survey result


Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Superb original food, a very amenable chef, plus helpful and friendly staff” – on limited feedback, that’s the upbeat take on this Chinese fine-dining restaurant, where the kitchen is run by Dave Critchley, who – having worked in some of the city’s top kitchens – took his career in this different direction in 2019 (and in 2021 represented the North West in BBC2’s Great British Menu).

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Owner's description

Experience small plate dining, or xiao panzi. Lu Ban Restaurant offers beautifully presented food inspired by the authentic flavours of Tianjin, and prepared using traditional Chinese methods and skills.

In Tianjin, the custom of eating the right food in the right season has existed for a long time. Following research visits to the region, Dave Critchley, our Executive Head Chef, has created a menu that includes an array of seafood, meat, and vegetable dishes designed for you and your guests to enjoy.


Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Dinner   £59.00
Pretheatre   £35.00
SundayLunch   £35.00
Brunch   £39.50
  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 99.00 Dinner only 7

Main Veggies Pudding
£16.00 £5.50 £10.00
Wine per bottle £25.00
Filter Coffee £3.50
Service 10.00%

Restaurant details

12, 6, 12, 14
No trainers

The chef

Dave J Critchley is Lu Ban's Executive Head Chef. 

Dave Critchley, returned to work in Liverpool in 2019 after a two-year spell with Manchester-based Living Venture Group and their flagship Australasia brand, where he held the position of executive chef.

Critchley, who spent four years as executive head chef at the prestigious London Carriage Works at Hope Street Hotel, and had senior roles at Portico in Albert Dock, Gallery in Formby, Noble House, Alma de Cuba, 52 Lark Lane and Neighbourhood Cafe Childwall.

Private dining

Lu Ban Restaurant was designed with amazing experiences in mind.

Lu Ban has a range of private dining rooms and experiences, all of which offer a chance to experience the very best cuisine in the very best of surroundings.

Our private dining Rooms are ideal for almost every occasion or celebration such as anniversaries, birthdays, corporate parties and client entertaining. We have a range of private dining menus, but we are also able to develop something especially for you. 

Our restaurant and private dining rooms are versatile and can be used in a variety of ways including corporate events and business meetings, and may be available for exclusive hire.

Stanhope Street, Liverpool, L8 5XJ
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Opening hours
Thursday3 pm‑11 pm
Friday3 pm‑11 pm
Saturday12 pm‑11 pm
Sunday12 pm‑8 pm

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