Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar - Fairmont San Francisco
Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar - Fairmont San Francisco

Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar - Fairmont San Francisco

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.tongaroom.com/
  • Phone: 4157725278x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Reservations are taken for dinner only. Hurricane Bar and Happy Hour guests are welcomed on a first-come first-served basis.

    Dinner is served Sunday, Wednesday & Thursday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm

    Hurricane Bar is open Sunday, Wednesday &
    Thursday: 5:00pm – 11:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:30pm

    Happy Hour: Wednesday through Friday 5-7pm (except holidays)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Polynesian, Asian
  • Executive Chef: William Birks
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar is the ideal spot to celebrate memorable occasions such as birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, graduations and other special events. Rainstorms, thunder and lightning enhance your dining experience and will turn moments into memories for you and your guests. The Staff at Tonga Room will work with you to create a memorable and unique event. For more details, please contact James Liu at (415) 772-5278.
  • Private Party Contact: JP Cote 4157725278x
  • Entertainment: The Island Groove is our live band who performs the top 40’s hit songs from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s as well as current hits. The cover charge is $5 per person on Sunday, Wednesday, & Thursday beginning at 8:00pm and $7 per person on Friday & Saturday beginning at 8:00pm. Please keep in mind that once the band starts the cover charge applies to all guests in the restaurant and the bar regardless of the time they arrive.
  • Special Events: Please note we will be closed for private events Sunday, September 14 & Saturday, September 27. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: California St.
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Street Parking is available as well as the Hotel Parking Garage with no validation
A word from Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar - Fairmont San Francisco
A visit to San Francisco is not complete without experiencing Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar. Consistently awarded for serving 'San Francisco's Best Happy Hour' by San Francisco Magazine, The San Francisco Bay Guardian and most recently, Where Magazine. The Tonga Room offers exceptional Polynesian Cuisine in a tropical setting that includes thunder and rainstorms. It is the perfect escape after a busy day of meetings or shopping along Union Square. Be sure to try the Mai Tai, voted the City's best by Conde Nast Traveler.

Reservations are taken for dinner only. Hurricane Bar and Happy Hour guests are welcomed on a first-come first-served basis.

