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Mai Kai, Fort Lauderdale, FL (restaurant)
kevincrossman
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From: Fremont, CA
Posted: 2017-10-07 9:00 pm   Permalink

Am considering adding a trip to the Mai Kai for next year's spring break. Some of the recent Yelp reviews paint a poor picture of the service there lately. Anyone have a tiki perspective on the service in the last few months?

I presume a reservation is required to be able to see the dinner show on a Saturday night.
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happy buddha
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Posted: 2017-10-07 9:11 pm   Permalink

Here's a tiki perspective on the service: the Mai Kai is probably the most amazing tiki bar on the planet, and their cocktails are legendary and unparalleled.

 
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Swanky
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From: Hapa Haole Hideaway, TN
Posted: 2017-10-08 07:08 am   Permalink

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On 2017-10-07 21:00, kevincrossman wrote:
Am considering adding a trip to the Mai Kai for next year's spring break. Some of the recent Yelp reviews paint a poor picture of the service there lately. Anyone have a tiki perspective on the service in the last few months?

I presume a reservation is required to be able to see the dinner show on a Saturday night.




Yelp can be a cess pool. The Mai-Kai often server 1200 people a night. One ego-centric jerk posts on Yelp and makes a mess... The service is generally excellent. The staff are generally long time employees with high standards.

Yes, on Friday and Saturday you should get a reservation. And also tip the Maitre D' when you come in to get better seats.
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AceExplorer
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From: Deep in the Jacksonville Florida jungle.
Posted: 2017-10-08 3:10 pm   Permalink

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On 2017-10-07 21:00, kevincrossman wrote:
Some of the recent Yelp reviews paint a poor picture of the service there lately.



Ignore any bad stuff about Mai-Kai you may see on Yelp. This is the TOP tiki place to see, you'll need to spend a full evening there to absorb and comprehend it all. The staff is phenomenal, and they really care about what they have to offer.

Service? Don't worry about it - it's just like any other place which gets slammed. They do a fantastic job with both food and drinks. Just like any other place, they can get unexpectedly large crowds and sometimes are a bit short on staff as a result, but that's not generally the case. If it does happen when you go, focus instead on the richness and depth of the experience, do the best you can under the circumstances, and cut 'em some slack. You will see what a class act they are when you see them under pressure and handling large groups of guests.

Swanky is right - treat the maitre'd well and you will also be treated well. This is one of those hard to find places where some of the old school stuff goes a long way. Have fun!!!


 
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kevincrossman
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From: Fremont, CA
Posted: 2017-10-11 7:52 pm   Permalink

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Yes, on Friday and Saturday you should get a reservation. And also tip the Maitre D' when you come in to get better seats.



That is very helpful, thank you.


 
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Hurricane Hayward
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From: 16 miles from The Mai-Kai
Posted: 2017-12-14 9:29 pm   Permalink



61st Anniversary Customer "Mahalo" Appreciation Party on Thursday, Dec. 28

The historic Polyneisan restaurant marks another birthday with a special event in The Molokai bar. There will be an extended happy hour from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., featuring 50 percent off most drinks and all appetizers.

In addition to the regular drink menu, there will be three "lost cocktails" from The Mai-Kai's early drink menus plus two "lost appetizers" ... Maki Maki and Tahitian Cheese Bread!

At 6 p.m., guitarist-vocalist Rosemarie will perform island and other classic music.

The event is free and seats are first-come, first-served. Get there early to celebrate another milestone year for The Mai-Kai!

Here's the Facebook event ...
https://www.facebook.com/events/1668334449923402/

Take a look back at October's Hulaween party:
http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2017/11/19/photos-monstrous-mayhem-at-the-ninth-annual-hulaween-party-at-the-mai-kai/








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His Majesty O'Keefe
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Joined: Mar 02, 2005
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From: Hollywood, Florida
Posted: 2017-12-17 6:17 pm   Permalink

Was at the Mai Kai tonight and service was tremendously good! Attentive and spot on. I had three Zula #1s and a Special Planter's Punch. Foodwise, it was the fried calamari, Javanesian beef, and shrimp remoulade.

