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The Warehouse

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4499 Admiralty Way
Marina del Rey, CA
Opened in 1969
Mon-Thu 11:30am-10pm
Fri 11:30am-11pm
Sun 10am-10pm
All ages
(310) 823-5451

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The Warehouse

7.5

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by 16 people

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10

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Everyone You
Decor 8.7
Drink Quality 6.4
Drink Selection 5.2
Food Quality 8.5
Food Selection 8.3
Mood 7.7
Music 7.3
Service 8.6
Tikiness 5
Tilt 8.3
Vibe 8.2

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Humuhumu’s description

The Warehouse was opened in 1969 by Burt Hixon, of Beachbum Burt's
history
Beachbum Burt's
Redondo Beach, CA
Bar & Restaurant
9
in Redondo Beach. In recent years the restaurant has been owned by Lee and Martha Spencer; Lee Spencer passed away in October 2016. The elaborate decor is much more nautical rather than true "tiki", but with a strong Polynesian lean. The building is designed to look like an old wharf building, surrounded with mature palm trees and a wooden walkway entrance over a lagoon with live turtles. Inside, the main dining room has several tables inside large shipping crates, and a second level mezzanine with small tables rings the room. In recent years, the bar has been rechristened a "tiki bar" though the tiki is minimal and the decoration is more nautical flotsam and jetsam and shipping crates. The Warehouse is most well-known for their souvenir signature barrel mug, still available today. The food menu is very traditional upscale steak and seafood fare. A small number of tropical drinks are available.

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Tiki Grabowski
Tiki Grabowski has visited The Warehouse.
September 27, 2017, 2:25 PM
Checked it out today, Sep 27th as I had to stay down in the area after work. Super cool decor and the view of the marina on the back deck is awesome. If you get the rum barrel, you get to keep the mug. It's not tiki but it's got their name on it which is cool. Had the lunch special on this visit. Would definitely return to try more of their menu. It's worth checking out
C-Monkey
C-Monkey has visited The Warehouse.
May 30, 2017, 1:19 PM
This place was a real mixed bag. The decor was the high point ... it was terrific! Very impressively themed. And, even if the tikiness was minimal, the theme was very tiki friendly. The food was also very good steak house fare.

Where the place fell down was in the cocktail and mood departments. The drinks were probably the worst I've had at a legit tiki destination. The rum barrel (while strong and served in a cool souvenir mug) tasted like Kool Aid and arrived warm. The Mai Tai tasted like a glass of straight orange juice. The music was loud 80s and classic rock - which I usually love, but which dramatically reduced the tiki feel. The bar was also taken over by what sounded like a frat party.

So, overall I'd say the place was very good, but lost tiki points in a couple of key categories. Fix those two drinks and the music, and come on a night with a mellower bar crowd, and this could have been a whole different experience!
bohemiann
bohemiann has visited The Warehouse.
May 2, 2017, 4:08 PM
Update to hours - they are open Monday - Th. 11:30 - 11, Friday 11:30 - 2 a.m. ( the lounge area turns into a salsa club ) Sat and Sunday 11:30 - 11.

Update to owners - Sadly Lee passed away last October.

The curb appeal and attention to detail of the entrance was awesome and had that Disney "here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday" affect .

Seating capacity for the restaurant is 497 and for the wharf bar 97 making this a nice spot for large parties and corporate events.

The Wharf bar features a nice drinks and apps Happy Hour Mon. - Fri. 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. (See my photos for details).
I visited at 4:00 p.m. and pretty much had the place all to myself. It started picking up around 6 p.m.

The outside patio with its commanding view of the harbor will delight the saltiest sailor.

The Mai-Tai was good served in a traditional tulip glass. The rum barrel honestly needs a bit more zing to it but as a souvenir mug... was irresistible!

I absolutely love the decor and it reminded me a bit of the Mai-Kai without tiki. The high back chairs made from Malaysian bamboo and Hawaiian cane, nautical lamps, driftwood signs, rope-work, framed pictures of old school celebs, and plethora of vintage crates and barrels were simply dreamy and I truly felt transported to another era. I was going to spend about an hour here and ended up staying for three exploring.

As a photographer/videographer that travels the world I love the story and found a kindred spirit in the original owner, Burt Hixson, who was an award winning cameraman and world traveler. There are many old photos taken in exotic places of people with a large Warehouse menu. The irony is that these were taken before the place ever opened, Marketing Genius !

The history of this place is absolutely enchanting and I hope it continues and prospers. These are the types of establishments that we want to preserve !!!
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