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“$65? Nope”

Waves Buffet Restaurant
Price range: $2 - $53
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: At Waves we like to keep our dishes fresh and dynamic, full of colour and bursting with flavour. The best way to do that according to our Executive Chef is to harness dining inspiration from the seasons that influence us - summer, autumn, winter and spring. Our culinary experts dig deep and source locally farmed seasonal produce that not only reflect the quality offerings we have in our own backyard but also keep our delicious creations fresh and flavoursome daily.
Brisbane, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“$65? Nope”
Reviewed April 28, 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
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3 Thank Mary-beth H
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Melbourne, Australia
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Bad breakfast”
Reviewed March 10, 2014

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
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3 Thank Nickolai K
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Sydney, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
93 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“great night”
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
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3 Thank DomenicPapa
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Gosford, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
43 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Limited seafood but great service”
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
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3 Thank KhrystynaW
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Brisbane, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
96 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Not good.”
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
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5 Thank Lauren C
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