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When you think about vacation in Hawaii, certain images automatically come to mind. Relaxing at the beach. Enjoying beautiful views. Eating delicious tropical food at open-air restaurants. Warm ocean breezes on your skin. You get all of these and more when you eat at Duke’s Waikiki. It is as iconic as it’s namesake, legendary surfer Duke Kahanamoku. And it is one of those experiences you have to have while there. This is my review of Duke’s Waikiki.
The atmosphere of Duke’s is exactly what you would expect from a restaurant on the beach named after a surfer. It has a laid-back vibe where relaxation is the name of the game. The views of Waikiki Beach and the ocean are the focal point of the restaurant. The decor and furniture all add to, instead of distract from, this beautiful setting. Everything about the decor is classic Hawaiian. The chairs are upholstered in a Hawaiian floral print. The outside tables are covered in thatched-covered umbrellas. Inside, there is lots of rich, warm wood and bamboo. Surfboards and memorabilia accent the walls. It feels more like you are dining in a surfing clubhouse or Duke’s home than in a hotel restaurant. And it doesn’t have that touristy or “themed restaurant” vibe to it at all.
Duke’s serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We have only been there for breakfast, but it is highly recommended! It is so peaceful to begin your day looking at the water while filling your belly with deliciousness. The breakfast buffet offers a wide variety of local and traditional foods, including omelets, tropical fruit, Portuguese sausage, potatoes with peppers and onions, banana pancakes, and yogurt. It is all fresh and tasty. The pancakes and french toast were yummy! While the buffet isn’t quite as good as breakfast at Lulu’s down the street, it is a close second.
If you are looking to visit Duke’s during lunch or dinner, you have your work cut out for you in choosing what to eat! For lunch, they serve quesadillas, nachos, pulled pork sandwiches, burgers, fish & chips, coconut shrimp, chicken katsu, and more. During dinner, the chefs take things up a notch with their dishes. Choose from shrimp pasta, roasted lobster tail, baby back ribs, seven spice ahi tuna, slow roasted prime rib, or huli huli chicken.
For the kids, Duke’s offers your choice of grilled cheese, pasta, cheeseburger, chicken tenders, or fish & chips. For a complete look at the menu, see Duke’s website.
If the breathtaking tropical views aren’t enough entertainment for you, beginning at 4:00 each afternoon, Duke’s has live music from local artists. You can find the schedule of who is playing when on their website.
Duke’s Waikiki is located in the heart of Waikiki, right on the beach. You will find it inside the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort on Kalakaua Avenue. From the street, head into the hotel and straight to the back. Once inside, make your way towards the back and you will easily see the check-in desk for the restaurant. Conveniently, there is also an entrance to the restaurant right on the beach. From the beach, follow the signs for Duke’s at the Outrigger.
Cost/Hours of Operation
The prices at Duke’s are pretty standard for Waikiki. The breakfast buffet will run you $18 per person. Lunch plates range from $13-24, depending on your choice. For dinner, most items are between $15-27, with seafood and steaks costing between $26-49. Kids’ meals are anywhere from $9-13. Considering the quality, setting, and area standard, this is a pretty good value.
Duke’s is open seven days a week. Breakfast is served from 7:00 am-10:30 am. You can get lunch beginning at 11:00 am. Dinner is from 4:45 pm-10:00 pm. The bar is open from 11:00 am until midnight.
When vacationing in Hawaii, Duke’s Waikiki is a great place to relax and take in the views while dining on some tropical goodness. Located right on Waikiki Beach, Duke’s is in a prime spot to watch people and the waves. The atmosphere is laid-back and the food is wonderful. I highly recommend a meal at Duke’s. For things to do in Waikiki, see my posts on Honolulu Zoo, the Waikiki Aquarium, and things to do with kids in Waikiki. Happy travels!