Shanghai Jazz

4.5
338 Reviews
$31 to $50
Chinese

About

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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4.5based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.5
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
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Anthony
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and atmosphere. The music was equally as good as the food, definitely will be back

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MiMi
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really enjoyed the good food and good music. The people work there including the owner are very friendly and nice. They are very accommodating. I would definitely recommend this place to all of my friends.

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AnneC
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a most lovely evening at Shanghai Jazz in Madison! The music was outstanding and the food really delicious, something so unusual for a jazz club, as most in the city charge a lot for less than stellar food.
This was our second time and we will definitely be back! 🤩🤩👍👍

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Polina
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place! The restaurant isn't large so you get a very intimate space with great music and food, Definitely recommend.

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vipSusanG
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience, music was spectacular and new owner Tom was very accommodating outgoing and friendly!

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ScottS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall5food3service4ambience5

An opportunity to see world class musicians for very little (no cover, $25 minimum during the week; $40 on the weekend), which, since you're getting dinner means the music is free.

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vipAliL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience1

I wouldn't go back. The music was not good and the service was poor.

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vipJoeM
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my 3rd visit to Shanghai Jazz. The first two visits were with larger groups, but this was just me and a colleague. We scheduled our visit to coincide with a performance. The food was amazing, the white wine was chilled to perfection and our servers were all attentive, hospitable and fun-loving. The owner/manager also stopped by a few times to check on us. This has got to be one of my new favorite places.

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vipGovvie
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Eric Comstock was excellent. There should be some sort of sound barrier at the rear of the performance room. The folks there were much too noisy.

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Carol
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We were there to hear the jazz band....the upper room was very loud but overall it was a wonderful experience and would come back!!

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Travelkids
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great music to accompany a really good meal. We were a little disappointed when we asked for some Chinese noodles and they had none.
There is a $25 minimum/person in lieu of a music charge (during weekdays-higher on the weekend) but there is no problem meeting that requirement once you see the menu.

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SteveG
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for the delicious food and the jazz entertainment. We were not disappointed. Tom runs a classy establishment, blending fine dining with a fun atmosphere. We will certainly return and recommend Shanghai Jazz.

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vipBear1
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall2food5service5ambience2

Food and service were wonderful as always

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vipDavidS
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome music, service and food as always!

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vipRoxy
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Not what it used to be. New owner. It’s lost it’s unique character. A jazz club that doesn’t deliver jazz. A lame excuse by the owner that the featured act mixed up the date and he was trying to find a replacement at the time the show was Supposed to start. Really?? How about confirming your gigs in advance. How about calling patrons to tell them there would be no show due to a mix up. Very disappointed. To add insult to injury they were out of their delicious crispy noodles. Again, really?? On a Saturday night. Get it together people. No longer a fan.

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JessicaF
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always enjoy this spot. Had the pleasure to hear something different with a Latin quarter and the singers voice was like dark chocolate and silk! Food is always good as well although the three chili chicken wasn’t quite spicy enough or even as spicy as the name suggests. Had the spicy wings for appetizer and the sauce was delicious. The firecracker beef is always my favorite. Dessert was warm brownie with vanilla ice cream and for a $9 dessert i was hoping for something a little bigger or more indulgent. I will go back of course because where else can you enjoy live jazz and delicious Chinese food?!

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ELIZABETHD
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food and restaurant. The music was perfect!

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Lisa
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Excellent performance. Drinks are uniquely crafted and delicious. Definitely will return!

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NOTKFC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fabulous jazz spot, very lucky to have it in North Jersey! Food is good but not worthy of 5 stars.

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vipAlwaysOnTheProwl
Philadelphia
48 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haven't been in a while, but happy I visited the other day. I've always had terrific meals here and the service and entertainment has been top notch. I just hadn't gone out in a while.

Had a two-person business dinner. My colleague hadn't heard of SJ and was really impressed with the experience. Food presentation was superb and, of course, the food itself was too. Performers were very nice - just the perfect pitch and volume.

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vipPerfect
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great musical venue, food OK, on the expensive side.

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DorisS
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food3service4ambience5

We have been to Shanghai Jazz 3 times in the past month and half. Each time the food was not so good. The dumplings were overcooked, the pad thai was bland and tasteless, the ribs dry with no sauce. The jicama salad had no real dressing on it. This is disappointing because we adore King Solomon HIcks and all the other artists you have had. You have a gem there as a jazz club but the food has gone down hill.

Shanghai Jazz
Responded on May 17, 2019

Doris, I am sorry to hear of your unfortunate experiences recently. We are beginning a fairly dramatic revamping of the menu this coming week. This will take some time, however, to fully execute given a significant language barrier between my cooks and I. I do hope you will come back and give us another opportunity to impress you in a few weeks once we have finished fine tuning our new menu.

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richards
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

ask for a bar table several days in advance and was told they didnt know if that was possible????
why not??

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MarkS
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great experience. If there are any shortcomings, the care and service by the Staff, along with the entertainment, more than overcompensates.

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vipDavidS
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good every time. Service, music, food ... a favorite regular stop!

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WillieB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Liked the music and service. We would have like to see more variety in food, i.e. fruit for dessert, fewer fried entrees, more grilled meats

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience5

Food used to be fine. Now disappointing.

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JimP
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time! Excellent entertainment, very gracious hosts!

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CynthiaK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

NYC-quality music minus the painful trip there and back! A great evening.

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Roseanna
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I are foody’s and jazz lovers. Top chef and business man, Tom Donohoe has taken over this hub of good jazz music and excellent food establishment in Madison, NJ. He’s growing what David and Martha Niu created continuing good music and now expanding the size of this special haven for music and creative food lovers. If you love both-you’ve got to check out Shanghai Jazz. The food and service, music and ambience are too notch! Brava Mr. Donohoe!

Roseanna Vitro

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IgorL
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Have been 5 or 6 times, and always had a great time. Will be coming back.

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Candyman
Singapore
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Jazz was amazing with John Lee. Food and drinks well done as always.

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JaneH
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shanghai Jazz is a great place to go when you are looking for a great vibe and great food. Excellent!

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vipDianeP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Although we know its a jazz club, the noise level was off the charts! Forget about trying to converse with your table mate. It’s impossible. Our food which took a long time was cold when served to us. The waitress said our entrees will be on the house. But my husband asked for his to be heated up. What they brought back was a spicier version of what he originally ordered. He couldn’t eat it. Unfortunately our date night turned out to be a fiasco.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Fish not fresh
Soup too cold
Noodles too salty

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ColleenW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great place to see jazz. Food was good. Good date spot!

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nicesurprise
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great renovation and new vibe!
Musicians were outstanding

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JimB
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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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MORRISTOWNERS
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

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Shanghai Jazz is rated 4.5 stars by 338 OpenTable diners.