay" but I wouldn't order it again. The seafood meals that my friends ate were much better! The ambiance was lovely. I highly recommend the dessert sampler. It was delicious! Paired with the Ferrari Carano Fume Blanc, we were all very happy!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, outstanding service, best of all, world renowned musicians. Never been disappointed there.

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JG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place for a group of friends/family. Sometimes the crowd noise is too much when you want to listen but overall very enjoyable. The music makes the evening special.

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BS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great, service was excellent and the band was terrific!!!

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A
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love shanghai Jazz and not just for the awesome music.. the Beijing Duck is to die for and the fish items on the menu are equally delicious
I (almost) never miss attending a Champian Fulton Musical engagement

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

excellent food and jazz. no bad seats or tables, intimate room, parking in rear

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c
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had not been back to Shanghi Jazz for a while and were delighted that the changes made it better. Food was reasonably priced and excellent. Service was fine on a busy night. Wonderful Jazz Group .

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CN
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great value and great music and easy to get to. Avoids the hassle of NYC.

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J
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 2service 3ambience 3

Jazz and entertainment was great. Food was less than desirable.

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B
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

The tables were toooo close together and they were tooo small. Packed in like sardines. The Hot and Sour Soup was about average (C-); we have had much better elsewhere. The fried calamari was bland. We chose to leave after that and did not order an entree.

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n
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is Chinese, service is accommodating to allergies, and the Jazz was great. I was 1 chair or less away from the musicians and the volume was fine. I mention since I see this as a complaint in other reviews. I thoroughly enjoyed the performance and we just chose a random night to go. Criticisms: I did feel the audience should have respected the performers by being quieter during the set, but eating and ordering were going on during the performance too. While this is common at Jazz clubs, people are quiet during eat-in cinemas and I would like to see this respect given to live entertainers. I would like to see more vegetarian options on the menu but what I had was terrific (3 chili tofu). I would probably go with higher than the medium spicy I tried this time, but YMMV. About $150 with drinks and tip for this level of performance and food seemed a good value for a Saturday night.

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D
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is the best. Amazing food, service, and the management is great. The owner is very attentive and super personable. Oh yeah and the best tunes around. Nowhere in jersey has a better jazz venue.

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R
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The extremely high quality of the food and drinks matched the ambiance. I had a nice time appreciating the live jazz music. My favorite was the saxophone. Wonderful artists and wonderful staff! Well done!

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KE
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time . We love jazz and Chinese food . We will definitely be back soon .

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VW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite nights out in ages. The food was outstanding, the music was fantastic and it was just a really great night.

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KW
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great music, great food, great service. Highly recommend.

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D
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

The pros:
1.) Live music is great! The Jerry Vivino Quartet was straight up on fire
2.) They book real musicians. Not people just covering popular jazz charts. People who know how to and clearly enjoy performing
3.) You are up close to musical performances
4.) You could tell that a lot of effort was put into preparing and plating the food, but it was kind of average. I’m by no means a sophisticated food critic.
5.) Owner is front and center catering to the needs of his guests.

The cons:
1.) The main dining area is packed in very tight which makes it difficult to enjoy an intimate conversation
2.) Menu is a little on the higher end although I presume that is to pay the band since there is no cover charge except on special nights
3.) Service was average. It seemed three or four people were covering a lot of tables and it took a while for them to take orders.
4.) At times the music was a little overpowering since the acoustics are not that great and you are right on top of the band. I’m not sure if this is able to be addressed because it is a small venue.

Overall:
I would recommend Shanghai Jazz if you are looking for a great way to enjoy a night out.

If you are searching for a spot for an intimate date night with live music in the background I would pass.

The main room was very loud because everyone is packed in close together, the room’s acoustics are not great, and it is more on the pricier side. However, I assume since their is no cover charge on most nights, part of the cost covers the live music.

If the owner can afford it, I would recommend maybe pulling a couple of tables out of the main dining room so it does not feel so packed. Also maybe invest in dampeners to help the acoustics of the venue.

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G
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a great night. Lots of positive new changes. The music is always great.

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FD
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

I will recommend Shanghai Jazz to a friend. And, as I have done in the past, I will return.
My question to YOU is...why did I have to give YOU my AMEX information????
Fran Drew

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OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great night overall! Food took a while to come out- only complaint. Music and food were great.

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C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This is fine restaurant that happens to have high-quality jazz 6 nights a week... Those groups who come for work-related parties should at least CONSIDER that there ARE patrons who are there for the music and these groups should therefore keep their celebratory conversations to a level that won't interfere with the MAJORITY of people who are there for the music. OR...... request having the party DOWNSTAIRS where you can raise all the hell you want..... Respectfully, it is terribly unfair to other patrons to sit in the large room yelling across tables and equally unfair to the talented musicians whose LIVES are based on LISTENING...... Musicians have a difficult time focusing on listening to each other playing (which is the essence of music) and separating your extremely disrupting loud conversations and the product they are desperately trying to deliver amongst that noise.

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S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place. It’s a very cozy jazz club, great ambiance, delicious Chinese food, amongst the best I truly have ever had. Top notch jazz music too. We always go back again

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o
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

If you like Jazz music and good food then this is your destination.

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KK
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Amazing quartet on stage. Really a great evening of entertainment and food.

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SM
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Took my boyfriend for his birthday and had a nice time. Food was ok but appetizers better. Drinks great. Music exceptional, however, we were right on top of them so a bit loud for us. Would not recommend sitting so close if you want conversation. A great place to go for drinks and music.

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b
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is so unique and always consistent and amazing. The food is outstanding. And the entertainment top notch. My wife and I had the best time and each time we go we always wonder why we don’t come back sooner. It’s such a great evening of food, drink and music. Do yourself a favor and go!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Wonderful musician and even better food!

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RN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had a spectacular time from start to finish. The music? Top notch. Great sound, terrific all around. We already knew we loved the bar at Shangai Jazz--they make terrific cocktails and the bartenders are fantastic. But this was our first time coming for dinner and we loved it. We shared the dim sum platter--very tasty. Then some sesame noodles. Wow. They were great. For dinner we each ordered off the seasonal specials menu. My husband really enjoyed the short ribs, and I loved the red thai curry. Very good, lots of good-quality shrimp and chicken. Incredibly tasty sauce. And dessert was also delicious--we tried the almond cake and the brownie. Both were outstanding.
We're both NYC transplants and can't believe our luck that such an incredible venue with such great food and service is within walking distance to our home. We'll be back again soon.

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M
New York Area
89 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, service & entertainment. Fun experience.

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J
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

The music was amazing. The place nice. Service fabulous. The fish was overcooked but the sauce really good.

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DL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food and amazing bands!. Definitely looking forward to coming back!

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OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Overpriced food with mediocre ambiance.

We were seated in downstair which as they said and I quoted “newly renovated space which is very nice”, it was like sitting in somebody’s basement that has a horrible interior designer. With the name “shanghai jazz” it is too be expected to be like 1920s shanghai style, this place is more like average american restaurant with jazz band and asian fusion menu. That was pretty disappointing considering the price they charged. The food was an overpriced Chinese food, nothing special. ( and i do know chinese food since I’m asian and lived in shanghai for over a year)

On the other hand the service was impeccable , warm and friendly and the drinks were decent.

My suggestion is it is perfect place to sit at upstair bar and grab a drink or 2 while listening to jazz and probably getting some dumplings.

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