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Shanghai Restaurant


3433 Hillsborough Rd
Durham, NC 27705
Phone: (919) 383-7581
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Photo of Scott Morrison Scott Morrison
Jan 30, 2016 4

Shanghai is our favorite Chinese restaurant. The food is consistently good, the staff is friendly, and the service is fast. In addition to traditional American-style Chinese dishes, they have a solid selection of authentic Cantonese dishes. The prices are very reasonable for the portions, and they deliver. It may not be "fancy", but if that's not a deal-breaker for you, then I highly recommend Shanghai.

Photo of Doug C Doug C
Apr 12, 2022 5

A friend of mine introduced me to this place. I will say this you must try the salt and pepper pork chop. Most delicious Chinese dish I have every had. The fried rice was also excellent. I also had to tofu dish which was not bad. Service was good, and fast.

Photo of Rust Cohle Rust Cohle
Apr 3, 2022 5

Great value place. Visited it for first time after car broke across the street. I've been in may Chinese restaurants and this one exceeded my expectations. The fried rice special was only 8.99, big enough for two meals with lots of meat on it and a great flavor. Also, the service was fast and nice. That the place was packed around 2pm says a lot about their business, they may be doing something well. Recommended!

Photo of Jennifer Morehead Jennifer Morehead
Apr 10, 2022 5

I ordered the Jumbo Shrimp with Scallions in tangy spicy sauce and it was so good! It was spicy with a hint of sweet. My son order the tangy chicken and he loved it. My daughter limed the shrimp fried rice. My son is so picky about his food and I was so happy he tried something new and loved it. We will be definitely be going back!!

Photo of Ellen McLarney Ellen McLarney
Feb 5, 2022 5

The freshest Chinese food in town. Always courteous service, fresh veggies, noodles, fish, and meat. Highly recommend.

Photo of Berry Plays Berry Plays
Feb 13, 2021 5

The best Chinese food you can eat always hot and fresh and friendly staff....😁💯

Photo of Christina Hayes Christina Hayes
Dec 12, 2021 5

Super tasty little spot! We often frequent the Harris Teeter next door and decided to venture over this evening for dinner. It looks like a small store front on the outside but was surprisingly big and inviting on the inside! We got the egg drop soup + sesame tofu and string beans. Delicious food with lots of options and affordable! Will def be back :)

Photo of Luke Bibb Luke Bibb
Jan 28, 2022 5

Great food! Service was surprisingly fast for the amount of other customers on a Friday night. We ordered the orange chicken, sweet and sour chicken, sesame tofu, hot and sour soup, and some dumplings. All still delicious and hot after a 20 minute ride home! Most ordering is online which is very convenient. Great service. 5 stars.

Photo of Jea Hyun Kim Jea Hyun Kim
Jan 13, 2021 3

This used to be my go-to place for Chinese food in Durham. Their stuffed tofu hot pot and salt & pepper pork chops were really good back in the days. However, after COVID, they started decreasing the amount of meat and veggies, especially in the pork chops. Pork chops got smaller and there were too few veggies (scallions). Not sure if this is temporary, but would love to see them get back on track.

Photo of Tyler Cox Tyler Cox
Dec 12, 2020 5

I can genuinely say I have been eating here for years. The owners are incredibly friendly, food is the absolute best. It makes it worth it driving 30 min away knowing that my order is always right and that it will be the way I like. Out of all of my reviews this easily takes the #1 spot.

Photo of Sameer Valani Sameer Valani
Dec 3, 2020 5

My family's absolute favorite Chinese cuisine in all of North Carolina. Very consistent and exceptional quality.

Photo of Alia Riley Alia Riley
Oct 31, 2020 5

God I love this place, my family and I have been going there for well over 25 years. The food is always delicious, and we love the people who own the place and who work there. I miss eating in but so glad they are doing take out, the food is just as good. I went to school in the North and would cry because the food wasn’t as good as Shanghai’s. If you knew Lily and her family they just made the whole experience so warm and inviting. Loved the family and the food. I think great food is always backed with great people.

Photo of Jèmm Merritt Jèmm Merritt
Dec 4, 2020 5

This is a great place to eat. The food is extremely well cooked. The wait is longer on Fridays and Saturdays but it's well worth it!