Best of all, the window waterfall is working once again!
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Thortiki
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Joined: Jul 29, 2006
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From: Maryland (Land of Pleasant Tiki Living)
Posted: 2017-12-18 02:20 am   Permalink

Review updates by Tikiphile Mai Kai patrons here @ TC would get my attention over any YELP comments. There is an open line of communication between the Mai Kai staff and the Tiki community which is one reason for the 61 years. (-:

 
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ErichTroudt
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From: SoCal
Posted: 2018-01-03 1:33 pm   Permalink

Apparently Coco Joes made a Mai Kai version of their #242 ashtray. Dad found it in a thrift store here in CA. It did some traveling I guess. Nobody really has too much info on it so I assume it was sold in the gift shop.







 
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Hurricane Hayward
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From: 16 miles from The Mai-Kai
Posted: 2018-05-18 9:32 pm   Permalink

A new cocktail menu featuring a "lost classic" made its debut last night in The Molokai ...



The rum and wine lists are updated. And there's one major addition on the list of 47 tropical classics: An old-school standard based on a secret Mariano Licudine recipe that was never on the standard menu before ...



The Suffering Bastard has been featured on several "lost cocktail" menus, most recently during the 61st anniversary party in December. It replaces the Tiki Swizzle, a more recent creation that was added during the last menu update in 2014.

Also, note that all of the cocktails that feature signature mugs (Mara Amu, Shrunken Skull, Kona Coffee Grog, Tahitian Coffee, Hot Buttered Rum and Mystery Drink) can be purchased with or without the mug. You can still buy the mugs separately in The Mai-Kai Trading Post, both in person and online:
https://www.maikaitradingpost.com/collections/all/mai-kai-signature-mugs

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His Majesty O'Keefe
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Posted: 2018-05-30 04:37 am   Permalink

On a recent trip to the Mai Kai, I inquired about the Zula #2, but the otherwise superb Mai Kai Maiden did not seem to know what that was. Has anyone else experienced this with "off menu" drinks at the Mai Kai?

I'm an enthusiastic supporter of the Zula #1; it's among my favorites, but I would like to give the milder rendition a try as well.
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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2018-06-01 12:46 pm   Permalink

Aloha! While many of the servers are familiar with old and off-menu drinks, there are just so many employees and turnover that sometimes you'll come across someone without the same knowledge. I would just kindly ask them to ask someone else behind the bar if they know about whatever you're requesting. Some drinks (like the Grandfather Barrel) are definitely gone, but others like Zula #2 should be available if you ask the right person.

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On 2018-05-30 04:37, His Majesty O'Keefe wrote:
On a recent trip to the Mai Kai, I inquired about the Zula #2, but the otherwise superb Mai Kai Maiden did not seem to know what that was. Has anyone else experienced this with "off menu" drinks at the Mai Kai?

I'm an enthusiastic supporter of the Zula #1; it's among my favorites, but I would like to give the milder rendition a try as well.




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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2018-06-01 12:48 pm   Permalink

The Atomic Grog has an in-depth look at the new cocktail menu ...



http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2018/06/01/photos-the-mai-kai-updates-bar-menu-adds-classic-lost-cocktail/

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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2018-06-24 4:52 pm   Permalink

Mahalo to chef Mark Rivera, The Molokai bar now has a brand new appetizer menu with greatly expanded options (sushi, salads, desserts, etc.). The retro design harkens back to the bar menus of old ...







Here's the online version:
http://maikai.com/menus/menus/appetizers

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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2018-06-24 5:06 pm   Permalink

The new Rum Barrel mug from Tiki Diablo is in pre-order, shipping on Aug. 1. Don't miss out!



https://tikidiablo.bigcartel.com/product/mai-kai-barrel-2018-pre-order-ships-august-1st

And don't forget to check out The Mai-Kai Trading Post for all the official merch ...
https://www.maikaitradingpost.com/
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