Madame Shanghai

4.4
148 reviews
$40 and under
Chinese (Shanghai)
Madame Shanghai is a Darlinghurst eatery and bar serving contemporary Chinese.

Inside, Chinoiserie décor combined with a playful colour palette of malachite, blues and pinks emulating 1930’s Shanghai. The cocktail area overlooking Hyde Park is reminiscent of a Shanghai garden with lush greenery.

Experiences

  • Valentines Day Set Menu

    A$118.00 per person

    Feb 14, 2021 only

    Join us and celebrate Valentine’s day with Madame. With a $118pp set menu inclusive of a special Valentine’s cocktail and dessert, our event is the perfect place to bring that special someone.
  • Never-Ending Rosé Brunch

    A$85.00 per person

    Jan 15 - Jun 27, 2021

    Join Madame for Never-Ending Rosé* & tantilise your taste buds with a mouthwatering array of dishes served share style including; Hot and Spicy Crispy Chicken, Vegetarian Dumplings, Calamari and her Famous Fried Rice … just to name a few. Wash them down with some delightful Rosé.
  • $89 LNY Banquet

    A$89.00 per person

    Feb 10 - Feb 14, 2021

    Special 9 Course Lunar New Year Banquet - Pacific oysters with ginger soy dressing* Steamed Jade prawn dumpling* Steamed pork xiao long bao Crispy calamari with togarashi & shaved bonito* Wok fried Mongolian beef tenderloin with king brown oyster mushrooms and snowpeas Steamed barramundi fillet with black bean, lemon and chilli oil* Fried cauliflower and chickpea with lemon garlic soy* Steamed jasmine rice* Gold ingot puff pastry
  • $120 LNY Banquet

    A$120.00 per person

    Feb 10 - Feb 14, 2021

    Special 10 Course Lunar New Year Banquet - Pacific oysters with ginger soy dressing* Steamed pork xiao long bao Steamed scallop siu mai* Crispy skin duck pancakes with sweet miso sauce Brooklyn Valley Angus beef short ribs (MB3+) with nashi pear salad & ginger truffle soy* Kung pao chicken with dried chilli & peanuts Crispy soft shell crab with tomato chilli sauce and side of brioche Wok fried green beans in XO sauce* BBQ duck fried rice with pumpkin, corn & mustard seed* Gold ingot puff pastry

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 148 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.4based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.5
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.3
Value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Drew
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had our wedding anniversary at Madame Shanghai and it was absolutely fantastic. The food was delicious and the cocktails were great. They also make you feel like you're the only ones there to make it a really special night.

Madame Shanghai
Responded on 5 January 2021

Hi Drew, Thank you for taking the time to provide such lovely feedback of Madame Shanghai! We are so pleased to hear that we could make a special day even more special for you and your partner. We do hope to welcome you back again very soon!

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CharB
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceptional experience. We will be back. Hospitality and staff were fantastic and food was just delicious.

Madame Shanghai
Responded on 5 January 2021

Hi Char, Thank you for your kind words and lovely feedback of your experience at Madame Shanghai! We are so pleased to hear that you had such an enjoyable time and we really look forward to welcoming you back when you next choose to dine!

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elizabethm
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

thank you for a lovely lunch and for the attentive and efficient service.

Madame Shanghai
Responded on 5 January 2021

Hi Elizabeth, Thank you for your great review of Madame Shanghai! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed the kind of top quality service we pride ourselves on. Looking forward to your next visit!

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EssJay
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

The Food was great, atmosphere was great and the service once we were dining was second to none. Unfortunately when we first arrived we were left waiting at the check in counter for quite some time despite 2-3 staff seeing us. However once we were welcomed and shown our table. It was a great experience and we can not wait to come back.

Madame Shanghai
Responded on 7 December 2020

Hi EssJay, Thank you for your lovely review and honest feedback. We are so pleased to hear that you had a great time with us, our apologise for the wait time in seating you at your table we will be sure to pass this along for future. We look forward to your next visit!

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Crissie
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

Good quality food, the shanghai noodles with prawns was bland but I enjoyed the rest of the dishes.
Their booking system really needs improvement: Made a dinner booking yet we got seated at an awkward half outdoor seating(that day was raining and pretty chilly). Asked the staff whether they can accommodate us for an indoor seating they responded it's a full house that evening and it has also been double booked so no. Also advised us we should make a note in our online reservation next time or call - how can one know to note down that request when they have never been to the venue?(there's also no such option to select indoor/outdoor seating??) I could never understand when a restaurant is not able to be flexible with the seating arrangement - unless they also think that half outdoor seating is lame otherwise why can't you seat whoever arrives first with a reservation at the seating they desires?🙄
The server of our table was also really intense, came over every 5 minutes to check on us and eagerly wanted to clear the plates(there was still food) when you just put your chopsticks down to have a chat. Not sure if that's just her or they were just trying to get us out asap since they were 'double booked'😑. Either way, wasn't too great of an experience.

