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Garden Island BBQ & Chinese Restaurant

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4252 Rice St., Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
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17 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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71 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
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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79 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 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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1,518 reviews
836 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 330 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 

Thank Kauai-Biz-Traveler
Maui, Hawaii
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64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2016

If you are hungry, like Chinese food and don't want to spend a lot of money, go here. We were there for lunch and half of the Lihue police were there (for lunch). The food is authentic, delicious and the portions are BIG!

Thank Peter T
Davis, California
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2016

This restaurant consistently serves authentic Cantonese cuisine; the roast pork rivals any found in SF Chinatown. Ong Choi with Hum Har (water spinach with shrimp sauce) is excellent! Also great is the Oxtail Soup.

1 Thank Eileen L
Kapaa, Hawaii
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22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

My husband and I travel to Kauai every winter and we make sure we eat at this restaurant at least 3 times while we are visiting. Usually for lunch, we order one entree and split it and it's plenty of food for us. Delicious, great service and very busy - a good sign for a restaurant!

Thank Kalenap76
United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2016

Nothing fancy at all in this basic restaurant. So why a 5 rating? Yes, the quality and taste of the food. This is by far the best Chinese food on the Island. The stir fry, fried rice, chicken, and especially the duck are very good. Is it So Cal quality? No. But it will do. It is a "Gotta Go"... More 

Thank TrippingAmerican
Honolulu, Hawaii
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111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2016 via mobile

The ladies here are the best!!! I came here so many times just for the service!! And the food! So cheap, plentiful and tasty! I wouldn't call it all Chinese since they alps have lunch plates. But everything is super affordable, tasty and cheap!! Love ~ their seafood dishes Singapore noodles Chowmein! All the chicken dishes!!! My favorite is the... More 

Thank LatifaS_23
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2016 via mobile

Good food, generous portions, wide variety of choices, fast courteous service and inexpensive for Kauai. We went for lunch had a mixed BBQ plate with rice, cabbage and three meats, and a broccoli plate with same sides and hot tea for just $20. Both American, Hawaiian and Chinese dishes on the menu. We were impressed with the quality and quantity... More 

Thank Don J

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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, Parking Available, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Large groups
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
  • 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?