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Shanghai Chinese Restaurant

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830 N Milpas St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-3031
+1 805-962-7833
16:30 - 21:15
11:30 - 14:15
Closed now
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Sun - Mon 16:30 - 21:15
Mon 11:30 - 14:15
Wed - Thu 16:30 - 21:15
Wed - Fri 11:30 - 14:15
Fri 16:30 - 21:30
Sat 12:00 - 21:30
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3 reviews
Reviewed 24 March 2017

The moment you start your meal, you will realize how fresh the ingredients are. Everything is made with care in addition to the lovely family atmosphere. Highly recommend for all.

Thank Ritterstein
Toronto, Canada
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67 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017 via mobile

It was a fun meal with a business colleague during my visit here. It was clean and quiet and conducive to conversation. Food was great and service impressive.

Thank Garry S
Montecito, CA
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41 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 December 2016

This is by far the best Chinese restaurant in Santa Barbara and surrounding areas. It has been owned and operated by the same Chinese-American family for over forty years. The staff is wonderful and speak excellent English. You can eat in or take food out. The restaurant is very popular but often not crowded with the exception of lunchtime which... More 

Thank cmkr1969
Los Angeles, California
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38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 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.

Thank Rhonda G
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35 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 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.

Thank Maliajean13
Tracy, California
2 reviews
Reviewed 29 January 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 

Thank amy j
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 November 2014

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 

Thank MrandMrsHinMK
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42 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 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 

Thank Nithya N
Redlands, California
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137 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 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 

Thank kmarq55
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34 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 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 

Thank Kat2001

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Open Hours
16:30 - 21:15
16:30 - 21:15
11:30 - 14:15
11:30 - 14:15
16:30 - 21:15
11:30 - 14:15
16:30 - 21:15
11:30 - 14:15
16:30 - 21:30
12:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 830 N Milpas St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-3031
  • 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?