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Lealea
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a great find in a good location in the city. A choice of seating areas with very different ambiance. We had the banquet which was delicious with a wonderful choice of dishes. All the staff were professional, friendly and accommodating with our requests. We will definitely be back.

Madame Shanghai
Responded on 5 January 2021

Hi Lealea, Thank you for your lovely words and positive review of Madame Shanghai. It is great to hear that you enjoyed your dining experience so much and we are happy to see you will be returning to us again - hopefully very soon!

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DarrenH
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is now my new favourite Chinese restaurant. We had the tastings menu with bottomless glass of Rose. Great value at $79 pp.
the food was amazingly tasty and beautifully presented and the service was also awesome.

Madame Shanghai
Responded on 7 December 2020

Hi Darren, Thank you for the great review of Madame Shanghai! We are so pleased to hear that you have enjoyed your dining experience with us so much and we look forward to your next visit!

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and drinks, it was my first time at Madame Shanghai and the service and quality of the food was beyond expectations

Madame Shanghai
Responded on 5 January 2021

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to leave your lovely feedback of Madame Shanghai! We're glad your first experience was such a winner! We look forward to welcoming you back again for more great food and drinks hopefully very soon!

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Kerrie
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall1Food5Service5Ambience1

We have been frequent visitors to your restaurant. The food and service is always outstanding, however the last visit the main windows apparently had some damage and couldn't be opened as there was a mild wind. It was a hot day and to be honest it actually ruined the meal. Your wonderful staff moved as as soon as we had eaten, but I do find spending the amount of money at your restaurant that this is not acceptable at all.
I've also dined at the restaurant many times in the winter and overall I feel you really need to work on the internal temperature. It is not comfortable it is either too cold or too hot

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Fabulous as always

Madame Shanghai
Responded on 7 December 2020

Hi there, Thank you for the great review! We look forward to your next visit!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2020
Overall2Food5Service5Ambience2

Extremely hot and no air conditioning it was 41 degrees c!

It was not possible to actually enjoy lunch and we felt sorry for the poor staff who were trying to work in these extreme conditions

What fine dining place has NO AIR CONDITIONING!

Not going back - over priced for the inhuman heat and discomfort !!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a blast with the drag bingo. Great food and wine.

Madame Shanghai
Responded on 27 November 2020

Hi there, We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed our fabulous Blingo event at Madame Shanghai! We do hope you will join us again for more great food, wine and some fun entertainment!

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Shristi
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a pleasure to visit any of the Lotus Dining. Every time it's a marvelous experience.

Madame Shanghai
Responded on 27 November 2020

Hi Shristi, Thank you so much for providing such a wonderful review of Madame Shanghai. We are so glad to hear that you have had such a great ongoing experience with the team and we do hope to welcome you back agin very soon!

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VeraK
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful restaurant with great food and wonderful service.
Definately be returning for more.

Madame Shanghai
Responded on 27 November 2020

Hi Vera, Thank you for taking the time to provide such lovely feedback. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the kind of 5 star quality service and food we pride ourselves on here at Madame Shanghai and we hope to see you again soon!

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vipAnthonyM
Brisbane
4 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very hospitable staff, attentive service, great variety and value.

Madame Shanghai
Responded on 27 November 2020

Hi Anthony, Thank you for the great review! We are pleased that you enjoyed your dining experience with us so much and look forward to your return!

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Phuong
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

From the time i arrived to the time i left, service from the start was absolutely professional and perfect.

Loved the food, drinks everything.

Highly recommended.

Madame Shanghai
Responded on 27 November 2020

Hi Phuong, Thank you for your kind words, it is so wonderful to hear you had such a great experience at Madame Shanghai. We do hope to welcome you back through our doors again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great experience

Madame Shanghai
Responded on 27 November 2020

Thanks for the great review! We hope to welcome you back very soon to Madame Shanghai!

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
5 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great food and cocktails (loved the Smokey one)

Madame Shanghai
Responded on 27 October 2020

Hi there, Thank you for your lovely review! We are delighted to hear that you had such a positive dining experience at Madame Shanghai and we look forward to welcoming you again soon.

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Lilly
London
6 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

A gentle breeze and a relaxed atmosphere with good food and free flowing rose.

Madame Shanghai
Responded on 23 October 2020

Hi Lilly, Thank you for the great review! We are happy to see that you made the most of our Bottomless Rose special, we hope to see you again for round two!

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YvonneT
Sydney / NSW
5 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Celebrated a belated birthday for our friend. Just loved everything about this restaurant. The ambience, the food, the fabulous service and the decor. It was like we were back in the early 1900’s in Shanghai. The dumplings were great. We had the option of choosing the endless 90 minute Rose Mojito with food but opted to choose our own dishes. We did try the rose mojito and it was so good. I’ll definitely be returning to Madame Shanghai. Definitely recommend.

