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651 Somerset St. W, Ottawa, Ontario K1R 5K3, Canada
613-233-4001
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4:30 pm - 2:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue - Thu 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Fri 4:30 pm - 1:00 am
Sat 4:30 pm - 2:00 am
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Website domain appears to have expired. Try their myspace page to get in...
Website domain appears to have expired. Try their myspace page to get in contact: http://www.myspace.com/shanghai_restaurant
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  • 7
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great staff and atmosphere. Food just OK

The food here is just OK. Not crazy good but totally edible. China doll is a riot and Grasshopper and the other server are just lovely. I would say though that China Doll's show is not super family friendly so consider leaving the kids at home if it is a late dinner. Not only is the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
Claire T
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Ottawa, Canada
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Ottawa, Canada
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38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

The food here is just OK. Not crazy good but totally edible. China doll is a riot and Grasshopper and the other server are just lovely. I would say though that China Doll's show is not super family friendly so consider leaving the kids at home if it is a late dinner. Not only is the atmosphere and decor supe... More 

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schplinky
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39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

I just love the vibe at Shanghai. The same staff every time you go and the same laid back service. They are definitely not trying to rush you out, as in some places!

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13 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013 via mobile

After viewing their website, I decided to check out the Saturday karaoke night; upon walking in, I was automatically greeted & made welcome, by the friendly staff. At 9:15 pm, I witnessed the over-the-top antics of resident drag queen China Doll, who sang excellent renditions of 1970's pop songs. I ordered a generous plate of chicken fried rice, which was... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

I've eaten at Shanghai only once or twice before I returned on Saturday night, with 8 friends in tow. I expected a substandard dining experience, from reading a number of negative reviews, but was pleasantly surprised. The coconut chicken curry and crispy beef were amazing, the General Tso acceptable, the tofu with bok choy and roasted garlic delicious. I was... More 

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Sudbury, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

My son suggested this restaurant and what a treat it was! Some great vegetarian fare with excellent spices and variety. A simple menu, menu did not overwhelm one! casual dining. good prices. Very pleasant waitress. Would happily return.

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Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

Great Food, Atmosphere & especially Loving the Martini's . Best in Chinatown. Highly recommend the Spring Rolls, Yam Frittes, Dumplings, Basil Beef with Tomato & Hot & Sour Soup . . . Oh So DELICIOUS !

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

I've been going to this neighbourhood gem for years. They always recognize me (as they have since the second time I went there, by the way) and are kind about making sure my food is just right (I'm a vegan so order the REALLY DELICIOUS hot and sour soup vegan rather than vegetarian. The Shanghai, by the way, is a... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

Working the night shift my co-workers and I decided to order takeout from Shanghai. We placed our order and figured the 20 minutes it wold take to drive downtown would mean our order would be almost ready - well it wasn't. We had to wait close to 10 more minutes for 2 orders! The place was busy with partiers and... More 

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Yokohama, Japan
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12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

The Kwan family make you feel like you are part of their family. Genuine heartwarming friendliness. The ambiance, delicious food and friendliness draws me back to the Shanghai every time I'm in Ottawa. It can't get any better than this.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2012

I love it here especially the ambiance which is like being in your hip cool Grandma's pad...and the food..we had the dumplings, the hot and sour soup, spring rolls, general tao's chicken, vegetable teriyaki fried rice and a fruity smoothie with vodka...yum...then we sat back and the resident Asian drag performer named China Doll entered to start karaoke...what a trip....fun... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 651 Somerset St. W, Ottawa, Ontario K1R 5K3, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa
  • Phone Number: 613-233-4001

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Chinese

Description

Website domain appears to have expired. Try their myspace page to get in contact: http://www.myspace.com/shanghai_restaurant
Open Hours
Sunday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
4:30 pm - 1:00 am
Saturday
4:30 pm - 2:00 am

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