Shanghai Express

★★★☆☆
  • 2502 Hillsborough St

    Raleigh, NC 27607

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  • 919-754-9797

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I work 12 hour nightshifts at a medical practice. Lunch is sometime between 1 and 3 am. We order from Shanghai Express on a regular basis and have done so for years.

Everything is overpriced by 30%. All items on the menu are usually edible but never delicious. A couple of times I've had to thow all my food in the trash because it was so bad, so "leftover", it could not be eaten by a reasonable person.

The only good thing about Shanghai Express is they will deliver very very late at night. I'm certain the middle aged chinese delivery driver carries a concealed weapon.

Overall I rate the place "satisfactory" due to circumstances: for late night, desperate, hungry people. I would never eat food from there during the daytime as other options are available.

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★★★☆☆

I work 12 hour nightshifts at a medical practice. Lunch is sometime between 1 and 3 am. We order from Shanghai Express on a regular basis and have done so for years.

Everything is overpriced by 30%. All items on the menu are usually edible but never delicious. A couple of times I've had to thow all my food in the trash because it was so bad, so "leftover", it could not be eaten by a reasonable person.

The only good thing about Shanghai Express is they will deliver very very late at night. I'm certain the middle aged chinese delivery driver carries a concealed weapon.

Overall I rate the place "satisfactory" due to circumstances: for late night, desperate, hungry people. I would never eat food from there during the daytime as other options are available.

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The food is ok. But when you step into the restaurant it smells like crap. I think they may have a sewage or drain issue it smells in there. I find the food to be a bit pricey, and ok at best. Not the best food in town but i guess if you have a chinese craving these will be the only ones open after 10pm.

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★★☆☆☆

The food is ok. But when you step into the restaurant it smells like crap. I think they may have a sewage or drain issue it smells in there. I find the food to be a bit pricey, and ok at best. Not the best food in town but i guess if you have a chinese craving these will be the only ones open after 10pm.

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If you want Chinese and there is no other option, Shanghai Express is not a bad place. They have a good selection of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food. Popular choice for university students.

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★★★☆☆

If you want Chinese and there is no other option, Shanghai Express is not a bad place. They have a good selection of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food. Popular choice for university students.

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This is the very first uncomplimentary review I have ever submitted about a restaurant. Where to begin? How about the dried out fried rice that even power lubrication could not save. Or the shrimp with cashews in garlic sauce, perhaps better called dessicated sea food particles with gravel in hot pepper mush. We ordered delivery to a downtown hotel. Next morning the housekeeping staff must have been disgusted when carting off the uneaten food(?) which filled the waste container. Do not patronize this establishment. After placing the phone order my wife said that the party she had contacted seemed incompetent, and she questioned what would be delivered. She was right.

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★☆☆☆☆

This is the very first uncomplimentary review I have ever submitted about a restaurant. Where to begin? How about the dried out fried rice that even power lubrication could not save. Or the shrimp with cashews in garlic sauce, perhaps better called dessicated sea food particles with gravel in hot pepper mush. We ordered delivery to a downtown hotel. Next morning the housekeeping staff must have been disgusted when carting off the uneaten food(?) which filled the waste container. Do not patronize this establishment. After placing the phone order my wife said that the party she had contacted seemed incompetent, and she questioned what would be delivered. She was right.

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In addition to the aforementioned, the delivery guy was th greasiest mother f'er ive ever seen. I think he dripped sweat into the food to be honest. I got so sick after eating here that my life flashed before my eyes. These guys mean more to the abbreviation MSG than Madison square garden in new york. If you have a death wish then go ahead and eat at this restaurant.

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★★☆☆☆

In addition to the aforementioned, the delivery guy was th greasiest mother f'er ive ever seen. I think he dripped sweat into the food to be honest. I got so sick after eating here that my life flashed before my eyes. These guys mean more to the abbreviation MSG than Madison square garden in new york. If you have a death wish then go ahead and eat at this restaurant.

Pros: eating cat is good!

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Honestly, the only reason these guys are in business is because they are across the street from NCSU and deliver until 2:00am every day. I do order from here after 10:00 when i need a quick fix, but if its before ten, i order elsewhere. Meat is scraps, containing alot of grissle and they mince there vegetables into succatash of who knows what, probably because its a bag of birdseye, CHINA PEARL ALL DAY!!!

