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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

Critiki ratings

The Omni Hut

8.1

Overall

by 25 people

1

10

Detail
Everyone You
Decor 8.8
Drink Quality 5.4
Drink Selection 3.6
Food Quality 8.1
Food Selection 8.7
Mood 8.9
Music 9.3
Service 9.7
Tikiness 8.8
Tilt 9.3
Vibe 8.6

Upcoming Visits

  • The Big Wiener
    visiting on
    Sunday, September 17, 2017
    for the first time
    Driving down to Nashville from Montreal, so HAVE to take in at least ONE tiki place ( Prichard's distillery has good rum, but it's not exactly Tiki...lol)

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Humuhumu’s description

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
history
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!).

Comments

Kahiki Guy
Kahiki Guy has visited The Omni Hut.
April 26, 2017, 12:03 PM
The Omni Hut is a special kind of tiki find. They do not, nor have they ever, held a liquor license, but you are permitted to byob, and add your favorite rum to any of their tropical juice laden offerings from the menu. The food is outstanding, and you get plenty of it to boot. The decor is about as authentic as you'll find anywhere.
Cheap bastard
Cheap bastard has visited The Omni Hut.
November 22, 2016, 7:30 PM
I'll start by saying this is a restaurant and not a bar. You can bring your own bottle in to doctor up their drinks, but you can't really hang out for hours like you can in a bar. That being said....THIS PLACE IS AWESOME!!!!! OMG it is so tiki I almost couldn't handle it. The walls, chairs, aquarium, bathrooms, lobby....it's all decked out. They have their own mugs for sale and even sell Tiki Magazine. Their Hawaiian tea is $4.95 with free refills and is served in a tiki mug. It would go great with rum. The food selection is extensive and very tasty. This restaurant is a must. There is no restaurant like it in Nashville so make the 20 minute drive to Smyrna and don't miss it. This place is top 5 on my list. Totally awesome.
disneymom69@yahoo.com
disneymom69@yahoo.com is a semi-regular at The Omni Hut.
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
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Upcoming Visits
The Big Wiener
visiting on
Sunday, September 17, 2017
for the first time
Driving down to Nashville from Montreal, so HAVE to take in at least ONE tiki place ( Prichard's distillery has good rum, but it's not exactly Tiki...lol)
Regulars & Visitors
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  • Vince Martini
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  • Grifter
  • disneymom69@yahoo.com
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  • voodootiki
  • The Jab
  • ExoticSabina
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