Tonga Hut - Palm Springs

Visit: 15 May 2022

This was my 3rd visit here if memory serves. Ilene's first visit. The 5 spice ribs were amazing. I think Murph needs to bottle that sauce and I told him so. The Navy Grogs were on point as well. We did not make it into the secret room this time, but I've hung out there in the past and that's my favorite part of the build-out. Lots of cool details all over the place though!

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Tonga Hut - Palm Springs Bar & Restaurant – Palm Springs, California, United States

Tonga Hut opened in Palm Springs in the spring of 2013. It is the sister location of the historic Tonga Hut in North Hollywood, 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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