Photo of Chloe Paterson Chloe Paterson
Sep 21, 2020 5

I really like the food specially on Monday I think with my husband is more care about cook the vegetables are not too welldone as others days and the general and sesame are juicy and crispy ... I recommend the curry , all the Chinese traditional cuisine dishes and the hot and sour soups are the best of NC 😋😊

Photo of Alex White Alex White
Sep 22, 2020 5

Great food and great service. Order online for a very quick and easy pick up process. They've really got this down and have a very speedy checkout.

Photo of Lee Bo Lee Bo
Sep 15, 2020 5

Nice folks good people. Always good food.... You should come try it. I have been for 20 years now....

Photo of Angela Chien Angela Chien
May 19, 2019 5

Good Chinese food in the Durham area. The tofu is a must order!

Photo of Paula Alexander Paula Alexander
Aug 13, 2020 5

First time visiting this restaurant. From the long line of people waiting. I wasn't disappointed the food was fantastic. .

Photo of Cynthia Gadol Cynthia Gadol
Jul 12, 2020 5

Every time we have ordered from here over the years the food has been delicious and the staff were friendly and polite. Love this place!

Photo of Zoe Little Zoe Little
Jul 14, 2020 5

We got take out from Shanghai last night and were really happy with the food and the service. Their menu has some interesting dishes that you don't see at every Chinese restaurant in town. We got to the restaurant a little later than the time they told us on the phone but it was still really hot when we brought it home. They have really taken good precautions to protect the employees from Covid in the restaurant, which was great to see. We loved the sesame tofu, Szechuan string beans, and mushu pork. The chow fun was just ok, we will get something different next time we want noodles. Can't wait to go back and try some other dishes!

Photo of Jaclyn Wittenberg Jaclyn Wittenberg
Jun 15, 2020 4

When traveling through we must stop... it was good last night, it's been EXCELLENT previously. Suggestion for business; I discovered while waiting in line last evening some people paid in advance and only needed to pick up their food. Is it possible to have a line for already paid guests and ask what they'd like for condiments and bring out their food curbside?

Photo of Robin Grandl Robin Grandl
May 21, 2020 4

My favorites are the egg drop soup and salt and pepper squid. Our neighbors introduced us to this Durham institution. The restaurant is large and busy but the wait staff make us feel at home. Looking forward to dining in again!

Photo of #Jamminmartha #Jamminmartha
May 4, 2020 5

My husband and I ordered take-out. I had the sweet and sour chicken. It was delicious! We use to eat there, when we lived in Orange county. We will have to make the trip more often. Thank you!

Photo of Luis Manzano Luis Manzano
Apr 16, 2020 5

There are lots of amazing and very delicious dishes at Shanghai and the noodles with curry its one highly recommended it

Photo of J B J B
Apr 13, 2020 4

Moo shu tofu is the best in town here. The only problem I have is the service in the restaurant sometimes.Some nights waiting takes a while to even get an order. The decor seems somewhat dated, but its not a bother to me .Prices seem great for vegetarian options.

Photo of Elizabeth Edens Elizabeth Edens
Mar 1, 2020 5

I have never tasted an eggroll as delicious as the one I had there. I am a big fan of Chinese food and was in awe of the service, friendliness and variety of food, not to mention huge serving. It covered 3 meals, all for 14 bucks. Will be back!

Photo of S Anderson S Anderson
Nov 12, 2018 5

Ordered delivery, everything went well with that and I was told it'd be 50-55 minutes since the drivers had other orders before mine. At 40 minutes there's a knock on the door. Great natured driver, very courteous and the food was right on point. I went in to eat today and my delivery food was as good as at their restaurant. I like that!

Photo of Sara T Sara T
Feb 21, 2020 5

I have been going to this place for years. They are amazing and their food is out of this world tasty! The best Cantonese Chicken in the Galaxy.

Photo of K Beach K Beach
Feb 1, 2020 3

Ate here on 1/31/2020 for the second time. Had the Mongolia chicken with fried rice (came with meal) and a side of pork fried rice. The chicken was great, BUT the fried and pork fried rice was very old and dry. If the quality and freshness of their rice improves, this would be perfect spot.

