Islands Fresh Mex Grill
260 Racine Dr #1, Wilmington, NC 28403, United States
Review №1

Super popular with the college kids at UNCW, this place is great. Cheap tacos after 5:00 and a good variety. Always tasty and you can get a lot for your money. Not sure how they're handling Covid-19 but they had takeout/delivery before the pandemic. Highly recommend if in the Wilmington area to try this location specifically. Monkey Junction location is close to the same quality.

Review №2

Power went out while we were there in a storm. Staff was awesome. Like eating great tacos by candlelight.

Review №3

Great place in a pinch and short on cash. Food is fresh and hot plus they serve alcoholic drinks at this location on racine dr. Daily drink specials also.

Review №4

Always fun good group in young crowd of college people eat their home after 5 Taco deal Tex Mex. Places clean and the people that work there very friendly!

Review №5

Delicious food at great prices! They're not lying when they say it's fresh! Also their guac is sooo good~

Review №6

I mean its $2 or $1 tacos that are well made and have no comparable taste for money spent. Why spend more money at taco bell when this tasymtes so much better!!!!

Review №7

I love the dollar tacos after 5. I am one of the 4 locations through out the week.

Review №8

I love this place. The staff is always super nice and they make my crunchy tacos perfect every time.

Review №9

Love this place!! Best tacos and nachos!! I love the chicken but everyone else in my family loves the beef. Great price and super fresh

Review №10

Just moved to NC and was looking for something quick to eat drove by Islands and decided to try it out. The food was amazing and the girl that helped me out was so patient with me and explained how to order. I think I have gone back at least once a week.

Review №11

Always awesome food! The staff are great. They don't get impatient while you're making your selections.I love the atmosphere and that it's a very clean. I have been to 3 of their locations in Wilmington, enjoy eating at them all.Oh, and the prices are very reasonable.

Review №12

Love their 1$ taco deal after 5, the tacos are always good!

Review №13

Really good fresh Mex, but always so busy, you'll wait in line for 20 minutes no matter what time you go.

Review №14

Great cheap place to eat, especially after 5 when the tacos are 1$ with the purchase of a drink. Islands uses only fresh ingredients and this is the reason I love it so much. Also there is a bar on site as well for those that would like to drink and possibly meet new people. It's a friendly place with great food.

Review №15

First time here taking my daughter back to UNCW at her recommendation. Good food specials great service and atmosphere.

Review №16

I got a taco salad bowl and they didn't even dry the lettuce so there was a pool of water at the bottom. The water diluted all my Queso so my bowl was flavorless. My sister got a cajun shrimp burrito and they did not put enough shrimp in. Her burrito was leaking because of the lettuce and her chips got all soggy. I'm only giving one star because the queso and guacamole was good, but they barely gave us any.

Review №17

A lot of good food for really cheap if you get the $1 taco deal

Review №18

The bartender Kayla is amazing! Thank you

Review №19

I literally eat 8 tacos everytime I go here. Then Dutch oven my girlfriend the rest of the night. Great food!

Review №20

Fast service the staff is great and fresh ingredients. This is a real taco place

Review №21

Omg Myrtle Beach needs one of these. Was working out of town and stopped at one in Wilmington. The tortilla chips have some kind of seasoning on them, super yummy. You can build your own tacos, etc or order from the menu. Great prices, great food

Review №22

Staff was awesome and very helpful and the food was great.

Review №23

The guy working register was rude, food wasn't good today. No utensils given . Normally a good experience but today was awful...

Review №24

Very nice and very clean place, staff was nice too, just have to ensure customers follow 6ft rule for older or compromised patrons. Would recommend.

Review №25

Always fast service and fresh food.

Review №26

Very rude female worker. Condescending tone and clearly doesn't care about customers.

Review №27

Affordable, delicious food. I loved it, it was amazing and was prepared in front of me.

Review №28

Super good! The Bacon Cheeseburger Burrito is to die for

Review №29

Good food, low price tag!

