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“Where the locals go” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Garden Island BBQ & Chinese Restaurant

Garden Island BBQ & Chinese Restaurant
4252 Rice St., Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766
808-245-8868
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Ranked #24 of 90 Restaurants in Lihue
Cuisines: Chinese
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout
Baltimore
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Where the locals go”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

I found this on trip advisor after we stop trusting the hotel concierge recommending other touristy places. Anyway, very good food. Very affordable. Try the BBQ sampler. The teriyaki steak was amazing. The fried rice was perfect (not too over fried like most places)

Visited October 2012
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
“Very good food; generous portions; inexpensive”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

Locals eat here: it's very clean, airy, and not a tourist trap. Service is friendly and fast. Your food is served well prepared, hot, tasty, and will fill you up. Won't break your budget either.

The main menu is quite varied, featuring Chinese and "local" (ex. #1 and #2, a delicious Loco Moco or the pork and chicken combo). They also make excellent hamburgers! Most dishes are served local style -- with two scoops rice and choice of mac salad or kim chee). Pay with cash or credit card. For first-time visitors: Loco Moco is a beef patty topped with a fried egg and really good gravy, rice on the side and choice of kim chee or mac salad. Sounds goofy, but it's a staple on all the islands.

Located on Rice (main drag through town) at Hardy in downtown Lihue, with parking on Rice or in the rear (accessed from Hardy). As they say about good food: "Broke da mouf!" Try it: you won't be disappointed.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Bowling Green, Ohio
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70 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 59 cities Reviews in 59 cities
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
“Authentic Chinese”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012 via mobile

This place has to be authentic. Almost all the patrons at the tables and picking up take-out are Chinese! We had Szechuan Chicken and Szechuan Shrimp and it was delicious. Service was quick and super-friendly. Highly recommended.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Lafayette, California
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
“It's a CHINESE Restaurant! Best Chinese Food on the island”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

A friend of ours from Shanghai said that this was the most authentic Chinese food on Kauai. It's delicious and they'll make things to order. Fast service and a favorite for locals. Orange chicken is YUMMY!

Visited August 2012
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Forked River NJ
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
“Good food, good service, reasonable prices- AC indoors!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

We first tried to go to Hamura's Saimin but the wait was just too long. Around the corner we decided to try Garden Island Chinese. My kids were thrilled and they ate everything on their plate. We were very pleased with the menu, the prices, our food and the service. The locals eat here so you know it's not just for the tourists. We had just come from the airport after two flights from Hilo and this place gave a chance to rest and relax because it is indoors and air conditioned. There aren't many places on Kauai indoors and air conditioned. If you like good Chinese food and barbeque, this place is great.

Visited August 2012
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