The island lifestyle evokes images of sun, surf and sea, of relaxed days spent doing whatever comes to mind, and of good times with friends. This is exactly the kind of images that the chain of Islands restaurants wants to evoke among their guests – and judging from its success, its strategies are effective!
The Islands restaurant chain adopts a basic philosophy – the guests should enjoy fresh foods, get friendly service, and be welcomed into a laidback vibe. In the words of its founder, the guests should be able to say to themselves, “This is the place I want to be!”
Below are the latest Islands Restaurant menu prices.
|Beachside Sliders (4 Pc.)||$10.15|
|Chips and Salsa||$3.79|
|Spinach Artichoke Dip||$10.69|
|Big Wave with Cheese||$12.20|
|Chicken Club Wrap||$10.65|
|Island Fish Tacos||$10.55|
|North Shore Tacos||$10.55|
|Mahi Mahi Tacos||$13.09|
|Cabo Loco Tacos||$10.75|
|Hoisin Beach Bowl (Chicken)||$11.05|
|Hoisin Beach Bowl (Mahi)||$13.89|
|Teriyaki Beach Bowl (Chicken)||$11.05|
|Teriyaki Beach Bowl (Mahi)||$13.89|
Salad & Soup
|China Coast Salad||$9.29|
|China Coast Salad with Chicken||$10.85|
|Jungle Caesar Salad||$9.25|
|Jungle Caesar Salad with Chicken||$10.75|
|Kaanapali Kobb Salad||$9.75|
|Kaanapali Kobb Salad with Chicken||$11.35|
|Wiqui Waqui BBQ Salad||$9.49|
|Wiqui Waqui BBQ Salad with Chicken||$11.05|
|Tortilla Soup (Small)||$5.25|
|Tortilla Soup (Large)||$9.05|
Paradise's Bikini Beach
|North Shore Tacos (Limited) - 2 Pc.||$10.35|
|No-Blame Grilled Veggie Tacos - 2 Pc.||$9.79|
|Sleek Greek Salad||$10.59|
|Turkey Burger Lite||$10.85|
|Gluten-Free Big Wave||$10.85|
|Gluten-Free Jr. Wave||$5.45|
|Gluten-Free Kobb Salad||$11.35|
|Gluten-Free Tortilla Chips||$3.79|
Smoothies & Shakes
|Island Shakes (Vanilla, Chocolate or Strawberry)||$4.45|
|Ice Cream Sundae||$2.99|
Gremmie 6 & Under
|Lil' Tiki Tenders||$4.29|
|Jr. Grilled Chicken Sandwich||$5.45|
|Jr. Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Cheese||$6.00|
|Jr. Noodles and Butter with Parmesan||$5.45|
|Jr. Wave with Cheese||$6.00|
|Lil' Hot Dogger||$5.45|
|Macaroni and Cheese||$5.45|
|Sandcastle (Grilled Cheese)||$5.45|
|Jr. Teriyaki Bowl||$6.25|
|Jr. Tiki Tenders||$6.25|
Gremmie Apps & Desserts
|Pineapple & Yogurt Dip||$0.99|
In May 1982, Tony DeGrazier opened the first Islands Fine Burgers & Drinks in West Los Angeles. His inspiration came from his Navy diving days at Oahu where he searched for a juicy burger, a large order of French fries, and a cold drink – truly, a satisfying reward for a hard day at work. He wanted to re-create the satisfying feeling in Southern California and, thus, the Islands restaurant was born.
Today, the chain has its corporate headquarters in Carlsbad, California with more than 50 locations across California, Nevada, Arizona, and Hawaii. All of the locations are owned by the company (i.e., there are no franchising opportunities).
What They’re Famous For
The casual dining chain specializes in burgers and fresh-cut French fries although there are also other menu offerings like salads, quesadillas, and bowls. Guests can also order their specialty drinks like Big Island Iced Tea and Sunset Margarita.
Each of the restaurants also have a tropical theme with emphasis on the Hawaiian concept of “ohana” (i.e., family). While the décor may have a contemporary feel, the guests often say that they have a feeling of being transported to a restaurant in Hawaii!
Why Eat Here
The happy hour in each restaurant’s bar are usually starts at 4 p.m. and ends at 7 p.m. from Mondays to Fridays. The Islands restaurant prices become more affordable on the bar menu, a good reason to come here daily, if possible. The full bar offers a wide range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks including Big Island Iced tea, a mix of vodka, rum, pineapple juice, and tequila; coconut mojito, a mix of fresh mint and lime, soda water and simple syrup; Mai Tai with dark and Myers rum, orange and pineapple juice, and grenadine; and Sunset Margarita, a mix of orange slice, tequila, lime, and Grand Marnier float.
While the happy hours are good times to come to the Islands, the best nights are on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. The crowd consists of young professionals looking for good times around good food and drinks with their friends, even their business associates. The restaurants are obviously best for lunches and dinners, thanks to its extensive menu of American contemporary classic dishes and desserts.
At present, the restaurants don’t take reservations and make deliveries although there are takeout services. Most, if not all, of the restaurants also accept credit card and Android Pay payment but not Apple Pay.
The casual dress code also attracts groups of families and friends, sometimes with kids in tow. The casual and cozy ambiance with its average noise level allows for good conversations while dining. The waiter service is surprisingly fast, efficient and friendly, a must during peak hours and when there are several people in your group.
The yummy foods are obviously the main reason for coming to the Islands restaurants. The tropical themes coupled with the warm and welcoming atmosphere reinforces the feeling of being in a tropical island, perhaps Hawaii, although you still know why you’re here.
Unlike the fast-food burgers, the Islands burgers have a distinctive character of their own – succulent beef, crisp lettuce including juicy tomatoes, and tangy cheese, which combine to provide diners great flavors with every bite. Each order of burger also comes with a large serving of fresh-cut Islands fries.
The choices in burgers are creatively named, too. You will like the Mavericks with its BBQ sauce, American cheese, and Islands Reds with tomato, lettuce, pickles and mayo; the Hula with its sautéed mushrooms, tomato and lettuce; the Bleunami with Bleu cheese dressing, crumbled Bleu cheese, and red onion; and the Big Wave with pickles, mustard, and the vegetables. You can also substitute either the veggie patty or the turkey patty in your favorite burger – for free!
The burgers are among the most flavorful in the casual dining industry but these aren’t the only great thing about the Islands chain. You will find the appetizers, such as the Buffalo wings, tiki tenders, quesadillas, nachos, and cheddar fries, to be just as delectable. Your chips will taste better, too, with the spinach and artichoke dip.
The desserts will cap your enjoyable meals. Your best choices are the Chocolate Lava, a fudge brownie ice cream sundae, and Kona Pie, a coffee ice cream mud pie.
Plus, you can personalize your orders. You may, for example, order a small order of fries with your tuna or chicken sandwich. You may also choose from among the low-calorie entrées and the personal-sized desserts.
To learn more about Islands Restaurant or to find a location near you, visit their website at www.islandsrestaurants.com.