Shanghai Mama's

★★★☆☆
Shut Up & Eat Your Noodles
  • 216 E 6th St

    Cincinnati, OH 45202

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  • 513-241-7777

About Shanghai Mama's

Hours
Mon. - Thu. 11am - 9:30pm;Fri. 11am - 3am;Sat. 4pm - 3am;Sun. CLOSED

Food

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Late opening, downtown location, spiffy decor that isn't just your regular touristy Chinese/Asian stuff. Bring some friends so you can share and sample. I was tempted to buy one of their cute "shut up and eat your noodles" teeshirts that they have for sale in the restaurant but my husband threatened to disown me.

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★★★★☆

Late opening, downtown location, spiffy decor that isn't just your regular touristy Chinese/Asian stuff. Bring some friends so you can share and sample. I was tempted to buy one of their cute "shut up and eat your noodles" teeshirts that they have for sale in the restaurant but my husband threatened to disown me.

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I love Chinese food, so I was hoping to find a new place to experience, but....

I wasn't impressed with the total lack of attention from the wait staff. Although the waiter was nice, he basically gave us a menu, took our order and disappeared for the rest of the evening. The place was small and there were maybe 4 other tables occupied, so I can't really imagine what else was occupying his time. I never saw him walk through the room to attend to the other patrons either.

Then after our checks, he offered to box our food to take home and ended up giving us ALL the wrong food back. (Having realized it only after I arrived home, because the food was placed in a paper bag and vigorously stapled shut. Who does that?) It's not a big deal to me, but if someone had a food allergy and didn't realize the fact that their newly switched dish included seafood/peanuts/etc., there could be very serious complications and possibly fatal results.

The food itself was alright. I had Lo Mein. Mediocre Lo Mein. Not bland, but not something to stay with you and make you recommend a place to others. It's nothing to rave about, just run of the mill Chinese cuisine. I enjoy Chinese food throughly and I'm not picky, but this was just boring food. The portions are decent for the price. The atmosphere is nice, well decorated and cozy. The jazz playing louder than necessary was a bit distracting.

Overall... if you've got plenty of time to waste and just want to try it out because you've never been, give it a try. Don't hold your breath.

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★★☆☆☆

I love Chinese food, so I was hoping to find a new place to experience, but....

I wasn't impressed with the total lack of attention from the wait staff. Although the waiter was nice, he basically gave us a menu, took our order and disappeared for the rest of the evening. The place was small and there were maybe 4 other tables occupied, so I can't really imagine what else was occupying his time. I never saw him walk through the room to attend to the other patrons either.

Then after our checks, he offered to box our food to take home and ended up giving us ALL the wrong food back. (Having realized it only after I arrived home, because the food was placed in a paper bag and vigorously stapled shut. Who does that?) It's not a big deal to me, but if someone had a food allergy and didn't realize the fact that their newly switched dish included seafood/peanuts/etc., there could be very serious complications and possibly fatal results.

The food itself was alright. I had Lo Mein. Mediocre Lo Mein. Not bland, but not something to stay with you and make you recommend a place to others. It's nothing to rave about, just run of the mill Chinese cuisine. I enjoy Chinese food throughly and I'm not picky, but this was just boring food. The portions are decent for the price. The atmosphere is nice, well decorated and cozy. The jazz playing louder than necessary was a bit distracting.

Overall... if you've got plenty of time to waste and just want to try it out because you've never been, give it a try. Don't hold your breath.

Pros: Nice ambience, parking lot right next door, cozy.

Cons: Slow, almost non-existent wait staff, dimly light room to the point of stumbling over chairs/tables, mediocre food.

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Wonderful flavor and lots to choose from. Although this restaurant is located downtown, it is definately worth the trek if you do not live downtown. It's also great if you're looking for some late night food after having gone out on main street. Shanghai Mama's usually opens until about 2am on the weekends. Their noodle dishes are wonderful and filled with lots of flavor. There's always a nice atmosphere and filled with people. They've also got really neat decorations and neat Chinese chairs and tables. However, be prepared to be scrunched with other diners, as the resturant is a bit on the small side.

5
★★★★★

Wonderful flavor and lots to choose from. Although this restaurant is located downtown, it is definately worth the trek if you do not live downtown. It's also great if you're looking for some late night food after having gone out on main street. Shanghai Mama's usually opens until about 2am on the weekends. Their noodle dishes are wonderful and filled with lots of flavor. There's always a nice atmosphere and filled with people. They've also got really neat decorations and neat Chinese chairs and tables. However, be prepared to be scrunched with other diners, as the resturant is a bit on the small side.

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I love the atmosphere at Shanghai Mama's. However, that is where my love for the restaurant ends. I've been there 3 times and the service is at snail's pace every time.

The food is not authentic Chinese at all. After sampling 8 dishes, the only two I can recommend is the Shanghai dumplings and the Shanghai flatbread.

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★★☆☆☆

I love the atmosphere at Shanghai Mama's. However, that is where my love for the restaurant ends. I've been there 3 times and the service is at snail's pace every time.

The food is not authentic Chinese at all. After sampling 8 dishes, the only two I can recommend is the Shanghai dumplings and the Shanghai flatbread.

 

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