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Royal Hawaiian

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219 reviews
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$30 and under
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Hawaiian
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E Komo Mai - Welcome to the Royal Hawaiian!
As you enter our tiki-chic, tropical, Laguna Beach humble abode, we hope you sit back, relax, and allow yourself to be transported to the islands. Indulge in our island inspired menu, try one of our tropical libations, and let the spirit of aloha wash over you.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Hawaiian, American, Japanese
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Hours of operation
Sunday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday CLOSED
Tuesday CLOSED
Wednesday 2:30pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday 2:30pm - 10:30 pm
Friday 2:30pm - 12:00 am
Saturday 12:00pm - 12:00 am

Happy Hour: 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm (Wed - Sun)

*Kitchen closes 1 hour prior
**Closed Mondays and Tuesdays until Memorial Day.
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Phone number
(949) 715-1470
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Royal Ohana
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Catering
Lapu Lapu Pop Stands, Hawaiian Cuisine, and more!
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Coast Highway & Aster St
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Parking details
We have valet parking available during peak dining hours as well as city and metered parking throughout the neighborhood.
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Entertainment
The Royal Hawaiian features an eclectic blend of local artists. Check our calendar on our website at www.royalhawaiianlb.com or call 949.715.1470 for more information.
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Special events & promotions
Whether you are celebrating a birthday, wedding, or anniversary, hosting an awards ceremony, book signing, or after party, or just want to bring a little aloha to your party, the Royal Ohana is here to help!

http://www.royalhawaiianlb.com/large-parties.html
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 219 People Are Saying
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4.0based on recent ratings
4.0
food
4.0
service
4.4
ambience
3.7
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73% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 4 days ago

Very disappointed, ordered a Crab Cake and it spelt bad and tasted worse, thought my wife and I were going to get sick right on the spot.
The Ribs were good and they comped the Crab Cake.
Bottom line, I miss the old Royal Hawaiian from years back, there is no comparison....

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

We have been here many times now, it is a fun place and the service is excellent. The only bad experience here was the first time when they had a very loud band, we all thought we would go deaf. But this time they had a lovely women who played beautifully and at the right level. We had again the poke appetizer which is very yummy and generous, easily 4 of us enjoyed it. My husband and I split the burger which was enough for us. Maybe one of the best burgers around.It was his BD and the server brought a large piece of cake along with our ordered pineapple upside down cake, so that was unexpected and very nice. Our friend got the portobello mushroom sandwich and really enjoyed it.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Wonderful food and service!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Came in for Sunday brunch and was not disappointed! Food was good, the staff was friendly, and the pineapple mimosas flowed right up until happy hour. Great deal!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Awesome drink menu and delicious food! Everything we ordered left us wanting more...especially the homemade dessert.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The food does not live up to the price BBQ ribs are two pieces of four ribs each.
Piled on one kitchen scoop of tasteless rice. Nothing else on the plate.
No napkins given with the ribs and no plate for the used bones. So you
must try to strip the meat off the bones with a fork. Unsuccessful
Other meal was a lobster. At least it came with a starch and a vegetable , two piceces
of as[aragas

Good job done with the decore Soft Hawaiian music during dinner I give them a plus
for that effort. If they charge first class prices then they food level must be raised to at


least second class. It is barely third class at this time.

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3.0Dined on March 26, 2018

The food is good but the drinks, they put a lot of ice and could hardly drink with a small straw.

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

live music was nice addition.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Fantastic local spot with classic tiki cocktails ( the Lapu Lapu is legendary) and tasty entrees. The Friday night we dined there was great Island style guitarist ...so refreshing to have live music at a restaurant with a lively bar scene and not be subjected to ESPN or sports TV that could have killed the mood of a tropical hideaway like this.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

My family loves this restaurant.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

We wanted to try a new restaurant and chose Royal Hawaiian and were very pleased with our choice. Wendy, our server, was very friendly and her recommendations were spot on! Food was delicious!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

UCI has an annual Hawaiian Music series this evening was the first of three performances. We went to the Royal Hawaiian before the concert at UCI. We enjoyed the ambiance and amazing food. Prior to arriving at the Royal Hawaiian we walked looking out on the beaches, cliffs and ocean a short block west of the Royal Hawaiian. The evening was a lot of fun. We will be returning to the Royal Hawaiian with friends and family in the future.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

The hostess was very nice and we were seated right away. We were just in time for happy hour so we were able to take advantage of the 4 appetizers for $28 to start our meal. We also took advantage of the OC Restaurant Week menu which was a very nice value. The only food complaint was when I read "Butterfish" I expected the normal and wonderful "Black Cod". That substitution was a disappointment.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

We came for Restaurant Week and definitely enjoyed our meal.

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2.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Food was terrible. I don’t know if it was just an off night or what. From the main entree to the dessert - it was awful. I sent my main course back because it was inedible. We tried to make the of it because it was our 21st wedding a anniversary. Hope they improve their food - as the restaurant itself is lovely.

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

our table was looking at the waiter station where they put in their orders - so I wasn't thrilled about that - but the decor was very nice and live music was entertaining. Food was very good. Drinks had too much ice - soooo much ice.

