My husband and I are celebrating our 10th anniversary, and as an anniversary present to ourselves we wanted to go back to Hawaii where we celebrated our honeymoon. We actually had plans to go to Hawaii, but those plans fell through. Although we were super bummed, I thought we could still celebrate by bringing Hawaii to Chicago. During my research, one place kept popping up — Tiki Terrace in Des Plaines. The Hawaiian restaurant and Tiki Bar also offered a luau show. Perfect!
- Fun atmosphere! Although the space may have been small, the decor more than made up for the size as it was decked out wall to wall in tropical-themed decor.
- Get your drink on! I love my tropical drinks and their drink menu didn’t disappoint. The hard part is choosing which one to get. My husband first sipped on a Zombie followed by a Mai Tai, while I enjoyed my delicious Lava Flow (but definitely wished it was stronger.) The kids were pretty excited to receive an umbrella with their pink lemonade.
- Tasty food. We started with the taro chips which were definitely addicting especially with their pineapple salsa. Loved it! I wish I could bring a bag of these chips home. The Bora Bora egg rolls were pretty good too. The Ohana style package also included the coconut chicken, Kalua shredded pork, and grilled mahi mahi. My normally picky kids pretty much devoured everything, especially the Kalua pork. After glancing at the menu, we’ll love to try the poke bowl next time or the dessert!
- A great way to celebrate. If you have a birthday, anniversary, or anything special to celebrate, this is such a fun place! There are plenty of opportunities for celebrants (and non-celebrants) to join the stage. There are even to celebrate our anniversary, my husband and I along with other celebrants were called up on stage to dance. As I mentioned previously, people are able to participate if they wish. My daughter jumped at the chance to learn a few moves.
- An entertaining show. The hour-long show takes you through the Polynesian Islands, describing the culture through story and dance. It was really fun when they needed “really strong men” to help out in Haka dance, or war dance.
We had a great time at Tiki Terrace and we highly recommend visiting when there is a special occasion to celebrate.
Tips to enjoy Tiki Terrace:
- You will need to arrive early to be seated and then have your dinner. I’d suggest arriving at the earliest available time, so you’ll have plenty of time to eat and finish before the show starts.
- Bring your own lei. It costs an additional $7 to buy one there.
- Shows are also offered on Hang Loose Wednesdays. It seems to be less expensive than the weekend.
- Tiki Terrace has won the award for best mai tai in the suburbs and has a very unique following for their Haupia coconut cake (will need to try this next time around)!
- They offer live Hawaiian music concerts. In the past, Jake Shimabakuro, HAPA and Raitea Helm have rocked their stage.
- In addition to their four consistent shows every Friday, twice on Saturday and on Wednesday, they also host “Ohana Nights” where a local Halau (dance family) comes to entertain guests. The proceeds go to benefit and further that Halau’s goals.
- Interested in having the fun come to you? They also cater by bringing the entire Luau (decor, entertainment and ono-licious food) to backyards and corporate events all over Chicagoland.
Location: 1591 Lee St, Des Plaines, IL Located in an unassuming strip mall.
Cost: Prices start at $26/person and $15/child. Maui Package. Or you can go all out with a packages. We had the Maui package and it includes appetizers, entrees, refillable drinks, show, tax, and gratuity.
Hours: Tuesday — Thursday & Sunday 4pm — 9pm; Friday 4pm — 930pm (reserve); Saturday 2 shows- call for reservations.
There are two showtimes during the weekend – one at 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. show time.
Parking: Plenty of free parking in the lot.
Disclosure: Our family was a provided complimentary meal in exchange for a review. I was not required to express a particular point of view, and all opinions are my own.