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Southern Barbarian

2F, Area E, Ju'Roshine Life Art Space, 169 Jinxian Lu (near Maoming Lu), Shanghai, China (Huaihai Road)
021-51575510
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Ranked #384 of 12,422 restaurants in Shanghai
Price range: $0 - $10
Cuisines: Barbecue, Yunnan
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Good for: Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Neighborhood: Huaihai Road
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77% Recommend
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Hong Kong, China
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

This place has amazing Yunnan homestyle. Definitely try grandma's mashed potatoes, spicy mint salad, and grilled yunnan style cheese. They also have more exotic offerings like bees and such which we have not tried yet. The selection of beer was quite comprehensive and an unexpected surprise. Otherwise, be aware the the restaurant itself might be a bit hard.

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Jinzhou,China
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013 via mobile

Barbarian is one of the spots that local foreigners often go to and it's always simple and unpretentious, fairly good value dinner. Service can be a bit slow since its usually busy, but staff is friendly and always rush to you when you catch their atterion. Food is always great, with favorites of grilled goat cheese, grilled mushrooms, spicy beef... More

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Singapore, Singapore
Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

HArd to find - went with a local - and the restaurant is unpretentious and simple. we opted for a lighter meal having been eating out all week: started with the thinly, sliced grilled goats cheese with a mint ad soy/sesame salad, which complemented it beautifully. Stuffed lotus roots, with chilli, small bacon pieces, came with passion fruit flowers and... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

We were recommended Southern Barbarian as a "more authentic, non touristy" Hunnan dining experience. We left with a strong taste of disappointment - and not much else. Unfortunately we could not think of many positive things to say about our experience. Yes - the restaurant is not straight forward to find, but this doesn't really matter. It took us 2-3... More

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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563 reviews 563 reviews
179 restaurant reviews
217 helpful votes 217 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

We went to Southern Barbarian for a light lunch and were delighted with the food. It is in a strange location at the back of a building and up a flight of stairs - you just have to keep following the arrows. The service was not so good and the guy who seemed to be running the show was disinterested,... More

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New Jersey
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161 reviews 161 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

We had dinner here our first night in Shanghai. Everything was delicious from the fried goat cheese to the soup to the Plum wine. Staff was friendly. A nice experience.

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Shanghai, China
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37 reviews 37 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

Seems like because this place gets good reviews from those expat magazines, it is more frequented by expats or tourists. The food is good, but not great. Service is nice though, at least the waiters smile. And that is rare in Shanghai.

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New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

Southern Barbarian is less a restaurant than a great bar with unusual pub-food. The beer listing at 60+ varieties is the highlight of the restaurant. They are particularly strong with Belgian, Czech, and West Coast American Brews. The food while maybe not a gourmet experience on its own, is a perfect addition to draining a few pints with a good... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

Went here for my Birthday celebration, it was fantastic. food was awesome! great value for money Best parts were the Goats cheese fried like halloumi, I don't like goats cheese but this was great. and the friend Honey bee's are a real delicacy! I would take visitors to Shanghai here to eat. Food came quick but the service was lacking... More

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South Pole
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134 reviews 134 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2012

Thanks to its long-time English-language publicity, any foreign Shanghai resident knows (and some even frequent) Southern Barbarian. But is the restaurant great? I think not. Shanghai has this weird relationship with 'Yunnan food', some kind of a magic spell that turns this down-home, basic and cheap regional cuisine (when you eat it in Yunnan) into a fashionable and precious dining... More

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