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Golden Island Restaurant

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336 Lower Ganges Rd, British Columbia V8K 2V3, Canada
(250) 537-2535
Today
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tue - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Consistently good food and fun for many years.

A haven for locals - this place is well known for a welcoming atmosphere, good Chinese food and Sam. He greets you and never forgets your name or what you like to eat. The place is a bit dated but they have a good selection. Some dishes are not that special but others are simply fantastic. I rate... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 21, 2015
Weejimmie
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Seattle, Washington
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23 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The reality is this. This is a local favorite, where the food is unintimidating, the tea never hot, the fixtures shabby, the service variable. This statement will raise the ire and alarm of many locals. All I can say to them is, get serious, take an objective look around. One of their waiters, Sam, is a local legend, for he... More 

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Salt Spring Island, Canada
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65 reviews 65 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

We think this is the only Chinese restaurant on Salt Spring, and having just come from 12 years in Calgary where there is a lot of competition for Chinese food, we were hoping for better! So, service was great, friendly, and on time. We had take out. The food however was not as good as we were used to, a... More 

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Seattle, Washington
Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

A haven for locals - this place is well known for a welcoming atmosphere, good Chinese food and Sam. He greets you and never forgets your name or what you like to eat. The place is a bit dated but they have a good selection. Some dishes are not that special but others are simply fantastic. I rate his Won... More 

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Salt Spring Island, Canada
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

food and service good and no dislikes it is closed all day on monday and is open from 11:30 tuesday to friday closed at 2:00 and reopens at 5:00 sat and sun opens at 5:00

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Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Love their hot and sour soup and other Szechuan dishes, but everything on the menu is extra tasty and never boring. Won ton soup is also special. Order ahead for take-out, reservations recommended most nights. A-1.

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Salt Spring Island, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

We have always been very happy with the quality of the food after over 30 years of coming to this restaurant. The service is wonderful, Sam is terrific. You cannot go wrong coming here when wanting delicious Chinese food.

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Salt Spring Island, Canada
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

Food is only good. People are amazing. Love the Wor wonton, and it's the only option for Chinese food. Ask for Sam. You re lucky to have him s a friend.

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Salt Spring Island, Canada
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

We eat her regularly and every time the food has been delicious, hot and served quickly by wonderful staff. One of our all time favorite places to eat out on Salt Spring Island!

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Carlow, Ireland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

Honestly this place has ruined all other Chinese restaurants for me. I yet to find one to compare! My family & I have been going to golden Island since I was little. In all my years I have never had one complaint! The staff are always so kind and helpful. The food is the best. You always get what you... More 

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Salt Spring Island, Canada
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

Try their mapo tofu. so great! everything I like in a restaurant, friendly, inviting, clear plates quickly. Thank you!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 336 Lower Ganges Rd, British Columbia V8K 2V3, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Salt Spring Island
  • Phone Number: (250) 537-2535
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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