The Lanai

Bar & Restaurant
4000 S El Camino Real
San Mateo, California, United States
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Closed in 1988
Defunct tiki not included,
distances are as the crow flies.
The Downtown Tiki Lounge, San Mateo 3.0 mi
4.8 km
Papua New Guinea Sculpture Garden, Palo Alto 9.8 mi
15.8 km
Forbidden Island Tiki Lounge, Alameda 16.9 mi
27.1 km
Longitude, Oakland 18.8 mi
30.3 km
The Enchanted Tiki Office, Emeryville 20.8 mi
33.5 km
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Neon sign at The Lanai in San Mateo
May 1982, photo by Mike Campbell
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Humuhumu’s description:
This restaurant at the Villa Hotel (now the Radisson Villa Hotel -- criminy, I'm afraid that one day I'll come home and there will be a Radisson sign over my mailbox, but I digress...) closed in 1988. The restaurant location is now reportedly a Walgreen's. (Double criminy!)

The Lanai had a dramatic neon palm tree sign, and an almost identical one still stands at The Leilani in Fresno.

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April 28, 2009, 10:00 PM
This was where a rather tall high school boy learned about TIKI and rum. Oh yeah it was THE PLACE back in the day. They had a twenty foot mural behind the bar with a twenty foot fish tank under it. The mural changed lighting such that it appeared to go from sunrise to sunset over the course of an hour or so. The scorpion bowls were to die for complete with floating Gardenia.
Dr. Tiki was a regular at The Lanai.

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