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The Garden Hotel and Restaurant

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110 Marshlands Rd | Shirley, Christchurch 8042, New Zealand
+64 3-375 7050
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 22:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun - Sat 11:30 - 14:00
Mon - Thu 17:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sun 17:30 - 22:00
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Kuching, Malaysia
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19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A good restaurant that offer discount to seniors, their buffer were simply super, can relax and sample all you can eat without time limit.

Thank explor a
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Buffet restaurant. Came here with a fairly large group for an end of year dinner. Food is good. A lot of variety and well cooked. I wish it was just my partner & I so I could have eaten more & not felt judged hahaha. I wanted to try some of everything! The only reason this buffet restaurant does not... More 

1 Thank Bronwyn J
Blenheim, New Zealand
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53 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Dont bother if ur on a diet, but lots of yummy dishes to choose from if you are having a treat night or celebrating. Nice selection of chinese dishes, roast, cooked meats and accompanyments, mac n cheese, lazagna etc. Sushi on the weekends is super yummy. Generally very hot and fresh looking. Would go early/ close to opening if you... More 

Thank bigplans28
Christchurch, New Zealand
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28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

A large selection of dishes from a various food groups and nationalities. I throughly enjoyed the soup of the day and the wide range of deserts on display. The mains has plenty to choose from take your time and enjoy .

Thank Pete v
Christchurch, New Zealand
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34 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

Had a birthday party there which i wasn't impressed at all. Phoned to make a booking plus a high chair for our table. Got there no high chair and they couldn't even come up one. Thought being a family restaurant they would have one.The food wasn't up to standard, cold and alot of empty dishes which i thought catering for... More 

Thank deedeehammy
Christchurch, New Zealand
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87 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 246 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

Had a wicked time here with a large group of friends but don't know if I'd come back. The food was good if you had no idea what quality means. Everything tastes a bit different and for the $29.50 buffet I wouldn't recommend. The drinks are overpriced too.

4 Thank Sean M
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

I was not impressed at all by this resturant. The buffet was disjointed and looked half empty.Selection was poor. The food looked watery and stale. Some of our party mentioned the prawns tasted off and the wontons were too. Waste of money and will not be returning.

Thank Roseofattar
South Island, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

We have stayed at the Hotel and eaten at the restaurant on numerous visits to Christchurch. We found the hotel of a very good standard at a reasonable price and have never had a complaint about the restaurant apart from it being unavailable on one of our visits due to renovations which I don't hold against them. I would recommend... More 

Thank JBro2016
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

We decided to go there for my husbands 60th birthday. It was great for everyone including our grandchildren. A lot of different dishes on offer. The only reason why I gave it a 4 rating was because there were some dishes missing from the last time I was there. Plus I had the flu so couldn't taste the different dishes... More 

Thank Elena G
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11 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016

We have been going to the garden restaurant with our families for 20 years at least. We have never being disappointed and pleased every time. Its always our place to go for all occasions.

Thank Leah M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$14 - US$21
Chinese, European
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Buffet, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 110 Marshlands Rd | Shirley, Christchurch 8042, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Christchurch
  • Phone Number: +64 3-375 7050
Well-known to locals who love a hearty buffet, The Garden Restaurant is a popular dining option. This extensive and affordable buffet restaurant is open 7 days offering buffet for lunch and dinner with exquisite International, Asian selections and local favourites. There'll be something here to satisfy any taste and any family member. We're also famous for our delicious desserts like our hot sticky date pudding served with custard sauce. The Garden Restaurant Buffet is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. Breakfast can be arranged on request through the Hotel's Reception.

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