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Southern Barbarian

2F, Area E, Ju'Roshine Life Art Space, 169 Jinxian Lu, Shanghai, China
+86 21 5157 5510
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  • Excellent33%
  • Very good47%
  • Average11%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible2%
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“mint salad” (8 reviews)
“fries” (9 reviews)
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Chinese, Barbecue, Asian, Yunnan
$$ - $$$
2F, Area E, Ju'Roshine Life Art Space, 169 Jinxian Lu, Shanghai, China
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Reviewed August 10, 2013 via mobile

Barbarian is one of the spots that local foreigners often go to and it's always simple and unpretentious, fairly good value dinner. Service can be a bit slow since its usually busy, but staff is friendly and always rush to you when you catch their...More

Thank Mannayakasha
Reviewed July 25, 2013

HArd to find - went with a local - and the restaurant is unpretentious and simple. we opted for a lighter meal having been eating out all week: started with the thinly, sliced grilled goats cheese with a mint ad soy/sesame salad, which complemented it...More

Thank Vicky U
Reviewed July 20, 2013

We were recommended Southern Barbarian as a "more authentic, non touristy" Hunnan dining experience. We left with a strong taste of disappointment - and not much else. Unfortunately we could not think of many positive things to say about our experience. Yes - the restaurant...More

1  Thank wintercoat
Reviewed May 1, 2013

We went to Southern Barbarian for a light lunch and were delighted with the food. It is in a strange location at the back of a building and up a flight of stairs - you just have to keep following the arrows. The service was...More

1  Thank tombillinge
Reviewed March 28, 2013 via mobile

We had dinner here our first night in Shanghai. Everything was delicious from the fried goat cheese to the soup to the Plum wine. Staff was friendly. A nice experience.

1  Thank TakeMeAway44
Reviewed March 15, 2013

Seems like because this place gets good reviews from those expat magazines, it is more frequented by expats or tourists. The food is good, but not great. Service is nice though, at least the waiters smile. And that is rare in Shanghai.

Thank kai h
Reviewed February 20, 2013

Southern Barbarian is less a restaurant than a great bar with unusual pub-food. The beer listing at 60+ varieties is the highlight of the restaurant. They are particularly strong with Belgian, Czech, and West Coast American Brews. The food while maybe not a gourmet experience...More

Thank jay p
Reviewed October 9, 2012

Went here for my Birthday celebration, it was fantastic. food was awesome! great value for money Best parts were the Goats cheese fried like halloumi, I don't like goats cheese but this was great. and the friend Honey bee's are a real delicacy! I would...More

Reviewed July 6, 2012

Thanks to its long-time English-language publicity, any foreign Shanghai resident knows (and some even frequent) Southern Barbarian. But is the restaurant great? I think not. Shanghai has this weird relationship with 'Yunnan food', some kind of a magic spell that turns this down-home, basic and...More

Thank xamhayana
Reviewed June 30, 2012

I really liked their grilled cheese and vegetarian dishes. Sadly, I did not enjoy the fried mint leaves as much. This place was quite hard to find but really worth it.

Thank jApdoLL
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,
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Restaurant Details

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Chinese, Barbecue, Asian, Yunnan
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2F, Area E, Ju'Roshine Life Art Space, 169 Jinxian Lu, Shanghai, China
  • Location: Asia  >  China  >  Shanghai Region  >  Shanghai>  > Former French Concession
  • Neighborhood: Former French Concession
  • Phone Number: +86 21 5157 5510
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