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Sequoia 88 Restaurant

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Address

340 Main North Rd
Redwood
Christchurch
Region: Canterbury
Licence: Fully Licensed
Cuisine: Smorgasbord

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Phone: 03-352 9165

Overall DineOut Score based on 48 reviews

Total5.0
Food5.1
Dessert5.2
Presentation5.0
Service4.6
Environment4.6
Toilets5.1
Child Friendly Yes
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Review by: Waltisb (1) on

Total3.7
Food4
Dessert5
Presentation3
Service2
Environment4
Toilets1
Child Friendly Kind of

The food was terrible . The soup was way to hot for the kids . The tongs were also way to hot to hold . It felt uncomfortable as every 5mins the people would be at your table getting your plates they need a system were you can put your plates somewhere . Flies around and good without cover the carving man made you feel weird as the meat should already be calves up and be self service not feel bad if you go back for more and he looks at you like you just were here but getting to pieces was not enough I sure they can fix this place and make it as comfortable as possible !

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Review by: yobbo46 (82) on

Total7.0
Food7
DessertN/A
Presentation7
Service7
Environment7
ToiletsN/A

Heard that this place had changed hands recently, so my wife & I decided to head there for buffet lunch. The lady at the front counter was very friendly, and we were seated immediately. She explained the process (not rocket science, but good of her) and we tucked in straight away. I have to say we were both impressed at the range, and quality of food available, which was hot, fresh and tasty. There's a wide range of dishes, ranging from Asian; fried food (chips, fish etc); roasts; salads; seafood; soup and desserts. Certainly something to suit all appetites. Dirty plates were quickly whisked away, and at $23.50 each we thought it was great value for money. All in all a very nice experience and we would certainly return again.

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Review by: cloves (7) on

Total7.2
Food7
Dessert8
Presentation7
Service7
Environment6
Toilets7
Child Friendly Yes

ok what did everyone expect, The ritz This is a buffet Sequoia 88 is a buffet! the fried section was hot and well stocked. The mains is always a hard choice the salads are looking really good tonight with a few juicy prawns to start and just a little sweet and sour pork and honey chicken. Time to sit and relax before i brave the PUDS. Pav,Mousse,Fruit Salad and Yes Real Whipped Cream plus Ice Cream Goodbye Zip. Was it the best meal ever no, But it was a Damm Good Buffet, With Cheerful staff and good night

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Review by: Raven (1) on

Total8.1
Food9
DessertN/A
Presentation7
Service7
Environment8
Toilets7

I had heard about this place over the years but had never ventured to try it out. My experiences with the food, and buffets in general, here in New Zealand have not been favorable. I didn't relish spending around $50 for two people just for another buffet with a tiny selection of hard, burned, and tasteless food that I wouldn't even make myself. My fiance decided to take me for our one year anniversary, so I thought this was as good a time as any to try it out. I was extremely surprised when I sat down and tasted the food. It was really good- very tasty, a bit of a variety, but so far the best buffet I've had in this country. I had heard the seating was horrible but I found the seating wasn't any worse than any other place. I plan on going back for my wedding in Feb. I do highly suggest this place, and I found no problems with the staff being rude to us whatsoever, even though we look extremely alternative and different.

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Review by: nessybear1 (1) on

Total3.4
Food3
Dessert4
Presentation5
Service2
Environment3
Toilets5
Child Friendly Kind of

We had a party of 10 adults and 6 children (varying ages) who dined at Sequoia 88 last night. Before we booked we were told there would be food available for gluten free (GF) people including at least 1 Asian dish. We were advised that adults were $29.80 and the price for children depended on their ages (4yr old $6.50, 11yr old $19.00) but were given no way of how the ages were calculated so couldn’t estimate how much it would cost before going.

