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SongHeLou CaiGuan (ShanTangJie)

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No.198 Shantang Street, Suzhou, China
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+86 512 6532 1398
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Hong Kong, China
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91 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2016

Served authentic Suzhou cuisine with quite a few appetisers, famous for the fried fish which is delicious. The braised pork belly and the goose black pudding in soup are also worth trying if you are adventurous enough. Efficient service.

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1 Thank Tina L
Beijing, China
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31 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2016

Song He Lou is perhaps the most famous restaurant in Suzhou city, renowned for its Suzhou cuisine. This is a branch at Shan Tang Jie, so the menu is limited compared to its main shop at Guan Qian Jie. It feels like a branch specialized in handling tourists. The waitress was impatient and the service quality was poor. However, we... More 

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Thank Donghao C
Auckland, New Zealand
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76 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2016

We had dinner there. The food was tasty. That's why the restaurant was so busy. Recommend if you visit Shantang Street.

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Thank Pudding20142014
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176 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2015 via mobile

Its situated near end of the shantang street. Famous for suzhou traditional food & taste A recommended place to dining!

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Thank Samantha S
Beijing, China
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88 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2015

Make sure you order the signature dishes like the sweet sour fish and a few others. Otherwise you don't need to come to a restaurant like this. Price is ok, slightly high. Since Suzhou is good for street food, if you are traveling on budget and love street food then there is no point sparing money to afford this. But... More 

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Thank Taylor L
Helsinki, Finland
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57 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2015

We decided to head out somewhere more fancy on our last night in Suzhou, and ended up in this place partly by accident. Menu had pictures and English descriptions, which were needed as the staff did not really speak any English. Staff was very helpful though and we got understood eventually (don't bother going here if you don't feel comfortable... More 

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Thank 1984MariE
Kuala Lumpur
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35 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2014

We had dinner here after strolling along Shantang Street. The restaurant is cozy but staff were not so attentive although there were not many people on a Friday evening. According to our local Chinese friend, Suzhou Cuisine tends to be sweet thus one or two dishes were not so acceptable to us. Other than that, the cold starter and hot... More 

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Thank chanlil
Suzhou, China.
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28 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2014

When showing friends around Suzhou I usually arrive at Shantangjie in time for lunch. The Songhelou provides traditional food with an Attempt at a Suzhou atmosphere. The menu accords to traditional Huaiyang style so it is fit for introducing guests to the culinary delights of Jiangnan food. The main problem is that the restaurant is a remnant of the old... More 

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Lisbon, Portugal
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72 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2014 via mobile

We had a great meal here - pork, mushrooms, noodles, etc. Pleasant space and decent service (not sure they speak English but we had a guide). Bought some moon cakes on the way out, which we just ate this week and were delicious.

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Thank CRPalma
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2013

As European I cannot speak any Chinese. Fortunately the menu' was translated but there was no sign the food was going to be super cold almost frozen!! Ordered some beef which came super cold, some mushroom and carrots stuff which was horribly cold and then the taste was bad. The prawn dish was basically prawn from the freezer with ice!... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Chinese, Asian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Families with children, Large groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: No.198 Shantang Street, Suzhou, China
  • Location: Asia  >  China  >  Jiangsu  >  Suzhou
  • Phone Number: +86 512 6532 1398

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?