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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.

108 E Superior
Chicago, IL 60611
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
Michigan Avenue

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 573-6744

Website:
http://chicago.peninsula.com/en/fine-dining/shanghai-terrace-chinese-restaurant

Parking Details:
$25.00 flat rate for dining guests with validation from restaurant

Public Transit:
Red Line - Chicago; Michigan Avenue and Chicago Avenue CTA Bus Routes

Executive Chef:
Elmo Han

Additional:
BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Shanghai Terrace Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.1

Noise

Quiet

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (34)
Great for Outdoor Dining (31)
Special Occasion (30)
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Good for Anniversaries (27)
Good for Birthdays (25)
Authentic (25)
Fit for Foodies (24)
Quiet Conversation (23)
Romantic (21)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Cozy (15)
Business Meals (15)
Great for Lunch (14)
Worth the Drive (12)
Good Vegetarian Options (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Good for Groups (8)
Healthy (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Scenic View (8)
Fun (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Spicy (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Casual (6)
Vegan (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
People Watching (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Seasonal (3)
Happy Hour (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Tapas (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

We were disappointed, because the quality of the food did not match the prices, with the exception of the Peking Duck, which was very good. The dim sum sampler was average, the chrysanthemum fish below that. We would not recommend this restaurant.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Outstanding as usual!!! Thank you!

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 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

Absolutely amazing experience as usual! Loved the Prix Fixe menu option!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

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.

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

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!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 1, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 27, 2017

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

The peninsula hotel is a 5+ stars hotel so you can’t go wrong here. Everything is perfect.

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 18, 2017

One of our favorites! So delicious! We come as a family a few times a year from the suburbs. Highly recommend.

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Excellent food and very professional service. I try to vidit whenever i am in Chicago.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Healthy
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·Dined on November 15, 2017

It was very loud. I was sick to my stomach the day after I ate there.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Overpriced, average food. House Wine was 28 dollars a glass. 200+ for 2 people, do not recommend

Tags: Spicy
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Good food and great service but too pricey! The drinks were special and tasty.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Friendly staff, attentive waiter, beautiful decor, and great food. The only con is the space is tight and when the restaurant is full the volume level is pretty high. I had to lean in to hear what my friend was saying to me. I will eat there again.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, People Watching
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 27, 2017

It was great!

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Max is an amazing server. Always a wonderful dining experience!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

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 .

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Family reunion

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

The food is excellent as well as the service. If you are fortunate to have nice weather the outside patio is very special and makes for an incredible evening.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 20, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Afternoon Tea, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 18, 2017

We sat outside on a wonderful evening in downtown Chicago for a awesome & delicious birthday dinner. Service was impeccable as was the food. A treat & we will be back!

Tags: Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 12, 2017

We are major foodies and belong to an international food and wine society. The food was dry the duck over cooked, no abundance of succulent sauces. Boring an overpriced.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Very friendly and funny staff
The general manager is extremely charming and nice
The food is maybe the best Chinese food of the world!
Thank you for a very special and unique evening
Noemi and Milo

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Great food and really great ambiance. You can choose to sit inside or on the outdoor terrace which was fabulous.

Tags: Vegan, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Bar Seating, Authentic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 8, 2017

As always, a delightful experience. The staff and food compliments each other.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine
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 (Caribbean)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Excellent Peking Duck, better than Beijing

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 3, 2017

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.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Hot Spot, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 1, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Lovely restaurant. We've eaten here a few times and the food is always good. Service is nice an attentive. What you'd expect at the Peninsula. Really the food is always excellent. And the price is not overly expensive at all.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on September 24, 2017

great food and service. cocktails were perfect

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 (Houston)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Dim sum In the same league as Michelin rated Hong Kong restaurants.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Casual, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 23, 2017

The food was very good and the restaurant was very clean

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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Dim Sum was fantastic. Should have made a meal out of them. Rest of the food was good, but just OK. At $500 for four people, I guess I expected to be blown away and wasn't. Ambiance and service were both great.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 21, 2017

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!

Tags: Business Meals, Spicy, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Healthy
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 17, 2017

The service was excellent and the menu had good variety. Food was delicious. Nice to have both indoor and outdoor options.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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