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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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  • 57
    Excellent
  • 77
    Very good
  • 14
    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
Great local BBQ joint, Asian style

Good portions of yummy Chinese style BBQ. No ambiance, but friendly, quick service. The Mahi Mahi and Roast duck were great! Not low cholesterol by any means. The garlic Choi Sum was tasty too. Brown rice available and of course get some Kim Chee.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
mojorayjones
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Northern California
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
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Toronto
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131 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Garden Island BBQ & Chinese Restaurant is a "locals" kind of place ie the only tourists you will find here are the ones who read Yelp, TripAdvisor etc. The atmosphere is typical for any "locals" establishment, get used to it or stick to the resort restaurants. We made reservations a few hours in advance. Parking and entrance is in the... More 

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charlotte.
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88 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Wife and I shared the Dinner for 2 which should be renamed Dinner for 4! It was sooo good! Came with the Scallop Soup, Shrimp Dinner, Fried Rice plate and Chicken Dinner. Holy cow, there was so much food but we put a huge dent in it! It was all so delicious! The place itself has no atmosphere to speak... More 

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Northern California
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40 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Good portions of yummy Chinese style BBQ. No ambiance, but friendly, quick service. The Mahi Mahi and Roast duck were great! Not low cholesterol by any means. The garlic Choi Sum was tasty too. Brown rice available and of course get some Kim Chee.

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kauai
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

We go here for onolicious Chinese food whenever we get the chance. All of the food is sooo tasty and the prices are very reasonable. The servers are so friendly and efficient, too! Especially love ALL of their watercress dishes and their yummy fried chicken.

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Washington
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49 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 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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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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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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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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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: Large groups, Families with children, Doing business, Local cuisine, 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?