Madame Shanghai
Responded on 23 October 2020

Hi Yvonne, Thank you for taking the time to provide such a lovely review and for recommending Madame Shanghai! It is wonderful to hear that you and your friends had a enjoyable time and received the top quality service and food that we strive for. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed our delicious dumplings and our Rose Mojito - we can't wait to welcome you back again very soon!

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LaurenB
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely amazing! The best quality of Shu Mai in Sydney.
The staff were so charming and I really enjoyed the interactions I had here.
Beautifully done up resturant and the green jade colour of the resturant is beautiful

Madame Shanghai
Responded on 29 October 2020

Hi Lauren, Thank you for your lovely review of Madame Shanghai! We are absolutely delighted to hear that you had such a wonderful experience with us and we really look forward to your next visit, hopefully very soon!

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JoshuaH
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, service and atmosphere. Highly recommended

Madame Shanghai
Responded on 29 October 2020

Hi Joshua, Thank you for taking the time to leave your excellent feedback, we will be sure to pass along your comments to the rest of the team at Madame Shanghai. We hope to welcome you through our doors again very soon!

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HappyChap
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience3

Our regular waiter - he is always so fabulous. This time he left to go on his break and the self identified manager took over.

He was rude and unprofessional. He poured wine in front instead of from the other side of the table; he didn’t provide share cutlery for any of the shared meals (a COVID necessity) and decided once we had finished our meal that it was Time for us to leave (despite the fact we weren’t finished) as they needed to vacuum the floor and had people coming for dinner. It was 4:45pm!

I’m not sure if I would return ... only if I could guarantee that we got the regular waiter (who has been there for years!).

Madame Shanghai
Responded on 2 November 2020

Hi there, We're sorry to hear that you did not have an enjoyable time with us at Madame Shanghai. We always aim for polite and professional service and it is deeply disappointing to hear that you did not have a positive experience. Thank you for taking the time to reach out to us and provide your feedback which allows us to grow as a business. We do hope this won't deter you from visiting us again as we would love to have the chance to welcome you through our doors again soon.

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SueT
Canberra / ACT
7 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous food. Good choices for vegan. Excellent service.

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CeliaH
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Warm and inviting, lush decor, amazing service and exquisite food all at very reasonable prices. Great restaurant.

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ClaudiaS
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Spent a wonderful afternoon at Madame Shanghai with my family, celebrating Mother's Day. Terrific ambiance, attentive and friendly staff and oh the food! Terrific. A special day. Even loved the 70s hits playing in the background!

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RockyW
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great restaurant. Very attentive staff. And the food could be the best we've had... the Orange Chicken was superb!

This is one of those places where they get everything right... from the second you walk in the door.

Congrats!

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gdaykarla
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2018
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Lovely place, great service and really friendly staff. Exactly what we wanted.

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DanielM
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding service and food best place I've dined in Sydney.

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AnaClarisssa
Tokyo
4 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Been here many times. Always reliable. Could probably do with spicier food- but for a reliably good meal to catch up with friends - this place is a great find in our neighborhood and great value too.

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Nyonyua
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a fantastic lunch - it was quiet so very attentive service. The food and decor was amazing. Our dessert came with a nice bday message for my partner. Would absolutely go again.

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Becki
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Took my boyfriend here for his birthday and we both absolutely loved it! Everything was fantastic and over and above our expectations. The restaurant has a fantastic ambience and service was perfect. We'll definitely be back!

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MeaganA
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2018
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Our girls night at Madame Shanghai was wonderful. We were offered a free glass of champagne to start off our night because it was the restaurant’s birthday; lucky us! The service was perfect and food was delicious. I would definitely go back for a fancy dinner date. We even got some cake in a Chinese takeaway container for home. I think effort of the small details really gave this restaurant the extra edge. I also thought the Chinese name on the wine glasses was another example of a small but beautiful touch. Thank you!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great for brunch. So much better than your average yum cha

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LeeF
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The dining experience didn't disappoint.
Great food & our waiter Arthur was very attentive & his suggestions re dishes were outstanding

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SuzyJ
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is a hidden gem. Best view overlooking Hyde Park ... serene, quiet, bit of a NYC vibe. Love the team. Great food, interesting wine list and fab service. Definitely recommend.

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JulieW
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Have been a number of times for dinner
The decor, service, food and wine list are all first class.
It is one of my favourite restaurants in a city with a lot of competition.

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Margaret
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service was excellent with friendly staff. The food was amazing and the staff explained the menu to us and took the time to chat and make us feel very special.

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CarolynT
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent, modern and slightly unusual Chinese food in an intimate setting and central city location

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TraceyM
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great dumplings and the mushroom spring rolls delicious. Must try the grilled lamb cutlets taste sensation. Friendly service good wine list.

FAQs

Madame Shanghai offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (02) 8318 8618.

Madame Shanghai is rated 4.4 stars by 148 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.