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Ala Shanghai

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468 Troy Schenectady Rd, Latham, NY 12110-3231
518-783-8188
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 69
    Excellent
  • 27
    Very good
  • 5
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  • 5
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  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Best Chinese food around!

I've been here several times and was never disappointed with their pork soup dumplings. Being close enough I often take out food from here. Their restaurant is not very big and we had to wait during weekends for a table. Considering their food, it is worth the wait. Their parking is larger and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Albany, New York
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Albany, New York
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

I've been here several times and was never disappointed with their pork soup dumplings. Being close enough I often take out food from here. Their restaurant is not very big and we had to wait during weekends for a table. Considering their food, it is worth the wait. Their parking is larger and better now. We tried some of their... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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48 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Ala Shanghai is another Trip Advisor winner! Went to this restaurant after reading the reviews, and we were not disappointed. Fantastic authentic Chinese cuisine with dishes I have not seen outside of China. Food: The Aster salad was one of the best dishes I have had in an American Chinese restaurant. They have Begger's Chicken which is also unique to... More 

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Boston, MA
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

FANTASTIC GENUINE CHINESE food. Among the best in the USA. I have travelled and eaten far and wide, Among most Asian countries, all of the 50 states, and many countries in Europe and Latin America, and find this to be one of my favorite Chinese restaurants with fantastic service and tasty foods. And I am a very serious Chinese food... More 

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

We went here on a trip because of high rank on TA. The table we had very small and in a corner. Almost no room to move. The service strange. The waiter barely stopped. First brought tea, never said a word. Took order after while. Then my meat dish arrived. Several minutes later we each got a small bowl of... More 

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Latham, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Everything we ordered was good but the fish smelled like ammonia. This place is really good usually so hoping it was just a bad night and dont like to bash them...

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Latham, New York
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

tried the hot and sour soup best we ever had. also tried the petite fried dumplings and seafood dim sum,also excellent. companion had general tso chicken and was pleased. I had the lion meatballs in brown sauce. all I can say is Yum Yum. we shall go back often

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Albany, New York
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26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Fantastic chinese food, great staff and atmosphere. The ingredients always taste fresh and I've never had a bad meal!

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NYC, NY
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11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Owner-operated. Skilled chefs. Unique ingredients. Careful preparations. Very Authentic. Having worked many years in Hong Kong and China, Ala Shanghai beats most of the high priced restaurants in those areas. Mgmt works with customers to make dinner personal, whether experienced connoisseur of Chinese regional cuisine or used to corner take-out. I want their soup dumplings to be my last meal... More 

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Hong Kong
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58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

As someone who has grown up eating Chinese food in different cities throughout China, I can say - with complete confidence - that Ala Shanghai is one of the best Chinese restaurants I have been to in the United States. Their koufu (wheat gluten with mushrooms, peanuts, coriander and cinnamon) is spectacular. Additionally, Ala Shanghai is perhaps the only decent... More 

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Niskayuna, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

After my friend and I finished our lunches, we paid the check by credit card. We gave a 20% tip directly to our server, who was excellent. Not including the tip with the meal charges is something that we prefer. When we left the restaurant my friend and I chatted in the parking lot for a few minutes. The manager... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 468 Troy Schenectady Rd, Latham, NY 12110-3231
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Latham
  • Phone Number: 518-783-8188

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Chinese
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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