We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
651 Somerset St. W, Ottawa, Ontario K1R 5K3, Canada
613-233-4001
Improve this listing
Ranked #570 of 2,195 Restaurants in Ottawa
Cuisines: Chinese
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: Website domain appears to have expired. Try their myspace page to get in contact: http://www.myspace.com/shanghai_restaurant
Write a Review

38 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    11
    15
    7
    0
    5
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Any
English first
schplinky
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Ottawa, Canada
1 review
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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sudbury, Canada
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Canada
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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 !

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Ottawa, Canada
1 review
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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Ottawa, Canada
Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Yokohama, Japan
Contributor
20 reviews 20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Ottawa, Canada
1 review
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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Ottawa
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2012

I used to live in Chinatown and made almost weekly visits to this place. I am vegetarian and they have a lot of delicious options - my parents have been going on their 'date nights' there for over 30 years. Love the ambiance, and the food is delicious. The only downside is that sometimes things are a little greasier than... More

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Shanghai also viewed

 
Ottawa, Ontario
 

Been to Shanghai? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Shanghai

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

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing