Restaurant bookings: free & instantly confirmed
  • Shanghai 30's

  • Online Bookings

Shanghai 30's
Shanghai 30's

Shanghai 30's Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.shanghai30s.com
  • Email: contact@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, Dim Sum
  • 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 & Promotions: 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.Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos >
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    dined on 09/03/2014
  • "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"
    dined on 19/12/2013
  • "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!"
    dined on 15/05/2013
  • "Shanghai 30's 82 St Aldates, Oxford, OX1 1RA Reliable as usual; was pleased to see the place busy."
    dined on 04/05/2012
  • "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..."
    dined on 09/04/2012
  • "Shanghai 30's 82 St Aldates, Oxford, OX1 1RA Reliable as always."
    dined on 27/04/2012
  • "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..."
    dined on 04/04/2012
  • "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!"
    dined on 01/04/2012
  • "Shanghai 30's Oxford Great as always - a pleasure to take friends too. A well deserved Michelin 2012 recommendation."
    dined on 23/03/2012
  • "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."
    dined on 25/02/2012
  • "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."
    dined on 12/02/2012