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“AUTHENTIC ITALIAN FOOD” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Gondola Veneziana

Gondola Veneziana
No.16 Henan Middle Road, Shanghai, China (The Bund)
021-63219803
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Ranked #155 of 12,562 Restaurants in Shanghai
4.5 of 5 stars 38 Reviews
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: The Bund
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“AUTHENTIC ITALIAN FOOD”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

We visited this restaurant with our Italian friend .The food was excellent and much to the liking of my Italian friend. Everyone enjoyed their food especially the desserts .The restaurant is small but don't let that put you off.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“one more fake Italian restaurant”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

I went there twice.
the pizza was ok.
good the idea of the fired pizza as bread
the minestrone is boiled water with navigating vegetables
the pasta was overcooked and totally disconnected from the (very limited) sea food sauce
the sauce of the tuna veal was industrial low cost with olives rather than capers
the lamb was fine like the accompanying smashed potatoes
the grilled shrimps did not have any taste
the salad was already dressed,and no oil/winegar was offered
in few words,it is a pity the chinese who are interested to the italian cuisine gets the impression this is the typical quality
positive note: it is not expensive unless you take wine,but I would rather spend more to get more quality
there is much better Italian restaurants in Shanghai

  • Visited March 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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“Service is good but not the food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

We had a business dinner at this place on Sunday. The restaurant is small and the menu has limited choice, this is okay if the food is good. However come to our disappointment the cold appetizer is terrible, the calamri consists of prawn, scallop and frozen stuff.
The pasta I have is the angel hair pasta but actually just a Chinese rice noddle with the frozen seafood.
The service is good and the staff is attentive and helpful, this is the only plus point of this restaurant from my opinion.

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“Christmas Eve in Gondola Shanghai”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

This year Christmas Eve, together with friends, we booked a table in the Restaurant 'Gondola' in Shanghai and thought we might be sitting there alone celebrating Christmas. Oh no. The restaurant was packed to the last seat and an attractive set menue was on. The restaurant was tastefully decorated for Christmas and a certain Christmas feeling, though not the real one, came up. The food was superb and finally all agreed that the most stunning dish, main course, had been the slowly braised beef cheeks in redwine sauce. It will be hard to find something similar in Europe ! Our Christmas Eve was just great and we had been celebrating until well after midnight. We all agreed that Gondola is not only a good restaurant for excellent Italian food also they handled the Italian inspired international set menue very well and we highly recommend the restaurant. The same group we went back for December, 31 st and again it was just great. Great food, good atmosphere and this time the very central location near the Bund was great as well. Midnight we browsed down to the Bund and watched the laser show. After just strolled back and kept on having a great time. Thank you very much to the Gondola Team !

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Cosy Restaurant with execellent food in the Middle of Bustling Shanghai”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Last Saturday evening I followed the recommendation of a friend and payed a visit to the Italian Restaurant Gondola located on Henan Road 16, Shanghai, for dinner. The restaurant is tastefully decorated in warm colours which makes is a very cosy place to eat and stay for drinks. The ground floor is rather small though the classy looking dining room on the second floor and the function room on the the third floor are a good option in case a large table is required.
The beef filet I orded was perfectly cooked medium to well (as required) and was outstanding. It was super tender and tasty and I would recommend it any time. The glass of house wine was ok though nothing special. Here is some space for improvement I recon. Service was friendly and attentive and I am sure that I will be back for lunch or dinner very soon. The location is very close, within walking distance, to the Bund, Nanjng Road and Yu Garden and just a few meters beside the Westin Hotel on Henan Road.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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