Leonardo’s Rose Garden

CONTRIBUTED BY ELIZABETH DE JESUS

Leonardo's Rose Garden front

photo via Google Maps

One thing my husband and I missed when we were stationed in Europe was a big, greasy American-style breakfast (think IHOP). The best we could get at a European breakfast café was some coffee and toast. Oddly enough, now that we are here in Japan, we found just the type of breakfast we have been missing at an Italian restaurant.

The breakfast at the Rose Garden was recommended to me by a friend who left the island last year. My husband, kids and I went for a Saturday brunch this weekend and it was great!

Food

My meal came with the French Toast, scrambled eggs, seasoned potatoes and bacon. It also came with iced tea or coffee to drink, along with water. My husband got the Eggs Benedict and my kids got the bacon/sausage with scramble eggs. Everyone liked their food and we would definitely go back there for breakfast again.

Menu

Menus were in English and is more extensive than the one menu in the picture. However, the prices were a little high which took me by surprise since it was a breakfast menu. Each menu item cost about 1000 to 1200 Yen. We ordered orange juice and apple juice which was 300 Yen each not realizing the meals came with free coffee or iced tea and water. Next time, I’d just drink the iced tea or coffee with my meal and skip the juice.

There was no kids menu but my kids could have easily shared off one plate and still not finished their food. The portions were huge! Neither my kids nor I could finish all of our food although I wanted to savor every bite. For my family of 4 we paid 5600 Yen. But this included my kids getting separate plates and all the juice orders. Next time, knowing what we know now, I think we could probably easily spend only 3500 Yen.

They bake their bread fresh every day and I did see some bakery items for sale by the register to take home and one American family sitting next to us looked liked they had ordered some kind of bakery item (a muffin? scone?) for their kids but I didn’t see anything like that on the menu. One cool thing –they serve breakfast from 8AM – 5PM! They also have a lunch and dinner menu but I can’t comment on that since we did not eat off that menu.


Leonardo’s Rose Garden

Payment: You can pay with Visa, Mastercard, US Dollars or Yen.

Hours:
Breakfast: 0800-1700
Lunch: 1100-1700
Dinner: 1700-2400 (last order taken at 2300)

Phone: 098-932-2800

Address: 165 Yagibaru, Kitanakagusuku

Google Maps Coordinates: 26.311183, 127.788502

Directions: (taken from their website) From Kadena gate 2, go to 330 and turn right. Straight shot approximately 5 Km passing Awase Golf course on your left. Down the hill A&W on you left side The Rose Garden is just prior to crossing under the large Okinawa Expressway overpass. From Camp Foster exit out the Legion or PX gate turn left. Straight shot approximately 2 Km passing McDonald’s on the right then coming up to the large Okinawa Expressway, The Rose Garden is on the right side. You need to go to the first light and make a U turn then back to The Rose Garden on the left.

Website: http://www.rosegardenokinawa.com/index.html


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  • May 23, 2016

    Had a lovely early evening dinner. It was not packed considering it was Monday. We ordered 2 steak dinners – they were juicy and tasty. We had so much food that we had to take some home. Service was excellent and could not complain. Some patrons may find their prices a bit high but we only go there on special occasion and it was a wonderful experience this evening.
    I can imagine if we went there and it was packed, we probably won’t enjoy it as much considering the tables are too close to each other and perhaps service may be a bit slower with so many patrons to serve. We will come back here again on special occasions and do it on weekdays, or be there right when it opens. Keep up the quality of food and service.

    Alex
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    • February 12, 2017

      Thank you alex, the tax on beef runs about 50% with four levels of 8% value added tax. We do our best to serve you good fresh quality food at a reasonable price. Thank you again for dinning with us at the Rose Garden. Ray Payne, owner. We also make our own fresh sausages, bake fresh bread, pies and cakes.

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    • June 20, 2017

      The Rose Garden and other off base restaurants have expensive rents, utilities and many levels of high taxes to pay. Military clubs do not have this high cost, also military clubs have free labor paid for by the Japanwse tax payer of which the Rose Garden is one of them.

