Royal Hawaiian

Laguna Beach, CA
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331 N Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach, CA
Opened in 2016
Wed-Thu 2:30pm-10:30pm
Fri 2:30pm-midnight
Sat noon-midnight
Sun 11am-10pm
Closed Mon, Tue
(949) 715-1470

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Royal Hawaiian



by 54 people



Everyone You
Decor 8.2
Drink Quality 8
Drink Selection 8
Food Quality 8.2
Food Selection 7.5
Mood 7
Music 6
Service 8.4
Tikiness 7.6
Tilt 7.4
Vibe 7.1

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Humuhumu’s description

This modern tiki bar and restaurant opened in 2016, but it's carrying on a strong tiki tradition in Laguna Beach. It occupies the same site as local tiki landmark Royal Hawaiian
Royal Hawaiian
Laguna Beach, CA
Bar & Restaurant
, which was entirely gutted in 2006. The new owners, Mo Honarkar and daughters Hasty and Nikisa, are working to bring back a fully-decorated Royal Hawaiian with the help of Bamboo Ben
Bamboo Ben's Showroom
Huntington Beach, CA


Maswind has visited Royal Hawaiian.
January 28, 2018, 5:05 PM
We enjoyed a great meal and drinks at the Royal Hawaiian. Food and decor was fabulous. The current owners really have upgraded the restaurant, versus the last owners. Drinks were excellent, I watched the bartenders during a slammed Saturday evening, and they each dedicated the time necessary to create great tiki drinks.

Service was middle of the road, we were on a high top in the bar, and it took a while to get the attention of our server, who was not aware that she was assigned the table. I would tend to write this off as the product of a busy Saturday with one or two staff off sick.

A lovely evening. We will return.
KevinCrossman has visited Royal Hawaiian.
October 24, 2017, 8:54 PM
We had a great time at the Royal Hawaiian. Our reservation was for dinner and we were seated right away. The interior of this place is amazing! I am a Hawaii fan and they have a very good Hawiian/Tiki fusion in the decor of the restaurant. Be sure to check out the display case with tiki mugs and other paraphernalia from the Royal Hawaiian and other tiki bars. The bar does have several TVs, and played Surf competition as well as the baseball playoff game (no sound). Music here was truly outstanding with an excellent mix of classic and new Exotica songs, plus some Surf and more Lounge-y songs. Lots of laughter and energy especially from the bar area.

This place is definitely more your Trader Vicís style ďupscaleĒ restaurant. Our food was outstanding, including the Coconut Fried Shrimp and the Shrimp & Scallop Spring-Rolls. Very tasty but for sure not inexpensive. Our main courses were on the smaller side but also very good quality. Service was attentive including a waitress and other staff taking plates, refilling water glasses and such. We had a coupon for free appetizer or desert and the waitress was very helpful at explaining how the coupon worked and how to get the maximum value.

The drink menu is expansive and covers some of the key tropical drink genres with some non-alcoholic options as well. The drinks here are on the high-end of typical (Mai Tai = $15.75) and unfortunately I didnít feel the quality was worth the price. Both my Mai Tai and their signature Lapu Lapu had a funny taste. Perhaps it was the Rum Agricole (which isnít my favorite type of rum), but I felt the drinks werenít anything special in terms of taste and so not such a great value considering the price. The Blue Hawaiian was better, though again not so outstanding for $15.50.

Itís well worth going out of your way to patronize The Royal Hawaiian in Laguna Beach. There is a valet lot right next door which is easy to use (be sure to get it validated). The team at the Royal Hawaiian has turned this place around and the vibe inside is great.
retrolandia has visited Royal Hawaiian.
July 23, 2017, 12:34 AM
I never saw the Royal Hawaiian's original incarnation, but let me say that it looks awesome. It has a great vintage look and feel, even though sharp-eyed tikiphiles will know the interior isn't old.

I have a friend who has been coming here since she was a child. She assures me that ALL of the drinks on the menu are strong (as with Trader Sam's, there are also a few mocktails for the non-drinkers). The food is a mix of tiki and Asian.

This place is so small (and popular) that reservations are a VERY good idea. We were lucky to get in without one by going early, but next time we'll call ahead.

If you park in the valet lot, bring in your ticket - they'll validate!
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Wednesday, May 16, 2018
for the first time
for a late lunch, most likely
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