The Lanai

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

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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
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June 1, 2021, 2:06 AM
Where we went to celebrate our 21st birthday with the legendary Double Sidewinder Fang. Feel fortunate we got in under the wire before the place closed.
September 8, 2017, 4:40 PM
As a native San Matean I can tell you all kinds of stories about the Lanai, lol. The Rat Pack stayed there when they performed at the Circle Star Theatre in San Carlos. I literally ran into Hank Williams Jr when he was sneaking some drunk ladies into his room. Parents frequented the Villa for dining and events so I grew up there and then I worked as an armed guard there often protecting the VIPS. When they closed two guys bought the rights and moved it to the Parkside Shopping Center and leased the spaces that were The Cove (bar) and Bank of America which became T&B's (tacos and Burittos) at the Lanai. Some of the old tikis and tables were moved over but most was sold off to many other tiki themed locations or collectors. I ended up with a tiki and the 1700 gallon fish tank. I worked at the bar until its closing in 1994 due to rent increases. Not to say that it was not busy and successful but there were bad business decisions and "backroom" activities happening. But I met my wife there, met a lot of nice people there and bounced out more losers than I can remember! Long live the Double Sidewinder Fang fruit juice and rum drink in a fish bowl glass!
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.
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