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  • September 3, 2015

    Today my friend and I went to Rose Garden for the first time. Overall, I enjoyed the experience and would go back.

    First: PARKING. I’ve lived in Okinawa for about 15 years so I am not fazed by small, inconvenient parking lots. However, I feel like a lot of Americans may get frustrated with Rose Garden’s small, puzzle-like parking lot since there is no explanation about it in the main article or in any of the comments. The parking lot is a typical, small parking lot, but I would really like to point out the 2 spaces that are intended for diners who are eating with friends but come in separate cars. The 2 spaces have dotted white lines extending past the solid white lines and can accommodate 4 cars, 2 per parking spot. There is even a sign behind these spots that says, “Please park in front of your friends”. It is designed so that multiple cars can fit in the space by parking one in front of the other with no issue because friends who dine together leave the restaurant at the same time. If you’re going to be dining here with friends and you’re all coming in different cars, I’d suggest parking in the “friend spots”, even if there are, by some miracle, other spots available. It’s convenient once you get used to it. I’d also suggest carpooling, coming during non-peak hours, and using the smaller car when carpooling.

    Second, SERVICE: As soon as my friend and I walked in we were greeted with the typical “Irashaimase~!” from the staff. Every table was occupied except for one table that was meant to seat 6 people. I don’t know whether my friend asked to be seated immediately or if they insisted we sit there but our server gave us that table. As we were seated we got menus and she asked for our drink orders. We needed time to look at the menu but after 5 minutes she did come back to our table to take our orders without being asked. Overall, I was happy with our server and the service. I can’t remember her name but she was a friendly, young woman who spoke English well. My friend and I were planning a trip to Kyoto and Osaka and had several brochures spread across the table. Our server noticed this and asked us if we were going to Kyoto and when we said “yes” she said she lived there for 4 or 5 years and it was a great place. I appreciated her friendliness.

    I’d also like to address what a lot of people have been saying about the service of “hovering” American servers and “inattentive” Okinawan servers. Firstly, cut your American servers some slack. I was a server on base and I can tell you at the restaurant I worked at you WILL get reprimanded if the manager does not think you’re paying enough attention to a customer, which meant not checking on a table every 5 minutes. My managers instituted the “Two bites, two minutes” rule, which means as soon as you drop off the food to a customer’s table you MUST return and ask them how they are doing in less than two minutes or as soon as they’ve taken 1-2 bites, that’s not an exaggeration. As a server, I can tell you that when forced to abide by that rule I could see my customers feeling annoyed or that I was “hovering” over them, but as a server we had to keep doing it. In addition to the “cheerleader on crack” comments, I believe there are a lot of servers who are too perky naturally, but many servers feel a lot of pressure from their managers to engage customers in peppy, social interaction. I’m a naturally shy person and even though I’m friendly I prefer to give customers their space. I smiled, asked how their food was, got them what they needed, checked on them every 5-10 minutes and refilled their drinks as needed, but for my managers it was not enough. You had to be peppy and engage in lengthy conversation with them. This can be nice if the customer WANTS a perky, talkative server, but it is my belief that most customers would just like to enjoy their food with the company their with. As far as Okinawan service goes, I like the “come when needed” service. I think Okinawans feel the same way about service that I do; it is best to pay attention to the customer but not to bother them unnecessarily. I don’t believe that’s an excuse for being ignored when you say “Sumimasen” or try to get a server’s attention, but I think Americans need to calm down with the “Ugh, I had to ask my server for a refill! Okinawan service is so rude!” I think the Okinawan reasoning is, “Perhaps the customer doesn’t want a refill now, and so to go over there would disturb them. I will wait until they call for me”. If there’s anything you take from this, just please understand you are in a totally different country than your own, with totally different customs than your own. I’ve definitely had some bad service on Okinawa, but it was genuinely bad service, not just “ugh, can’t believe I had to ask her for something”.