Carparking is at a premium, definitely not enough carparks for the amount of people they cater for. Speaking for the numbers they cater for, it seems like the more people they can get in the better. There was one table directly in front of a storeroom with very little room for the poor people at that table to move. Smokers standing directly outside the entrance door was a complete turn-off. My partner is a smoker, but he goes and stands away from entrance doors etc as why should anyone be subjected to his secondhand smoke.
There was a vast variety of food raging from fried food (fish, spring rolls etc), Asian dishes (sweet and sour pork, lemon chicken etc) to cavery (pork, beef etc) with roast and boiled vegetables and salads as well as seafood. To Sequoia 88’s credit, the food was hot and continuously stocked. However, you had to be careful what you picked to eat: the ham off the bone was way too salty, the pork and the beef had dried out, most of the vegetables had cheese on them (including the tomatoes), the sauces/gravies seemed to be watered down, and the Asian dishes had the odd bit of gristle (and that was just my plate – maybe I picked from the wrong side of the dish).
When we enquired with the chef as to what was GF he advised that the vegetables were. After being asked again specifically what dishes were GF he said that none of the Asian dishes were that night but the meat off the bone was (ie. cavery) and the vegetables. Not very good selection for anyone who is GF (or DF as most of the vegetables were covered with cheese) and at the time of booking was told there would be a variety (yet there wasn’t – and the restaurant knew there were GF people in our party). I myself am not GF and in my defence, some Asian dishes can be cooked GF and the general population would notice no difference.

The waitresses who cleared the plates were very pleasant and good at their job. The reception people were accommodating but not very friendly. Most of the tables were full and the room got very warm very fast. There was always a big queue to get to the food (10-20 deep more more).
Would I go back – nope, way too expensive for what it was, the food was average (should I have expected more from a buffet style eatery?), the room was way too warm, the queue to get to the food was always too big and other people didn’t keep their children under control (I understand that is not Sequoia 88’s fault and I understand about kids going out for dinner, but there is a certain etiquette about no running, yelling, playfighting etc) and don’t expect to be allowed to wait in the reception area without buying drinks or you will be continuously scowled at.

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Review by: Nick7 (92) on

Total4.8
Food5
Dessert6
Presentation4
Service3
Environment5
ToiletsN/A
Child Friendly Not at all

A note on the comments below about children - I've taken four children aged 8-11 there several times. Last time the receptionist sternly warned them against running around before we even entered the restaurant, though they'd done nothing to indicate they might be prone to that kind of behaviour. On one previous occasion we arrived just after 5pm and they'd amused themselves for half an hour by playing hopscotch on the carpet squares in the empty lobby, but they've never been anything other than well behaved in the restaurant area or elsewhere. I take the four of them out regularly and I don't tolerate poor behaviour in restaurants - anyone being silly is sent outside to settle down. So I was a little offended by the pre emptive warning. Overall, the service really isn't very friendly or welcoming, to either adults or children. It's very hard to get a drink from the bar in the lobby, I've yet to be greeted with a smile or pleasantry and - also on the last visit - the receptionist argued with a friend about how many people she'd asked to pay for. Food is - as you'd expect from this kind of place - edible, there's plenty of it, the quality is variable. Lots of fried food and I've yet to eat something that's excited me. The children - who, unfortunately, love it - are my only reason for visiting. After our last visit I decided if they're not welcome I'll happily spend my money elsewhere.

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Review by: Juliana11 (1) on

Total7.0
Food7
Dessert7
Presentation7
Service9
Environment4
ToiletsN/A
Child Friendly Yes

We went recently with a group of about 20 (mixed ages inluding two children).
I was expecting it to be pretty awful after reading the reviews on here but I was pleasantly surprised. As I don't really like buffets I won't be rushing back but the food was fresh and plenty of choices even for the vegetarians in our group. I didn't hear any complaints from any of the group.
I just have to comment re the person below who complained about parents in her group being told off about their children running around. Since when has it ever been acceptable for children to run around in public places including restaurants - if I had been there that night I would likely have said something to the children and the parents! It would have been dangerous if there had been elderly people carrying plates of food - they could easily have knocked them over.
I would recommend especially for groups or families.

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Review by: Rolling Stone (1) on

Total5.0
Food3
Dessert7
Presentation5
Service7
Environment4
ToiletsN/A

Tried to celebrate my 63rd birthday on Friday 10th August at the Sequoia,same as the past 2 years.I just wonder if Gordon Freeman still owns it?Reason being is that the food quality and standard has dropped dramatically,compared to the previous visits,you could call us regulars during the year.Gordon has a very high standard as far as food quality is concerned,however not the case on the 10th.There were other small indications as well that something is not quite right.Smaller plates,cooler hot food,suspected chilled mussels were yesterday's,they were tasteless,less meat on the platter,selection of deserts down,much of a muchness in the Asian section,vegitable selection smaller (greens).On a better note however the table service was excellent,as with the bar service.The entry price is now at a premium for this kind of dining,that gives consideration to other dining choices!Gordon if you still own the Sequioa,take a good hard look at the food,you have built up a good reputation over the years,please don't destroy it.

