Forbidden Island Tiki Lounge

4.8
190 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.

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
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 190 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
4.7
Service
4.9
Ambience
4.6
Value
Noise · Moderate
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Becks
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

The atmosphere, the service, and the drinks were great! The trickiest part was being sat at such a large table for my group of 5, made it a little hard for some people to hear each other. Also, the chairs available were not comfortable for all members of the party.

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MarioT
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good place to have fun and the drinks are the best

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None
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The staff make the visit worthwhile, not to mention the awesome drinks!

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DanT
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful as always. Thanks for being the central vortex of our lives!

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Stinkeresmell
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The best! Always. The outdoors feels so safe and also fun.

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JamesE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everyone who works there is the best

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Artist
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went there last night for my 21st birthday and it was nice. The service was beyond great definitely will go there again on a chill day.

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LauraZ
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great drinks! Great ambiance! Great experience! :)))

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GwenP
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Forbidden Island is my all time favorite tiki bar! I don't get to Alameda that often. When I do, a visit to the Island is always in order.

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NicoleG
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service! Wonderful bartenders! Tasty drinks! Absolutely recommend

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Tommy
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great outdoor and indoor spots. Some drinks are a bit too sweet, but a great menu otherwise.

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MamaV2
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Other than waiting about a half hour after our reservation time, we highly enjoyed ourselves. The waiting was only because the previous party at the table we were going to be seated at refused you leave when they needed to. This did not reflect my views on the bar. We were totally accommodated, drinks were fantastic and atmosphere fun!

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Leslie
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Tasty drinks and a fun vacation-y vibe. What's not to like?

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent drinks. Great guacamole

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JulieD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lots of great drinks and a huge Tiki staue in the back outside area.

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Frances
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

Have yet to find a better tiki bar in the bay area. There are rums from all over the world that you can taste. The extensive menu has awesome blended drinks that are always decorated so nicely! The staff if very friendly and knowledgeable.

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WeeklyDiner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Fun place to chill and hang out. Server was fun to chat with. Wish they had better bar food, but drinks were great.

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MichaelB
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

We had a fantastic time at Forbidden Island, as usual. The staff was great, attentive and helpful! My only complaint at all is that I wish there was a slightly better food selection, but that is hardly a deal breaker issue for me. The drinks are well made, tasty, and delivered in a timely fashion. What a great way to celebrate a birthday!

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catea
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love this place! Wonderful people and atmosphere!

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Superfry
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

I went to a special function/event that was in effect and was so happy to have a reserved table! The service staff was friendly and accomodating! I had been to another event earlier in the year and was not received well at all, so this trip definitely made up for it. The staff and vibe were great this time around!

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DorrisW
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place is a ton o fun! great drinks and great ambiance. the coconut shrimp was good too. Friendly staff. Nice outdoor area too.

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vipKirkW
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a not so hidden gem for when you need an escape and a minivacation. The staff and drinks are top notch. N'uff said!

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Tikitina831
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Limited menu but good bar bites that came quickly. I like the waffle fries.

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ChelseaB
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I always love coming here! Great ambience, great staff, and always a good time!

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Kusandra
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

Great service! The outdoor seating option is cool and comfortable. There are coverings and you are overlooked by a tiki god. Our server, Justin is knowledgeable and friendly. The cocktails were fantastic. It was a great time out.

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AnnaM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious drinks and a selection of noshies to soak up the rum! The staff are helpful and kind. This was out second visit, and we'll be back many more times.

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brunchiegoddess
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4Food3Service2Ambience2

The waitress was very nice, and working super hard, and the drinks were delicious. I got the coconut shrimp, and they were a bit undercooked, but otherwise the food was yummy too. The one thing that rubbed me the wrong way is that you're given an hour and a half reservation, but then they told us to leave after only having been there for one hour. The place was super busy, so the service was very slow. We had just ordered our second round of drinks when the host came to kick us out, and so when they came to our table we felt really rushed to finish them. We asked for to go cups, and they said they would get them, but never did. So we just chugged our drinks and headed out.

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MichaelC
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Forbidden Island isn't just our favorite place in Alameda, it's one of the best Tiki Bars in California! The decor is spot-on and the service friendly, but the real star of this show is the drinks. All of them tasty -- seriously have never had a bad drink here.

I wish the place were a little larger as it can fill up quickly, but that's part of the tiki bar charm I guess.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a great time and drinks! Everything was delicious-we got appetizers and only wished there were some meals on the menu. Overall, loved it. Will definitely be back!

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vipGrayTable
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great tiki cocktails as always.

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vipJohn3
Richmond
55 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome as always! Comfortable neighborhood casual Tiki. The drinks are spot on and the staff is 5 Star friendly and engaging. A must stop for me when I’m here in the Bay Area!

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CheryM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time coming, won’t be our last. The ambiance, the service, even the yummy snacks. A cute little place that takes you back in time to a far away island get away

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CarolS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a favorite and their outdoor seating is perfect during these times!

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LuckyScott
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I will update my review when I sober up. Great place. Happy place. Sara "no need for an h" is the bomb.

John "the singing waiter" was super helpful as I have decided to begin my journey to being a member of the Forbidden Island Kill Devil Club.

Lucky Tip: Make a reservation for the bar or a table. It's such a cool experience inside with amazing decor, drinks, and people to experience. I love the back patio but being inside transports you away to a magical place.

The food is fried. It's actually really good but don't go there thinking dinner. The shrimp, mozzarella, and chicken nuggets are really good. This is a bar, not a sit-down restaurant.

They have live music. I saw Jinx Jones there and they had the music so perfectly piped through the bar -- that standing in the back you could hear it clearly but still talk. I was really impressed by the balance of the sound quality and the level of volume. I am headed back on 8/28 for the first concert post COVID.

I love this place and wouldn't change a thing about it -- other than making it bigger and closer to my home.

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PupLambert
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

We made a reservation for 5:00, yet we had to wait in a long line and they sat a party before us that had a later reservation time. We were only able to purchase one round of drinks, and we wanted a second but we're told no without a reason, so we left! Service is typically good here the drinks are good and it's a fun atmosphere! They're covid practices seem safe, but they're still a few patrons who decide that they want to smoke, or not where their masks when walking by your table or entering the building.

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boatbride
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

Great tiki bar with open outdoor patio. Had a team parent meet up and they were very accommodating of multiple separate bills and a group that waxed and waned over 2 hours. Amazing drinks including beers for the non tiki drink afficionados.

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MrBunny
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Try the Macadamia Nut Chi Chi! Best cocktail on earth. I prefer it over ice — but the default is blended/frozen.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience5

Food is obviously not the highlight, however cocktails seem to be a focus. Cool. Count me in. Drinks were mediocre at best. Reviews seemed positive, so we thought it would be a fun place. Service was slow. Servers were rude. Seemed surprised —Yes, we would like to order drinks. On arrival we were warned we only had 90 minutes and then our table would be for another group. Wow—awesome welcome.

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vip1ofjillsfavs
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

I really like the atmosphere with the tiki and tropical ambiance. Great music. Autumn is a wonderful server. I think your website could be improved. Was not user friendly for ordering concert tickets.

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Maxey
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a great time!

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 190 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 reservations at the moment.

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