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Lee's Hawaiian Islander

Lyndhurst, NJ
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768 Stuyvesant Avenue
Lyndhurst, NJ
Opened in 1974
Mon-Thu noon-10pm
Fri-Sat noon-1am
Sun noon-10pm
(201) 939-3777
Flaming pu-pu platter

Critiki ratings

Lee's Hawaiian Islander

7.7

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by 37 people

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Detail
Everyone You
Decor 7.8
Drink Quality 7
Drink Selection 7.6
Food Quality 7.1
Food Selection 7.8
Mood 7.5
Music 8.4
Service 8.5
Tikiness 7.5
Tilt 7.6
Vibe 7.6

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Humuhumu’s description

Lee's Hawaiian Islander is a Chinese restaurant that opened in 1974. There are tiki masks mounted on rock-lined walls with a weeping water effect, an outrigger canoe hangs from the ceiling, and there is a special hut booth. An upper balcony holds more tables with bamboo framing. Drinks are served in mugs, and there is a flaming pu-pu platter. Mr. Lee can be found there often, happily playing host and greeting patrons.
There is another Lee's Hawaiian Islander
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Lee's Hawaiian Islander
Clifton, NJ
Bar & Restaurant
8
location in Clifton, but it is currently closed due to a fire.

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Sheldrake
Sheldrake has visited Lee's Hawaiian Islander.
May 10, 2019, 10:02 AM
I visited Lee's Hawaiian Islander last weekend. There were only three other parties in the restaurant but that was probably because I stopped in at approximately 3:30 in the afternoon on a Saturday. The restaurant is appropriately dark with no windows and it took a few minutes for my eyes to adjust. The decor was classic Gilligan's island's theme with bamboo covering the walls up to about 4 feet high and tapa cloth paper from there up to the ceiling. The restaurant is two floors with a large open area in the center all the way up to the top floor ceiling. You have the choice of sitting at bamboo booth, an open table, or one of four bamboo Hut like booths in the corners. We chose a bamboo booth and it was nice and cozy. One of the walls is decorated in fake rock and has two waterfalls running down it. There is an Outrigger Canoe hanging from the ceiling, tiki masks hanging over nearly every table, with some corner booths having clamshell lights mounted on the walls. We were greeted and sat immediately. The drink menu is a combination of familiar Tiki drinks and some that appear to have just been made up. As I was down in New Jersey on a family trip, my mom ordered a Chi Chi and I ordered a Planter's Punch. The drinks arrived in appropriate glassware for each, with a pretty decent, if generic Tiki mug for my Planter's Punch. The drinks tasted very close to versions I have made at using the Bum's recipes, and I was pleasantly pleased by them. The food was pretty much as has been described in previous reviews: pretty average if expensive. My mom ordered the shrimp over garlic and vegetables and she loved it. I ordered the poo poo platter which was a mixed bag. The Mongolian beef and chicken wings were really good, the ribs were very average, and the spring rolls were not very good. I don't eat seafood but my mom had the shrimp toast and fantail shrimp from the poo poo platter and she said that they were both pretty good. Young Mr. Lee turned on the lights upstairs for me so that I could take photos. He also said that as it was Saturday night it would be packed later because they had karaoke and always had a big crowd. On our way out the Elder Mr Lee was in the bar area and cheerfully greeted us. I was glad I was able to take a moment to speak with him and shake his hand. Overall, Lee's is an interesting classic Tiki Bar to visit. I wouldn't drive hours to get here, but if you are in northern New Jersey I would definitely recommend stopping in.
timeinhell
timeinhell is a semi-regular at Lee's Hawaiian Islander.
November 29, 2018, 3:30 PM
ALWAYS A GOOD TIME AT LEE'S
I go from time to time as I'm local. The focus of the drinks is strength instead of being top shelf, old school. No one will EVER say they don;t taste the alcohol in their drink. The food is great, but I stick to the Chinese and Polynesian. I had a steak there once, and it wasn't great but maybe it was just a bad day. There are enough options on the menu to make up for it. Going there for karaoke is a blast, one of the waiters sings. Usually a good cross section of the neighborhood there having a good time.
vikdmon
vikdmon has visited Lee's Hawaiian Islander.
January 30, 2018, 1:11 PM
DO NOT GO TO LEE'S Hawaiian in Lyndhurst!! This establishment supports racist patrons.
Just got home from spending $150 for a family dinner to be told "You're brown so sit down!" WTF. My 12 year old waited over an hour just to sing karaoke but the white family sitting next to the karaoke guy got to go several times. When we questioned that my daughter had to wait I was told "you're brown sit down..."
Then we were abused and told that we were gonna be beaten up by the white trash!
In addition when my daughter got to sing the white piece of crap said to my 12 year old "I'm not going to listen to you because your mother is a "Bi*ch." HE SAID THAT TO MY DAUGHTER!!!
DO NOT GO THERE unless you are white and then you are good.
Oh the best thing. We were told to leave while the white trash was allowed to stay because they were "drunk" That place is awful...please please please DO NOT GO THERE !!
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