    Third, FOOD: My friend ordered three pancakes and the rib eye steak meal, medium rare, and that came with seasoned potatoes, scrambled eggs, toast, and coffee. I ordered three pancakes with iced tea and a separate side of country ham. I loved the pancakes, they were fluffy and delicious, and the ham was fried perfectly and came in four good-sized slices. My friend didn’t tell me about her meal but she ate her entire steak, and she’s very particular about her steak, the potatoes, once piece of toast, and half of her eggs. She didn’t finish her eggs and pancakes because she got full. The only thing I could find wrong with our meal was that the “toast” didn’t look very toasted. Not a huge issue though, as it still looked like very fresh, quality bread. I’ve seen a lot of flak over the high prices and at first I agreed. But then I found out their food is locally grown with fresh ingredients, so I don’t mind paying a little more than I normally would. I would definitely come back to try other items on the menu.

    Halo
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  • May 28, 2015

    While we were in Okinawa we were looking for a small hometown place where all the locals eat. It is the kind of place that serves such things as homemade apple pies. Back home we call this comfort food. My girlfriend and I were lucky to find one of the most well kept secrets in Okinawa. It is called the Rose Garden Restaurant. We have had breakfast, lunch and dinner there in the two weeks that we were on Okinawa. The coffee is great and the pancakes are out of this world. Our favorite is the BLT sandwich for lunch and the steaks for dinner. The pies are the best on the island and we always had it ala mode.
    We ate there almost every day we were in Okinawa and loved it every time. We would highly recommend the Rose Garden as one of the best restaurants on the island.

    Tom

    Tom Redmon
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  • March 30, 2015

    My husband, 7 month old and I all went here this morning. It was a day off for my husband so we thought we would start the day off with a nice breakfast. We had been to Pancake House by Torri and Coffee Casa numerous times so we thought we’d try out Rose Garden. We had heard nothing but good things!

    Then we got there.

    We had to wait for a table, which is fine. We patiently waited and were seated after only a few minutes. It was obvious we had a little one who would need a high chair but we were led to our seats without being asked if we needed one. The man set down our menus and I sat with my baby in my lap…scoping the place for a high chair. None in sight. Just thought they didn’t have them…ok, not a big deal. But baby was antsy and it would have been nice to have been told at least where they were.

    We scanned the menus and picked out what we wanted and set the menu, closed, on the table which is USUALLY the universal sign for “we are ready to order.” Tables around us were serviced, food was coming out to them. Others who had come in way after us were helped. We waited and waited until finally my husband got up and went up to the counter to flag the little old woman down. She made it seem as though we were inconveniencing her. Walked to our table and half-assedly took our order. Other tables got a nice English speaking young man who asked them a list of preferences for their meal but we didn’t get any of those options. My husband was so flustered with the lack of service that he didn’t even order all that he wanted. I ordered my bacon crispy, unknowing that it would be like the most stale piece of beef jerky ever. A woman at a table next to me even laughed as she watched me struggle to even bite a piece off of it. I believe it was cooked hours ago. Their all-the-rave homemade sausage patties were disgusting, dry and had massive pieces of dried rosemary in them. Their potatoes are honestly the best thing they got there. Oh! And our meals came with coffee……but we were never given coffee or mugs. We didn’t even bother asking either.

    We will never go back. $40 for two people for BREAKFAST is outrageous. Where we are from, you get massive plates full of delicious breakfast for under $25. Awful food, awful service. The air outside smelled like septic too. And a stray, pregnant cat lingered in the doorway which was sad enough.

    Brianna
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    • June 18, 2017

      The Rose Garden is a very busy restaurant- the reason is fresh quality food cooked to order. You called the waitress an old woman, others thjink highly of her. Perhaps it was not her best day, as she had recently lost her husband. The Rose Garden has three highchairs, instead of scoping around tjhinking there was no highchair, why you did not simply ask for one. You ordered your bacon crispy, saying you knew it would be like beef jerky. Then if you already knew, why did you order? Okinawan bacon is cut differently and is the same whereever you go. Our homemade sausage is a good southern recipe. For your good health, we do not serve our sausages with oil. The Rose Garden receives more compliments on it’s fresh ground, in the restaurant, Arabica Coffee, with refills, than any item on the menu. When you received your food, why is it that you simply did not ask for hot coffee or Iced tea- after all they are complimentary. $40, you must have ordered more than just breakfast for two. The cat is no longer pregnant, we now have some cute little kittens. You may take two or three home with our compliments.

