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.

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
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAsian
Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar - Fairmont San Francisco reviews from OpenTable diners
169 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.7
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelEnergetic
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (101)good for groups (76)romantic (72)vibrant bar scene (59)late-night find (50)hot spot (33)neighborhood gem (28)scenic view (24)kid-friendly (22)fit for foodies (19)great for lunch (6)notable wine list (3)great for brunch (3)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Fun
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
  • 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 $150 on dinner and drinks (which we did).
    Special Features:
    romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SPECIAL OCcASSIONS
    Corndog
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    If you are into the bar scene, this place would be good anytime. For us, it's always a special occasion. That goes back to prom nites in the '50s. We love the atmosphere, the special drinks like mai tais and the music. Can't go wrong there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Extremely Disappointed
    Karstyn
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    What disappointed me the most was that for the almost 2 hours we were there the place was 85 to 90% full. If all of those people think this is what a good Tiki place should be then the Tonga Room should be shuttered quickly as it doing a GREAT dis-service. The Tonga Room should be leading the way in quality in every respect, but with large crowds they have no driving force to be better - so sad. The decor is great and the only reason I didn't rate them lower. The drinks were overly sweet, missing completely in what makes a great Tiki drink - which is balance. The food was over priced based on both the quality (poor) and portion size (minuscule). The band - mediocre at best.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best place for a anniversary
    Goxx
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Girlfriend was blown away and she was super happy. Ok it must have been just out dish , I have been here before , we had a lump of salt which I think must have been an accident. So offcourse the food wasn't great and the servers are too busy . The drinks and ambience made up for it. Btw there is a 7$ cover charge for the band per person.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inedible food
    KBKB
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    A quaint room with floating band and rainstorm is the only positive thing I can say about this place. The food was appalling. The green papaya salad was mostly stale red cabbage in a gluggy mayo with a few strands of not green papaya. The red curry of pork loin consisted of white rubbery strips of pork(?) with a small amount of a horrible tasteless sauce sauce sticking to the strands--, like eating rubber bands in glue. Of course we each ate only one strand. The staff mercifully did not enquire about why we left the food almost untouched.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tonga for a Reason
    RudolphVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    No great dining tables available for two on a Friday night, even with Opentable reservation. We agreed to sit in the bar area, which had a rowdy crowd. We felt rushed by our server to seat others waiting and looking over our shoulders. We wanted to enjoy the live band, wonderful music, ambience and dance a little. We just gave up and left, allowing most out-of-towners to enjoy the scene. We locals can always come back maybe during HH next time. Small portions of food charging steep prices, just didn't want to feel rushed when we also paid a cover fee. Should treat patrons the same all around, even when not staying at Hotel.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Fun
    NorCalDanVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    On the surface Tonga Room seems like a tourist trap, but the food is consistently very good and the wait staff are terrific. Expensive but fun.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great ambiance ! Fun place
    Tikigirl2
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Our waiter was really slow to get back to our table but overall we were with a group of people and we all had fun.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Drinks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The drinks are very watered down and full if ice. Certainly not worth the cost. No wine offered. Dinner was good, though not outstanding. Our waiter was attentive.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Iconic Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Great Band, great vibe, terrible service and mediocre food. I would go back and do the bar and an appetizers or two.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun experience, once is enough
    TravelingFoodie
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Although the atmosphere was fun, I was underwhelmed with our experience. After looking at the extensive menu online, We were presented with a limited menu. It made it challenging to find something appetizing for the teenagers in our group. Our server really pushed the "foo-foo" drinks for adults and minors, which were okay (pinacoladas were served over ice, not blended, which was surprising considering how much they charge). The food was fine. I was distracted by the thunderstorm sound effects. Tropical music would be more pleasant and a little less "Rainforest Cafe." There was nothing on the dessert menu that appealed to us, so we passed (even the teenagers). Good decision, it kept our bill to just under $300 for the four of us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tonga Room
    PaulLynda
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Unique experience not to be missed while visiting SF.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun! Historical! Delicious!
    SeismicVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Crazy that a place would be booked solid on a random Sunday night but it was because it is incomparable. This may be one of the world's first theme restaurants. Beautifully appointed Polynesian theme decor with impeccable service and delicious food. The mango glazed mahi mahi over coconut risotto and the king pao beef were terrific. Really fun for well behaved kids. The periodic rainstorm over the pool adds to the cheeky yet elegant vibe. Everyone in our party left with big smiles on out faces and it wasn't just because the tropical cocktails were so good!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The ambiance was great for what we wanted. We were hoping for a loud, boisterous, fun, time and we got it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dino
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The food was so-so but we really enjoyed the evening due to the live music, the atmosphere and service.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great/new experience
    305bday
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Took my boyfriend out here for his Bday, he loved this place "how am I going to top this" was his respond:-) we had a great time, David was great, his customer service and friendliness was outstanding....
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent time at Tonga Room!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed stepping back in time in the historic Tonga Room. The food was excellent, outrwaiter, David, was excelllent and the ambiance was terrific. We enjoyed the rain storms, complete with thunder and lightening, and the entertainment on the floating stage in the middle of the 'lagoon'.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time visit
    Sharon
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    I have always wanted to come here and experience the rain! It was grest! We had a lovely dinner at a table overlooking the pool. The food, service and atmosphere could not have been better. Wonderful relaxed pace of our meal as well. It was everything I hoped it would be!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding service
    Travelbug
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Can't say enough about our server. He went out of his way to make it a fun and memorable experience for our family. When my 9 year old daughter wanted egg rolls but they weren't on the menu, he got her some from the happy hour buffet. When she and my 7 year old wanted ice cream for dessert he went to the hotel kitchen to get them each a big bowl of ice cream. He really went above and beyond to accommodate us and make it a great experience! Highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Polynesian Paradise
    ilovefood
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The Tonga Room is the place to be in Nob Hill-- maybe even San Francisco! We went down on Friday night to just check it out, and ended up sitting in the bar immediately because miraculously there was a table! We grabbed a drink, and made dinner reservations for Sunday. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was spirited. It was a fun place to hang out and enjoy dinner and cocktails. The band playing the oldies and Motown hits was the icing on the cake!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing Food
    Californiadiners
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    You get really good food but the prices are up higher but it's SF. Music is worth the 7 dollar door charge a person (only Friday & Saturdays) was a highlight of our trip
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.