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26 St Mary's Street, Wallingford OX10 0ET, England
01491826908
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout

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  • 16
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  • 12
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Disappointing Buffet!

I went with a friend for the evening buffet. I'm a pescatarian and I was really looking forward to their prawns. The starters are now selected from a menu, so are cooked to order, but you cannot have more! There were no prawns on the buffet! I could only eat: fried rice, noodles, fried potato... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 9, 2015
horsley-chrissie
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Wallingford, United Kingdom
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English first
Wallingford, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

I went with a friend for the evening buffet. I'm a pescatarian and I was really looking forward to their prawns. The starters are now selected from a menu, so are cooked to order, but you cannot have more! There were no prawns on the buffet! I could only eat: fried rice, noodles, fried potato cubes, seaweed, fried vegetables and... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

The place was empty. This could be a great little gold mine if done right. Owner should go to other buffet style restaurants places to get some ideas you have Reading and Oxford Swindon even London on your doorstep. The food on offer was no more than a £5.99 buffet, then most of it was only just warm. Message to... More 

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Wallingford, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

I went in with a friend a few weeks ago and was sorry to see empty tables, poor choices, little in the pan and not the place I and many others remember from what was one of the best in the area in the past. We had a takeaway last night but the food was bland, fatty lamb and overall... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

There's very little to like about the Beijing Diner. My daughter ordered a pizza from Pizza Express just up the road and I ordered a take away from the Beijing Diner. "About fifteen minutes" I was told on the phone so we collected the pizza and dived into the Beijing Diner to pick up the take away - perfect timing... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

We've dined in this restaurant many times over the years, our favourite was always the buffet choices. On Saturday we visited with friends to find the dining area only a third full at 7.30pm. Once upon a time it was overflowing on a Sat night. The food we had was very nice but the choices were extremely limited with many... More 

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Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

I remember eating here years ago when it first opened and it was great. Over the years it has changed hands several times and the quality dropped but it is at its all time low now. We popped in for a mid week meal and were shocked at the dreadful, lifeless décor, 1980s ceramic floor tiles, stained and crumpled table... More 

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LovelyLovelyLC, Owner at Beijing Diner, responded to this review

We are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your visit with us. You will be pleased to hear a new head chef has been appointed. Regarding the decor, we had only made remedial changes to neutralise the previous owners hodgepodge decorations. Full refurb to follow. All your views have been noted. We hope you will be back to... More 

Wallingford, United Kingdom
Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

I went on last Sunday evening with a friend. The buffet was well labeled apart from the spring rolls, I didn't know if they were veggie or meat ones - so I didn't try them. As a pescatarian, I could only eat rice, vegetables and prawns. What I did have was very nice, ate loads of prawns. My friend (Vietnamese)... More 

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Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

I've no idea whether there is yet another round of management here but it is a pretty awful place to go. We went there with friends on Saturday night at 8pm and were the only people here. We've all been many times before but not for a while but would never go back. Bad lighting with spotlights straight in your... More 

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Last night was our first ever visit and we didn't realise it was a help yourself buffet, (which was hidden from where we were seated) so we sat for about five minutes waiting to be given a menu. Luckily the missus saw what what was going on and we then helped ourselves. It would have been nice if this and... More 

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Crowmarsh Gifford, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Very quiet night all you can eat buffet but you order as you eat. Food very good but atmoand decor very poor cold environment no personal approach needs better decor staff were all over the place asked by 3 staff had we ordered starters

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 26 St Mary's Street, Wallingford OX10 0ET, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Wallingford
  • Phone Number: 01491826908

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  • Cuisine: Chinese

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