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Banquet Chinese, Colchester, Essex

Banquet Chinese

4.7
4.7
883 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.
***Dining outside available***

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.
Polite notice: Parties if 10 or more guests will be required to choose from one of our dedicated set menus.

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Booked 7 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Takeaway

01206 211588

Delivery

  • Order online
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Chinese (Canton), Dim Sum, Asian

  • Hours of Operation

    Sun 11:30–20:45 Lunch Tue–Sat 12:00–14:30 Dinner Tue–Fri 17:00–20:45 Sat 17:00–21:45

  • Phone number

    01206 211588

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Catering

    DINING AT BANQUET CHINESE Our combination of contemporary Cantonese dishes and traditional Dim Sum are served in elegant and intimate surroundings. Our food embodies the cuisine enjoyed for generations in villages throughout rural areas of Asia.

  • Private party facilities

    We have a Private dining area which can cater for up to 55 guests sit down or 80 guests standing. Functions from private parties, product launches and live music are a few of the options available. Note a deposit and a minimum party size is required.

  • Area

    Colchester

  • Parking Details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 883 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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  1. TN

    TeresaN

    Essex

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience5

    Normally very happy. One waiter very good the other one not so good. We had to ask for napkins,serving spoon. My meal of bbq meat(3) was not nice. Noodles,rice and lemon chicken very good. I’ve been here several times for special occasions and although it is a little expensive it has been worth the extra. This time I was very disappointed

  2. J

    Jwyt

    Essex

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food2service3ambience2

    First time ever disappointed, rushed in and out, food must have been precooked as served up within minutes felt so dehydrated all night sign’s of a poor Chinese . This was a birthday celebration which was not recognised even thou it was noted on booking. Total bill was not worth our evening and we went away saying next time we will go to Lians

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love my nights out at the Banquet

  4. RP

    RichardP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Outstanding as always. My only criticism is the noise. If the were to be some soft furnishings on the walls it would kill some of the noise

    Banquet ChineseResponded 6 days ago

    Thank you for your review and comments Richard.

  5. SH

    SophiaH

    Essex

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always 1st class food and service. Best Dim Sum for miles!

    Banquet ChineseResponded 6 days ago

    Thank you for your 5 star review Sophia!

  6. JE

    JenniferE

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our first time at Banquet and we were very impressed. Beautifully cooked food ,well presented in pleasant surroundings.Everything was perfect and can't wait to visit again.

    Banquet ChineseResponded 6 days ago

    Thank you for your review Jennifer, we are glad you enjoyed your meal and look forward to seeing you again soon! Banquet Chinese

  7. M

    Muzza

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Went for my daughter’s 9th birthday she became ill due to heat stroke as it was the hottest day of the year spoke to management to pay for the starters we just had and requested to cancel the main it was like asking for a million pound loan they rudely refused and told me if I didn’t pay in full they would not let us leave!!!! Charged us £151 plus tried to charge us 10% service charge my daughter was very upset and ruined the day!

    Banquet ChineseResponded 7 days ago

    Dear Muzza, You expressed that your daughter was feeling unwell. As the chefs were in the process of preparing your main course, you asked if you could have your main meal served as a take away, which I arranged immediately. Your bill came to a total of £151 which presumably wouldn’t have been a surprise to you, as the prices are on the menus from which you ordered. If this is not what you expected from us, then I can only apologise that we did not meet your expectations. Banquet Chinese

  8. SM

    SusanM

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Fantastic food and extremely attentive service. Could have put the air conditioning on as it was 30 degrees plus outside. The lychee in ice helped to cool us down. Would recommend the dim sum and the belly pork was amazing. Helped to make my Mums Birthday really special.

    Banquet ChineseResponded 7 days ago

    Dear Susan M, Thank you for your review. It was indeed an exceptionally hot day! We did have the air conditioning turned on, however, we do also have a lot of doors opening and closing in and around the restaurant. So glad you enjoyed your visit. Sam Banquet Chinese

  9. CB

    ClaireB

    Essex

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The best Chinese around in our opinion. Food and service is always outstanding.

    Banquet ChineseResponded 6 days ago

    Thank you for your 5 star review Claire, we look forward to seeing you again soon! Sam Banquet Chinese

  10. BS

    BillS

    Norfolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food at Banquet 1408 never disappoints . It is if the highest quality always

    Banquet ChineseResponded 6 days ago

    Thank you for your 5 star review and kind words Bill :-) Sam Banquet Chinese

  11. GJ

    GJNN

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service and a relaxing environment. Polite and efficient staff. Above all superb food!

