Known for specialty burgers, fresh cut fries and tropical drinks, Islands Restaurants has brought its surf-inspired atmosphere to Santa Barbara on February 13 at 3825 State Street. This marks the company’s first location in the Central Coast region.

Located at La Cumbre Plaza in the former home of Marmalade Cafe and Red Robin, the 4,900 square-foot location features an open layout, beachy décor and large HD TVs throughout the bar and restaurant. Guests can grab a seat at the bar, or enjoy a cocktail and meal in the outdoor patio area, equipped with heaters and a communal fire table.

The expansive menu features a variety of burgers – from the tried-and-true classic Big Wave, to the Hawaiian, topped with fresh grilled pineapple, teriyaki sauce and Swiss cheese – as well as flavorful tacos, bowls, fresh salads and its famed fresh-cut Island Fries. Guests can choose from a selection of tropical drinks including Islands’ signature Mai Tai and the Big Island Iced Tea or locally sourced wine and beer.

The Restaurant Guy and family stopped by to join a packed house at Islands and ordered the Malibu Burger, Hawaiian Burger, Beach Bowl with Grilled Fish, and Grilled Fish Tacos, pictured above. We finished off with a Chocolate Lava and Kona Pie. Needless to say all were amazing.

“We’re incredibly proud to open our first restaurant in Santa Barbara, an iconic beach city that resonates with our own coastal culture and origins,” said Michael Smith, president of Islands Restaurants. “We look forward to being a part of this close knit community and offering a spot for visitors to grab great food and drinks with family and friends.”

To support the community after recent natural disasters, Islands will donate a portion of the proceeds from Feb. 26-28 to the United Way Thomas Fire and Flood Fund. This fund was established by United Way of Santa Barbara County and United Way of Ventura County to help residents recover from recent fire and mudslide damage.

Islands’ founder Tony DeGrazier started the company after being inspired by the beaches of Oahu during his time in the Navy. DeGrazier’s original vision of serving delicious, fresh food in a laid-back, tropical environment has remained true ever since.

Islands at La Cumbre Plaza is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Guests can enjoy happy hour from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. every weeknight in the bar area for discounted offers on sliders, nachos, beer, wine and cocktails. For more information about Islands, or to learn how to become a member of Tiki Link and enjoy exclusive perks and special offers, visit

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  1. Papa John says:

    I first ate at the original Islands at Pico and Veteran in West L.A. in fall 1985, so I was very excited to take my son to the new Santa Barbara Islands on Tuesday. Maybe we’ll see you there next time, John.

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