||Lono on Hollywood Blvd.
Joined: Jul 27, 2011
From: Southern CA
|Posted: 2017-06-25 12:42 pm  Permalink|
Los Angeles Times 6/24/2017
|Capt. R.H. Falernum|
Joined: Mar 05, 2009
From: Mar Vista (Los Angeles), CA
|Posted: 2017-06-26 12:21 pm  Permalink|
Visited LONO yesterday afternoon.
Had a great time.
Excellent drinks, friendly & attentive staff, all in a beautiful (and expansive) space.
The King Kamehameha.
The Pearl Diver.
I'm inclined to think this is a (good) sharp joke/retort to the 'fern bar' commentary. Their one tiki is a planter at the entrance... with a fern in it.
FWIW, they do have some idols further back in the 'Green Room' and SHOULD they introduce more tikis, I hope that they are in the style of the rest of this space (which is to say polished, beautiful & well-aged).
Joined: Sep 30, 2003
|Posted: 2017-07-02 12:13 pm  Permalink|
If that restaurant were anywhere near me, I'd go there regularly. That looks like one heck of a space.
I don't get where the butthurt is coming from... how many of us would turn our noses up at the chance to visit a pre-1950s tropical restaurant? The original Don the Beachcomber? Or the old Zamboanga? Or the early Clifton's?
For those who have been to Lono, is the lighting always that bright? Or is that just for the photos?
Joined: May 25, 2017
From: Long Beach, CA
|Posted: 2017-07-28 2:01 pm  Permalink|
Finally got a chance to stop by Lono for dinner and some drinks. We were NOT disappointed! The vibe, while not hardcore tiki, is definitely island-y, and, stepping off Hollywood Blvd into the cool, dark interior on a hot summer evening really did make us feel like we were entering a different world.
I thought the food was surprisingly good (been disappointment by the pupus at too many tiki joints), and the drinks ... top notch! We had six drinks between the three of us, so we had a good sampling of their menu. The King Kamehameha was definitely the standout, though the drinks were all terrific.
The hospitality was also terrific. I really appreciated that the manager reached out to the tiki community here on this post, and that vibe was just the same at the bar. All of the staff we interacted with were wonderful.
One other note. There are two sections to Lono. The front room is a pretty dark bar area, and the back opens up to a surrounded outdoor patio-like area. Going in the early evening, the back area was too light for our taste, but it would probably be a great place to have a drink once the sun goes down.