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Riddiford Hotel Restaurant

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21-29 Knights Road, Lower Hutt, New Zealand
07:30 - 20:30
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Mon 07:30 - 14:30
Tue - Fri 07:30 - 20:30
Sat 09:00 - 20:30
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Four of us went to enjoy a meal out. We booked for a Saturday evening about 6.30 -7.00pm. On arrival I was suprised to note that only a couple of the many tables in the dining room were occupied. Oh well, we should not have too long to wait for our orders. The decor was old and very tired with... More 

Thank pudneyt
Wellington, New Zealand
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220 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2017

Lunch...yum cha. with friends. Braised ox tripe: some tender, some TOUGH/very chewy? (COOK???) Fried (dried) shrimp roll.. 3 small dried shrimp in one portion, NONE in the other 2 ?? Steamed shrimp dumpling(har gowl).. used CHEAPER small prawns, and dryish. PRE FROZEN, and cooked to order?? pastry dryish Shanghai,(Xiaou loong baul.)mini pork buns FILLING tasteless, loose and dry Have a... More 

Thank pieata
Wellington, New Zealand
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

Being locale we decided to try this place. The decor was scruffy the resturant was nearly empty. When seated we were told it would be 30 min wait. Table next to us just happened to hear us chatting as we wondered why the long wait no one else was eating and she kindly informed us they had ordered an hour... More 

Thank Linda D
Tawa, New Zealand
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14 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

The food was delicious. The servers were friendly. But the receptionist/owner was very rude, not welcoming. After I paid the bill, she told me that we had been there for two hours. Normally people only stayed for one hour, she said. There are people waiting. I just found this very odd. Don't you think she wants people to stay and... More 

Thank meirideout316
Lower Hutt, New Zealand
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45 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

I never do Yum Cha - but I understand the Riddiford is very popular for that on weekends - however I'm surprised everytime we go in of an evening that the place is barren. I can't undertand why because their food is delicious and with some unique dishes you won't see at other Chineses restaurants. We and friends have been... More 

Thank LoFlyaNZ
Wellington, New Zealand
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220 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

Yum Cha lunch. Ordered, Braised beef tripe, Phoenix claw, braised ox tendon , Har Gowl, shrimp roll, xiao loong bao. Verdict: xiao loong bao( Shangha mini steamed pork dumpling), were cooked to order, but on presentation , the thin skins were broken, thus, the juices within were lost ! The juice is an essential element of this dish... Very thin... More 

1 Thank pieata
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016

Do not go to this hotel! It is dirty in the rooms, the restaurant is dirty (I see their food rating is not advertised) and the service is absolutely disgusting. The people are so rude! Avoid this restaurant like you would avoid the plague! Because if you eat there that is probably what you will get!

Thank MyApache A
Tauranga, New Zealand
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44 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016

We were with hosts so didn't have the responsibility of choosing dishes, but found almost all of it a delightful experience, and definitely would be up for having a meal here again.

Thank Kewtypie
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103 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2016

Several of us enjoyed a set shared menu .Food was different to the usual served at most Chinese restaurants. The difference was a bonus and enjoyed by all. Staff were very attentive and pleasant. Would recommend this restaurant.

1 Thank welingtonanna
Wellington, New Zealand
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2016

Visited there on Mothers day. CVery popular and booking had been essential with scores turned away. uisine was fairly genuine but lacked the number of dishes that some similarly priced restasurants in Wellington had.

1 Thank shb248

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Asian
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Open Hours
07:30 - 14:30
07:30 - 20:30
07:30 - 20:30
07:30 - 20:30
07:30 - 20:30
09:00 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 21-29 Knights Road, Lower Hutt, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Lower Hutt
  • Phone Number: 04-586-6318

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?