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“Good by any standards” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of ElWilly

ElWilly
Ranked #29 of 16,842 Restaurants in Shanghai
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $35 - $60
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Scenic view, Families with children, Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: The Bund
Description: “el Willy” cuisine focuses in Spanish traditional, contemporary tapas & rices with a fun twist. The structure of the menu follows the Chinese Yin Yang structure of a meal. All the food is designed to be shared family style & to be eaten comfortably with chopticks.
New York City, New York
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68 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 194 helpful votes
“Good by any standards”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2012

I was introduced to El Willy by a Spaniard friend who vouched for it as the best Spanish in Shanghai. I've been to Spain a couple of times and had some truly wonderful food there and so my expectations were raised. He ordered and so I was impressed that I went back with friends within a week. El Willy truly offers excellent cuisine by any standards - in China, in North Asia and even relative to Europe/Spain. It is tasty, innovative, and well presented. Enough said.

  • Visited September 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Shanghai
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66 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Will go back”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2012 via mobile

As same as Donghu Road, we always enjoyed the Spanish food. Like the location, the building and the view. It is a nice restaurant indeed. Have to make reservation ahead of time.

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Shanghai, China
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Even better than the Donghu Lu location”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2012

Really amazing tapas and beautiful space on The Bund. Hard to get into on weekends so book ahead. Fun, cool vibe.

Visited July 2012
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Scotland
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66 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Probably my favourite Shanghai restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2012

I've eaten in a lot of Spanish restaurants and this has to be one of the best. Some of the dishes are amazing, and narrowing down the choice from the great menu can be difficult. It's slightly overpriced and making eye contact with waiting staff (who are more interested in each other) can be difficult, and annoying. Apart from that it is a great place, in an improved location, withh delicious food, and I will definitely be back.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank lockey1979
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Shanghai, China
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Too Far !”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2012

It's really too bad for us that El Willy moves on the Bund. We were at least once a week at the DongHu Lu Place and the new emplacement is too far now.
We visit twice El Willy on the Bund, great new place, too bad the soft drinks are no more included in the lunch menu...

Visited July 2012
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