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Shanghai Chinese Restaurant

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33 NE Carefree Ln, Waukee, IA 50263-9642
+1 515-987-3111
11:00 - 21:00
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Fri - Sat 11:00 - 21:30
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Johnston, Iowa
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264 reviews
177 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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75 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 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
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 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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42 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 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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79 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 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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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

We love this place! Great food, friendly service! It is our go to for Chinese! It is clean and has a great atmosphere!

Thank Cindy T
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38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

Enjoy this place every time I go. Great lunch deals; great value all around with large portions. Fantastic service. I never turn down an opportunity to eat here

1 Thank Glenn P
West Des Moines, Iowa
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

It's always interesting to visit another city's "best" Chinese restaurant and realize that there's an even better one back home! They have also added pho to the menu - the duck noodles soup is fantastic!

1 Thank CPA_Travelers
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

Fabulous! Went for lunch and their lunch specials are plentiful and affordable. You get soup, a small egg roll, a crab wonton and the meal w/rice. I had the Kung Pao shrimp and the brown sauce was DELICIOUS! Great place... Would go back!

Thank Amy K

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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, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Child-friendly, 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?