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Review by: Gourmetgoods66 (2) on

Total3.8
Food2
Dessert4
Presentation5
Service8
Environment3
Toilets1
Child Friendly Very

Went to Sequoia with great expectations sadly these were border line counterfeit just like the custard. Started off with a sea food oriental fusion mix dish, the squid rings were delish but remaining goods tasted more sea weed than sea food and the Asian servings were simply stale. Next trip was to the soup kitchen; satisfactory ladles to make dishing up accessible however the pumpkin soup was spat out immediately on consumption, more oily film than the great BP spill of 2011 - and on the subject of dead birds would strongly advise against consuming Seqouia chicken. In some sort of attempt at making the vegetables more appealing Sequoia quite literally sugar coated them, found this quite confusing but probably good for the kids. Have to compliment chef on dessert, apple pie was wholesome and tasty and the cream freeze machine proved a novelty too, custard however lacked substance VERY watered down. Following dessert conversation was accompanied by appropriate finger food; cheese and crackers, fruity goodness and hot drinks. In spite of a few hiccups food wise do love what they've done with the place, think kitsch dinky road side diner in the thriving metropolis of Belfast, impossible to miss illuminated with a very modern neon light scheme plus riviera Italian style landscaping out front. Would definitely recommend Sequoia as an eatery for all ages. Great range for picky children and the meat was denture friendly. The atmosphere was one size fits all - clash of classic iconic tunes and contemporary Bruno Mars kept everyone guessing and wanting more and I'm sure if it hadn't been a weekday would have been enjoying a few cockys round the suave sports bar, fellow diner suggested some sort of karaoke event and we thought this was a brilliant idea. Also nice to see a mixture of people all together in one place, families, friends, couples and even nuns to boast. The service was A+ another diner compared the staff to ants as they humbly went about their duties but must say the food lacked this same spark. So essentially Sequoia wins because of its accommodating nature opposed to its mediocre food, pay Gordon a visit anytime just don't plan on dining late as it seems to be a before six affair.

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Review by: food/dan (1) on

Total2.2
Food1
DessertN/A
Presentation3
Service4
Environment3
ToiletsN/A

very poor, food was terrible. actually felt sick afterwards and i only had half a plate of food. it was oily, dried out and like rubber and the fish was rank and seeing the dishes of food being shifted around over top of other dishes and dripping old dirty water into them just topped it off. this restaurant really needs to be looked at by a health provider. very worrying. when i questioned staff they said i could not have a refund and when asked to talk to the manager the lady at reception said there was no one there to talk to and maybe i should come back the next day if i wanted to complain.

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Review by: Davidlyn (1) on

Total3.1
Food3
Dessert2
Presentation4
Service3
Environment5
Toilets4

Front desk person I assume is manager, the attitude of her service is absolutely shocking-very rude! Can't believe if she is the manager!
Bar person, waiters & waitress were doing pretty good job.
Quality of food isn't taste good which I would rather spend the same amount of money to go somewhere else!

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Review by: allison69 (1) on

Total6.2
Food7
Dessert7
Presentation7
Service4
Environment5
Toilets4
Child Friendly Not at all

Tonight we dined at Sequoia 88 we were a group of 29. I had to pay a deposit to secure the tables and told them when I booked there would be 2 toddlers. The food was good, the service from the bar and restuarant staff was good. But the ladies at the reception were not very nice. I had complaints from 2 of my guests and the ones who complained were the 2 with the toddlers. The staff told them not to let their kids run around and what is even worse one of the dads took his son out for a walk and was not allowed back in because his son did not have his shoes on, they said to him 'your son was running around and really being annyoing and I am sorry but we cannot allow you back in.' I was under the impression Sequoia was a family restaurant and was child friendly but obviously NOT!!! I am really disappointed Sequoia 88 as I told my guests you were a child friendly place, I won't be dinning there again and I doubt any of my guests will be dining or recommending your restaurant.

