Imperial Garden
Imperial Garden

Imperial Garden

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.imperialgarden.com/
  • Phone: 6082386445
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
  • Executive Chef: Ken Yan
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: We offer catering for business and private parties. Lunches, Appetizer Platters and Dinner Banquets are available. A minimum $50.00 order is required.
  • Private Party Facilities: Imperial Garden is famous for hosting business meetings, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, and club gatherings. Banquets and cocktail parties are popular in our private rooms seating 20 to 100.
  • Private Party Contact: Karen Meyer 8669444154

Getting there

  • Cross Street: University Avenue
  • Public Transit: Madison to Middleton bus stops at front driveway. Transit offered by local hotels.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Large private lot with easy access and handicap space.
A word from Imperial Garden
Imperial Garden Chinese Restaurant welcomes you! Regional Chinese specialties are prepared to order with fresh meats, seafood and vegetables. Dine in a cozy booth or enjoy a banquet with friends. Awarded Best of Madison for 29 consecutive years, we take pride in our great food and attentive service. Dietary preferences, such as gluten free or low sodium, are carefully prepared by our chefs on request. A wide variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes are available.
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Imperial Garden reviews from OpenTable diners
16 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (8)good for groups (7)great for lunch (6)special occasion (4)fit for foodies (1)romantic (1)Show More
  • Reliably good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Try the flounder! It's fresh, perfectly prepared, and a break from the usual.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Average
    TLplus3
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I heard a lot of great things about Imperial Gardens but I was disappointed. I thought the appetizers were good but the main course was below average. The chicken tasted like old bubble gum and the Spicy Chicken wasn't very spicy at all. The server was friendly but obviously was stretched out too thin having to many tables to provide great service.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brown Rice Available!
    drec
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Happy brown rice is available on request! Healthier options would be appreciated, like no MSG.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • atmosphere, food , conversation
    marc
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Reliably delicious food at a reasonable price in a wonderful atmosphere. Busy place, always good. You can have a reasonable conversation with the noise level here.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great first time experience
    Tommy
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    We'd go back in a heartbeat. Excellent menu, food, service and atmosphere. We couldn't have been more pleased.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The best
    MADISONIAN
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    In the 30 years we have been going there, Imperial Garden never fails.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • food and service
    turtle
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Quality of food is excellent!!!!! I have never been disappoited at this facility. Additionally, Karen (the manager) is on top of everything.....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Experience Overall
    CMcD
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Excellent Server. She was very helpful with our choices. Fun banquet family style program for four people. Excellent food. Best calamari I've ever had. Excellent peppered steak. All the food was wonderful!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 8 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 54 reviews are from the Imperial Garden reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We have enjoyed Imperial Garden many times before and have loved the food. We went for Mother's Day and the service was horrible. I don't know if they weren't properly staffed but our dinner took over two and a half hours. It was a challenge to get drink refills or anything else. I'm sure we'll go back at some point but not anytime soon.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awful!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Service was awful and food was cold and tasteless
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place, best food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    One of the best place to eat at a Chinese Restaurant. Food is great.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Chinese food in Wisconsin
    TeamRachel
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    We had a variety if dishes (pork, tofu, sea bass), some spicy and some not. All were flavorful and distinct. I would have liked the option for brown rice, but it was not offered. We would certainly come again.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • momof2
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Our party was seated at the time we reserved, our server was friendly and efficient, and our meals were delicious!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tradition!
    uwbandtradition
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Awesome meal! Friendly staff, great location and very reasonably priced. We eat at your restaurant every year before the UW Band concert. Thanks for doing such a great job and On Wisconsin!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • brooklinebabushkaVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    good standard Chinese food. pleasant, not very noisy, comfortable place.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was excellent, a table
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Food was excellent, a table in a nice quiet room, good service. An overall very pleasant experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent
    LBEspie
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    Many visits over the years, always on their game. A solid choice- very professional and always delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food!
    diner539586256
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    Imperial Garden has really fantastic food, consistently. Service is also superb.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/3/2014
    A great find we stumbled upon. We will certainly hit this place again when back in Madison. So good we ordered leftovers to take home with us, a 5 hour drive away!.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love this place
    Knitgirl
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We love this place. My husband and I took family from Chicago here. They love it. If you do not see something on the menu just ask. I have never been let down. Our server Kathy was wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A favorite!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We've been dining at the Imperial Garden on the westside for several years now and it's always a hit! Great food, friendly staff and a wide menu of items to chose from - easy to find some favorites. Love their Governor's Chicken and Hot n Sour soup! And hands down the best grilled dumplings in town!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, reasonably priced.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The food and service were good but our request for a booth or table to the side of the restaurant was ignored.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We'll be back
    jammon13
