Lu Ban Restaurant

4.6
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54 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Chinese
Lu Ban Restaurant is located in the iconic Cains Brewery Village, in the heart of Liverpool's Baltic Triangle.

With elegant decor that is a fusion of traditional Chinese design together with original features of the brewery, the restaurant and four private dining rooms offer a stunning setting to experience authentic Chinese cuisine.

Look forward to an array of regional food served as a selection of small plates (xiao panzi) and experience a cultural journey of food inspired by the Tianjin region of China.

Special Offers

Veganuary

9 delicious vegan dishes in this delightful Veganuary menu for £35
per guest. 40% off food price during January so you pay £21* (*40%
off excludes 23 rd -26 th January when full £35 price applies)

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 20 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 10 January 2020

Ends: 31 January 2020

Availability: Sun 13:00-23:00
Thu 16:00-23:45
Fri-Sat 13:00-23:45

Chinese New Year set dinner menu

12 delicious premium dishes in this Chinese New Year dinner menu, at £60 per person.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 20 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 24 January 2020

Ends: 26 January 2020

Availability: Sun 17:00-22:30
Fri-Sat 13:00-22:30

Chinese New Year set lunch menu

10 delicious dishes in this Chinese New Year lunch menu, at £40 per person.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 20 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 24 January 2020

Ends: 26 January 2020

Availability: Sun 13:00-16:45
Fri-Sat 13:00-16:45

40% off all food in January!

To celebrate 2020 and the launch of the new spring menu, dine at
Lu Ban in January 2020 and receive 40% off the food bill! (Excludes
23 rd -26 th January)

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 20 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 7 January 2020

Ends: 31 January 2020

Availability: Sun 13:00-21:30
Thu 16:00-22:30
Fri-Sat 13:00-22:30

1,000-Point Tables

See availability for 1,000 point tables

Sun 12:00PM - 3:00PM
Thu 4:00PM - 9:45PM
Fri 1:00PM - 4:00PM

What 54 People Are Saying
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M
Liverpool
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Nice interior decor. The food was over priced. The quality and presentation was below average. The service needs improvement. Other than that, will not be returning anytime soon.

h
Liverpool
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is absolutely gorgeous, food was delicious and quite a special experience! Service was wonderful and would definitely come back. A really different Chinese experience and an asset to liverpool!

J
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We experienced the tasting menu which gives you a chance to sample a variety of dishes! We also added the duck dish which was lovely. It's not your usual Chinese but don't let this put you off....the food quality was exquisite. The staff were friendly and the service was excellent. We were fortunate enough to have a 40% discount off our bill. We would certainly return to try a range of small plates. Only one criticism was the font type on the menu was quite tricky to read....there were a number of guests (including myself) using the torch on their mobiles to read it.

BS
Liverpool
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable , the set vegan menu made for a relaxing lunch, no decisions to make.
The only downside was no green tea. The food was delightful.

DP
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quietly hidden in behind the brewery and in a contemporary area. Exclusive feel and good vibe inside. The service was spot on and the food was incredible. Loved it.

D
London
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Disappointed to have to wait 45 minutes for our table, food was very good but the table of 6 next to us were very boisterous and didn't seem to add to the ambience. Wouldn't be going back

Lu Ban Restaurant
Responded on 16 January 2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback for Lu Ban Restaurant. We're so sorry that you had a long wait for your table. We're currently refining our restaurant operations, and since last weekend have made some adjustments to avoid lengthy delays in the future. Whilst this doesn't change your experience, we do appreciate your comments which will help us improve our guest experience. Please accept our apologies.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Lu Ban and it was honestly amazing!! Food beautiful, decor and atmosphere really amazing! Would definitely recommend to a friend.

Lu Ban Restaurant
Responded on 16 January 2020

Thank you for rating Lu Ban - we're delighted that you regard your experience at 5 stars! We hope that you will come back and visit us again soon.

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S
Monaco
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Knowledgable staff, friendly service, very clean, fantastic food.

Lu Ban Restaurant
Responded on 16 January 2020

Thank you very much for leaving your review. We are delighted that you've taken the time to do this, and hope that you will visit Lu Ban again soon.

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LB
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was outstanding and the staff were very knowledgable about the dishes. We will definitely be back.