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      • June 21, 2017

        It is nice of you to promote the Pancake House by Torri and Coffee Casa. I’m sure they appreciate your promotion of their businesses. You may find it interesting that The Rose Garden- by far- serves more pancakes and waffles than any off base restaurant in Okinawa- possibly all of Japan. Why, is the Rose Garden’s secret reciepe for pancakes and waffles so popular?

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  • October 13, 2014

    DISGUSTING “Thai” curry. I came home and threw up. Bad service.
    The pancakes that my daughter ordered seemed to be fine. I would not order anything other than breakfast there is I were you. NOT returning!! I can get just as good pancakes at Climax Coffee for a 2yr old since there is no kid’s menu and she ate not even 1/3 of them . Waste of money!

    Jennifer
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    • June 18, 2017

      The truth is the Rose Garden receives many good compliments on it’s pots of Chicken Thai Curry and Japanese Beef Curry. Also the pancakes at the Rose Garden or not just as good- they are excellent. To promote Climax Coffee, why lie about the Rose Garden. Perhaps the food you threw up . . . was the dinner you cooked the night before.

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  • January 1, 2014

    This was the worst dining out experience that we have had not only on this island, but in our entire lives.

    We went at 15:30 thinking it would be an off-time for meals, since that’s generally the case, but there was still a 20-30 minute wait. Not the restaurant’s fault for being popular. We just walked with our 1.5 year old to Family Mart for drinks while we waited.

    When we were finally seated, we were shown our table and left to figure out the high chair situation on our own. If anyone with young children is similarly seated, the high chairs are located in the corridor with the latrines in the back of the restaurant.

    It took another 15 minutes before anyone came to take our order. This was made frustrating by the facts that the rush was now over (half the restaurant was empty) and that two tables after us had their orders taken promptly.

    There was no kids’ menu (and an extra plate cost 300 yen), so we tried to order pancakes for our kiddo. Our waiter told us that the kitchen didn’t have any more, so we could not order pancakes. The pancakes are apparently one of their restaurant specialties, so that was frustrating, but stuff like that happens.

    We were brought our food (we both just ordered the French toast plate that came with potatoes, eggs, sausage, and bacon). The bacon is not actually bacon… it’s basically just ham cut into strips. I have no idea why it is called bacon when they also have ham no the menu. The French toast was very mediocre; the bread quality was low, and it was all squishy inside (scrambled-egg consistency). The sausage and eggs were unremarkable. The potatoes were pretty good. The “bacon” was okay for being ham instead of bacon.

    I also ordered Italian soda, and it was questionable, and according to my husband not at all what Italian soda should be like. Thought I’d just give a recap of the food we ordered since everyone seems to think the cost is justified… my husband and I don’t really think 1200 yen per plate is terrible or anything, but considering places on base are significantly cheaper and have better breakfast, I’m bewildered by the fan following.

    At any rate, back to the service… a couple who was seated about 10 minutes after we placed our orders both ordered and received pancakes. So, I guess the kitchen was just “out of them” for us.

    Rachel
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    • June 19, 2017

      Yes, the Rose Garden is a popular restaurant for fresh good quality food cooked to order. Sorry you had to wait. That walk to and from the Family Mart was a long walk for a 1.5 child just to have some drinks. By the way, we do not have any latrines, we have some nice restrooms. For freshness we prepare our pancake mix in small batches, perhaps we were temporarily out while preparing more. Our French toast is a special bread, different from other toast. By the way, the Japanese tax on American wheat to make flour is 252% plus four levels of 8% tax. The government even taxes the freight and insurance. Did your husband stir his Italian soda, after all the fresh cream is on top. Yes, in base clubs the food is cheaper. The clubs do not pay for transportation, ocean freight, warehousing, utilities nor do they pay any taxes. Also we that pay Japanese taxes pay the salaries of Japanese IHA employees working in the clubs. This is free employment for the clubs. If you want cheap food I suggest that you eat in the military clubs. Some of the clubs serve some pretty good food at a cheap price for what you get. You are bewildered by the fans that the Rose Garden has. No doubt the Rose Garden fans are bewildered by your comments. Did you give your kiddo, as you call your child, a soup spoon to bang on the table with?

