REVIEW: Waves Buffet Restaurant | Affordable Breakfast on the Gold Coast

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We’re not going to lie to you, our family loves a good buffet. So much so that we write about them often on our website! So when we were invited to have breakfast at the Waves Buffet Restaurant on the Gold Coast, we leapt at the chance. As always, our feedback is honest and accurately reflects on our experience.

Below you will find our thoughts about our experience of our breakfast at Waves Buffet Restaurant, located in the Voco Gold Coast hotel. The buffet is on Hamilton Avenue, and an easy eight minute walk from Cavill Avenue.

Dining at this meal was 1 adult + 3 kids (aged 12, 14, 16).

RELATED: We also visited their a la carte restaurant, Cliffords, for dinner the night before and you can read our review here.

Atmosphere at Waves Buffet Restaurant

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Upon entering Waves Buffet Restaurant, we immediately noticed the abundance of space. The restaurant felt open and airy, creating a comfortable and inviting atmosphere. We had a table towards the far end of the buffet, which was perfect for 4 people.

Food at Waves Buffet Restaurant

Value for money: 4/5
Variety of kids menu: N/A
Portion sizes: 5/5

Food quality: 5/5
Special dietary options 3/5:
How likely are you to recommend the venue: 4/5

We have been lucky enough to sample so many different restaurants while running the Get Out With Kids website, so we know when something is good and when it isn’t. The buffet offered so many different options of food, hot and cold alike. You can see in the photos just how much variety there was.

There was also juice, iced water, as well as tea and coffee, and hot chocolate.

How much is Waves Buffet breakfast?

The Waves Buffet Restaurant breakfast costs $ for adults and $ for kids.

Service at Waves

Staff Friendliness: 5/5
Willingness to accommodate kids 5/5:
Prompt delivery of meals: N/A
Additional services like child care: N/A

The staff were incredibly and attentive, and made sure we had everything and anything we needed. As this is a buffet, there was no waiting for food (bonus!), which is super helpful if you have hungry kids with you.


High chairs and change tables: 5/5
Room for prams and strollers: 5/5
Dedicated play area: N/A
Can parents see into play space: N/A
Caters to all age groups: 5/5
Is safely fenced and away from the bar: N/A

The bathrooms were clean and spacious, and they were a part of the hotel, so they were reasonably luxurious too.


The absolute highlight of the restaurant was the location, with a tram stop and Q1 Skypoint across the street. We loved all the food too, from the pancakes to the poached eggs, and the assorted cold meats to the salads, (Yep! Salads at breakfast).

We were there for breakfast, but the restaurant is also open for dinner, with so many different cuisines to choose from (including a chocolate fountain!), but their dinner specialty is seafood.

Waves Buffet Restaurant Hours:

  • Monday: 6:30am-10am
  • Tuesday: 6:30am-10am, 2pm-Late
  • Wednesday: 6:30am-10am, 2pm-Late
  • Thursday: 6:30am-10am, 2pm-Late
  • Friday: 6:30am-10am, 2pm-Late
  • Saturday: 7am-Late Sunday: 7am-11am
  • Sunday: 6:30am-10am


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Feed back from the kids:

  • Alex (15) loved the hash browns.
  • Ben (13) loved the cold meats and cheese.
  • Sophie (12) loved the pancakes.

Feedback from the parents:

  • Loved the eggs benedict with bacon.

The food was amazing and everyone loved their meals. The staff were friendly and welcoming and the facilities were clean and modern. Overall, Waves Buffet Restaurant is definitely somewhere to try out next time you’re on the Gold Coast!

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Alex Mergler

Alex has been writing for his mum's website since he was 10 years old and now he runs his own website, Get Out with Kids. He attends high school and works part time at McDonald's. Born in the UK but growing up in Australia he has a passion for travel, and has visited more than 25 countries. He has a Cert III in Hospitality and holds the Responsible Service of Alcohol certificate. With this background he is well qualified to write the website's restaurant reviews and travel articles. When he grows up he aims to be a pilot and is currently studying for his Recreational Pilot License.

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