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Review by: kelzies (1) on

Total6.1
Food6
Dessert7
Presentation4
Service7
Environment5
Toilets6
Child Friendly Yes

So on going to sequoia its really the typical buffet experience, The price has risen and am unsure if its really worth that. The staff were lovely very friendly, and seems a friendly place for the kids, was questioning that now i read some of the other reviews. The lines are long and its best to get there when it opens for lunch/ tea ect. much of a good range, not so much for vegetarianism lol the usual sea food, roasts, Chinese, fried foods and deserts. Not a classy restaurant, but a clean, warm enviroment.

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Review by: Roberta Soper (2) on

Total4.6
Food5
Dessert5
Presentation7
Service3
Environment2
ToiletsN/A

We went to Sequoia 88 as a group of 25 for my Grandfathers 90th Birthday on a Sunday at lunch time. The place was packed and it was very warm, there were always long lines for the meals, infact they never went down. It made picking your dinner a very unenjoyable experience and made me not want to go up and get more. The food is ok but you end up putting things on your plate that you would never put together and in the end you have an average lunch when it would have been nicer to pay $25 for one good quality meal which would be enjoyed.
The waiter brought over a bottle of wine to open at the table as a congratulations for the Brithday Celebration, when he asked who was the 90year old my Grandfather told him that it was actually his birthday on Tuesday, so he then infront of everyone took the bottle away and didn't come back which we all thought was very rude. It was still his 90th Brithday party and perhaps he could have asked when the booking was made instead of brining it to the table and then taking it away. The whole family thought this was very rude and it has been talked about since.
I would not reccomend this place if you want a relaxing, enjoyable, tasty meal out.

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Review by: Dani4 (2) on

Total3.0
Food4
Dessert3
Presentation4
Service1
Environment2
Toilets2
Child Friendly Not at all

Went to Sequoia for a work function were we ended up going with a group of 50 - you can imagine the bill by the end. The food was okay, the bar tender a lovely older gentlemen was an absolute delight. The owners wife who refers to herself as a "manager" absolutely appauling - she should be ashamed of herself. She does not belong anywhere near people. We had children in our group, so of course they found a dark corner (at the end of the night out of everyones way) to play. The "manager" came over to them yelled at them to stop messing around, to go and find their parents and sit the hell down. Were it ended up one of the little boys started to cry. One of the mothers went up to this women and told her polietly that she doesnt appreciate her talking to her children that way - any issues please addres her. The manager then continued to ABUSE our friend, got right in her face and told her to get out of her restaurant and never come back. We then got up to leave, absolutely shocked and asked to speak with the owner (who happened to be her husband) she then came storming out and asked us "What the hell is our problem now?" where we began to tell her her behaviour was appauling she ran off with her tail between her legs to hide out the back. Im absolutely shocked and appauling that someone would behave in that manner. It was a complete over-reaction and extremely shameful.

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Review by: IMP (13) on

Total6.8
Food7
Dessert7
Presentation7
Service7
Environment5
Toilets7
Child Friendly Very

I don't understand why some Diners are so critical of the food offered. It is a Buffet and the choice is huge. Surely, all one has to do is stick with your favourites. At $28.50, which is less than most other Restaurants charge for just a main, it is great family dining.

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Review by: JKG (9) on

Total2.7
Food3
DessertN/A
Presentation3
Service2
Environment3
Toilets2

Decided to go to Sequoia again after about a 12 months break.
Prices have risen sharply (about $25 - $28 for a meal)so our expectation did the same.
Wrong.
There has been very little change - if there was it was downward - with my wife and 13 year old granddaughter had difficulty trying to make a reasonable selection
We found that the roast ham was quite good but when we asked for 'crackeling' it was like rubber. My granddaughter described the food as PLASTIC
I stayed with mainly NZ food but chose Chili Beef - bad choice. About 30 minutes later I had a bad reaction to MSG ( As a diabetic and Chinese food lover I know what I am talking about)a severely dry mouth and felt poorly.
When we got home I called the Redwood and when I asked re MSG was told that I should have known - possibly I should have - but I have never had this severe reaction before so can only assume the chili beef was loaded with MSG
Why don't they put up a notice re MSG.
Why did I get such a poor reception to my criticism.
I wish I could do an actual review but don't feel that it would be worth it as the person I talked to didn't appear to care. They can't have heard the advertising re service and great food.

