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CHAR bar and grill

#39 of 12,487 Restaurants in Shanghai
Certificate of Excellence
South Bund
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29-31 Floors, top of Hotel Indigo Shanghai on the Bund, No.585 Zhongshan Dong Er Road | Neadr Dongmen Roa, Shanghai 200010, China
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6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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Best restaurant for steak in Shanghai.

Best steak i have ever eaten.The atmosphere is relaxed and the view is spectacular.Choosing your steak knife and your salt to season your meal is a lot of fun.

5 of 5 starsReviewed today
Andre B
Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
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  • Scenic view
  • Bar scene
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Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

Best steak i have ever eaten.The atmosphere is relaxed and the view is spectacular.Choosing your steak knife and your salt to season your meal is a lot of fun.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The rooftop bar has amazing views of the Shanghai skyline along the river. The drinks are expensive, but I recommend stopping in for a drink and soaking in the view!

Thank Tina P
Dana Point, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Wow, what an amazing place!! Definitely one of the best steaks I've ever had by a long way. Sides were also delicious & accompanied the steak perfectly along with a couple of very nice bottles of red. Great bar to enjoy a pre-dinner drink before moving to your table for the amazing food. The view over the bund jus tops... More 

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Ate here twice whilst staying in the Hotel Indigo. The restaurant is very beautiful inside and if you are lucky enough to get a window seat the view is spectacular at night. The service had some minor issues, other tables would be served the bread and water before us even though we had been waiting longer but the level of... More 

Thank Andy H
Hampshire, UK
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Came here from my girlfriend's Birthday. Staff very kind and helpful, and the Wagyu steak for sure the best I've had. Which I would expect it to be as it cost about 130 GBP!! A free Birthday cake and a singsong from the staff was a nice touch. It's all definitely overpriced, especially the drinks, but if you want to... More 

Thank AndyMillman99
Shanghai, China
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368 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is place is one of my favorite in Shanghai. Great atmosphere, amazing view over the Bund and the Yu Garden, fantastic food and super steak! Wine and service are good too. Do not miss this superb place.

Thank Francesco P
Shanghai, Shanghai, China
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I meant to write this review a while ago but never finished. I took my wife to this hotel on her birthday and we then had dinner in the hotel at Char. Despite its reputation as the best steakhouse in Shanghai I found it only to be O.K. at best. For the amount of money you spend at this place... More 

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Reykjavik, Iceland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Melt in the mouth steak - and we didn't even go for the most expensive one on the menu! Then there's the view, the restaurant is in a prime location to enjoy the lights on the opposite side of the Huangpu river. I recommend going up to the bar before dinner and spend some time on the balcony enjoying the... More 

Thank Elin E
Shanghai, China
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63 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

i personally think it is the best place for steak in Shanghai, not only the meat is great, but the service was absolutely impeccable, they were there when they were supposed to and had an amazing attitude. the environment is also a big plus, the space between the tables is enough to feel quite spacious but at the same time... More 

Thank MRGLondon
Shanghai, China
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

Tried multiple spots multiiple times; this one performs consistently, very expensive, but you know what to expect. If you are in for beef go there. Delicate taste, portion sizes are no way near Morton's, but quality of beef and preparation is truly excellent. Great views if you have reserved a table at the window, good service, their offering to choose... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 29-31 Floors, top of Hotel Indigo Shanghai on the Bund, No.585 Zhongshan Dong Er Road | Neadr Dongmen Roa, Shanghai 200010, China
  • Location: Asia  >  China  >  Shanghai Region  >  Shanghai>  > South Bund
  • Neighborhood: South Bund
  • Phone Number: 021-33029995

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Scenic view, Bar scene


Open Hours
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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Staying in South Bund

Neighborhood Profile
South Bund
This waterfront area below the most famous section of the Huangpu River has undergone multiple phases of development that started when the Waterhouse Hotel opened its doors. Though it’s been slower to catch on than people expected, every year something new and exciting opens up and gives people a reason to keep calling the South Bund the "Next Big Thing." There are a couple of landmark hotels and restaurants of excellent quality that serve as anchors, and multiple annual events such as beer festivals, art and fashion fairs and music shows take advantage of the wide spaces, waterfront location and the tiny man-made beach to host huge crowds of people. Wandering about the newness, one can stumble upon authentic Chinese life in the stone gates of people’s residences or the street markets.