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Southern Barbarian

#204 of 12,527 Restaurants in Shanghai
Certificate of Excellence
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Neighborhood:
Jing'an
Chinese, Barbecue, Yunnan
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2F, Area E, Ju'Roshine Life Art Space, 169 Jinxian Lu (near Maoming Lu), Shanghai, China
021-51575510
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11:00 am - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 22
    Excellent
  • 33
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
A Must Try!

Like many other reviews mentioned, this place is definitely not the easiest to find. You will enter a building and go through some narrow empty hallway along the back and go up a set of stairs to find the place. The rest of the building was totally dead, but Southern Barbarian was very... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 1, 2016
Teague M
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

Like many other reviews mentioned, this place is definitely not the easiest to find. You will enter a building and go through some narrow empty hallway along the back and go up a set of stairs to find the place. The rest of the building was totally dead, but Southern Barbarian was very lively. What led me here was the... More 

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Thank Teague M
Stockholm, Sweden
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158 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

We had our hopes built up, but the restaurant didn’t relly deliver. No real depth in the food, don’t think it was freshly prepared. The cheese that everyone raves about isn’t all that… It doesn’t taste that much, and if you compare it to its European counterpart halloumi it has a long way to go. Wouldn’t go again, preferr other... More 

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Thank Bischa
Vienna, Austria
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26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

The restaurant was a bit hard to find and the entrance looked not so nice... This is why I expected not so good food. I was wrong though. They offered fine Yunnanese meals and a wide range of beer and other drinks. We especially enjoyed the fried honey bees, would definitely recommend! :) The service was ok.

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Thank Manuel V
Austria
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85 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

Very hard to find if you come in from the Maoming Lu side and when you do find the way in, you would be forgiven for a little trepidation because the ground floor of the building in which the restaurant is, is rather grotty. On the second floor is the restaurant, very small but the food is delicious. Our party... More 

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Thank IrisJay
Calgary, Canada
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91 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

In North America we are typically only exposed to a limited sampling of Chinese cuisine. So, it is great to be able to see something like this from southern China that did not migrate across the ocean. The place is pretty spartan and a bit hard to find, but the food is excellent. The potato "pizza" for lack of a... More 

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1 Thank Vladimir1968
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 via mobile

Have been visiting this Yunnanese restaurant for years & I have always enjoyed it. A little difficult to find on your first visit. The food is authentic & the proprietor very friendly & welcoming. For a taste of China you might not have heard of I would thoroughly recommend this place.

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1 Thank ShanghaiGoat
Paris, France
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34 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

You have to meander through a courtyard and a couple of buildings to find this place but its worth it. Great variety of foods though not Shanghai fare. Fresh, salads, fish, meats. All spiced and spicy if you wish. You can even have a plateful of crickets should you wish to. Great staff, not fluent in English but young, helpful... More 

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1 Thank LouisSaintCalbre
Shanghai Region, China
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112 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015 via mobile

A bit hard to find, but it's worth it. The food is reasonably priced, which is good insofar as you need a couple for their medium size. When you're there, definitely try the bug platter, a regional delicacy, with honey bees, grasshoppers and maggots - which all taste very nice!

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1 Thank prime01234
Ottawa, Canada
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37 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015 via mobile

This was the best meal I ate during a three week stay in China. This is not your typical Chinese food. It's from the Hunan province and is very different from what most people consider Chinese. The food was all very fragrant, well seasoned and perfectly cooked. The hit of the night was their restaurant made goat cheese which was... More 

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1 Thank Roisinniamh
Shanghai, China
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58 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

I prefer this place over Lost Heaven because Lost Heaven has MSG in every dish and cannot cook without it. Insane. This place is a little tricky to find, and is not dramatically decorated like the more popular Yunnan places in Shanghai, but the food is good and clean, and NO MSG!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2F, Area E, Ju'Roshine Life Art Space, 169 Jinxian Lu (near Maoming Lu), Shanghai, China
  • Location: Asia  >  China  >  Shanghai Region  >  Shanghai>  > Jing'an
  • Neighborhood: Jing'an
  • Phone Number: 021-51575510

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10
  • Cuisine: Chinese, Barbecue, Yunnan

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Jing'an

Neighborhood Profile
Jing'an
The heart of this neighborhood is the Jing'an Temple, while the main artery of excitement and entertainment is West Nanjing Road. Close to the Former French Concession, the area has a similar draw for foreign residents but displays a more commercial character. Large, flashy malls, luxe residential high-rises and trendy nightlife areas can be found along West Nanjing Road, but areas off the busy street have the same quiet cafes and independent boutiques that many people think of as distinctive of the Former French Concession. Jing'an is less encased in amber, though, and it's possible to immerse yourself more fully in the energy of China's most bustling metropolis here.