13813 Fiji Way, Marina Del Rey, CA | Directions 9029233.971371 -118.446124
Lunch: Mon - Fri, 11am - 3pm; Sat, Sun, closed. Dinner: Sun - Thu, 3pm - 10pm; Fri, Sat, 3pm - 11pm. Brunch: Sat, 10am - 3pm; Sun, 9am - 3pm
Neighborhoods: Marina Del Ray, West LA, Marina Del Rey
Good for a one time experience, but do we need to repeat it? – With such a name, wouldn't you think Asian...from some region...like Shanghai maybe?
While the name IS misleading, we were greatly impressed with the ambience, the setting (we have fabulous pictures of the koi fish coming to the surface to greet us ien masse), and the food (overall). However, we're the type of couple who believes in finishing everything on their plates and walking away from the table not feeling uncomfortable or wasting food. Well....these people want you to spend your money without consideration of enjoyment, romance or comfort level.
The quality of food was not bad for the price; the wine list was reasonably priced, but the service took a nose dive from extremely personable and attentive to non-existent when we ordered one appetizer and one entree to share. Never mind that it didn't HAVE to effect his tip....he simply became annoyed with us and only appeared to find out if we wanted desert and to deliver the check after our order was taken. And the desert was lovely.
Honestly, aside from being there with my husband, the best part of the experience was the koi fish and having our photograph taken by a very personable and drunk limo driver. Enjoy it for a one time experience, but think twice before returning.
Not for Hipsters – I'll go here when I retire to hang out with people my age. Food was cold. Service is pretty bad too.
Great for Valentines – This is a great place for a romantic valentine's dinner. I actually ate here a couple valentines ago but searching for a romantic restaurant for this upcoming valentines made me think of shanghai red's. They had a special valentine menu that had assortment appetizer plate, soup/salade, entree, and dessert! I had the filet mignon and my bf had the ribeye, both were great!!! the appetizer plate and dessert were delicious!!!!!! you might want to sit inside though because the patio gets chili in the evening. View of the marina is great and VERy ROMANTIC.
Snoozefest – Warning!: The average age of Shanghai Red's patrons is about 82. Even on weekends in the summer this place seems to attract the AARP yachting crowd.
Surf and turf with stunning marina views and a kitschy-cool jungle vibe. – In Short
Waterfalls, a koi pond and a jungle of plants form the entryway, which leads to a dining room with marina views through large windows. Dates and families order from the standard surf-and-turf menu--in giant portions and with all the fixings. Fried onion strings or garlic mashed potatoes are side options for entrees like New York strip steak, and salmon in champagne-artichoke sauce. Desserts include chocolate-covered strawberries and a box full of chocolate mousse.
Catering and Reservations Are Terrible! – I have been a diner with Shanghai Red's for more than 3 years. I've told many people about it and even taken large groups to dine there. I don't know if I'll be doing that again, anytime soon. My department wanted to have its holiday luncheon there and reservations were made and finalized w/a credit card yesterday. A message was left on my phone today saying that I was going to be charged $100 for a "no-show" on reservations. The reservation was for later day that week! After being transferred to several different people and a conversation with the catering department I had them to cancel our reservations all together! An establishment of this caliber should have a better system than this. They will lose tons of diners if they keep this type of behavior up.
Romantic Dining – I went on a date here, and this place was very romantic. It looks out over the Marina, and you can look out and see all the great boats pulling up to the dock. They have nice roomy booths, and a great fireplace. The grounds of the restaurant is nice, and makes you think you have stepped into a small, intimate jungle. The food is good, and the seafood is decent.
Beautiful Entrance & Courtyard, View – Wow, this restaurant sure has a beautiful entrance....you can sit inside (very cozy) or sit in the courtyard or on their deck. I wasn't too impressed with their food. They have a short menu and its on the expensive side. I would suggest eat somewhere else, stop by at this restaurant for the experience and the view and order a nice dessert :)
only good for the view – while the entrance to this restaurant makes you think you'll be dining in a nice place, the rest of the facility is on the shabby side. the one good thing about this place is the fact that you're sitting with a nice view of the ocean, and that's where the pleasantries end. we came here last weekend with two other couples and their kids. everything we ordered was pretty bland and mediocre in quality, although the prices weren't that low. the steaks were overcooked and the quality of the meat was pretty low. the waiters kept mixing up our orders and would forget to bring things such as steak sauce and drinks until we were done with our meal; although they were reminded repeatedly. our bill ended up having things we didn;t order on it. ithe charges were taken off after we pointed it out, but at that point so many things had gone wrong that we just wanted to pay the bill, get out and never come there again. maybe the brunch is good there, but the whole experience was so substandard that we'd never want to give it a try.
Romantic, oceanside escape – My boyfriend took me here for one of our first dates. Sheets of rain poured down and trickled off the sides of the windows as we were cozy at our candlelit table hovering over some delicious and beautiful food. Shanghai Reds is a great place - tucked away so that its not crowded, with ample parking, but with an excellent view. The noise level is low, so conversations don't get overwhelmed. Great for anniversaries, special occasions.
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