Islands Restaurants Ride the Dairy-Free Wave with These Dishes


Though they boast a Hawaiian theme, most Islands Restaurants are in Southern California. They have a smattering of locations in other warm weather cities. But if  you are near one, they offer a rather expansive list of dairy-free options. They serve burgers, salads, bowls, and other island-inspired entrees, and offer a detailed allergen sheet.

Dairy-Free Menu Guide to Islands Restaurants

Dairy-Free Menu Guide for Islands Restaurants

We love that Islands Restaurants break down the various menu components to assist with custom orders. And it helps that all of their bread and buns (aside from the Texas Toast) and all of their sauces (aside form the Chipotle White Sauce) are dairy-free! That leaves a lot of choices. I hope you are good with decisions.


  • Chips & Salsa
  • Chips & Salsa with Large Guacamole
  • Island Fries
  • Kalua Pork Sliders
  • Poke- Ala Moana only
  • Sweet Potato Fries
  • Tempura Green Beans


  • China Coast Salad
  • Kaanapali Kobb Salad
  • Sleek Greek Salad

Dairy-Free Dressings: Honey Mustard Dressing, Italian Dressing, Kobb Dressing, Low Fat Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing, Sesame Dressing, Thousand Island Dressing

Beach Bowls

  • Chicken Bowl (choice of hoisin or teriyaki)
  • Grilled Fish Bowl (choice of hoisin or teriyaki)
  • Salmon Bowl (choice of hoisin or teriyaki) – Ala Moana only

Surfer Favorites

  • Grilled Chicken Platter with Steamed Veggies
  • Grilled Salmon Platter with Steamed Veggies
  • Grilled Fresh Albacore Sandwich (with dairy-free bun)


Note: As listed, none of their tacos are dairy-free, but they can be customized with no cheese and dairy-free sauce.


  • Big Wave Burger (no cheese; with dairy-free bun)
  • Longboarder Burger (no cheese; with dairy-free bun)

Note: Their Beef Patties, Turkey Patties, and Impossible Patties (vegan) are dairy-free. Their Veggie Patties contain dairy. Some of their other burgers can be made dairy-free without cheese.

Gremmie (Kids Menu)

Choose from the dairy-free sides listed below.

  • Jr Plain Dogger (no cheese or chili)
  • Jr Wave (no cheese)
  • Lil Beef Slider (no cheese)


  • Applesauce
  • Island Fries
  • Island Slaw
  • Ranchero Beans
  • Refried Beans
  • Sweet Potato Fries

Optional Additions

  • Applewood Smoked Bacon
  • Avocado Slices
  • Guacamole
  • Sauteed Mushrooms
  • Spicy Chicken

Bread & Buns

  • Butter Bun
  • Wheat Bun
  • White Bun
  • Gluten Free Bun
  • Kids Bun
  • Hot Dog Bun
  • Focaccia Bread
  • Corn Tortilla
  • Flour Tortilla


  • BBQ Sauce
  • Chipotle Aioli
  • Grilled Pineapple Salsa
  • Habanero Aioli
  • Hoisin Sauce
  • Islands Salsa
  • Machete Aioli
  • Mayonnaise
  • Roasted Garlic Aioli
  • Teriyaki Sauce
  • Yellow Mustard

This Post is for Informational Purposes Only

Menus, ingredients, kitchen procedures, management, and restaurants are subject to change at any time. Always read the menu and discuss your dietary needs with the staff before ordering. Make sure that they can accommodate your situation. This post is for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as advice.

There is always a risk for potential cross-contamination of allergens in any commercial kitchen. If cross-contamination is an issue for you, always speak with the manager to ensure that your meal can be safely prepared. Listings here do not guarantee that a restaurant is safe enough for your individual needs. Only you can make that decision.

Dairy-Free Menu Guide to Islands Restaurants

Where to Find Islands Restaurants

They did close their Nevada locations, but still have many restaurants in Southern California, and a smattering in Northern California, Arizona, and Hawaii. See the website below for addresses, hours, allergen info, and contact info.


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Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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