||Coral Reef - Sacramento CA
Joined: Dec 16, 2008
From: Los Angeles
|Posted: 2008-12-16 4:54 pm  Permalink|
Hey Everyone. I've been lurking for quite awhile now, and finally decided to join.
I grew up in Sacramento California, and have very fond memories of the Coral Reef restaurant. It would always be a big deal when we went to the Coral Reef, and we had a number of large family events here. Sadly, the Coral Reef is long gone.... I was wondering if anyone had any pictures of it. I remember the outside having a cool tiki out front.
Also, after closing, the Sacramento Bee posted the recipe for their Mai Tai's, which were pretty famous in Sacramento. Does anyone happen to have this recipe? Pretty much any info would be great, I can't seem to find anything online and want to take a trip down memory lane. Thanks!!!
[ This Message was edited by: Tangaroa Ru 2008-12-16 16:58 ]
Joined: May 11, 2003
From: glendale, ca
|Posted: 2008-12-16 5:17 pm  Permalink|
All I got.
Spy Bop Royale!
Joined: Nov 16, 2007
From: Santa Barbara, CA
|Posted: 2008-12-16 10:15 pm  Permalink|
Welcome aboard there Tangaroa Ru,
I have a postcard with a nice interior shot of the Coral Reef which is pretty common, you should be able to find one on ebay etc. There is also a napkin and another matchbook floating around out there. Nothing on the Mai Tai recipe however. Keep up the search and post when you find it.
Joined: Dec 16, 2008
From: Los Angeles
|Posted: 2008-12-16 11:14 pm  Permalink|
Thanks for the pics everyone! I'm going to be visiting the fam for the holidays, I'll ask my folks if they have the Mai Tai recipe as well. Hope so!!
Joined: Aug 10, 2004
From: Redondo Beach, CA
|Posted: 2008-12-16 11:36 pm  Permalink|
Okay, now this is going to get just too confusing.
There's already thee Tangaroa
AND a Tangaroa-Ru
Let alone the other Tangaroa variations
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/bb_memberlist.php (plug Tangaroa into the search box to see)
Maybe Hanford will start allowing us to define specific font colors for our user names 'cause pretty soon I'm not gonna know whose post is whose (as if I already do...).
Nevertheless, welcome Tangaroa Ru.
Joined: Jul 27, 2005
From: Lincoln, CA
|Posted: 2008-12-17 2:00 pm  Permalink|
I was there a couple times but don't remember the restaurant part of it. I just remember the bar with fish nets & various stuffed fish hanging from the ceiling and walls. It had been there on Fulton Ave. for a very long time. I wish now that I had gone in more often.
|Psycho Tiki D|
Joined: Oct 13, 2006
From: The river Styx, can you pay the toll?
|Posted: 2008-12-17 3:46 pm  Permalink|
Coral Reef should have been saved as a Sacramento landmark.
Lauren at Swanberg's has a connection to the Coral Reef and at our first Sacramento gathering he had printed out the receipe for their Mai Tai...he would be able to provide that for you.
Here is a napkin, matchbook and menu from the Coral Reef.
These little ceramic masks are from there as well, Souvenier of the Coral Reef, Sacramento Made in Japan printed on the back. Not sure if these were sold at a gift shop or in the bar?
Joined: Jun 16, 2006
|Posted: 2008-12-17 7:41 pm  Permalink|
I didn't know you had those....bastid!!
Joined: Mar 25, 2002
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
|Posted: 2008-12-18 01:11 am  Permalink|
Cool menu, and those flat mask are tres moderne! What is missing in this thread is the match book that shows that mid-century awning and reads "Lee Curto's Coral Reef", someone post that please! It is such a shame that the images on the older threads on this place and many other subjects did not get preserved!
|Sabu The Coconut Boy|
Tiki Central Poet Laureate
Joined: Aug 20, 2002
From: Carson, California
|Posted: 2008-12-20 4:56 pm  Permalink|
And don't forget that the old Coral Reef sign now has a home inside the Bamboo Hut bar in San Francisco:
Joined: Aug 15, 2009
|Posted: 2009-08-15 10:15 am  Permalink|
Greetings. The Coral Reef was also a very special place for my family growing up in Sacramento. Was too young to know how great the Mai Tais were, but can still remember the house salad dressing. It was SO good - we used to buy it by the pint. If anyone has the recipe, I would be eternally grateful to you if you would share it. Remember the house salad...iceberg lettuce, diced shrimp, maybe a radish slice and that DELICIOUS dressing. thanks!!
|Shaun of theTiki|
Joined: Aug 25, 2008
|Posted: 2009-08-16 6:19 pm  Permalink|
I was wondering what happened to the Coral Reef. My family dined there during New Year's Eve 1988. I can't recall the food since I was about 7 years old then but it would be awesome if somebody could find that Mai Tai recipe. Does anybody know what year the place closed? I might be able to find a Sac Bee article about that.
Joined: Jul 18, 2004
From: BC, Canada
|Posted: 2010-02-07 6:01 pm  Permalink|
I am cleaning up some files and I recently saw this nice napkin from the
It says "Sacremento" and "Millbrae" on the bottom.
Grand Member (6 years)
Joined: Oct 15, 2002
From: Ventura County
|Posted: 2010-02-10 06:28 am  Permalink|
Another menu. Price on the fried prawns is .90 compared to 1.30 on the menu already posted.
Joined: Apr 10, 2010
|Posted: 2010-04-10 9:48 pm  Permalink|
I grew up in Sac, and always loved visiting this place. I remember being way into their foil-wrapped chicken. So sad that a Carl's Jr. is on the lot where the CR once stood. Love the images, everyone - thanks for posting!