Banquet Chinese

4.7
523 reviews
£26 to £40
Chinese (Canton)
Banquet Chinese is a restaurant and venue unlike any other found in Colchester or North Essex today. This is Chinese food the way it is meant to be experienced! Our mouth-watering dishes are cooked to perfection by award-winning chefs using only the freshest and finest ingredients.

The interior has been carefully chosen and imported from China to create a genuine and sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere in which to enjoy your lunch or evening meal, perhaps together with a bottle of wine from the well rounded wine list supplied by Liberty Wines.

Please take some time to familiarise yourself with Banquet Chinese here on our website. Have a look at our menus and wine lists. Read about Dim Sum, the delicious little dishes perfect as starters or as a light and sophisticated lunch time meal.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 523 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.5
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LynD
Essex
3 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent quality food and service. This has got to be the best Chinese Restaurant in Essex. Its not cheap and you will need deep pockets and that's why we only go occasionally.

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IanK
Essex
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding. One of the best places for Chinese food in Colchester.

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DavidP
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Would definitely recommend, the food is excellent. For any one who enjoys Chinese food, especially the Dim Sums this is the place to go!
Staff are very good, and we felt very safe.

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SophiaH
Essex
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Dim Sum in Essex. Staff attentive. Value for money.

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LiarnaR
Essex
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food. So fresh and tastes like there is less salt and sugar in the food that take away restaurants meaning the food appears to be a bit more healthy.

Really nice setting and friendly staff.

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Zinnia
Essex
4 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous meal with brilliant staff and service. Always a pleasure to eat at Banquet. A*

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Bumbyg1z
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service as always .Highly recommend this restaurant so lucky it’s on our doorstep

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RachelK
Essex
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was served hot and fresh, very tasty, we had a set menu which was not rushed. Enough time between courses to enjoy fully. Seems like the food is high quality. Staff are friendly polite and very efficient. May be more expensive than other restaurants but it is definitely worth the money.

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MikeB
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent Dim Sum, very fresh. Good prompt service.

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ChrisL
Essex
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and great service can't fault this restaurant food was fresh and clean. Will be going back at the next available chance.

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TomB
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent food, great service. Shame we had noisy neighbors on the table opposite

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OpenTable Diner
Essex
3 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We felt safe due the tables were spaced at least 2 metres a part . We could dine and enjoyed our meal . Good experience.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. Warm welcome, good and polite service, food exceptional

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BenM
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic restaurant. Authentic Chinese dishes cooked perfectly. Classic dim sum style, everything was delicious and we will certainly be going back to try more of the menu!

The staff were also wonderful. Really welcoming and charming. Can’t recommend enough.

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SimonK
Essex
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Food was excellent as usual but felt very hurried and hassled by the staff. To a certain extent this is understandable with the COVID restrictions but they were definitely very over the top compared to other restaurants which are much more relaxing .

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Spencers
Essex
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After being locked down for so long this was just what we needed. Superb food, superb service and superb evening.

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NicholasE
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

As ever enjoyed a very pleasant Lunch - the one problem is how to avoid eating too much delicious food !

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RichardD
Essex
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We think this is the best Chinese restaurant in Essex! We love both Yum cha for Saturday lunch, or a la carte for dinner. The service is always pleasant and efficient and in our opinion, the food is surprisingly good value. We have taken friends and family and visiting Australians to eat there and we’ve never had any complaints.

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SarahD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant. Food and service are outstanding.

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chriss
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s just a favourite place to eat good Cantonese style food.

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DavidR
London
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

The food is very good but it was not very hot. Why can you not supply hot plates like many chinese restaurants. You are our favourite restaurant so please don't spoil it by serving lukewarm food.

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Oli87
Essex
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always a top notch meal I love this restaurant is the only place I go in colchester

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Zinnia
Essex
4 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a consistently good Chinese restaurant with a versatile menu and excellent service. I have been visiting Banquet for a number of years and have always had an excellent expu.

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judithw
London
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super place for social gathering and excellent service.

Banquet Chinese
Responded on 17 November 2020

Thank you for leaving a 5 star review Judith!

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Anita
Essex
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice restaurant. We love dining there. Food is great. Good service.

Banquet Chinese
Responded on 17 November 2020

Thank you for leaving a 5 star review Anita!

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Celia
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Beautifully decorated restaurant with delicious food. Highly efficient, attentive staff. Makes every meal there feel like a special occasion, no matter what time of day you dine.

Banquet Chinese
Responded on 17 November 2020

Thank you for leaving a 5 star review Celia!

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EmmaC
Norfolk
4 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely set menu with very generous portions and delicious duck

Banquet Chinese
Responded on 17 November 2020

Thank you for leaving a 5 star review Emma!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

I felt that the staff were quite rude here, we felt as if we were being rushed through the process. The starter platter arrived before we received our drinks. The staff just seemed to be rushing to get us out. I was under the impression that this was supposed to be a premier Chinese restaurant- the prices were certainly premier but the experience, sadly less so.
We found the food distinctly ordinary, the shredded duck was cold and not shredded on the table in front of us which, to me suggests it was mass produced and possibly not fresh.
We both had a nice evening but I wish I had spent the £100 for the meal for two at a truly first rate venue. Won’t be rushing back here, I think I’d rather spend far less at an all you can eat style Chinese buffet for a similar standard of food

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LindaH
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We loved the food and the service was good. It would have been nice to have some background music. Cocktail was a little disappointing.

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KarenC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Banquet was its usual exceptionally high standard. This was achieved alongside exceptional Covid 19 processes to ensure all customers and staff were safe. Thank you.

Banquet Chinese
Responded on 17 November 2020

Thank you for leaving a 5 star review Karen!

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ALFREDH
Essex
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First class all round..excellent food and service and great dining area

Banquet Chinese
Responded on 17 November 2020

Thank you for leaving a 5 star review Alfred!

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MarkV
Essex
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very good service. Very quick. Great value for money

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Roche
London
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food! Good service apart from the hostess who asked what drinks we wanted when I barely put my coat on the chair, hardly had time to settle in first.

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Bernadette
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food is good however mosf of them are salty, it could be better if its in moderate.

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MaryN
Essex
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food delicious. Service excellent. Staff very friendly.

Banquet Chinese
Responded on 17 November 2020

Thank you for leaving a 5 star review Mary!

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AngelaC
Yorkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A pleasant relaxing atmosphere which is made better by the friendly staff and good food

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SineadeC
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience1

Service great, no ambience as such bright lights etc. Portion sizes of the set menu compared to other tables who ordered off the standard menu is significantly smaller! £90 for 2 set meals and 3 drinks and 1 soft drink seemed extortionate considering portion sizes

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NicholasE
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We greatly enjoyed a relaxed Dim Sum lunch on Saturday Up to usual high standard

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vipPJEfoodie
Essex
105 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food and friendly service. Unfortunately, we booked for early evening and there were too many young children, but that’s not the restaurant’s fault.
Smoked chicken starter was strangely sweet, but dim sum platter was good.
Singapore rice noodle and sautéd chilli prawns were excellent. Salt & Pepper green beans and crispy chilli beef were nice.
Overall, still good.

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carold
Essex
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Very well looked after food was delicious, service was great. It was just a shame to see it so empty it’s usually full and buzzing

FAQs

Banquet Chinese offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01206 211588.

Banquet Chinese is rated 4.7 stars by 523 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 bookings at the moment.