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Shanghai Chinese Restaurant

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830 N Milpas St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
(805) 962-7833
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12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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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
Dining options: Dinner

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Great chinese food

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 16, 2014
Nithya N
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 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 

Thank Nithya N
Redlands, California
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109 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 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 

Thank kmarq55
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 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 

Thank Kat2001
San Jose, CA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 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.

Thank Terrigal
Irvine, California, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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 

Thank Shang T
Santa Barbara
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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 

Thank NinerBayB
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 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.

Thank aubri9
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 830 N Milpas St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: (805) 962-7833

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Chinese


Open Hours
4:30 pm - 9:15 pm
4:30 pm - 9:15 pm
11:30 am - 2:15 pm
4:30 pm - 9:15 pm
11:30 am - 2:15 pm
4:30 pm - 9:15 pm
11:30 am - 2:15 pm
11:30 am - 2:15 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?