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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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Lihue, Hawaii
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27 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My friend from China sampled all the possible places for Chinese food on the island and thought this place was the best. She brought home dishes for me to try and I loved the tofu dish the best. Like all Chinese food I eat here, I think it's after effect makes me thirsty and puffy, probably because the of MSG... More 

Thank PrincessPoi
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48 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went on a whim while killing time until our flight out. The food (cashew chicken for me, kung pao for my wife) was the best we'd had on the island. So good, in fact, we both commented that we could ignore the noisy kids (a birthday party) at the next table. I find most meals on the island a little... More 

Thank JOHN D
Napa, California
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was a dark and stormy night...well, it was raining hard and getting close to dark and we were hungry from a day of exploring. We were driving back to our hotel just north of Lihue and our son used his phone to locate a chinese restaurant on our way. A quick trip down Rice Street and we have arrived.... More 

Thank dmcallier
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33 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We walked here from out resort after reading some of the reviews. The ambience is nothing to write home about. The night we were there was a birthday party so kids were running around like crazy and it was quite loud. The menu is quite extensive and also confusing. On the very back page is a family dining option for... More 

Thank Gomers1
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Food was okay, they were open on Christmas Day, and service was very fast. Sweet and sour pork was lightly breaded, but almost wntirely dark pork. Mongolian beef not very spicy, add chili sauce for heat.

Thank Sariah B
San Jose, CA
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45 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

It's a little gem, that doesn't close early like most of the restaurants in Kauai. We were looking for dinner after 8pm, so after driving around, we stumbled on this place. Their roast duck was really good and tasty, no fatty layers under the skin too, the beef stew was very good, the veggies were tasty.

Thank Wilg1001A
Ojai, California
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38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

Extensive menu and everything we've tried on our 2 occasions have been very tasty and inexpensive compared to the rest of the island. Not a tourist spot. Locals all over all times of the day. Don't be fooled by the outside...looks closed...but follow your nose and you'll not regret it.

Thank Mocurlylulu
Surrey, Canada
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

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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50 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

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 ShakaPaka
oklahoma city
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

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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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
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Groups, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings
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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?