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Tonga Room

950 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94108-6000 (Nob Hill)
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Ranked #564 of 4,923 restaurants in San Francisco
Price range: $35 - $50
Cuisines: Asian
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions, Scenic view
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Nob Hill
Cross street: California St.
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Lancashire, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We had a table for 2 next to the pool and had a wonderful meal and cocktails. The atmosphere in the hotel is electric, with a live band and the restaurants own show , with rain and thunder storms, it is a great place to sit and eat/drink. Very popular with locals also, so ensure you book your table in... More

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Babylon, New York
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55 reviews 55 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

The Tonga Room itself is pretty fantastic. It's fun, ridiculous, and unlike just about anywhere else. Our original plan was just to do some crazy tropical drinks and an appetizer or two. After looking at the menu, the food sounded so good, that we decided to get dinner, too. MISTAKE! Stick with a couple of the crazy big drinks and... More

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Meriden, Connecticut
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

I saw this on the Travel Channel and thought it would be cool to see. It was worth the trip, but we would probably not go back. Everything was as expected based of reviews I have read here on Trip Advisor. Meals were pretty pricey for the portion sizing. Drinks were mixed well. The decor is definitely dated, but that... More

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Salem, Massachusetts
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52 reviews 52 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This is a bit tired. Feels like it once was hopping but that was probably in the 70s. Drinks are okay. Didn't stay for dinner. Have a drink here but go elsewhere for dinner.

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175 reviews 175 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Impressive Tropical and colorful atmosphere----special effects with the rain and thunderstorms add to the environmental mystic! Great variety of cocktails and appetizers ---a little bit rich, but generous portions. Fabulous dance music---non stop---good mix! Service was quick and friendly---especially being as the room was packed! This is a popular and great addition to the Fairmont----no question, this will be a... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Went here after seeing a feature on Anthony Bourdian's show. It's good kitschy decor with great strong drinks. I loved the atmosphere, the music and the people watching on a Friday Night. So different than any where else in the city.

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Lansdale, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Kitsch only goes so far. No ha ha when the service is moving you through dinner at a breakneck pace while you listen to an artificial rainstorm around an indoor swimming pool. The food was expensive and not good. I won't even talk about the disco band playing on a raft.

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Pattaya, Thailand
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Been Going There For Years...I Had On Shorts, Daytime, Very Warm Outside.. (Tried Top Of The "Snotty" Mark, But They're SO Proud Of Themselves, They Just Lost Long Time Customers, As I Couldn't Get In Because Of The Aforementioned Shorts)...Walked Over To The Tonga Room, Had Fabulous Appetizers And Great Cocktails....One Of San Francisco's Long Time Treasures!....Never Change!.....:).

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Atlanta, Georgia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

My wife and I celebrated our Anniversary at the Tonga Room. It is very expensive but worth the experience. We made our reservation through open table and commented that it was our anniversary. When we got there we were greeted warmly by the staff and shown to our table next to the 'lagoon'. The food is excellent, I had the... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This is one of the classic tiki bars from the 1940s and worth the visit. As many reviewers have said, it can be pricey. One suggestion to experience the Tonga Room on a budget is to try Happy Hour, which occurs Wednesday through Friday from 5-7 pm. The tiki drinks are a little less expensive and there is an all... More

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