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Shanghai Gate

Allston / Brighton
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204 Harvard Ave, Boston, MA 02134-4619
+1 617-566-7344
11:30 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun - Mon 11:30 - 22:00
Wed - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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Clemmons, North Carolina
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283 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Shanghai Gate has great food, quick service, and a comfortable atmosphere. The Paradise Mountain Chicken is outstanding, and they have an extensive and authentic Shanghainese menu. Definitely worth the time and money if you are in the area and hungry!

Thank Andrei S
Newton, Mass
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211 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

We probably live closer to about 25 Chinese restaurants but we drive way out of our neighborhood to visit this one -- as do a ton of Chinese people apparently, which is a cliched but accurate indicator of authenticity. Some items might be too exotic even for a fairly sophisticated Western palate (especially the cold appetizers), but try a bunch... More 

Thank OOBonomist
Boston, Massachusetts
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228 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

The staffs are friendly and the food came out fairly quick. The dishes are decent. Nothing that would wow me.

Thank Calvin N
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30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

We ordered the fish in chili oil, scallion pancakes, cheese rolls, crab rangoon and kung pao chicken. Each dish had a unique flavor, cooked to perfection, the veges crunchy and retained their color. The sauces were delectable and at the end of the meal, not a drop of sauce not a bit of food was left on our plates. The... More 

Thank Husainfauzia
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106 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2016 via mobile

Shanghai Gate is, hands down, the best restaurant in Greater Boston. Its chef and co-owner is a former chef at a five-star restaurant in Shanghai. The other co-owner is an artist and an art professor at Wellesley who painted the wall of the small restaurant with really wonderful ink painting. The dishes are truly authentic. I've eaten there with foodie... More 

Thank artzero
new york
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016

I was told this was one of the best Chinese restaurants in Boston. I am not sure if this place lived to that standard. The food was delicious - small portions, but filling. I will be returning.

1 Thank storm12345
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35 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2016

I have been coming here for years. Great food. get the chicken wraps in lettuce leaves for an appetizer. the cabbage and beef. the spicy chicken nuggets, It's all good. Great service. Do all the dishes and share with a big group.

Thank Shuggiplum
Boston, Massachusetts
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38 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2015

I generally think of Chinese restaurants to be better for take-out, rather than a place where I will go have a full meal with my friends. However, Shanghai Gate is the best! It serves, according to my Chinese friends, authentic Shanghai food. The decor is simple, but they have very fast service, and a chef that really knows how to... More 

Thank Livia D
Boston, Massachusetts
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99 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2015

Ordered several dishes which I had never seen on a chinese restaurant menu before even in the area. We found the food tasty and not too greasy. Very reasonable prices. Definitely recomment a visit..I know we will be back!

Thank travelingman979
Brookline, Massachusetts
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175 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2015

In the past I've enjoyed the more traditional lunch specials, while looking enviously at the Chinese-American diners and their more knowledgeable and adventurous choices. On this occasion, shrimp with garlic sauce was made without garlic and with a macedoine of vegetables doused in what appeared to be ketchup! I'm hoping for better luck next time.

Thank NicJBoston

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Chinese, Asian, Japanese
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Delivery, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 204 Harvard Ave, Boston, MA 02134-4619
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > Allston / Brighton
  • Neighbourhood: Allston / Brighton
  • Phone Number: +1 617-566-7344

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