Austin >Food & Dining > Shanghai River Chinese Restaurant
2700 W Anderson Ln, Austin, TX | Directions 7875730.358852 -97.733987
Neighborhoods: North Shoal Creek
Are they really gone? Yayyyyyy! – Horrible food, horrible staff. If they're really gone then good riddance. Customers wont come back when the food is bad and the service worse.
RIP Shanghai River – As of last night, Saturday, June 30, 2007, Shanghai River is closed. I went to the restaurant last night, around 6 p.m., and it was locked up and dark inside. The furniture and steam tables were gone. There was no forwarding address.
I last ate at Shanghai River on the night of June 13. It was very good that night. I think that it was due to timing. I got there around 6 pm and they were putting fresh hot food on the buffet. I especially enjoyed the steamed fish and the vegetarian spinach with ginger dish. Not many Chinese buffets have steamed fish.
One thing that I did not like about Shanghai River in the past was that the food was often lukewarm. I used to complain about it. They claimed that the AC cooled the food and that I needed to stir the food up before serving myself. One time I went to the restaurant at 2:30. Big mistake, the food at that time was not fresh, and they made no apologies about it.
This is the third Chinese buffet restaurant to close in the immediate neighborhood area. The closest Chinese buffet is now the one at Sea Dragon at 8776 Research Blvd --lunch buffet only.
Absolutely Wretched – Food was awful. Tasted like rubber socks. Cold. Out of date.
Read the positive reviews and see if you dont think theyre all wirtten by the same person. Probably someone that works there.
Bad Experience - We Wont Be Back – Friday June 15th, about 6pm: I dont know if we caught them on a bad day, but the buffet food was cold had had the look of having been left under the lights since the lunch hour. The seafood was especially 'unfresh'. My wife and I left after just a few bites--and paying 'halfa price' of course.
I did some research and found that th latest available inspection score was 56 (out of 100, with 70 the pass/fail line) I just filed a complaint with the department of TX that inspects food establishments (the name is not allowed in these reviews.)
Consistently Outstanding --update: Now chocolate vegan soft serve-- – It is my personal belief (and I could be wrong) that the people who wrote bad reviews about Shanghai are meat-eaters. I believe this because when they found out we were vegan, the owners catered to us hand and foot. They had everything we asked for. The food is always hot and fresh. My boyfriend and I look forward to coming here once a week. Above it says it isn't romantic, but heck we are swept off of our feet by the food everytime we go. It's definately a trip.We only eat the vegan items off of the veggie buffet so that's all we can speak for. But, damn it's really great.. We always go when we're ridiculously hungry and everytime we get defeated by our mountain of yummy yummy food-but we leave in a daze... maybe they put something in the food. It's too good.
OH ALSO, THERE'S VEGAN SOFT SERVE!! !! !! !!
Vegetarian Heaven! – I am surprised to see any negative comments below--my experiences at Shanghai River have always been excellent. Granted, there are some days when they're a bit overwhelmed and need to bring new stuff out to the buffet. They're a family owned restaurant and are more than happy to bring fresh food not only out to the buffet, but to your table as well.
Some of the best things fresh include their spring rolls, their general tso's tofu b alls (haha, citysearch won't let me write b a l l s), and their chinese fried donuts--they are absolutely devine!
While they always have an extension collection of veggie foods (including soy ice cream!), on certain days (I think Wed, Fri and Sun?) they have even more vegetarian specialties!
Definitely worth trying!
I Felt Robbed – This place was so lousy that I had to write a review. Unidentifiable meat, cold soup and flavorless greasy sauces. I really felt like we were robbed to pay for that food, if you could call it that. We will not be going back.
great for vegetarians! – This is my fave Chinese food spot in town--Wednesdays is Vegetarian/Vegan night and my friends and I go almost every week. The family that owns this restaurant is like our second family--they know our fave foods and always bring out new spring rolls, green beans (really, the best green beans on earth!)
They have awesome bubble tea too! And, to top of all this yumminess, they have soy ice cream--yum!!!!
See you Wednesday!
Too greasy! – They left a menu on my apartment door, so I decided to try them out. I ordered take out and was not impressed. The food was dripping in grease to the point that it made me feel queasy. I won't be going back.
Great vegan cuisine – We went on a Sunday before watching a movie at the drafthouse. When the staff found out we were vegan they comlpetely catered to us. They brought out fresh tofu spring rolls (which were some of the best spring rolls I've ever had). All the items on the veg buffet were excellent. Instantly became one of my new favorite restaurants.
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