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Mr Willis

#216 of 11,654 Restaurants in Shanghai
#232 of 12,807 Places to Eat in Shanghai
Certificate of Excellence
Neighborhood:
Former French Concession
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3F, 195 Anfu Road, Shanghai, China
021-54040200
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5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 31
    Excellent
  • 34
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Western Surprise

This was one of a number of restaurants recommended by a friend who lives in the area, but I did expect the food to be so good.i can understand locals frequenting this place,great atmosphere with outlook over a veranda to the tops of plain trees. We had lunch for 7 & it wasn't busy so cannot... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 8, 2015
brett w
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Melbourne, Australia
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  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
Shanghai, China
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31 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

I went there several times. I never understood why people like this place so much. Granted it was "hyped" at the beginning, and granted it keeps its quality constant, the general quality of food is a little below what it should be at this price.

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Shanghai, China
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31 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

We went to Mr Willis for dinner after receiving rave reviews from friends. We were sadly disappointed. Whilst the ambience and location is great the restaurant failed to deliver the standard of food we were expecting given the high prices and hype. The soufflé starter was great and the wine selection is one of the best in Shanghai. I wish... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

This was one of a number of restaurants recommended by a friend who lives in the area, but I did expect the food to be so good.i can understand locals frequenting this place,great atmosphere with outlook over a veranda to the tops of plain trees. We had lunch for 7 & it wasn't busy so cannot comment on the service.... More 

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Frankfurt, Germany
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91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 216 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

We went to Mr.Willis three times in a week for dinner, because it was conveniently located for meetings with old friends during a short visit. We found that the atmosphere was consistently pleasant, and the place well filled, but the food was a bit uneven. All appetizers that we tried were good, but some main courses were flops, such as... More 

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Shanghai, China
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19 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Excellent atmosphere. Intimate and cozy with lots of comfort food. Love this place for brunch and dinners. Aussie Craig Willis aims to please. Book ahead because of its popularity. Oh complaint is that the main hostess always seems stressed and can have an attitude if you're late or change the booking. Food is consistently good.

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Shanghai, China
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19 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Living in Shanghai for almost 8 years, have we visited this place regular. It's always a good evening, with great food and for a reasonable price. Heads up for this owner and his staff, perfect service, waiter William is the best. Snapper tartare, scallops with lentilles, chicken liver pate, seafood couscous, the best meat in town and many more dishes... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

I always enjoy this Restaurant, the food is always great, very nice atmosphere and service wonderful. Craig the Chef is a wonderful and talented guy and also gives a lot back to the Community and especially the underprivileged, so always great to support him too. Food is always delicious, using the freshest ingredients. On the 3rd floor above Baker and... More 

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Keswick, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Mr Willis is a real find. Beautifully cooked Western food, served by friendly staff with impeccable courtesy. Will return definitely.

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Shanghai Region, China
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15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Though I work very close to Mr. Willis I don't often get to go but it is always a treat when I go. I've been a number of times for business and pleasure and will continue to go back. The food is exceptional, good wine and great location. It isn't cheap but for Shanghai and the quality, it's worth it.

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London, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

After a week in Shanghai I was craving bacon and eggs , simple to the point . Easily wanted, not easily found. Turn to web and find Mr Willis , pictures and reviews all said go !! Honestly the best Eggs Benedict (if you could even compare to that ) I have ever had. English muffin, eggs just perfect, smoked... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3F, 195 Anfu Road, Shanghai, China
  • Location: Asia  >  China  >  Shanghai Region  >  Shanghai>  > Former French Concession
  • Neighborhood: Former French Concession
  • Phone Number: 021-54040200

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: International
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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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.