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Tonga Room

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Nob Hill
Polynesian, Pacific Rim, Bar, Asian
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950 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94108-6000 (California St.)
415-772-5278
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5:00 pm - 12:30 am
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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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Fairhaven, Massachusetts
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The five stars are for the environment alone, never mind the drinks! This is a really creative way to recycle an old hotel pool. It feels like you stepped out of San Francisco and into Hawaii. They even make it rain! I ordered a margarita and it had to be one of the best I've had.

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UK for now !
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93 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were staying at the Fairmont (where the Tonga Room is located) and thought we'd try the Happy Hour buffet. Service was friendly food was a joke. The buffet consisted of a few modest starters then chicken wings in a sticky sauce, noodles, rice and chips. Having dined out in nearby China town, we could not believe such poor quality... More 

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Greenville, South Carolina
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66 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Fun time! The bar is basically a rainforest. Tropical decor, tropical drinks (plus beer,wine,etc). Its not a "have to" but its a fun start to a night! Plan on waiting in ln line if you arrive after 5:45. Line moved quick.

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Mexico
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

They had live music and the decoration is superb! They have a nice place for dancing and every table is well located.

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Jackson Miss.
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130 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 397 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Tonga Room is the original Tiki Bar. It sits inside the wonderful grand ole hotel The Fairmont. The hotel is fabulous and luxuriously over the top in that great way of hotels from the 1850's. It has a campy, kitschy feeling that is just cool! A central pool ("lagoon") is surrounded by tiki huts and palm frond thatch roof... More 

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Deerfield, IL
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171 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came here for drinks and apps and it was really just OK. It was very very loud, the drinks were OK- kind of very tart and I thought weak, and the apps were also just OK. The shrimp and cilantro rolls were actually pretty good. We also had the poke in the coconut shell which wasn't bad, but there... More 

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Bradford, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was really looking forward to eating here during our stay in San Francisco and I wanted it to be amazing but the food was very disappointing. I had the zucchini and eggplant stirfry but the vegetables weren't cooked enough and it just didn't taste very nice. The venue itself is fun and the band were really good. We had... More 

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DUBAI, UAE
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The setting is great with tables around a pool of water with 'rain inside' and a band playing Unfortunately the service is properly rubbish - slow - not unfriendly but very uninformed with little knowledge of the menu. The food was cheap Chinese or Thai takeaway low quality bland and tasteless - band was average

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Northfield, Minnesota
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Probably one of the best designed tiki bars in the world. The artificial rain is fantastic. However, the drinks were disappointing and the food was below average. I think the popularity may have ruined the place. We stayed at the hotel to be near the bar but the place was crowded immediately at 5.

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Seattle, Washington
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32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

walking into the Tonga room is like going back to hawaii in the 60s, decoration is very much 'Blue Hawaii' set, having grown up local in Hawaii, it was like walking into a tourist join in Waikiki.. but the food was fantastic and drinks, surprisingly tasty and fresh.. never been a fan of foofoo drinks, for the first time, i... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$35 - $50
Cuisine
Polynesian, Pacific Rim, Bar, Asian
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, Romantic, 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: 415-772-5278

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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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