About Imperial Garden

2039 Allen Blvd
Middleton, WI 53562
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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

Cuisines:
Chinese, Asian

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

Cross Street:
University Avenue

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(608) 238-6445

Website:
http://www.imperialgarden.com/

Catering:
We offer catering for business and private parties. Lunches, Appetizer Platters and Dinner Banquets are available. A minimum $50.00 order is required.

Parking Details:
Large private lot with easy access and handicap space.

Public Transit:
Madison to Middleton bus stops at front driveway. Transit offered by local hotels.

Executive Chef:
Ken Yan

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

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

Imperial Garden Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

3.9

ambience

4

noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Lunch for four

Dined on March 15, 2016

I have been going to Imperial Gardens for years and have never been disappointed. The food and service have always been excellent. This is one of my favorite places for special occasions and especially nice since it is usually quiet and the folks at the table can talk without shouting.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
food5
ambience3
service2
value4

Very nice, but service was lacking this time...

Dined on February 29, 2016

Dined with my mother after performing in 2 grueling concerts, hence I was overly hungry. Wolfed down the pot stickers that we shared, which were transformed from the ordinary by the orangey garlic teriyaki sauce that accompanied them. Really enjoyed my Shrimp and Snow Peas/Imperial Beef combination--very tasty. My mother ordered the almond chicken and it appeared that peanuts had been substituted. She didn't complain and ate a fair bit of it. Our server wasn't attentive enough to ask about it. The one thing that detracted from the meal was her slow service. When we asked for a few more minutes to peruse the extensive menu, it was more like 15 before she returned (an eternity when one is hungry). When it came time to pay, she delivered the check, but never returned for it. I saw other staff taking the bills up to the cashier, but not wanting to wait around any more, I took it myself. In consequence, I was less generous with my tip than I would have otherwise been. That aside, it is a terrific place for Chinese food. I will return in future with the expectation that a different member of the wait staff will provide more attentive service :-)

Tags: kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
food5
ambience5
service5

Great service and meals for sizable grou ...

vip
Dined on February 14, 2016

Great service and meals for sizable group at late hour

food5
ambience4
service5

Excellent. App sampler was fantastic! ...

Dined on February 13, 2016

Excellent. App sampler was fantastic! Service was refreshingly attentive and friendly.

food2
ambience4
service3
value1

disappointed

Dined on February 13, 2016

was much better the last time we visited, food was pricey but blah in taste. Took home leftovers but threw them out!

food5
ambience4
service4
value5

Wonderful for birthday dinner!

Dined on February 8, 2016

Had a birthday dinner there. Enjoyed the chicken spinach soup, and father had the three delicacies sizzling rice. Fun!

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
food3
ambience3
service3
value3

Good

Dined on January 5, 2016

Often go here. Food consistently good, however food comes out on large open platters and gets cold very quickly. I seem to remember food being served in covered serving pans, which kept it much hotter throughout the meal. They should resume that serving practice.

food3
ambience3
service2
value3

Not like I remember

Dined on December 27, 2015

I was a little disappointed by my recent visit. My husband, I and three adult children ate there for a holiday get together. The check-in process seemed disorganized and chaotic. Even though I made reservations, we still had to wait twenty minutes past our scheduled time to sit down. Our waitresses seemed harried and overwhelmed. The first waitress asked to take our food order, but we hadn't even ordered drinks yet. So she took our drink order, appetizer order and dinner order all at once. I was worried it would all arrive at once, but thankfully the delivery was spaced out nicely. Unfortunately the appetizers were not warm; seemed they might have been prepared and just sat a bit before being picked up. Still tasty though. The main entrees arrived and they were just ok. I can't put my finger on it, but it certainly was not up to the standard of the last time we ate there. It was just ok.

Tags: good for groups
food5
ambience5
service5

Great dining experience!

Dined on November 28, 2015

So glad we chose this restaurant for our surprise bday party! Staff was great, very friendly & helpful!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service5

Great place to dine

Dined on November 6, 2015

One of the "Best" Restaurant to go to. Love the food here. Best of Madison.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service3

Our family has dined at Imperial Gardens ...

Dined on November 1, 2015

Our family has dined at Imperial Gardens since their doors first opened and will continue to do so. The staff are stellar, the food consistently delicious. On this recent visit and a few others this year we've had to wait up to 45 minutes from placing our order to food service. I hope they correct this for future visits. Our favorites include Orange Beef, Sesame Chicken over Spinach, Mongolian Beef and Garlic Pork with Green Beans.

food5
ambience5
service5

Great Anniversary Dinner

Dined on September 7, 2015

My wife and I went to IG last night for an Anniversary celebration. The food and service are here are always first class. We have never have had a marginal meal. Too bad we never seem to get past our menu favorites as the menu is really worth exploring. The bar has an extensive drink and wine list and they pour a nice big cocktail. The evening was extra special when the 3 some at a near by table bought our dinner having heard it was our anniversary. HOW SPECIAL We go there 2 times a month but it never gets ho hum. Good times, great staff

Tags: romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5

Great Chinese food experience in Madison

vip
Dined on August 16, 2015

Wonderful ambience , tasty,delicious food, beautifully decorated environment where one can eat and talk.

Tags: kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
food3
ambience4
service5

It was ok

Dined on August 16, 2015

My husband and I had been talking about Peking Duck for a while and decided to order ahead and finally go. While the restaurant is very nice and the device was also good, the duck was nothing special. There was no crispy skin like I expected and the duck tasted exactly as if I roasted on with no seasoning. Not sure what made it "Peking". We ate it and we will eat the leftovers, but it was just alright.

food5
ambience5
service5

I fell in love

Dined on August 14, 2015

I fell in love for this place when I moved to Madison. Food is consistent. Never a bad meal and the staff is spot on. Th went is amazing and I will continue eating here forever

Tags: romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5

Great Place to dine in.

