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About Shanghai Terrace
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.
Chicago, IL 60611
Chinese, Asian, Dim Sum
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: 11:30 am – 2:00 pm
Cocktails and Terrace Bites: 11:30 am – 10:30 pm
Dinner: 5:00 pm – 10:30 pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
$25.00 flat rate for dining guests with validation from restaurant
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
Shanghai Terrace Ratings and Reviews
Great service and nice ambiance. Asian decor is very nice. Food is very good. Had the Peking duck salad, spicy prawns and sautéed prawns. All excellent. Roasted duck and medley fried rice were very good. Portions are hearty and reasonable. Cocktails also good. Generous with the alcohol. Dessert menu was not as appealing but everything else was delicious. A bit pricey but good.
Overall a wonderful experience for our anniversary celebration. The Dim Sum was amazing, and the main courses were generous portions. My Mapo Tofu was the real deal, just like what you would get in Cheng Du! The real highlight though was the staff, from the host to the servers, who were so gracious and responsive. They provided a flower arrangement for our anniversary dinner and a complimentary dessert as well. The only negative was I expected a little more quiet, intimate ambiance and it was quite noisy and energetic instead, so my wife and I had a little difficulty hearing each other speak at times. But that really did not detract from our overall experience which was great. We will definitely be back!
The Ultimate Birthday present, lunch in this atmospheric restaurant was a memorable and delicious experience. Their delectable wonton soup made everything that I previously thought was wonton soup seem woefully inadequate. The dim sum prix fixe meal was not only a carefully chosen selection of flavors, it included generous portions. The spicy duck fried rice was especially well prepared. The dessert of fresh fruit and passion fruit sorbet was refreshing and the perfect finale.
The Peninsula is a premier hotel and this world class restaurant is indicative of its quality.
We make an annual visit to Shanghai Terrace while in town for a medical conference. In the past, it was more exotic, though with genuine Shangainese cuisine. I suspect the menu is more approachable as a new strategy, which is fine. The Peking Duck was as good as I'd remembered, and the service was excellent. We got the steamed halibut, which was delicious and surprisingly buttery. My only disappointment was the appetizers. We got the Chef's Dim Sum plate, which was an assortment of dumplings, none of which was better than what one can get in your standard divy Chinese restaurant in a big city. Most had special twists with fancy bits, like roe on the shumai, but the seasoning of each of them was a little weak.
What made this uniquely Shanghai Terrace was definitely the dessert. It's rare enough to find a pavlova on the menu at any restaurant, but the lavender cream and strawberries were exquisitely done, delicate, and really top notch. I'd have returned for the consistently good entrees and service, but that dessert made this the special occasion I hoped for.
On a weekday's evening, found plenty of available time range on open table, so expected quiet dining as I had last time. But most seats were taken and very noisy. Other than that, this is one of my favorite place to have fine dining with great vegetarian menu.
My mum and I always try to return to Shanghai Terrace for dinner when we come to Chicago each time. Not having been in a year, we had dinner last evening. Having appraised Chef Mao that we were back and wanted traditional style (ie authentic), he pleased with char siew and fried kai lan. These were beautiful and well balanced. We also had the shrimp har cao and shrimp siew mai - both the fillings were nice but the skin could be made more paper thin.
Unfortunately, Max worked lunch that day and wasn't there that evening and he was missed. Christina came over to say hi and we were delighted to find her studies had progressed.
Another perfect meal at Shanghai : food service , outside seating , and excellent bartender . This place absolutely spoils you for Chinese food . I have had everything on the menu but you can't go wrong with the scallops , Chilean sea bass or the Peking duck ( yay). The dim sum, fried rice, and vegetables are outstanding . I can't stay away from this place .
Always treat us like royalty at Shanghai Terrace. The staff is super friendly. We have been going there for years and they care for us like family. So courteous and kind, plus the food is at the pinnacle of Chinese cuisine. Yes a bit pricey, but the quality is impeccable.
Beautiful night and we were seated on their outside terrace. Vegetable dumplings were outstanding and the soup we ordered was split for us - also excellent. For main courses, my wife and I shared the Beef Tenderloin and the Scallop dish. No complaints on either dish. The service was excellent and the Sommelier made an excellent recommendation from their very extensive wine list. A great restaurant in Chicago and one we will return to again.
I was relieved to make the last min change of dinner plan on a weekday's evening to this restaurant from another that was ridiculously loud inside and we walked away. I had an important guest coming in town and Peninsula hotel was my top list of best lounge in Chicago, there was good live piano music at the lounge and this restaurant also played their music with recording.
Only matters were that the next seat was having family with young children with some noise, but they left soon. Another was music was loud and bad and I couldn't ask to change. One more..I expected servers speak good English, but the girl served us spoke poor English with very heavy Chinese accent. Food had good vegetarian option, so felt grateful.
Great food. Had to wait 20 minutes despite having a reservation. They seemed a bit disorganized and confused when I gave my name and number of guests in my party. I had made the reservation through Open Table, received a reminder email 24 hours before, and then they scrambled to find a place to seat us. Not what I expected.
We made the mistake of ordering the prefixed menu for the Fall Festival. Unfortunately, the presentation of the dishes were not evenly spaced out. There was at least a 10 minute gap between entrees. Most dishes arrived warm, almost cold. The cocktail my wife ordered also seemed lacking any alcohol and was more like very expensive glass of orange juice with a slice of lime on the rim. I think we would have had a better experience if we had ordered off the regular menu. On a positive note, the decor was tastefully done, and the staff was very polite. However, at this price point, I would rather go upstairs and dine at The Lobby.
Wow. I have dined at countless dim sums throughout the Chicago area, but Shanghai Terrace is by far the best. We had a group of 6 and I insisted on ordering a whole Peking duck. The others protested at first, but consumed every bit of it and thanked me later for my persistence. All of our dim sum selections were wonderful, especially the lobster chicken dumplings. My only advice is to avoid the dim sum pre-fixe option because it includes the least interesting selections. We brought a 20-month old, and the staff couldn't be nicer. Our little one left smiling with a new Peninsula chef doll and a unique set of chopsticks.
Shanghai Terrace is a superb Chinese Restaurant inside the Peninsula Hotel. It has a beautiful outdoor terrace. The indoor space is equally beautiful. The staff are very professional and charming, helping us make selections from the menu and wine list. The indoor space is very quiet, perfect for conversation. The food was delicious, especially the Walnut Shrimp, Shredded Beef with Scallions and the Peking Duck. Best Chinese dinner we have ever had in Chicago!
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