Shanghai 30's
Shanghai 30's

Shanghai 30's

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.shanghai30s.com/
  • Phone: 01865 242230
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm, Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm - 6:00pm; Dinner: Modnay - Sunday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Chinese
  • Executive Chef: George Lee
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch
  • Catering: Shanghai 30's outside catering. Ranging from wedding buffets to intimate dinners in your own home. Our outside catering service is suitable for clubs, events, family celebrations and casual/formal dining. We offer food supply only or provide a fully staffed service.
    For Shanghai 30's to offer outside catering to you is sometimes easier and cost effective than going out for lunch - so we come and set up the buffet for you! We cover a wide range of different events, such as:
    • Business lunches
    • Birthdays/for both adults and children
    • Funerals
    • Christenings
  • Private Party Facilities: Over 50 years The Elizabeth built a reputation for serving quite simply the best food in Oxford and its name is still synonymous with quality. Shanghai 30's are very much continuing that tradition and an elegant and refined atmosphere is exuded throughout this graceful Chinese restaurant. There are two dining rooms; the larger one is classy and stylish and more than capable of hosting the most ostentatious banquet whilst the other is a cosy panelled room offering a snug and inviting ambiance.
  • Private Party Contact: George 01865 242230
  • Special Events: By booking with OpenTable, you can get the following options:
    Any time at lunch time, you can get 50% off your food bill.

    Book before 7pm for dinner on the same day and you could get a "buy one get one free" main course only for a party of 8 people maximum.

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Single yellow lines outside the restaurant or the multistory car park 10 minute walk from the restaurant.
    Spend over £200 pounds and get free parking.
A word from Shanghai 30's
The name Shanghai means “on the sea” and the city lies on the east coast of China, just south of the Yangtze river. In the 30's, Shanghai was called the “ Paris of the Orient”. It was a place of shows, restaurants, clubs and gambling to keep you from getting lonely. People from all over the world were throwing themselves into the Shanghai parties. It was these new immigrants who fuelled the fantastically opulent and innovative dinning culture in the town – a huge and varied range of different cuisines were being introduced to the city, while native food was being subsequently transformed into a taste and a style of west meets east in order to compete. Shanghai, was one of the melting pots of the gourmet world during the 30's. Situated in this 15th century building, Shanghai 30's cuisine is based on the both classic and contemporary dishes of Shanghai and the surrounding areas - Shaoxing and Yangchow, but also includes some of the most popular dishes from Sichuan.
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Shanghai 30's reviews from OpenTable diners
9 reviews since 19 May 2014
Average Rating4.1
  • Food3.8
    Service4
  • Ambience4
    Value3.9
75% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasions (5)romance (3)fit for foodies (3)pre/post theatre (3)good vegetarian options (2)business meals (1)group bookings (1)Show More
  • Chinese delight
    Misty
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    I have eaten here many times and the quality and taste of the food never disappoints. There are ample choices, well priced and quality meals. The staff are always friendly and attentive but never rushed you have time to enjoy and relax.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, pre/post theatre, romance
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Time Travel
    nickname
    Dined on 15/7/2014
    The rooms are nicely decorated making you feel like you entered a living room from the 30's and even after some time you still discover another nice detail in the interior design. The menu is gigantic and reading through all the different dishes is an event for itself. We can recommend to start with the "Hors D’oeuvre Platter" as this gives you a nice sampling of the different styles. The food was very tasty and delicious, overall we had a very pleasant evening.
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    good vegetarian options, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Shanghai 30s March 2014
    Bangles
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Service was generally prompt and friendly. Food was delicious although quite hot/spicy, more than expected! Decent portion sizes. Good range of choices. Would've been nice to have more wines available by the glass.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Agree with prev review - too sweet
    Illusio
    Dined on 19/12/2013
    BF and I both have sweet tooth, hence picking the dishes we did. But a dish needs balance, and these were just overly sugary with no chilli/garlic/soy balancing flavours. Not food I'd choose again
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 5 ratings-only reviews submitted since 19 May 2014
    • Average Rating4.2
    • Food3.8
    • Ambience4
    • Service3.8
    • Value4
  • The following 464 reviews are from the Shanghai 30's reviews archive.
  • A Great Experience!
    Belinda
    Dined on 15/5/2013
    Do not be put off by the entrance to Shanghai's as it is not immediately obvious, or particularly attractive, but once you get up the stairs it is a fascinating place. Loved the retro photos and the feel of being in a Shanghai club of the 30;s era. When we arrived for lunch it was quiet, but soon filled up with couples and students who were taking advantage of the £10 set menu. We ate from the extensive menu, my husband had an assortment of fish and I the sizzling beef. Both were excellent, and the wine by the glass was reasonably priced and of good quality. I would not hesitate in recommending it and if only we lived nearer would be regular diners!
