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South Seas, San Diego, CA (restaurant)
Tiki Shaker

Joined: Jun 28, 2008
Posts: 741
From: Menifee, CA
Posted: 2009-07-03 1:45 pm   Permalink

Name:South Seas
Street:3877 Pacific Highway
City:San Diego

Here's some strange stuff I found. The place is South Seas - A Unique Tahitian Setting. I found this menu cover and two weird cut-outs of the same image that is on the menu. Luckily one of them has text on the back. It tells more about the artist than it does the restaurant. It sounds like the decor was polynesian, but thats about it.

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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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Joined: Aug 20, 2002
Posts: 2799
From: Carson, California
Posted: 2009-09-07 2:41 pm   Permalink

Here's the matchbook. Looks like another cool pre-tiki bar that had the Rain On The Roof feature. And no children allowed, I would guess.


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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jun 13, 2006
Posts: 1399
From: Dog Patch - San Diego
Posted: 2009-09-07 3:03 pm   Permalink

My first thought is, considering the location, that the place was torn down during WWII. But then I noticed that sentence on the menu about January 1953. In that case, the building might actually still be there.

"I am Lono!" -- Hunter S. Thompson

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jun 17, 2008
Posts: 1560
From: Riverside, California
Posted: 2009-09-10 08:49 am   Permalink

"What's On Your Mind" ?!!!!

Love that black velvet painting, man! Inspiring..

tiki since '67!

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jul 22, 2004
Posts: 756
From: L.A. baby!
Posted: 2009-09-10 10:25 am   Permalink

Very interesting post! My grandparents moved to San Diego in 1940. And my grandmother has told me that in the 50's they went to a restaurant in San Diego where it would thunder and rain. She seemed to recall that you could put a coin into a machine somewhere and it would cause thunder and rain. Not sure if this is the place she was remembering or not. But I'm sure that in the 50's San Diego didn't have too many restaurants that rained.

"You're not drunk if you can lie on the floor without holding on." -- Dean Martin

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Feb 13, 2007
Posts: 2049
From: Atlantis/Basque Country/Spain/Mexico
Posted: 2009-09-10 12:00 pm   Permalink


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Mr. NoNaMe
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Joined: May 10, 2006
Posts: 1919
Posted: 2011-11-29 5:42 pm   Permalink

Found this over the weekend. It is the back page ad for San Diego Nite Life dated August 10, 1940. The small pamphlet appears to distributed by the American Legion, San Diego.
I believe there is a much newer ashtray (seven digit phone number) from the South Seas at the Lava Flow Inn.


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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11523
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2011-11-29 7:23 pm   Permalink

Nice Pre-Tiki menu!

It is hard to believe, I really searched for more info on that menu painting at the beginning of this thread, and all I can come up with is the South Seas Restaurant connection:


I swear I have seen postcards of this image, it seems so NOT related to Polynesian pop - yet to cocktail lounge art. I guess the first black and white drawing is the original, indeed looking somewhat like a Sigmund Freud portrait inspired by Freud's findings about sex and the sub-conscious.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 4837
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2012-12-31 6:43 pm   Permalink

Just got this nice napkin from the South Seas - rain on the roof!


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Miss Hell
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Joined: Feb 02, 2012
Posts: 76
Posted: 2013-01-10 1:33 pm   Permalink

I wish this was still there, since I'm in San Diego. But as of recently, it was a Golf Mart and even that was closed down. Who knows what it is now.

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