Tonga Hut

Palm Springs, CA
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254 N. Palm Canyon Dr.
Palm Springs, CA
Opened in 2014
Tue-Thu 5pm-11pm
Fri 5pm-2am
Sat noon-2am
Sun noon-10pm
Closed Mon
(760) 322-4449
Flaming pu-pu platter,
bowl drinks,
flaming coconut drink

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Tonga Hut



by 116 people



Everyone You
Decor 9
Drink Quality 8.7
Drink Selection 8.7
Food Quality 8.1
Food Selection 8
Mood 8.6
Music 8.5
Service 8.8
Tikiness 8.9
Tilt 8.6
Vibe 8.2

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Humuhumu’s description

Tonga Hut opened in Palm Springs in the spring of 2013. It is the sister location of the historic Tonga Hut in North Hollywood
Tonga Hut
North Hollywood, CA
, with the same ownership responsible for restoring that location to tiki glory.
Tonga Hut is located on the second floor of its building. The restaurant has booth seating, and a dramatic tiki bas relief wall. Tucked at the back is a phone booth with a false back, leading into a small private room with a rich, dense, golden-era approach to tiki style. Behind that room is a small private lanai with a Witco bar and stools. Opposite the restaurant side of the space, there is a good-sized bar with a tiki-tinged mid-century modern look, and a lanai overlooking Palm Springs' main drag. The interior was created by Tiki Diablo.
The Palm Springs Tonga Hut location has a full food menu, including a flaming pu-pu platter. The drink menu is a mix of classic tiki drinks and their own modern creations, and includes a flaming coconut drink and shared volcano bowls. Tonga Hut hosts special music events, with particular emphasis on Exotica acts.


December 29, 2017, 9:42 PM
So I've been three times and waited to review until my third to see if my first 2 visits were a fluke. Unfortunately they weren't. The decor here is good, but the drinks are awful! The menu claims the mai tai is based on Vic's original recipe, but tastes like rose's lime juice, water, and high fructose. Ouch. Last time I had a Navy Grog which was equally bad. My wife had a Honi Honi and while it was better than my mai tai, she said it was only because the bourbon covered the rose's lime juice flavor better. Head to Bootlegger for infinitely better drinks!
TikiFunk is a semi-regular at Tonga Hut.
October 25, 2017, 8:11 PM
Went twice during last weekend, for dinner and drinks. Really a nice laid back tiki bar . The staff is very very friendly. The food is top notch. I'd recommend the flaming PuPu platter ... very tasty and great theater. The decoration is very much mod Tiki, great Witco pieces, a few Moai, but without the typical bamboo draping all exposed surfaces. The drinks are good, definitely much better than Tonga Hut in Los Angeles. The Mai Tai and the Chai Tai were the best. The others, the pineapple Pi Yi and coconut Tiki Tastic were average or a bit better than average. They've got great seating ....inside and out on the balcony. The music was so-so, with no consistent theme... 50's pop and surf all mixed together. The music was much more "Tiki" at Bootleggers.
Overall Grade: A Solid A
retrolandia has visited Tonga Hut.
June 11, 2017, 12:17 AM
Went twice on a recent Palm Springs trip, and will visit again whenever I can get to the desert.

The staff are amazing - they're friendly, clearly love the place, and are very accommodating. Want a mocktail for your designated driver? You got it. Want to see the secret room? If it's not in use, absolutely.

The music was a nice mix of surf, exotica, and midcentury rock and roll (but be warned: after 10pm, it switched over to LOUD disco).

If I lived closer, I'd probably be here every weekend.
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