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Royal Hawaiian

Laguna Beach, CA
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331 N. Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach, CA
Opened in 1947
Closed in 2006
No longer in operation.

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Royal Hawaiian

8.3

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by 22 people

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Everyone You
Former Glory 8.3

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Humuhumu’s description

The Royal Hawaiian was originally in a different location, and likely moved to this location in the 1960s. It had 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 were 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. In 2016, the space reopened, again with the name Royal Hawaiian
Royal Hawaiian
Laguna Beach, CA
Bar & Restaurant
7.2
, this time by people who want to bring back its rich tiki history.

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davestolte
davestolte has visited Royal Hawaiian.
May 19, 2017, 10:13 AM
Reopened 2016. Currently undergoing a refresh.
forgotten tikiman
forgotten tikiman has visited 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.
KavikaTiki
KavikaTiki was a semi-regular at 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!
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  • sawalker
  • Humuhumu
  • Tiki-Kate
  • Slacks Ferret
  • virani
  • MrBaliHai
  • kawikasurf
  • Rugby Matt
  • hala bullhiki
  • Trader Tom
  • tiki dude
  • Foredeckape
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