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Waitiki, Orlando, FL (restaurant)
pablus
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Joined: Jul 23, 2003
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From: www.crazedmugs.com
Posted: 2004-10-01 12:51 pm   Permalink

Name:Waitiki
Type:restaurant
Street:Wall Street Plaza
City:Orlando
State:FL
Zip:
country:USA
Phone:407-481-1199
Status:operational

Description:

Room for 80 in lower bar.
60 outside.
Dozens upstairs.
Works by Flounder, Joe and Donella Vitale, Wayne Coombs and SHAG.
Rain Cape Tatch over lower bar.
Bathrooms decorated with cutouts from Book of Tiki.
Lots of lit pufferfish and glass floats.
Shag-like lounge upstairs.





 
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pablus
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From: www.crazedmugs.com
Posted: 2004-10-01 3:05 pm   Permalink


The place is terrific looking.

Wait staff... annnhhhhhh... a bit like a college frat or sorority that doesn't want to include you. But at least they're quick.

Food is excellent. Good original dishes and fresh stuff.

The drinks aren't bad. A bit on the sweet side but the bartenders didn't seem to mind being asked for a bit more sour.
Drink menu needs more "old school" drinks. Something bitter, etc. Also, their rums need an upgrade.

Bonus points for fresh mint.

Odd crowd: ecstacy kids meet overwrought businessmen and sports fans.

The music - the live music - has been cool so far but the piped in stuff needs to be thrown into the core of a nuclear reactor.

The upstairs looks like a shag painting.
Very chic and unique.

I enjoy visiting even though it's a fairly long drive, and will go back to see a good music set or hang with ohana.

All in all it's a good tiki bar.
Wish we had one in Tampa.
Kahunas is horrible.



 
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st. john the bassist
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Joined: Sep 27, 2004
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From: Tampa, Fl
Posted: 2004-10-01 6:24 pm   Permalink

Vodkanauts will be there on Friday October 22nd. We were supposed to play there twice before but had been cancelled due to huricanes, which ever their names were? Hopefully, we can finally check out the place this time.

 
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TikiGoon
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Joined: Sep 09, 2003
Posts: 82
From: The Exotic Isle of Mar "Maryland"
Posted: 2004-10-07 1:00 pm   Permalink

I will have to check it out when I am down in January.

 
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TikiGoon
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From: The Exotic Isle of Mar "Maryland"
Posted: 2005-01-31 2:08 pm   Permalink

Well I didn't have a night with baby sitters for the kids, so the whole family hit the place for lunch on the way out of Orlando. We sat outside for which was the warmest day we had in Florida our whole trip. Had a Mai Tai, appetizer sampler (dig the wasabi dipping sauce) and the Krispy Kreme bread pudding. The wait staff was very friendly. The décor was pretty cool. All modern tiki artists, no vintage stuff, but I guess that is what you would want in a bar which could potentially get rowdy. I would love to have one of those oversize SHAG reproductions in my basement. The Monkey Bar upstairs was not open, but I grabbed my younger son and took a quick tour… Pretty cool! I would like to go back without the little ones and explore the drink menu further someday.

 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11594
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2005-01-31 3:19 pm   Permalink

I was there twice, in the beginning and the end of my Florida expedititon. Naomi was really impressed by the Monkey Bar, and I must say they did a good job of creating a retro midcentury modern/Tiki look up there, with whimsical monkey paintings.

The main bar was interesting: Although they seemingly did everything "right", not skimping with the decor, getting Tikis and art from many quality noveaux Tiki artists (and some O.A. carvings) that we all know and love here on TC, even wallpapering the men's room with BOT images like at the Purple Orchid (not quite, they did not use complete pages, with the text, but xeroxed and blew up photos and art from the BOT and collaged it nicely into wallpaper, with some other art).

Yet somehow it lacked feeling, it was kind of square, like too "by the book", not frayed at the edges, if you know what I mean.
The sports TVs and the horrible music were taken for granted, but even with Arty or Marty on the stereo it would have felt not quite there, something missing, like....the soul.

I am not saying it's a bad place. Definetely worth visiting. The above might just be my subjective, vintage Tiki lover opinion.


 
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fatuhiva
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 637
From: Melbourne Beach, FL
Posted: 2005-02-02 9:52 pm   Permalink

im intrigued by this place and would like to check it out- do they have a website?

being from melbourne beach, i do get into orlando from time to time


 
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Jawa
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Joined: Mar 09, 2005
Posts: 225
From: Tampa, FL
Posted: 2005-04-07 06:02 am   Permalink

Hey everyone...
I was just going through the posts here looking for places in Florida, around Tampa preferably, and found this post. Then I searched and found this site:

http://www.wallstplaza.net/homepage.html

There are four pictures and the food menus, but not much else since the site is for the whole plaza-thing.

