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elEFANTE Happy Restaurant & Bar

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Former French Concession
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DongHu Road 20 | Near to Huai Hai Road, Shanghai 200031, China
+86 21 5404 8085
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Today
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sun 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Brunch, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 27
    Excellent
  • 49
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 3
    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
Perfect for a jetlagged person

We came here for a late lunch and had a mix of tapas, a sangria on white wine (not really my cup of tea). Food was good and the gazpacho absolutely excellent (the best I ever had). Nice sitting outdoors in a well arranged garden and getting away from the hooting, crazy street when you are tired and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 27, 2015
Marja W
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Brussels, Belgium
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36 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I have been to Elefante twice now and absolutely recommend it to anyone visiting Shanghai. The mussels are particularly good. Will be back!

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Thank Daniel T
Edison, New Jersey
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

During a 5 week stay in Shanghai I visited this restaurant twice. The food, decor and service was fantastic if not a bit pricey. The wine selection is wonderful, the tapas were very good and the ribs are something special. Overall this restaurant delivered in every area. There is outdoor dining during the right time of year even though the... More 

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Thank Hoplite1976
New Haven, Connecticut
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

Upscale tapas restaurant located off the street. Nice atmosphere and good food. Reservations suggested.

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Thank Tyler H
Shanghai, China
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26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

Very laid back environment and delicious eats. Price is a little steep, but it's worth it for the occasional visit. Had Iberian cold cuts, ceviche, seafood paella, and sangria.

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Thank Adam W
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015 via mobile

Revisited Shanghai after living there for years, and picked out elFANTE as one of my to-go places for a weekend brunch. Sorely disappointing. The cooking tasted more Chinese than Mediterranean...the patatas, lamb stew and fried asparagus tasted like they'd been plucked out of a Chinese cookbook. In hindsight, I'm glad I didn't order a paella, I couldn't have kept it... More 

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Thank Celine N
Shanghai Region, China
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122 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

This place is on Donghu Road, just off of Huaihai Road, on a lively strip with plenty of bars and restaurants. I was taken by a friend, who said the place is pretty good, just a bit pricy, but considering what you get it is not bad. They have great Martinis as well and a garden, which looks nice, but... More 

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Thank traveleatsee
Brussels, Belgium
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56 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

We came here for a late lunch and had a mix of tapas, a sangria on white wine (not really my cup of tea). Food was good and the gazpacho absolutely excellent (the best I ever had). Nice sitting outdoors in a well arranged garden and getting away from the hooting, crazy street when you are tired and slightly confused... More 

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Thank Marja W
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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58 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

Nice ambiance, good tapas selection and a great wine list. Limited dessert menu, but doesn't disappoint!

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Thank akeyaranu
Shanghai
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

There are many alternatives. But this is my go-to Western restaurant in the French Concession. The service, food and drinks are consistently excellent. It's good to see Willy here on a regular basis, minding the shop. He is super creative, very good to his employees, and has a wonderful passion for his work. The result is a quite special dining... More 

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Thank Posquant
Shanghai, China
Level Contributor
110 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015 via mobile

This restaurant is a nice Restaurant with a nice venue. Very cosy and romantic, the food is not so bad but better order a lot since the Tapas is so small. The wine choice very good but and I say but the service is skittle slow and they are not so helpful. However it's a good place to go for... More 

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Thank Jaime G

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: DongHu Road 20 | Near to Huai Hai Road, Shanghai 200031, China
  • Location: Asia  >  China  >  Shanghai Region  >  Shanghai>  > Former French Concession
  • Neighborhood: Former French Concession
  • Phone Number: +86 21 5404 8085

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 50
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Spanish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 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.