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  • December 20, 2013

    26.311183, 127.788502

    SSgt Wright
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  • July 7, 2013

    My husband and I went here within our first week on the island, and the first time we went we were pleasantly surprised at the breakfast. The service was quick, and it was a good experience. It is very expensive for a breakfast meal though. We did agree we would be coming back in the future, HOWEVER, this second time we went left a very bad taste in my mouth, literally. I was perfectly fine with the 25 minute wait for a table, however, I was not perfectly fine with being seated and waiting 10 minutes for a menu. Others being sat way after us had been given their menus, AND had already placed their food orders. When we finally managed to flag someone down for our menus, it was another 10 minutes before someone even came to get our order. (All of this irritating, yet understandable as it was a bit busy) yet the people sat after us started having their food roll out.. My husband ordered a significantly larger breakfast meal than I did, and he got his food 35 minutes after he ordered, whereas I waited almost a FULL hour for my meal. I was honestly tempted to cancel my order since my husband was finished with his meal, but being hungry I waited it out. My husband gained attention of our server and informed her that my food still had not arrived, (and literally everyone sat after us were already finished and leaving.) she apologized and said they’d make a new plate and it would be about 10 minutes. Once my food had finally arrived, it was just not the same quality I had the last time, and it was very disappointing. The bacon was burnt, as in brown, certainly not the typical bacon being served here, it was crunchier than stale potato chips with the consistency of dry sand, and the pancakes were burnt and soggy all at the same time. It was just a completely unwelcoming experience, and I’ve never had to complain about a meal during check out but this was just really disappointing. After making a comment about how our experience was less than satisfactory, the cashier said that was just how I ordered it (the bacon being “crispy”, etc) when I not once specified anything other than wanting my eggs sunny side up, overall not one to argue, we left and we definitely won’t be coming back. Luckily we’ve found a new breakfast spot.

    Dani
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    • June 19, 2017

      Sorry you had to wait. Japan has a serious labor shortage. Some good restaurants have closed for the lack of employees. For every 143 positions available, there are only 100 applicants.

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      • June 21, 2017

        Military clubs hire our best English speaking employees and they do not pay their salaries, we and other Japanese tax payers must pay these on base employees. The clubs get free labor- our former employees.

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  • April 30, 2013

    My husband, my 5-yr-old daughter & I went for my birthday brunch here yesterday, we had to wait in line a while before we were seated since it was a Japanese holiday.
    The service was not bad at all so I was shocked about the bad reviews from others. I agree with the previous comment from Rita about not liking annoyingly over-cheerful waitress serving food & kept interrupting meal time as in the states, so I do not mind that you have to ask to get your coffee refilled, all you need to do is asking 🙂
    Just remember we are after all in Japan, sometimes it is just a cultural difference or language barrier, so please do be more patient & understanding, that way you will still be able to enjoy a wonderful dinning experience wherever you are 🙂
    I understand it might not look so clean in the dinning area, but I am pretty sure the kitchen would be very clean, judged by how clean the restroom is; my daughter & I were in love with the rose scent air refresher in there, I think it is the only public restroom she is pleased with.

