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Cha Restaurant (Si South Road)

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Former French Concession
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No.30-4 Si'nan Road, Luwan District, Shanghai, China
021-60932062
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Today
11:00 am - 1:30 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 1:30 am
Dining options: Lunch, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 19
    Excellent
  • 17
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 0
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  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
A real local experience

This is a fun place to feel part of real Shanghai. Take a ticket from the lady near the door and wait your turn - she is impressively brusque! We were 2 and had to share a table. Menu is in English as well as Chinese. Food is good and generous portions. Prawns with celery & cashews was great... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 20, 2015
Nick C
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Crowborough, United Kingdom
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Shanghai, China
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been living in Shanghai for many years and wanted a simple dinner. Not a good choice. Their signature chicken dish had hardy any meat. And the scrambled eggs with scrimps were too oily. There are much better options in this great city. I left hungry and disappointed.

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Thank matthew98766789
Crowborough, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015 via mobile

This is a fun place to feel part of real Shanghai. Take a ticket from the lady near the door and wait your turn - she is impressively brusque! We were 2 and had to share a table. Menu is in English as well as Chinese. Food is good and generous portions. Prawns with celery & cashews was great, also... More 

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Thank Nick C
Singapore, Singapore
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67 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

We followed the guide book on day one and it did not disappoint. The restaurant has a great atmosphere and don't be shocked if you have to share a small table with strangers. We had two sets of people who sat with us and both offered us to taste their food. Lemon chicken and the chicken wings. Both tasted great!!... More 

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Thank AndrewClark75
Shanghai Region, China
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

Go when you have a hankering for Hong Kong cha chan teng food and deco. The food is almost HK good and for Shanghai that is pretty darn good. The 'nai cha' is a must have. Always a queue, but won't have to wait too long for seats.

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Thank Spikester66
Auckland
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015 via mobile

Great food and service. NZD50 for a family of four. Fast, cheerful and authentic. No English spoken but English translation on menu. Point and smile!

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Thank Iwoalta
Melbourne
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50 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

It becomes a little too easy when in Shanghai, even in the week prior to Christmas when smarter tourists are in warmer parts of the world, to frequent places that cater more to tourists. And then you find a place like Cha's, recommended by Lonely Planet and of course by TripAdvisor contributors. There's no chance of a reservation here. Just... More 

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Thank nawlinsgk
Shanghai, China
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

LOVIN this place a lot! Keep coming back almost every week after my first visit, just simple dishes with great taste. Must have items for me: Pork Chop Rice, Eggs & Prawn, Polo Bun, Fried Noodle, Crispy Chicken with Lemon Sauce. That's my most fave dishes, but it doesn't mean that the others not delicious, they are too. You can... More 

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Thank Fera1083
Bangkok, Thailand
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17 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

One of the best places i have eaten in shanghai! I have order "Kale" in soy sauce, Chicken, Beef and a Fujian Rice. All of it was delicious. The flavour was smooth and perfect! Since this place is usually crowded expect that you will share the table with some estrangers :) not bad at all. Price was affordable, no more... More 

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Thank Sebasuper
Roswell, Georgia
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241 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

This is a very "local" restaurant that serves Hong Kong style food. I was the only westerner in the restaurant, and there was a huge line waiting to get in during my entire stay. If you prefer fancy quiet places to eat, this is not for you. The interior is very basic and if there are less than two people... More 

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58 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

This very cheap and crowded restarurant is a surprise. They will seat you in any place free at the moment, this means that you can end up with other people at the table. The food is great and served in a quick and efficient way. The staff speaks only Chinese, but it's easy to get understood. Must try.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: No.30-4 Si'nan Road, Luwan District, Shanghai, China
  • Location: Asia  >  China  >  Shanghai Region  >  Shanghai>  > Former French Concession
  • Neighborhood: Former French Concession
  • Phone Number: 021-60932062

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Chinese, Asian
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 1:30 am
Monday
11:00 am - 1:30 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 1:30 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 1:30 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 1:30 am
Friday
11:00 am - 1:30 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 1:30 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Former French Concession

Neighborhood Profile
Former French Concession
While there are technical borders to the area formerly governed by the French in Shanghai, the "French Concession" of today is an amorphous neighborhood that is a favorite of the city's foreign residents. While it is mostly within the Xuhui district, residents will sometimes include parts of Jing'an and Luwan in their mental maps of the Former French Concession. The area seems frozen in time, characterized by quiet, tree-lined avenues, French-style villas, interesting boutiques, lively bars and quaint cafes that are not typical of China. All of these mix and mingle with local life as Chinese markets and lanehouse communities are peppered throughout. Denizens of the Former French Concession can spectate a mahjong game on the street or get their bike checked at a tiny bike repair store on the way to their refurbished apartment tucked away among Chinese family homes.