Valentines Buffet Restaurant
Manukau, Auckland 09 263 8605
- Mon – Sat 12 noon – 2:30pm
- Sun 12 noon – 3pm
- Mon – Sun 5:30pm – late
- Business Dining
- Conference Facilities
- Children's Play Area
- Private Dining Room
- Private Functions
- Private Parties
- Wedding Functions
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, AMEX, Diners
- Price Range: Spendy, $25 - $35
- Dress Code: Smart casual
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
- Seating for: 240
- BYO/Corkage: No BYO
- Parking: Free Off-Street
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Good For Children: Yes
- Takeaways: No
- Delivers: No
- Takes Reservations: Yes
- Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Outdoor Seating: No
- Meals: Lunch, Dinner
- Wi-Fi: None
Our Buffet is a mouth-watering collection of over 100 delicious dishes inspired by the best food from around the world.
The selection is an offering that encompasses hot and cold dishes, salads, seafood, meats, vegetables, ethnic foods, soups, breads, condiments, desserts plus tea and coffee.
It has all your favourites such as ham carved from the bone, roasts, fish, curries, pastas and pizzas too.
Our ethnic food provides a delicious diversity and spices up our tasty table with dishes from India, China, Thailand, Malaysia, Italy, Morocco, Spain and Indonesia.
We love all the differences that make our world the exciting, vibrant, cosmopolitan place that it is.
It’s the people, the food and the times that we enjoy together that make it so special.
MON – FRI
Adults: Lunch $21.90, Dinner $32.90
Seniors (64+): Lunch $19.90, Dinner $29.90
SAT – SUN
All Adults: Lunch $24.90, Dinner $32.90
* Pricing may vary on Public Holidays and Special Occasions (Valentines Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Christmas). Please feel free to call us for more information!
38 Reviews for Valentines Buffet Restaurant
They have shifted into new premises and I feel many of these reviews were before the move. I would have said the same comments when they were in the old place.
However, since moving I have been twice, and both times had a great time. The food was lovely, clean and warm, would like to see children’s prices lowered a bit, as our 7 year old once again dined on ice cream and cake. Most kids under say 10 or 11 eat hardly anything. Am going today either lunch or dinner.
Love the place. Don’t let the comments put you off, it’s a good place for friends and family to dine.
Anne Freeman Manurewa.
Visited January 2014
Went there for dinner tonight 11/11/2013 and it was great. They run on a prepay basis so you pay upfront before your meal. The seafood was juicy and delicious although there were no oysters they had sliced smoked salmon yummy. The hot food was delicious the pork belly and brisket in particular was the best. I would definitely go back there again.
A party of German tourists walked out and there appeared to be an altercation at reception with a Samoan party. This restaurant does not advertise on their website that you need to pay up front and this was part of their qualm.
My party approached the reception desk and we gave our booking credentials. I was advised that there was a “pre pay” policy in place; one important thing to remember here is that you have a right to view the food first before paying and it is a credit to this branch that they honored that, however the layout of the food proved to be a little less appetizing than how it looked.
I chose the seafood as my entree. Mornay, salad, and some fish with olives. Mornay was dry and cracked around the edges which means it was not fresh. Salad, acceptable, sea weed salad was terrible and olives came out of a jar.
My main was awful meat soaked in gravy (all meat bar the carvery).
Desert was palatable but not the best; we were starved for choice. Do not touch the ice cream (from the machine), as in the reviews it is just awful!! it is true, it has NO taste at all.
Two of my party went for a cigarette after our meal, they indicated to the Reception staff that they were going outside for a cigarette. Upon their return to the restaurant, the bar tender who was at reception (the lovey little Chinese lady) barked to them “where is your stamp!!!” no stamp was given to them or the rest of our party!! we were not sure if we should have been stamped by the receptionist upon our arrival.
Over all I would say this is the worst experience I have had from VALENTINES, I had no problem with the North Shore or the Pakuranga brMoreanches. I was one of the first to visit the Manukau Valentines branch when it opened in the late 80′s early 90′s I grew up in that era and then the Manukau branch opened in the early 90′s; you could a liken it to the days of Hollywood glamor of the 50′s to the stark rural reality of the 21st century, I leave it up to you to decide:))
Very poor selection .
Bye Bye will not be back.
Does not deserve to have any stars
Low class , does not deserve to be called a restaurant! Not much food to choose from, food was terrible, dried out, tasteless!!! Service was disgusting, desert was horrible dirty environment. Reception was not professional!!!
