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Songhelou Restaurant(Shantang Street)

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No.198 Shantang Street, Suzhou, China
0512-65321398
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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Mid-price Suzhou cuisine

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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Helsinki, Finland
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Helsinki, Finland
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 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 

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Kuala Lumpur
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 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 

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Suzhou, China.
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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 

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Lisbon, Portugal
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43 reviews 43 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

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.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
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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 

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Europe
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84 helpful votes 84 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.

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quezon city
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 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

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Kent
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

food & service was good considering it was "Golden Week" Golden Week is to busy to see and do things

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

The most famous Chinese cuisine dish of Suzhou is the squirrel mandarin fish, and the place to have it is the Song He Lou restaurant. We booked a private room upstairs for lunch and we had a feast. Service was excellent as was the food. This is a truly Chinese restaurant so English is very limited, but thankfully, we went... More 

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Cologne, Germany
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2012

This restaurant is on the Shantang St., right next to the boat ride ticket office. It's really delicious, I would recommend the fried dumplings, which are the steamed dumplings with broth, but they have a very nice sesame seed crust which really made them stand out. It is a bit pricey (compared to most of the food in China), but... More 

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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: Jiangsu

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