Lu Ban Restaurant
Responded on 16 January 2020

Dear Leanne Thank you for leaving us a review - we're delighted that you've highlighted our outstanding food and knowledgeable staff in your comments and we look forward to welcoming you again soon!

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JC
Liverpool
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant never fails to please, food, staff and atmosphere are just right.
The staff are knowledgeable, professional, courteous and attentive.
The food is very different from the “traditional” Chinese Resteraunt, it is always beautifully presented, a true theatre of food.
Has not taken us long to become regulars!

PJ
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service excellent experience would recommend this restaurant to all

Lu Ban Restaurant
Responded on 16 January 2020

Thank you Paul for rating Lu Ban following your visit on New Year's Eve- we're delighted that you recommend our restaurant and have given us 5 stars, which will help other guests to make a decision on choosing to visit Lu Ban Restaurant. We hope that you will come back and visit us again soon!

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MD
Liverpool
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great fine dining experience and refreshingly different to your quintessential Chinese Restaurant experience. The food is amazing, service is great, staff are friendly and professional.

DEFINITELY one to visit.

EG
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant. Delicious and outstanding food. Recommend the pork belly and the cold smoked salmon dish. And the noodles actually. And the duck and celery salad! Excellent service Too. It was a delightful experience and we will return

GI
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad I watched the episode of masterchef featuring this restaurant or would never have discovered it. Honestly perfect.

BP
Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

This is a lovely restaurant with very nice friendly staff.
We visited for the first time on Saturday.
We ordered the pork dumplings and the lobster , scallopand turbot ones.
We waited a long time and the fish dumplings were bland and tasteless and definitely had no lobster or seasoning.
The pork ones were tasty.
The ? Chop pork with pineapple and veg was nice but the pork was tough and chewy and needed more sauce.
The spicier dish was too hot for me.
The portions are tapas size and too expensive as is the bottled water.

CT
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

I loved the atmosphere. The staff are very friendly and helpful. The food was so good I visited again with family again the next day. The pork belly, the prawns and the beef dishes were particularly special and I would definitely recommend these. I will be visiting Lu Ban again soon.

FC
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic menu! Menu explained, not over whelming and high standard throughout.

IT
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second visit to Lu Ban - we visited the opening weekend and have been desperate to find an occasion to return!

We were greeted by a very friendly hostess, Kayleigh, who remembered us and even our drinks from our first visit. A great and friendly start. Drinks in the bar with hellos and welcome back from various staff - having been so busy, it’s fantastic they recognise returning customers.

The food is out of this world - we ordered 6 each (5 each is probably enough) but try narrowing it down to 5, that’s a challenge!

Favourite is probably still the Cucumber dish or the turbot, or the duck, or maybe the beef - in fact there isn’t one dish I was disappointed by. The kitchen is open so you can see everything going on!

The service is equally what makes this place great, food is outstanding but the service and attentiveness of the staff is second to none - even down to offering to call a taxi, a “thank you for coming back” coffee at the end, absolutely brilliant. This is a must visit if it’s your birthday, anniversary, visiting Liverpool or just want really good food!!

Thank you all at Lu Ban and I will be seeing you again very soon!

MC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent first visit to Lu Ban. Food was superb and overall could not fault the whole experience. A little bit on the expensive side but well worth it

JW
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We went at 3.30 on a Sunday so it was very quiet,
The food was really good, we had a set menu but added a few bits on, which was a good idea, because the portions were very little !
The lad Nick who looked after us was lovely.
As we left we had to help ourselves to our coats even though we were given a ticket! The two people on the bar didn’t acknowledge it and we had no farewell off them! We both commented on this.
It’s such a beautiful place and the table service and pre dinner service was good, but it slackened at the end.

PW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, lovely food, excellent service, staff were friendly and very informative.

j
London
4 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant

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m
Liverpool
3 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic experience, quite simply superb.

KE
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Possibly the best Chinese and the most amazing service! Hoping to go back next week.

HB
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding flavours - every dish served tasted incredibly fresh and combination of tastes and ingredients was fantastic. Unique dining experience with beautifully presented dishes. Highly recommended and a superb wine list to accompany the menu. The service was attentive and informed. Can't wait to go back again!

