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Ji Shi Restaurant

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Former French Concession
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41 Tian Ping Road, Shanghai 200030, China
021-62829260
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Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
True Shanghai Food

We went there for lunch and were lucky to get the last table downstairs just before the lunch crowd set in after 12.00 pm. The restaurant is very small with only five tables downstairs, not sure how many tables they have upstairs but I would guess not too many more. Service staff do not speak... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 3, 2016
DorisMa
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Munich, Germany
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved this place. The restaurant is unpretentious and cozy, and despite it's reputation, it wasn't full of tourists - plenty of Shanghainese patrons the night we were there. The food was fresh and surprisingly delicate. Thanks to another Trip Advisor reviewer, we ordered the crab and tomato soup, which I would otherwise not have noticed. It was spectacular - light... More 

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Munich, Germany
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63 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

We went there for lunch and were lucky to get the last table downstairs just before the lunch crowd set in after 12.00 pm. The restaurant is very small with only five tables downstairs, not sure how many tables they have upstairs but I would guess not too many more. Service staff do not speak English, however, the menu is... More 

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Thank DorisMa
Sydney, Australia
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286 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 232 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

We asked our hotel to book a table for lunch and pre-ordered the fish head with scallions. Couldn't fault the experience - began with the fish which was delicious and so so tender. Next we had a bowl of noodles also with scallions which we ate with the most amazingly tender pork with brown sauce and followed with a great... More 

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104 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015 via mobile

Ate here for our very last dinner in Shanghai before we go back the next day. The food was excellent. Despite the crab skin on average only, the food like the appetizers and the Hong Shao meat was in excellent quality. The service was good. Despite the environment very crowded with lots of people, the price is cheap and reasonable.

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1 Thank Justin C
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14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

Tasty, Savory, Delicious, Mouth-watering, yummy Shanghainese food. Service is not there, but you're not here for that. You're here for the food, and there is no better Shanghainese food in Shanghai. I lived in Shanghai for two years and this would be one of my go-to spots. It is oily and heavy though, so I don't recommend eating this everyday.... More 

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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

This review is only about the service at Old Jesse, not the food (for reasons obvious below). Based on a recommendation we booked for dinner last week at the restaurant. When we arrived it was packed with no empty tables (it is a very small restaurant and there is only elbow room between the cramped tables). We told the waitress... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015 via mobile

It's yummy. But I found the food abit oily and salty which is quite a characteristic of shanghai cuisine. Apparently u can't do walk in, only by reservation. Think this is the flagship store. Worth a try if u are in the French concession area!

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39 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Chances are, unless you're a local, you won't know about Jesse Restaurant, a small and famous restaurant that dates back to the pre-Communist era. This is a local place, so don't attempt to go here without a reservation. Also, you need to order certain dishes, like their braised fish head (amazing) at least a day in advance. Have been here... More 

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Thank Dan S
Hong Kong Region, China
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36 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Look no further for the always best & always enjoyable Shanghainese cuisine @ 41, Tian Ping Lu. Every dish is deliciously prepared & recently, they even set up a fine wine shop cum rest just opposite fto go along with your food. Wow !

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155 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

just off Huahei road, opposites Eddy's is a quaint old school Shanghainese restaurant. Nothing fancy but serving food that you may have had years ago. So forget about food presentation or fancy trappings. Instead what you have is the meat and bones of shanghainese staples. We had all the standards and each dish was well prepared and delicious. The prawn... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 41 Tian Ping Road, Shanghai 200030, China
  • Location: Asia  >  China  >  Shanghai Region  >  Shanghai>  > Former French Concession
  • Neighborhood: Former French Concession
  • Phone Number: 021-62829260

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  • Cuisine: Chinese, Asian

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Staying in Former French Concession

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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.