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American, Polynesian
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Parking Available, Full Bar, Table Service, Waterfront
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Reviewed 19 January 2020

My husband I had a delicious dinner and lovely evening at Tisa's "Wednesday evening Traditional Samoan Feast". We called the evening before and were pleased they had space for us. (Probably advisable to make reservations more in advance.) The setting of the Bar and Restaurant...is on a beach with the buildings made out of native timbers. (You can wade in the ocean on the beach.) Even though the dinner was scheduled for 7:00 we arrived at 5:30 to enjoy the beautiful view. (Watch closely for the "tire sign" to Tisa's. We were able to park on the road directly across from the entrance.) We sat at a table overlooking the bay (with waves splashing underneath us) and enjoyed the gorgeous view and the sunset. I had a pina colada made with fresh pineapple from their plantation. We had an enjoyable visit with Tisa. She is gracious host and answered our many questions about American Samoan culture. At 7:00 we were taken to the "traditional oven" where the food had been cooking for several hours over the hot stones and watched as they closely uncovered all the dishes. (Shrimp, turkey, pork, bread fruit, a taro dish, etc.) We were seated at a long table to eat the meal - with our fingers. (If that does not appeal to you, maybe "slip in with a plastic fork.) We had a relaxing meal and made new friends from around the world. We highly recommend this lovely setting and delightful evening.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed 30 December 2019 via mobile

The most stunning ocean views on island. Knowledgeable owners who treat visitors to cold drinks, delicious food and warm, Samoan hospitality. Go on a Wednesday for a traditionally prepared samoan feast!

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed 4 September 2019

A wonderful event to enjoy a traditional Samoan umu meal with the owners/operators narrating the history of umu cooking: telling the story behind the foods origin, it's preparation and its nutritional value to the local villagers and the importance of its sustainability, all served on...banana leaves and eaten with your fingers. A true Samoan experience and an occasion that should be a MUST-DO for all travelers.More

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed 13 June 2019

Went there for lunch and only one item on the menu. Shrimp. Lots of mosquitoes. There is a very nice beach out in front.

Date of visit: June 2019
Reviewed 30 May 2019

We had a great time at Tisa's. Small group dinner is very welcoming and the food was delicious. Traditional umu - eating off of banana tree leaf with our fingers just like the locals.

Date of visit: April 2019
Reviewed 15 April 2019

Hands down the best place to eat on the island--perfect setting for lunch and amazing fish and shrimp dishes. Must try place if you are visiting.

Date of visit: March 2019
Reviewed 11 April 2019

Candyman cooked all local foods in an Umu which produced tender, moist meats and flavourful stews and vegetables. I have never had such a delectable feast. Spend the day at Tisa's when she is having a feast and you can enjoy this experience too!

Date of visit: March 2019
Reviewed 9 April 2019

We were looking for something authentic and relaxing on our Cruise stop in American Samoa. I'd read online about a great Beachfront Bar and lunch place called Tisa's! This "off the beaten path" oasis was exactly what we were looking for! Run by a great...couple (Tisa and the Candyman) who made us feel like we were friends stopping by for a swim and a fantastic feast! I can't stress enough how gracious and lovely this couple is and how much fun we had at their retreat. You won't regret this choice, I guarantee it! We hope to be back one day soon to enjoy another day in paradise!More

Date of visit: March 2019
Reviewed 2 April 2019 via mobile

One of the rare places on Island that serve alcohol on Sunday and you can go for a swim freely without being approached by villagers. Beautiful view and relaxing ambiance. Friendly people always there to help. I recommend this place. Also they don’t stay open...very late. So make your plans for a day trip.More

Date of visit: May 2018
Reviewed 28 March 2019

Happened upon this place after lunch - looking for a cold beer. Not only did Tisa's come through on that, but on so much more. First, the people are fantastic - so warm and welcoming. Second, the view in the bay is incredible. Third, the...live local music is so peaceful and enjoyable. And finally, being as we happened to visit on a Wednesday afternoon, we were invited to attend a traditional Samoan meal that evening. We agreed and returned just before 7 p.m. They were holding a traditional Umu (sp?) - Samoan feast cooked on wood fire and rocks for large gatherings (there were about 20 people there). Food included; squash, sweet potato, breadfruit, banana, pork, ham, chicken or turkey, octopus, and crushed/creamed taro leaves. The meal was prepared by both her staff and her brother (Chief of the local village). Quite an honor to participate in this event. And it was so good. If you get the opportunity to partake - don't pass it up. Local music, food, festivities and stories are what make up the fabric of culture - and this was wonderful.More

Date of visit: March 2019
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2 January 2019|
Response from Keith-B-Robinson | Reviewed this property |
We were staying at a B&B (Moana O Sina) west of Tafuna, and it took us the better part of an hour to drive our rental car to Tisa's. It will probably take 15-30 mins (depending on traffic conditions) to get there from... More
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Response from BOOYAA714 | Reviewed this property |
Catching a bus or taxi to Tisas is no problem from town, I do believe Tisa meets all the boats and helps with transport. Tisa and Candyman take great care of their customers so I have no doubt Tisa can and will organize... More
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  • Food: 4.5
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