We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Book On TripAdvisor Bonus Book your hotel on TripAdvisor — then save 20% on things to do for your trip. Use code BOOKTOSAVE.

Golden Island Chinese Restaurant

Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
243 Thames St, Oamaru 8901, New Zealand
(03) 434 8840
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

18 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
Showing 17: English reviews
Christchurch, New Zealand
Level Contributor
16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2016

We just wanted an evening meal in front of the TV after a long day of travelling. Staying just up the road made the Golden Island worth a visit. In just 15 minutes we had Fried Rice and 3 large dishes, which was about twice as much as we really needed and very good value for money. I'd go for... More 

Helpful?
Thank Seagull_Maestro
Auckland, New Zealand
Level Contributor
56 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

Went to lunch and ordered pretty basic stuff which turned out to be pretty much average food we were expecting from a small town chinese eatery !

Helpful?
Thank Alokdhir
Oamaru, New Zealand
Level Contributor
13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

Attended as a social night out for a service club with partners and friends or family members. Had a range of dishes delivered promptly with friendly attentive service

Helpful?
Thank Bondpet
Brisbane, Australia
Level Contributor
16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015 via mobile

Visiting town for the night and this place was terrible. Lemon chicken tasted like lemon flavoured washing detergent. Tasted artificial from all the flavouring they add. Spring rolls were from a frozen packet, what the?? Ugh, we genuinely feel nauseas after that "meal".

Helpful?
Thank TenandJohn
Oamaru, New Zealand
Level Contributor
21 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

very nice value for money meals but its laden with a flavor enhancer called m.s.g. which i believe is totally unneeded. this sodium turns me into a nervous wreck. its bad when im late finishing work then getting a feed that makes 1 so nervous in that i cannot sleep. i first discovered the m.s.g in the food when i... More 

Helpful?
Thank caffeineaddict65
Oamaru
Level Contributor
10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

As you'd expect from a NZ Chinese Restaurant. I had no trouble with the language, fluent english greeted me. Food was fine, no faults just simple Chinese as you'd expect. I'd go back next time I'm eating Chinese food.

Helpful?
1 Thank funho57
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

Being Chinese, my family likes to visit Chinese restaurants to get a taste of home away from home and this restaurant was definitely the genuine article. That said, you have to be able to read the Chinese menu in order to get some of the more traditional dishes, but we were very happy with our stir-fried fish and stir-fried vegetables... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Nan L
Beijing
Level Contributor
23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

Great value, good taste food and genuinely generous amount. I ordered one large fried rice and one beef stir fry and I think it is more than two meals for the three of us.

Helpful?
Thank Peng Z
Dunedin
Level Contributor
55 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

Dinner for two. Ordered two dishes and rice. Unusual in my experiance to get the rice after the main dishes were served. Not an expensive place. Generous servings. There are other more interesting places to eat in Oamaru, but you will pay more.

Helpful?
Thank Artmcleod
Geraldine, New Zealand
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

Food was tasy but a little dry. Waiter couldn't understand English. But they did feed us just as they were closing - at 8pm

Helpful?
Thank Helen R

Travelers who viewed Golden Island Chinese Restaurant also viewed

Oamaru, Otago Region
Oamaru, Otago Region
 
Oamaru, Otago Region
Oamaru, Otago Region
 

Been to Golden Island Chinese Restaurant? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Chinese, Asian
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Reservations
Good for
Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 243 Thames St, Oamaru 8901, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Oamaru
  • Phone Number: (03) 434 8840

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Golden Island Chinese Restaurant staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?