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Shanghai 30's

#101 of 478 Restaurants in Oxford
Certificate of Excellence
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82 St Aldates, Oxford OX1 1RA, England
44 (0)1865 242230
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6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Mon - Sat 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tue - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations

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    Very good
  • 23
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  • 24
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  • 16
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good Chinese food and attentive service

Somewhat away from the other restaurants, it is located on the first floor of a building overlooking Christ Church. Inside the original interior has been nicely renovated, no cheap Chinese decorations here. We ordered the set menu, and although we had just finished a hike of about 30 km, did not... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 19, 2015
Katrien S
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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
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Leeds, United Kingdom
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Have you ever had restaurant service so poor that it's laughable and annoying at the same time? This was my experience last night at this restaurant. First, the good bits. The food (when it finally arrived) was good. Now onto the service or rather, lack of it. We'd booked a table for two and we were on time. We ordered... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Most confusing restaurant. You get offered two menus: a Cantonese one and a Szechuan one. We ordered from the Cantonese one - wrong choice! Everything came in a gloopy cornflower thickened sauce, everything tasted the same, not inedible but rather dreadful. At some point during the meal they brought us a little sample from the Szechuan menu, which turned out... More 

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Somewhat away from the other restaurants, it is located on the first floor of a building overlooking Christ Church. Inside the original interior has been nicely renovated, no cheap Chinese decorations here. We ordered the set menu, and although we had just finished a hike of about 30 km, did not finish all the dishes. The set menu has a... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

This was the most disappointing meal I have had in a long time and easily the worst Chinese meal I have had in my life. I know there a sharp differences in regional styles for Chinese cuisine, but I still believe I am speaking to the real quality of the food. The thick sauces were very off putting - I... More 

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Birmingham
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

I booked this restaurant for dinner after a day out in Oxford. The food was the worst I have ever tasted. We had a chicken dish with a sickly sweet sauce, some Singapore noodles which had no flavour at all and a king prawn dish with a thin watery base which lacked any taste whatsoever. After the meal, the bill... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

We went to Shanghai 30's after finding it on TripAdvisor and have to say we're really glad we saw the recommendations. We had the set meal for two on an evening where there were a number of big parties in the restaurant so the service was a little slow on our later courses - to be honest we had barely... More 

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Reading the reviews on this site, and because it was so well advertised we stopped by to check out shanghai. The ambiance of the restaurant was quite fancy, but in a relaxed way. Nice paintings, and a lot of old influences from the building itself. The staff was very nice, and helpfull. We ordered a set menu, since that seemed... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

The decor is quite nice, a great mix of western and Chinese elements. The food is tasty as well. Would recommend dishes like fried rice and Taiwanese fried buns. In the summer, the restaurant also offers cool drinks such as Taiwanese bubble tea and aloe vera. The restaurant is close to Christ Church and Alice Shop, a good location to... More 

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Letchworth, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This restaurant is tucked away down the lower end of St Aldgate's in Oxford, only a couple of minutes walk from the centre of town. Serves great Chinese dishes in a really great room. Some of the art work on the walls is a bit risque, but it didn't put me off the great food!

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Lugo, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Saturday we were able to dine without a reservation however I should think this was not the norm. The servers thought we´d waited too long ( we were not bothered) and gave us complimentary rice. The food when it arrived was beautifully presented and tasted just as good. I particularly liked the fortune cookie and chocolate snack bar on payment... More 

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Additional Information about Shanghai 30's

Address: 82 St Aldates, Oxford OX1 1RA, England
Phone Number: 44 (0)1865 242230
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Oxford
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Monday 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm  12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Wednesday 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm  12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Thursday 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm  12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Friday 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm  12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Saturday 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm  12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 39 - 39
Cuisine: Chinese

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 82 St Aldates, Oxford OX1 1RA, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Oxford
  • Phone Number: 44 (0)1865 242230

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 39 - 39
  • Cuisine: Chinese

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions, Doing business
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Monday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Thursday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Friday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Saturday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

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