Shanghai Steak Search: Hunting for the Best Steakhouses in Town

Shanghai Steak Search: Hunting for the Best Steakhouses in Town
By Jamie Caldwell ,

Finding a decent steak in Shanghai was a virtual impossibility just a decade ago. Now, the city is flush with good cuts of beef, and with rumours circling about the possibility of restrictions on USDA imports being lifted, it looks like 2011 could be the year of the steakhouse for Shanghai. Here’s a round-up of the juiciest in town.

100 Century Avenue

1) 100 Century Avenue 世纪100餐厅 View In Map

If it’s not the highest steakhouse in the world, it’s up there. Well-marbled cuts of beef can be found on the 91st Floor of 100 Century Avenue’s three-floor venue. There’s a show kitchen in this Park Hyatt restaurant showing off their Western steakhouse, as well as their sushi bar and wok-fried delicacies, but it’s the view of the Jinmao, Bund and Pearl Tower that will keep you fascinated as you dig into your porterhouse.

Add: 91 Floor / 93 Floor, Shanghai World Financial Center, 100 Century Avenue, near Yincheng Lu, Shanghai
地址: 上海市世纪大道100号环球金融中心91层、93层
Tel: 021 6888 1234
Opening hours: 11:30-14:30,18:00-22:30

JW’s California Grill

2) JW’s California Grill  JW's加州扒房 View In Map

The JW Marriott’s namesake restaurant, California Grill is on the 40th floor and, unsurprisingly, is known for its grilling. The eatery just got a facelift in 2010, and it has an attached cigar lounge and martini bar that pair perfectly with red meat. The signature dish is the rib-eye and the signature view is a birds-eye of People’s Park. And, as any steak aficionado knows, Caesar Salad is the perfect accompaniment to medium-rare meat, so make sure you hit up their yummy Caesar stand.

Add: 40 Floor, 399 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Huangpi Bei Lu, Shanghai
地址: 上海市南京西路339号,40楼
Tel: 021 5359 4969 (ext. 6455)
Opening hours: 11:30-14:30; 17:30-22:30


3) Moon’sView In Map

With two locations in Shanghai, Moon’s Steakhouse has been importing quality steaks since 2005. They promise quality beef, including Australian Wagyu, and tout their dry-aged beef. Their location in the Swissotel had an on-site “Custom Dry Aging Unit” specially built, and they age their rib eye roast in the machine for 15 days to maximize flavor.

Add: 1 Floor, South Block Plaza Xintiandi, Lane 123 Xingye Lu, near Madang Lu, Shanghai
地址: 上海市卢湾区马当路2号新天地南里广场1楼(近自忠路)
Tel: 021 6336 5683
Opening hours: 11:00-14:30,17:30-23:00

Add: Swissotel Grand, 1 Yuyuan Lu, corner of Changde Lu, Shanghai
地址: 上海市静安区愚园路1号宏安瑞士大酒店内
Tel: 021 6288 9984
Opening hours: 11:00-14:30,17:30-23:00


4) Morton’s View In Map

Chicago’s most famous high-end steakhouse opened its doors in Shanghai in 2010, offering prime steaks in mammoth portions. The dinner is a sideshow and feast, with waiters parading raw ingredients in to the dining room before bringing steaks so big even Fred Flintstone would have trouble finishing one. With more than five variations on potatoes on the menu and salads that include entire heads of lettuce, Morton’s is definitely one of the best additions to Shanghai’s steakhouse scene in years.

Add: 4 Floor, IFC Pudong, 8 Shiji Da Dao, near Lujiazui Huan Lu, Shanghai
地址: 上海浦东世纪大道8号上海国金中心商场4楼15-16商铺
Tel: 021 6075 8888
Opening hours: Sun – Thu: 11:30 -22:00; Fri – Sat: 11:30-23:00

New York Steak & Burger

5) New York Steak & BurgerView In Map

Designed to satisfy all your carnal cravings, New York Steak & Burger takes USDA beef and turns it into its most edible forms. By the same people who brought you New York Style Pizza, NYS&B is located down one of Tianzifang’s twisting lanes. While it’s a bit of a heavy meal to break up the hipster shopping excursion, the prices are easy on the wallet and the steaks are delicious.

