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Tonga Room

Nob Hill
Polynesian, Pacific Rim, Bar, Asian
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950 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94108-6000 (California St.)
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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Sun 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Wed - Thu 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 12:30 am
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London, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were staying at the Fairmont and so thought we should try the restaurant here. The ambience and setting was very romantic and beautiful however, as a huge fan of Asian food it was nothing more than average. I would recommend maybe coming here for an appetiser and a couple of drinks to enjoy the music and the environment but... More 

Thank raja000
Mississauga, Canada
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45 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I give this place 5 stars because it is by far the best deal in town. Caveat, only if you go during happy hour from 5 to 7. Head up to the top of Nob Hill for 5pm and enjoy a $10 all-you-can eat buffet and (I recommend) a Mai Thai. Sip it! Trust me. It's strong! Get there for... More 

Thank Aaron P
Miami, Florida
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I recently visited the Tonga room during our stay at the Fairmont. We read about this place in tour books and on trip advisor. Well aware of it being a tourist trap. The food was horrible!!! The soup was sooo spicy that we couldn't even eat more than 2-3 bites. Our main dish was horrible sorry I... More 

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San Diego, California
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our first visit to the Tonga Room at the Fairmont Hotel. We knew it used to be an indoor pool area for the hotel guests; and that a Hollywood set designer had been hired after WW II to design and construct the Tonga Room. It is magical - the lighting and sets are all excellent. The pool is... More 

Thank Jeff A
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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73 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Best Tiki Bar in the U.S. Just watch Anthony Bourdain's program "The Layover." There is a pool in the middle of the room, with a band on a "barge" that moves across the pool as they play. There is thunder and rain as well. And the drinks are fabulous! You can order food as well.

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New York City, New York
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What dreams are made of. Underground hotel bar with a live band playing in a pool on a moving Gazebo boat stage. Tiki drinks are solid. Don't overthink it / just drink it. Food is certainly workable too. Hard pressed not to visit anytime while visiting town. Only thing I'd change would be having them stay open as late as... More 

Thank J B
Liverpool, New York
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For a tiki bar, the Hawaiian atmosphere was fun and the band was great. The food and drinks were not good; the Pina Colada tasted nothing like it should have and the waitress said it was a new bartender; regardless, we should have gotten drinks that tasted good; we sent them back and ordered beer. The food, being over $100... More 

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3 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our second visit to the Tonga Room after many years. Still a fun, unique and interesting experience. Enjoyed the band. A woman celebrating her 100th birthday with her family led an impromptu conga line around the room. The starters were a bit pricey but I was surprised how reasonably priced the entrees were. We liked the curried crab won tacos;... More 

Thank sej222
Mystic, Connecticut
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36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went for happy hour before dinner. You can't get a better atmosphere. Although it is dark, the entire room is themed, complete with a boat in the middle of the water and "thunderstorms" throughout the night (I know this sounds like a Rainforest Cafe type restaurant but its really quite different). Definitely worth a stop in, even just for... More 

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Yorba Linda, California
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178 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Welcome to the South Pacific or Hawaii or Tahiti... This is awesome with the band floating on a boat in the middle of the water. Lighting and rain ( makes Rain Forest Cafe seem like a copy cat!) light of the sky ( ceiling) every so often... drinks in authentic tiki or coconut cups... Try the Mai Tai I may... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$35 - $50
Polynesian, Pacific Rim, Bar, Asian
Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Scenic view, Bar scene, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
5:00 pm - 12:30 am
5:00 pm - 12:30 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 950 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94108-6000
    (California St.)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Nob Hill
  • Neighborhood: Nob Hill
  • Phone Number: 415-772-5278

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Staying in Nob Hill

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Nob Hill
Swanky and stylish, Nob Hill sits in the heart of the city and is home to amazing architecture and views. The hike to the top can be a challenging workout for those who forego a cable car ride, but they will be rewarded with some of the city’s most beautiful architecture adorning its peak. Originally populated with mansions after the Gold Rush, most if not all were devastated in the 1906 earthquake and fire that followed. Luckily all is not lost; storied hotels and Grace Cathedral surround Huntington Park. Having a drink or dinner while taking in the sunset and views at the "top of the Mark" is tough to beat.
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