Hala Kahiki Lounge

★★★★☆
  • 2834 River Rd

    River Grove, IL 60171

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  • 708-456-3222

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I really had high hopes for this place. The decor is outstanding!! I just knew that ths was going to be my new favorite place!! I was VERY disappointed. Right off, the hostess/waitress totally ignored me so the bartender seated me

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★★★★★

I really had high hopes for this place. The decor is outstanding!! I just knew that ths was going to be my new favorite place!! I was VERY disappointed. Right off, the hostess/waitress totally ignored me so the bartender seated me

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Hala Kahiki is by far the worst restaurant experience I have ever had. The staff is completely rude and lazy. I have never been treated so poorly and disrespectfully in my life. I will never ever go back to Hala Kahiki and I suggest you do the same.

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★★★★★

Hala Kahiki is by far the worst restaurant experience I have ever had. The staff is completely rude and lazy. I have never been treated so poorly and disrespectfully in my life. I will never ever go back to Hala Kahiki and I suggest you do the same.

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This is a GREAT place for a date if you want to just have drinks. The drinks are big and tasty...there is even a drink that they light on fire! There is no place like this and its next to Gene and Judes! You feel like you are in Hawaii.

The only drawback is that they do not serve food...even appetizers would be good.

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★★★★★

This is a GREAT place for a date if you want to just have drinks. The drinks are big and tasty...there is even a drink that they light on fire! There is no place like this and its next to Gene and Judes! You feel like you are in Hawaii.

The only drawback is that they do not serve food...even appetizers would be good.

Pros: Great place for a date or getting together with friends.

Cons: No food only pretzels

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The place was great with no attitude from the waitresses we where accomidated very well and will recommend this place for a good time.If its not busy u can take a few friends and just drink and talk its very relaxing!!!

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★★★★☆

The place was great with no attitude from the waitresses we where accomidated very well and will recommend this place for a good time.If its not busy u can take a few friends and just drink and talk its very relaxing!!!

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Their staff is very rude and ignorant. My husband wears a hat because he had cancer as a child in his skull. In his state issued drivers license's picture he has a hat on because of the scars. In other words it's a medical reason. Which is one of the areas that the federal and state discrimination laws throughly cover. The staff was very, very rude to him and wouldn't let him in, in fact ordered him to leave when all he said was 'really I have to leave? I have a medical reason for my hat'. His hat is preppy by the way and not anything even slightly gang related. He is also 38 and white. I called and spoke to the manager Rory and told me Hala Kahiki don't follow no laws and they can refuse service to anyone they like, even medical freaks. Nice reaction when I was just looking for the manager to speak to the woman at the door about being considerate of those with medical conditions.
Also I used to go to the Hala Kahiki a lot with friends a few years back. Though we went there often they always were kinda rude and I have heard them say they don't care about lost business because they don't need it anyway to customers. I work in client services and I would like to work for an independently wealthy company like the Hala Kahiki that can afford to lose business over being discriminatory and rude. Must be nice to run a business and not worry about making a profit.

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★☆☆☆☆

Their staff is very rude and ignorant. My husband wears a hat because he had cancer as a child in his skull. In his state issued drivers license's picture he has a hat on because of the scars. In other words it's a medical reason. Which is one of the areas that the federal and state discrimination laws throughly cover. The staff was very, very rude to him and wouldn't let him in, in fact ordered him to leave when all he said was 'really I have to leave? I have a medical reason for my hat'. His hat is preppy by the way and not anything even slightly gang related. He is also 38 and white. I called and spoke to the manager Rory and told me Hala Kahiki don't follow no laws and they can refuse service to anyone they like, even medical freaks. Nice reaction when I was just looking for the manager to speak to the woman at the door about being considerate of those with medical conditions.
Also I used to go to the Hala Kahiki a lot with friends a few years back. Though we went there often they always were kinda rude and I have heard them say they don't care about lost business because they don't need it anyway to customers. I work in client services and I would like to work for an independently wealthy company like the Hala Kahiki that can afford to lose business over being discriminatory and rude. Must be nice to run a business and not worry about making a profit.

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My friends and I have been going there for years. It's a nice change from the loud bars we usually go to on the weekends. Their menu includes a wide variety of drinks to try and I have never had a problem with any of the waitresses there. They stop by the table frequently to check on you and your group and any questions you have about the menu, they have the answer! If you're looking for a quiet place to just talk with friends over a drink this is the place to go!!

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★★★★★

My friends and I have been going there for years. It's a nice change from the loud bars we usually go to on the weekends. Their menu includes a wide variety of drinks to try and I have never had a problem with any of the waitresses there. They stop by the table frequently to check on you and your group and any questions you have about the menu, they have the answer! If you're looking for a quiet place to just talk with friends over a drink this is the place to go!!