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Review by: Jaqabyte (9) on

Total7.1
Food7
Dessert8
PresentationN/A
Service8
Environment5
Toilets5
Child Friendly Yes

A great place to take the kids. As far as restaurants go its good value for money. Of course the food isn't going to be top notch as it sits in hot plates, but for what it is I'm really impressed. I much prefer the food here to other 'served' family restaurants in town. With a similar price and instant service, the kids aren't left sitting waiting when their food will arrive and they're not disappointed in what they ordered coz they chose it direct from the servery themselves. I'll definitely return for family or group occassions. Plates are cleared quickly (but watch out if you haven't finished and leave for a bit, you need to leave someone guarding your plate). Has my tick for sure.

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Review by: Angela OShea (33) on

Total5.2
Food5
Dessert5
Presentation5
Service6
Environment5
ToiletsN/A

This place is what it is. Nice for groups with lots of food choices. And all the usual downfalls of a buffet - food getting overcooked and starting to dry out. Very important - go at the beginning of the service while the food is relatively fresh - don't bother to go later. I had been told the ham was particularly good, and it certainly was. If you eat with careful choices, you could make several nice platefuls of food. Serving people were really great and service was only let down by the tiny tea/coffee table wedged behind the people queuing for food. Ran out of teaspoons and saucers almost immediately there. An easy and good-enough place to take a group.

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Review by: C.Perrior (1) on

Total3.4
Food3
Dessert3
Presentation3
Service6
Environment2
ToiletsN/A

Certainly not the #1 dining experience in Christchurch.Whilst the staff were pleasant and efficient the food and ambiance were very disappointing.The tables and chairs were cheap and not very cheerful.Where we sat the lighting was poor.
So far as the food was concerned the soup was fairly tasteless and the consistency reminiscent of wallpaper paste.Too much of the seafood was deep fried in batter and my wife found both the fish and chips old and inedible.I selected from several exotic sounding casseroles ,e.g.Morrocan lamb,and found them very bland and hard to distinguish one from the other.

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Review by: firstkings (3) on

Total6.9
Food7
Dessert6
Presentation8
Service8
Environment7
Toilets4
Child Friendly Yes

Arrived at 5.30 on a busy Saturday (day before Father's Day)
Food fresh, well presented. Plates cleared quickly, friendly staff.
Got very busy later on - large queues for food - better layout would help.
Enjoyed the ham especially!

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Review by: fezz23 (1) on

Total2.7
Food3
Dessert3
Presentation1
Service1
Environment4
Toilets5
Child Friendly Not at all

I was very unimpressed with this place as It was my birthday and we had a booking for 20 people. We were seated at separate tables so we couldn't mingle with each other then the food tasted like it was stale.
The lady clearing the tables was very grumpy and a gentlemen asked us if we wanted another jug of water we replied with yes please and we never got it.
I do understand that it was busy but in saying that you do have to pre-book to get into this place so they should have been very prepared for it.
The music was very good I did enjoy that part of it.
I heard only good things about this place so I was highly disappointed with the result.
It ruined my birthday

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Review by: notsolocal (18) on

Total3.7
Food3
Dessert4
Presentation4
Service4
Environment5
ToiletsN/A
Child Friendly Yes

Its a buffet and it is not exspensive. If you were there when the food came out and not 2 hours later, it would probably be deemed a value for money experience.
Like all buffets, you risk the food getting over cooked by the keep heating process.
On the night, (Friday 8.30pm) it was moderately busy and the atmosphere was 50+ with a duo cranking out your favourites of the 70-80s. The staff are attentive and quick to clean up. I think next time we wil go closer to 6pm and catch the food fresh from the kitchen.
Our child made hell of a mess around her high chair that was quickly cleaned up with no fuss from the waitress and no condemnation. Maybe that`s because she is so cute, who knows. (our daughter, not the waitress)

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Review by: ronnie21 (1) on

Total7.9
Food8
Dessert9
Presentation7
Service7
Environment7
Toilets8
Child Friendly Yes

I have been many times and have enjoyed my meal every time.
The desserts are excellent, and the cost to dine at Sequoia is greet well worth going.

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Review by: frecklewoodnz (66) on

Total7.3
Food7
Dessert7
Presentation7
Service9
Environment7
ToiletsN/A

10 of us enjoyed a family celebration here Monday night 1 December....a good variety of food to choose from...I enjoyed the meal alot...couldn't complain. Our waiter, was very humourous and entertaining.....the birthday boy even got a bottle of wine to take away which was a very nice and unexpected touch. Just over $25 per adult I thought wasn't out of the way.

