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Mr Willis

#296 of 12,487 Restaurants in Shanghai
#323 of 12,933 Places to Eat in Shanghai
Certificate of Excellence
Former French Concession
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3F, 195 Anfu Road, Shanghai, China
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5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Brunch, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Delicious lunch, sincere service, timing needs practice

Yummy food and service with a smile. However, there was a timing issue with courses during lunch as I ordered the lunch set and my friend ordered a la carte. I was still early into working on the starter when they brought out my main. My friend ordered soup and salad, requesting the salad as her... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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  • French first
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English first
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Yummy food and service with a smile. However, there was a timing issue with courses during lunch as I ordered the lunch set and my friend ordered a la carte. I was still early into working on the starter when they brought out my main. My friend ordered soup and salad, requesting the salad as her main. The server brought... More 

Thank middleterra
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited Mr Willis for a charity event and were so glad we did. We tried a range of starters-the standout one being the prawns. The best dish of the evening had to be the roast chicken, it was so tasty, definitely the best roast chicken we have had in Shanghai. The atmosphere and decor is warm and welcoming too.... More 

Thank Hels S
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201 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

Advised by many in Shanghai as a place to go to, we went in excited to try the famed Mr Willis. The restaurant is situated in a lovely area on Anfu Lu. The restaurant has a great vibe and you could imagine to be anywhere in the world. The menu had all the standards; pasta, pizza, etc etc. While I... More 

Thank FRParadise
Shanghai/Hong Kong
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

Returned to Mr Willis after a few years and had the roast chicken dinner. Still good, still buzzing, still great service.

Thank William M
Shanghai, China
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48 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

Mr. Willis is a must do on a lazy Shanghai weekend. Great starters freshly prepared egg dishes served with details for the eye followed by Mr. Willi's very own grilled chicken is always a delight. I returned there for several times, the service like everywhere in Shanghai is on higher level, but details such as how to open a champagne... More 

Thank Worldwanderer83
San Francisco, California, USA
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303 reviews
186 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

The menu at Mr. Willis is quite eclectic. We had a sushimi stater, cheese and fig salad and a blue cheese souffle to start. All all were good tastes but quite a range of flavors and textures. The wine by the glass was a Matiwiti Sauv Blanc and it was surprisingly well -matched to all 3. For mains we had... More 

Thank HaljoHal
Shanghai, China
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28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

I have been to this restaurant several times. I love the food, the cozy atmosphere and ambiance in the restaurant. It's not fancy but more of a neighborhood place. I almost always order the Goat Cheese Soufflé and one of the rocket salads to start, then their famous Roast Chicken with roasted Pumpkin mash. All of these are scrumptious, in... More 

Thank Natacha R
Shanghai, China
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38 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 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.

Thank Thierry H
Shanghai, China
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33 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 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 

Thank Beth M
Melbourne, Australia
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67 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 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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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
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • 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.