Cuisine: Chinese
Price Point: Mains from £10-£20
Ranked: #7 of 30 restaurants in Bristol

For exquisite Chinese food in elegant surroundings, try Cathay Rendezvous...

Located within The Old Library, a 250-year-old listed building, you’ll be dining in style at Cathay! Established in 1986, this is Bristol’s longest-running Chinese restaurant.

Served with a twist, their food is a celebration of Mandarin, Cantonese and Szechuan flavours. The chefs showcase the diversity of ingredients, styles and cooking techniques of Chinese cuisine, and prepare each dish from scratch.

Tuck into favourites, like the crispy roast duck, or the sizzling chicken with ginger. From slow-cooked meats and fresh seafood, to seasonal vegetarian dishes, there’s something delicious for everyone to try.

Served to you by friendly staff, you’ll want for nothing at this outstanding restaurant and bar. Located on King Street, central Bristol.

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Cathay Rendezvous
30 King Street
Bristol BS1 4DZ

Open Hours:
Monday Close
Tuesday-Thursday 12pm - 2.30pm // 5.30pm - 10.30pm
Friday&Saturday 12pm - 2.30pm // 5.30pm - 11pm
Sunday 12pm - 3pm // 5.30pm - 10pm

Phone: +44 (0) 117 922 6161
Website: www.cathay-rendezvous.com

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Ranked: #7 of 30 restaurants in Bristol 7
Cathay Rendezvous
Location: Central Bristol
Cuisine: Chinese
Mains: £10-£20

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Friendly staff serving good honest Chinese food. We had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We had the crispy duck with pancakes (there were a lot of pancakes), the salt and pepper tofu was great and the fish fragrant aubergine was an excellent dish to bring it all together.

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Tyler Szmaglik

This was by far the best Chinese food I have had. The Szechuan dishes we both had for mains were absolutely incredible and very richly flavoured. The service was really attentive and all in all, an excellent meal. Highly recommended!

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Julie Portingale

My first First Table experience!!
What a great introduction to this fabulous initiative. We arrived on time and were greeted with friendly staff and shown to our table by the window. I mentioned my First Table booking and they knew right away what I was referring to. The staff couldn’t have been nicer and politer the entire time and the food was literally perfect.
To start we ordered steamed dumplings and 3 portions of the mixed starters. Main courses consisted of Cumin lamb, king prawn and asparagus, sweet and sour pork, beef Szechuan, egg fried rice and plain chow mien. All members of the party loved their food, it was hot and fresh and great portion sizes.
The bill was presented when requested and the discount was applied without any fuss.
I can’t wait to try another restaurant using First Table but I’m also going to struggle not to simply return to Cathay Rendezvous as it was so good!

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- dined at Cathay Rendezvous on

It's been my first time at Cathay Rendezvous, but it was the most memorable. We would normally stick to the 'Pre-Theatre' menu, which is cheaper and more limited (although still delicious), but using First Table enabled us to be a bit more adventurous and order from the a la carte menu. Our food arrived very quickly and was beautifully fresh and full of flavour. Portion sizes are generous, so you really don't need to order a lot. Plus it gives you a good excuse to come back to try other dishes! Service was very attentive, as usual, and the atmosphere was calm and relaxed, again, as usual. Will be back soon, for sure. Thanks to First Table and Cathay Rendezvous for a great experience.

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Nil Gün

I didn't go with any expectations at this restaurant and I was amazed by everything. The restaurant is in a building with an interesting character, the enviroment created inside is spectacular- very intimate and relaxing, the food was excelent, couldn't enjoy it more (had the set menu for 2), the whole experience of being served was incredible. Very humble people working there. They really tried there to make you feel the Mandarin vibes. Now I have discovered it through First Table, I would go back over and over. I still think of their food today...

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Chelsea Alventosa

I took my friend out for her birthday last week and we each got the 3-course set dinner menu and a pint. It came with 4 different starters, crispy duck, vegetables and pancakes to make little rolls, and rice, vegetables, chicken and beef as the main courses. There was SO much food and it was all delicious. We had a lot to catch up and and were talking a lot and we never felt rushed by the staff to move on to the next course. They were all extremely polite and we really enjoyed our dinner. Going with first table was great because it's a really nice restaurant and the prices are beyond what I'd normally pay, but not that I've been there I'd definitely go back for a special occasion.

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Louise Pitt

Well presented and delicious food, sesame prawn fingers and beef in black bean sauce were excellent. House wine, white, Pinot Grigio was very reasonable and went well with the food. Staff are lovely. Restaurant was cosy and warm.

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- dined at Cathay Rendezvous on

Friendly staff serving good honest Chinese food. We had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We had the crispy duck with pancakes (there were a lot of pancakes), the salt and pepper tofu was great and the fish fragrant aubergine was an excellent dish to bring it all together.

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- dined at Cathay Rendezvous on

Tyler Szmaglik

This was by far the best Chinese food I have had. The Szechuan dishes we both had for mains were absolutely incredible and very richly flavoured. The service was really attentive and all in all, an excellent meal. Highly recommended!

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- dined at Cathay Rendezvous on

It was an amazing day! The food was really good and service as well. I recommend it! I love Chinese food!

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Monika Pletty

Fantastic food and great service, highly recommended!!!

