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Shanghai 30's

#116 of 484 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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Today
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, Late Night, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations

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  • 119
    Excellent
  • 69
    Very good
  • 24
    Average
  • 24
    Poor
  • 18
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
A costly treat.

Not the cheapest of places to eat it has to be said. a lot of time goes into the presentation of the food. The food its self is a little better than average, but falls well short of the Hakka in Cambridge.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 16, 2015
MartinJordan57
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
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  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Oxford, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

This is not the average Chinese restaurant in Europe. The location is great, nice decor, good service and the menu has excellent choices. Not a big fan of pork, but the way it's prepared there is quite something!

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Oxford, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

One of my favourite places in Oxford. Decoration very original remaining me one of Tintin comics Food quality and quantity is just GREAT! Staff very welcoming and willing to make the customers comfortable and cared.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Not the cheapest of places to eat it has to be said. a lot of time goes into the presentation of the food. The food its self is a little better than average, but falls well short of the Hakka in Cambridge.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

A far cry from your average Chinese food, this menu is full of wonderful dishes, a real eating experience. We chose a selection of dishes to share, all of which were delicious. Service was attentive but not intrusive, and the ambience is lovely with some quirky decorative items.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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50 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

To be fair, I've dined here several times and always had good luck but last night was a disaster. We waited for the menu then ages before they took our order. The food was surprisingly mediocre: the sizzling chicken was so sweet that my companion couldnt eat it and the mixed seafood dish was pretty tasteless. I wouldnt recommend the... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015 via mobile

Absolutely amazing food and service. I have read the other review about waiting for drinks and food and we found it completely the opposite. Food was fantastic and so was the service. Would never have tried this restaurant if it hadn't been recommend by b&b owners and so glad we did. We were not in a rush and were allowed... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

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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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

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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132 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
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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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, Special occasions, Romantic, 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?