Luau Lounge

San Francisco, CA
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Pier 39
San Francisco, CA
Opened in 2012
Mon-Thu 10:30am-10pm
Fri-Sat 10am-11pm
Sun 10am-10pm
All ages
(415) 981-6300

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Luau Lounge



by 20 people



Everyone You
Decor 5.7
Drink Quality 6.2
Drink Selection 5.5
Food Quality 7.4
Food Selection 6.2
Mood 4.4
Music 5.4
Service 7.9
Tikiness 5.6
Tilt 4.8
Vibe 5.3

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Humuhumu’s description

Luau Lounge opened inside Players, a video game arcade on Pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf, in 2012. The bar and restaurant overlooks San Francisco Bay, with large windows to take in the view. The decor includes tapa cloth, beachcomber lamps and tikis, but with full daylight on one side and a riotous arcade on the other, the mood is not one of escape despite some nice decor. There is a full restaurant menu, and the tropical drinks skew to the sweet and fruity end.


Monster A GoGo
Monster A GoGo has visited Luau Lounge.
February 1, 2019, 12:06 AM
When I first heard about a tiki bar on Pier 39, I was expecting the very worst. Everything on Pier 39 is overpriced and rather schlocky, aimed at getting the almighty tourist dollar. But when I actually bothered to visit it, I was surprised. It wasn't great, but it wasn't bad at all.

The decor was well done---for being a tourist trap. The drinks were tasty. There was even a view of the bay and Alcatraz to boot. Not a SMUGGLER'S COVE or PAGAN IDOL, but not some McTiki crap-o-rama nothing like I had been expecting, it wasn't a bad little place. Sure, it's never going to be my first choice for a tiki fix...but I'd be thrilled to have this in my town (we have NOTHING here).

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KevinCrossman has visited Luau Lounge.
July 23, 2018, 7:46 PM
Sad news to report, Mai Tai fans. Yesterday I was in SF with the family and popped over to the Luau Lounge at Pier 39 for a Mai Tai. I visited here last Dec 31st and was impressed they made their 1944 Mai Tai with fresh-squeezed lime juice with measured amounts of Blackwell and Real McCoy rums.

Sadly, the quality has dropped incredibly low. My Mai Tai was made with a bottled juice (or was it sour mix?) and a white rum that might have been Bacardi. The cocktail was prepared via free pours and was really sour and not all tasty. If I wasnít in a rush to catch up with the family I might have inquired with the bartender or manager about the low quality of this drink.
KevinCrossman has visited Luau Lounge.
January 1, 2018, 2:55 PM
My wife and I visited Luau Lounge in the late afternoon on Dec 31. This was my 25th tiki bar in 2017, and in many ways was a very pleasant surprise. Despite bad reviews and their online menu giving me limited hope of good drinks, their new Tiki Classics menu featured a 1944 Mai Tai, which I happily ordered.

I was expecting a grenadine-laced fruit juice drink (their old menu lists the Mai Tai with Sailor Jerry and Creme De Noyax). But this 44 Mai Tai was made with fresh squeezed lime juice, Blackwell Jamaican Rum and Real McCoy 3, plus Pierre Ferrand Dry CuraÁao. No Orgeat, sadly, as they used Torani Almond instead. Nonetheless, this was a pretty good Mai Tai according to the Trader Vicís template, right down to the mint and spent lime shell.

I also ordered a Tropical Itch, which was made right along the 1957 original Harry Yee recipe, and served with a large bamboo backscratcher. This was a powerful cocktail! My wife had a very good Pina Colada and an okay Strawberry Daiquiri. We also tried the coconut shrimp, which we thought were delicious and a healthy portion as well.

The atmosphere at Luau Lounge is a mixed bag. Decor is generally well-done, including some nice display cases featuring old Trader Vicís mugs, books by Berry and Bergeron, and some fine rums. Music is reggae and calypso (not great, but better than 80s pop metal), and the bar is right next to a family arcade. The Lounge is hard to find inside Players, with an easy to miss display giving you directions (hint, go into the main entrance and keep heading right). Itís definitely a place where lots of beer and wine will be served, but I think their efforts to have more complex cocktails and offer more than just slushy fruit should be acknowledged and celebrated.

Some will gripe out the big windows overlooking the bay, but Iíve never felt like tiki bars overlooking the ocean/bay should be penalized. I found this place to be an overall pleasant surprise and for sure will return for a good Mai Tai when Iím back at Pier 39.
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