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Shanghai Chinese Restaurant

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830 N Milpas St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
+1 805-962-7833
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11:30 am - 2:15 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Mon 4:30 pm - 9:15 pm
Mon 11:30 am - 2:15 pm
Wed - Thu 4:30 pm - 9:15 pm
Wed - Fri 11:30 am - 2:15 pm
Fri 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Los Angeles, California
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36 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2016

Not only was the food great, but I couldn't have asked for a friendlier staff. My lunch order arrived promptly (had egg foo young) and the sour soup was delightful. Very affordable and cozy spot.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2016 via mobile

Awesome food, awesome service. Best egg foo young. This place is a real treat if you can find it. They have fair prices and they are amazing there! If you have the chance, definitely come here. They also do take out as well.

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Thank Maliajean13
Tracy, California
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2016

I would have given zero star if I had the choice. It was on Christmas Day, my husband and I decided to treat my sister to a Chinese dinner. She was visiting from China for a few weeks and missed home cooking. When we arrived for dinner, all tables were taken but nobody was waiting so we were first in... More 

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We had seen good reviews for the Shanghai on Tripadvisor, so decided to give it a go whilst we were passing through Santa Barbara, but when we got to the restaurant address we thought it was closed, as the windows have a black film so you can't see inside the restaurant, even to see if the lights are on. Having... More 

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Thank MrandMrsHinMK
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42 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2014

Being a vegetarian, it has been a little challenging for me to pick a nice place to meet my Chinese food cravings. Shanghai Chinese is a nice little place. I have been here only for dinner. Love the jasmine tea as well as the list of veg mock meat/tofu options. I still have to try a lot of their menu... More 

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Redlands, California
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132 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2014

On the way home from a driving trip to Northern California, I was HUNGRY! From the freeway, searching on 'chinese food' in the Tripadvisor 'places nearby' list, we found this one. Fast and friendly service, and delicious food, made both me and my stomach smile! We learned that this is a family run restaurant, and that usually means taking pride... More 

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Duncan
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34 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2014

We've been to the Shanghai Chinese Restaurant several times and have never been disappointed. Everything from the hot tea to the very last bite of every meal is the best. I run out of words to describe it. The atmosphere and staff as always makes you want to go back again eventhough Santa Barbara is full of great places to... More 

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San Jose, CA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

We ordered Sweet Sour Chicken and Mongolian Beef. I have never seen so much onion in my life in mongolian beef however taste was not so bad. My husband said Sweet and sour chicken was also horrible.

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Thank Terrigal
Irvine, California, United States
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2013 via mobile

Great find, we were heading back to Los Angeles when we decided to find a place to eat. After the wife checked online we decided to give this place a try. First impression really normal Chinese restaurant with covered windows, and one can tell its been open for some time. Then unlike typical old Chinese places it was old but... More 

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Santa Barbara
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2013

My family and I have been going to this restaurant for years and I mean 20+ years. It's the only place I go in SB for Chinese food. I live in Goleta and will make the "long" trek down to Milpas St. just to go here. I'm the only vegetarian in my family so the large varieties of vegetarian options... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Chinese, Asian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Open Hours
Sunday
4:30 pm - 9:15 pm
Monday
4:30 pm - 9:15 pm
11:30 am - 2:15 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:15 pm
4:30 pm - 9:15 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:15 pm
4:30 pm - 9:15 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:15 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 830 N Milpas St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-962-7833

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?