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Joyful Restaurant

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590 Colombo St | Christchurch Central, Christchurch, New Zealand
379-5628
Today
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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40 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016 via mobile

Quality Asian food, fresh fast and tasty a must try. I throughly enjoy the chicken and corn soup. Try the dumplings they are my favourite

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Thank Pete v
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24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016 via mobile

The food is very good. Must try their fried dumplings, dumpling soup,or wanton soup, steam prawns, and many more exciting dishes. Their fried dumplings are the best in Christchurch. Everyone would definitely enjoy their deep fried chicken nibbles and their deep fried pork ribs.

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Thank Joseph Y
Christchurch, New Zealand
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65 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2016

I havent been to joyful for years, as we consider its food is more like Western-Chinese food rather than real Chinese food. However I cannot forget its wonton soup, it used have the best Wonton soup in town! So we visited Joyful recently for wonton soup and ordered two more other dishes to share. The other dishes were OK, not... More 

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1 Thank Lexi0311
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27 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2016

Quite good but is not cheap Went there for lunch and they had pretty good chinese food. Good service Great enviroment If you like chinese food or want to try chinese food is definitely a must go!

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Thank Maximilliano M
Greater Perth, Australia
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2016

We lived just 250 metres away at No. 10 bed-'n-breakfast, Bradshaw Terrace. We soon warmed to this first-rate Chinese-Indonesian Restaurant, 'Joyful'. We have not encountered it's match. The clientele is decent; middle-class Chinese, mainly. The food is tasty, of excellent quality. Served delightfully. The interior fittings and furnishings are tasteful. Finally, the prices are reasonable, servings very generous. Who's asking... More 

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Thank Brian D
Jacksonville, Florida
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2016 via mobile

We were a party of eight. We found this place walking along the road, looking for a restaurant. It was crowded but they found a table for us. The crowd appeared mainly locals, mix of Caucasians and ethnic. There was a big group for bachelor party and a birthday party. The service was great, prompt but not rushed. The food... More 

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Thank Neal51
Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2015

Was recommended by Chinese motel owners to try the wonton dumpling noodle for lunch. Heard it was operated by Hong Kong chef. Chili sauce was self made. Portion was large (about 10 dumplings) with noodles for NZ$11. It was very good. Went back to do take-away for dinner and ordered the pan-fried dumpling and fried rice. Had good and hearty... More 

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Thank shan456
Christchurch, New Zealand
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361 reviews
243 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2015 via mobile

This is a favorite of our family. We always have extremely good meals here at a great price. The size of the dishes are ample even for a family of teenage boys. Staff are always helpful and greet us in a friendly manner.

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Thank Buckoinchch
Christchurch, New Zealand
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2015

Great meal, great service, good, clean and very reasonably priced restaurant. Was there with a group of ten and had a great night. Will be back.

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Thank Allan D
Christchurch, New Zealand
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35 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2015

Great Chinese food and lots of it! Been here lots of times - never disappoints! Kids love it too! Make sure you book a table if you are going for dinner! Oh and you'll probably need to ask for a takeaway container!,,

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Chinese, Asian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Takeout
Good for
Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 590 Colombo St | Christchurch Central, Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Christchurch
  • Phone Number: 379-5628

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?