Seattle >Food & Dining > Shanghai Garden - Seattle
524 Sixth Ave S, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810447.597696 -122.326368
Neighborhoods: Downtown, International District
The barley green hand shaven noodles keep me coming back.
Best Chinese in Seattle? No way! – I went here with a friend who raved about the freshly shaven noodles and their dumplings. I was disappointed on both accounts. Way too doughy. Dumplings should have a thin "skin" not gummy as these were. The vegetables were over cooked.
I'd take Hing Loon (same street on the east corner of the block) or 663 Bistro (SE kitty-corner from Hing Loon) over Shanghia Garden any day. Granted these places feature Hong Kong-style cuisine, but the quality is so much better.
great vegetarian options, super-fast service – I've been to Shanghai Garden several times now. Every time I go, no matter what day of the week of time of day, I'm always seated right away, and my food always arrives much faster than expected. The menu is extensive, with many many options for my vegetarian companion. I particularly recommend the barley-green hand-shaven noodles. The texture is amazing. I crave them all the time! And I usually have enough left over after becoming pleasantly satisfied for lunch the next day. A lovely bonus.
Not the best service – I went there for mother?s day and the service was not the best. I don't know why. Maybe it was because we are African American. (why is it that when I go to a place I have to think about that?) I felt like they we're rushing us out. We have four children. No one ever asked us what we needed. The water boy did give us water but pretty much I had to ask several times for them to remove plates and napkins from the table. I noticed no one else's table had plates piled high etc. They kinda pushed the check on us and when I said I wanted to order more they actually looked disappointed. I ordered fried ice cream for the kids and they kinda threw it on the table at me. I kept wondering what I was doing wrong. I found a large damsel fly (cooked) in my food. I didn't say anything. But considering the bad service, I should have. I found it kinda pricey and the portions were not as large as I thought they where going to be. All in all it was an OK experience. Maybe it was the mothers' day rush, who knows. Maybe they felt we we're staying too long and weren?t spending enough money, who knows. (I left a decent tip at 20%) But considering I had a family of six it was still pretty economical. And luckily they (the rest of my family) didn?t seem to notice these things and had a good time. That?s all that really mattered. But I had to sit there wondering what the heck was going on. Kinda ruined it for me. Why can?t I just go to a place, order, eat and pay and not feel like a second class citizen?
perfect chinese food – I'm not a chinese food person really but whatever i ate in this place i loved it. My favorite is mu shu pork or chicken doesn't matter it is delicious. I love that plum sauce in it. And that green chowmein with anything i love it.. the service is really fast, sometimes you have to wait for a table but believe me it takes only 5 min after you order and always in the same taste. Waitress love their job and treat you like you are a guest in their home.. I love this place..
Very good healthy Chinese Food – Lots of Chinese people in the restuarant - a good sign. Authentic food, very fresh and quick. Mushu pork was excellent, hand shaven noodles very good.
Everyday Chinese – This is still my favorite for everyday, I "need" Chinese. It's the hand shaven noodle. I'm a fan for trying them everywhere, but the barley green hand shaven noodle here is just so full of comfort and goodness, I DO feel healthy eating it (the menu touts that the barley green is for "health"). I like it in the soup with the bok choy and plump shrimps and carrots swimming around. Another fav is the pea vines. MMMM. They come out sauteed in a garliky sauce that isn't heavy or greasy. I don't think it's the "best" Chinese I've had, but it's the most consistent on the items I have grown to love. Some of the dumplings don't float my boat, but the special dumplings with the pork filling and "soup" are divine. It's also great for families and kids. I can say that I have never had a bad experience, and will always be a patron. One really nice thing~ if you order to-go, it's fast, but if you arrive early they even give you a cup of tea to warm you while you wait.
Horrible food – Westernized Chinese food, with an eye for blandness as to not scare away there clientele. Food here is horrible. The noodles are gummy and overly starched. The flavors in the entrees seriously lack any depth and authenticity. Underspiced and full of "gravy" like sauces really ruined my experience. I was sad to have to inform my non-asian co-workers that this is bad Chinese food.
Shanghai Garden... no goodie foodie – Shanghai Garden was alright a few years ago but they changed chefs a year or so ago and it's gotten worse. People who go are newbies to the International District because there's lots of better places!
Shanghai'd – The food here is so bland. It has be westernized to say the least. For those who do not enjoy chinese cuisine, but would like to go to "Chinatown" this would be it. So many other choses close by. No flavors, just clean. Look at the customers and then you'll see if this restaurant is "authentic". Laughable that the editor's choice for best chinese is this place. What next, PF Chang's is good chinese food?
BEST chinese food in town!!! – This restarant is EXCELLENT!!! Now I know why they are highly recommended. Food is different than your typical greasy, salty chinese food. Unique style and flavor. I love the crispy sweet chilli shrimp, triple delight and the famous hand shaven noodles. Fresh and nutritious ingredients catering to our health conscious society, best of all no MSG (which makes me feel tired and my mucsles weak). Might want to make reservations, usually busy especially during peak lunch and dinner hours. I have also visited their sister restaurant in Issaquah, equally exceptional. A MUST try!!!
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