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Forbidden Island

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1304 Lincoln Ave, Alameda, CA 94501-2335
510-749-0332
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5:00 pm - 2:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Wed 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thu - Fri 5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Sat 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Good for:
Romance
Outdoor seating

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
LOVE this place!

Came here with a friend that is local and what a great place! Cocktail menu is huge and everything looks amazing. I tried the Monkeypod and Rose Sazarac....delicious! Atmosphere is super cool and folks are friendly. There is also a patio area in the back.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 13, 2015
zooplantgirl
via mobile
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Outdoor seating
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9 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015 via mobile

Came here with a friend that is local and what a great place! Cocktail menu is huge and everything looks amazing. I tried the Monkeypod and Rose Sazarac....delicious! Atmosphere is super cool and folks are friendly. There is also a patio area in the back.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

The expansive cocktail menu is pretty well-rounded and of course being a full bar, they can make you your favorites as well if you're not in the mood for a tropical drink. Love the decor, the patio, the dog-friendly aspect but so, so not impressed with the appetizers which seems to be the only food they serve. If they went... More 

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Oakland, California
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73 reviews 73 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We visited this tiki bar with out of town friends who knew about it and wanted to try it. It is a very cute bar with very good drinks and very little food. The decor is vintage tiki bar with some booths decked out like tiki huts, we loved it. The drink menu is mostly rum based drinks, but the... More 

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Moscow, Russia
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91 reviews 91 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

This little drinkery was recommended to me as a hipster hangout... I didn't see any hipsters there but I did enjoy some tasty rum based drinks. I think my favorite was Jet Fighter. I ordered guac and chips... the guac was fine but the chips most certainly came out of a 50lb bag and tasted like it. The bartender was... More 

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Champaign, Illinois, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

Forbidden Island was having their annual parking lot sale when I was going to be out in SF for business. I decided to make a go of this and had a great time. I even ran into people I knew from the tiki scene and then met new people to talk with. The drinks are excellent (I had a Vic... More 

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San Francisco, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

This place even SMELLs like vacation when you walk inside. I've been dropping in at Forbidden Island since it first opened several years ago. I love the vibe inside, the clever and tasty drinks, the retro music and old tropical movies (no sound) on the TV monitor, and the babbling pond too. The last time I went there, it was... More 

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Alameda, California
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54 reviews 54 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2012

Small little FREAKING AWESOME Tiki bar! Decorated super cute. Great tiki drinks. Great tiki cups, and other glassware as well. Always great drinks and a good time. Only bad thing about this place is that finding somewhere to sit can often be difficult. And you have to leave. That, too.

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Alameda, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2012

Great drinks, cool retro tiki bar decor, what's not to love?

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2009

They squeeze their own juice! and give you a fresh flower! best drinks ever. Great atmosphere.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1304 Lincoln Ave, Alameda, CA 94501-2335
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Alameda
  • Phone Number: 510-749-0332

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
  • Cuisine: Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Outdoor seating
Open Hours
Sunday
3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday
5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Friday
5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Saturday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?