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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: Lunch, Dinner, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 63
    Excellent
  • 88
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 15
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Lots of Variety

Before flying back to Oahu, we decided to eat here because it was close to the airport. The restaurant is really local, and the food portions are rather big with lots of variety. Prices were good also. Also, after you order your food, with in minutes they serve it to you!! How do they do it so fast?

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Neal F
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Hartsdale, New York
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Hartsdale, New York
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197 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Before flying back to Oahu, we decided to eat here because it was close to the airport. The restaurant is really local, and the food portions are rather big with lots of variety. Prices were good also. Also, after you order your food, with in minutes they serve it to you!! How do they do it so fast?

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Thank Neal F
Wailuku, Hawaii
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144 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are hungry and want to "fuel up" this place should do the trick. Most plate luncheons come with two scoops of rice and macaroni salad, so with the "entree" this is a "cheap eat" at about $10 per plate. The fried wontons were fried as hard as a rock with very little filling, so do not recommend. Most... More 

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Thank Tom B
Princeville
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is the best place locals enjoy for a very reasonable family price (when ordering family style, i.e. soup with three plates). If Rice Street parking is full, there's a parking lot in the back. Bring your relaxed, friendly Aloha spirit, and courtesy for a simple, friendly, local eating experience. Aloha with lots of Mahalos goes a long way here... More 

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Thank E M
Island of Hawaii, Hawaii
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55 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's a relly local place to go to eat and better to go there like 3,4 people to share a few kind of meals. quick and yummy and fill you up!

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Thank Sioli
Atlanta, Georgia
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23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Cannot recommend. A local told us this restaurant had great food. All is relative. I ordered a shrimp plate. Mainly had onions, rice, a few slices of green pepper and a few shrimp. My friend ordered BBQ plate and was not impressed. Lots of food. Nothing to write home about! They do have lots of signs about oxtail soup. Maybe... More 

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Thank Patricia L
Los Angeles, California
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103 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

Directly up the street from the Marriott, the food is excellent with reasonable prices. The service is fine.

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Thank Keith P
Caldwell, Idaho, United States
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015 via mobile

You get a large amount of food for your money, you will definitely have some left over for takeout, the food is cooked fresh to order and quick and I found it to be very good. The decor could use some updating but it's clean and the service is great! This is a local favorite and comes highly recommended by... More 

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Thank Rick S
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015 via mobile

Good value for the fresh food cooked to order. Nice service was provided by the friendly waitresses. We ordered steam sea bass and stir fried veggies. Both dishes came out better than expected.

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Thank Winnie L
Lihue, Hawaii
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Living on Kauai.....Garden Island BBQ is our favorite place for lunch. Orange chicken is out of this world. A great variety of meals for lunch or dinner. Great local food!

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Thank Tmckke7
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60 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

Came here because of the glowing reviews on here. Clearly those reviews are only based on how cheap the food is. The food was served within minutes which in this case is not a good thing. The chicken in the bland chow mein had clearly been cooked early and was slimy and my chicken in black bean sauce was just... 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, Dining on a budget, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Families with children
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?