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“$65? Nope” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Waves

Waves
3032 Gold Coast Hwy, Surfers Paradise, Queensland 4217, Australia
(07) 5588 8304
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Ranked #206 of 277 Restaurants in Surfers Paradise
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Brisbane, Australia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“$65? Nope”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

Incredibly bad experience, first bad review I've ever given of a restaurant but unfortunately it deserves it. Waitress was sour, did not smile at us or make eye contact for the entire meal. Although that could be said of all the wait staff, they just did not want to be there. Now for the food: Wine was okay, had to pay $10 for an average glass of Merlot. Seafood selection was smoked salmon, seafood salad, oysters, mussels and prawns. Disappointingly, the mussels and prawns were overcooked and the oysters were tiny (think 20 cent coin size) and so sour I could only eat 2. The "crab" of the buffet wasn't brought out until after 7:30pm, when our early seating crowd (of around 40) was already leaving or on dessert. Awful timing. There was also satay chicken skewers, roast lamb and roast vegetables, lamb kofta, chicken curry, a vegetable medley and salads. The meat was awful, the chicken was dry and the lamb, though tender, was very gristly and fatty. The curry was a little tasteless, and the kofta was almost inedible. The vegetables, I have to say, were delicious (including the salads) but who goes to a buffet for the veggies? We certainly didn't! Finally, dessert. The cheese selection was tiny, just a few generic cheeses, some rice crackers and a few dried apricots. We liked the mousse, but the cake tasted like supermarket cake (actually supermarket cake prolley tastes better) and the "chocolate fountain" was just some sort of hot chocolate mix with marshmallows and lollies. I had grand ideas of flowing rich milk chocolate being poured over some fresh fruit skewers. Alas, there was no fresh fruit to be seen (apart from the sad looking "diced fruit" cups by the cakes). Best part of the evening (apart from leaving) was the funny, happy and friendly reception lady. Which is sad since we were actually there for dinner.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Melbourne, Australia
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Bad breakfast”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014 via mobile

For the price you pay spend $25 else where even the deal is not worth it,limited food options, not fresh, Canned fruit, disappointing I've paid for 9 days and we have preferred not to eat and spend elsewhere

  • Visited March 2014
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Sydney, Australia
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“great night”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

we used voucher from our accommadation $44 each, i really enjoyed the seafood, prawns, crab, oysters so creamy, fish and smoked salmon.. my partner said beef and mushrooms was superb as well as potato with truffle oil. 3 courses for $44 was such good value and we topped off with a bottle of chandon it added to such a great night. the staff were fantastic would definitely go there again. value for money was excellent

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Gosford, Australia
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Limited seafood but great service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

We found a voucher in a tourist brochure for $44 each instead of over $60. Seafood available was mussels, prawns, crab and oysters, plus a seafood salad and some sushi. This really isn't enough to call yourself a seafood buffet. The other food was nice, but nothing special and the wine list was fairly average. The service was fantastic from the time we arrived. Troy entertained us with food stories intermittently during our meal, and was very polite and attentive. We don't leave tips too often and we were inspired to do so for him. He made a very average night into an enjoyable one.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Brisbane, Australia
Top Contributor
78 reviews 78 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
“Not good.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

I'm sorry! Im not one to write a lot of bad reviews but my experience at this buffet restaurant was not good at all :(
We we're looking forward to this as we had a very special occasion.
The hostess was lovely. But it stopped there. very limited food options. did not even take very nice. And the price wasn't worth it.
To be honest, I would have preferred a Maccas cheeseburger for dinner. :(

  • Visited March 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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