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Shanghai Chinese Restaurant

830 N Milpas St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
(805) 962-7833
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Ranked #291 of 454 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Sun - Mon 4:30 pm - 9:15 pm
Mon 11:30 am - 2:15 pm
Wed - Thu 4:30 pm - 9:15 pm
Wed - Fri 11:30 am - 2:15 pm
Fri 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Cuisines: Chinese
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We had seen good reviews for the Shanghai on Tripadvisor, so decided to give it a go whilst we were passing through Santa Barbara, but when we got to the restaurant address we thought it was closed, as the windows have a black film so you can't see inside the restaurant, even to see if the lights are on. Having... More 

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32 reviews 32 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Being a vegetarian, it has been a little challenging for me to pick a nice place to meet my Chinese food cravings. Shanghai Chinese is a nice little place. I have been here only for dinner. Love the jasmine tea as well as the list of veg mock meat/tofu options. I still have to try a lot of their menu... More 

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Redlands, California
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72 reviews 72 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

On the way home from a driving trip to Northern California, I was HUNGRY! From the freeway, searching on 'chinese food' in the Tripadvisor 'places nearby' list, we found this one. Fast and friendly service, and delicious food, made both me and my stomach smile! We learned that this is a family run restaurant, and that usually means taking pride... More 

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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

We've been to the Shanghai Chinese Restaurant several times and have never been disappointed. Everything from the hot tea to the very last bite of every meal is the best. I run out of words to describe it. The atmosphere and staff as always makes you want to go back again eventhough Santa Barbara is full of great places to... More 

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San Jose, CA
19 reviews 19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

We ordered Sweet Sour Chicken and Mongolian Beef. I have never seen so much onion in my life in mongolian beef however taste was not so bad. My husband said Sweet and sour chicken was also horrible.

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Irvine, California, United States
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013 via mobile

Great find, we were heading back to Los Angeles when we decided to find a place to eat. After the wife checked online we decided to give this place a try. First impression really normal Chinese restaurant with covered windows, and one can tell its been open for some time. Then unlike typical old Chinese places it was old but... More 

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Santa Barbara
12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

My family and I have been going to this restaurant for years and I mean 20+ years. It's the only place I go in SB for Chinese food. I live in Goleta and will make the "long" trek down to Milpas St. just to go here. I'm the only vegetarian in my family so the large varieties of vegetarian options... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

we ordered takeaway from here after seeing it in the guide book at the quality inn and the food was fresh, well-priced and delicious. Would definitely recommend!

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New Park, PA
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54 reviews 54 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

Vegetable soup was good. We got through some of the mu shu vegetables, pork chow fun and sesame chicken just to not be hungry and had to let it go at that. It wasn't bad, just no flavor. Didn't know this was possible.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

Shanghai restaurant is one of the best kept secrets of locals in Santa Barbara. It's tucked away in a small shopping center off Milpas St. near the S.B. county Bowl. We have been going there for 19 years and the same chef and owners have kept up the consistent excellent quality, great service and quiet atmosphere. We love their kung... More 

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Additional Information about Shanghai Chinese Restaurant

Address: 830 N Milpas St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
Phone Number: (805) 962-7833
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
Open Hours:
Sunday 4:30 pm - 9:15 pm
Monday 4:30 pm - 9:15 pm  11:30 am - 2:15 pm
Wednesday 4:30 pm - 9:15 pm  11:30 am - 2:15 pm
Thursday 4:30 pm - 9:15 pm  11:30 am - 2:15 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 2:15 pm  4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Cuisine: Chinese

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