Header image courtesy of The Commune Social (via Facebook)
Shanghai is one of the most romantic destinations in China. The twinkling city is home to an abundance of things to see and do, particularly on an amorous evening out with a loved one. From the beautiful bund to intimate hidden hideouts, here are the best romantic restaurants in Shanghai to impress your plus-one.
An iconic must for date nights—and all nights for that matter—Lost Heaven on the Bund earned its reputation through its extraordinary menu and ingredients. Drawing inspiration from Southern China, Vietnam, Myanmar, and Thailand, the Yunnan folk restaurant is decked in minimalist, colonial-era interiors, with hints of traditional Yunnan decor throughout. Dishes are electrifying and fun, giving a unique experience for all its gourmands, without being overpowering. Be sure to order the tea leaf salad, and the lamb samosas—they’re delicious. It even has its own sleek rooftop bar for pre- or post-dinner drinks.
Lost Heaven on the Bund, 17 Yanan Dong Lu East Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai, China | (+86) 21 6330 0967
If you’re looking for a cosy and intimate romantic spot, The Commune Social is charmingly exclusive and open for couples and date nights. You can huddle together at the sophisticated kitchen bar to watch the team in action, or find a tucked-away table on the other side. The neighbourhood tapas, dessert, and cocktail bar is nestled within Jiang-Ning Road of Jing’An District, and is the brainchild of Chef Jason Atherton. Designed by award-winning design firm, Neri & Hu, the restaurant owner also founded 22 Ships in Hong Kong, Esquina in Singapore, and Table No. 1 in Shanghai. Indulge in small plates which are perfect for sharing on a heartwarming evening out—head to the courtyard if the weather is cool.
The Commune Social, 511 Jiangning Road, Jing'an District, Shanghai, China | (+86) 21 6047 7638
Located on the 27th floor of The Shanghai EDITION, modern Japanese restaurant Hiya serves Izakaya-inspired dishes for the discerning diners. Helmed by Chef Jason Atherton, the eatery features stunning views, beautiful interiors, and exquisite food. Taking a contemporary approach to Japanese classics, everything at HIYA reflects the old-meets-new concept. With the bincho-tan charcoal grill and special tempura fryers, the kitchen boasts an abundance of cooking techniques. Try something new if you’re on date night—the Temaco is a mash-up of sushi and taco, if you don’t mind getting a little hands-on messy. There’s also a variety of tempura, Hibachi grill, and an “Inspired by the Classics” section on the menu.
Hiya, The Shanghai EDITION 199 Nanjing Road East, Huangpu, Shanghai, China | (+86) 21 5368 9999
Everyone knows that French cuisine is amongst the most romantic—if it’s not the most romantic. At Mr & Mrs Bund, French cuisine is taken to new heights by Paul Pairet. Impress your date with decadent truffle bread to start, while looking over the stunning, starry-lit skyline. Pairet signatures include the Picnic Chicken and Black Cod “in the bag”, a scrumptious sharing plate. The late-night menu serves budget-friendly options after peak hours. Paying tribute to Shanghai’s evening dining scene, Mr & Mrs Bund is a classy yet relaxed eatery, which focuses on traditional methods, with a refined twist. Don’t forget to order a bottle of wine during dinner—the perfect pairing, and of course, with the perfect companion.
Mr & Mrs Bund, 18 Yanjiang East 1st Road, Zhongshan, Guangdong Province, China | (+86) 21 6323 9898
Perched on Wuyuan Lu, Bird projects a laidback vibe for more casual dates. The Japanese-and Shanghai-influenced restaurant features a delicious selection of wines and small plates, ideal for sharing with your date.
Bird, 50 Wuyuan Lu, Shanghai, China | (+86) 135 0172 6412
As its name indicates, Purple Restaurant and Wine Bar combines the best of dining and drinking. Bring your date here to ignite a romantic mood in a sophisticated setting, in a chic, outdoor space. The wine menu is vast, and guests can choose their preferences upon asking for recommendations from the in-house experts.
Purple Restaurant & Wine Bar, Level 2, 1333 Huai Hai Zhong Lu, Shanghai, China
Dress to impress at Michelin-starred Taian Table, a hidden gem nestled within Jiangsu Lu. The elegant restaurant feels like a private space although the kitchen is open, and the tasting menu is exquisite, hence its constant bookings. For a truly memorable, indulgent date night, this is the place to be.
Taian Table, Lane 161, 465 Zhenning Road, Shanghai, China | (+86) 173 0160 5350