Forbidden Island Tiki Lounge
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 25 percent capacity, as well as outdoors in our Tiki Garden/ Patio, 7 days a week.
* Please note that all reservations are limited to 90 minutes.
- Surfaces sanitised between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
- Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waiting staff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Guac and Chips
Corn Dogs with Waffle Fries
Two Jumbo Chicken Corn Dogs served with our delectable Waffle Fries
Mozzarella Sticks and Fried Zucchini
Drinks seemed to stick to the traditional recipes. Very acidic but if you like those types of drinks, they same it make I decent craft cocktail. Everyone was nice, the service was bad. They forgot about my drink twice. It happens sometimes, but they weren’t overly crowded because of COVID rules. I would go back again, it was pretty quiet considering the amount of people. It’s a dive vibe with a tiki personality.
Loved the waitress! She was so sweet and amazin?
We enjoyed our first visit to the Forbidden Island. The bartenders are amazing. There is so much involved with delivering tiki cocktails and they know their stuff. Have to give them shout out for being great at what they do. The drinks were fabulous and the staff was fantastic! We will definitely make Forbidden Island a new regular location.
Great Tiki Bar! Would recommend the Leilani Volcano, Chamborlada, and Macadamia Nut Chi Chi. The bar bites were pretty good - I wish there were more variety/options.
Thank you for letting us come a bit later then our reservation. First time taking my partner there will come back soon
I loved this Tiki Bar, and cannot wait until all COVID restrictions are lifted and they can get more help hired on.
I gave 3 stars for service only because there was pretty much 1 server and it took a while to give our order and to reorder. The actual server was great and tried to keep up with the demand. I would give her a 5-Star rating!
The food is snack food, but really yummy. We had the corn dogs with waffle fries, and they were cooked just perfect. I had not had a corn dog since the fair, maybe 10 years ago, so it was a nice surprise to get one that was good tasting.
We will be back😊
They’re back! My boyfriend and I finally made our way back to Forbidden Island and I can happily say i’m impressed. All staff was masked, polite and really attentive, social distancing was enforced & everything was very clean. While we opted to sit indoors, there was a big cozy outdoor patio area. They do limit time indoors to 90 minutes but it was plenty of time for me to feel the effects of the rum this morning! The food is pretty basic bar food, fried foods and fries, but it was all fresh and delicious. The drinks were amazing, like I said, I felt it this morning. Overall i’m happy this place is back up and running, we love FI! Cheers!
I love Forbidden Island and was so happy to take a friend for her birthday. The drinks are amazing, the snacks were yummy and it was so relaxing on the patio. The host reserved us a great spot and we had a lovely time.
One thing I wish had been different is that I wish we had been given a heads up that the reservation is only for 90 minutes. I understand why (a lot of restaurants are doing this right now) but I wish the host or server had given us a heads up when we were seated.
Overall though, lovely time. Would go back in a heartbeat.
The outdoor patio was spacious and comfortable, plenty of room for our party of 4 (plus service dog) to sit comfortably. The drinks were delicious and the staff was able to make recommendations of rums we might like based on other drinking preferences.
Excellent atmosphere indoors (and out) and pleasant staff. Great drinks! Food was good too. Perfect amount of time to enjoy a first date.
Love this place. Great service, great drinks.
Cocktails were great. We especially liked the Humuhumunukunukuapua’a and the Palapa. Service was slow and not particularly attentive. "Food" (really they only have bar snacks) was overpriced ($8 for a small serving of fries) and low quality. Would be so easy to add a few more options. But we enjoyed the vibe and will go back just for drinks.
Great drinks, cool atmosphere, awesome service, and delicious food from the partnered food truck!!
Fun Covid safe outdoor and indoor seating, delicious tiki drinks. Basic tasty bar food, but for more options, go on a day when there’s the Satay by the Bay food truck.
Love Forbidden Island. The patio is so nice.
We didn't have the food, but drinks here are excellent. MacNut ChiChi is my fav....hubby had a beer and then rum&coke. Atmosphere is great and we love the vibe. Only comment I'd make is that reservation said it was for a table/booth and we ended up at the bar right at the door. 'Pagan Love Story' on the TV was entertaining, tho, and service was excellent.
Love this place! The service was outstanding and so fun!
They've done such a great job of creating an environment that feels covid-safe while still welcoming, quirky, and fun.
Amazing place for great Tiki drinks and just hanging out, and has been for the last 15 years.
Always a great time at Forbidden Island—amazing service & drinks! Can’t wait to go back!
Forbidden Island is a hidden Alameda gym. A true tiki bar with a recently expanded outdoor area allows one to enjoy traditional and creative cocktails. The food is fried but it does the trick. Friendly efficient staff. The recent 15th anniversary party included music and a special mug release; and great time was had by all.
Always a fabulous time at Forbidden Island! Drinks are out of this world and the ambiance provides the exact "escapism" that we need during this crazy pandemic!
Arguably one of the best tiki bars in the world! They’ve been slinging cocktails for over 15 years so they definitely know what they are doing. The cocktail program and rum selection is very extensive so there is definitely something for everyone. A limited bar bites food menu is also served so order a snack or two. Definitely tiki at its finest!
It is always a pleasure coming to Forbidden Island - consistent outstanding cocktails and service. Michael and his crew do a great job making everyone feel like ohana
We didn't order food, but there's no option for that, so just gave it a positive rating as plenty of others were eating food, so assume it was decent. The reservation system is actually better than pre-COVID, as you can actually get a booth! Great drinks, great ambiance. A really fun place for a date night.
Fantastic drinks, unbeatable service and one of the most authentic tiki experiences around. Can’t go wrong
The drinks are always great, ambience excellent. Food is so so, service too (the staff is always nice and quirky tho!)
Great drinks, okay food, amazing ambience. Well distanced outdoor patio for covid safety.
Great tropical drinks and nice outdoor setting. Snacks are ok and nice that they at least have a small menu.
My favorite spot in the whole bay area! Best drinks, ambiance and awesome customer service.
The tiki drinks here are all delicious! Love being able to make reservations for the outdoor tables.
Always a treat to come to Forbidden Island with friends and I always bring out of towners, much to their delight. The expansion of the outdoor space and addition of cocktails to go made it possible to enjoy the tiki vibe through most of the pandemic, and for that we’re grateful!
Perfect way to spend Mother’s Day. The weather, the ambiance, and the drinks made for a fantastic day out! Much needed after the pandemic, and I felt like they took their COVID guidelines seriously.
We were comfortable in the shade on a hot day with delicious drinks and some tasty fried vittles. Drinks are strong! The service was great but I'd love to go back when there's not a time limit. You need time to get your sea legs ; )
This place should be on everyone's bucket list! Thanks for a great daytime drink
Such a cool vibe and the drinks were yummy
Drinks were awesome when we finally got them - took over 30 minutes. No water refills offered. We were asked for food order 50 minutes in so had to take it to go because our time was up by the time it was delivered to our table.
absolutely wonderful staff, set up, music, snacks and beverages. had a great time for our first outdoor drinks and dining experience in a long long long long time. aces!
So glad Forbidden Island reopened, best Tiki drinks around, very comfortable, relaxed, good service, outside breeze was nice, and drinks to go... awesome!
Forbidden Island Tiki Lounge offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (510) 749-0332.
Forbidden Island Tiki Lounge is rated 4.8 stars by 120 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.