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I am sorry for the other 2 reviews but this place is awful!!! It smells, it discriminates, the waitresses seem to have a big tip on their shoulders and its just a cheap looking place. I feel they need to either shape it up or ship it out!!! I would not go there again, they lost my business. Even if they say they did not need my business. The funny thing is that I know people who know more people, who have advise them not to come, its the domino affect Hali Kahiki Staff! You do not know how to treat your customer, well only certain customers that is!!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

I am sorry for the other 2 reviews but this place is awful!!! It smells, it discriminates, the waitresses seem to have a big tip on their shoulders and its just a cheap looking place. I feel they need to either shape it up or ship it out!!! I would not go there again, they lost my business. Even if they say they did not need my business. The funny thing is that I know people who know more people, who have advise them not to come, its the domino affect Hali Kahiki Staff! You do not know how to treat your customer, well only certain customers that is!!!!

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I don't know if they know what goes into a Mai Tai, but it was obvious from the lack of color that there was no dark rum in any of ours, and they tasted like sprite with pineapple-orange juice. Additionally the drink sizes were small for the price (glasses smaller then a coffee mug for $5.50?!? come on!!). I'd say the decor was nice, and the music original, but the drinks (which is all they serve) would make this place something to miss - go down the road and get a red hot and fries....

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★★★☆☆

I don't know if they know what goes into a Mai Tai, but it was obvious from the lack of color that there was no dark rum in any of ours, and they tasted like sprite with pineapple-orange juice. Additionally the drink sizes were small for the price (glasses smaller then a coffee mug for $5.50?!? come on!!). I'd say the decor was nice, and the music original, but the drinks (which is all they serve) would make this place something to miss - go down the road and get a red hot and fries....

Pros: Music and decor

Cons: Poor drinks - and that's al they do!!

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Love the Mai Tais and that it has not changed in years. If your looking for a unique place to go out for ladies night this is the place.

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★★★☆☆

Love the Mai Tais and that it has not changed in years. If your looking for a unique place to go out for ladies night this is the place.

Pros: Drinks

Cons: Next morning headache

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Get there one way or another-I still remember the visits I made in the '70s and how there has been no change. If you want a Hawaiian mind-meld or want to feel how it was 30 years ago, drop in to this wonderful time warp. The only edible thing are pretzels (oh, they get you thirsty-clever), and dress casual-no tees or caps/hats.But the star: The Mai Tai. Sit in the outdoor courtyard in summer.

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★★★★★

Get there one way or another-I still remember the visits I made in the '70s and how there has been no change. If you want a Hawaiian mind-meld or want to feel how it was 30 years ago, drop in to this wonderful time warp. The only edible thing are pretzels (oh, they get you thirsty-clever), and dress casual-no tees or caps/hats.But the star: The Mai Tai. Sit in the outdoor courtyard in summer.

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This bar and restaurant is definately one of a subdued nature. Very quite, not your typical Friday night bar out with the guys type of situation. They have a wide variety of tropical drinks which can make the evening a lot of fun sampling what the others in your group have chosen. A fun atmosphere combined with great drinks make for an interesting evening.

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★★★★☆

This bar and restaurant is definately one of a subdued nature. Very quite, not your typical Friday night bar out with the guys type of situation. They have a wide variety of tropical drinks which can make the evening a lot of fun sampling what the others in your group have chosen. A fun atmosphere combined with great drinks make for an interesting evening.

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Go to Hala Kahiki! Where else in Illinois can you step into a little piece of Hawaii, tucked away in a quiet suburb? They have a wide selection of tropical drinks (I recommend the Scorpion) and are reasonably priced for such novelty drinks. It is a quiet atmosphere, with low lighting and candles on the tables. There is also a cute gift shop - but be warned, it closes early. You can sit at the bar itself, or sit at a table and be served by a waitress. It's not your usual weekend bar but the cute atmosphere is worth the loss of your usual beer-and-shot routine. Definitely good for a 'girl's night out'!

PROS: Tropical atmosphere, gift shop.
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★★★★★

Go to Hala Kahiki! Where else in Illinois can you step into a little piece of Hawaii, tucked away in a quiet suburb? They have a wide selection of tropical drinks (I recommend the Scorpion) and are reasonably priced for such novelty drinks. It is a quiet atmosphere, with low lighting and candles on the tables. There is also a cute gift shop - but be warned, it closes early. You can sit at the bar itself, or sit at a table and be served by a waitress. It's not your usual weekend bar but the cute atmosphere is worth the loss of your usual beer-and-shot routine. Definitely good for a 'girl's night out'!

PROS: Tropical atmosphere, gift shop.
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Decorated with carved wood figures, seashells and bamboo, Hala Kahiki lets you pretend you're in a hut on the South Seas (or in a time warp to the island-obsessed '50s). You're just as likely to hear Frank Sinatra as…

 

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