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Shanghai Terrace

4.7
1003 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Chinese
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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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Cuisines
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
Additional
BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1003 People Are Saying
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4.7  based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.8
service
4.7
ambience
4.2
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Best dim sum in the city!!

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined 5 days ago

Very pretty restaurant with excellent service. Basically overpriced Chinese takeout.

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mikey (Miami)
3.0  Dined 6 days ago

Polite and willing staff but very pedestrian and Americanized Chinese food.

Seems like the perfect place for a first high school date.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Great food, nice drinks, lovely service.

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vipChicagoPacker (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

My favorite restaurant in Chicago never fails to impress. Excellent food, service and atmosphere.

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Ukel (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

My husband and I ate dinner there on Valentine’s Day. The menu was creative, beautifully plated, and delicious. The service was excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

Celebration

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vipgarys (Austin)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

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.

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vip4happydiners (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

The food was exceptional. Service not as good as usual. Server could have been more attentive.

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sheyo (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

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.

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vipChicagofoodie (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

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

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foodphile88 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 29, 2018

Beautiful restaurant. Creative cuisine. Outstanding chef. Excellent service. Lovely ambience.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

High end Chinese food with amazing service. Food is delicate and desert is impressive.

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OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 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.

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vipRosalie (Chicago)
5.0  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.

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Tom1 (Savannah)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

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

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vipSteph (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

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!

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vipBobH (Chicago)
4.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

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

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vipOpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
1.0  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

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RamiYelda (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on December 19, 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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 17, 2017

Excellent food and service! Will be back soon.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 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.

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vipFood4fun (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

Sub par Chinese food, service was very slow and the specialty drinks were awful. There were lots of kids running around so good place to bring bring kids but not a good date night place.

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OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

Once again- this was a perfect evening with fabulous service, Devine food and a gorgeous setting- especially with the Christmas scene and skating rink. Make sure to add Dim Sum- go with a few people to share all the wonderful dishes!! Sour cherry old fashion is yummy!!!

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vipArna (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

Just fabulous! Service amazing!

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on December 15, 2017

It was my wife’s birthday, and I wanted to surprise with a new experience in dining, unfortunately it was not what I was expecting. Working in fine dining myself such as the four seasons I expected a little more.
The server forgot some items we ordered, the staff brought out food that were not ours, The food came out a bit cold. Someone did come to our table and apologize for their mistakes, and offered dessert on the house.
I was not looking for dessert on the house, I was expecting a great experience for my wife! You are rated as one on the top hotels in dining and staying are you not?
Hopefully you will correct and talk to your staff on how to make it better. The place was not busy for these types of mistakes to happen.

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on December 13, 2017

High quality chinese. Once you get over the fact that you can travel south to Chinatown and get twice as much food for 2x less, it is a remarkable experience. creative and high quality food. the peking duck is a must. their fried rice was perfect. dim sum was perfectly cooked. delicious!

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