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Shanghai Chinese Restaurant

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33 NE Carefree Ln, Waukee, IA 50263-9642
+1 515-987-3111
Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Tue - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 21:30
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Adel, Iowa
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47 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a well established restaurant in the Waukee area with a great reputation. I have visited this restaurant on numerous occasions mostly business, occasionally socially, always leaves pleased with the decision to come here. On my last visit I was looking forward to the Pho. They have added a significant Vietnamese list of dishes in recent years which they... More 

Thank Neil O
1 review
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Extensive menu + wonderful customer service = excellent experience. Will definitely be back. Looking forward to it.

Thank Mike T
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2017

Went here with my family after a sports event in the area. Pleasant staff, good food. Would definitely return. I had the Kung Bao Chicken. The shrimp was cooked to perfection. Tender and delicious. The egg roll wasn't your usual "processed" egg roll like you get at other places. It had real chunks of cabbage and meat in it. Very... More 

Thank A S
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41 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017

Came here with the office for lunch. Most of my coworkers got either the sesame chicken or orange chicken and all seemed pleased. I strayed off the beaten path and got string beans with chicken. This is a pretty typical order for me at other places and here it was about what you come to expect. No complaints, but nothing... More 

Thank Sarah H
Johnston, Iowa
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273 reviews
185 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2016

We lost our favorite Chinese place in the Johnston area, and have been looking for a good replacement. While not close to our house, we happened upon this place and we really like it. Dinners come with soup, egg roll, and crab rangoon. Service is very friendly and attentive. We love this place!

Thank HIltonMagic
Urbandale, Iowa
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77 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 December 2016

I've been looking for a good restaurant in Des Moines since I returned months ago -- I finally found it. Shanghai is fabulous. MSN had a "Best Chinese restaurant in your state," and named the Shanghai as the best in Iowa. I'm inclined to believe it. Good service with a personable server. Really good hot and sour soup that actually... More 

Thank JohnnyB33
Waukee, Iowa
2 reviews
Reviewed 15 November 2016

Best Chinese food in the area. Moderately pricey, but the food is worth it. The owner has been there for over 15 years and is so sweet, and remembers her customers.

Thank Tricia A
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 November 2016

I especially like their version of Empress Chicken. Most chicken dishes are very good. They have all the traditional Chinese dishes and all that I have tried are good. They are an especially good value at lunch as it includes appetizer, soup, entree, and rice. Portions are generous. At dinner the appetizer plate for two is also very good.

Thank Roger E
Adel, Iowa
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47 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

Based on the name you expect Chinese style. You won't be disappointed in the broader Asian menu. An emphasis in American style Chinese food and in addition they offer very high standard Vietnamese style food that will exceed your expectations. I visit this restaurant usually with business groups. Our parties are always greeted by a hostess who is utterly gracious... More 

Thank Neil O
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93 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

Everything here is good. Seriously the cleanest and freshest food I have ever had. Staff is great and food comes quick!

Thank Megan M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 33 NE Carefree Ln, Waukee, IA 50263-9642
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Waukee
  • Phone Number: +1 515-987-3111

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?