Forbidden Island Tiki Lounge

4.8
120 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 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser 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
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 120 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.8
ambience
4.6
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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jdpeters92
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service1ambience3

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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the waitress! She was so sweet and amazin?

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ChristineH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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.

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jonfreakingc
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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.

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Rodrigo
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for letting us come a bit later then our reservation. First time taking my partner there will come back soon

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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😊

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Josie
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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BunnyB
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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.

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MoiraM
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent atmosphere indoors (and out) and pleasant staff. Great drinks! Food was good too. Perfect amount of time to enjoy a first date.

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EveC
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love this place. Great service, great drinks.

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RoCo66
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall4food2service2ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drinks, cool atmosphere, awesome service, and delicious food from the partnered food truck!!

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ChristinaO
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Forbidden Island. The patio is so nice.

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DZinCA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! The service was outstanding and so fun!

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Tadasana42
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

They've done such a great job of creating an environment that feels covid-safe while still welcoming, quirky, and fun.

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BrentD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place for great Tiki drinks and just hanging out, and has been for the last 15 years.

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rubyxred
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time at Forbidden Island—amazing service & drinks! Can’t wait to go back!

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boatbride
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

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.

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Maya
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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MichaelL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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!

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PaulB
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Stealworks
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic drinks, unbeatable service and one of the most authentic tiki experiences around. Can’t go wrong

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Daniel
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience5

The drinks are always great, ambience excellent. Food is so so, service too (the staff is always nice and quirky tho!)

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rum release

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vipEmilyC
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great drinks, okay food, amazing ambience. Well distanced outdoor patio for covid safety.

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Nina
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Great tropical drinks and nice outdoor setting. Snacks are ok and nice that they at least have a small menu.

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embarrasing8
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite spot in the whole bay area! Best drinks, ambiance and awesome customer service.

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AmyT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tiki drinks here are all delicious! Love being able to make reservations for the outdoor tables.

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AngelaD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience5

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!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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tabwootwo
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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 ; )

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Esperanza
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This place should be on everyone's bucket list! Thanks for a great daytime drink

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a cool vibe and the drinks were yummy

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TammieW
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

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.

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amandas
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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MikeP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience4

So glad Forbidden Island reopened, best Tiki drinks around, very comfortable, relaxed, good service, outside breeze was nice, and drinks to go... awesome!

FAQs

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.

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