The Omni Hut

Smyrna, TN
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618 S Lowry St
Smyrna, TN
Opened in 1960
Tue-Sat 5pm-9:30pm
All ages
(615) 459-4870
Flaming pu-pu platter,
volcano desserts

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The Omni Hut



by 20 people



Everyone You
Decor 8.6
Drink Quality 5.6
Drink Selection 3.3
Food Quality 7.4
Food Selection 8.2
Mood 8.7
Music 9.1
Service 9.5
Tikiness 8.4
Tilt 9.5
Vibe 8.3

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A charming tiki restaurant, where employees and customers alike are treated like family. The Omni Hut's creator, Jim Walls, started the Omni Hut after taking up cooking as a hobby and second job while stationed in Honolulu as a pilot before World War II. The military took him all over the world, and he picked up culinary tricks wherever he went, and it when it came time to retire, he decided to open a restaurant. He chose this location in Smyrna, near Ft. Stuart, and opened a restaurant called "Chinese Cuisine," which soon became the Omni Hut. Walls also owned the nearby Mahi Mahi
Mahi Mahi
Nashville, TN
Bar & Restaurant
for a short time. The Omni Hut suffered a fire in 2000, but luckily the restaurant has been able to reopen with the decor largely intact.
The Omni Hut does not have a liquor license, but customers are encouraged to spike their own drinks—the Omni Hut has a "Hawaiian Tea" drink that is perfect with a little rum added. They serve a Fiery Pu-Pu Platter, and a Volcano ice cream dessert which arrives on fire.
To celebrate 50 years in business, the Omni Hut had two special souvenir mugs created by Tiki Farm, and they can be purchased at the restaurant (their special teriyaki sauce, too!).

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June 26, 2016, 7:15 PM
I've been a regular since 1965.... this is the best food I have put in my mouth, and when Polly closes this place my entire family will be devastated. I wish she would publish her recipes ( i.e., Jim's recipes). they are simply the best food you will ever eat
Grifter is a semi-regular at The Omni Hut.
February 4, 2016, 5:50 AM
We hit the OH at least once a month. It's my favorite restaurant in Middle Tennessee, and owner Polly Walls is the embodiment of Aloha. Polly's brother has begun carving tikis, and the place is bursting with them. We are so fortunate to have such badass tikery so close to home. FYI, it's byob, so break out your copy of Beachbum Berry, and roll your own. Aloha!
White Devil
White Devil has visited The Omni Hut.
February 16, 2015, 9:28 AM
I had heard great things about the Omni Hut over the years, and I'm glad to say that they were all 100% accurate. For atmosphere, it can't be topped (outside of Trader Vic's or the Mai Kai), and our meal was spectacular. The bacon-pineapple bits on the puupuu platter are amazingly tasty, and made a believer out of me. We want to go back to get the steak, one day. It's also a great art destination, as they have an extensive collection of authentic Polynesian carvings & modern Poly-Pop additions, some carved by the owner's family. Do yourself a favor and take that road trip with the family: there's something at the Omni Hut for all ages to be amazed by.
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