Pasadena >Food & Dining > Islands Restaurants
3533 East Foothill Blvd, Pasadena, CA | Directions 9110734.150158 -118.076764
Kid Friendly – Very kid friendly enviroment! Waiter was very nice. The wait for our food was about 30 minutes which was long, especially when you have kids. The food was good. We were seated right away, it was somewhat busy (we went on a Sunday evening). The waiter came by and asked my husband if he wanted a refill on his drink (when we were done with our dinner) and he said yes, at that time I asked for dessert and the bill, I didn't want to wait long again, all we ordered for dessert was ice cream for the kids and it still took long! When the waiter returned he brought everything but the the refill on the drink. My husband reminded him about the soda and when he brought it back there was stuff floating in the cup. Although it was kid friendly I doubt we will go back....the food was too long to have waited for.
Great customer service – This place has an awesome atmosphere. The wait time was rather long, but our server made up for it tremendously. She was extremely helpful and very friendly. The cheese fries were great and my burger was one of the juiciest I've tasted.
If Gilligan opened a burger joint, this would be it. – The Scene
With thatched umbrellas, photos of crashing waves, stuffed toucans and a soundtrack of twangy '60s surf-rock, it doesn't take a genius to figure out this chain's theme. Yep, it's beach, burgers and plenty of kitsch. The jovial atmosphere and service (not to mention a full-service bar) lures lunching business folk, beer-drinking college students and families with food-throwing toddlers.
Like the decor, the menu is a no-brainer--sandwiches, salads, fries and burgers. Served in a basket with fork and knife, thick beef patties come grilled to order with lettuce, tomato and any variety of extras. For a lighter bite, try one of the soft tacos. Filled with either fish or chicken, the wraps are inauthentic, but tasty. Yaki tacos are stuffed with teriyaki chicken, chives, pineapple and jack cheese. Whatever you order, don't forget the fries. These hand-cut, super-crispy sticks are addicting, especially when dipped in creamy ranch dressing.
Good Burgers/ lunch spot – Islands is like a burger place above McDonalds. It has a little more class. They have other stuff besides burgers and fries. Good good and nice staff. Food takes a little bit some times. Sometimes the wait can be long too.
Island of bland – This Islands was great about 10 years ago.. but so were alot of things, but since we arent talking about how K*Roq got lame, then lets talk about the food. Islands seems to have hired chefs with no tastebuds, cause the burgers are'nt tasty anymore,.. they are bland and the salsa or guacamole barely does anything to spice it up... the fries were hard, the soda's were flat... I had to ask the people I was there with if they were experiencing the same thing or if my taste buds had suddenly decided to go on vacation but they agreed.... we all left sad and wishing we were in the 90's still.
Skip this location, go to Glendale – I was able to tolerate this Islands for a while...but the chicken strips were bland and tasteless, the taquitos were down right GREASY. The fires are greasy as all heck. I thought it was just islands in general, but it's just not true. The one in Glendale is SO much better. And the bartenders are super friendly and really good. The one on Foothill is just plain ol nasty, with really really slow service. And of all the times I've frequented the place, never was I once seated promptly. If you feel like islands, but want better food, drinks and service, go to the one in Glendale.
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