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For 2
Tue, 1/23
11:00 PM
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Shanghai Terrace

988 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Recently ranked the number one "Chinese Restaurant in Chicago" by Zagat, the exquisite Asian decor enhances the intimate atmosphere of this venue, which is unique to the city of Chicago. Seating capacity fits 75 guests with additional seating on the Terrace during temperate weather. Also features an intimate Private Dining Room for up to 30 guests. The Shanghai Terrace offers Eastern skyline views over Chicago, serving Chinese cuisine with an emphasis on Cantonese and Shanghainese specialties.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Chinese, Asian, Dim Sum
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Hours of operation
Regular Hours of Operation:
Dinner: 5:00 pm to 10:30 pm (Mon - Sun)
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Phone number
(312) 573-6744
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Elmo Han
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Cross street
Michigan Avenue
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Parking details
$25.00 flat rate for dining guests with validation from restaurant
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Public transit
Red Line - Chicago; Michigan Avenue and Chicago Avenue CTA Bus Routes
BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 988 People Are Saying
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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
Dined on January 14, 2018

Amazing food and drinks, ice skating rink was closed though.

OpenTable Diner 
Dined on January 13, 2018

If you’re craving for exquisite Chinese cuisine in the heart of downtown Chicago, I highly recommend Shanghai Terrace located at the Peninsula Hotel. The service is excellent. The wait staffs including the maître des were very attentive to our needs. The cocktail drinks were marvelous . I had the Ning Sling x2. It’s heavy on Absolut Mandarin but you’d hardly taste it due to the sweetness rendered by lychees and passion fruit. My husband had Sour Cherry Old Fashioned x2, too. Like my cocktail, they didn’t skimp on Woodford Reserve. It’s stiffer than Ning Sling actually. We had steamed pork dumplings Shanghai style. These are dumplings with soup encapsulated in the soft thin buns. I ordered Dong Po Pork Belly which is actually bacon arranged like a prism and braised in miso, Palm sugar and anise. The pork belly is so tender you could cut it with fork. It’s sweet and salty and fragrant as well. Chip ordered the Wok Fried Shredded Beef. The beef is stir fried in oyster sauce with scallions. It’s tasty and flavorful but the taste is something we’re already familiar with. It’s a safe choice to say the least. My son ordered the Three Treasures fried rice which included wagyu beef (yes, THE wagyu beef), chicken, duck, dried scallops and egg. It’s probably one of the best fried rice we ever tasted. I think the umami flavor came from the briny taste of the dried scallops. We all shared a dessert of strawberries and lavender pavlova. It’s a delicate, delightful and refreshing combination of fresh strawberries on top of a meringue sitting on a moat of lavender cream with a scoop of strawberry lavender ice cream. The flavor was clean, light and teases your taste buds for more. We ended our meal with the most fragrant jasmine tea I’ve ever had in decades. Our wait staff even gave us extra almond cookies with half almond nut on top brushed with edible gold and little dice like chocolates with runny fudge inside.

vipRosalie (Chicago)
Dined on December 31, 2017

A wonderful New Year's Eve experience in all respects. While pricey, we were happy there was no fixed price menu at New Year's Eve markups. Maybe the only upscale restaurant in the neighborhood where you could order from the regular menu.

Tom1 (Savannah)
Dined on December 31, 2017

Great food . The Peiking Duck is the best in Chicago.

vipBobH (Chicago)
Dined on December 24, 2017

Elegant Chinese restaurant inside the Peninsula Hotel. We enjoyed a Christmas eve lunch / dinner . Small skating rink on the terrace provided people watching opportunities. Food was delicate and flavorful - pork buns and dumplings for appetizers and a variety of Cantonese and Shanghainese entrees to pick from. The hotel was dressed up for the Holidays, so the entire experience was festive and seasonal.

OpenTable Diner 
Dined on December 24, 2017

Service is excellent. Staff are genuinely warm. Food is excellent.

vipOpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
Dined on December 23, 2017

Really salty !!! Only pecking duck was ok
Prawn, pork belly and fried rice was so salty we could not eat !! We had better expectations

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
Dined on December 20, 2017

The service by the Chinese staff was impeccable! For us, it was certainly one of the best in the Chicago.
The cooking was a disappointment. The appetizers were passable, the desserts were good but the main courses, the Kung Pao chicken and the shredded beef were bland. None of us could finish our meal. Any hole-in-the wall Chinese restaurant in China Town or elsewhere would have served better dishes (and needless to note, at much cheaper price.)
We live in the neighborhood but will never return to this restaurant or recommend it to others.

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
Dined on December 18, 2017

Excellent food and service! Will be back soon.

OpenTable Diner 
Dined on December 17, 2017

I think it was one of the best dinners I've ever had. The Peking duck was amazing as was the braised eggplant. The dim sum appetizer was memorably good as were the specialty cocktails. The service was outstanding. It's pricey but for a special occasion it's well worth it.