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

Critiki ratings

Tonga Hut

8.6

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by 104 people

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Everyone You
Decor 9.1
Drink Quality 8.7
Drink Selection 8.7
Food Quality 8.1
Food Selection 7.9
Mood 8.7
Music 8.7
Service 8.8
Tikiness 8.9
Tilt 8.7
Vibe 8.3

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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
classic
Tonga Hut
North Hollywood, CA
Bar
8.1
, 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.

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retrolandia
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.
arcadiandj
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
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!
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