Lu Ban Restaurant

4.6
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67 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

Wucan 6 dish set lunch: £25

...from a set menu.

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

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 3 February 2020

Ends: 29 March 2020

Availability: Thu 12:00-22:00

Private dining Xing Fu Bottomless Brunch: £50

...from a set menu. Vegan and pescatarian option available with prosecco and selected drinks.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 4 - 6 people

Starts: 9 February 2020

Ends: 29 March 2020

Availability: Sun 13:00-16:00

Private dining Xing Fu Bottomless Brunch 12th person eats free: £35

...from a set menu. Vegan and pescatarian option available.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 12 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 8 - 12 people

Starts: 3 February 2020

Ends: 29 March 2020

Availability: Sun 13:00-16:00

Private dining Xing Fu Bottomless Brunch: £35

...from a set menu. Vegan and pescatarian option available.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 12 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 8 - 12 people

Starts: 3 February 2020

Ends: 29 March 2020

Availability: Sun 13:00-16:00

Xing Fu Bottomless Brunch: £29.50

...from a set menu. Vegan and pescatarian option available.

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

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 9 February 2020

Ends: 29 March 2020

Availability: Sun 13:00-16:00

1,000-Point Tables

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

What 67 People Are Saying
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Liverpool
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent customer service, ambiance and food. We really enjoyed it and will be back

Lu Ban Restaurant
Responded 3 hours ago

Thank you for rating us and for your kind comments, we hope to see you again soon!

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FP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible gem inside Cains Brewery building! Wonderful food, much more than we expected and incredible drinks to accompany.

Lu Ban Restaurant
Responded 3 hours ago

Thank you for your comments, we hope to see you again soon!

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EC
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous meal on Saturday. Great food and excellent service

Lu Ban Restaurant
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for your review, we hope to see you again soon!

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v
Liverpool
4 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our visit to Lu Ban was such a unique food experience. Such delicate flavours and delicious food. Not your typical Chinese. We tried the tasting menu and it was just divine. Having the soup at the end of the meal was unique but we realise it is customary for this region. We added the Duck as well as some extra noodles. At the end of the meal we were not over filled and the portion sizes were just right. The staff were amazing and we were offered a tour of the private dining areas x 4. The website just doesn't do them justice, you really need to go to experience the beautiful rooms and food experience. Fantastic!

Lu Ban Restaurant
Responded 6 days ago

We're thrilled that you loved your experience. We will be adding more videos to our website too, so everyone can catch a glimpse of what to expect at Lu Ban - thank you for your feedback! We will be sure to share your comments with team Lu Ban who will be delighted!

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CN
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was lovely.
The service started off well however, as the night progressed they seemed to forget about us, we had to really try to seek their attention.
In addition to this, they began bringing food out before we had finished the course before, plates that were empty were left on the table.
For £70 per person we felt this was somewhat unprofessional and not a positive part of the tasting experience.
But the food was lovely, and also the ambience in the restaurant.
service was the downfall.

Lu Ban Restaurant
Responded 3 hours ago

Thanks for your kind comments, though we're disappointed our service was not at the level that we strive to achieve. The style of dining at Lu Ban is based on dining in Tianjin, where food is delivered when it is ready from the kitchen, to be enjoyed like a banquet, rather than separate courses. You've highlighted that there is room for improvement in our staff training as typically your server will explain the style and be attentive throughout your experience. We hope you will try us again.

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GB
Liverpool
2 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second visit to Luban, it’s excellent, it is beautiful inside, the service and staff are wonderful and to top it all, the food is excellent. This is the best Chinese/Asian Restaurent in Liverpool and it’s tucked away secretly in the Cains Brewery complex. I don’t really want everyone to know about it, because it’s so good and then I won’t get a table the next time I want one.

Lu Ban Restaurant
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for your review - we're delighted that you loved your second visit! And we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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MH
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb from start to finish .. food was brilliantly executed with banging flavours from the first mouth full to the last .. will being going back no question and recommending to anyone

Matt Hardy

Lu Ban Restaurant
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for your review, it's so pleasing to hear that you are happy to recommend us!

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D
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food friendly people will be returning. Went for the set menu on Sunday will be going next time and ordering off the full menu

Lu Ban Restaurant
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for your review, we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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NI
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent restaurant taking Chinese food to the next level.

Lu Ban Restaurant
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for your review, we are so pleased you enjoyed your Lu Ban experience and hope to see you again soon!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Food was very enjoyable. You could see the time and effort that had been taken in making the dishes.
A nice ambience in the restaurant with pleasant staff.

Lu Ban Restaurant
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for your review, we hope to see you again soon!

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PD
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good experience, small dishes presented beautifully service was great and had a chat with Chef Dave who was happy speaking to customers and explains the culture and approach to cooking food fro. The Tianjin Region. Only downside was nothing to do with the restaurant or staff just another table thought it was socially acceptable to watch the match on a smart phone with the commentary on full blast.....but you find selfish idiots all over the place ......restaurant however comes highly recommended

Lu Ban Restaurant
Responded on 30 January 2020

Thank you for your review, we really appreciate you taking the time to share your Lu Ban experience. Sharing the culture and passion behind what we do is an important part of this experience, and we're delighted that you enjoyed it. We're sorry too that there was a downside, with the volume of another guest's phone.

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j
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dining experience .would defiantly visit again .

Lu Ban Restaurant
Responded on 30 January 2020

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review - we're delighted that you've rated us with five stars and look forward to seeing you again!

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R
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, beautifully presented & stylish surroundings.

Lu Ban Restaurant
Responded on 30 January 2020

Thank you for rating us with 5 stars - we are delighted that you enjoyed your Lu Ban experience and hope to see you again soon!

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M
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
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.

Lu Ban Restaurant
Responded on 27 January 2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We are disappointed that you did not enjoy your Lu Ban experience. If you would like to get in touch with specific details, we can provide you with a fuller response.

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h
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
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!

Lu Ban Restaurant
Responded on 24 January 2020

Thank you very much for your comments and the 5 star rating! We are delighted that you had a wonderful Lu Ban experience and look forward to welcoming you again soon.

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J
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
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.

Lu Ban Restaurant
Responded on 24 January 2020

Thank you for your rating and review Jacqueline, we really appreciate hearing your feedback. We acknowledge what you say about the menu font and will review this when we are designing our next menu. We hope to see you again soon!

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BS
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
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.

Lu Ban Restaurant
Responded on 30 January 2020

Thank you for your review Barbara, we'll have green tea for your next visit!

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DP
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2020
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.