Duke's is a popular bar/restaurant in Waikiki located in the Outrigger Hotel (downstairs from the Hula Grill). This place is massive with a large bar area; the Barefoot bar that has a large self seating table area as well as two wooden bars. The dining area is on the other side for "sit down" meals but you can still order food from the bar.
We spent quite a lot of time at this place during our January 2014 trip. Previous trips to this place was just too crowded to find a seat so we gave up trying. We were here four times; 3 for the bar and once to eat. The bar menu has all sorts of drink offerings, wine, beer, mixed drinks and Tropical Specialties such as Mai Tais and Lava Flows. They also have a food menu with burgers, calamari, pizza and the usual bar food.
Twice we sat at the bar enjoying talking to patrons while enjoying some tasty drinks; Mai Tais and Lava Flows along with some pizza. Our third time we scored a nice seat overlooking the beach which was very nice while enjoying our drinks with our friends Bob and Barbara who flew in from Maui to see us.
I like this place when it is not madhouse packed and you can actually find a seat. Service here is very good and they make incredible drinks but definitely not cheap in price. I like that their Mai Tais are served in Glass Tiki Heads like they are at the Hula Grill upstairs. My wife loves the Lava Flows here and they have recently changed their formula so it tastes even better than before. The food we can't speak a lot about as we only have had their pizza but that was quite good.
I really love the location here and the view of Waikiki beach. Being in this hub of activity makes for some excellent people watching and the opportunity to meet all sorts of people. We met many people when sitting at the bar including a family from Queensland who were shocked we knew their town and had friends that lived there...it is a small world. It's a fun casual vibe here so it is definitely a great place to hand back with a drink. I will definitely return here on our next visit to Waikiki; which is already booked.
Favorite Dish They make a great Mai Tai and Lava Flow here. We have only enjoyed their pizza but it is a nice size for sharing and very filling.
During our first trip to Ouahu together we were enjoying Waikiki Beach when we decided we needed to get a nice cool drink and something to eat. We walked along Waikiki Beach and stopped in here, the World Famous Duke's. The restaurant was crowded, but we managed to find a table that suited us just fine (it was open seating).
The waitress made her way to us as soon as we sat with the menus said she would be back in a few moments to take our order. I decided I wanted a nice frosty drink and looked over the menu and decided on the "frozen mango-margarita". My sweetie decided he wanted to stick with beer and ordered a Heinekin.
Although the menu has some really yummy choices, I really wanted some calamari and ordered the calamari strips, my sweetie decided to skip eating at that point as he really wasn't hungry.
The calamari strips were excellent and so was the yummy frozen drink. We had a really nice time enjoying our drinks and the wonderful view that the restaurant has of Waikiki Beach.
We make it a point to visit Dukes ever time we are in Oahu always enjoying some drinks and yummy appetizers at the bar. It's a great way to meet people as we always do especially since my sweetie has a great sense of humor and funny antics.
Favorite Dish I've have eaten various times and also enjoyed just drinks. Everything we've had from the menu has been good. The drinks are quite refreshing. I have ordered the frozen mango margarita, the regular margarita as well as calamari strips, salad and a variety of other dishes like the mushroom, spinach and goat cheese pizza. Yum!
Named after Hawaii's most famous citizen and the "Father of International Surfing - Duke Paoa Kahanamoku,", this restaurant embodies his passion, service and aloha feeling. We decided to spend the evening here as it again was recommended by the valet at the hotel. Although crowded, service was impeccable and the wait wasn't bad at all.
Favorite Dish Since the portions were big, we decided to split a meal. We ordered the Sautéed Macadamia Nut and Herb Crusted Mahi Mahi (lightly dusted in parmesan cheese & bread crumbs, topped with lemon and caper butter). Our meal included Duke's Famous Salad Bar, freshly baked muffins & breads, seasonal vegetables and basmati rice pilaf.
Duke's Waikiki, named in honor of surfing legend Duke Kahanamoku, is a seafood restaurant where great tasting food and the aura of old Hawaii are the fashion. Located oceanfront at the Outrigger Waikiki Hotel, the restaurant and Barefoot Bar are popular spots for beachboys (and beachgirls), locals and visitors alike.
Favorite Dish CRAB & MAC NUT WONTONS
Crabmeat, cream cheese, macadamia nuts, mustard plum sauce
Grilled brochettes of teriyaki chicken, steak, peppers, onions and zucchini
KIMO'S ORIGINAL HULA PIE
Located in the Outrigger Waikiki hotel on the western end of Kalakaua this restaurant is always packed. The names in honor of surfing legend Duke Kahanamoku who was also the sheriff in town for 30 years. We made reservations almost two months in advance. We were seated late and the manager gave us free appitizers and dessert! AND set up our party of 9 at a table over looking Waikiki Beach.
Favorite Dish The food was incredible. Some at the table had huli huli chicken with is basically teriaki chicken. Delicious all the same. The hula pie was complementary by management and is their house specialty. I wouldn't call it "to die for" but we scarfed it down. Hula pie is macadamia nut ice cream on a chocolate crust topped with whipped cream, chocolate and more nuts.
Named in honor of the legendary Hawaiian athelete Duke Kahanamoku, this beachside restaurant not only serves up great food, but also presents a wonderful history of one of Hawaii's favorite sons. Located in the Outrigger Waikiki Hotel, the eatery is one of the most famous spots to grab a bite to eat overlooking the ocean. Great atmosphere, lots of surfing memoribilia and Hawaiian decor. Great drink list, be sure to get a Mai Tai or a Lava Flow, they are excellent here! And a great menu! Not cheap by any means, but by Hawaiian standards, not much higher than average. They have really good shrimp appetizers, and the entrees, among which include seafood, steaks, pork ribs, are top notch. If you are in the Waikiki area during your stay on Oahu, and I'm sure you will be, stop by Duke's!
Favorite Dish I would have to recommend the Huli Huli Chicken/Baby Back Ribs combo! The Best!!!
Almost everyone who goes to Waikiki goes to Dukes. In fact, you need a reservation if you want to eat there aon any night of the week. But it's also a great place to go just for drinks, so don't let the lack of reservations stop you. It's one of the few places you can get a drink on the beach.
On one trip to Oahu, my business group included a man from the Midwestern U.S. who had never had sushi or sashimi. We were dining at Dukes and our waitress was an attractive former Dallas Cowboys' cheerlader, so we figured this was our chance. We announced to her that we were getting him a plate of raw tuna and that we needed her to cheer him on for his first time. She agreed and gave him her best support. A healthy young man, ther was no way he was going to chicken out of eating sushi at this point and he successfully ate all of the fish. Even better, as I predicted, he loved it. Yeah! Team!
Duke's is an institution in Hawaii. You'll find a Duke's here in Waikiki, there's another on Kauai and more in California! The chain is named in honor of Hawaii's legendary surfer, Duke Kahanamoku.
Duke's Waikiki is located right on the beach and is a very popular spot for a casual bite. It offers lovely ocean views and is particularly crowded around sunset.
Favorite Dish Menu items worthy of mention:
Macadamia nut and Dungeness Crab Wontons
Grilled Ono with pineapple salsa
Hulu Huli Fresh Chicken
Breast of chicken marinated in garlic, ginger, shoyu sauce and brown sugar
Try the "Lava Flow" and the "Blue Hawaii."
Good food right on Waikiki beach and after finishing head out to the beach for the booze cruise and watch the sun set while sailing the seas.
Favorite Dish Cold Beer!!!