Cover charge applies to all guests after 8:00pm regardless of the time they arrive.
$5 per person on Sunday, Wednesday & Thursday
$7 per person on Friday & Saturday
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar - Fairmont San Francisco reviews from OpenTable diners
177 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.7
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelEnergetic
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (110)good for groups (83)vibrant bar scene (71)romantic (69)late-night find (45)hot spot (37)neighborhood gem (28)scenic view (24)fit for foodies (23)kid-friendly (22)great for lunch (6)notable wine list (4)great for brunch (3)great for outdoor dining (3)Show More
  • It does it's job, and that's it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    So I really have nothing to complain about. I mean, the food was amazing, the ambiance was sort of similar to my expectations, and the service did it's job in bringing food and check to our table. Usually, though, if I am to play up the wahoo for dining experiences, I don't anticipate thing being done....and nothing more. I anticipate amazing service and a feeling that your experience and time at that restaurant matters to the employees. I got none of that....really. I had more fun with other paying customers than I did with those who work there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Our celebration for two sister's birthday could not be more enjoyable.....very nice place.....excellent service....happy people all around....!.....
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Way too expensive
    Rick
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    In short the luau style good was minuscule in quantity compared to other restaurants and the price was outrageous for the quantity and quality they served. Fun place to have a drink but that's about it.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect bday spot
    goobetta
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Had my birthday here. Fun show. Be sure to reserve! Long lines await if you don't! Food better than you'd expect at a special occasion venue like Tonga Room. Outstanding and attentive service. Yummy tropical drinks. Don't miss the Kona ribs.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great place to celebrate
    Wami
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We went here for a bachelorette party and it was great. The atmosphere is perfect to celebrate and have a few drinks!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome band
    Foodie97VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The live band and the atmosphere they created was the best part of the experience. They sung a wide variety of songs and my friends and I were pleasantly surprised. The lead singer was awesome.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    Christine
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    After seeing the Tong Room featured on an Anthony Bordane show, my husband and I flew to San Fran just to celebrate our anniversary here. We were not dissappointed. Great food in a fun atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too dated and overpriced
    2bad4thefood
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The mood, decor, and theme of the restaurant is interesting and overall fun. The drinks were also fun and strong but a bit over priced. The food and service were the worst part. The service was extremely slow and the food was way over priced. It even beats prices of 5 star restaurants in the city. Because of this I will not be going back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What a night!
    Foodfan
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We booked at the tonga room having had a recomendation from a friend, who'd visited years ago when he was just 8!! It exceeded all expectations - my friend had tried to explain the setting and the amazing 'rain' in the restaurant but nothing could've prepared me for how brilliant the atmosphere would be! The music was fantastic, staff lovely, and the food suited the theme perfectly. We had the set menu and loved every bit. The mahi mahi fish in particular was absolutely delicious. If you're in San Fran for a few nights or more, it is WELL worth a visit for a really, really fun night. Make sure you go when the band are playing though!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, not great. Way too spendy.
    mojoworkin
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    This total tiki-geek wanted to love it, but aside from the decor, the floating band, and the occasional cloudburst, the Tonga Room is mostly unremarkable. The long-dank fluorescent hallway approach to the restaurant is just plain weird. Yes, there is the lone Tiki assure one they are on the right floor, but that feeling goes away while having to walk past corporate offices, empty ballrooms and utility closets. The room itself is AMAZING, but that's where it all ends. Food is "Meh," and the lava and scorpion bowls are impossible to distinguish by taste. Service was attentive, but somehow not-quite-right. The long straws and watching the ballroom dancers were fun. Paying for it all was not. It would have been expensive at half the price.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I have been coming to the Tonga for over 30 years and this last experience was the best ever. This was in large part due to the outstanding management of Michael Zamarripa and superb service by KC. We were a party of 8 to celebrate a birthday and though the dining room was to capacity, they made us feel very special. The room is great fun and you can tell that everyone is having a good time. This is in large part also due to an excellent band that plays everything from standards to great oldies from the 60s 70s and 80s. A great choice for people in the mood for a evening of great fun!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food but bad service
    Kellyluebeck
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The food and live entertainment were beyond my expectations. However, the server we had was horrible!! We had to wave him down so he could take our order. 2 different tables in our section walked out because of the bad service. Very disappointing.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kitschy Fun
    CraigHVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Well, you don't go to Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar for fine dining--even though they charge fine dining prices. Roy's Polynesian this isn't, but the over-the-top original tropical tiki scene, complete with hotel pool repurposed as floating Asian lounge act lake and overhead "rain storms" is the real reason you go. The drinks are strong (Mai Tais, Pina Coladas and the like) and the Hawaiian-style pork delicious, but the prices and the rest? So-so. You'd swear the band on the floating Polynesian barge was taken direct from a Hanoi Holiday Inn. If you love tiki, rum and kitsch you'll have a great time. Just don't come expecting great food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mona51
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Started off very good but the main course came while we were still eating our first course! Ask them to take it away, which they did, and cooked a fresh main course again. This was came out about 25-30 minutes, after the first course - much better! Tonga room needs to watch the timings of courses, need to give diners at a 15-20 minutes break between courses. Everything else was lovely!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Tiki Classic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Love the ambiance, decor, drinks and service at The Tonga Room. The only drawback is that the food is very expensive for what you get. I had the butterfish, which was served in a bowl of broth and vegetables like a soup. Not bad, but for $28 I expected something more substantial.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • AMAZING
    jayhawk08
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We went on a girls weekend to San Fran and had the opportunity to try out the Tonga Room....well worth it!! The food, drinks, and atmosphere was perfect!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun
    deezy49
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This is a fun place to go when you feel like enjoying a rum based drink and some decent food. Don't expect fine dining in a refined atmosphere. The band was nice, the decor was very fun and the drinks were nice. Overall, a very good experience. The only downside was trying to communicate with the waiter. His grasp of English was tenuous, and the loud music added a further barrier. However, he was friendly and prompt with service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • love this place
    Cindy
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We have been here twice and had a great time. This time we ordered our food "Ohana Style" so we got to try a better variety of foods. wouldnt recommend if you need to save money...not cheap...but soooo worth what you spend. Service is fantastic, food is great and the entertainment is the icing on the cake. This is a go to for us whenever we are in San Francisco.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice ambience, poor food
    linsyVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The place is really energetic and fun with the live band and the rain falling every 20 minutes, plus the decor really transports you to the Hawaiian islands. However, the food was not of the best quality, and over priced to make matters worse. Everything we had was bland and poorly executed. The drinks, however, were good. I would recommend this place for someone looking for a fun night out, but just go to the bar, don't have dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tonga Room - great idea!
