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Lam's Garden

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East State Street, Athens, OH 45701
11:00 - 21:30
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Athens, Ohio
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been going to Lam's Garden for many years. Usually satisfied with results. Know the owners so it is a comfortable place to stop. Lots of variety on menu. Reasonably priced.

Thank pjm936
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98 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

Brown rice is not an option! Good prices, pleasant service. The food is not authentic, of course, but rather what Americans expect in a Chinese restaurant. Portions are adequate. Expect to pay about eleven bucks per meal. Typical decor.

Thank brooktroutchaser
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2016

I have had the privilege of dining at Lam's Garden for over 30 years. It is the best Chinese food that I have had in the United States. As someone who used to work all over the country and even in foreign countries I feel this qualifies me to make my opinion. The food has always been great. During the... More 

Thank John S
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2016

My go to choice! I drive 30 min one way and pass to other Chinese restaurants. Be going here for 10+ years

Thank Jlynn S
Huron, Ohio
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2016

Traveling 150 miles to Athens and decided to revisit Lams Garden 15 years after our son graduated from Ohio University. We had probably gone there at least 5 times when he was going to school there. Waitress wore see through badly stained white teeshirt showing colorfully printed bra. They would not substitute fried rice for lo mein. Half the shrimp... More 

Thank Doug P
Ironton, OH
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92 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2015

So many people recommended how terrific this place was and I guess I don't see it. Given the food portion and the quality of food, it's certainly not a good value. Typical General Tso's is spicy but this was exactly the opposite and had an extremely strong ginger flavor. Fried rice didn't really seem fried but rather day old white... More 

Thank Reviewer45638
Columbus, Ohio
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40 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2015

Have eaten here many times since the mid-1980s. Yes, its been there that long! Always happy with the food. Will return soon, now that our daughter is an O.U. student.

Thank aaron c
Boca Raton
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52 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2015 via mobile

I grew up going to Lams as a kid and I stopped in for a quick dinner with my wife and it was just as good as I remember. In fact they have some of the best won ton soup I have ever had outside of China town in NYC. In fact I love Chinese food and it's a comfort... More 

Thank TravelingPatriot
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2015 via mobile

The food was hot. The portions were huge. Service was good. Food came out quick. Not the normal Chinese menu that we are used to. Liked that you get hot tea and iced water when you sit down.

Thank Tabatha H
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2014 via mobile

I have been to every Chinese restaurant in Athens and Lams always satisfies my taste buds. My favorite is the sweet and sour chicken platter. Lams has been around for generations and the family works very hard to provide fresh authentic food.

Thank DstarrP

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: East State Street, Athens, OH 45701
  • Location: United States  >  Ohio (OH)  >  Athens

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