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

8.5

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by 140 people

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Everyone You
Decor 8.9
Drink Quality 8.5
Drink Selection 8.7
Food Quality 8.1
Food Selection 7.9
Mood 8.5
Music 8.5
Service 8.7
Tikiness 8.8
Tilt 8.5
Vibe 8

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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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Lady Kai
Lady Kai has visited Tonga Hut.
November 2, 2018, 8:51 PM
It was Halloween when I was there - so about different than usual. I like the vibe here.
Nice decor with many original pieces. FYI: There are some really cool shadow box frames of the old tiki places in the area, including menus in the restaurant area. (Wild - filet mignon $4.75?)
The drinks were fun. The bartender, very knowledgeable about tiki drinks - had some specials - I went for The Wanderer - an old drink from a tiki bar from a place in Minnesota. Strong is the word here.
Lucked out and got a tour of the bar and some fun stories from someone “high up” - many “secrets” here... including something about the layout. I’m not giving away, sorry.
A fun place to visit!
September 5, 2018, 10:24 PM
Great Bartender (Thanks LT) and drinks very good. The food excellent. We made it for TIKI TACO Tuesday. Yummy 3 tacos and Mai Tai for $12. We will be back
Stephanie
Stephanie has visited Tonga Hut.
April 7, 2018, 11:04 PM
I visited Tonga Hut for my birthday and had a wonderful time. I sat at the bar and was served by the friendly bartender who was attentive and kind. My first drink was the “Kraken the Dole Whip” which was very sweet but thoroughly enjoyable. I also had the “Mojave Punch” which I wouldn’t recommend as well as the Pi Yi which was also sweet but tasty (and who doesn’t enjoy a drink served in a pineapple?). The bartender also gave me a “chocolate cake shot” which was very generously sized and interesting! I also enjoyed a chicken egg roll and the popcorn chicken, which were both very tasty and complimented the drink menu well. I met some fellow tiki-philes during my visit which made it all the more enjoyable. The decor was very mid century modern and not quite as tiki as some other establishments. Overall I really enjoyed spending my birthday at the Tonga Hut and would recommend it to others!
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