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Imperial Garden
Imperial Garden

Imperial Garden Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.imperialgarden.com
  • Phone: (608) 238-6445
  • 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: Chinese, Asian
  • 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 (866) 944-4154

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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "We'd go back in a heartbeat. Excellent menu, food, service and atmosphere. We couldn't have been more pleased."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Quality of food is excellent!!!!! I have never been disappoited at this facility. Additionally, Karen (the manager) is on top of everything....."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "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!!"
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Service was awful and food was cold and tasteless "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "One of the best place to eat at a Chinese Restaurant. Food is great. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "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!"
    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! "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "good standard Chinese food. pleasant, not very noisy, comfortable place. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Food was excellent, a table in a nice quiet room, good service. An overall very pleasant experience."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Many visits over the years, always on their game. A solid choice- very professional and always delicious."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Imperial Garden has really fantastic food, consistently. Service is also superb."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "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!."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "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!"
    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!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The food and service were good but our request for a booth or table to the side of the restaurant was ignored."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "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!"
    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!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Party of 7. Was given great service and prompt and tasty food."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "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."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "Imperial Garden has been my favorite Chinese restaurant. The food is always consistent and very good."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Excellent place for lunch, dinner both for ordinary and for special occasions. Prices quite reasonable too."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "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...."
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/16/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/1/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 9/21/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 9/16/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 9/14/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 9/1/2013
  • "This is a large, attractive, comfortable dining room with a cozy inviting atmosphere. The service is great - warm and unpretentious. The menu features familiar favorites done very well - fresh ingredients, high quality cuts of meat, flavorful shrimp, etc. The soups are particularly fresh and taste homemade in the best sense. Go and enjoy."
    Dined on 8/16/2013
  • "We have eaten here before and have always been very satisfied. The food is very good, and portions more than generous. Wide variety of choices with very reasonable prices. They have remodeled since we were here last and the atmosphere is pleasant. Outstanding gardens around the perimeter of the building."
    Dined on 8/3/2013
  • "It was both slow and busy on our visit. We were seated almost immediately once our reservation was found. Only a few tables were being used, but they were also turning quickly. Seemed like there was only 1 or two wait staff, so he was hopping around all night! Even with a large party entering, there wasn't a noticeable slow-down in the service. Only one small hiccup and I will attribute that to our waiter being overwhelmed. Overall he handled it extremely well. The food was great as always! Tried some new dishes out, I don't remember lamb always being on there. The lamb though, took on such complex flavors, it was delicious."
    Dined on 7/21/2013
  • "When we arrived they had our reservation on the list and we were seated quickly. The server was pleasant and accommodating. The food was great and served hot. Since it was a weekend night, the room filled up quickly, but our server didn't miss a beat with our order. The only negative was that our table was too small for all that we ordered!"
    Dined on 7/13/2013
  • "I love Imperial Gardens West. But my fried rice was cold and ruined my meal. Really too bad."
    Dined on 5/12/2013