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Tonga Room

$$ - $$$
Neighborhood:
Nob Hill
Bar, Asian, Polynesian, Hawaiian, Gluten Free Options
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950 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94108-6000 (California St.)
+1 415-772-5278
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Monday
Closed
Hours:
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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great food, great atmosphere. My only complaint was that when we asked to order dessert, we we told the kitchen was closed. The waiter should have told us when the kitchen was closing before so we could get our dessert order in. We had a 9:30 reservation, so we assumed that at 10:30 we could order dessert.

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Thank Lisa H
Lake Tahoe (California), California
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213 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a cool place for a drink and to say you've been there, but not much beyond that. That said the drinks are good and strong, and the food is meh. Would I go back? Yes for a beginning of the night drink, then I would leave. I would definitely say to go there and check it out, there's... More 

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Thank eric F
Huntington Beach, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We absolutely loved this place from its interior decor and aquatic effects to the delectable appetizers and potent cocktails. Once you enter this iconic establishment, you will feel as if you stepped back into time when Tiki style bars were a representation of an appreciation for exotic and tropical escape. This establishment exudes just that.

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Thank Jeff P
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Since I grew up in San Francisco in the 50's/60's, I used to go to the Tonga Room and chat with the Hawaiian Band. Back then, the band played Hawaiian and tropical songs which brought you back to the Islands. After being away so long, my wife wanted to come back and relive those moments, but to our dismay, the... More 

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San Diego, California
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108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Tucked into the fairmont hotel, the Tonga room is a fun lspot with tropical drinks, a swimming pool, and occasional "rain storms". Its definitely worth checking out, if not for the atmosphere then for the novelty.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

How can you not love this place? To the folks who say it's too kitschy or too crowded or too pricey, well, come on...it's a bonafide Landmark, people. It's been around, in one form or another, for longer than any of us have been around, and what is does, it does to perfection. Go the Tonga Room and lose yourself... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were invited here by a friend who had never visited before and it didn't take too long for the disappointment to manifestThe Tonga Room has a great reputation as a place to visit, as it's a little erm....."exotic".....but honestly I'm sorry I wasted my time. We had a few bottles of decent, but expensive, beer (isn't everything in SF?)... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In my opinion, this is a must-do in SF. The ambiance, the setting, the food, the drinks, the staff, the band, are all top notch. The drinks are quite expensive while the food is surprisingly reasonable. There were several vegan options and GF too. The band starts just after 8 and they're lively and talented. We took our time on... More 

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San Tan Valley, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We met a young couple who told us we had to go to the Tonga Room. We have friends who live in Oakland and told them about the Tonga Room. They had never been there so we all decided to see this Tonga Room. OMG, what a great evening we had. We were seated near the pool which is amazing.... More 

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Citrus Heights, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We chose the Tonga Room for a friend's birthday. The family style option is the way to go. And always sit near the pool and the Outrigger canoe band. The rainshower feature in the pool makes you think you are in Hawaii or the South Pacific. Asian Pacific food at its best.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$35 - $50
Cuisine
Bar, Asian, Polynesian, Hawaiian, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar scene, Special occasions, Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 12:30 am
Saturday
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: +1 415-772-5278

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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