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ElWilly

#28 of 15,879 Restaurants in Shanghai
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Neighbourhood:
The Bund
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5F, No.22 Zhongshan Dong Er Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai, China
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+86 21 5404 5757
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Have eaten here twice in three days (had to go back because the first visit was so good). A real buzz to the place and the food is just outstanding. Order from the menu but don't be afraid to ask for the specials or something a little 'off piste' and they will assist where they can. The food is melt... More 

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Thank Odgy999
Toronto, Canada
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29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great views from the 5th floor. Food was as good as the views. Good wine selection. Service was excellent

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Thank danniddery
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20 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Place is great. Very simple and cozy ambience. Food is good but a lot of elements what don't belong to Spanish cuisine. Oh well, lets call it fusion if you want. Still, food flavors are good, presentation is very innovative. Portions are sufficient for to be called 'tapas'. Very good experience.

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Thank Nickolai S
Warsaw, Poland
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73 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place offers excellent Spanish food with quite amodern touch, original, tasty and very interesting. The atmosphere is great, the service excellent and the views stunning. it is a place to enjoy the night in Shanghái and near excellent bars for the drinks afterwards.

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Thank Josean_41
Rome
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The atmosphere in El willy it is really nice. Elegant and cozy at the same time. When you book ask a table to the window, because of the great vue on the bund. I came differents and I always went back home full and satisfied. The food is nice, a right combination for fusion and spanish. The tapas are so... More 

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Thank Begoniaceae
Shanghai, China
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great location and superb food. Not only Mediterranean style also kind of Japanese fusion with the smoked salmon appetizers on a fried filled puff....a real explosion of different tastes in your mouth. Perfect food on a very high level and no standard though. Price according to quality and location higher but this is okay. This is your place for a... More 

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Helsingborg, Sweden
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42 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I would not have spotted this restaurant without being directed here (not very visible from street), but I have made sure I will find my way back now! Located on 2nd (or 3rd?) floor facing the Bund, you get a nice view if you have reserved your table in time (pre reservation is highly recommended). Funny interior and modern, fresh... More 

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Thank Scrambledeggslover
Auckland Region, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

If you're looking for a break from Chinese food, this is a very good option. I was just visiting the city so felt a bit odd going out for Spanish cuisine in Shanghai but was very pleasantly surprised. The food was excellent. Very impressive. In fact, it was better than most of the food I've had actually in Spain.

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Thank TCLANCY_88
Shanghai, China
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41 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

World class food with great service and wonderful view of the Shanghai skyline. With every visit to El Willy you are in for a real treat. Its one of my absolute favourite restaurants not only in Shanghai but anywhere!

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Thank Fredrik-Lundqvist
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Trying to take Tapas to the next level ElWilly has a great location and comfortable absence. The food while different and unique presentations of typical tapas dishes, is fresh and flavorful. The price however, reminds you that you are on the Bund. In terms of value, the combination doesn't work. There are other Spanish restaurants which provide the same level... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$35 - US$60
Cuisine
Spanish, Mediterranean
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene, Business meetings, View, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5F, No.22 Zhongshan Dong Er Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai, China
  • Location: Asia  >  China  >  Shanghai Region  >  Shanghai>  > The Bund
  • Neighbourhood: The Bund
  • Phone Number: +86 21 5404 5757
Description
“el Willy” cuisine focuses in Spanish traditional, contemporary tapas & rices with a fun twist. The structure of the menu follows the Chinese Yin Yang structure of a meal. All the food is designed to be shared family style & to be eaten comfortably with chopticks.

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Staying in The Bund

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The Bund
While there are certainly many other “bunds” in the world, “the Bund” refers to Shanghai’s famous waterfront. The area’s Gothic, Art Deco and Beaux Arts monoliths were built when it was part of the Shanghai International Settlement run by the British and Americans. The atmosphere of colonial-era luxury has endured over time and is now found in the five-star hotels, luxury brand boutiques and expensive restaurants that can be found within the historic buildings. A cultural center has built up away from the water and some of Shanghai’s best art galleries and museums are housed close to the Bund. Nighttime views of Pudong and the rest of the city also make for a great backdrop at the many rooftop clubs.
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