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Shang Hai
830 N. Milpas St, Santa Barbara
Phone: (805) 962-7833

  • Category: Chinese
  • Hours: Lunch: Mon, Wed-Sat 11:30am-2:15pm, Dinner Sun-Thu 4:30pm-9:15pm, Fri-Sat 4:30pm-9:45pm, Tue Closed
  • Price: $10 - $20
  • Serving: Lunch & Dinner
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I have eaten here for years
Reviewer: mike from Santa Barbara, CA
After many years of being pleased with this restaurant last night was not good. Most of the food was OK but the orange chicken was just bad. My main complaint was the service or lack of. The ladies working there were giggling in the back room when they should have been attending to the patrons. We waited what seemed like 10 min for someone to take our bill. We finally went in the back room to fetch the cashier. Why did I tip? Well I won't if it happens again.

best chinese food in SB ! ! !
Reviewer: Prue from Santa Barbara, CA
super friendly staff, super yummy food. i always order the orange soybean chicken and it is soooooo amazing. the mushroom fried ( brown ) rice with curry flavor is also delicious. i like the shrimp fried rice too, but there are only 5 or 6 shrimps in it, and i'm left wanting more! my BF really likes the garlic pork with green beans. everything they make tastes like they really care when they make it, trust me...go eat there now!!!!!!!!!!!

Best for the $
Reviewer: Mike F from Santa Barbara, CA
Actually this is the best Chinese food I have had in SB. I do think it is time for a new carpet.

Reviewer: JS from Santa Barbara, CA
Don't let the location deter you. The food here is amazing and the servers always attentive without being intrusive. Always nice to see the owner on the floor.

Ok Food, Nice people
Reviewer: Glenn from Buellton
In more of a strip mall at the end of milpas businesses. Food was just Ok for me, nothing special. Ambience was cozy and nice. Not sure the draw here unless because its the only typical Chinese place on this side of town(except for more buffet style China Express). I would suggest comparing to other places like Uncle Chen, Wings, Pick Up Stix, Madam Lu or Empress Palace but adequate for the typical Chinese meal and apparently have good veggie options.

Great food great price
Reviewer: James from Santa Barbara, CA
Shang Hai is exactly the kind of place I have been searching for in Santa Barbara. The food was excellent. Service was excellent. Great value. Highly recommend trying the lunch special.

Great Food
Reviewer: Bekki from Santa Barbara, CA
I cant eat Chinese food anywhere else thanks to Shang Hai! All other Chinese food places are no competition for Shang Hai. Its the best restaurant in town, with great tasting food and great service.

Reviewer: JS from Santa Barbara, CA
I have to agree with the vegetarian friendliness of this restaurant. Its called "soybean chicken" on the menu and is SO SO good! I like the Soybean Kung Pao, but now i cant wait to try the vegetarian lemon chicken! thanks for the tip! oh and the owner Yvette is....AMAZING!

Great for Vegetarians!
Reviewer: Tiffany J. from Santa Barbara, CA
I used to live in SB, and frequented this establishment often. I fondly remember the delicious egg fu yung, vegetable rice, and, most especially, the vegetarian tofu lemon chicken. This last dish was so delicious, you could hardly believe it was tofu!! It felt, tasted, and looked like actual perfect white meat chicken. My best friend is unusally discerning when it come to food and she still talks about driving up to SB to partake once again of the vegetarian lemon chicken (and she lives in Aliso Viego!!) Anyway, highly reccommend, DELICIOUS!

Consistently the Best
Reviewer: Linda from Santa Barbara, CA
We are locals and still had to 'discover' Shang Hai. We get take out regularly but have also dined in the restaurant. Have never been disappointed. Our current favorites: Kung Pao Shrimp and Mongolian Beef. YUMMY!

Reviewer: John Ziegler from CA
I have never been so satisfied with a restaurant. This place is the best in town. Don't let the location fool you. Shang Hai is a hidden gem and the food is awesome. Go for the lunch special and get a great deal on some killer food. I highly recommend this place because the people are really nice and the food is excellent. **Best Vegetarian cuisine in the Santa Barbara area

Honestly just not cooked well...and truely tastless dry rice
Reviewer: STEVE from SB
Be warned...soup was bland...complete neglect that some simple spices could have imparted some flavor. Vegetables were severely undercooked and served with CHEWY meat and almost no sauce to mix with the rice. And the rice was just dead on the plate tasteless. Have thrown rice in our microwave and had 5 times tastier. The soy sauce was even simple and bulk-bland tasting. Wow it's difficult to find decent chinese in SB. Have tried most..and they don't even do medium. I think the nice gentleman in charge would do well to taste what's coming out of the kitchen and adjust. SERVICE WAS FAST AND NICE...

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