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Francesca Chapple

We arrived on time as the first guests but the restaurant soon filled up. We had starters and shared some main courses. The food was delicious and the service was very attentive. We will definitely revisit.

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- dined at Cathay Rendezvous on

Absolutely brilliant from start to finish. Food is amazing. We chose the 3 course meal for two. The food was delicious and piping hot. The portions are big too. The staff are so friendly and you never feel rushed. The best Chinese food I have ever tasted. We will definatley be going there again and very soon!!!! The entire meal for two cost less than £30 and that included the 2 beers that cost £5 each!! Thank you Cathay Rendezvous and thank you First Table xx

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- dined at Cathay Rendezvous on

Great first experience of using 'first table'. It couldn't have been easier to book. The restaurant staff were very friendly and attentive and we had plenty of time to consume our many courses! My husband thought his meal was delicious, my kids and I shared a set menu which was pretty good but not exceptional. Overall we had a really lovely evening out at an incredibly reasonable price.

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- dined at Cathay Rendezvous on

Julie Portingale

My first First Table experience!!
What a great introduction to this fabulous initiative. We arrived on time and were greeted with friendly staff and shown to our table by the window. I mentioned my First Table booking and they knew right away what I was referring to. The staff couldn’t have been nicer and politer the entire time and the food was literally perfect.
To start we ordered steamed dumplings and 3 portions of the mixed starters. Main courses consisted of Cumin lamb, king prawn and asparagus, sweet and sour pork, beef Szechuan, egg fried rice and plain chow mien. All members of the party loved their food, it was hot and fresh and great portion sizes.
The bill was presented when requested and the discount was applied without any fuss.
I can’t wait to try another restaurant using First Table but I’m also going to struggle not to simply return to Cathay Rendezvous as it was so good!

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- dined at Cathay Rendezvous on

It's been my first time at Cathay Rendezvous, but it was the most memorable. We would normally stick to the 'Pre-Theatre' menu, which is cheaper and more limited (although still delicious), but using First Table enabled us to be a bit more adventurous and order from the a la carte menu. Our food arrived very quickly and was beautifully fresh and full of flavour. Portion sizes are generous, so you really don't need to order a lot. Plus it gives you a good excuse to come back to try other dishes! Service was very attentive, as usual, and the atmosphere was calm and relaxed, again, as usual. Will be back soon, for sure. Thanks to First Table and Cathay Rendezvous for a great experience.

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- dined at Cathay Rendezvous on

Henry Franklin

Great food, amazing service

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Nil Gün

I didn't go with any expectations at this restaurant and I was amazed by everything. The restaurant is in a building with an interesting character, the enviroment created inside is spectacular- very intimate and relaxing, the food was excelent, couldn't enjoy it more (had the set menu for 2), the whole experience of being served was incredible. Very humble people working there. They really tried there to make you feel the Mandarin vibes. Now I have discovered it through First Table, I would go back over and over. I still think of their food today...

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- dined at Cathay Rendezvous on

Kate Clarke

Fantastic food as we remembered from a few years ago.
Best Chinese food in Bristol.

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Monika Pletty

Fantastic food and a great service, will definitely come back again.

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Angelique Mua

Amazing place! Helpful staff and delicious food!! We recommend that restaurant and for sure will visit again!

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Lovely restaurant located in an old library serving lovely food with excellent service in a great building of character.

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Louise Cowell

Beautiful, tasty food and very big portions. Great service, very polite and friendly.

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Great food, taste and presentation excellent.
Set menu not fully explained and had to chase our drinks but otherwise excellent.

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Nice environment with welcoming staff. Good menu choices with fast service. Starters ok but had better. Squid was very smoky flavoured which was unexpected. Mains good.

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- dined at Cathay Rendezvous on

Welcomed in to this lovely restaurant and we ate a delicious selection of dishes. We ordered vegetarian and had the most delicious aubergine and spiced vermicelli among the variety of great dishes.

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Chelsea Alventosa

I took my friend out for her birthday last week and we each got the 3-course set dinner menu and a pint. It came with 4 different starters, crispy duck, vegetables and pancakes to make little rolls, and rice, vegetables, chicken and beef as the main courses. There was SO much food and it was all delicious. We had a lot to catch up and and were talking a lot and we never felt rushed by the staff to move on to the next course. They were all extremely polite and we really enjoyed our dinner. Going with first table was great because it's a really nice restaurant and the prices are beyond what I'd normally pay, but not that I've been there I'd definitely go back for a special occasion.

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- dined at Cathay Rendezvous on

Louise Pitt

Well presented and delicious food, sesame prawn fingers and beef in black bean sauce were excellent. House wine, white, Pinot Grigio was very reasonable and went well with the food. Staff are lovely. Restaurant was cosy and warm.

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- dined at Cathay Rendezvous on

Cathay Rendezvous is a really nice Chinese restaurant. It has a old school charm when you walk in the door as this is an old converted house. The setting was nice and the staff were very good. I did enjoy the food. The squid and the beef dishes were very tasty. It can be quite hot (spicy) so do be prepared.

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Julie Brooks

A great Chinese restaurant, the food was delicious, the service was impeccable and the first table idea is perfect for those going to a concert or to the theatre... we will be going back

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