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“Good local choice”

Garden Island BBQ & Chinese Restaurant
Ranked #18 of 120 Restaurants in Lihue
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Chinese
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Good for: Local cuisine, Groups, Child-friendly, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Takeout
Reviewed 1 May 2014

Had a craving for saimin and found this place in Lihue. Excellent BBQ chicken saimin and great plate lunches. Staff efficient and welcoming. Wish I could eat here every week.

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Reviewed 13 April 2014

My wife and I have a funny tradition of eating Chinese food once where ever we travel since we like it so much. This was incredible food!!! The locals all come here and there is a reason why haha. The orange chicken was some of the best we have ever had! The portions are enormeous and the prices are great! This was a fav of ours!!

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Reviewed 4 March 2014

This is a great place to get a good mixture of food. Chinese food, Local food, or even A Cheeseburger and Fries. It is often very busy, but they are very quick and would definitely reccommend a visit.

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Reviewed 30 January 2014

Garden Island is a storefront restaurant, comprised of one main room. If you are looking for ambience, this would not be your destination. 20 to 30 tables - ranging in seating capability from 2 - 8 people, are scattered haphazardly throughout the space. There are no tablecloths and few decorations. Larger tables, designed for group dining are outfitted with circular "lazy susan" trays in their centers, so that dishes might more easily be shared.

We arrived for lunch on a weekday to find the restaurant filled to capacity. Although there were only two of us, we were seated at a table for 8, the only vacant spot. Service was prompt and efficient, the menu extensive.

Differing in some ways from a mainland Chinese restaurant, entrees were accompanied by a choice of macaroni salad (a distinctly Hawaaian touch) or Kim Chee (a Korean dish of spicy cabbage.) If neither of these were to your liking, one could substitute fried rice for steamed rice, albeit, in a lesser quantity.

The food portions were generous, and served hot, fresh and delicious.

Prices were extremely reasonable. For two people, we spent $30., including two entrees, an appetizer, two beverages (non alcoholic) and tip.

This was a great value (especially in Hawaii) and we will return.

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Thank Jane H
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Reviewed 12 January 2014

Packed on a Monday nite with local families and maybe a tourist or two, this is true local dining....nothing fancy with prices to match. We had sea bass with ginger, onions and snow peas along with garlic ong choy ( a Chinese green). What can one say? Other than delicious with huge portions. Service was friendly enough and in spite of the crowd quick and efficient.

Thank Paul L
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