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Asian, Vietnamese
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner
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1.5 km from Christchurch Botanic Gardens
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Reviewed 6 November 2022 via mobile

Nice sizzling beef dish with egg and bread- available for lunch only. Crispy squid is very good. One of the best crispy squid dishes in Christchurch. Friendly staff. The place is small. Gets a bit cramped up when it’s busy.. I believe the lady got...the bill wrong ,charged about $4 extra by mistake today. I’ve been to this place more than 10 timesMore

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 8 August 2022

I ordered the satay chicken with nuts . No nuts were detected and the satay flavour was missing. Quite greasy. I asked about the nuts and was told sometimes we don’t put them on. Very disappointing Partner did not enjoy his meal either

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 12 June 2022

Amazing food but spoilt by the rudest waiter I have ever had to deal with. I honestly thought he was going to throw the food at us. So disappointing and really had us feeling uncomfortable.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 26 November 2021

This place is so yummy. Very clean. Food came out fast and was delicious. Service was amazing. Price is perfect too

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 30 March 2021 via mobile

A family dinner of 9. I have eaten here in the past and found it great so I was happy to go. I found it has slipped in how good it is. The food was very much average these days just the quality wasn’t there...I wasn’t impressed I hope they were having a bad night. The staff were very friendly and obliging so that was great. I’d give them one more try!!More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed 21 January 2021

Nice tidy interior, spring rolls to start and I forgot to ask for fresh ones so they come fried - still very nice. My bun-cha was a good choice and my husband said his pho was tasty. Great stop for lunch.

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed 9 January 2021 via mobile

It's been a long time since we have been here, but the wait was worth it. Service excellent and food on the table without to much delay. When we arrived just after opening it didn't take long for the place to fill up. Will be...back soon.More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed 25 August 2020

we went there for a casual birthday and it was super good, casual and well priced. the waiter guy was friendly. Defiantly recommend for good southern Vietnamese food

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed 20 March 2020 via mobile

Not a Vietnamese so I can’t verify the authenticity but it’s good. The wait for the food wasn’t too long as well. The only thing is that the guy who seemed like the manager was the only person upfront serving the customer seemed overly concerned...with the phone in the restaurant. Even when he’s halfway talking order from a customer, if the phone rang he would get the phone immediately while the customer is still reading out his order. But for the price the food is fine.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed 22 February 2020 via mobile

I think it serves nice noodle soup, but nothing too extraordinary compared to other vietnamese restaurants. The place is quite cramped and can be full so it's best to make reservations or wait for few minutes.

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed 6 February 2020 via mobile

Enjoyed the fresh spring rolls. Was a little disappointed with the pancake after recently returning from Vietnam this didn’t really meet expectations. However my parents enjoyed both their meals. Good value for money.

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 15 January 2020

We have our lunch quite often and always tasty. The staffs are friendly and seems to be recognizing our face gave us a friendly smile. We did not enjoy as much as lunch time on some Friday and Saturday nights, because group of young people...were very noisy. The food are delicious and the service is quick and priced friendly.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 7 August 2019

Ate chicken with lemon grass and rice noodles from the lunch time menu. Service was quick, and meal was delicious and generous.

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed 14 July 2019 via mobile

This restaurant had been recommended to us and as we were in the area, we decided to have an evening meal there. Unfortunately, we didn’t have a booking but they went out of their way to accommodate the four of us. The restaurant was very...busy and later on people who didn’t have a booking were turned away. I would have to say that the service was excellent, nothing being a problem for the staff. We decided to select individual dishes from the menu and share, as opposed to having the set menu. The food was delicious and was enjoyed by all of us. Would I go back to this restaurant...most definitely.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed 26 May 2019

We came to this restaurant because we had been to a Saigon in Queenstown & Frankton that we loved but this restaurant is definitely not in the same ranks as those and is not the same restaurant. The food was not as good and the...service was awful. The man working the front of the store was one of the rudest people we have encountered during our travels here in New Zealand. We ordered the spring rolls and he rudely asked us which ones we hadn't noticed there were different ones so we asked him what kinds they had and he said you should read the menu in a very rude voice and with a face that told us he did not want to serve us. He acted as thought the restaurant was packed and we were taking up time from other people ordering but we were one of only three customers in the whole place and everyone else was sitting and eating. We were shocked by his manner and thought about leaving to go next door but decided maybe he was just having a bad day and to go ahead and give this place a shot. He continue to be rude through out the meal. We would not recommend this place to anyone who wants good service. The food was good and that is why we gave them more then one star to be fair for the cook and other workers who may not be as rude. However we would never go back here.More

Date of visit: April 2019
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Saigon Star is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 3.5