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Forbidden Island

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub, Hawaiian
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1304 Lincoln Ave, Alameda, CA 94501-2335
+1 510-749-0332
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Closed now
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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
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London, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Was taken here with friends on a weekend when a live band were playing, and while there was a queue to get in, it was well worth the wait. The atmosphere inside was great, the decor was great, the live band were great, the cocktails were great and yes it goes without saying, but...if you do visit this bar and... More 

Thank HardwireTag
El Cerrito, California
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37 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2017

It's always tiki time whenever you can find a place as fun and festive as Forbidden Island! It lies on an unassuming stretch of Lincoln Avenue in heart of Alameda. I had been once before with a friends on a Sunday afternoon where it wasn't packed at all and we had a fun time sitting at the festively decked out... More 

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Jackson, Wyoming
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2016 via mobile

The best freshest formidable drinks served by fresh and formidable people. Polynesian paradise in Alameda.

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Oregon Coast, Oregon
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145 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2016

This place rocked and was well worth the little jaunt into Alameda from the city for. Dozens of different tiki drinks with interesting descriptions, and strengths listed by the number of skulls beside the name. Decor was like a period piece, with the walls full of great memorabilia, service staff dressed more or less in character, nice, friendly, fast service,... More 

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New Canaan, Connecticut
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161 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016

If you like tiki, rum drinks, nice appetizers with a great staff, this is the place to go. Located in a local neighborhood with plenty of street parking, locally owned and operated this is the place for great drinks in a great atmosphere. There is plenty of well decorated interior seating and an enclosed out side area when the weather... More 

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Martinez, California
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207 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2016

We stopped in here a couple of weeks ago for drinks before dinner, having been once quite a while ago and enjoying it. The atmosphere is great! There are Tiki figures all over, and a big collection of the kinds of glasses specialty drinks used to come in- parrots, Japanese figures, etc. They also have clips of old movies with... More 

Thank Steven C
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41 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2016 via mobile

I tried to go the first time and they were closed for a private event. Fine... On my next trip to town, I was excited to try it again. I have an anxiety disorder and travel with a support dog. I specifically checked the website to see if dogs are welcome. This is from their site: Can I at least... More 

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Sunnyvale, California
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39 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2016

We did a tour of the USS Hornet Museum, which put us in the mood for some South Pacific fantasies. What better to top off the day than a pilgrimage to a Tiki Bar? Bar did not open until 5PM, but that is when the Hornet closes, so it worked out great. Decor is great. Despite having a traditional Tiki... More 

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90 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

We've been here several times, the last time in mid-December two days before leaving to spend Christmas and New Years in Hawaii. No better way to start getting in the aloha spirit than one of their fantastic Mai Tais! If only they would serve decent pupus -- that would up their game by a lot. Still, great ambiance, deco and... More 

Thank BobKatUSA
Los Angeles, California
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

A woman who was friends with the DJ took exception to my request to turn down the music (which was honoured) and fabricated complaint to have me and my quite party of four thrown out. Disgusted that the manager allowed this sort of bullying.

1 Thank Jack H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $15
American, Bar, Pub, Hawaiian
Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Bar scene
Open Hours
3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
5:00 pm - 2:00 am
5:00 pm - 2:00 am
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1304 Lincoln Ave, Alameda, CA 94501-2335
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Alameda
  • Phone Number: +1 510-749-0332

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