Lu Ban Restaurant

4.6
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81 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.

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

What 81 People Are Saying
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SusanW
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Luban but won't be our last! Couldn't fault anything about our visit. Food is absolutely delicious and not your traditional Chinese. Staff were very attentive and informative. We had the bottomless brunch which is fantastic value! We got a tour of the restaurant which is beautiful with lots of different dining options. The toilets are also beautifully decorated! I would highly recommend a visit.

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JackT
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service outstanding food will be going back again in the future

Lu Ban Restaurant
Responded on 10 March 2020

Thank you, Jack for your review - we're delighted that you'll be coming back! We really do appreciate it when guests share their comments for everyone to see. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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neilt
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food , lovely attentive knowledgeable staff . Thoroughly enjoyed our time there . We even stayed for cocktails afterwards

Lu Ban Restaurant
Responded on 9 March 2020

It's great to hear that you'd call our food amazing - some of our food takes many hours of preparation before it gets to you, and hearing that you loved it is brilliant - thank you. We're delighted that you stayed for cocktails too - they're something else, aren't they! We do hope that we will see you again at Lu Ban.

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TomosG
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food hosted superbly by David Critchley with a detailed explanation on what inspired the menu will definitely be returning

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PSEastwood
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best chinese I have ever had. The vegetable dim sum were to die for and the lu ban lock desert would stand out in any restaurant.

Lu Ban Restaurant
Responded on 9 March 2020

We're delighted that you loved our vegetable dim sum - it's so popular now. The Lu Ban lock dessert is a real favourite too. Three styles of chocolate - it's hard to resist! We really hope that we will see you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Liverpool
2 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, friendly & informative staff, great location ... amazing interior... loved it & will be back

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HelenC
Liverpool
3 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit - couldn’t fault it. Had the tasting menu and wine pairing. Super well looked after all evening. Food was exceptional and great wines also.

Lu Ban Restaurant
Responded on 9 March 2020

Thank you for reviewing us Helen, we're thrilled that you loved the tasting menu and paired wines! Our head bartender Stewart spends a lot of time perfecting the pairings with Chef Dave's menus. We really hope you will come back soon!

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Hollya
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great staff very knowledgable and attentive

Lu Ban Restaurant
Responded on 9 March 2020

Thank you so much for leaving us a review, Holly. We really try to get our service level just right, with enough attention but not intrusive. Stewart, Jenni and David will be thrilled that you've mentioned them personally in a private note too! We hope that you will come back soon!

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johnmca
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Chinese food I have had for yonks. Fine dining at its best

Lu Ban Restaurant
Responded on 9 March 2020

That's really great to hear, John, thank you! We do hope that you will come back soon.

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JaneM
London
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant lovely staff first time dining here lovely for a special occasion

Lu Ban Restaurant
Responded on 9 March 2020

Thank you so much for leaving us a review and thank you for choosing to celebrate your special occasion with us!

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DaveB
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent tasting menu, standout dishes were the pear and ham, belly pork, oyster, dumpling and beef (that's almost all of them). Very good, attentive but not intrusive service and a lovely space. Everyone should try this restaurant!

Lu Ban Restaurant
Responded on 9 March 2020

Thank you so much for leaving us a review - we really wanted to create a tasting menu that gives a little bit of every flavour and we're delighted that you enjoyed our food and service, and we hope that you will come back soon!

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AngelaO
London
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for the first time for my Son’s birthday.
The food was excellent and very different to a usual Chinese restaurant.
It all seemed very fresh and it was interesting to have the soup towards the end of the courses!.
Staff were very efficient and nothing was too much trouble for them.
We all had a very enjoyable evening at Lu ban and will definitely be going back!

Lu Ban Restaurant
Responded on 24 February 2020

Thank you so much for your review. Tianjin dining is quite different in terms of the order of food you eat, and we're delighted that you really enjoyed the experience, especially for your son's birthday!

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AndrewM
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

This chef cooks with genuine passion. He confirmed that when he made the effort to meet us after we had eaten. His food was beautifully presented but without pretension. Each dish was packed with flavour and surprising textures. By the way he does not hide behind salt. The set menu is calculated to leave you satisfied but comfortable.

Every diner had an excellent view of the kitchen. We were able to see each of our dishes being finished - the gap between finishing and serving was no more than 10 seconds.

The chef was supported by plenty of informative but unobtrusive waiting staff.

For me the man is a magician - go and see him.

Lu Ban Restaurant
Responded on 24 February 2020

Thank you for taking the time to share your comments. We really do appreciate it, and it's great to know that the level of service and our food was spot on. We love that you had an amazing experience at Lu Ban!

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Benmc
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

Lu Ban Restaurant
Responded on 17 February 2020

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

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FoodiePhil
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Lu Ban Restaurant
Responded on 17 February 2020

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

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ElisaC
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Lu Ban Restaurant
Responded on 11 February 2020

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

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vmaw528
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 on 11 February 2020

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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CraigNicola
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 on 17 February 2020

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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GrahamB
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 on 11 February 2020

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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MatthewH
Liverpool
2 reviews
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 on 11 February 2020

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

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Davidf
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 on 11 February 2020

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

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NorrieI
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent restaurant taking Chinese food to the next level.

Lu Ban Restaurant
Responded on 11 February 2020

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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OpenTable Diner
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 on 11 February 2020

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

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PaulD
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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jackies
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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Reddy55
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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Misskoo
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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hollyo
Liverpool
3 reviews
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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Jacqueline
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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BarbaraS
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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DanielP
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.

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Disappointing
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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OpenTable Diner
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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Superb
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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LeanneB
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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JoanC
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!

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PaulJ
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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MichaelD
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.

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EmmaG
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

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GrahamI
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.