    With the understanding of the price is higher here for breakfast beforehand, we spent around 4500 yen for all 3 of us, considering everything is purchased Directly from the local farmer & butcher and are made & baked fresh Daily, we think the price is well worth it!!
    My husband had their famous french toast with home fries, 2 eggs, spicy Italian sausage & ordered a side of bacon (for an extra fee, the bacon tastes Amazing!) and he probably refilled their free coffee like 5-6 times?! Lol
    I wasn’t too impressed with the coffee there, but compared to the ones (you can get free-fills) in the states, it’s not bad; my hubby thinks it is decent.
    I ordered their famous homemade special sausage (Amazingly flavorful, juicy & tasty!!), home fries, 2 eggs and paid 50 yen extra to upgrade the bread (that was included in my set) to their freshly-baked homemade English muffin with Imported Black Cherry jam (which I insisted on buying a jar to go after my first bite! The jam can be purchased for 300 and some yen); My daughter ordered their fluffy pancake plater, it comes with 3 big pancakes & even with us sharing couple bites, she was only able to finish about 1 & half. I also ordered a small cup of Clam chowder to share with my daughter, and she loved the soup!
    The food portion was generous (just right for my husband considering he usually has 3 small meals by noon), we even shared a (decent sized) strawberry trifle together after meals (well, we had to pack some of my daughter & my meals to go because we could not finish it all!)
    Everything on the menu looks so tempting we can not wait to go back again!!

    Mina
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  • April 20, 2013

    Not Italian at all…not even close. Horrible food but what do you expect. Sure there is food in it and some of it is ok but if you compare it to real Italian cuisine then you’ll be disappointing. The closes it comes to is a low budget Dennis.

    Ortiz
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    • June 20, 2017

      The Rose Garden receives many good compliments on its pasta. As you are on a low budget, I suggest that you go to a cheap place for cheap people.

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  • November 24, 2012

    The milk must be from sacred cows!

    Owen
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  • November 24, 2012

    It’s very expensive. I ordered 2 eggs, toast, and a glass of milk and paid Y1200. The glass of milk was 600 YEN!!! 600 YEN!!! 600 YEN!!! FOR A GLASS OF MILK!

    Owen
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    • June 18, 2017

      A large glass of milk at the Rose Garden is 250 yen.

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  • November 5, 2012

    We went here yesterday for breakfast and it was just ‘okay.’ With an overpriced breakfast menu, we expected a “WOW!” A large glass of orange juice was 600 Yen. Large=medium here. Most likely won’t be going back here.

    Monette
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    • June 18, 2017

      A large glass of orange juice at the Rose Garden is 480 Yen.

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  • November 4, 2012

    Thank God they don’t serve like in the states! I hate to be bothered when I am eating, specially by someone jumpy, and all excited like a chearleader on caffeine

    Rita
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  • September 17, 2012

    My family and I have eaten here since we got here almost 3 years ago. Unfortunately, we will not be visiting anymore do the horrible service we received a few days ago. We got to the restaurant and it wasn’t very packed. We ordered our breakfast. My husband ordered steak and eggs and he got his food before me and my son got ours. By the time he got his food, the restaurant was pretty packed. Other people that had gotten there after us started getting their food. We were still waiting for my omelet and my kid’s pancakes. I asked the server where my food was and all she heard was the pancake part so my son got his and I asked for mine. They looked dumbfounded as to where our food went. Then they bring out my omelet finally and its missing the salsa. I asked for that and the waitress practically ignored me. I don’t know if they were having an off day but waiting almost an hour and a half for my food was ridiculous especially since other tables were getting their food when they had just gotten there. I hope they work out their kinks because overall the food has always been good but the service this time was absolutely a disaster.

    Nicole
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    • June 22, 2017

      Restaurants in Okinawa have a severe labor shortage that puts a srain on the restaurants for excellent service.

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  • June 14, 2012

    Horrible. Not even close to italian. And I’ve lived in Italy before. Marino’s is the way to go!

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    • June 18, 2017

      Many of the Rose Garden’s pasta customers will disagree with you. Is Marino’s giving you free food? If so I suggest that you continue to go there. By the way, if you want good pizza, go to the American Kitchen, also check the oven. Sorry, you will not get a free pizza.