RW
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Michelin star quality food in a warm and relaxing atmosphere.
Service was second to none, very friendly and attentive staff, and lovely decor.
Would like to come again also just for a drink! The best food we have had in a long time, flavours were just something else and there was not a weak dish! The artistry of the desserts was also something I've never experienced and have highly recommended to my friends and family.

AH
Worcestershire
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb unlike any Chinese food every tasted. Prepared with skill and imagination we will be returning.

BT
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amiable and competent service, food was a feast for mouth and eyes alike, the place itself was clean, simple and elegant.

JB
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A really lovely and novel dining experience. Service was excellent and staff were both knowledgeable and friendly. The food was an interesting twist on Chinese cuisine and very tasty. The desserts were sensational - not to be missed! We had a lovely evening in a very attractive setting and have already recommended it to friends.

OT
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely brilliant experience staff friendly and welcoming and food was delicious.

Chef took time out to show us around and make sure everything was okay with the meal.

Have to say with the place being so new we where expecting a few teething issues but couldn’t fault anything!

n
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful atmosphere, great staff and very tasty food. It is reasonably priced. Everyone is really friendly and happy to answer questions about the food if in doubt.

ED
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!!! Best meal in a while. Can’t fault this place at all. Desserts were outstanding.

JC
Liverpool
2 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited Lu Ban for our date night, definitely did not disappoint.
The Resteraunt has a lovely atmosphere, the decor is tasteful and relaxing.
Our waitress, Francesca was professional, knowledgable and very attentive. She explained how the menu worked, we decided to order the banquet.
The whole experience was perfect, each small plate was a pure treat, the variety of dishes included where so tasty.
We felt very comfortable and relaxed, no pressure to vacate the table.
Our experience was excellent, we will definitely be making a return visit.

S
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

My friends and I were so keen to try Lu Ban but we all came away feeling rather underwhelmed which is such a shame.. On arrival I found the decor rather stark and the seating in the bar area reminded me of a coffee shop rather than a high end restaurant. Our booking was for 8.30pm and although we arrived on time and the bar area was empty, we weren’t shown to our table until sometime after 9pm which was puzzling as the restaurant wasn’t overly busy. Again, I found the environment to be very plain and not to my taste at all. Rather like a library or my office breakout area but each to their own as they say.

I must say that the service was extremely good and the staff very friendly, helpful and eager to please but I don’t think the banquet that we chose, at £39 per head, represents value for money. We were aware that Lu Ban style is fine dining and weren’t expecting plates full of typically Chinese food but the portions were ridiculously small and some of the dishes were rather hit and miss. Highlights were the Crisp Battered Prawns, the Gulao Pork and Beijing Duck but don’t expect to fill yourself up on them as the serving dishes are no bigger than saucers. Lowlights were the Wok Smoked Chicken which was somewhat unexciting, the minute portions of Jasmine Rice which you have to order as an extra and the last course to be served which, rather randomly, was a Chinese mushroom and tofu broth which I don’t think any of us touched. I’ve never finished a banquet with a soup course but then again, I’ve never been to Tianjin !

I would consider coming back and trying the small plates though I suspect you’d need quite a few to fill you up and also, it’s not a place I’d consider for a special occasion which we were celebrating. The whole place seems very low key and understated in my opinion.

KH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Lovely night in Lu Ban, only realised the next day that we didnt get our free Prosecco !!!!

DJ
London
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Quite slow to begin with , toilets not clean .
Once the food came it was very good

SI
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service, concept and food presentation is first class. However I found for the price they are charging the food didn’t really wow me. The oyster was tiny. But overall it was a really good experience.

MD
Cheshire
2 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful fine chinese dining. Great choices and the dessert was amazing. Staff very friendly and knowledgeable

D
Liverpool
5 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I were the first to arrive on Friday evening, made to feel very welcome. Lots of staff around so was vastly out numbered. Waitress explained the menu, suggesting 6 plates each. We however picked 8 between us, I'm not a big eater and would rather order more later if needed. The food was stunning, the flavours to die for. We did not order any extra, just a pud between us that had been recommended. If I went with my husband we would possibly order more. During November you get a free bottle of Prosecco.

GO
Liverpool
2 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The restaurant is gorgeous. The menu is unusual, don’t go if you expect chicken fried rice or chow mein. Instead you get various small plates of all different types of food you may not have tried before. Our waitress Jenny was a delight. We will definitely visit again.