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Forbidden Island Tiki Lounge, Alameda, CA

Forbidden Island Tiki Lounge

4.8
4.8
241 Reviews
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
About
Forbidden Island Tiki Lounge is a tropical vacation spot right in the middle of your hometown! Serving award-winning, world famous classic and exotic cocktails along with many original recipes, along with some tasty snacks, Forbidden Island is a retro-oasis in the desert of your busy modern day! Now open indoors at limited capacity, as well as outdoors in our Tiki Garden/ Patio, 7 days a week.

* Please note that all reservations are limited to 90 minutes for groups of 1-3 and 2 hours for groups of 4-8.
Proof of Vaccination required for indoor dining (not required for outdoor dining)

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Cocktail Bar, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Hawaiian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–12:00 am Sat 2:00 pm–12:00 am Sun 2:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (510) 749-0332

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Alameda

  • Cross street

    Sherman St

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 241 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • East Bay

    Best Ambiance

  • East Bay

    Best Value

  • East Bay

    Late Night Find

  • East Bay

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. AD

    AnnD

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Took my friend here for her birthday and she had a blast. A special place, run by special people (with great music!)
  2. MB

    MarinBarb

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Wonderful cocktails. Charming, attentive staff. Fun finger foods. I’ll be doing this again!
  3. IW

    IvonneW

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Always enjoy going to Forbidden Island. It's one of my favorite Tiki Bar, and I have been to a lot of them throughout the USA. The drinks are always top notch. I like what they have done with the patio area and now take reservations. The staff is always friendly and give great service. My whole family are Tikiphiles and only wish kids could attend family parties on the patio, or else we'd have many parties there!
  4. TR

    TristanR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Food wasn’t hot but we made it work. First round of drinks were strong and second round of drinks were weak.
  5. G

    Gigii

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience5
    Still reeling from the absolute horrible experience we had last night with the host/shift manager. My fiance and I live close to Forbidden Island and go quite often. We've never had an issue. Last night we encountered a manager we have never seen before and were treated like sh*t. It was the most uncalled for situation and when we finally reacted he threatened to call the cops! It was surreal! So sad that a place we love is a place i will not be visiting again.
  6. LE

    LoreneE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a good time at FI! Went there for my free Mai Tai
  7. LV

    LarryV

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    A great place to relax! Excellent drinks, super friendly staff, and outstanding ambience make Forbidden Island one of the best tiki bars in the U.S.
  8. TB

    TheBigKirkhuna

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a pleasure vacationing on the Island. Michael, Justin, and the rest of the staff were phenomenal. This was the highlight of my month, thank you all and happy 16th!
  9. MB

    MrBunny

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Have a Nutty Chi-Chi! Tell ‘em Mr Bunny sent you. I’d love to see more vegan options — at least one main course option. Cheers!
  10. M

    Mlaughter

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved the escapism of the ambiance decor and music. The server/manager maybe 🤔 wore the 60s vibe and helped know which runs were in our cocktail during a busy Saturday night. We hated to leave!
  11. OD

    OlgaD

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Forbidden Island is the best! Wonderful staff! Michael and his staff are always accommodating and friendly. Highly recommend this place!
  12. J

    Joyce

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Love the ambiance and drinks. Staff is super nice and friendly. The food could be better if it was served in a timely manner. We ordered some food and it came out pretty cold.
  13. BM

    BitMangler

    Dusseldorf Area

    22 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    Patio closes at 21:00 - too early!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great time
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    THE PALAPAAAAA
  16. S

    Shelly

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    The drinks were soooo good. Nice and strong. The bar tenders were awesome. The decor was super creative. I can’t wait to return on a non-work night so that I can REALLY enjoy the drinks. I’ll definitely be back.
  17. CB

    CarlaB

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    I have wanted to go to the Forbidden Lounge for years, and finally I did. It is less than I expected. The exotic drinks were ok, but certainly less than exotic, and the food/snacks were awful. There were 5 of us and they went because I wanted to go, and we were all expecting something wonderful and it was veery disappointing. So sad.
  18. EM

    EdwardM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere and service. Plan on making a reservation, especially on a Saturday night. Drinks were tasty, though at $14 and up can add up fast between two people. Definitely will be back.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    15 reviews

    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience5
    They have a 90 minute maximum time for guest reservations of 3 or less that is strictly enforced. It took 30-45 minutes or more to get each drink. We love this place, but if they’re going to enforce the 90 minute time, they have to similarly prioritize the service speed.
  20. t

    tikitnt

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were there for an hour to meet friends, had a cocktail a couple appetizers. It was not as busy as the weekends, but very enjoyable.
  21. t

    tikitnt

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a great time with great friends!
  22. a

    abeabe

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our favorite Tiki bars and one of my favorite bars. The drinks are yummy and some are very strong but not aggressive ;-)
  23. M

