Garden Island Barbecue & Chinese Restaurant

Garden Island Barbecue — Your Top Spot for Traditional BBQ and Chinese Food Delights
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

In between all your East Side Kauai explorations, perhaps nothing hits the spot better than traditional BBQ and Chinese food dishes. And it’s easy to get both with a quick trip over to Garden Island Barbecue. Thanks to their delicious food, friendly service, and chill atmosphere, you’re sure to enjoy a truly satisfying dining experience each time you swing by for a bite to eat.  

- The Local Expert Team

When nothing else will do but traditional BBQ and Chinese food galore, you need to swing by Garden Island Barbecue. This quaint East Side Kauai eatery goes big on flavor and even bigger on portions to provide a meal to remember.

You’ll need to give yourself more than enough time to gaze in wonder at the mile-long menu at Garden Island Barbecue filled with incredible appetizers, entrees, and sides. In curating their menu, they’ve certainly made sure that there’s a little something for everyone.

Fortunately, it’s easy to kick back and relax at Garden Island Barbecue. You’re sure to feel right at home upon walking through the doors. They take casual dining seriously by ensuring that their guests never feel rushed or out of place. You can park yourself at one of their many tables and take your time looking over your menu, grubbing on your food, and simply relaxing with a full belly.

If you’d really like to take your time, order up a couple of appetizers to share with your table plus drinks for all. Then, spend your time hemming and hawing over the many entrees and sides available. You can go with BBQ, Chinese fare, or a mix of both, depending on what you’re craving. Just remember that while you cannot try it all in one visit, they’re always happy to warmly welcome you back through the doors for another meal.

You definitely need to try these items at Garden Island Barbecue:

Pork Char Siu
The rich, flavorful Pork Char Siu is always a fantastic way to whet your appetite. They make this starter with quality pork shoulder steaks cooked in char siu sauce. Then, they serve it up with hot mustard designed to get your taste buds dancing with every bite.

Oxtail Soup
When you’re in the mood for flavorful comfort food, let the Oxtail Soup win you over. Garden Island Barbecue really takes their time in building the flavor in their broth by letting the meat and veggies meld together over low heat. Whenever you order this decadent soup, take the time to truly savor each bite and let all the complex flavors come through.

Mahi Mahi Sandwich Combo
Fresh island flavors are the star of the show when your order the Mahi Mahi Sandwich Combo. Although it might seem like a simple dish, the fish sandwich promises to blow you away from the first bite to the last. The French fries pair perfectly with the fish, especially when dipped in your favorite sauces.

BBQ Chicken and Chicken Katsu
Want the best of both worlds? Go with the BBQ Chicken and Chicken Katsu for a one-two punch of flavor. Alongside those two hearty entrees, you get two big scoops of rice and one tasty scoop of macaroni salad — or kimchee if you wish. You can go with fried rice instead if you don’t mind Garden Island Barbecue’s extra charge.

When you have a big group to feed fast, go with one of their meal deals for two, four, six, or ten. You get a nice mix of sides, entrees, and appetizers with each option – and in big enough portions to fill up your whole group. You can also select additional menu items if you have your heart set on something in particular when you order. If you need somewhere for everyone to kick back and relax, be sure to ask about Garden Island Barbecue’s banquet room as well.

Insider Tips:
-Can’t decide between all the awesome entrees? Just got with a mix of two choices for an extra charge. You can also order extras ala carte if you wish.
-You’re welcome to call in Garden Island Barbecue for takeout if you’d wish to dine back at the hotel or along one of the many nearby beaches, like Kalapaki Beach to the south.