Review №30

I love all the Island locations! The staff is extremely friendly and helpful. The food is awesome! I enjoy the atmosphere and the all around cleanliness of all their locations.Keep up the good work!

Review №31

I hadn't been to Islands in awhile but decided to grab tacos with some girlfriends for lunch this passed Friday. From the time walked in to the time we left - our entire experience was just wonderful. I was greeted by a nice lady behind the line who started my salad (I changed my mind when I was looking at the menu, told you I hadn't been there in in awhile!), had a nice conversation with the young guy who finished the salad, and joked with the other young guy who rang me up at the register. To top things off - my salad was AMAZING. It's two days later and I'm still thinking about it. Thanks Islands @ Racine for great food and service, I'll definitely be back on a more regular basis!

Review №32

Good, fast, cheap; pick 2.

Review №33

It's really cheap. Not my style. Tastes really cheap.

Review №34

This is like the Wal-Mart version of a chain Mexican restaurant. I ordered tacos, and asked for some lime wedges to squeeze over them. Who I would only assume was the Manager told me I could only get a single lime wedge if I ordered a beer, I told them to keep the tacos, left, and I'll never be back. There are so many excellent, authentic options nearby for Mexican food (El Arriero, Los Portales) you would be doing yourself an extreme disservice going here.

Review №35

I luv them. Every time I come back in town it's a must stop! Wish we had one in the RTP area.

Review №36

Nice location, and food would have been good except for one thing: tacos were dripping wet. So much water coming out of those things that we had to put napkins on the table to soak it all up.

Review №37

Awesome tex mex for lunch or dinner

Review №38

Had the Steak Nachos. Nice portion size. Steak was tender and the flavor was wonderful. My only negative remark is that the queso was very thin and liquidy.

Review №39

Omg Honestly Their Tacos Are Absolutely Amazingly Delicious!! Their Customer Service is 10+ So Kind and Helpful , my husband and I travel for work from east coast to west coast and I always leave reviews , especially where outstanding deserves to be known, I ordered their taco special n Very Pleased Thank you so very much my husband ordered pork bbq huge burrito!! Stuffed with pork n add all your own fixins , I wish we could give you guys a higher rating ..We have definitely marked you on our map when we return to eat here again Their homemade chocolate cookies are so very good , wish we got more than 2 :)

Review №40

If I could give ZERO stars for this place honestly I would. I guess one star is adequate due to the soda machine working, and the cold bean and corn salsa being the best thing in the restaurant. I feel horrible writing this review due to how many positive reviews I have found on here but, my experience at this location was below unacceptable. My first experience at an Island, and let me tell you expectations were high, all the way up until I asked for a chicken burrito and found the chicken was ground. Absolutely disgusting, but I held hope that maybe it would be full of flavor? Wrong no flavor, yellow rice completely dry, apparently queso here is white water. Nothing had flavor nothing had proper consistency. When dealing with the service I would say it was below expectations as well. Not friendly, not welcoming, not professional. If this is how Island works and it's following enjoy this, then so be it. To anyone who has not experienced this place and may be interested in what you are in for, I say good luck and hopefully it works out better for you. I shall not return.

Review №41

Nice people but it wasn't very "mex" for us. Wish they would offer corn tortillas

Review №42

Obvs not authentic Mexican food but still good. $1 taco nights are my jam. When I feel like I need some veggies I just run up Racine, get two tacos with their chunky salsa, and I'm good for a while. I would advise to always go with friends during the $1 taco hours cause the lines can get long, and also because eating with friends is always fun.

Review №43

Food is delicious.

Review №44

Anytime we are in the area this is a must eat. The food taste very fresh and the restaurant is clean. Definitely recommend this restaurant.

Review №45

I've been to Wilmington plenty of times but had never been here, for my first visit there, it was good!Great food, great atmosphere and great service too. They have some good deals and again, The food was fantastic. Definitely going back once I'm back in the area!