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    romance, fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The real deal
    ProfDavidB
    Dined on 13/9/2012
    Looking for REAL Chinese food in Oxford then look no further. Great food Excellent service nice surroundings and no more expensive than a Basic Chinese. Even got decent champagne at a sensible price. We will be back ......
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    business meals, fit for foodies, special occasions, group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Jossman
    Dined on 3/6/2012
    Have dined at this restaurant several times. The food is fantastic and so is the setting. However, the old nature of the building means it gets cold sometimes. As the dishes are not sitting on warming plates, this also means that your food also gets cold if you do not eat it quickly. Addition of some warming plates for the tables would make this a perfect experience!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Shanghai 30's is a real gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 22/5/2012
    Shanghai 30's is a real gem of a restaurant with great food and great service it is always a delight
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    business meals, romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, group bookings, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Imaginative Chinese
    puralexmiles
    Dined on 5/5/2012
    Not your average Chinese - real cuisine - not a sweet and sour hong kong ball in sight! Get the street dumplings - delish!
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  • Shanghai 30's 82 St Aldates,
    deni
    Dined on 4/5/2012
    Shanghai 30's 82 St Aldates, Oxford, OX1 1RA Reliable as usual; was pleased to see the place busy.
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  • Shanghai 30's 82 St Aldates,
    deni
    Dined on 27/4/2012
    Shanghai 30's 82 St Aldates, Oxford, OX1 1RA Reliable as always.
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  • Really great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 23/4/2012
    Amazing food! Amazing music and amazing prices! You won't regret this experience!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 8 stars for food 7 stars for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/4/2012
    8 stars for food 7 stars for rice 6 star for service....
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  • Great atmosphere and good
    Ytable
    Dined on 8/4/2012
    Great atmosphere and good food. Only critique was a recommendation for a not very good item off the lunch menu ; Sichuan noodles tasted like over cooked pasta...
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  • I had a thoroughly enjoyable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/4/2012
    I had a thoroughly enjoyable lunch at Shanghai 30s in Oxford on the 6th. Both my guest and I found the traditional Chinese dishes tasty and filling. This restaurant has become my favourite in the area, and I am looking forward to my next meal there!
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  • Shanghai 30's 82 St Aldates,
    deni
    Dined on 4/4/2012
    Shanghai 30's 82 St Aldates, Oxford A great place to take someone new - they're never disappointed. Service a little over enthusiastic - the main course arrived half way through the first...
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  • We visited the Shanghai 30's
    peachesVIP
    Dined on 1/4/2012
    We visited the Shanghai 30's for lunch in Oxford on Sunday. Delicious food, well prepared, very nice service and a wonderfully quirky decor and language recordings in the loo. Very fun!
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  • Shanghai 30's, OX1 1RA. Welcoming
    nonnymouse
    Dined on 26/3/2012
    Shanghai 30's, OX1 1RA. Welcoming staff - a nice change from the usual Chinese restaurant surliness. A range of unusual dishes, but all too sweet for my taste. The audio language tape in the loos is a bit of a surprise.
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  • We booked a party of 12 for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 25/3/2012
    We booked a party of 12 for Sunday evening at Shanghai 30's in Oxford and were delighted with the occasion. The food was the best bit - we chose a selection of starters and main courses from the menu rather than the set meals, and were not disappointed. Especially good were the spare ribs and almond chicken starters and the lychee pork and sticky beef main courses. Very sweet but not cloying. Excellent wines too.
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  • Shanghai 30's Oxford Great
    deni
    Dined on 23/3/2012
    Shanghai 30's Oxford Great as always - a pleasure to take friends too. A well deserved Michelin 2012 recommendation.
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  • food was nice apart from the
    lovetodineatRoux
    Dined on 17/3/2012
    food was nice apart from the chilli boiled fish - too pricy for the quality
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  • Fantastic Chinese food! Our
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 15/3/2012
    Fantastic Chinese food! Our prawn toasts arrived complete with head and tail, which was a lovely touch. Can also thoroughly recommend the mango duck, sizzling beef and satay chicken. Such great value with the 2 for 1 offer on mains!
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  • Pork a la Shanghai was absolutely
    melliolla
    Dined on 14/3/2012
    Pork a la Shanghai was absolutely superb- moist and falling to pieces. The flaming chicken and rice was a bit dry; the other dishes were good. The wine was excellent. The restaurant itself is beautifully decorated and has excellent ambience. With regards to the service, our waitress was wonderful and very charming, although the other two who on occasion served us lacked manners and took a long time to do the bill. Dishes are around £8, but each person needs 2 dishes as they're quite small.
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  • Althought the decor is a little
    Shez
    Dined on 11/3/2012
    Althought the decor is a little worn, the atmosphere was good and the service attentive. The food was terrific. We were a party of 4 and we all enjoyed our meals and would highly recommend to other diners.