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  • August 22, 2011

    My husband, newborn and I went to check this place out while we were running our errands this past weekend. We were immediately seated and the wait staff was very friendly. The menu has a very wide variety so its good for big groups with different tastes. The prices were a little on the high side but our portions were more than enough! My husband had an eggplant and meat sauce pasta and I had the chicken and eggplant curry. We both really liked the dressing on the salads and our only complaint is that we were too full to try the delicious looking baked goods. We’re definitely going back to try them though!

    Casey
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  • May 22, 2011

    My husband and I love the breakfast at the Rose Garden especially their omelets and spicy Italian sausage. We’ve eaten their about a dozen times since we’ve been here and our last visit (about 2 weeks ago) I began looking around while we waited for our food. That’s when I noticed how DISGUSTINGLY dirty this place is. There are spider webs on the display shelves, the vases and trinkets were covered in dust, there were ants crawling on the wall, and the straw that broke the camels back were the ceiling fans. The dust and mold on them were so thick I would bet a million dollars it was an inch thick. Seriously, disgusting. I can only imagine how sanitary the kitchen is!

    Ashley
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    • June 19, 2017

      The Rose Garden thanks you for bringing this to our attention. We have installed a new ceiling and now pay close attention to our ceiling fans. The Japanese Government inspects restaurants for sanitation. The Rose Garden’s kitchen has a # 1 rating.

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  • May 17, 2011

    Per the Okinawa Yellow Pages the address is: 165-1 Aza, Yagibaru, Kitanakagusuku

    LaLa
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  • May 17, 2011

    What’s the address? not just the directions. I mean the literal address.

    Julianne
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  • April 1, 2011

    An update on their website, it’s now http://www.rosegardenokinawa.net/

    Sarra
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  • January 8, 2011

    Just ate lunch there today with my sister and her toddler. It was around 1330 or 1400 (Saturday) by the time we got there, and we were directed to the one remaining parking spot by a traffic man.
    Once inside, we were given a corner table and quickly situated with a high chair (wooden, no straps nor attached table) for the little girl. The menu is in Japanese and English, though there aren’t detailed descriptions. I was tempted by the steak lunch special (came with steak, choice of side AND salad AND soup AND dessert) but thought 1800Y was a bit much for lunch. Also tempted by the beef stroganoff at 1300Y, but it looked like I would have to choose between soup or salad.. . so I ordered the Imperial chicken set at 1300Y, which was described as ‘chicken with white sauce’ when asked.
    My sister was a copy cat, but immediately regretted not ordering breakfast when the table next to us got their plates of french toast. .. I refused to feel bad but their platters did look good.
    We both had tea and water, and thankfully there was liquid sweetener in addition to regular sugar. They brought us the homemade soup first, which was a tomato based vegetable broth (it was good, but not wow). Then small salads (tasty, but not wow). Seconds before our main plates were presented, we got the appetizer I had taken a chance on: fried green tomatoes at 340Y. Four tomato slices breaded in cornmeal. Good texture, and hot, but no favoring besides the small cup of ketchup included (just tasted like cornmeal and tomato, and although the taste was improved with a little salt they weren’t good enough to stuff myself with).
    Our meals were given to us, and though generous and well prepared were bland: yellow rice with pine nuts, two pieces of asparagus, 3 baby carrots, and 3 chicken breast pieces with a white sauce. The baby didn’t like anything, which was odd. For dessert, we were given a modest slice of cheesecake topped with a thin layer of marmalade. It tasted just like cheesecake should, though the texture was more ‘gel’ than any other version we’ve ever eaten before.
    All in all, not bad, but not great. I think we will only try again for breakfast.

    Lauren
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  • September 15, 2010

    I’ve eaten at the Rose Garden several times for breakfast. It was a nice experience as the food is good and the serving sizes are filling. Most of their baked goods are made from scratch and delicious. The atmosphere is nice with a small hometown feeling. If you haven’t been there, you should try it. I think you will enjoy it.