Review №46

Normally pretty busy but it's always got great food and quick service! Highly Recommend

Review №47

Leo is hot

Review №48

Fantastic service and amazing food. I love going here, when I'm in town visiting my friends.

Review №49

Great food as always

Review №50

We love islands! Great price great food. The islander salad is my favorite! Always friendly and always good!

Review №51

Islands is a good little spot filled with fun and joy. It's worth the trip over and their deals on tacos is really good. I haven't been in awhile but I have dreams of digging into and Islands Fresh Mex Grill taco that an employee carelessly threw together. Great experience!

Review №52

Always a great choice. Love when I decide to go and it's after 5:00. $1 Tacos!

Review №53

$1.99 tacos in the day and $1.00 tacos after 5!! The food and portion size were awesome.

Review №54

Food is always good here. Same price as fast food and twice as fast. Food is made to order. Check out their specials for a really good deal. They serve beer here, but I've never drank any here only because I usually have to go back to work.

Review №55

Great food great taste very friendly people

Review №56

Islands was recommended by a former student in Wilmington. It is a happening college hangout. We arrived on a Monday night and it was very busy. The prices are reasonable and the burritos are large. I had the Jerk Chicken Burrito and it was very good. I would recommend giving them a try.

Review №57

Good food.

Review №58

Food quality not as good as it was 6 months ago. What happened?

Review №59

Love all three Wilmington Island's. This location has the nicest atmosphere. My family eats at the Monkey Junction location once a week and we love it! After 5 pm, tacos are $1 with drink purchase. My family of six eats for $25 and my teenage boys are full. Delicious brewed tea. Staff is friendly and the restaurant is clean, including the bathrooms.

Review №60

Excellent food and great experience! Love the seasoned chips

Review №61

Great food, friendly service.

Review №62

Chicken nachos and buffalo burritos are my favorite dishes. Staff is always friendly!

Review №63

Pretty much a privately owned moes. Food was good but I stuck to meatless.

Review №64

Okay eats.

Review №65

Decent food, decent price. Usually very busy when we go. It's a stand in the lunchline while they make your fast food type restaurant.

Review №66

This is a really great place to get Mexican food & fast.

Review №67

Great food served fresh and it's fresh! Think Chipotle only cheaper and much more variety!

Review №68

Good tacos for a reasonable price

Review №69

It's affordable, just wish it was consistent with seasoning some of the meat and drain the juice before putting it on my hard tacos!! I find it irritating!!

Review №70

The burritos here are Huge! And they're pretty tasty too. When you walk in head to the right and place your order. They offer a few ideas for standard Burritos or you can design your own as they make it. They also offer a 1.99 taco if you arrive before five and purchase a drink to go with it. The food is great but they have a loud fan motor right above the area where you place your order, making it difficult to hear the staff and for them to hear you so don't be afraid to ask them to repeat your order back to you. It beats getting an order you didn't want.

Review №71

Average fish tacos. I got the "grilled" tilapia tacos. They were steamed at best. Not a bad place for a quick stop.

Review №72

For the price (cheap), the food quality and taste surpassed my expectations. Islands is setup like Moes. Highly recommend eating here, especially for the price point.

Review №73

Was very unhappy with my order I spent $26 there and my Jerk Burrito was wrong and soggy my taco bowl did not have any rice on it even though I paid for extra rice usually when I eat there it is great but last night it was very bad

Review №74

This Mexican restaurant is decent for having lunch with friends.

Review №75

I probably ate here at least three times a week when I was in college. The food is great every time and you can't beat the price! I still go back here to eat every time I'm in town.

Review №76

Great is very fresh, employees are happy! Prices are good as well, highly recommend!

Review №77

Staff was very efficient, with prompt and helpful service, and the restaurant was very clean. The price point was just right for the tacos: at $1-$2 each, it's hard to beat. I had a steak taco and tilapia taco - tilapia was pretty bland and was not that good. The steak taco was much better. While I will likely be back, Islands is not a go-to for me.

Review №78

Taco Tuesday is absolutely the best deal! Food is fresh and tasty!

