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Chuck's of Hawaii Restaurant Review: Chuck’s of Hawaii is an old-school steakhouse that claims it introduced Santa Barbara to the all-you-can-eat salad bar. The kitsch factor is in play, as tiki torches festoon the entrance and captain’s chairs reflect sailing days gone by. The interior is movie-theater dark, the wine list heavy on local labels. While steaks are the main focus of the menu, seafood entrées like grilled New Zealand mussels and charbroiled Idaho trout basted with garlic butter are well prepared, if not predictable. Steaks range from T-bone to filet mignon to rib-eye, not to mention the ubiquitous surf ‘n’ turf combos, all served with teriyaki rice. They offer an impressive wine by the bottle selection and fairly stiff cocktails. For dessert, it's all about locally made McConnell’s ice cream with chocolate wafers on the side.