Shanghai Jazz

4.6
319 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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AO
Philadelphia
43 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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P
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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

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DS
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

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 2 days ago

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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r
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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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MS
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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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DS
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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WB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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

Food used to be fine. Now disappointing.

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JP
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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CK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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

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R
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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IL
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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C
Singapore
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

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JH
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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DP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

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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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Date night

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CW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Fish not fresh
Soup too cold
Noodles too salty

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n
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great renovation and new vibe!
Musicians were outstanding

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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
16 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
9 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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