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Coral Reef - Sacramento CA
Tangaroa Ru

Joined: Dec 16, 2008
Posts: 2
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 ]

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: May 11, 2003
Posts: 746
From: glendale, ca
Posted: 2008-12-16 5:17 pm   Permalink

All I got.

Spy Bop Royale!

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 5152
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.


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Tangaroa Ru

Joined: Dec 16, 2008
Posts: 2
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!!

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Site Administrator

Joined: Aug 10, 2004
Posts: 3453
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.

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Tiki Centralite

Joined: Jul 27, 2005
Posts: 22
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.

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Psycho Tiki D
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Joined: Oct 13, 2006
Posts: 1850
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?


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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jun 16, 2006
Posts: 238
From: Sacramento
Posted: 2008-12-17 7:41 pm   Permalink

I didn't know you had those....bastid!!

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11606
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!

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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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Joined: Aug 20, 2002
Posts: 2804
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:


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Joined: Aug 15, 2009
Posts: 1
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!!

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Shaun of theTiki
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Joined: Aug 25, 2008
Posts: 109
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.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jul 18, 2004
Posts: 683
From: Tiki in a Crowsnest, AB., Canada
Posted: 2010-02-07 6:01 pm   Permalink

I am cleaning up some files and I recently saw this nice napkin from the
Coral Reef:

It says "Sacremento" and "Millbrae" on the bottom.


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Grand Member (6 years)  

Joined: Oct 15, 2002
Posts: 1560
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.

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Joined: Apr 10, 2010
Posts: 9
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!

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