    Banquet ChineseResponded 6 days ago

    Thank you very muh for your 5 star review, we are glad you enjoyed your meal with us! Sam Banquet Chinese

  12. PW

    PaulineW

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was great and service very friendly would recommend to anyone

    Banquet ChineseResponded 6 days ago

    Thank you Pauline! Sam Banquet Chinese

  13. RP

    RichardP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We came for a 30th Birthday celebration and the welcoming was great, the food was amazing and we were checked on by the staff throughout, really enjoyed our meal out and will come back soon no doubt!

    Banquet ChineseResponded 6 days ago

    Glad to hear the celebration went well, we look forward to seeing you again soon! Sam Banquet Chinese

  14. l

    lenl

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    A very nice place to eat best dish was the braised duck rice bowls rather large very fresh food and tasty

    Banquet ChineseResponded 6 days ago

    Thank you for your review, we are glad you enjoyed your meal :-) Sam Banquet Chinese

  15. K

    Keith

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great dim sum and friendly service but can be very noisy.

    Banquet ChineseResponded 6 days ago

    Thank you for your 5 star review Keith! Sam Banquet Chinese

  16. JN

    JuliusN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is the best chinese restaurant we have been to. Food is always great.

    Banquet ChineseResponded 6 days ago

    Thank you for your 5 star review and comments Julius! Sam Banquet Chinese

  17. k

    kathleeng

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious and friendly as ever. Great for families.

    Banquet ChineseResponded 6 days ago

    Thank you for your 5 star review Kathleen Sam Banquet Chinese

  18. S

    Shirls

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 May 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience1

    Travelled 40 mile to visit this restaurant. Food was lovely, presentation and quality of food was lovely. Full of flavour. Restaurant very busy, very loud but with a busy restaurant the acoustics of many voices is bound to be loud. Service started off well, until towards end of the night; had to find someone for desserts which was our main reason for visiting to have a signature dish.. they couldn't give us desserts as it was too late. We wasn't seated late, the staff basically forgot to ask us if we wanted desserts. Had to then leave my seat again to find a member of staff for coffees, staff member was a bit aggravated... think they wanted to just go home. I understand its been a long day, but if the service was attentive is the first place we wouldn't of had to ask and may of had desserts and coffees in their time frame. Then we was rushed out the door. Food great... service was lame. So after an 80 mile round trip...I won't be rushing back.

  19. KM

    KatieM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food tasted absolutely amazing! Lots of choice, a little pricey but portion sizes were good, though rice was small.

  20. RM

    RichardM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 May 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    As usual the service and the food were excellent. Atmosphere was a bit subdued, but if you eat out on a Sunday evening you expect it! But real chinese cooking - delicious.

    Banquet ChineseResponded 6 days ago

    Thank you for your review Richard :-) Sam Banquet Chinese

  21. M

    Mackenzie

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First time of introducing our friends to this restaurant and they were not disappointed. Fast service and delicious food at reasonable prices.

    Banquet ChineseResponded 6 days ago

    We're glad to hear your friends enjoyed their meal Mackenzie :-) Sam Banquet Chinese

  22. AW

    AmandaW

    Essex

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    We've been to Banquet many times since moving to the area, the service and quality of food is always high and never disappoints.

    Banquet ChineseResponded 6 days ago

    Thank you Amanda! :-) Sam Banquet Chinese

  23. r

    runningdish

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 20 May 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Busier than I would have expected for a rainy Friday lunchtime, but every single dish we ordered, from beginning to end, was delicious. The prawn and bean curd cheung fun and roast pork pastries were some of our favourites. We finished with the hedgehog custard buns and the lotus seed pumpkin mochi as our 'dessert', and they left us w/ smiles on our faces. For great tasting dim sum outside of Chinatown in London, it's a no brainer to pay a visit here.

    Banquet ChineseResponded 6 days ago

    Thank you for your 5 star review, we are glad you enjoyed your recent meal with us! Sam Banquet Chinese

  24. PD

    PaulD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Nowhere else compares with the food. The service is friendly and respectful. It is expensive but also special.