I am continuing the search for tiki around Tampa, but it is kinda disheartening going a "tiki bar" only to find another Green Iguana, Kahunaville, or similar Caribbean style alcohol distributation area...

Oh well, the search goes on!!!


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Kahiki-Dude
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Joined: May 08, 2005
Posts: 8
From: The Tiki Mountains
Posted: 2005-05-09 04:14 am   Permalink

Beautiful lounge, food could be a little more polynesian, same with the drinks. Decor is cool and no expense was spared to create the tiki atmosphere, but as another poster said...
"It's kinda missing a soul"


 
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420greg
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Joined: Jan 20, 2005
Posts: 40
From: Orlando, FL
Posted: 2005-05-13 8:09 pm   Permalink

This is the place that help me get the wife over the hump about decorating the house "Tiki Style". I have a Tiki themed patio outside already, so I was making no headway in my quest to extend the theme in to the house.

Well one night her work had a party there, and she fell in love with the look of the place.
We started planning the transformation of our house the next day.

Our dining room ceiling is identical to the ceiling in the lower level of this place.

I work just a few blocks away and go there for lunch a few times a month.


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GatorRob
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Joined: Aug 20, 2004
Posts: 1784
From: Orlando
Posted: 2005-09-29 10:49 am   Permalink



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GatorRob
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From: Orlando
Posted: 2006-02-15 5:28 pm   Permalink

Just got back from the Waitiki. I had been there one afternoon just looking around at the decor and I really dug the looks of the place. I thought the owners must really care about it to put this much into the decor. Well, I finally got down there for happy hour and what did I think about it? Can you say MAJOR disappointment?!?

Let's start with the drinks. My companion ordered a Mai Tai that looked like Kool-Aid with a straw. Pink. No garnish. And how did it taste? Just like Kool-Aid. I had a something-or-other Punch that promised a 151 float and the menu warned this was a "lethal drink!" Sounded promising. How did it taste you ask? Like Kool-Aid. It was so bad I couldn't even detect a hint of rum in it. The 151 float must have sunk right out the bottom of my mug and onto the floor. I left at least half of this putrid drink for the drain.

The waitress came back and asked us if we wanted another round. My companion asked her for a drink suggestion and her response was "oh, I don't really like those sweet drinks". My prompt response was "neither do I". So the second round was beer. Let me tell you, a plain old cold beer never tasted so good as it did after those horrible drinks.

The food was only mildly better. Not bad, but nothing special. The Krispy Kreme dessert thing that I heard about no longer exists on the menu. That makes me wonder if this place has changed hands. By what I have read from others, it seems that it was once on the verge of being something special, but now the patient is dead I think.

The music? 80's pop. No surprise there, but still. Ick. (Nothing against 80's pop mind you, but in a well decorated tiki bar?)

I tell you what I'd like to do is rescue those poor Flounder paintings and the other great art hanging on the walls and put them somewhere where people will actually appreciate them. They are far too good to be wasted on this place. It's a shame too really. Such a great location and the place is so nice looking. All it needs is an owner who cares and a clientele who appreciates it. If that ever happens, I'll be first in line at the door. In the meantime, it's time to head to my home tiki bar and remind myself what a REAL drink tastes like.


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Pyro
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Joined: Jan 13, 2006
Posts: 100
From: Orlando, FL
Posted: 2006-02-17 8:40 pm   Permalink

I keep meaning to check this place out. Everyone I know who's been says while the decor is fabulous, the people are horrid. Guess I will try it early in the day, before the crowd shows up.
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GatorRob
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Joined: Aug 20, 2004
Posts: 1784
From: Orlando
Posted: 2006-02-18 12:35 pm   Permalink

Just show up before lunch on the weekend and you can walk around and look at the art on the walls. Past that, I find no particular reason to ever go back (short of a miraculous turnaround in the drink quality and music selection). If you're into martinis, check out the Monkey Bar upstairs.


 
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TikiLaLe
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Joined: Feb 09, 2006
Posts: 891
From: Largo, Floriduh
Posted: 2006-02-19 9:01 pm   Permalink

Can anybody on the I-4 Corridor give directions to the tiki hell bar ????

Thanks




 
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