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Cha Restaurant (Si South Road)

#295 of 15,879 Restaurants in Shanghai
Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Neighbourhood:
Former French Concession
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No.30-4 Si'nan Road, Luwan District, Shanghai, China
Name/address in local language
+86 21 6093 2062
Today
11:00 - 01:30
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 01:30
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Saint-Tropez, France
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123 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice restaurant with lots of options and good food. The staff speaks just chinese, but the menu is in translated in english, indeed it makes things easier.

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Thank Frederico d
London, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Will freely admit to not being an expert on cantonese food, but certainly wasn't blown away by anything we had here. Was decent a stodgy, and it's a lovely place if (like me) you enjoy the 1950s Hong Kong vibe they've created.

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Thank PlanetByTrain
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48 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

This is a good, local place for Hong Kong-style food just north of Fuxing Park. I would say the food is good by Shanghai standards. But Din Tai Fung is far better.

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Thank ChiChang T
Shanghai, China
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59 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

Nostalgia is the first feeling that will hit you when you step into this unassuming restaurant. It looks dirty and old to make you feel more at home with a hole in the wall restaurant in HK. Food is a bit on the pricey scale, but with every bite, you feel like home. Even the utensils and the bowls they... More 

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Thank chinapolarbear
Shanghai, China
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2016

I have been living in Shanghai for many years and wanted a simple dinner. Not a good choice. Their signature chicken dish had hardy any meat. And the scrambled eggs with scrimps were too oily. There are much better options in this great city. I left hungry and disappointed.

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Thank matthew98766789
Crowborough, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2015 via mobile

This is a fun place to feel part of real Shanghai. Take a ticket from the lady near the door and wait your turn - she is impressively brusque! We were 2 and had to share a table. Menu is in English as well as Chinese. Food is good and generous portions. Prawns with celery & cashews was great, also... More 

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Thank Nicholas C
London, United Kingdom
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77 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2015

We followed the guide book on day one and it did not disappoint. The restaurant has a great atmosphere and don't be shocked if you have to share a small table with strangers. We had two sets of people who sat with us and both offered us to taste their food. Lemon chicken and the chicken wings. Both tasted great!!... More 

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Thank Andrew C
Shanghai Region, China
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2015

Go when you have a hankering for Hong Kong cha chan teng food and deco. The food is almost HK good and for Shanghai that is pretty darn good. The 'nai cha' is a must have. Always a queue, but won't have to wait too long for seats.

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Thank Spikester66
Auckland
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2015 via mobile

Great food and service. NZD50 for a family of four. Fast, cheerful and authentic. No English spoken but English translation on menu. Point and smile!

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Thank Iwoalta
Melbourne
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69 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2015

It becomes a little too easy when in Shanghai, even in the week prior to Christmas when smarter tourists are in warmer parts of the world, to frequent places that cater more to tourists. And then you find a place like Cha's, recommended by Lonely Planet and of course by TripAdvisor contributors. There's no chance of a reservation here. Just... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Chinese, Asian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Seating
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 01:30
Monday
11:00 - 01:30
Tuesday
11:00 - 01:30
Wednesday
11:00 - 01:30
Thursday
11:00 - 01:30
Friday
11:00 - 01:30
Saturday
11:00 - 01:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: No.30-4 Si'nan Road, Luwan District, Shanghai, China
  • Location: Asia  >  China  >  Shanghai Region  >  Shanghai>  > Former French Concession
  • Neighbourhood: Former French Concession
  • Phone Number: +86 21 6093 2062

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Former French Concession
While there are technical borders to the area formerly governed by the French in Shanghai, the "French Concession" of today is an amorphous neighborhood that is a favorite of the city's foreign residents. While it is mostly within the Xuhui district, residents will sometimes include parts of Jing'an and Luwan in their mental maps of the Former French Concession. The area seems frozen in time, characterized by quiet, tree-lined avenues, French-style villas, interesting boutiques, lively bars and quaint cafes that are not typical of China. All of these mix and mingle with local life as Chinese markets and lanehouse communities are peppered throughout. Denizens of the Former French Concession can spectate a mahjong game on the street or get their bike checked at a tiny bike repair store on the way to their refurbished apartment tucked away among Chinese family homes.
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