Tonga Hut

Palm Springs, CA
Bar & Restaurant
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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

Critiki ratings

Tonga Hut



by 84 people



Everyone You
Decor 9.1
Drink Quality 8.7
Drink Selection 8.7
Food Quality 8.1
Food Selection 7.9
Mood 8.8
Music 8.7
Service 9
Tikiness 9
Tilt 8.9
Vibe 8.4

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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.

How to find it

Tonga Hut is on Palm Canyon Drive. Between Amado Road and Andreas Road, you'll find a wide driveway mid-block, leading into a parking lot. Tonga Hut's entrance is on the north side of this driveway, where you'll see a staircase leading up to its second-floor location.


There is a parking lot next to Tonga Hut, and parking available on the street.


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Upcoming Visits
visiting on
Sunday, May 28, 2017
I should be at The Tonga Hut early afternoon around 1-2ish.
visiting on
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Regulars & Visitors
  • queen kamehameha
  • HipHiPaHulA!
  • Murph360
  • WickedWahine
  • JeffCleveland
  • Josh Yonutas
  • Tiki Kim
  • Aquatic Safarinaut
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arcadiandj has visited Tonga Hut.
December 9, 2016, 9:54 PM
My wife and I had a GREAT time here. The vibe seemed more mid century to us-which we liked. The food was great and I had the best Mai Tai in a bar ever. The highlight was the interaction with the bartender and Murph, who we believe was an/the owner. They were two people who put a marvelous personal touch on the evening that included a tour of the secret room!
PackmanWSU01 has visited Tonga Hut.
July 30, 2016, 10:33 PM
Very different vibe from Hollywood location. Great food selection and taste...even the complimentary wontons (suggestion: order the pineapple fried rice with chicken and use the complimentary sauce with it...yum!) The drink menu is good and the taste quality great. Among the best service I've ever had at a tiki establishment. Limited selection on signatureugs but I did buy a T-shirt and a cd. Check the phone booth before you leave!
Robin has visited Tonga Hut.
December 23, 2015, 12:13 PM
We had a great tour of the place (including the phonebooth and the hidden room). Great details and original tiki/Polynesian elements. We bought a souvenir mug and asked to buy a menu (by the amazing Shag). The waiter gave us one for free. (They sell those for 60 dollars on eBay, such a shame...)

My wife asked for a virgin cocktail, since she was driving. She had the best improvised drink ever. We love Palm Springs. And its Tonga Hut.
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