Review №79

Fresh food! Amazing

Review №80

I absolutely love this place, so much so that I've become a regular. It's hard to beat dollar tacos and $5 double shot margaritas! Granted, some of the bartenders could use some help with making the margaritas correctly. But when you're there for the right bartender, this place is unbeatable.

Review №81

You cannot beat the value of Islands. Wish they had soft corn tortillas

Review №82

Great place for lunch! Plenty of room for the whole work crew.

Review №83

Great food great price but skimpy on the chips

Review №84

One of the best deals for food, service and price I have ever experienced in my life. Superb tacos.

Review №85

Fresh, light as you like and tasty as it gets.

Review №86

I love Islands. My party of 15 went two years in a row when we visited Wrightsville beach. It is speedy service, and the tacos for $1 is an amazing deal! I like to try the different salsas they offer as well. It is a large restaurant and has plenty of seating available.

Review №87

Always a must when hanging around town. Great value!

Review №88

This place is like 80% of my diet. Delicious, fast, and cheap tacos. Great for a college kid.

Review №89

This is the spot for real tacos with all the fixings you love.I went here for lunch one day because it was sorta close to where I work and I didn't want to "cross the border" to get what ever they call tacos over there. This is fresh made authentic taste fresh ingredients and just awesome check out the menus I posted, they also have burritos that will satisfy the biggest hunger. Stop reading and go here now!

Review №90

Great find while in town overnight. Can't beat tacos for $1-$2 but even with low expectations for the price, I was pleasantly surprised. The chicken was good, but the tilapia was actually really tasty too. Three tacos and a drink for $7.50 - I'd definitely stop by again if I'm back in Wilmington!

Review №91

Great food and so cheap it's insane

Review №92

Quick delicious eco-nomically friendly tacos

Review №93

Awesome food, Great place to sit down to eat or take togo

Review №94

Great prices, love the customization of ingredients, queso is cheap, and the beef is pretty flavorful. I also like that there's a salsa bar where you can get as much as you want, with different levels of spiciness or salsa verde if you want.

Review №95

Really good food

Review №96

Amazing place and good food

Review №97

Great food. Lots of menu options. Great spot for friends and family,

Review №98

Love this Island taco salad so much!

Review №99

Fresh, healthy food.

Review №100

Fresh food. Excellent service

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  • Address:260 Racine Dr #1, Wilmington, NC 28403, United States
  • Site:
  • Phone:+1 910-409-9860
  • Mexican restaurant
  • Bar & grill
  • Burrito restaurant
  • Caterer
  • Taco restaurant
  • Tex-Mex restaurant
Working hours
  • Monday:11AM–10PM
  • Tuesday:11AM–10PM
  • Wednesday:11AM–10PM
  • Thursday:11AM–10PM
  • Friday:11AM–10PM
  • Saturday:11AM–10PM
  • Sunday:11AM–10PM
Service options
  • Outdoor seating:Yes
  • Takeout:Yes
  • Delivery:No
  • Fast service:Yes
Popular for
  • Lunch:Yes
  • Dinner:Yes
  • Solo dining:Yes
  • Wheelchair accessible entrance:Yes
  • Wheelchair accessible parking lot:Yes
  • Wheelchair accessible restroom:Yes
  • Wheelchair accessible seating:Yes
  • Alcohol:Yes
  • Beer:Yes
  • Cocktails:Yes
  • Hard liquor:Yes
  • Healthy options:Yes
  • Kids' menu:Yes
  • Late-night food:Yes
  • Quick bite:Yes
  • Vegetarian options:Yes
  • Wine:Yes
Dining options
  • Lunch:Yes
  • Dinner:Yes
  • Catering:Yes
  • Seating:Yes
  • Bar onsite:Yes
  • Good for kids:Yes
  • High chairs:Yes
  • Restroom:Yes
  • Casual:Yes
  • Cozy:Yes
  • College students:Yes
  • Family-friendly:Yes
  • Groups:Yes
  • Tourists:Yes
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