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Recently renovated, this is a beautiful tiki bar, with all sorts of cool touches like tapa-covered lanterns, glass fishing floats, and so on. The drinks were excellent, and the food and service were great. The four of us all enjoyed the experience very much.

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3.0Dined on February 19, 2018

We were slightly disappointed. We asked to split a salad and the ribeye. There was an extra plate charge so we ate off one plate. The ribeye was so fatty that my wife mentioned it to the manager who had inquired about our meal. He comped the steak. We paid for the salad and a very nice bottle of wine and tipped the full amount. An attentive manager made a big difference.

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Over- priced, weak drinks and OK food. This is my third visit, now for brunch. Every restaurant around on this gorgeous Sunday day was packed and RH had 3 other tables with customers when I was there.
They need to re-evaluate their pricing. $15.75 for a Mai Tai is ludicrous. This local will not be back.

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1.0Dined on February 18, 2018

We have been to RH several times, but for some reason this past Saturday night they had ear-splitting live music. We had to cancel our dinner order and leave. Why do restaurants think their customers want to listen to ridiculously loud music while dining? I draw the line at the point you cannot have a conversation with the person sitting next to you.

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1.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Not worth it. Drinks are expensive and not good. Sat for an hour without getting asked what we wanted to eat.

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1.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Service was atrocious, the sound level was deafening. Will NEVER go back. Food was overpriced and underwhelming.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Fun spot. Great service and food!😎👍🌴🌈🥂Casual and neighborly

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

enjoyed the new additions to the menu, especially the vegetarian
items. Love the Hawaiian atmosphere, they have done a great
job on the decor since their opening lasti year.
I had ahi poke and friend has the ribs. Both were perfect.
Can hardly wait to return.

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4.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Good service... love the food setting... very cozy... not too loud... foods very tasty got the ribs and coconut shrimp and filet mignon 10oz .... superb👍🏼

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Enjoyed a Valentine day dinner with the wife. In comparison to the first time I went there, this place has improved. We enjoyed the filet mignon which was cooked to perfection. There was live Hawaiian style music whic really set the mood. I highly recommend this place if you are looking for a tropical vacation ambiance.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Upon arrival I was given a lei and it was Valentine’s Day and they had a pre fix menu which had a decent amount of choices. My boyfriend and I each enjoyed our appetizer, entree and a dessert.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentines set menu didn’t leave you many choices, so you had to come in hungry to get your monies worth.

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1.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Very disappointing across the board!! One server left waiting on about 7 + tables. Every table near us was equally frustrated. This was our first time back since they reopened and I can say we won’t be back.

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2.0Dined on February 10, 2018

One waiter working the entire restaurant. Food came out at different times. We were there for brunch. Toast was served dry and no condiments were offered. By the time the waiter came back with condiments we were done.

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4.0Dined on February 8, 2018

Polynesian Vibe, with hand crafted drinks and Mac-encrusted specialties. A nice place to go if you're looking for Hawaiian kitsch and exotic drinks. Was not too busy for a weeknight...I would imagine that weekends would be busier. Go early for their appetizer specials or split a few of their small apps and find an exotic drink to compliment. Their salads are pretty good but the fresh butterfish encrusted with macadamia nuts was superb. We will definitely be coming back. They offer a couple of pricey drinks in collector's edition mugs and won't compromise by allowing you to just purchase the pretty mug...that was the only bummer. Great to hear that they opened again, very Tiki indeed and the live music was a bonus.

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5.0Dined on February 7, 2018

Fun little Gem. Tiki Bar and Hawaiian Fare. The food was on point for timeliness and flavor. From hostess to wait staff, our experience was filled with Ohana. Our waitress was fantastic, fun and helpful. Willing to answer any questions. I'd rate it, 2 Shakas Up!! 🤙🤙

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5.0Dined on February 7, 2018

Great tiki drinks and happy hour. Free parking lot

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3.0Dined on February 3, 2018

So So. Don’t know if we’ll be back.

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4.0Dined on February 2, 2018

We were celebrating my Mom's (Early) 85th Birthday. She didn't get a lei or a birthday cake. We didn't want to make a big deal out of it, but we were really disappointed.

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4.0Dined on January 28, 2018

great Hawaiian restaurant, vibrant bar area with great live Hawaiian music. good looking people in the bar area. food was excellent. will definitely return.

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

We sought this tiki bar out for our first night in California from Cincy. We came for the drinks, and all of them were superb. I was a little disappointed in our waitress, the prices were steep for what you got, and they didn’t have what I ordered (pretty simple chicken teriyaki dish). I’m always very understanding all around, but it could have been a bit better experience overall. I’d definitely go again, but probably just stick to drinks if it was a busy night.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Great meal.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

fun place! We intend to try the bar area more next time to try some of the other drinks

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3.0Dined on January 17, 2018

Love this place. The service is usually better than it was this last visit, ( I felt rushed), but in any case worth it for the delicious food - seared ahi tuna - and great, but expensive mai tais. If you can't go to Hawaii, go to the Royal Hawaiian

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