Yes, it's kind of touristy and it's right in the heart of Waikiki, but the food is decently priced and good, and the atmosphere is FUN, FUN, FUN!! Waiters/waitresses are garbed in Aloha wear, there are pictures of Duke Kahanomoku everywhere, and the bar and several of the outdoor umbrellas are thatched. Service is very friendly. Add to that the fact that there is live Hawaiian music, and it's hard to have a bad time there. My day always goes right when I start with breakfast on the beach and end with relaxing Hawaiian music!
Favorite Dish: Both the breakfast and the lunch buffets are a mere $10.95. Breakfast includes made-to-order omelettes, Eggs Benedict, pancakes & waffles, bacon, sausages (even linguica!), seasonal fruits, cereals, yogurt, & baked muffins & breads. For lunch, you can count on a huge salad bar, grilled mahi mahi, grilled teriyaki chicken, & kalua pork & cabbage. I'm a fiend for their potato salad. For dinner, their fresh fish can be served 5 different ways -- baked "Duke's" style, hibachi-style teriyaki, grilled island style, roasted firecracker, or sauteed Mac nut and herb crusted.
Hip, busy, and oceanfront, this is what dining in Waikiki should be. There's hardly a time when the open-air dining room isn't filled with good Hawaiian music. It's crowded at sunset, though.
Just because Duke's is popular among singles, don't dismiss it as a pickup bar--its ambience is stellar. Named after fabled surfer Duke Kahanamoku, this casual, upbeat hot spot buzzes with diners and Hawaiian-music lovers throughout the day.
Lunch and the Barefoot Bar menu include pizza, sandwiches, burgers, salads, and appetizers such as mac-nut and crab wontons and the ever-popular grilled chicken quesadillas. Dinner fare is steak and seafood, with decent marks for the fresh catch, prepared in your choice of the five styles. There's live entertainment nightly from 4pm to midnight, with no cover.
Favorite Dish: Grilled Fresh Caught Ono.
Reservations Reservations recommended for dinner
These burritos are great! They're similar to Cali-style burritos where you see them make the burrito right in front of you. I've been there quite a few times and they're consistently good. They've got breakfast burritos in the morining - I had the bacon, egg, potato burrito with they're red salsa (hot and very good). For lunches, I prefer the carnitas, which was nice and tender...a must for carnitas. I also put a combination of the jalapeno salsa and tomatillo salsa and loaded it up with guac.
I think every Wednesday they've got a promotion on the potato burrito. The concept is a bit odd to me, but I tried it one time and was surprised about the great flavor. The burrito comes with lots of cheddar cheese, grilled onions, ranch sauce (I think that brings it all together), and of course salsa.
Oh, and they've got a ton of different hot sauces for us to use - everything from mild and sweet to hot and spicey. I like the mexican sauces like Yucateco and Cholula.
I used to go to the breakfast buffet when I lived in Honolulu and sitting inside the restaurant with the tradewinds wafting by made this a uniquely Hawaiian experience
Favorite Dish: the breakfast buffet - they have everything!
This place is packed every night. You definitely need to make reservations! Ask for a table on th beach or at least facing it. It can be quite loud at night, but it's a fund place. We had a nice table facing the beach and enjoyed the live entertainment that went from table to table singning Hawaiian songs. The food that's served is very good.
Favorite Dish: This was our second visit to Duke's. We ordered the ahi poke (raw ahi with Maui onions and saut?ed in rice paper), which was wonderful! Tony wanted to order the Ono, but they ran out, so he ordered the same dish as me: Opah, lightly covered with a parmesan cheese/macadamia nut/breadcrumb seasoning and pan seared. With the salad bar, which we enjoyed the Caesar salad, and fresh baked bread, I couldn't finish my dinner. The dish also included a side of rice. We ended our meal with the Hula Pie. Yum!
Lots and lots of 20 and 30 year old tourists. The food is good but far from great. I think that you pay for the popularity of the restaurant in the food prices. I like the breakfast buffet and the burgers are very good. For a better view, lower prices and food that is at least as good, go upstairs to the Hula Grill.
Favorite Dish: breakfast buffet
We went to Duke's because everybody talks about it in Waikiki, so we thought we'd give it a try. It is true, the atmosphere is really fun and it is really fun to watch the sunset while dining out in the open air, however the food was a disappointment. It was cold and did not taste good at all aside from my baked Mahi Mahi.
Duke's is located right on Waikiki, with many of the tables offering a great view of the Pacific. It is named in honor of surfing pioneer Duke Kahanamoku, and has a lot of interesting decorations on the walls. The Restaurant is largely open air, so it can be a little chilly at night. The food is very good, american grilled and seafood. The restaurant is a popular tourist stop because of its location on Waikiki, so make reservations early. The best time is around dusk, as you can catch an excellent view of the sunset from the restaurant while you eat.
Duke has sort of a hawaiian fusion feel to it. Its a local Hawaiian themed restaurant with a beautiful setting right on the beach. I forgot what hotel its located in, but you can ask anyone out there and im sure they will know. You can sit totally outdoors or under the covered part. Even though there is one located here in Cali, i have to go to this one because you cant go to Hawaii without going to Dukes. You should definitely grab some food, drink some lava flows, do some people watching, feel the breeze, and watch the sunset. It would be a great evening.
Favorite Dish: I dont remember exact dishes, but ive eaten here a few times and i remember i liked everything ive had. They also have a buffet here, but the only thing i remember about that was, i walked up to it to check it out and it didnt look to good.
This a great family restaurant located right on the water so the views are amazing. The menu itself is unique seafood and other things too. You have to have reservations other wise you will be waiting an hour plus. They have live music and a great atmosphere.
Favorite Dish: Pink Snapper
Duke's a great hang out for tourists and locals alike. People flock here after a day of basting in the warm sun and sand.
A great place to have an after dinner cocktail or before dinner. It's a bit stiff for on the budget eatery, but wonderful to just sip a cocktail and watch the sun set in the background. Wonderful view.
Favorite Dish: Ask the bartender for their house specialty.
It is worth coming to Duke's for the hula pie alone. Words do not do it justice. But it must be tried before you leave the island.
Favorite Dish: Hula Pie