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★★☆☆☆

Honestly, the only reason these guys are in business is because they are across the street from NCSU and deliver until 2:00am every day. I do order from here after 10:00 when i need a quick fix, but if its before ten, i order elsewhere. Meat is scraps, containing alot of grissle and they mince there vegetables into succatash of who knows what, probably because its a bag of birdseye, CHINA PEARL ALL DAY!!!

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We order from here quite often and never disappointed.The cuisine is not meant to be anything authentic and I doubt that most customers would know anyway .They also deliver on Christmas.

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★★★★☆

We order from here quite often and never disappointed.The cuisine is not meant to be anything authentic and I doubt that most customers would know anyway .They also deliver on Christmas.

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We get delivery over off of Western Blvd near Blue Ridge. They're fast and cheap-- We just ordered 2 veggie entrees, fried dumplings, crab rangoon and a 2 liter coke-- $19.08. Love their dumpling sauce, their garlic sauce and their scallion pancake. It's usually here within half an hour-- it's beat me home before when I've ordered from the car on the way home :).

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★★★★☆

We get delivery over off of Western Blvd near Blue Ridge. They're fast and cheap-- We just ordered 2 veggie entrees, fried dumplings, crab rangoon and a 2 liter coke-- $19.08. Love their dumpling sauce, their garlic sauce and their scallion pancake. It's usually here within half an hour-- it's beat me home before when I've ordered from the car on the way home :).

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I'm not sure who Jean W. is, and I don't care, mostly because she's wrong.

Shanghai Express is not authentic Chinese food, but this is North Carolina, not China. I've been to Hong Kong, is it that good? No but, I didn't have time to fly to Kowloon for supper either.

Shanghai Express is fast, and not all that expensive. They usually say 30 to 45 minutes for delivery. I live on Avent Ferry Rd. near Gorman St, they are usually here in 20 to 30 minutes. For 2 full dinners with soup and appetizers we pay less than $20. There are in fact better Chinese places, but not nearby, and none deliver.

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★★★☆☆

I'm not sure who Jean W. is, and I don't care, mostly because she's wrong.

Shanghai Express is not authentic Chinese food, but this is North Carolina, not China. I've been to Hong Kong, is it that good? No but, I didn't have time to fly to Kowloon for supper either.

Shanghai Express is fast, and not all that expensive. They usually say 30 to 45 minutes for delivery. I live on Avent Ferry Rd. near Gorman St, they are usually here in 20 to 30 minutes. For 2 full dinners with soup and appetizers we pay less than $20. There are in fact better Chinese places, but not nearby, and none deliver.

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Shanghai Express is very good. The delivery service is extraordinary. The food is a little better than average for Chinese food. Delivery is very fast. Only negative: the fried rice available with meals, is just white rice fried in soy sauce. No vegetables, no meat, so on. Other than that, I would definately reccommend this restaurant.

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★★★★☆

Shanghai Express is very good. The delivery service is extraordinary. The food is a little better than average for Chinese food. Delivery is very fast. Only negative: the fried rice available with meals, is just white rice fried in soy sauce. No vegetables, no meat, so on. Other than that, I would definately reccommend this restaurant.

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not delicious nor native chinese foods here, yet the prices are very high and still keep going up! not even a good place for a dinner in a rush if you're ncsu student.

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★☆☆☆☆

not delicious nor native chinese foods here, yet the prices are very high and still keep going up! not even a good place for a dinner in a rush if you're ncsu student.

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yea this food can be good if youre drunk and nowhere else is open but the sauces are like oil and ketchup... seriously there is a half an inch of oil in the bottom of my eggplant. the eggroll is pretty inedible and the general tsos chicken is kinda soggy. but i may still order again

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★☆☆☆☆

yea this food can be good if youre drunk and nowhere else is open but the sauces are like oil and ketchup... seriously there is a half an inch of oil in the bottom of my eggplant. the eggroll is pretty inedible and the general tsos chicken is kinda soggy. but i may still order again

 

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