Add: No. 22, Lane 155 Jianguo Lu, near Ruijin Er Lu, Shanghai
地址: 上海市卢湾区建国中路155弄田子坊22号
Tel: 021 5465 1676
Opening hours: 11: 00-22:30

Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse

6) Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse高峰牛排馆 View In Map

The City Hotel-located steakhouse recalls the meat grilling days of the Old West with its swinging saloon doors, mechanical bull and mesquite-seared steaks. More of a ranch than a restaurant, Pinnacle Peak is the friendliest steakhouse in town, and the prices are pretty budget-friendly too. With jumbo-sized portions and a menu of American classics, it’s not fancy, but darn it if it ain’t good.

Add: 5/F, City Hotel, 5-7 Shaanxi Nan Lu, near Julu Lu, Shanghai
地址: 上海市陕西南路5-7号城市酒店5楼
Tel: 021 6256 1211
Opening hours: 11:00-00:00

Roosevelt Prime Steakhouse

7) Roosevelt Prime Steakhouse罗斯福顶级牛排馆 View In Map

If you’re still brooding over the end of the Sopranos, Roosevelt Prime is the perfect place to cut into a rare piece of meat. With thick-cut steaks and complimentary truffle soup, Roosevelt doesn’t come cheap, but the ingredients are sourced from quality suppliers and it’s an all-around fine dining experience, velvet curtains and all. Don’t miss the prime aged Porterhouse for a real treat.

Add: 160 Taiyuan Lu, near Yongjia Lu, Shanghai
地址: 上海市徐汇区太原路160号
Tel: 021 6433 8240
Opening hours: 17:30-22:30

Shanghai Slim’s

8) Shanghai Slim’sView In Map

The classy sister restaurant of New York Steak & Burger, Shanghai Slims still serves steak, but this time alongside lobster and other seafood in a three-story villa in Sinan Mansions. Chef Adam Levin touts his USDA beef despite the ban on the product, and claims that the restrictions might dissipate relatively soon anyway. The wine selection is hearty and robust, just like the truffle mashed potatoes that come as side dishes to most of the steaks.

Add: 26D, Sinan Mansions, 523 Fuxing Lu, near Sinan Lu, Shanghai
地址: 上海市卢湾区思南路55号思南公馆10-12号26D
Tel: 021 6426 0171, 021 6426 0126
Opening hours: 11:30-22:00

Strip Prime Steakhouse

9) Strip Prime SteakhouseView In Map

Run by the fellows behind Roosevelt Prime Steakhouse, Strip is really two restaurants in one: a terrace and casual lounge on the sixth floor and pure carnivore at the seventh floor steakhouse. High-class all the way on the meaty floor, Strip offers tableside service in an elegant setting. The steak tartare is a must for those who like their meat raw.

Add: 6-7/F, Hong Kong Plaza, 282 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Songshan Lu, Shanghai
地址: 上海市 卢湾区淮海中路282号香港广场北楼6-7楼
Tel: 021 6091 9893
Opening hours: 11:00-23:30


10) Yasmine’sView In Map

A European-style butcher shop steakhouse out in Jinqiao, Yasmine’s knows their meat. They are the purveyors of Shanghai’s biggest burger (a gargantuan two kilo patty and bun), but steak fans should come here for custom cuts and whole roast animals from Butcher Kenneth. While beef still rules here, you can also grab lamb cuts, pork chops and freshly-butchered chicken. They also make head cheese, pate, sausages and more, all in-house.   

Add: 178 Biyun Lu, near Baihua Lu, Shanghai
地址: 上海市浦东新区碧云路178号
Tel: 021 5030 7886
Opening hours: 10:00 - 22:00

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