    Mikp

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Tiki Bar Luis was a great bartender and has a great personality
  24. E

    Ehh78

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall1food4service3ambience4
    Took 30 minutes to get our drinks ordered then told our table reservation time was expiring soon-
  25. J

    James

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Brought my brother visiting from the east coast to Forbidden Island and he loved it.
  26. BM

    BlithelyMenace

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We always enjoy our visits to Forbidden Island, though they have been less frequent over the last few years (largely due to Covid, of course). The service is always friendly, and the drinks are consistently tasty. Definitely recommended!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall5food5service2ambience5
    We love Forbidden Island and go about 2x a month. Last night, we had a reservation and were seated immediately in a booth. We then had to wait almost 20 minutes for anyone to acknowledge us, let alone take our orders. After this, everything was just as usual with good snacks and delicious drinks.
  28. MA

    MaralynnA

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Forbidden Island is the BEST! The drinks are out of this world and the folks who take care of you are wonderful! GET THERE IMMEDIATELY!
  29. R

    Rosee

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Our go to tiki bar. Love the drinks, the decor, but especially Autumn.
  30. B

    Brwneyez

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The service at this Tiki lounge was horrible the wait staff ignored us. The manager was extremely rude, and the egg rolls were under done. I would never go back and I would tell people to save their money and go elsewhere.
  31. JA

    JayA

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    We had a good time at the Forbidden Island Tiki Lounge. My only complaint would be the music. Maybe some more traditional Hawaiian music and island reggae. I would recommend this lounge to a friend. The food is ok if your into pub grub. If the music and food was better I would give it a five star.
  32. NM

    NinteyMinuteReservations

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience5
    The reservations for 3 or less are for 1.5 hours. Our food and drink was ordered almost immediately, within 8 minutes of seating I would say. We then waited roughly 25 minutes for our food and drinks to arrive. By that time we had less than a hour to eat and finish our drinks. The drinks are strong, looking through the menu most were rated as a level 3 in strength, some going to 6. I ordered the signature cocktail, which is presented as the first drink on the menu. It is a level 3 strength drink. I was able to drink about 3/4 of it before I felt the drink sneaking up on me, and had to put it aside to eat. At this time a employee informed us that we only had 30 minutes left until we had to give our bar seats up. How are you supposed to enjoy the bar’s strong drinks and ordered food with less than a hour to consume them?
  33. JP

    JersonP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've came here once before a few months ago and I had a great time. This time around it was better. Came in with some coworkers and had a blast. This has become my go to spot.
  34. RE

    RobertE

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great, carefully made Tiki drinks in a magical setting.
  35. DL

    DavidL

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    First time at Forbidden Island. I’ve been wanting to come here for years so my expectations were high. We were greeted by name and we were expected due to the Open Table reservation. We were shown to a booth and scanned the QR code for the menu. Reading the online menu was awkward and I didn’t notice the drinks I wanted to try from looking at the website a few days before so I gave up and consulted our waiter for suggestions. Chips and guac is the wisest choice of the very limited food options. Drinks were well made and garnished nicely if simply. Cocktail napkins would have been much appreciated but never presented. Would like to come back and try more drinks.
  36. D

    Donald

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I always have a great time at Forbidden Island. Michael and his staff are always attentive and courteous. 5 stars all around!!
  37. WW

    WinstonW

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Ohana night is always a fun time to catch up with the group and staff of our favorite local tiki establishment!
  38. t

    tikiterry

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    everything was absolutely perfect the service the drinks the friends even the weather.
  39. CH

    ChristineH

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    As always our experience at Forbidden Island was extremely enjoyable. The drinks are fabulous. Watching the talented bartenders crank out the orders is mesmerizing. They are magicians.
  40. CC

    ChristinaC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friends and I love coming here because of the atmosphere and extensive tiki drink menu. Love the fried snacks as well - definitely not the place if you're looking for fresh food but I think the food is great for sharing and complements the drinks and vibe of the place nicely.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors

FAQs

Forbidden Island Tiki Lounge offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (510) 749-0332.

Forbidden Island Tiki Lounge is rated 4.8 stars by 241 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Google Map for Forbidden Island Tiki Lounge

1304 Lincoln Ave Alameda, CA 94501-2335

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Sherman St

  • Neighborhood

    Alameda

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–12:00 am Sat 2:00 pm–12:00 am Sun 2:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Cocktail Bar, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Hawaiian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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