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Shanghai Express

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Chinese, Spanish, Fusion
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Lower O'Connell St, Kinsale, Ireland
00353214777100
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5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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Wed - Mon 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Cash Only, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer

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  • 90
    Excellent
  • 29
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Oriental tapas - wasn't sure of the concept but love the outcome

I have visited this restaurant several times over the last few years and I am equally impressed each time. When I first saw that it was doing oriental tapas, I really wasn't sure that I would like it, but I was so wrong. It is simply like going to your favourite Thai/Indian/Chinese restaurant and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 21, 2015
Deirdre K
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County Cork, Ireland
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County Cork, Ireland
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

I have visited this restaurant several times over the last few years and I am equally impressed each time. When I first saw that it was doing oriental tapas, I really wasn't sure that I would like it, but I was so wrong. It is simply like going to your favourite Thai/Indian/Chinese restaurant and getting some dishes to share. The... More 

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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

We were looking for something light and tasty to eat after a day's travelling. This little gem of a place made us feel most welcome. The house red wine was lovely.

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Thank Modestinewrites
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

It is with a sad heart I inform people that the Shanghai Express is no more, as of Monday this week they have shut down, my favourite restaurant in Kinsale is no more and will be taken over by new management in a few weeks, wait and see.

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Thank John R
Sidmouth, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

To give you a bit of an idea about feedback, my wife and I keep a home in Kinsale Ireland, in England and for 30 years in the USA. {Thinks...."can you still call the woman you have married a 'wife' or is this illegal now"?...} This is the first time we have visited Shanghai Express with the new owners in... More 

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Thank michael o
Dublin, Ireland
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Lovely Asian restaurant with great food for great prices. The beef teriyaki is just superb. Lovely friendly staff

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Thank Sarah W
Dublin, Ireland
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Just gorgeous food for such a reasonable price. Very relaxed and friendly staff. The beef terriyaki is a must!

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Thank Sadieirl
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015 via mobile

On a recent visit to Kinsale, I was surprised to see that Shanghai Express had reopened. I was apprehensive when I learned that it was under new management, but needn't have been. The food was lovely as ever (between our group we had rendang, chilli lasagne, nasi goreng) and the early bird is fantastic value (€15 for two courses &... More 

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Thank TurquoiseGold
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33 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

We were told by our B and B place that this restaurant had changed owners and had dropped in quality. We decided to eat here anyway and were pleasantly surprised at the good food quality and the nice atmosphere. Maybe it helps to expect very little. We felt the value was very good and would highly recommend. We passed the... More 

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Thank Richard H
Kinsale, Ireland
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Enjoyed our tapas. Service was slow and inaccurate regarding food ordered and which diners the food was for. I think I had the Penang Chicken (which I liked). I also had the flourless chocolate and orange cake. When I visit again, I will not order this dessert. So might enjoy another tapas. The locals like to eat here.

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Thank Colette C
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

I was a huge fan of this place when Jean Marc ran it, but alas the new chef has reduced the portion sizes and made a few slight changes in the cooking style that has meant that this restaurant has dropped down in my estimation. Still a nice place with great staff, but for those who ate here in its... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Lower O'Connell St, Kinsale, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Munster  >  County Cork  >  Kinsale
  • Phone Number: 00353214777100

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 19
  • Cuisine: Chinese, Spanish, Fusion

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Monday
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?