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Review by: Lijah (1) on

Total2.1
Food2
Dessert2
Presentation4
Service1
Environment1
Toilets4
Child Friendly Not at all

I’d only been at Sequoia 88 once in the past, and remember leaving with the impression it was mediocre at best back then, but did think that over-all it was decent value for a buffet. However I was there again last week, and was really disappointed this time.
For starters, the hygiene was of definite concern to me. One thing I found particularly sickening was the small, black hairs visibly floating in the jug of milk when I went to get myself a coffee (and unsurprisingly decided to pass on that).
There was a good range of food - but I found a few too many of the items were undercooked (and as such I was left feeling quite concerned about the risk of cross contamination) – while others, such as the vegetables, were dried out and unpleasant. The desert range was decent but again, there were hygiene concerns in this area – particularly pertaining to the noticeably unclean utensils (tongs especially) used, and the heightened risk of contamination because of this.
To top it all off, I really wasn’t impressed with the service at all. I found it to be a rushed and unwelcoming atmosphere, and it’s safe to say I’ll be taking my business elsewhere in the future.

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Review by: mumof2 (1) on

Total4.8
Food6
Dessert5
Presentation5
Service1
Environment5
Toilets5
Child Friendly Not at all

This was not the first time we have been to Sequoia 88, and we have always found the food reasonable for the price.
However this is the first time I have been abused by staff members here or any other restaurant, and am still shocked at the abominable behaviour of a certain staff member.
While waiting in the entrance area the woman came up and demanded to know why I hadn't cleaned the area around my one year old's highchair before I left. Her manner was extremely confrontational, far more than the situation actually warranted, as it was a bit of mess around the foot of a high chair, my son had NOT trashed the restaurant, and they had both been very well behaved.
I was yelled at and called a "sick girl". I am not sure whether I am a sick girl because I did not clean up my children's mess or because I dared to "answer her back" by suggesting that I believed that cleaning was part of the service they offered.
I believe it should be made clear to diners that they are expected to clean up after themselves before they eat there, rather than being verbally attacked on the way out.
My three year old daughter was utterly shocked and when I finally had her settled down that evening and reassured that it's okay, her mummy is not sick, she said that next time we will go somewhere with nice people. Exactly. A really unpleasant experience.

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Review by: andy stewart (7) on

Total4.1
Food4
Dessert5
Presentation2
Service3
Environment5
Toilets6

Out of all buffet restaurants this is the only one i noticed to give crackling with the roast pork in the evenings is this a + maybe, But from here it was all down hill i lost count how many times i was asked if i wanted a drink, The food wasn't attractive in there presentation bays, the desserts were average but in the long run i don't think i would return to the sequoia 88 the waiting time for tables was about 45mins over our booking time.

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Review by: Richard Cook (1) on

Total7.6
Food8
Dessert7
Presentation8
Service8
Environment7
Toilets7

Was initially hesitant after reading reviews on this site so decided to visit during lunch to check over the restaurant. Found staff very approachable and most concerned that negative comments and ratings had been made. I was told I was most welcome to inspect and found everything most satisfactory.
We made reservation for that evening. Presentation was very good. All dishes fresh and constantly being replenished as required. Staff member checked to see that everything was tidy cleaned up spills as they happened. Huge range of dishes. You would have to be pretty fussy not to find plenty to enjoy here.
Waiting staff quickly removed dirty plates etc as necessary. No pressure whatsoever to buy wine. I spoke with a few patrons seated near to us and all stated they would readily return.
Sequoia is a good family smorgasbord with an excellent range of food at a reasonable price.

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Review by: Jan 101 (5) on

Total3.2
Food4
Dessert4
Presentation1
Service1
Environment3
Toilets5
Child Friendly Not at all

I have been to a few chch buffets and I would say by far the worst one.
I will not be going back while we were there we saw two peole go up lick a spoon and put it back in food. Buffect facilites not up to strach and staff saw this to and did nothing. Discusting!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Review by: Tegan (8) on

Total3.4
Food4
Dessert4
Presentation4
Service1
Environment3
ToiletsN/A

This restaurant was booked for a large family reunion gathering at 6pm. The heating is turned up on high in the place so you feel hot and uncomfortable. The buffet was put out at 6pm and by 7:10 everything had been put away and by 7:15pm we were asked to leave by management so they could prepare for the next sitting. This was never explained to the person who booked this restaurant! Otherwise we would have gone somewhere that let us eat at our leisure! In addition I ordered a bottle of wine to our table and they brought the wine but no glasses – so then I had to go back up to the bar and ask for glasses – something that I thought would be standard with an order of wine! Spoke with the management on the night and found them inflexible – not an enjoyable experience and I will not be returning.

