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Garden Island BBQ & Chinese Restaurant

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4252 Rice St., Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766
808-245-8868
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10:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Takeout

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Visitor rating
  • 55
    Excellent
  • 76
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 14
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Thumbs up for Char Siu and Roast Duck

We like our Chinese BBQ and without many options in Kauai, we stopped for a takeaway on the way to the airport. Really glad we did as both were very good and the roast duck was very moist, when it can often be dry. Not huge on ambience but fast, affordable, and tasty.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 11, 2015
wendysturley
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
  • Large groups
  • Dining on a budget
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Washington
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Reading about this restaurant prior to our trip, it was on our Must Do list. Unfortunately, it fell way short of write ups and awards on the wall. We visited one day to check out the place and review the menu. While we found the menu is jam packed with options, the ambiance is that of a low quality nursing... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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62 reviews 62 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

We went on a Friday night and the place was packed with mostly locals. The service was terrible with no specific waitress for your table. We ordered drinks (No alcohol) and did not receive any, despite asking about the status of the order. We both had Kug Pao chicken and the meat did not resemble any chicken we have ever... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

We like our Chinese BBQ and without many options in Kauai, we stopped for a takeaway on the way to the airport. Really glad we did as both were very good and the roast duck was very moist, when it can often be dry. Not huge on ambience but fast, affordable, and tasty.

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Sandy
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56 reviews 56 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Dining area needs some love but you can tell whoever is cooking is doing it grandma's way. Good food. Family portions. You won't go hungry that's for sure. Good local family place.

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Layton, Utah
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46 reviews 46 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

I had the Cashew Chicken, and it was ok, but not flavorful. Hubby had sweet and sour pork, and said it was good. He also had the wonton soup and said it was tasty. Nothing has met the taste, choices, and prices of our fave place on Oahu.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Had lunch with a party of 4. Everyone loved the place. I had the sea bass special in ginger soy sauce. A great piece of fish under 10 dollars. It came as a standard Hawaiian "plate lunch" - 2 scoops of rice and one scoop of macaroni salad or kim chee. We also had a scallop soup and saimin. Had... More 

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Hawaii
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116 reviews 116 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Went to Garden Island BBQ the other night with friends. Food came quickly and had large portions. I ordered the vegetable chow mien, they ordered the eggplant something. It was all great, plus an order of white rice I was full up. The menu is huge, hard to decide what to order, but it was a nice dinner and we... More 

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Lake Oswego, Oregon
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7 reviews 7 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Fabulous food. Fresh and generous portions. Huge menu with many options and extremely reasonable. Service is friendly and prompt. We love eating where the local folks do and this place is always jammed with people! Love it - never disappointed!

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Wisconsin
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Our party of 4 were all satisfied with our experience. This is a simple place for ample portions of good food. We ordered vegetarian stir fry, chicken fried steak, chicken fried rice, and seafood Singapore noodles. Service was lightning fast. We saw some negative comments on TA but the table of local fire fighters put any concerns to rest -... More 

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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

The food was over-fried, dry and tasteless. It came with macaroni salad that was bad. My friend had the vegetable stir fry that was ok.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4252 Rice St., Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Kauai  >  Lihue
  • Phone Number: 808-245-8868

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Chinese, Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Entertaining clients, Local cuisine, Families with children, Doing business, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Monday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?