Photo of Lynn Holabird Lynn Holabird
Dec 27, 2019 4

Very good food but very quickly served. Our appetizers were served and within minutes our entrees were served. Even the waiter was surprised. However; nice ambience, good service, will go back.

Photo of Olivia H. Olivia H.
Dec 7, 2019 5

My boyfriend and I went here recently and absolutely loved it. The service was fast and attentive and the food was amazing and freshly prepared. We will be back!

Photo of Steph Does It Steph Does It
Nov 18, 2019 5

Ordered general toast chicken with white meat and was surprised at how different it looked from your normal ball size general toast chicken. Definitely the best I’ve ever had and didn’t make me feel bad while and after eating. Definitely recommend to any in, around or passing through. Great customer service.

Photo of Michael Fogle Michael Fogle
Nov 27, 2019 5

Go-to place when craving Chinese food. Been there so often, most of the staff knows my family and I on sight. Food is well-prepared and not overcooked (especially the vegetables). Tofu dishes are excellent. For dishes like Sweet&Sour or Tangy/Spicy Chicken, not over-breaded.

Photo of William Ruffin William Ruffin
Nov 22, 2019 5

No doubt the best Chinese restaurant in Durham period! Service is excellent. Price is okay. Shanghai has been consistent for decades. You will not be disappointed.

Photo of Jackie Brown Jackie Brown
Oct 31, 2019 4

The food is excellent and the majority of the staff is wonderful. My only dislike is the man at the order counter is very rude and sometimes condescending towards customers. He would be my reason for not eating there on a regular basis

Photo of Michael Pflanzer Michael Pflanzer
Oct 31, 2019 5

I love the cumin lamb! But beware, it packs some heat! Also the customer service is amazing, I've only been in three times yet the hostess remembered my orders and my name. The prices are very reasonable, too.

Photo of Dub Karriker Dub Karriker
Sep 21, 2019 4

Love the new owners and staff. The crowd is there for a reason. Great food, wide variety, good value and service. Wonderful local place.

Photo of Buddy Priest Buddy Priest
Aug 1, 2019 5

Super fast service, and food is delicious. Very simple menu, but great selections. The owner is suuper nice and recognizes us even if it has been a while.

Photo of J RK J RK
Jul 29, 2019 5

Honestly I have come here a lot of times with my family and the staff there are pretty nice and there food here is really good. Maybe the people who gave this place a bad review had a bad day. Because the staff here are really friendly. And there food here is amazing.

Photo of Karl Sohlberg Karl Sohlberg
Aug 6, 2019 5

Ate here on travel 6/2019. Selected this spot based on the good reviews here. They are well deserved. The place is behind an unassuming store-front in a strip-mall, but is way better than a typical strip-mall Chinese restaurant. I just reviewed the menu on-line and can't remember what we ate, but I recall it was very good. I wish I had done this review earlier so I could be more specific. Would positively stop here again.

Photo of Michael Rahal Michael Rahal
Jun 19, 2019 5

cozy restaurant. i was in the mood for beef chow fun, and a quick google search turned up this place. got there, very unassuming place from the outside, but the inside was packed full of people, plus people coming and going for delivery orders. all of the waiters were hustling for the entire time i was there, but they were still able to be extremely attentive to my needs. the meal came with a complimentary pot of hot tea, and i quickly forgot how much i had been looking forward to the chow fun. the tea was very good, maybe just slightly paler than black tea, sweet (maybe with sugar or honey because the tail end of the tea didn’t have the acrid flavor that black tea sometimes gives rise to, just a slight enjoyable astringency) with a kind of floral taste that reminded me at times of dried fruits like raisins, apricots, or figs but i couldn’t put my finger on which. i eventually drank the whole pot, and only ate half of my chow fun (which admittedly came in a giant portion). the chow fun was very good, and tasted exactly the way i wanted. i took the rest of my portion home for lunch today, but i barely made it through my front door before going back to finish it off. will be back again

Photo of Nellie Watkins Nellie Watkins
Mar 26, 2019 5

By far the best Chinese food I have had in Durham. I read the reviews and was skeptical but this is my third time visiting the restaurant and trying something different each time and it was delicious every time. I have saved their number in my phone as best Chinese and will continue to go.