Very expensive for the selection of food. my first and certainly the last time going! Does not deserve to have any stars! Low class dingy unprofessional dirty place!!! Never again!!
Only four people running the place, the reception front desk, waiter all doing one job! Food display was horrible untidy and dirty, a real rip off!!! Food was cooked badly no taste! Desert was tasteless watered down not much selection at all!
Will never go back to Valentines again.
Visited April 2012
The waitress was rude, the whole time she served us she rolled her eyes. Really where do you get the staff from.
She didn’t refill the water jug, she never let us know when we could get up and get the food. We stood up and down, too embarrassed to move. It was then she just walked over and goes ‘oh yeah, you can go now’.
I swear if it wasn’t for the fact my girl gave me that ‘don’t !!mum..look’ I would have up and slapped the arrogant little wench.
Not only did she treat us like crap, she ruined the whole experience. I will never return or recommend anyone goes to Manukau Valentines again.
I don’t even want to give you a start either. You or Happy days must have the same staff.
The service was amazing, we were served by someone called Ellen, who friendly and polite.
There was also another waiter, but I forgot his name. He was very efficient in clearing our plates and also spoke in a soft tone.
Food was the average buffet food..but its the service I received that made the night.
To be honest, from the reviews I read, I wasn’t really looking forward to dining there at all, but I’m glad I went.
COLD FOOD: Very bland, including the pasta & seafood, its as if they just take it from the packet to the buffet. Oysters are bland. The Sushi is disgusting!
Does the Chef purposely not add RICE VINEGAR?!
Or does the Chef not know how to correctly make sushi?!
DESERTS: Good selection – Love the Brandy snaps.
SERVICE: Fast, but not very friendly. My advice stop hiring kids and hire people who actually have experience.
LAYOUT: Disgusting. Tables so close together even with the dividers it doesn’t help that you’re still close enough to hear every ones conversations. A bit of consideration towards customers privacy would be great.
PRICE: Not worth it !! I would rather stuff my belly with food that tastes good then stuff my belly just to get my moneys worth.
OVERALL: QUALITY IN FOOD, SERVICE & LAYOUT IS MUCH BETTER THAN QUANTITY, DON’T YOU THINK?
Any fast food chain would sum up to this Restaurant.
UPDATE IN RESPONSE TO THE OWNER:
1. In written form it sounds delicious but seeing/eating it is totally different.
2. I came here 4 months ago and THERE WAS DEFINITELY SUSHI ON THE BUFFET just like there HAS been the last 7 years I’ve been going.I have eaten it myself. I can’t see “guests” putting their own sushi on the buffet over a 7 year time frame.
3. You took a few seats away yet it’s still squashy…
4. Have ALWAYS gone here for dinner. I pay full adult price. AND YES WE GOT OYSTERS.
Sorry about the price mistake, please update your prices to $17.9/$28.9 !!
We dined at the restaurant with my grandfather who is 82 years old, and needs a walking frame to support himself when he walks. Obviously it would make sense for someone else whose more able body to get up and serve his food which my aunty did, this is when the store manager came out, and told her, she wasn’t allowed to do this, and that its company policy everyone serves themselves, and basically that my granddad needs to get up and make his own food… on what planet is this ok? Obviously this idiot they have as a manager doesn’t have eyes, to see that he can’t stand in line to serve himself. (we were there for a wedding reception, so there were alot of people..ie there was a line) Not only that, but the manager also threaten to charge us for any food that we didn’t finish that was left on our plates. They suck! Really charging us for left over’s at a bloody buffet restaurant…CLASSY!! it was unfortunate that the wedding reception was held there as its such a classless restaurant I will be recommending our family members use the Greyhound restaurants for future fuctions. By the way, the food wasnt even worth what we paid! We could have got a better deal from the local takeaway! Never Again! 1 star is being too kind!
The only thing it’s not good was they needed to keep kids away from the desserts.
Visited October 2012
We were waiting on dinner plates for 20 minutes; Minimal of plates, dessert bowls and cutlery; Tables were stacked with plates including our table that had not been cleared by staff for the duration of our time there.
The dinner plates were then received still wet, no apology given for having to wait on dinner plates. The attitude of the staff was not conveyed as being friendly, empathetic or helpful towards my family and I.
Towards or closer to the end of our evening, there were three members of staff conversing in social chat in another part of your restaurant, this was in full view of customers, totally unacceptable.
This was the worst experience I have ever had with a well known restaurant and would not recommend this to family, colleagues or friends.