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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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Cerritos, California
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496 reviews
186 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Over the years, many of the restaurants have lost their charm. However the Garden Island BBQ is one of the few places that is truly local. It is always crowded with many folks coming over from the nearby county offices. This time we did take-out. The food was hot and the portions were big. The lemon chicken and katsu were... More 

Thank Barbara F
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165 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is not a fancy place and it is always busy. The food is OK. The prices are very reasonable and they can accommodate families. The portions are large so there is always left overs to have the next day.

Thank Vfec
Newport Beach, California
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2016 via mobile

This is a very good and reasonably priced restaurant. We are on day 5 of a 7 day vacation on Kauai and we have eaten at Garden Island BBQ 3 times. (I have had the sea bass w/ ginger each time) My wife enjoys soup and they have 10 varieties. The service is prompt and friendly. Online shows that they... More 

Thank robjess918
Kauai, Hawaii
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196 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016

Not bad Chinese food on Kauai. Vegetarian and Vegan options are available. Descent pricing and overall pretty good!

Thank Olowalu_Life
San Francisco, California
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22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016 via mobile

This is a no frills local restaurant with some of the best Chinese dishes we've had. Most of the selections are served family style, the portions are large, and the food is served hot and freshly cooked. The service matches the atmosphere - utilitarian, but when you get the bill you will be shocked. We had wonton soup for 2... More 

Thank Vakatnr
Koloa, Hawaii
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183 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

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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76 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2016

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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108 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2016

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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19 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016 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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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2016

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

Thank MargaretNChris

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Business meetings, Kids, Families with children
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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?