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 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.
- 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
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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.
Good place to have fun and the drinks are the best
The staff make the visit worthwhile, not to mention the awesome drinks!
Wonderful as always. Thanks for being the central vortex of our lives!
The best! Always. The outdoors feels so safe and also fun.
Everyone who works there is the best
50 character minimum
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.
Great drinks! Great ambiance! Great experience! :)))
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.
Great service! Wonderful bartenders! Tasty drinks! Absolutely recommend
Great outdoor and indoor spots. Some drinks are a bit too sweet, but a great menu otherwise.
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!
Tasty drinks and a fun vacation-y vibe. What's not to like?
Excellent drinks. Great guacamole
Lots of great drinks and a huge Tiki staue in the back outside area.
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.
Fun place to chill and hang out. Server was fun to chat with. Wish they had better bar food, but drinks were great.
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!
We love this place! Wonderful people and atmosphere!
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!
This place is a ton o fun! great drinks and great ambiance. the coconut shrimp was good too. Friendly staff. Nice outdoor area too.
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!
Limited menu but good bar bites that came quickly. I like the waffle fries.
I always love coming here! Great ambience, great staff, and always a good time!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Great tiki cocktails as always.
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!
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
Always a favorite and their outdoor seating is perfect during these times!
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.
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.
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.
Try the Macadamia Nut Chi Chi! Best cocktail on earth. I prefer it over ice — but the default is blended/frozen.
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.
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.
Always a great time!
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.