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Southern Barbarian

2F, Area E, Ju'Roshine Life Art Space, 169 Jinxian Lu (near Maoming Lu), Shanghai, China (Huaihai Road)
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Ranked #371 of 12,480 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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41 reviews from our community

78% Recommend
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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101 reviews 101 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

I enjoyed my dinner here. If you're looking to try something a bit different, this Yunnan restaurant is worth a try. The deep fried honey bees were part of the reason I went here and they were surprisingly good, not just a novelty. These are the only bugs I've ever eaten that I truly would like to eat again. Nice... More

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Hong Kong, China
15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

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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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
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93 reviews 93 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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
59 helpful votes 59 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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602 reviews 602 reviews
190 restaurant reviews
254 helpful votes 254 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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176 reviews 176 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 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
5 helpful votes 5 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
11 helpful votes 11 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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