I love Trader Vic's in Atlanta. It's campy, old school and untouched in 40+ years. I expected more of the same with the Tonga Room and it is just way over the top. The pool was cool with the bandstand in the middle. The rain and thunder was definitely campy if a bit underwhelming. We did visit for dinner which I won't be doing again. Service was great, food was barely average but prices we're crazy. Do yourself a favor and just come to visit that bar, enjoy the drinks and the show.
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Phone: (415) 772-5283
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- Fairmont Hotel
- Nob Hill, Northeast San Francisco
Tonga Restaurant & Bar
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The Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar
Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar
Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar - Fairmont San Francisco
- Asian Restaurants, Bars, Hawaiian Restaurants, Japanese Restaurants, Chinese Restaurants, Sushi Bars, Restaurants
- Other Information:
Parking: Street, Valet
Bike Parking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: Japanese, Asian, Sushi, Chinese, Hawaiian
Alcohol: Full Bar
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
over priced for food. Its more asian food than pacific, def not worth the price. great setting, menu confusing to choose from. They nickle and dime you here. I was not satisfied, felt robbed. Dont know why people post good reviews? This place left a.bad taste in my mouth
02/12/2011Provided by Citysearch -
This place is about to be shut down and repurposed and it's just as well. The rain and thunder showers were probably impressive decades ago but seem cheesy now. The band - which cost a $7 cover charge - played tunes from the 70s. They seemed talented but didn't sing a tune I recognized so I didn't enjoy it much, although the older folks dancing on the floor seemed to be having a good time. The drinks were waaaaaay overpriced. At least the service was friendly and fast! The creme brule dessert was so drenched in alcohol it was inedible, at least to me. 30 minutes and $45 later, we left disappointed. Steer clear if you're under 40!
08/21/2010Provided by Citysearch -
Ah-Oooo-GAH! My wife and I had cocktails and dinner at the Tonga Room a few days ago and were very happy with the experience. The room has been around since 1945 (it was the pool in the earlier part of the last century) so it's been around for a while; and is in great shape / under great management.
POSITIVES: The ambiance is wonderful, with the small lagoon and floating stage that resembles a boat. I loved the tropical downpour / thunderstorm effects that presage the beginning of the evening's entertainment. The Mai Tais were good & strong, so they do not skimp on rum. The food was also good, but not great. I loved the decor: with the thatched roofs, ""lagoon"" and the dance floor that looks just like the deck of a ship- complete with rat lines, block(s) and tackle etc...
NEGATIVES: The music, while pleasant enough had nay neither a surfing tune nor a lounge lizard song anywhere in the repertoire! Alas! The songs were mostly old disco tunes (Donna Summer, Bee Gees etc...) so that marred the ambiance somewhat. And as wonderful as the decor was / is, there weren't enough tikis! To those tiki aficionados looking for a kitschy tiki experience- this may not be the place 4 you! There are no Japanese glass floats, dried blow fish etc... While the Mai Tais were good, the taste of the canned pineapple juice lingered somewhat unpleasantly. I know- if they used genuine juice the price would go up 20% or more so there is that :-) And I wished the wait staff had more colorful / tropical attire. Dressed as they are / were in standard black / white uniforms they did nothing to add to the Polynesian theme.
07/10/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Went on dancing dates there 50 years ago and recently returned to find it just as enjoyable. Happy hour food and drinks were very reasonable. A tropical drink with a paper umbrella and fruit is fun. We stayed around for dancing and were not hassled to buy more drinks. Since it was my birthday, I was even given a fancy dessert to celebrate. Although it's fun to dress up you can be comfortable in casual attire. A stroll through the elegant Fairmont lobby
capped off the evening.
07/03/2008Provided by Citysearch -
okay, while living in the bay area, i used to come here for an occasional happy hour. the drinks were good and the free buffet - decent. a few months ago, my mom and i came up to sf for a friend's wedding. my friends live around the sunset and richmond district. however, we decided to stay at the orchard garden (great hotel). exhausted, i had one of my friends meet me at the hotel and decided to walk somewhere closeby. we wanted to go to a place, where you can bring mom, to drink and have fun. wise choice... the filippino band was amazing. playing everything from top 40 to class rock 'n roll. and, we could tell they enjoyed jamming. (appreciated their non-cheesy renditions). since, we never had eaten a meal at this establishment, we ordered appetizers and drinks. after tasting the fried rice and everything else we ordered, we regretted not ordering a meal. the food was good. and, would have cost as much as what we spent on appetizers. (i am definitely going back for food). another thing i enjoyed about this place - you can come dressed however you would like. it is also a place you can come dressed in the attire (which you would never wear again, otherwise) you purchased to attend the opera or that wedding in 2005. its fun to get dressed up - the kind of ""dress-up"" wear you would watch your mother put on when she would go out on weekends or used to don when you were first in college - going to a nice restaurant with your group of friends- and tried to be ""adult."" this is definitely the place where you can wear your pearl choker and cocktail dress.
04/11/2008Provided by Citysearch -
It feels like like the perfect venue for a Goldman Sachs office party or something. We could picture a senior VP getting drunk on Mai Tais (which are quite good actually) and hitting on an intern as the faux Polynesian band belts out Journey. Nothing against Goldman Sachs really. We were just being juvenile and imaginative (drunk). I guess the festive mood does have an effect.
Just remember to visit this place with low expectations and take in all the cheese. It's like an episode of Montel. You want to turn it off but your having too much fun enjoying how bad it is. And for that it get two stars instead of one.