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SongHeLou CaiGuan (ShanTangJie)

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No.198 Shantang Street, Suzhou, China
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Its situated near end of the shantang street. Famous for suzhou traditional food & taste A recommended place to dining!

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
Samantha S
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Auckland, New Zealand
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51 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had dinner there. The food was tasty. That's why the restaurant was so busy. Recommend if you visit Shantang Street.

Thank Pudding20142014
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116 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 via mobile

Its situated near end of the shantang street. Famous for suzhou traditional food & taste A recommended place to dining!

Thank Samantha S
Beijing, China
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72 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Make sure you order the signature dishes like the sweet sour fish and a few others. Otherwise you don't need to come to a restaurant like this. Price is ok, slightly high. Since Suzhou is good for street food, if you are traveling on budget and love street food then there is no point sparing money to afford this. But... More 

Thank Taylor L
Helsinki, Finland
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43 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

We decided to head out somewhere more fancy on our last night in Suzhou, and ended up in this place partly by accident. Menu had pictures and English descriptions, which were needed as the staff did not really speak any English. Staff was very helpful though and we got understood eventually (don't bother going here if you don't feel comfortable... More 

Thank 1984MariE
Kuala Lumpur
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32 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

We had dinner here after strolling along Shantang Street. The restaurant is cozy but staff were not so attentive although there were not many people on a Friday evening. According to our local Chinese friend, Suzhou Cuisine tends to be sweet thus one or two dishes were not so acceptable to us. Other than that, the cold starter and hot... More 

Thank chanlil
Suzhou, China.
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25 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

When showing friends around Suzhou I usually arrive at Shantangjie in time for lunch. The Songhelou provides traditional food with an Attempt at a Suzhou atmosphere. The menu accords to traditional Huaiyang style so it is fit for introducing guests to the culinary delights of Jiangnan food. The main problem is that the restaurant is a remnant of the old... More 

2 Thank AlfredC
Lisbon, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 via mobile

We had a great meal here - pork, mushrooms, noodles, etc. Pleasant space and decent service (not sure they speak English but we had a guide). Bought some moon cakes on the way out, which we just ate this week and were delicious.

Thank CRPalma
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

As European I cannot speak any Chinese. Fortunately the menu' was translated but there was no sign the food was going to be super cold almost frozen!! Ordered some beef which came super cold, some mushroom and carrots stuff which was horribly cold and then the taste was bad. The prawn dish was basically prawn from the freezer with ice!... More 

2 Thank Michele m
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73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

In the main shopping area, there isn't much sign outside that this building contains a huge, ancient and excellent restaurant. You can't book, but we only waited about 10 minutes on a busy Sunday. No English is spoken but they have a good and extensive picture menu. Delicious pork with mushrooms, dumplings, lily bulbs, fish etc.

Thank JeffCypress
quezon city
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

This 200 years old restaurant is conveniently located near Shantang street. We had the mandarin fish, stewed pork with soy sauce and soup. The food was really excellent. Don't leave suzhou without eating here

2 Thank mae555

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: No.198 Shantang Street, Suzhou, China
  • Location: Asia  >  China  >  Jiangsu  >  Suzhou
  • Phone Number: 0512-65321398

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  • Cuisine: Chinese, Asian

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