Hard to believe you might make your way off campus and get to do anything outside of Tiki Oasis, BUT just in case, we have created this guide of Tiki spots for you to visit: interesting restaurants, bars, museums, and other sites.

Tiki Sites

A few of our favorite Tiki places in San Diego

Catamaran Hotel
“The Exotic side of San Diego”
3999 Mission Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92109
(858) 488-1081

Trader Mort’s Liquor
The legendary Trader Mort’s sits at the entryway to Shelter Island and is the primer for Tiki things to come. As you drive onto the island note the fence posts with Minimalist Moai style faces carved into the tops.
2904 Shelter Island Dr
San Diego, CA 92106
(619) 224-3771

Tiki Town Golf
Tropical themed 18-hole interactive golf course.
Belmont Park
3116 Mission Blvd
San Diego, CA
(858) 488-1971

Bali Hai Restaurant
The site of Tiki Oasis opening party as well as a regular stop for Arthur Lyman during his days of touring the mainland from the early 1960s to the early 1980s. Bali Hai is also a great stop for Sunday brunch.
2230 Shelter Island Drive
San Diego, CA 92106
(619) 222-1181

Humphrey’s Half Moon Inn & Suites
2303 Shelter Island Drive
San Diego, CA 29106
(619) 224-3411

Local Museums

Soak up San Diego’s Culture

The San Diego Maritime Museum
The Maritime Museum of San Diego enjoys a worldwide reputation for excellence in restoring, maintaining and operating historic vessels. The museum has one of the world’s finest collections of historic ships, including the world’s oldest active ship Star of India. Our collection of ships and exhibits are available for daily public tours.
1492 North Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 234-9153

Lawrence Welk Museum
In nearby Escondido; needs no explanation. It is on par with something you’d expect to find in the desert just outside Las Vegas.
10-3:30, closed on Fridays
8860 Lawrence Welk Dr
Escondido, CA 92026

San Diego Automotive Museum
Located in one of the historic buildings in Balboa Park, it is host to a world-class auto collection, and stands as a living tribute to the automobile and what it has meant to our culture.
2080 Pan American Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 231-2886

Mingei International Museum
In Balboa Park, check current exhibit listings. Mingei specializes in interesting ethnic exhibits. They once had an exhibit on barkcloth including Tapa from around Oceania! Right across the plaza is the Modernist gem Timken Museum designed by John Mock who designed the Tiki renovations of the Hanalei Hotel. Admission to the Timken is always free too!
1439 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 239-0003

Restaurants & Bars

Where the Locals Eat & Drink


False Idol
This tiny Tiki Grotto is cleverly hidden within the expansive facade of Craft & Commerce. The dense decor was supplied by the best in the biz: Notch and Bosko. The cocktail program is designed by rum master Martin Cate and overseen on a daily basis by experienced barmaster Anthony. Tiki lovers might think of this as Smugglers Cove South due to its quality cocktails, decor, service, and accoutrements such as logo napkins and swizzlesticks.
675 W Beech St,
San Diego, CA 92101-2569

The Grass Skirt
Tasty food at this restaurant – The room is divided into several sections by decor elements such as a giant clam couch Grotto, a back patio, a side patio, main bar area canopied by glowing fish floats and surrounded by unassuming Bosko Tiki poles. Drinks lean toward the modern, party crowd that overtakes the bar in Fri and Sat evenings when the music changes from a nice mix of Hawaiian and island tunes to loud dance music.
910 Grand Ave.
San Diego, CA 92109
(858) 412.5237

Kings Inn/Waffle Spot
They have the best waffle mascot and nice classic Diner ambiance with great breakfasts at a good price.
1333 Hotel Circle South
San Diego, CA 92108
(619) 297-2231

Red Fox Room
Steakhouse and Piano Lounge in a vintage but now-hip classic hotel. If you can only visit one classic steakhouse during your Tiki Oasis visit  this one, as of 2018 their lease was in jeopardy and they claim they will close any day now.
2223 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 297-1313

Filippi’s Pizza Grotto
Historic Italian restaurant in Little Italy. Locals and tourists cram into this location for great food and great atmosphere. The line to be seated runs right through the Italian deli and store (if the line is near the front door then the wait is going to be LONG). Once inside you walk right by the kitchen and witness pizza making firsthand. The dining rooms are cozy and decorated with fake grapes and empty wine bottles hung from the rafters. The walls are covered in murals and tables are covered with the classic Pizza Parlour red plaid cloths.
1747 India St.
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 232-5094

Possibly more frequented as a bar than a restaurant but this is an epic, nationally-known vegan destination. Summertime allows Kindred to take advantage its sidewalk patio space and offer an outdoor tropical-ish experience with Permanent Vacation, their “weekly tiki-inspired frenzy EVERY Thursday.” Kindred are expert mixologists and they love making Tiki drinks. The upscale-looking interior with fancy chandeliers and custom wallpaper (take a close look at it) looks out to open-air walls giving it the feeling of a plantation dining room overlooking the veranda. Kindred is a cozy yet cutting edge evening destination.

Hob Nob Hill
Historic coffee shop.
2271 1st Ave.
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 239-8176

Marino’s Italian
Simple, good old school italian.
4475 Ingraham St
San Diego, CA 92109

A basement speakeasy hidden behind a door for a fake law firm. It’s open Wednesday-Saturday, and Thursday-Saturday entry is by guest list only, and a strict code of dress and conduct is enforced. To get on the guest list go to their website ahead of time and RSVP.
548 5th Ave,
San Diego CA 92101

 Imperial House
Continental restaurant and cocktail lounge.
505 Kalmia St
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 234-3525

Polite Provisions
Erick Castro heads up this authentic vintage cocktail lounge that takes cocktails very seriously. They also partner with the patio-yet-fancy home cookin style plates of Soda & Swine next door to provide a one-two punch of food and drink. Hopefully you are able to visit for Tiki Tuesday when they offer their versions of classic tropicals and one or two originals on a once-a-week, unique Tiki drink menu!
4696 30th Street
San Diego, CA 92116
(619) 677-3784

The San Diego Chicken Pie Shop
A classic, they have been in business since 1938.
2633 El Cajon Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 295-0156

Old Trieste
One of the classiest vintage steakhouses in town is Old Trieste. Get dressed up and expect excellent service.
2335 Morena Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 276-1841

Anthony’s Fish Grotto
Since 1946. Make the trek out to La Mesa and you will not be disappointed. The first indication that you are about to experience something special is that you enter through a giant clam (photo op #1), then the bar/lounge/bathroom/waiting area is tiled to look like you are underwater in a reef. The dining area features a huge mural of Poseidon with large booth and overlook a waterfall feature and private lake. Lots of free parking in their two lots.
9530 Murray Dr
La Mesa, CA 91942

This diner has a fantastic facade and a birth date of 1949! Frequented by all sorts of locals and serving solid classic diner food, it is exactly what you desire in a diner. On your way out walk by the side of the building and get your picture taken with the huge JFK mural.
2900 El Cajon Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 282-8423

Restaurant at The Pearl
Locally sourced ingredients, craft beers and inventive cocktails with poolside dining. Mid-century modern digs at their finest!
1410 Rosecrans Street
San Diego, CA 92106
(619) 226-6100