Shanghai Terrace

4.8
1264 reviews
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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.
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Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Shanghai Terrace is always a great dining experience and doubly so during the holidays, when the Peninsula Hotel is tastefully decorated. Dim sum is brilliant as an appetizer here, this time I chose the Lobster with dark truffle dumplings while my companion went for her favorite duck fois gras dumplings. In the quest for something new on New Year's Day, I opted for Chilean Sea Bass Szechuan which came with the fish encrusted in a seared layer of the famous hot sauce. Every time, the food and the team step up for a great experience and lived up to their reputation again! All the best!

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Cincinnati
131 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We were told how excellent this restaurant was so we tried it. It was just OK not memorable. The menu is fine but I’ve never had a Chinese entree that was void of vegetables. Very odd.

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E
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Superb food. Meal marred by delayed service for each course. Wait staff was very pleasant, but it just took a long time for them to appear. We will go again because the food is excellent, but our anticipation will be somewhat muted because of the inferior service.

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Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All of the above ... As always everything was first class!

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NH
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great meal and would love to return for lunch dim sum. Try a saketini!!

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AD
London
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Shanghai Terrace was mediocre at best, and it was extremely expensive ($500 for 2 people). I would not return. The one positive note was the service: it was excellent. All of the staff and servers were polite, quick, and knowledgeable. The food, however, was small portions, high prices, and not as good as other high-end options, such as Duck Duck Goat. It was a disappointment all around. We would not recommend it.

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Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great as always!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

My second time here at Shanghai. I found appetizers to be unique and outstanding. But the entrees were okay. I had kung pao chicken and couple of vegetable entrees including eggplant one. They felt like just a bit better than average Chinese restaurant. With the quality of appetizers, I was expecting a lot more from main dishes. But still overall very good experience.

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k
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It was great the food was excellent and the service was very good.

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1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I grew up in Shanghai, and technically can be consider a local. Most of the plates there we ordered are legit. In other words, they are tasty and acceptable although probably not the best I've tried. Still definitely a good place to enjoy Chinese food.

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SF
Chicago
95 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food and service were great. Table was cramped, it was a challenge to get in and out of the seats at our table due to the tight quarters. This tight fit was the only downside to the experience.

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Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Loved the food and the atmosphere. Service was rushed and less than attentive.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Been before but this time was not up to expectations
Good but not great

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply amazing!!

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Key West
17 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waiter came to our table and greeted us by name, service was impeccable, food was fresh and delicious and we will surely return again.

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KB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was above average by far. Host and wait staff were very focused on the diner's needs.

Food for quality, flavor, presentation and creativity was impeccable.
Prices were commensurate with this kind of setting and experience

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BJ
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Chinese food was very tasty and it was a very quiet relaxing meal off the busy holidays on Michigan Avenue

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Chicago
58 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisite and perfect in every way. Food and staff are amazing.

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MO
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Near 30th anniversary.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 2

Beyond loud.. and really busy so the taste of food was not at its best. But still one of our favorite place

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San Antonio
36 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 1

This, our second visit, confirmed our experience of a disturbingly loud setting, this time with a table of 6 next to us seemingly shouting at each other inanities. Nevertheless, the food preparation was exquisite, from duck salad and dumpling appetizers to Peking duck and chicken sung. The service was attentive and friendly. Architectural changes to dampen sound could entice us back.

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G
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My high expectations were not disappointed. In addition to some authentic and out-of-the-ordinary tastes, I especially appreciated that fruit at dessert was high-quality even in mid-December. The whole service team looked out for me and for my guest. Of course, an exceptional experience comes at a higher-than-everyday price, so I will wait until another special occasion for a return trip.

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C
Atlanta
35 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great restaurant

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w
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

elegant setting
superb, knowledgeable service
classical dishes with a twist

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as usual.

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PF
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very pleasant experience. Delicious food and luxurious setting. Impeccable service.

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Chicago
261 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place . It rivals the great chinese places in San Francisco . Excellent service , superb food and a beautiful space .

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food and service! We loved the appetizers, entrees, and beverage recommendations from the knowledgeable staff

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My mom and I have dined at the Shanghai Terrace many times, but we wanted my dad to experience the magic as well! He was very impressed, and his birthday dinner was very special, largely because of the amazing food and wonderful staff. Our waitress Anna was wonderful! And the male host in the front was kind enough to take some pictures of the family after dinner. Thanks again for a wonderful experience!

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GT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and delicious food!
Highly recommend.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for birthday celebrations!

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Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Every one of the several hosts/servers greeted us by name, introduced themselves , were unusually courteous and knowledgeable about the menu. The decor is delightfully high end Chinese and the food choices plentiful with great variety.

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Miami
20 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was great! The food was authentic Chinese food and a super high quality. There service was great and the atmosphere was nice. I had the lobster with scallop hot and sour soup, lobster & chicken dumplings with black truffle, seafood fried rice with abalone sauce and mixed vegetables. Everyone just so delicious. Thai is my new favorite restaurant in Chicago.

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Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Award winning dumplings! And the Green Tea Creme brûlée was awesome. Highly recommend!

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New England
17 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, our food at Shanghai Terrace was excellent and service was great. It's a pity that getting great Shanghainese food requires such pomp but there it is. Highly recommended. Oh...and it's not as if you'll get a good pavlova for dessert, (much less a good flat white,) at any run-of-the-mill Asian restaurant.

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HH
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A pleasant atmosphere, the table was nicely decorated and the plating was beautiful . The service was courteous and we enjoyed delicious food.
The price is disproportionately high.
But still, the experience was pleasant and we enjoyed the evening.
Thank you !

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ML
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great hotel, luxurious atmosphere and superb service. Check in was polite and tidy and the wait staff were professional and very friendly. No complaints at all. Top notch- what you would expect from the Peninsula. Having said all that, I have to say that the food was a bit disappointing. Overall criticism was that everything was overcooked making the texture of the food textile like and rough. Missing the soft succulent taste that makes Chinese food great. Also the sauces were a bit tart with a strong almost pungent smell. Not bad but given the atmosphere, service and price point the food doesn’t quite stack up. First time so may have been an off day. Willing to give them another shot. We are from Hong Kong so maybe standard is a bit high.

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Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

We have dined in Shanghai and Hong Kong enjoying the same cuisine at a quarter of the price. Excellent service and a beautiful table are features of the restaurant located in the Peninsula hotel. In other words, the dinner price reflects the real estate. As good as it was, it did not justify a $450 tab for four people with only 2 cocktails.

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CA
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding service and food. Staff is charming and welcoming even though we came with our 8-year-old kid.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great restaurant. Peking duck is amazing!

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