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“Pleasant Atmosphere” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Islands

Islands
12320 Seal Beach Blvd, Seal Beach, CA 90740-2709
(562) 431-6400
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Ranked #19 of 80 Restaurants in Seal Beach
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: American, Hamburgers
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Omaha, NE
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Pleasant Atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

The Islands restaurant tends to be one that we go to for the atmosphere. The interior has that Caribbean feel with ceramic birds placed above, decorative ferns and palms, and portions of galvanized steel roofing for that outdoor feeling. Had one of their luncheon specials called 'the wave', which was a hamburger. The service was fast and helpful, but disappointed in the burger. Ordered medium well, but was mostly medium. Sometimes this is understandable during the busy noon crowd. Also had a little to much lettuce. Fries were very good. I did enjoy one of their tap beers (an IPA) which was great. Even though I was partially disappointed in the burger, I like the place well enough to return.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Long Beach, California
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60 reviews 60 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Excellent Burger Chain”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013 via mobile

I have been to many islands but the one on Los Alamitos is my favorite. The restaurant layout is nice and flowing and they have great customer service. They are always extremely friendly and helpful. I love the food and usually order the China Coast salad, yaki tacos or the Hawaiian burger. The food comes out quick and hot. They have good Sunday deals for football at their bar area as well. And if it's your birthday they give you a huge desert for free. This is a very well run corporate chain that does it right. Good food, good atmosphere and friendly servers.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Pompano Beach, Florida
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89 reviews 89 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
“Love (and Miss) Islands!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

Islands used to have locations in South Florida back in the early 90s and it was one of our favorite restaurants. By the end of the decade, all Florida locations closed and we were very disappointed. My family makes it a point to have several meals at Islands whenever we visit California! On our recent trip, we visited this location, as well as the one in Huntington Beach and Manhattan Beach. All were awesome. Our favorite menu items are the Hula Burger and Kona Pie. The food is consistently delicious and although the prices have risen quite a bit in recent years, you still get a lot of food for your money. In my opinion, the Hula is the best burger I've had anywhere.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
“Staff wreck the dining experience....”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

I don't know what it is, but I've been to 3 different Islands restaurants over the years, and it doesn't seem to matter which one I go to, the staff always seem quite b*tchy and phoney. Really hate this, and it wrecks the meal to be honest. Not a good atmosphere at all. Food is alright, I would recommend take away instead of dining in. It really is that bad. You even get looks off the host when you walk in, again just really awful staff. Thumbs down.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Fairview, Tennessee
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129 reviews 129 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 66 cities Reviews in 66 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Different menu options - a treat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

Nice atmosphere and good serving size. They have huge flat screen TVs where you can watch surfing/skateboarding and other daring sports.

Visited February 2013
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