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Review by: bratcat (19) on

Total3.4
Food5
Dessert2
Presentation4
Service1
Environment3
Toilets6
Child Friendly Yes

We had an 8:15 booking and while we were seated immediately it then took 15 minutes of queuing to get to the start of the buffet, clearly whoever was taking the bookings has never thought of staggering them as about 50 other diners (not as a group booking) arrived at about the same time as us. When it was time for dessert there was another long queue and no-one was restocking the desserts, by the time we got there there were a few eclairs left and the cream freeze machine and still many more people in the queue wanting dessert. Thankfully my father, who had always been a fan, has decided its not worth returning.

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Review by: porkchop (7) on

Total3.4
Food2
Dessert6
Presentation6
Service2
Environment1
Toilets4
Child Friendly Not at all

i went to this place and i couldn't belave my eyes for 1. the chinese selection was very very poor there sweet n sour pork was reused roat pork well it looked like that and being a cheap and nasty buffet restuarant that wouldn't suprise me that the previous servings pork was reused, but the english food selection was ok but still poor in quality control.
Now the staff how many staff do u need asking for drinks every 2mins 0 thats right but they must have a quota system on who sells the most drinks if i wanted to drink as much as they ask i would goto a bar where your not botherd every second of your evening being asked would you like a drink sir.
Desert section.
Now this wasn't bad i actually thought it was nice and at the end of the day paying the ammount they ask just to eat nice desert isn't worth the hassel i won't be going back to the Sequoia 88 .

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Review by: Krazyeyes [DineOut VIP] (58) on

Total4.5
Food5
Dessert4
Presentation4
Service5
Environment4
Toilets3
Child Friendly Kind of

I am not a big fan of buffet restaurants, but the other half is so when I ventured to say lets dine out I was not surprised to find myself here.
Any one else feel like they have stepped back 15 years in time when they come here? Standard food for a buffet, if a little balnd. My biggest concern was that as someone who has an allergy to all kinds of seafood, why is the seafood dishes behind the others? Cross contamination is a huge risk here! So the first half of the food I could not eat in case it had been 'dripped' with seafood. Otherwise it was uneventful, to many people, not enough seats or staff but I guess when you are trying to get the most for your buck (staff and food costs, not those eating) you need to cram it in.
Would prefer not to return but marital law may decree it otherwise and it was easy to feed master 2.5 so who knows!?!

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Review by: RachaelnNathan (1) on

Total1.0
FoodN/A
DessertN/A
PresentationN/A
Service1
EnvironmentN/A
ToiletsN/A
Child Friendly Not at all

We were extremely disappointed with our impressions of this restaurant! We were met at the entrance of the restaurant by a very abrupt woman who told us we were not allowed in the restaurant with a pram!! She then suggested putting our 6 month old twins in their carseats and balancing them on the dining chairs!!!? (I wonder what Plunket have to say about that!!?) I mean, Gezz, it's not the freakin Plaza hotel! It's a buffet!

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Review by: mattyE (29) on

Total3.3
Food3
Dessert3
Presentation3
Service4
Environment4
ToiletsN/A

I dined here courtesy of a family member's birthday and very much appreciated their generosity. Its a shame it was the pits. I guess this buffet style has its place but some food was cold, some old, some reheated. None was above average and the hygiene of the self serve counters was appalling.

