This is are go-to place for special occasions or a great treat. The food is exceptional, the staff professional and the room is beautiful. They even remember I’ll left handed and put my chopsticks on the left side.
Food was excellent! Noise level was horrible. Majority of guests were talking extremely loud
Terrific restaurant - we loved it and will definitely go back!
Love the Peking duck!
Excellent food and customer service.
Shanghai Terrace is consistently excellent as it was at my most recent dinner here. The food is outstanding, surely the best Chinese food in Chicago, and the service and ambiance are likewise consistently excellent. It is more expensive than most Chinese restaurants, but not unreasonable, and the quality is absolutely worth the cost
Shanghai Terrace was recommended to me by a co-worker several years ago, but I hadn't had the chance to make it up to Chicago (from Indy) until now! We had a special occasion that was celebrated at Shanghai Terrace, and the staff was made aware of it beforehand. They were very attentive to our individual needs and we had a great experience! I would whole-heartedly recommend it to everyone, especially for special occasions! The menu is a bit pricey but the food was excellent. We are very happy with our experience and would love to go back the next time we're in Chicago.
Shanghai Terrace is my favorite restaurant! Every time I’ve been there I’ve had an excellent experience! I especially enjoy dining in the summer at their stunning outside area. The flavors are bright! Every bite explodes with unique flavors! It is a quiet, elegant place.
This is probably the best Chinese restaurant in Chicago, great service.
Food was fantastic. Dim sum best we have every had. Love Shanghai style. Noise issue was a small child and not the fault of the staff.
Shanghai Terrace is one of my favorite restaurants in Chicago and beyond. Whenever in Chicago, I try to eat at Shanghai Terrace. They are so accommodating. Everything I have eaten is fantastic. It is so unique. Very special place and experience.
This was our third time, I must say that the food was divine. The noise in the smaller room was almost unbearable and our table was hard to get into and out of. The staff is very attentive and lovely. The people watching is great but the star of this show is the Peking Duck and chef's Dim Sum. If you plan on having a few drinks with your dinner and you come hungry, be prepared for an expensive meal but for a special occasion, it is worth it. Dress up was the call for Saturday night but I did see a few in very casual clothes so I guess anything goes.
This was a very fine dining experience. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves a authentic Chinese dining establishment. One of the best Chinese restaurants in Chicago
As usual- Perfect. Our slightly delayed Chinese New Year dinner was fantastic. Always order the Peking duck:)
Great service, food is amazing, great options for vegans!
Best dim sum in the city!!
Very pretty restaurant with excellent service. Basically overpriced Chinese takeout.
Polite and willing staff but very pedestrian and Americanized Chinese food.
Seems like the perfect place for a first high school date.
Great food, nice drinks, lovely service.
My favorite restaurant in Chicago never fails to impress. Excellent food, service and atmosphere.
My husband and I ate dinner there on Valentine’s Day. The menu was creative, beautifully plated, and delicious. The service was excellent.
If you enjoy Chinese food with exceptional ingredients and don't mind paying a higher price than the typical Chinese place I would highly recommend Shanghai Terrace.
The food was exceptional. Service not as good as usual. Server could have been more attentive.
Super disappointed! Overpriced. We thought it supposed to be the best Chinese restaurant in Chicago, but we totally wrong. Service was good. Food...... please go to Chinatown, much much better than here.
The first time we went, we thought it quite overprices for less than stellar Chinese food. But we tried it again given Restaurant week. I have been to China many times, and often dine in Chicago's Chinese restaurants, there are many that are much better at about 1/3 the cost. Yes, the ambiance is elegant, but a few blocks away, Lao Sze Chuan has far better food, more generous portions, at a much better price. Instead of $50 entrees, If you can find a Groupon or Gilt City deal, at LSC you can get a 7 course Peking duck 7 course dinner for 2 for 70 bucks.
So take your choice, elegant plate with so food at elevated prices or elegant food. Hint, note how many Chinese folks are at the Tony Hu places. Did see many at Shanghai Terrace
Beautiful restaurant. Creative cuisine. Outstanding chef. Excellent service. Lovely ambience.
High end Chinese food with amazing service. Food is delicate and desert is impressive.
Loved the dimsum in summer, the regular dinner menu is not that special.
I was really looking forward to trying this restaurant, and it did not disappoint. I had the chefs tasting menu, which was not advertised, but I saw it as I was waiting for my table to be prepared. Everything was outstanding and it could have been easily shared, as there were six courses. The service was wonderful, attentive yet unobtrusive. The atmosphere was refined and chic. I will definitely go again when I visit the city in the future.
Amazing food and drinks, ice skating rink was closed though.
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.
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.
Great food . The Peiking Duck is the best in Chicago.
Shanghai Terrace is the best Chinese restaurant in Chicago. This is our favorite weekend lunch place and we don't go anywhere else! It is a pity that they don't operate lunch (Dim Sum) service any more until April..... Can't wait till they re-open!
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.
Service is excellent. Staff are genuinely warm. Food is excellent.
Really salty !!! Only pecking duck was ok
Prawn, pork belly and fried rice was so salty we could not eat !! We had better expectations
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.
Excellent food and service! Will be back soon.
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.