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The Tonga Room and Hurricane Bar ( *Image Heavy* ), San Francisco, CA (restaurant)
Atomic Tiki Punk
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Joined: Jul 19, 2009
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From: Costa Misery
Posted: 2013-03-24 2:10 pm   Permalink

You found the mug at the "Tonga Room"?

"That's Amazing!"


 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11558
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2013-03-24 2:53 pm   Permalink

It warms my heart to see this great place still alive and well in all its original glory. It must be noted that the Tonga Room is among the original Top 5 surviving Tiki Temples left in the U.S.

 
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JOHN-O
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Joined: May 16, 2008
Posts: 2720
From: Dogtown, USA
Posted: 2013-03-24 3:08 pm   Permalink

So given that the Mai Kai, Bali Hai, and (I'm assuming) the Hale Kahiki are the other 3, what's the 5th ??

 
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Atomic Tiki Punk
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From: Costa Misery
Posted: 2013-03-24 3:44 pm   Permalink

Don's!

 
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Bora Boris
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Joined: Mar 25, 2005
Posts: 2617
From: Boogie Wonderland
Posted: 2013-03-24 3:52 pm   Permalink

Trader Vic's Atlanta?

 
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Dustycajun
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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2013-03-24 4:09 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2013-03-24 15:52, Bora Boris wrote:
Trader Vic's Atlanta?



You must have meant to say Trader Vic's Emeryville!



A no doubt top 5.

DC


 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2013-03-24 4:36 pm   Permalink

OK, so maybe six. But Emeryville is not unchanged...it was first de-tikified in the 80s, and then re-tikified in the 2000s. And the Bali Hai was majorly modernized - both in a good way, though.

I was thinking TV Atlanta, indeed. Survived without any major renovations since the 70s.

[ This Message was edited by: bigbrotiki 2013-03-24 16:37 ]


 
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TropicDrinkBoy
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Joined: Feb 27, 2011
Posts: 277
Posted: 2013-05-04 4:16 pm   Permalink

Just for reference, here is what the Tonga Room looked like in 1945:



In 1953 it was remodeled Hawaiian/Tropical style:



The 1967 remodel brought us the Polynesian palace we have today:



Here is the floor plan from the 1967 remodel:



There is a detailed history here:

http://sanfrancisco.grubstreet.com/20090915_tongaupdate.jpg.pdf

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tikilongbeach
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Joined: Aug 05, 2011
Posts: 1610
From: Long Beach, CA via Dallas, TX
Posted: 2013-05-28 09:45 am   Permalink

A postcard of the Tonga Room dated July 12th, 1947. It's for sale on etsy and it's not my listing.

www.etsy.com/listing/125434062/1947-famous-tonga-room-at-the-fairmont?ref=sr_gallery_36&ga_search_query=tonga&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=US&ga_page=2&ga_search_type=all










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clayfran
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Posted: 2016-05-04 5:53 pm   Permalink

1947 ad





 
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Tiki Shaker
  

Joined: Jun 28, 2008
Posts: 751
From: Menifee, CA
Posted: 2016-07-13 12:19 pm   Permalink

70th Anniversary cake for the Tonga Room.



 
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TongaT
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Joined: Jul 26, 2015
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From: Los Angeles/San Francisco
Posted: 2016-07-13 4:18 pm   Permalink

Did you take that picture recently? Weird that they didn't have that at the 70th party.


 
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Tiki Shaker
  

Joined: Jun 28, 2008
Posts: 751
From: Menifee, CA
Posted: 2016-07-13 6:41 pm   Permalink

Took it last week, it was sitting across the way from the hostess desk.

 
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oroborean
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Joined: Jan 31, 2015
Posts: 17
Posted: 17 days ago; 5:59 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2016-11-10 11:07, mikehooker wrote:
For what it's worth, Tonga revamped their menu at the end of October. Last week my wife had the Tonga Kong and I the Planter's Punch. Both very good. Then we shared a Rainmaker bowl which wasn't bad either. I had gone in with very low expectations on the drinks and was pleasantly surprised. They weren't Mai Kai level great but enjoyable nonetheless. If their prices were lower we would have continued drinking but with pupus, dinner and dessert we were in for over 200 bucks. Oh, the mai tai creme brule was phenom.



mike hipped me to the fact that Tonga Room had just redone their cocktail menu, so i had to walk over and see for myself. sure enough they done did. it's limited and it's still not quite up to the craft cocktails you would expect at higher end bars, but it is definitely an upgrade. they have a lot of premixes and a fairly narrow rum selection, and don't appear to use much if any fresh squeezed juice, but this is a welcome step in the right direction. they appear to use a lot of bacardi and hamilton products.

the menu is fairly limited, but the bartenders were working their butts off and doing a great job when i was there. i had the "1944 Mai Tai," which was good not great, and the "1934 Zombie," which tasted really hot at first but got a lot more balanced as the ice melted. my companion had the Jet Pilot, which was probably the best drink either of us tasted all night. other menu items include the Jungle Bird, Fog Cutter, Planter's Punch, "Hurry Kane," and "Spice Killer" (a Pain Killer with allspice dram) et al.

the food is always great at the Tonga Room, and makes the drinks taste better, but unfortunately we were unable to partake on this visit. hopefully we will be back soon.







 
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mikehooker
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Joined: Jul 17, 2014
Posts: 746
From: Austin
Posted: 16 days ago; 10:52 am   Permalink

Just read through this entire thread and I'm so glad my wife and I had a really positive experience a couple weeks ago being that the place has been so hit or miss over the past decade or more. It appears with the revamped cocktail menu they're taking steps in the right direction, as Oro stated. I agree the drinks aren't craft quality but they're still better than the majority of the non-tiki craft bars we have in Austin that do 'tiki nights' every summer. The three we had, which didn't overlap with the ones Oro tried, were perfectly enjoyable.

*****

Here's a recap of my experience that I posted on the Visiting San Francisco thread...

We got there just after 6 and got a table by the water. Our waiter addressed me as Mr. Hooker and demonstrated that old school hospitality that is so lacking in this age. He thanked us constantly and took amazing care of us. According to their Instagram, they launched a new drink menu the week before so I was excited to see if they were any good as I'd heard the drinks there left a bit to be desired. I began with the Planter's Punch which was served in a tiki mug and had falernum, allspice and grenadine in it. It was sweet, spicy and delicious. Wife had a Tonga Kong which had nice flavors and was really nicely balanced.




For starters, we ordered the pupu platter with chicken wings, crab rangoon, spring rolls and pork rib. It was all very good.

Prices were pretty hefty there so we decided to order just one more drink, the Rainmaker bowl for two. It wasn't as good as either of our previous drinks but was certainly passable as a nice tiki drink. No complaints at all with the drinks here.




For our entrees we both went with pork, my wife had the smoked Kalua pork and I had the red curry pork loin. We both enjoyed our meals and the service there. Decided we couldn't pass up trying their Mai Tai creme bruele and so glad we got it. Heavenly.




After our meal we walked around and scoped out the decor. They had some nice pieces but the walls and ceilings are definitely more scarce than say the Mai Kai, Trader Vic's or some of the modern day revival bars. But overall I give this place a solid A.





The rain seemed to go off every 20-30 minutes. Not sure if it's automated or goes off whenever someone orders the Rainmaker bowl.




This guy was in the actual hotel near the bathrooms




We got out of there at a quarter to 8 so didn't have to pay the cover or be tormented by the house band.


*****


So there you have it. Overall, it was a very pleasant experience and I'm so glad a place like this has stood the test of time. It was nice to learn more of the history of Tonga in this thread and see some of the awesome artifacts and photos.


 
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