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Review by: uuduu (3) on

Total3.2
Food3
Dessert4
Presentation4
Service2
Environment2
Toilets4
Child Friendly Not at all

Used to go here a lot but the standard of food has deteriorated. Staff constantly trying to sell me drinks I didn't want. Price reasonable for all you can eat thou. Didn't like being cramped up like a sardine. Not kid friendly at all. Felt like we were being rushed to finish

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Review by: Mrs Pet (22) on

Total5.0
Food6
Dessert4
Presentation5
Service4
Environment4
Toilets7
Child Friendly Kind of

Well I've been to Sequoia 88 several times over the last 10 years or so when I've been visiting Christchurch and this time I wasn't overly impressed. We were a large party of 30 - pre-booked as a birthday party. The tables had been set up and we had provided name cards so everyone knew where to sit. We also had a wheelchair and the staff went out of there way to assist us.
There was also a wedding booked in at the same time as us - bad planning??? - it took our party 20 mins to pay and enter the resturant. The food is average for a smorgasboard. Because there were 2 big groups booked in at the same time the queues for the entree and mains were shocking. Every time I went up for a new course - be it entree or main - I had to ask for knives and forks as they seemed to run out just as I got there.
I can however recommend the Chicken and Corn soup it is devine one of the best I've had in a long time.

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Review by: kay taiala (2) on

Total5.9
Food7
Dessert5
Presentation6
Service5
Environment5
Toilets6
Child Friendly Yes

Good feed for your dollars if you are hungary.
Cramped up like sardines. Not user friendy to wheelchairs. Too difficult to get around.

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Review by: Vanessa & Andrew (4) on

Total7.1
Food8
Dessert7
Presentation7
Service6
Environment6
Toilets7

Everytime I've been here I have been impressed with the food...both variety and taste! I think you get your money's worth.

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Review by: Natalie N (28) on

Total6.1
Food6
Dessert5
Presentation7
Service7
Environment6
Toilets7

Lots of variety for a buffet restaurant. The dishes are piping hot and so are the tongs! Makes it hard to pick up the food. I'm a bit disappointed with the dessert section since the melons aren't sweet.

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Review by: paul and helen [DineOut VIP] (255) on

Total3.8
Food3
Dessert3
Presentation5
Service4
Environment5
Toilets7
Child Friendly Very

not good, not value for money and having seen the inside of the kitchen not healthy, staff aint too bad though

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Review by: nita (14) on

Total7.8
Food9
Dessert7
Presentation8
Service7
Environment7
Toilets7
Child Friendly Yes

Haven't been here for a while, since quality had gone down a bit. However, visited very recently and was pleasantly suprised. Fantastic food selection, food was kept hot, and meat was always refreshed and in good quantity at the carvery. Dirty plates were always taken away, and drink service was prompt and friendly. Seemed popular with families and older parties alike. Was a bit disappointed that the pavlova and chocolate sponge wasn't replaced more often as these were very popular but otherwise well operated. Thanks!

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Review by: Mrs Pet (22) on

Total7.8
Food8
Dessert8
Presentation6
Service8
Environment8
Toilets8
Child Friendly Kind of

This is my 3rd visit to this buffet style resturant. On all 3 occasions I have been impressed with the selection of dishes, from the 4 soups, choice of fried foods, asian selection, pizza, brads, carvery, salads, veges, cheeseboard and dessert. Where else can you get 3 or more (if you chooose)courses for around $20. The atmosphere is good and they supply highchairs for the toddlers. A very plesant dining experience.

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Review by: Glenn (1) on

Total6.3
Food7
Dessert6
Presentation6
Service6
Environment6
Toilets4
Child Friendly Not at all

Good variety of dishes. Very crowded and long lines of people. Staff were helpful when approached.

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Review by: Veronica (1) on

Total2.8
Food3
Dessert3
Presentation2
Service3
Environment2
Toilets2
Child Friendly Not at all

Totally discusted with our experience at Sequioa, they do not accommodate babies AT ALL! Prams are not allowed, and no baby change facilities available. You either have to take the car seat out of your car of hold your baby for the entire dining experience. Even McDonalds caters better than this. Highly disappointed!!!

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Review by: Schakrit1 (29) on

Total4.2
Food3
Dessert5
PresentationN/A
Service4
Environment6
Toilets6

Buffet restaurant located in Redwood Hotel, they used to be one of the best in Christchurch. However my last visit was relatively disappoint. They environment still good. Their food is not great at all. Their service is just like buffet restaurant, wherer waiters and waitresses come to take the plate away for you. Dessert is edible. Their food is not that great. No prawns or good selection of seafood anymore. their table is good and clean.

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Review by: E.Regan (31) on

Total6.0
Food6
Dessert6
Presentation6
Service6
Environment6
Toilets5

A great family restraurant with a value for money menu. The service is friendly and the prices make this an attractive restruarant to come back to.

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