The 5 Best Restaurants for Business Trips to Shanghai

Shanghai is a city that's always alive and bustling. Its culinary scene is particularly outstanding, with countless restaurants that impress with their atmospheres, entertain with their concepts, and please with their flavor palettes. If you're planning to travel to Shanghai for business, the following five restaurants are some of your best options for dining.

Jujube Tree

Jujube Tree (also known as Vegetarian Lifestyle) is a vegetarian restaurant. So, if you're on a business trip to Shanghai and you're vegetarian, this might be the best dining option for you. Many of the options are vegan-friendly too. Diners rave about the quality of the food here, and they say that it's one of the healthiest spots in town - which can be a welcome relief for the business traveler who's used to eating unhealthy meals at diners and airports. One thing that makes Jujube Tree stand out is that it has many mock meat dishes, so it satisfies the cravings of any vegetarian who still craves the taste of meat. The casual atmosphere makes Jujube Tree ideal for a lunch meeting, and you don't need a reservation to enjoy a meal here.

Fu 1088

Fu 1088 is considered one of the best dining options in Shanghai, and it's great for wining and dining colleagues. Diners describe the environment as retro, which adds to the experience. The food is excellent - and mentioned in the Michelin guide - so it's likely you'll enjoy your meal. The restaurant serves up traditional Shanghainese food to give you a taste of the local culture. Call the restaurant directly to make a reservation at +86 21 5239 7878.

Hakkasan Shanghai

Hakkasan is one of the city's most famous restaurants, and it's also a great spot for a meal during a business trip to Shanghai if you want to book private space for dining. The restaurant is situated in the Bund 18 building and boasts a stunning view of the surrounding city. The menu features dishes by Michelin-starred chef Ton Chee Hwee. Diners who eat at Hakkasan consistently rave about its "dazzling interior." To make a reservation at Hakkasan, which also offers late-night dining on the weekends, visit OpenTable.

Goodfellas

You might not think of eating Italian food during a business trip to Shanghai. However, one of the city's most popular casual restaurants is Goodfellas - a restaurant with a traditional Italian menu and decor featuring photos of famous Italian celebrity criminals. Goodfellas dishes out pizzas, salads and more, and reviewers say that the food is authentically Italian and as good as any you would find in Italy. Book a reservation to eat at Goodfellas so you can ensure your group will have a table when you arrive.

Scena

If you travel out of the country for business, you may find that it's simply easier to eat at your hotel. If you're staying at the Ritz Carlton, consider eating at Scena, a trendy restaurant that also serves Italian food. This restaurant is situated on the hotel's 52nd floor. Diners who eat here rave about the view, and they also say that the service is unparalleled. One of the best perks of Scena is that you can also book a private dining room so you can have a business meeting without other people around if you need to. Make a reservation for Scena here.

Before you travel to Shanghai for a business trip, check out social media accounts to make sure you sample all the delicious local eats. Two of the best are Shanghai To Do and Shanghai Girl Eats.

If you've been to Shanghai on business, what are some of your favorite restaurants? Share with us in the comments below.