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“Fun, Informal, Sports Bar, Great Drink Menu”
Review of Blue Frog (SWFC)

Blue Frog (SWFC)
Ranked #51 of 16,925 Restaurants in Shanghai
Price range: $20 - $25
Cuisines: American, Bar
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Neighborhood: Lujiazui
Description: blue frog is one of the fastest growing western casual dining restaurant chains in China and operates a total of 18 restaurants in Shanghai, Beijing, Nanjing, Wuxi and Chengdu. It combines the professionalism of a big city eatery with the relaxed atmosphere of a local neighborhood joint. Its venues attract a cosmopolitan crowd that comes to blue frog for the top-notch service and great food and drinks. It's a casual, relaxed kind of place, but they take food and drink seriously. From brunch to dinner, blue frog serves the classics of Western cuisine, with strong international flavors and influences.
Shanghai
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324 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 201 helpful votes
“Fun, Informal, Sports Bar, Great Drink Menu”
Reviewed April 29, 2013

I have been to this establishment dozens of times so it's about time to give it a Trip Advisor treatment. Before it moved downstairs, this restaurant was so-so on atmosphere. Now that they occupy a bigger space, it has a great bar atmosphere and allows guests to walk around and mingle. The drinks menu is vast and than make just about anything. The beer selection is good but not great.

But the biggest attraction here is the good menu which includes mostly American fare at a reasonable price. Mixed with a fun and informal atmosphere, this is a winner. I spent many evenings after work here as well as many lunches. They have a weekly lunch menu which is usually served quickly at a reasonable price. They even have Diet Coke as part of this lunch package which many other restaurants do not.

Because of the informal atmosphere, this is also a good place for families and kids. There is plenty of room for the kids to walk around.

The only issue I have is that in the evenings at happy hour the wait staff struggles to keep up with the free drink coupons. Wen challenged, they listen, walk away, and we never get our happy hour drinks. This is not acceptable. The restaurant also seems to believe that people want really loud music in the evening to the point that normal conversation becomes impossible. This is when I leave as do a lot of other people I know. Finally, they don't seem to be able to serve cappuccinos at the proper "hot" temperature. What they should be doing is preheating the cups before pouring in the coffee. But I am sure they do not because the coffee served is always lukewarm. So I started sending it back. But rather than preheating the coffee cup with hot water, they try making coffee three or four times hoping that I eventually say ok. What a waste.

  • Visited April 2013
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Adelaide, Australia
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28 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Such an excellent, personal experience!”
Reviewed April 7, 2013

The wife and I found this place by chance. Walked in there and started video-taping the venue. A man, who was sitting on his lonesome, waved to the video at my instigation (my friendly suggestion). Turns out this gentleman was "LING", the Blue Flog 'Head Chef' of the organisation. What an absolute gentleman, trendsetters! Anyway, free desserts were provided and "Ling" was given our personal business card. In summary: a great venue; absolutely fantastic service; brilliantly clean venue and we give it 10/10.

Visited March 2013
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Thank ExRAAFie
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Brentwood, Tennessee
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76 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Good food even for vegetarians”
Reviewed April 5, 2013

My husband is vegetarian and while Blue Frog is known for their imported beef hamburgers, he found plenty to eat while the rest of us devoured our burgers! Lots of variety, even the asian kind!

Visited March 2013
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Thank Tonya B
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Shanghai, China
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40 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“A little bit of Western paradise in China”
Reviewed March 19, 2013

Great atmosphere, excellent western food, the best ever "Chilli Cheese Fries". Awesome service and fantastic fun. Get your name on the "SHOT" wall, my husband did.

Visited March 2013
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Thank Camaz1
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Montreal, Canada
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Monday 2 for 1 burgers and drinks!”
Reviewed February 17, 2013

Best burger in town I'd say. The food portion is just right, and with some friends you really can enjoy a good evening.

Visited January 2013
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