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Mai Kai, Fort Lauderdale, FL (restaurant)
kevincrossman
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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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Joined: Sep 13, 2008
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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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Joined: Apr 03, 2002
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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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Joined: Apr 03, 2008
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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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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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Joined: Jun 07, 2008
Posts: 1433
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
Posts: 19
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
Posts: 376
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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Joined: Mar 27, 2002
Posts: 626
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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