Photo of Melissa Hodnett Melissa Hodnett
May 19, 2019 5

We love eating here. Food is great. Service is excellent. Price is reasonable.

Photo of Cody Munson Cody Munson
Apr 14, 2019 4

Semi fine dining Asian cuisine. I would recommend trying the tea, generous portion and it is very good. No buffet but they give you plenty of food.

Photo of Vi Phung Vi Phung
May 24, 2019 3

Mild flavors. Prices are ok. Noodles in the curry noodles soup has a good texture but the flavor is too plain for my liking. Most dishes on menu seem to be basic Americanized Chinese food.

Photo of Donna Leacock Donna Leacock
Jun 16, 2019 5

I had a carry out order of sesame chicken and a egg roll: it was delicious! It was ready when they said it would be (we were in and out quickly) and it was still hot when I got home (I live 15 minutes away). Shanghai is the best Chinese restaurant in Durham! I highly recommend it!

Photo of Kyle Kyle
May 1, 2022 4

Quick service. The food is pretty good, priced appropriately with good portions. Hot and sour soup was very nice and came with fried chips of some kind. My only complaint was the fried rice seemed like regular white rice tossed unevenly with soy sauce. Still very happy with my order though.

Photo of Chris Hathcock Chris Hathcock
May 22, 2022 5

Shanghai is, without exception, the best Chinese restaurant in the state of NC. They always remember regulars and welcome new patrons with open arms. The food is second to none and it can be made how you like it (e.g. - white meat only, extra sauce, spicy, with or without this or that, etc). The staff is friendly and attentive. They'll get busy for dinner but that's just because everyone wants a taste!

Photo of Tim o Tim o
Jun 13, 2022 5

Some of the best Chinese/Cantonese food I've had! Definitely a new lunch spot for me! Large amount of food the price! Highly recommend trying this place if you havnt yet! Look forward to a dine in experience soon!! The gentleman at the counter is very friendly and helpful, even remembered my last order.

Photo of Dallas Webb Dallas Webb
Aug 16, 2022 5

Food is definitely worth the five stars. Sure it could use nicer restrooms and a touch of updates but I’m rating the food. I’ve been coming to this place for more than 25 years. Same awesome food and same great service.

Photo of Bill Tomko Bill Tomko
Aug 23, 2022 5

I have been going to this restaurant since 1989. It is solid and never disappoints. Their daily lunch special is $8.99 and there are about 30 choices. There is a note on the front door: "If you see anyone begging for money, please let us know. We will feed them."

Photo of Jason Child Jason Child
Jan 11, 2022 5

Great food and amazing service! The wait staff was unbelievable attentive, friendly, and helpful. Shanghai's menu features a great variety of traditional, true Chinese dishes (ex several versions of stir fried yu choi, egg and tomato, etc) as well as American Chinese restaurant favorites. Their flavors are varied and delicious, and they still bring out a pot of hot tea with the meal. As a bonus, their prices are very reasonable.

Photo of John Thomas Kong John Thomas Kong
Feb 1, 2022 5

Of course we had to go to Shanghai Restaurant for Chinese New Year dinner! The food is absolutely amazing and the portions are huge. Everything we ordered took less than 20 minutes to prepare. Tonight’s menu consisted of fried shrimp balls and dumplings appetizers then entrées of sesame chicken, sesame beef, and salt pepper shrimp with a side of garlic yu choy. Honestly, my Chinese mother would be impressed. Also, if you’ve not been to Shanghai in a while, you’re in for a treat. The restaurant has been newly renovated and it looks so good. It still has the authentic Chinese restaurant feel but with a modern twist. Thank you Shanghai for helping us kick off the Year of the Tiger with great food. 🥟🧧🐅

Photo of katherina roberts katherina roberts
Apr 7, 2022 5

The best restaurant I have ever ate at, I ordered the cashew chicken and I believe he ordered the general tso. Great restaurant great vibes and very fast service . This was my first time going and I was really impressed will definitely be going back!