Dined on June 30, 2015

Imperial Garden is one of the best Chinese Restaurant in Madison, WI Hands down. Food is great, servers are very kind and are very professional when it comes to serving people. I enjoy the food. I also like how the servers check in with their customers to see how they are doing and how the food is. A+ on my book.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

As usual, best Chinese in Denver.

vip
Dined on May 17, 2015

As usual, best Chinese in Denver.

food5
ambience5
service5

Best Chinese food in Madison

Dined on May 9, 2015

Fresh, delicious, beautiful food and great, friendly service.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups
food5
ambience4
service5

Still good

Dined on May 1, 2015

Haven't been to Imperial Garden in a while. The Hot and Sour soup is still great. I tried the lettuce leaf dinner and it was wonderful. Will be back.

food5
ambience5
service5

Excellent food. Great staff.

Dined on April 11, 2015

Excellent food. Great staff.

food4
ambience4
service4

nice atmosphere,, very good Chinese food.

vip
Dined on March 6, 2015

Reliably good Chinese restaurant. Food is always very good. Atmosphere pleasant and inviting. Not too loud.

Tags: great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service2

Good place to be, if you're hungry

Dined on February 15, 2015

We've been to Imperial Garden many times, to sit and dine or just carry out. The food and service are always a great experience. My wife and I decided we wanted to go out for Valentines Day 2015, so we went to Imperial Garden. We got there checked in and were seated, the crowd was already energetic, and we were loving the family atmosphere. We were being served by Peter, seemed to be new, but being a former waiter, I understand the jitters. Peter couldn't hear too well or it appeared so. I asked for Oolong Tea, he heard Green Tea, I asked for honey, he heard Lemon...However after making sure we understood eachother things got better. We ordered 4 orders of eggrolls, our food took soooo long to arrive. It was nice and hot though, so we appreciated that. The hostess, noticed and apologized for service taking so long. Overall it was a wonderful experience as can always be expected, we tipped Peter well, and we will return.

Tags: good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience3
service2

Good food, but long wait

Dined on January 17, 2015

My family & I usually dine at the east side Imperial Gardens, but once a year we meet another family at this location. We love the large table and roominess, but continue to be disappointed at the time it takes the entrees to come out after our appetizers. We watched 2-3 tables order, eat, and pay before our main entrees were delivered to our table. (They were piping hot, so there's no question they were fresh.) We have had more guests at the east location on numerous occasions. We never have the wait time like we experience on the west side.

Tags: kid-friendly
food5
ambience4
service4

Always great

vip
Dined on December 29, 2014

We have been eating here for years. Family favorite Chinese cuisine spot. Fragrant chicken is especially good. Haven't found anything quite like it anywhere else.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5

Great place to be

Dined on November 28, 2014

Imperial Garden is one of the best Chinese Restaurant in Madison. Foods are great and a great atmosphere to be in. I always go here on special occasions and would highly recommend it. I know some people don't like it but at least give it a try.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
food2
ambience4
service4

Lovely Decor

Dined on November 27, 2014

We do come here fairly regularly with my parents. The more formal atmosphere is very much appreciated. The waitstaff is always friendly and very accommodating. The only things I would like to see added are regarding food choices. We tend to frequent spots that offer organic, minimal chemicals ( No MSG!) and source locally (crediting the vendors on menu). Please put lower sodium, soy sauce alternative on the table, or offer it upon request in the bottle. I always request lower sodium soy sauce and it is presented in a small dish. Never sure what I'm getting. This past week we dined and were seated in the front dining room, with our coats on. It was so cold our noses were cold. We did ask to have the heat up, nothing was done.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Birthday dinner

Dined on October 31, 2014

The food was great. The waitress was wonderful. They even brought a piece of cheesecake and sang Happy Birthday to my husband. All six of us really enjoyed ourselves. Thank you.

Tags: special occasion, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service5

Back dining room is cold and dreary. We ...

Dined on September 12, 2014

Back dining room is cold and dreary. We asked to be moved to the front dining room which is warm and has a more welcoming, bright decor. Food was great and a very attentive, pleasant server.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food5
ambience3
service5

Reliably good food

Dined on September 5, 2014

Try the flounder! It's fresh, perfectly prepared, and a break from the usual.

Tags: special occasion, neighborhood gem
food2
ambience2
service3

Average

Dined on August 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.

food3
ambience4
service4

Brown Rice Available!

Dined on August 23, 2014

Happy brown rice is available on request! Healthier options would be appreciated, like no MSG.

food4
ambience4
service4

atmosphere, food , conversation

vip
Dined on August 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.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Great first time experience

Dined on July 2, 2014

We'd go back in a heartbeat. Excellent menu, food, service and atmosphere. We couldn't have been more pleased.

Tags: good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
food5
ambience5
service5

The best

vip
Dined on June 20, 2014

In the 30 years we have been going there, Imperial Garden never fails.

Tags: good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5

food and service

Dined on June 18, 2014

Quality of food is excellent!!!!! I have never been disappoited at this facility. Additionally, Karen (the manager) is on top of everything.....

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
food5
ambience2
service5

Wonderful Experience Overall

Dined on May 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!!

Tags: good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience3
service1

We have enjoyed Imperial Garden many tim ...

Dined on May 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.

Tags: kid-friendly, great for lunch
food1
ambience1
service1

Awful!

Dined on May 9, 2014

Service was awful and food was cold and tasteless

food5
ambience5
service5

Great place, best food.

Dined on May 3, 2014

One of the best place to eat at a Chinese Restaurant. Food is great.

Tags: special occasion
food4
ambience4
service5

Great Chinese food in Wisconsin

Dined on May 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.

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