Imperial Garden

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$30 and under
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Chinese
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 every year since 1984. 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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L
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a birthday party for my daughter in law. She is from Vietnam so she enjoys Asian food. Imperial Garden is her favorite Asian food in Madison.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Reservation from Open Table was worthless. I’ve used Open Table over a hundred times, and this was the first restaurant where it was completely useless. They immediately verified we had a reservation asking “Open Table or phone?” Then, proceeded to put us on the bottom of the list. The buffoon manager/host told everyone it was a ten minute wait, although we were never seated after 45 minutes. Instead of a tablet to properly use Open Table as so many places do, he kept a note pad, made several mistakes, gave away someone’s table and then lied to them that someone impersonated them. Upon complaining, the blame was put squarely on Open Table. I responded that the app works great and that they should either use it properly or quit using to fool people into thinking they’ll be seated anywhere near on time. I have loved this place for decades, but I will likely never go back.

E
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious, flavorful, fresh.
Waitstaff was friendly, efficient, knowledgeable.
Hostess was the only negative. She was unfriendly, curt, seemed irritated that I had an Open Table reservation.
She marked my reservation as cancelled even though I had checked in.

RB
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, generous portions, subdued Asian themed decor. One of the best restaurants in the Madison area for many years. It never disappoints.

TG
Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was great. Our waitress was expected to handle too many tables

EL
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A family favorite for close to 50 years. The best Chinese food in Madison!

F
Milwaukee
33 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience: food, service, ambiance. Definitely worth a return trip.

JE
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy dining at Imperial Garden as their food and service are always excellent!

LT
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love to eat at Imperial Garden. Family environment. Our family favorite foods are Appetizer Platter for 4, hot & sour soup, fragrant shrimp, house tofu, moo shu pork. Good food.

CA
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was tasty as always. Very busy for Mother's Day dinner.

MS
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and amazing service. It is our families “go to” for Chinese food. The fried pot stickers are our favorite appetizer to share. We all have our own fabmvorite meal selections as well.

M
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Food is great, as always. Once again we had problems with service. Our server seemed to have forgotten about us. When we asked a hostess for our check the waitress delivered it to us along with a rude comment.

OT
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great meal again; just as it is every time we go.

RF
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent traditional Vietnamese flavors...nothing overpowers...great blends. Served with henuine smiles and helpful hints. Great value!!

OT
Milwaukee
22 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Only my third time here, but every one has been great!

BM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A longtime favorite!

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C
Chicago
85 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a delicious meal with family. Made drinks to order and had plenty to share.

N
Milwaukee
16 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply excellent! Always enjoy dining here! Great food, great service, under great ownership. Always consistently excellent!

RH
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Imperial Garden is a must visit every time I am in town. In fact, it's so good that even my college and high-school age kids go there with Grandma every time they visit! Food is so good and fresh and the service and hospitality are second-to-none.

C
Chicago
52 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have a gang that gets together for the Orchid Guild of Madison show the first weekend of Feb. We always come to this restaurant as we love it. The food is fantastic and a lot of it. The wait staff are wonderful and helpful and the greeter said she remembered us. That is nice. Keep it up. Wish you were where I live!!

N
Milwaukee
16 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Chinese food with great staff, great service under great ownership!

CR
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really love the Sizzling Rice Soup! The food and service is always good here.

N
Milwaukee
16 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply excellent! This is an extremely well run restaurant with great food! Karen Meyer is the owner and always has her staff deliver the best food and service. This is a place you can go for all types of dining needs--family dinners, small or large groups for family or friends, professional meetings, celebrations of all sorts. Karen Meyer is so flexible with being able to arrange get togethers for all types and sizes of groups.
Wonderful place for dining!

h
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

We have always liked Imperial Gardens (years.) New Years Day the food was not as good as usual. GovernorsChicken contained small balls of Chicken difficult to actually realize as a piece of chicken & both that dish & the Governor's pork were almost devoid of taste aside from the hot pepper. The bar is unfriendly ( not expected to entertain us but cordial would be nice. ) We both had the sense we were something just to be tolerated.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and great service. It was a little noisy but we were in a room with two large parties. So it made sense.

DT
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We were there on Christmas Eve, so the place was jumping. Despite being busy, the staff was attentive and friendly. We hung out in the bar waiting for our table. The drinks were good, with a generous pour. Food was worth the wait. Nice proportions with enough for tomorrows lunch. Waitress was humorous and paid attention for when to check in with us. Overall, a superior dining experience.

JA
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best food. We had a terrific time and would like to make it an annual event for Christmas Eve.

JS
Milwaukee
32 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Surprisingly good Chinese food. Very American - all English menu. Asked for chopsticks 3 times and never got them. Freezing cold air blowing in - asked for it to be adjusted and got a chuckle from server. I had low expectations and thought the food was very good. Again, American Chinese food.

PH
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, wonderful service and delicious food. Best Chinese food around!

DF
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Well worth the visit. I recommend reservations on busy days to avoid long waits.

DE
Phoenix
44 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Date night. Food taste was excellent and price was right. Extensive and varied menu. Service a little slow but passable as they were busy with a large holiday group and many tables with 8 or more per table. We were able to hear each other talk which was very nice.

MP
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Everyone was friendly, but the service was extremely slow. We weren't asked if we wanted another drink, it took forever to get the check, and they didn't give us one of the dishes we had for the "doggie bag. " The food also wasn't as good as it usually is. We're hoping it just happened to be a bad night for them.

PB
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

I have been eating here for years and order the same thing every time. This time my family recieved their food 10 to 15 minutes before I did. They said it was because I asked for w special order - a few extra vegetables thrown on top. The same request I always make. The hostess was good about dealing with this.

CT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great family dinner. I do not remember the waitress's name, but she was lovely to the children and everything was perfectly and attentively served. Saturday, December 15th - @ 5:00 PM round table in dining room past bar.

S
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always excellent food at a great value. My favorite restaurant.

OT
Milwaukee
22 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, amazing service, really loved it!

SA
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is fantastic and I’ve enjoyed their food for over 20 years!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always driven by when we were in town. Finally made a reservation and WOW. Spectacular I know wher I am going next time in town.

N
Milwaukee
16 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service, ambience. The owner, Karen Meyer, is highly personable, and is obviously highly respected by her staff. They all work together to consistently deliver a wonderful dining experience.

HS
Las Vegas
21 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Large variety menu. We'll prepared food with great favor and presentation. Good service. Table a bit too close to each other it it feels that way with bulky chairs but comfortable seating and not too loud. One of the best Chinese restaurants in town. Easy parking outside.

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