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Le Saleya

#225 of 15,948 Restaurants in Shanghai
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Former French Concession
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Nong NO.1 NO. 570 Changle Road, Shanghai 200031, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went with 5 friends and colleagues without a booking. I had a fantastic tomato and mozzarella salad -- so good because the tomatoes were very tasty. My main course was a fennel and salmon salad, also excellent, and not something I'd ever had before. My colleagues were very happy with their meatier options. We had some excellent French red wine,... More 

Thank ChrisfromLondon
Atlanta, Georgia
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24 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went here with some colleagues. Was a very unique dinning atmosphere for Shanghai. Felt like was dining in a French bistro on a brick patio with many patrons enjoying wine, food and discussion. Food was not a hit with me and the reason for only four stars. Their wine selection was pretty extensive. There were some very fine choices with... More 

Haute savoie
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have been working in Shanghai over the last 2 month and as I have been commuting frequently pass this restaurant I decided to give it a shot. I turned up wth no reservation on friday night and managed to get a table. The service was fast, maybe a bit to much for french people but as expected in China.... More 

Thank jeandenis74
Bordeaux, France
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016 via mobile

The terrasse outside is really nice and enjoyable. The food is really correct but overprices and wine is way too expensive too. Good service

Thank bendosh
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016

We arrived having not booked but were welcomed. The service was slow and confused. I ordered the veal in leek and mushroom sauce and ended up with food poisoning on the 2 flight 23 hour journey home - delightful. wouldn't recommend it unless you stick to something fairly bland. colleagues wanted their steaks cooked more than charcoal blue and were... More 

Thank kimtree
The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016

I was recommended by my french friends and I've been there for brunch with my girl friends many times when I lived in Shanghai from 2008 - 2011 and went back there for brunch with family a year ago. Their brunch menu is more or less the same but each dish is amazing! Better make a booking before going, especially... More 

Thank shumcheung
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2016 via mobile

The atmosphere of the garden is really nice and cozy, we ended up eating inside, to me a bit less cozy. The Chinese waitresses are friendly, but the French waiters are really great and helpful. The food was fabulous especially the starter (filled mussels). The portions are a bit small, but then again it is a French restaurant and the... More 

Thank sorayaaaa93
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2016

The space is super cosy itself. It has a nice terrace outside, but also fine, rather simple indoor design. The food was really French, therefore mostly small portions, but the taste and quality is absolutly worth. Their home-made bread is also good. The service was a bit inconsistent. The chinese waitresses really try to be kind and helpful, yet they... More 

Thank balazs j
Shanghai, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2016

nice outdoor seating, a little noisy but nice probably a bit more quiet inside. Good food nice choice. Delicious bread (and it's a french who speaks) service could be better, a bit slow to get the order.. but it can easily be fixed. One issue with the bill, again can be fixed. Just check everything.

Thank PascaleV
Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2016

I was so impressed with the quality of the food at Saleya! I'd wandered in off the street with not particularly high expectations and had the pate followed by the confit duck. I was extremely happy with both. The duck in particular was superb with a crispy, salty skin and juicy meat underneath and served with a very simple green... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $21
French, European
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Nong NO.1 NO. 570 Changle Road, Shanghai 200031, China
  • Location: Asia  >  China  >  Shanghai Region  >  Shanghai>  > Former French Concession
  • Neighborhood: Former French Concession
  • Phone Number: 021-64261262
If you are looking for authentic French food in Shanghai seek no more! Le Saleya is just the place you want to be.Visiting Le Saleya is like being beamed up to the South of France in a family style establishment where owners get their hands dirty; where waiters run everywhere shouting out your order loudly, where the wine flows to pair traditional French dishes and ravish your palate; and where the kitchen door is widely opened, just because there is nothing to hide. Quite the opposite indeed. Proud of our sourcing and savoir-faire we love to share our methods, our kitchen stories, and our passion with our guests. There’s even a tiny special guests and friends’ kitchen table for the purists and the foodies that want to find out what being first in line during a “coups-de-feu” feels like.In January 2014, Le Saleya unveiled the next chapter in the restaurant’s history: a significant redesign, the extension of our terrace and a brand new menu designed by our Chef Philippe Charon. French style Suckling Pig, Pan-fried Goose Liver, Croustillant de Joue de Boeuf just to cite a few of our signature dishes that are to be washed down with a Pouilly Fuissé, a Bordeaux or a Côtes du Rhône, the epicurean way…Le Saleya is all about generosity, conviviality, memories, and a shared pleasure around the table. It shows a certain lifestyle and French tradition so rare to find in China.

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Former French Concession
While there are technical borders to the area formerly governed by the French in Shanghai, the "French Concession" of today is an amorphous neighborhood that is a favorite of the city's foreign residents. While it is mostly within the Xuhui district, residents will sometimes include parts of Jing'an and Luwan in their mental maps of the Former French Concession. The area seems frozen in time, characterized by quiet, tree-lined avenues, French-style villas, interesting boutiques, lively bars and quaint cafes that are not typical of China. All of these mix and mingle with local life as Chinese markets and lanehouse communities are peppered throughout. Denizens of the Former French Concession can spectate a mahjong game on the street or get their bike checked at a tiny bike repair store on the way to their refurbished apartment tucked away among Chinese family homes.
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