Have a bite at Duke’s HB Restaurant
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West of Beach Boulevard on the Pacific Coast Highway, directly in front of Huntington City Beach lies the beautiful building of Duke’s Huntington Beach Restaurant. Surrounded by palm trees, its ‘Hawaii beach house’ aura has delighted both customers and connoisseurs alike for almost two and a half decades.
The restaurant is named after Duke Kahanamoku, father of modern surfing and is in fact the fourth restaurant opened in his name. It was ideal to open the fourth Duke’s in Huntington’s, as the entire city has a surfing culture based around the Duke, from its International Surfing Museum to its Surfing Walk of Fame. To this day the annual US Open Surfing Championship takes place in front of the restaurant. The restaurant serves a very Pacific-focused cuisine, giving attention to seafood, fresh salads, and cocktails.
Duke’s is also famous for its specialty Hula Pie. Duke’s is currently owned and managed by T S Restaurants, a veteran company that also runs other restaurants in Hawaii and California. They promise nothing short of an amazing dining experience. The restaurant offers Valet Parking, is centrally located and most of all extremely economical. Duke’s is just a few steps away from Surf City 6 Theaters, Huntington Beach Pier, and Main Street.
History of Duke’s
Duke’s is but a reincarnation of a long line of restaurants at the base of the Huntington Beach Pier. Locals will remember many amazing seafood restaurants that one by one replaced each other including Maxwell’s, Fishermen’s Grotto, End Cafe and Alice’s Breakfast in the Park. The story of Duke’s actually began all the way back in 1977, when two best friends, Robert Thibaut and Sandy Saxten bought the property in Old Lahaina Town and opened a restaurant called Kimo’s. And hence T S restaurants and the Hula Pie were born. T S Restaurants then opened 3 Duke’s, the first one in Kauai in 1989, the second on Waikiki Beach in 1992, and the third in Malibu in 1996 before finally opening in Surf City. Since opening, Duke’s has won countless awards. To list but a few, Duke’s has won:
2018 Surfer’s Choice Award
2018 Diner’s Choice
2018 Volunteer of the Year – 26th Annual Duck-A-Thon
2019 OpenTable Diner’s Choice – Scenic View
2019 OpenTable Diner’s Choice – Most Booked
2019 OpenTable Diner’s Choice – Seafood
2019 OpenTable Diner’s Choice – Best Ambiance
2019 Chili at the Beach – Judge’s Award for Best Chili – 2nd Place
2019 Nextdoor Neighborhood Favorite
2020 Orange County Reader Awards – Voted #1 for Best Waterfront Dining
Duke’s Menu can be divided into two halves, one for dinner and one for the special Sunday Brunch, a family experience full of delicious food, live music, and a Hula dancer.
The dinner menu consists mainly of appetizers such as Coconut Shrimp, Calamari, and Duke’s famous New England style chowder. For the main course, customers can pick between fresh salads, fish, and some landers. The fish is always fresh and according to Duke’s, in accordance with Hawaiian fishing customs and respect for the sea. But perhaps the most sought-after dish is the Hula Pie dessert, a combination of macadamia nut ice cream on a cookie crust with fudge and whipped cream.
Duke’s gives an amazing and fresh delight to you and your loved ones. So hop on over and grab a bite, it’s that one place that you don’t want to miss!
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