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Imperial Garden

4.3
168 reviews
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$30 and under
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Chinese
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  • Worth the Drive
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Chinese, Asian
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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
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Phone number
(608) 238-6445
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Ken Yan
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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.
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Private party contact
Karen Meyer: (866) 944-4154
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Catering
We offer catering for business and private parties. Lunches, Appetizer Platters and Dinner Banquets are available. A minimum $50.00 order is required.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
University Avenue
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Parking details
Large private lot with easy access and handicap space.
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Public transit
Madison to Middleton bus stops at front driveway. Transit offered by local hotels.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 168 People Are Saying
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4.3
service
4.2
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4.2
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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We have dine there many times. I feel it is the best Chinese in Madison. As usual the food was great. However, the waitress seemed over-worked. Perhaps she had too many tables. When she delivered our appetizers (egg rolls) mine almost rolled into my lap as she was in a rush to get it to the table. She delivered my wife's meal to the wrong table and as part of the mix up she had 1/2 of the order for our table and 1/2 for the other table. She was confused as to what table had ordered each meal. So I ended up waiting for my order, as did the 2nd party at the other table.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Birthday dinner was fun, but service was overwhelmed by a 5pm rush!

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4.0Dined on March 22, 2018

The food and service was very good. I probably should have ordered a spicier entree to match my tastes.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

The quality and taste is our selections were not up to their previous standard.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

My friend and I went here for her birthday. Our food was very tasty. The service would have been perfect except for waiting on water refills which were our only drinks. Overall we really enjoyed our food and experience. I plan to try IG for lunch at some point.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

I took my wife for her birthday and we both enjoy the food and drinks, there is a good amount of choices and the service is good.

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4.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Kathy was the best waitress I have had in quite awhile. The food was good, they were a little backed up in the kitchen and Kathy brought us egg rolls as we were waiting.

Will certainly be back!

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4.0Dined on February 19, 2018

We've been going to Imperial Gardens for decades and yet to have a bad meal. Although the service was rather pokey on a very slow night, the food was excellent as always and made for a very enjoyable birthday celebration for my daughter!

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Our family loves this restaurant! The food is awesome. This visit, our waitress was a bit hurried and brought the wrong meal for my husband. . . . oops.

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

From the outside it a lot like the big box Chinese places in California. Smaller than those and there are a few different rooms so another difference. A large menu that has the standard items you’d expect. Good selection of suggested cocktails and can make pretty much anything.

The only minus is the food, while it tastes good, is definitely on the bland side. This is fairly standard for Madison so nothing to hold against them.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Extremely busy night due to Chinese New Year. Thankfully we had a reservation and a GREAT server!

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentine’s Day

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

We feel this is the best Chinese Restaurant in Madison

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4.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Very good food. We come here each time we are in Madison. The service was great. Our waitress was very attentive. We had a big group. Try the Imperial Dinner. Fantastic!!

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4.0Dined on January 31, 2018

It was a first visit to IG and we were both impressed with the food and the service. Nothing too over the top fancy; just good quality Chinese food at reasonable prices. We will absolutely return in the future

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

When our son and his family from the Spooner, WI area come to visit us at least one meal here is a requirement by our son who grew up in Madison. The 11 and 13 year old grandchildren like the menu choices and the nice round table with the lazy susan in the middle-that is really handy for the extra pitcher of ice water and sharing/tasting others foods.

Over the many years we had friends who actually introduced us to your food over 40 (?) years ago and the quality of the food remains high-especially the shrimp sizzling rice, a personal favorite. Thank you for being there and being consistent.

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5.0Dined on January 9, 2018

As always was not disappointing. Absolutely delicious!!!

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

New Year’s eve dinner. Overall very good. We ended up waiting 10 minutes past our reservation time. My first choice menu item was not available due to the kitchen being to busy. I’m willing to try Imperial Garden again in the future.

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3.0Dined on December 31, 2017

We were there on New Year's Eve. They were quite busy. But it took 1 1/4 hours to get our food. Had to go get our own drinks, which were made but were left waiting for someone to serve them. We weren't hungry by the time our entrees came and took them home.

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4.0Dined on December 24, 2017

They were overbooked and we were seated 40 minutes after our reservation time. Fortunately, we did not mind the wait. I'm sure other customers were upset about the long wait.

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4.0Dined on December 24, 2017

Since it was Christmas Eve it was incredibly busy and we were impressed with how calm and efficient our waitress was throughout the meal. The noise level in the bar (where we were seated) was excessivley loud and I wish I'd made a reservation earlier. Food was very slow in coming but understandable given the huge crowd in attendance. Most of our party were very happy with their meal.

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2.0Dined on December 24, 2017

Understandably busy on Christmas Eve, but had 6 pm reservations, seated on time...drinks soonish after then ordered by 6:20...appetizers arrived at 7:30, entrees by 8:30...some dishes of group of 11 cold. The waitress apologized profusely but still policy for 18% tip...gave no compensation. Kids starving...some dishes missed, sauces on sweet and sour chicken that specifically asked to be on the side got poured over the top and rendered unedible by the picky eaters. We have had this tradition for past 4 years...each time waiting forever to be seated with and without reservation...but this time several tables seated after and served before us with too may downsides of food presentation we will be finding new place to dine.

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4.0Dined on December 22, 2017

The food is always delicious. The atmosphere is casual and inviting.

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5.0Dined on December 22, 2017

Very courteous staff, very nice decor, wonderful place to eat

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5.0Dined on December 8, 2017

Karen Meyer consistently delivers an excellent dining experience. Food is always delicious. Service is always efficient and friendly. Simply wonderful place to eat.

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5.0Dined on November 25, 2017

Absolutely great food! Friendly staff great servers

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4.0Dined on November 13, 2017

Reliably delicious food, reasonable prices in a well-decorated setting.

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5.0Dined on October 16, 2017

Imperial Garden has won so many well deserved "Best Restaurant" awards in Madison for so many years! Great food, great service and great owner, Karen Meyer, who runs a top notch operation!

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5.0Dined on October 13, 2017

Celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary with a dinner just for the two of us. Have a long history with this wonderful restaurant, its great food, and hospitality. It's an oasis away from our nutty day-to-day world. Keep up the good work!

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3.0Dined on August 30, 2017

Food always good here. But service was and is a problem. I visit this restaurant a lot. I love the soup and the calamari. But the service is "not so bad" at most. This time the service was very bad

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5.0Dined on August 18, 2017

We swung by here as we passed it after a road trip and didnt regret it. Great food, excellent service and value for money

the gardens outside have some lovely flowers too!

Parking is easy and we had tonnes left over

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2017

Nice place - good food and good service.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2017

Good food, seemed healthier than typical Chinese food (less greasy)

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2017

Family visit

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2017

Great Chineese food, always tasty and such a variety to choose from.

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2017

We were celebrating a family visit and the table was the perfect size for six. We enjoyed the sampler for six appetizer and it was just right. It had a good helping of each item and it was easy to share.

The food we all got was delish! Again easy to pass around and share. I always enjoy my time here.

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2017

always good food always good service and a great ambience

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2017

We have dined at Imperial Gardens in Middleton often. The food, service are excellent. The management is very accommodating.

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2017

Good drinks, food & service (all the employees seemed interested in giving customers what they needed even if it wasn't their job).

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2017

Very impressed with early seating for our reservation! Drinks and appetizers came right away. No wait for dinner. We did have to wait longer for the guest check but that did not take away from the excellent meal and service. Recommend this restaurant? Yes!

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