    Kat Daggett
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  • June 10, 2010

    JDS,
    The Japanese don’t like to bother patrons unnecessarily during meal times.
    Unlike American restaurants where the waiters hang about and serve you (mainly in hope of a good tip). We have come to expect them to serve us, treat us special, smile, warm up to us, and earn their $.
    In some restaurants on Okinawa, you may get a more ‘personal feel’ as they try to cater to American culture, but do try to remember this is a foreign country and their dining etiquette although vasty different from American dining etiquette, is unique and has its own intentions and benefits.
    A little cross cultural understanding, open mindedness and checking expectations at the door may enhance your experience of Okinawa.

    FYI: The website has expired.

    nobelle
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  • April 10, 2010

    I just had to post here since the time given for breakfast is wrong. The menu says breakfast menu ends at 17:00. Actually it ends at 16:30.

    Tony
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  • March 5, 2010

    The problem I have w/this restraurant is how impersonal the waitstaff is. Especially, after they take your order, I felt that they were relieved like they don’t have to deal w/you anymore. No refills unless you take your glass/coffee cup up to the main barista station. Even more so w/dinner tonight, with a waitress named Tangy. Drinks were delivered, meal was served and that was it until we paid for our meal at which she was also our cashier. Very expressionless, very impersonal. Will not return for dinner, and may not not even return at all. Rose Garden left a very negative impression on me and I know it prides itself on good service along w/great food, but have not experienced this on last two occasions.
    If you are new to the island, definitely go elsewhere unless you’ve $40-50 to burn on a unpleasant experience.

    Very disappointed from JDS in Okinawa City

    JDSchroeder
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    • June 20, 2017

      Tangy, a former waitress at the Rose Garden, is Thai, married to an American husband. She is now long gone to America, she is no longer with the Rose Garden, thank goodness. Don’t we all feel sorry for her husband married to such a deadpan sourpuss. Good bye Tangy and good riddance!

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      • June 22, 2017

        The wait staff at the Rose Garden said Tangy is Vietnamese. They did not like her bad attitude.

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  • February 16, 2010

    We went there for dinner and it was the worse Italian food I ever had. No Italian flavor at all. And we all got sick after eating there. It might be good for breakfast but I would not go there for dinner. If you want a great Italian meal, with homemade pasta and sauces I would go to Italiono’s by Araha beach.

    Cherie Rowe
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    • June 18, 2017

      Do not trust bad comments on Okinawa Hai, often the comment is a lie to promote a would be competior.

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      • June 22, 2017

        Do not let someone shove a lie down your throat. We at the Rose Garden encourage anyone to go to the Italiono and judge for your self.

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  • September 15, 2009

    Food was decent but the service was terrible, even by Western standards.

    Jared
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  • August 7, 2009

    I’ve eaten here a couple times and I know people who eat here more than once a week. You definitely do get a huge amount of food. I love their sausage and jellies.

    Alicia
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  • August 6, 2009

    My family met up with some friends here once for breakfast. The food was pricey but I’ve been dreaming of their scones ever since we went. They were amazing!

    Tiffany
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  • August 6, 2009

    Mmmm, my family and I LOVE Rose Garden.

    To add to this review, I usually get a lighter breakfast when I go: 2 eggs, 2 strips of bacon, the equivalent of Texas toast – huge pieces (or English muffin or scone for added fee), and home fries. If you can call that ‘light’. I order my kids a plate of just French toast, and we all share. My husband usually orders one of the HUGE omelets that even he has trouble finishing. The coffee is the Real Deal. I normally drink decaf at home, and after one cup here I get the jitters. They also provide real heavy cream to put in it.

    We tend to go for brunch, because that way it fulfills both our AM and noon meal requirements. As a warning, this place is almost always packed on weekends, so either get there early or be prepared for a wait. It’s not quite as busy on weekdays, though, if that’s an option for you.

    Also, there’s a limited amount of parking right out front of the restaurant, but if you drive to the intersection just past it, take a left and follow until you come up on a lot on your left with a sign for Rose Garden Parking. It’s about a quarter mile away from the restaurant, and a little bit of a hike up a small hill.

    Heather
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