The Lanai

San Mateo, CA
Bar & Restaurant
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4000 S El Camino Real
San Mateo, CA
Closed in 1988
No longer in operation.

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The Lanai



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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
The Leilani
Fresno, CA
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cronce was a regular at The Lanai, and was usually there 1988 and then in the new location until that close.
February 13, 2016, 12:30 PM
Does anyone remember the LANAI 2.0 1989 - 1994?
After the original closed the Koa tables, Lanai neon sign, and much of the Tiki decor was relocated to a small place in a strip mall at 1860 South Norfolk Street, San Mateo, CA. (415) 349-9748. The strip mall is still there. The Lanai was located in the corner of the right angle of the strip mall.They had one of the Original doors, a waterfall, and what I think was the original menus. The food you ordered came from the Chinese restaurant next door.

After this version closed down the sign and koa tables showed up at T&B'S TACOS & BURRITOS located at 520 Masonic Way Belmont, CA 94002. There they stayed until the health department shut them down in 2008. No idea were the furniture went from there. I remember he tables were solid 2-3" Koa with about 1/4" os marine varnish. The neon sign must have been 10 feet wide.
Dr. Tiki
Dr. Tiki was a regular at The Lanai.
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.

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