    Banquet ChineseResponded 6 days ago

    Thank you for your 5 star review Paul! :-) Sam Banquet Chinese

  25. LA

    LouiseA

    Essex

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Lovely place to eat, food amazing and would highly recommend to others. The staff are very accomodating with every request made. Lovely to have a good restaurant which is not in the town.

    Banquet ChineseResponded 6 days ago

    Thank you for your recent review Louise, we are glad you enjoyed your meal :-) Sam Banquet Chinese

  26. SC

    SteveC

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food and service was impeccable as usual. We had a fabulous meal and enjoyed some family time in a lovey comfortable environment.

    Banquet ChineseResponded 6 days ago

    Thank you Steve, we're glad you enjoyed your family meal :-) Sam Banquet Chinese

  27. CL

    ColinL

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Usual excellent service and food at banquet - thks

    Banquet ChineseResponded 6 days ago

    Thank you Colin! Sam Banquet Chinese

  28. GT

    GrahamT

    Essex

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience4

    Lovely food as always but really poor service - waiters didn’t take time to explain food, bother to ask if everything was ok or find out if we wanted more drinks. Made worse by the fact we were clearly being rushed to leave at the end of the evening, with tables being made up for next day around us and standing over us to clear our own table. Spoilt what should have been a lovely evening with friends and experience overrode the excellent food that was served to us. Will make us think about whether we would want to return

    Banquet ChineseResponded 5 days ago

    I'm pleased to hear that you enjoyed your food Graham. I'm sorry you felt that your meal was rushed towards the end, I can assure you that your comments have been noted and I offer my sincere apologies that it affected your dining experience with us. Sam Banquet Chinese

  29. g

    grahamc

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Never disappointed when we come here for lunch. Always five stars every category, every time.

    Banquet ChineseResponded 6 days ago

    Thank you for your 5 star review Graham! Sam Banquet Chinese

  30. KS

    KarenS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Was seated early service first class food was exceptional

    Banquet ChineseResponded 5 days ago

    Thank you Karen! Sam Banquet Chinese

  31. ST

    SteveT

    Essex

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent experience all round

    Banquet ChineseResponded 5 days ago

    Thank you for your 5 star review Steve! Sam Banquet Chinese

  32. LE

    LESLEYD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very big choice of food, wine and Cocktails. Very good prices. Will be back as soon as possible.

    Banquet ChineseResponded 5 days ago

    We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your meal with us Lesley :-) Sam Banquet Chinese

  33. DE

    DamonE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Don't order to much LARGE portions. Lots of free parking.

  34. C

    Chia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Just love coming here - especially for the dim sum. So delicious!

  35. NG

    NormaG

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    Good food good service but can be very noisy

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Essex

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Exemplary as always. I think you would have to venture into London to find an equivalent quality Chinese restaurant. Outstanding food, knowledgable and friendly staff, lovely atmosphere

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Party of 5 for 16th Birthday

  38. SJ

    SamJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Dim sum is very high quality. Service is exceptional. Would not go anyway else ...

  39. BO

    BOBBROOK

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and service are always fantastic. A tad pricey, but worth it!

  40. l

    luv2dine

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2

    Very slow service, food was way too salty (I am Chinese so I know how this food should taste).

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

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Banquet Chinese using the Order Online button. Banquet Chinese also offers delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. Banquet Chinese also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01206 211588.

Banquet Chinese is rated 4.7 stars by 883 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

June 2022
Mon
Tue
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Booked 7 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Takeaway

01206 211588

Delivery

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Deliveroo
Google Map for Banquet Chinese

342 London Road Stanway Colchester, Essex CO3 8LT

Additional information

  • Area

    Colchester

  • Hours of Operation

    Sun 11:30–20:45 Lunch Tue–Sat 12:00–14:30 Dinner Tue–Fri 17:00–20:45 Sat 17:00–21:45

  • Cuisines

    Chinese (Canton), Dim Sum, Asian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Public Lot

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    01206 211588

  • Catering

    DINING AT BANQUET CHINESE Our combination of contemporary Cantonese dishes and traditional Dim Sum are served in elegant and intimate surroundings. Our food embodies the cuisine enjoyed for generations in villages throughout rural areas of Asia.

  • Private party facilities

    We have a Private dining area which can cater for up to 55 guests sit down or 80 guests standing. Functions from private parties, product launches and live music are a few of the options available. Note a deposit and a minimum party size is required.

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