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Garden Island BBQ & Chinese Restaurant

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4252 Rice St, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766-1329
+1 808-245-8868
10:00 - 21:00
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Mon - Sat 10:00 - 21:00
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Surrey, Canada
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Service excellent Food fantastic Atmosphere was Chinese Restaurant. If atmosphere was improved prices would increase exponentially. Atmosphere is nothing if the food quality and taste is not there. This restaraunt is sooooo good we went back a second night in a row. We also noticed a lot of local people ate there, so try it out.

Thank barrob604838
Koloa, Hawaii
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46 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is the absolute go to place for good, inexpensive local food! Very informal. You go and and look for a table and take it if no one is in front of you. If there are no open tables then just wait for a bit until one opens up and grab it. The menu is extensive along with the daily... More 

Thank Paka7287
oklahoma city
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We dined here on Halloween evening. There were four of us and we had 3 different Chinese entrees. They were all fantastic. The prices were extremely reasonable, the service was excellent, and the food was great. Highly recommend it.

Thank okietraveler104
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386 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I had the barbecue plate. It had bbq chicken, short ribs, Teryika steak, 2 scoops of steam rice and macaroni salad. It was awesome and very filling. Our, picky 4 year old LOVED the chicken and steak so much we promised her to return before our trip was over. The lunch crowd was all locals and they had a few... More 

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Cerritos, California
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189 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

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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166 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016 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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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 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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116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 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 27 August 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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187 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 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 


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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
Cheap Eats, Business meetings, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4252 Rice St, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766-1329
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Kauai  >  Lihue
  • Phone Number: +1 808-245-8868

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