The shortlist: International Restaurant of the Year

The shortlist for the Time Out Love Shanghai Awards 2016

We love Shanghai. And with top-notch cocktail bars, off-the-hook restaurants and fabulous nights out hitting the tiles, how could you not? Here's this year's shortlist, with nominees hand-picked by our editors, for the Time Out Love Shanghai Awards 2016. Want to spread the love? Click here to vote for your city favourites – shortlisted or not!

The shortlist

8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo BOMBANA

Hong Kong-based 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana, the only Italian restaurant outside Italy to win three Michelin stars has opened its second branch in a sumptuously appointed space in Shanghai’s long-delayed Rockbund development. Known as ‘The King of White Truffles’ and recently anointed Miele ...

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169 Yuanmingyuan Lu
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The 1515 WEST

Jingan’s drinking and dining options have been fundamentally elevated with the opening of the Jing An Shangri-La’s new restaurants. Like just about every other fine hotel in town, they’ve got a premium steakhouse but with theirs, they’ve upped the stakes once again. The 1515 WEST Chophouse is ...

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1218 Yanan Zhong LuOnline booking

The Commune Social

That ineffable X-factor, that unbottleable ‘it’ atmosphere – The Commune Social’s got it. From their electro-swing soundtrack to their quirky global menu to their white-on-white ‘dessert bar’ with the lovely Kim Melvin dishing up sweets to order, The Commune’s already won hearts and minds in ...

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511 Jiangning Lu

Coquille

Could the Italian dominance of Shanghai’s dining scene be giving way to its Gallic neighbour? The past few months have seen the opening of several French bistros offering varying degrees of authenticity from the extremely good (Paris Rouge) to the mediocre (Paris Tour). Now the folks behind ...

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29-31 Mengzi Lu
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Mercato

Back in 2012, Three on the Bund was a struggling location for dining. In 2010, Laris had vacated the premises citing differences with the building management while long-term uneven standards at both Whampoa Club and top floor New Heights made the latter’s name seem painfully inappropriate. In ...

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3 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu
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Ultraviolet

Starting in 2010, chef Paul Pairet, of Mr Mrs Bund and previously Jade on 36, has stated month after month that his revolutionary 10-seat multi-sensory experience restaurant Ultraviolet would be ‘opening soon’. He claimed it would evoke a ‘bold and exclusive dining experience that engages ...

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