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  • Amazing food, i have never
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/3/2012
    Amazing food, i have never tasted chinese food like this. Pretty good value with the 50% off mains - 2 dim dum, 2 mains and a bottle of wine £35. We'll be going back soon!
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  • Very much enjoyed our meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/3/2012
    Very much enjoyed our meal there - food was very tasty and the service was good. The decor is quite surreal but nonetheless definitely adds to the experience. I would recommend.
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  • From the hustle and bustle
    Nbn57
    Dined on 3/3/2012
    From the hustle and bustle of tourists and students on the street outside, you step back into 1930's Shanghai. The decor does not disappoint and the food certainly excels. Service is attentive but unobtrusive. Definitely try the dim-sum - the best I've had in a long while (Yum Chow in Singapore) Presentation of dishes is impeccable, but will someone please do something about the western music. Definitely worth a visit if budget allows - if just to learn Chinese in the toilets.
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  • Shanghai 30's, next to the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/3/2012
    Shanghai 30's, next to the famous Alice in Wonderland shop in Oxford. We came for lunch on a weekday at 2pm so the restaurant was pretty empty. Very old-fashioned interior, which gives a warm feel to the room, very attentive service and a very attractive TT offer: 50% off mains (note: does not apply to appetizers, Dim Sum menu or side dishes). Mains (Lemon Chicken Deluxe and Pineapple Chicken) were flavourful but a bit heavy and very sugary. Would maybe recommend rather for a dinner date out.
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  • Shanghai 30s, Oxford: Had
    TS87
    Dined on 25/2/2012
    Shanghai 30s, Oxford: Had a very tasty lunch for two from the dim sum set menu (wonton soup, four types of dim sum and a drink for £10.50). Service was good though a little slow, but we weren't in a terrible hurry so it didn't matter too much. Would definitely eat there again and would recommend.
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  • Shanghai 30's Oxford Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 19/2/2012
    Shanghai 30's Oxford Excellent Chinese food in a cosy atmosphere.
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  • Shanghai 30's, Oxford: Food
    AllyPally
    Dined on 18/2/2012
    Shanghai 30's, Oxford: Food was good but not exceptional. Service was helpful but a little slow.
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  • Shanghai 30's 82 St Aldates,
    deni
    Dined on 17/2/2012
    Shanghai 30's 82 St Aldates, Oxford, OX1 1RA Great music added to great food and attentive service.
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  • The for was good, the servings
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 14/2/2012
    The for was good, the servings were generous. Even though interior could do with some updating and dusting, the service was fast, accommodating and pleasant.
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  • Shanghai 30's in Oxford was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 13/2/2012
    Shanghai 30's in Oxford was a great place to have a quiet meal where you could relax and enjoy some good, reasonably priced food. The quality of the food was exceptionnal and the service was appreciated as they left you alone most of the time.
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  • The restaurant is located
    beckdine
    Dined on 12/2/2012
    The restaurant is located just over the road from Christchurch college and has good views across the property. Waitresses were very welcoming and attentive throughout so very happy with service. The food was nice and good value with the 50% off main courses deal, however it didnt blow me away and whilst it was a nice lunch, it wasnt really anything to write home about.
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  • Great food, good atmosphere,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/2/2012
    Great food, good atmosphere, very helpful and nice staff, excellent value for money. I would definitively recommend!
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  • What a lovely place! Situated
    grhydian
    Dined on 3/2/2012
    What a lovely place! Situated upstairs next to the Alice in Wonderland shop, the shabby chic of the dining room sets the mood perfectly. The service is discreet yet attentive, and the prices do not reflect the sheer mastery of the kitchen. Especial favourites are the champagne and honey glazed spare ribs, the pork à la Shanghai (pieces of belly pork stewed in Shaoxin wine - think Drunken Chicken but better) and the simply amazing dam dam mien (noodles). A return visit is a must!
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  • Not the Elizabeth!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 30/1/2012
    The three of us had the £26 banquet (which was meant to be for a minimum of four people) and so we had a lot of food! Especially as they brought us two additional main courses on the house! Everything was freshly cooked and very tasty. A particular commendation for the spring rolls, the prawns and the ice creams.
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  • Not the Elizabeth!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 30/1/2012
    The three of us had the £26 banquet (which was meant to be for a minimum of four people) and so we had a lot of food! Especially as they brought us two additional main courses on the house! Everything was freshly cooked and very tasty. A particular commendation for the spring rolls, the prawns and the ice creams.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I've been the the restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 21/1/2012
    I've been the the restaurant quite a few times during the last year, and I have always found both the service and the food very impressive. However, this time the staff really weren't on the ball, and, although the quality of the food was fine it was not as good as it used to be. I hope this is only a phase which will pass quickly.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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