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Early arrival for our reservation no problem. Wonderful, well-paced service on a very busy Sat. night.....handled a special request and attended to a slight mix-up in orders before we even realized it had occurred. Had a glass of quite a nice Shiraz from Australia; at $5 a steal. Food was excellent - the Fragrant Pork especially - but my Chicken Cashew, while "okay", was a bit bland and needed more vegetables. Overall, a great dinner at a very reasonable price. As I said, we'll be back.
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  • Love it here!
    Nancy
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Wonderful evening with friends. Excellent food as usual. Waitstaff was very attentive and prompt. Not rushed. Everyone should dine here--we will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a delight!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    We visited Imperial Garden West for Chinese New Year and the place was quite busy. Our meal was especially good and our waiter was prompt, helpful and friendly. They have a wide selection of menu offerings that are sure to please, and the chicken lettuce wraps are always a hit! Definitely recommend. I know we'll be going back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently a family favorite
    WIJourney
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    We have been going to Imperial Garden in Middleton for nearly 30 and it is our favorite Chinese restaurant. Our most recent visit was on New Year's Eve and although the dining room was very busy the food was very good and service was very attentive. We have dined here in groups as small as two and as large as 12 and they have always been able to take good care of us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New years eve
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Party of 7. Was given great service and prompt and tasty food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We enjoyed ourselves
    dontgetoutmuch
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    We enjoyed ourselves and the overall experience was pretty good but there were a few problems. The room was very cold. It was a frigid night but the restaurant had been open and busy for hours so there was no excuse for the temperature of the room. Also, one of the entrees was just barely lukewarm. Luckily the flavor was very good. Otherwise the food was good standard fare and the atmosphere was pleasant for this type of big restaurant.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Holiday Tradition:
    Mominsunprairie
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    A perfect "Christmas Story" experience. Like the movie, it is hard to find a restaurant open on Christmas Eve. The Imperial Garden has served Madison area for decades this special evening. It is often that you bump into friends who are also dinning there the same night. The service is excellent, ambiance fun and food fresh, home made and delicious. There are no jar sauces at the Imperial Garden.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent
    Quirkle
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    You always know what you'll get at Imperial Garden! Flavorful, colorful dishes. Friendly, comfortable surroundings. Knowledgable, helpful wait staff. Lots of choices and beautiful decor.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Under staffed.
    StephVIP
    Dined on 12/23/2013
    The food was exceptional. Waited a bit for our entrees, not a big deal as we could tell they did not have enough staff serving tables. I would rate the service higher if it didn't take them 20 minutes with my credit card. That was frustrating. Don't be in a hurry. The food is worth some wait time though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Imperial Garden
    Jessie
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Imperial Garden has been my favorite Chinese restaurant. The food is always consistent and very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy
    Kaiann
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    Excellent place for lunch, dinner both for ordinary and for special occasions. Prices quite reasonable too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food, service slow
    ambrai101VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    foods was on par with high end asian resturants. the appitizer combo for 2 is freat and one of the best deals in town for what you get- unfortunatly, service was slow and food slower....
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful & Unique
    LBEspie
    Dined on 10/16/2013
    The food here is consistent, and top quality. The only Chinese restaurant in town that makes food this way. 3 examples are the eggrolls (they make their own wraps home made), the Mu Shu (fresh, crunchy, flavorful veggies with virtually no sauce - an incredible talent), and the Governor's dishes-spicy, but mostly full of flavor unlike any version of Kung Pao around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I'll be back
    Krona64
    Dined on 10/1/2013
    What a gem! This was my first visit, made while on the road for business. Delightful ambience, great and professional wait staff, and really nice food. I started with the pan fried pot stickers and followed that with the Black Pepper Beef. Main course was served sizzling style at the tableside. Delicious! I look forward to visiting again during my next trip to Madison.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chinese Delight!
    Gone4ever
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    By taking advantage of the Imperial banquet style dinner I introduced five of my relatives to authentic Chinese cuisine. All of them told me they had an excellent time and truly enjoyed the experience. The food was great; and the service was even better. If you like Chinese food this is the place to go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good as it used to be.
    Searching4thebestVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2013
    We left disappointed. The mu shu pork was excellent, but that was the only thing we enjoyed. The appetizer combo plate was sad -- the tasteless chicken stuffed dumplings tasted only of the old oil they had been cooked with, the bbq pork slices were dried out, clearly old and shrunken, the calamari was colorless and limp, the eggrolls were crisp but full of only tasteless cabbage. The pork lo mein with veggies had almost no veggies, the fried rice had veggies but was totally bland. Service was inattentive, bringing appetizer and first course together despite our clear request to have them follow one another, and there was no checking back to see how things were or what we needed, with a long wait for the bill.
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  • Rare Chinese Dining
    drec
    Dined on 9/14/2013
    The Imperial Garden harkens back to the days when dining at a Chinese restaurant was a wonderful experience. White, cloth table linens and full table service set that scene for a lovely dinner. Our waiter was new and a bit slow, but very polite and accommodating. The food was good with lots of choices. My folks had soup, not quite hot (temperature) enough. The portions were just right, not overwhelming. Overall quality was good. We will definitely return. Thinking of dining here on Christmas Eve!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, terrible service
    kucbedmanVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2013
    I've been going to Imperial Garden for years and there is why we usually prefer takeout instead of dine-in. Their service has always been terribly slow and, for whatever reason, staff is very forgetful. We sat for good 10 minutes before we got our water, another 10 minutes before he took our drink order and the food took close to 30 minutes to arrive. And all this happened on Sunday night when the place was half empty! Having said, I keep going back because their food is quite good. Perhaps the best Chinese food in Madison area.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet