Royal Hawaiian

Bar & Restaurant
331 N. Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach, California, United States
Ph: (949) 494-8001
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Tue-Sat 5pm-11pm
Sun 4pm-9pm
Opened in 1947
Closed in 2006
Defunct tiki not included,
distances are as the crow flies.
Billy's at the Beach, Newport Beach 9.4 mi
15.2 km
Capistrano Shores, San Clemente 11.8 mi
19.0 km
Tiki Farm, San Clemente 13.2 mi
21.3 km
The Enchanted Tiki Room, Anaheim 20.0 mi
32.2 km
Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar, Anaheim 19.9 mi
32.1 km
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Exterior of the Royal Hawaiian
May 2003, photo by Humuhumu
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Humuhumu’s description:
The Royal Hawaiian was originally in a different location, and likely moved to its current site in the 1960s. It has several small dining rooms with glass-walled dioramas filled with tikis and plants, great lamps, bamboo, thatch and sea grass matting, and a bar with a fireplace and pufferfish. There are lovely oil paintings throughout, including a large piece hung directly above the hostess stand.

In spring 2006, the restaurant was sold to a new owner, who gutted it. The newer, tiki-stripped version closed for good in 2012.

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December 28, 2008, 1:35 AM
Scores Category should be updated, the Royal Hawaiian is open, the exterior is still lovely, the bar sucks (but they've got a new Squid mug!), some tikis remained in the interior.

January 16, 2012, 2:16 PM
Used to love this place! Even before I was old enough to drink.
The new ownership/remodel completely stripped it's charm away and in it's place brought another shopping-mall-on-the-beach style establishment to Laguna. A sad story if you ask me.

Quote from the RH website: "Opened in 1947 by Francis Cabang, the restaurant was run by members of the Cabang family until 2006 when it changed ownership and underwent some much needed refurbishing. The restaurant has now enhanced its notorious tiki charm with larger dining and bar areas and several large HDTV's".
TONGA TIME!! has visited Royal Hawaiian.

January 15, 2013, 8:18 PM
The original bar was a fantastic escape to the past. Never tried the food but having Lapu Lapu's with friends on the low red chairs was the best. The re-do was the beginning of the end. Miss the original!
KavikaTiki was a semi-regular at Royal Hawaiian.

July 22, 2013, 10:55 AM
Did some urban archaeology last weekend and stopped by this place. So sad to see it shut down. People loved the Royal Hawaiian.
forgotten tikiman has visited Royal Hawaiian.

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