Classic San Diego Restaurants

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Aloha Club, Tijuana, 1930s
Aloha Cafe, Tijuana

Jul 30, 2016

The Aloha Club San Diego
Aloha Club

Aug 22, 2016

Bradley’s Puka-Puka

Aug 03, 2017

Caesar Cardini Cafe marquee, San Diego, 1936.
Caesar Cardini Cafe

Feb 21, 2016

Caesar Cardini Villa in 2016
Caesar Cardini Villa

Dec 16, 2016

Calypso Joe's
Calypso Joe’s

Jan 17, 2017

Casa de Bandini Restaurant, Old Town San Diego
Casa de Bandini

Sep 08, 2017

Chee Chee Club, San Diego, 2017.
Chee-Chee Club

May 22, 2017

Don Jose greeting his guests
Don Jose’s

Jan 12, 2021

Foreign Club Cafe de Luxe and cabaret
Foreign Club, Tijuana

Aug 08, 2017

Hula Hut San Diego
Hula Hut

Aug 01, 2016

1938 Islands Cafe ad
Island Cafe, Coronado

Aug 10, 2016

La Plaza Restaurant, Bird-Rock, La Jolla Hermosa, 1947
La Plaza Restaurant

Nov 02, 2017

Lanai Room
Lanai Room, La Jolla

Aug 15, 2016

Las Cuatro Milpas, Bario Logan, San Diego, 1970s
Las Cuatro Milpas

Mar 27, 2022

Liquid Fuel Lunch Room

Apr 21, 2018

Luau Room, Hotel del Coronado, 1962
Luau Room

Aug 15, 2016

Lubach’s Restaurant

Jun 17, 2016

Mai-Kai Ft Lauderdale
Mai-Kai, San Diego

Jul 31, 2016

Menehune Max newspaper ad
Menehune Max

Dec 14, 2016

Mexican Restaurant

Sep 16, 2017

Pagan Room La Jolla
Pagan Room

Aug 15, 2016

Red Sails Inn menu illustration, c1957
Red Sails Inn

Aug 29, 2016

Roberto's Taco Shop, San Ysidro, 1964
Roberto’s Taco Shops

Sep 19, 2017

SS Monte Carlo poster
S.S. Monte Carlo

Feb 29, 2016

Sea Horse Inn Chula Vista ad
Sea Horse Inn

Nov 21, 2017

Sombrero Taco Shop
Sombrero Mexican Food

Nov 17, 2017

South Seas Cafe San Diego
South Seas Cafe

Jul 31, 2016

Tahiti Cafe, National City
Tahiti Cafe

May 11, 2017

The Tahiti / Ports of Call / L'Escale Restaurant
Tahiti Restaurant

Sep 23, 2016

Tahitian Room, Al Goodman design, 1960
Tahitian Room

Aug 22, 2016

The Hurricane, Hillcrest
The Hurricane

Aug 03, 2017

the java tiki bar san diego
The Java

Mar 12, 2017

Unusually high tide at the Marine Room
The Marine Room

Mar 18, 2016

The Polynesian tiki restaurant, La Jolla, CA
The Polynesian

Mar 12, 2017

The Rendezvous

Aug 22, 2016

The Tropics San Diego
The Tropics

Mar 13, 2017

Tropic Cafe cocktail napkin, c1940
Tropic Cafe

Jul 31, 2016

1937 Dottie Richardson, queen of Ramona Turkey Day
Turkey Inn

Nov 23, 2022

Restaurante Victor's, Tijuana
Victor’s, Tijuana

Sep 26, 2017

Whaling Bar cafe La Rue exterior
Whaling Bar

Aug 15, 2016