Our Story

Owner, Marisa Balfour, was first exposed to the outdoor cooking and entertaining industry by chance in 2011, when she was asked to help a friend at an industry trade show. Little did she know that she would find her passion. She spent the weekend helping people visualize their outdoor cooking and entertainment spaces and imagined how they could implement their dream outdoor design into their own backyard. From that point on, she was hooked on helping others conceptualize and accomplish their vision.

Marisa spent several years as an executive in her own business, manufacturing parts for the semiconductor equipment industry which gave her a deep appreciation for the importance of quality, durability and attention to detail. Following her time in manufacturing, Marisa worked as a residential real estate agent and developed a keen understanding of the value a beautiful outdoor cooking and entertaining space can bring to a home’s value.

Bay Area BBQ Islands opened in September, 2011, with the express purpose of bringing a new level of service and quality, as well as a fresh perspective to the process of designing, building and delivering custom barbeque islands. Marisa loves inspiring her clients to dream of the possibilities and then build them exactly what they want.

We Express our Values Down to the Core

Our ability to serve our customers hinges on our ability to stay true to who we are as both a business, as well as individuals. Our values are more than just a guideline to customer service; they are how we live our lives and illustrate how we treat everyone and anyone who comes through our doors.


We Do What We Say We Do


Our Work Is A Reflection Of Who We Are


Attentive To Every Element Of Your Project


We Stand Behind Our Designs, Materials & Workmanship

Our Advantage

We know you will be happy with your new additions and to prove it we are willing to put more on the line than just our name. Our comprehensive guarantees not only guarantee your satisfaction, but also allow you a sense of security knowing we will use only the best materials and products for your outdoor space.


We take the time to ensure we have fully captured your vision and use our experience to make sure your island will be functional and beautiful.


We only use the finest materials and equipment in the assembly of your islands.


Our high standards and white glove service ensure that all products will remain covered by warranties.