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Garden Island BBQ & Chinese Restaurant

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4252 Rice St, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766-1329
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Koloa, Hawaii
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This the best Chinese food on the island and the prices are reasonable. This is a very affordable resto for families. The service is very friendly and very fast. All the food is piping hot when brought to table. The last time I ate here I did not feel too well afterward but I have a tender stomach. Love the... More 

Cleveland, Ohio
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32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My wife and I were looking for a good quick meal near the airport, and Garden Island fit the bill. There's no garden, no island, and little BBQ. This is a mostly-locals downtown Chinese restaurant with Formica tables and quick, but pleasant service. I must say, after a week of touristy places and resorts, it was a nice dose of... More 

Thank Newsat11
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I like this local Chinese restaurants and have eaten here several times over the years. It's a very popular, busy place with Lihue locals. I particularly like the big bowls of wonton noodle soup. Fried items however do not taste really fresh. Perhaps the fry oil needs to be changed more regularly.

Thank TravelHoundUtah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Kinda dirty, but pretty good. One of th we better places on Island. Popular with locals. Decent and tasty

Thank Tamale730
Lexington, Kentucky
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Quick bite near the airport...Was not expecting much but was pleasantly surprised! Large portions. Enjoyed the family owned business.

Thank MargaretNChris
Chicago, IL
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were looking for a simple place with good food and it was apparent we found it when we saw mostly locals in the restaurant. This is not fancy and it doesn't have nice decor but they service and food were very good. The waitresses were pleasant and helped to describe some of the menu items. Our choice was to... More 

Thank windycityfamily
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

Had the BBQ beef, Kal-bi, and BBQ chicken plate with fried rice. Ono!! Conveniently located and easy to find.

Thank Robert I
Sacramento, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

We always eat where the locals do and this place is the bomb. Wide selections, food overall is very good, we weren't disappointed. Less than 1 mile from the airport, easy to find, just past the ACE Hardware store.

Thank Marvintm009
Oakland, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

Not the place to go if you want ambiance. Heading to the bathrooms, the floors are greasy, but the food was excellent with reasonable prices and plenty of food.

Thank jfong52414
Riverside, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 351 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016 via mobile

This is truly a cornerstone of Kauai. I think everyone has eaten here and almost everyone loves the food. As a weak-heart haole, it's a bit too thick and fried for me so I mostly stick to soups and veggies. (Hint: add their mustard to soup for a nice kick.) One of the best things about this restaurant is their... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4252 Rice St, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766-1329
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Kauai  >  Lihue
  • Phone Number: 808-245-8868

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