    CliffSJC
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Went there to celebrate a birthday - music, people and food was great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over the top awesome fun
    KZRod
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    This place made me feel like the ultimate tourist but in a great way! We sang, ate great food, had ice cream with a flame, rain pouring down around and a moving boat. Cheesey? Yes. But I loved! I don't normally like places like this but this is a huge exception. A must!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun place!
    Roo2614
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We go to the Tonga Room often, we always like it. The food is good but not above that. However, the ambiance makes this restaurant - bar a special place. The music was good, but we are used to hear better bands. Perhaps middling a female vocalist was the problem. Over all, we recommend the Tonga, we will be back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tonga Room - SF
    MunchMunch
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Great service, unique setting and a restaurant everyone should try at least once. Would recommend for a drink and an appie just to check it off your list.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always fun, but ...
    wanderingprof
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Have been to the Tonga before for cocktails, but this time around we took the kids and a friend for early dinner, party of six. Attentive staff, prompt service, good food, but the bill was wrong to the tune of $200! No doubt a one-time random mistake, and the gaffe was easily corrected with the hotel at checkout the next day, but still a bit odd, since the place is pretty accustomed to crowds of tourists and hipsters, and it was an early seating before the evening crowds. Still, I'd come again for the fun of the place, and another go at the Tonga seafood hot pot!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tonga Room
    yumstuff
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We went for a birthday dinner. Great atmosphere. Make sure to try the pork. It was the best. Great drinks to share. Make sure to go on a night with live music.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A spectacle
    SFderpyder
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    If you're looking for a Pirates of the Caribbean -esque Disney experience and love fruity rum drinks, by all means check out Tonga Room. If you're looking to eat decent food while sipping on umbrella'd froofroo cocktails - look elsewhere. Come to the bar and avoid the food at all costs. San Francisco has too many food options to waste it here.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Awesome Surprise
    luv2trynew
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    From the other reviews, I knew this restaurant would be good. I was not expecting awesome! From the moment you walk in you can feel the excitement. Nothing was disappointing. The drinks, the food, the ambiance, the service; all was great. An unexpected surprise was the dance floor with great dancing music.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A must see in San Francisco
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    An awesome experience at the Tonga Room. The walk through the Fairmont is beautiful. The food and service is outstanding and the ambience is like no other.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The Tonga Room has a very unique atmosphere... The service was A+ Very fun, outgoing scenic place.. Great music with a huge bar and dance floor where it rains indoors.. Had a blast!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Highly recommend
    BacheloretteFun
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food was amazing (when I think of it, my mouth waters) and the drinks excellent - there was a group of us and I loved how each drink came in it's own unique glass and tasted to match. The manager came by to check on our table and when he learned we were there for a bachelorette party, the bride to be was treated to a little dessert. The live music was catchy and fun and made for an all around wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Place to go
    eaharry
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Remembering that the food at the Tonga Room is much, much better than the food at the hotel's restaurant, six of us has a very good meal from a short menu while sitting poolside. Great place for a celebration and noisy only when the band plays. Bar scene is crowded.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just okay
    at3161
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I was in town visiting friends and this place was recommended. I have to say I was a little disappointed. I expected the kitchen to be open later since it was in a hotel and the food was just okay also. The band was decent, but could have played better music. The rain fall was very relaxing and nice!
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Blast from the past
    Buzz
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Next time I will just go for cocktails and apps. Very nice place for a visit.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Bash
    Kitty
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    This a great place for a special occasion. We were celebrating a 70th birthday and had a group of 6 people. Service was excellent, food was great, and certainly well presented. Having been around since 1945 this place is "old school" and good for all ages. What really made the place for us was the fantastic band playing on the boat that floats on a lagoon in the middle of the restaurant. This is a good place for tourists as well as locals who have been going to dinner there for several decades.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • server
    bittersweet
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Our server was horrible! He had an attitude not pleasant at all. He was very honorary. ..we felt rushed. ..He spoiled the dynamics of the place.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Fun!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Went there to celebrate two birthdays. Had a blast! A bit pricey, but fun dancing, ambiance etc. Music was good for dancing... a blend of 60's-80's. Have been going there for over 40 years...never disappoints (although as I said, is expensive so drink those drinks slowly!)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Although I grew up in San Francisco, it took me 40 years to visit the famed Tonga Room. The service and ambiance were wonderful. The manager introduced himself to us, letting us know he was constantly on the floor, and would assist us in any way. My husband and I shared the ohana (family) menu and I would highly recommend it. You get a taste of all their best dishes, appetizers, and dessert for $67 per person. I had my first hurricane drink, which was the best. They house-make the passion fruit syrup. The alcohol didn't overpower the blend of flavors. We enjoyed the rain, thunder, and lightning that happened very 20 minutes. I would highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good ambience, food, and live music
    NdnaJnz
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The food is good. Not spectacular. And portions are medium, at best. Service is friendly but, our server was not very helpful with the menu or suggestions. And, while it was nearing closing time for the restaurant (the bar is open an hour later) but still about 6 parties eating, the help kept trying to take away our dishes before we were finished. The live 3-piece band was actually quite good at playing popular 60s, 70's and 80's music. But, they were pretty loud and it was not easy to have a continuous conversation across the table. It is a fun place though, and I would go back. However, the one gripe I really have is, they have a cover charge of $5 per person - even if you spend $150 on dinner and drinks (which we did).
    Special Features:
    romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SPECIAL OCcASSIONS
    Corndog
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    If you are into the bar scene, this place would be good anytime. For us, it's always a special occasion. That goes back to prom nites in the '50s. We love the atmosphere, the special drinks like mai tais and the music. Can't go wrong there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Extremely Disappointed
    Karstyn
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    What disappointed me the most was that for the almost 2 hours we were there the place was 85 to 90% full. If all of those people think this is what a good Tiki place should be then the Tonga Room should be shuttered quickly as it doing a GREAT dis-service. The Tonga Room should be leading the way in quality in every respect, but with large crowds they have no driving force to be better - so sad. The decor is great and the only reason I didn't rate them lower. The drinks were overly sweet, missing completely in what makes a great Tiki drink - which is balance. The food was over priced based on both the quality (poor) and portion size (minuscule). The band - mediocre at best.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate