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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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Wamego, Kansas
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2013

I've spent many of my summers on most of the islands of Hawaii. Kauai has always been my parents' favorite island, and they always talked about Garden Isle BBQ. Not remembering it from my previous visits to Kauai, I was excited to go. I was stunned by how quick the food arrived. I'm far from an adventurous eater, so I... More 

Thank Reid B
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28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2013

A whole lot of food, fast serves, friendly staff and good food at a reasonable price, which is the good part. If you do not deal well with a noise hectic eating establishment this is not the place for you. I saw it on a morning walk from the hotel I was staying and ask the front desk staff about... More 

Thank dh27534
Mililani, Hawaii
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60 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2013

So much of the rating of our experiences is based on our initial expectations. I had low expectations going in. The place was packed with people. Staff frantically getting food to tables. Children running around. I decided to order take out. I was expecting prices to be on the higher side so I was pleasantly surprised that the cost per... More 

Thank Glen H
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2013

After a day of snorkeling both Ke'e and Tunnels we were hungry! Could not have found a better place, large menu, nice staff, lightning-fast service and decent food! Don'T BELIEVE THE FOOD-SNOBS, this is better eats than 80% of America eat in their own homes. Try the seafood platter or combo, amazing value! mahi-mahi, shrimp and lemon chicken or several... More 

Thank OldCapHaddock
Princeville, Hawaii
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28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2013

Whenever we are in the big city, we always make a point of eating at Garden Island. Whenever we have friends visiting, we always take them there before or after their flights. This is one of the best restaurants on the island. We don't eat fried foods, but they will make any fish the way you want it. Their scallops... More 

Thank kauaiswimmer
Honolulu, Hawaii
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215 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2013

Family style dining with a large menu. Large portions, but food is mediocre at best. Don't need to come back again.

Thank kirrabob
Koloa, Hawaii
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187 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2013

i used to love this resto but it is filthy and i know of a few people who have gotten really sick from the food here. i have seen roaches crawling up the dining room walls on several occasions and i no longer go there although i always liked the food. they need to clean up their act and resto,... More 

Layton, Utah
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64 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2013

We ate dinner at the Garden Island BBQ & Chinese Restaurant at the recommendation of a "local" and when we arrived it was packed with mostly "locals". We only waited about 10 minutes for a table and were seated in the far corner. You've heard the saying "out of sight out of mind"? We then waited another 20 minutes to... More 

Thank Richard_from_Utah
San Francisco, California
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2013

This place was really good! Variety of different dishes was mind boggling! Food was really good! Staff was friendly and prompt! Will visit this place again!

Thank Greata J
Waldorf, Maryland
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181 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2013

Kauai has its share of places to eat where you will pay a lot and walk away not that satisfied. Garden Island BBQ breaks this mold on both counts. Unfortunately we discovered this place on our last day in Kauai, after receiving a recommendation from a "local" at the Kauai Museum (which the restaurant is not far from - coincidently,... 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?