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Don the Beachcomber
Don the Beachcomber
  • Address:
    16278 South Pacific Coast Highway
    Huntington Beach, CA 92649
    Neighborhood:
    Huntington Beach / Seal Beach / Fountain Valley
  • Cuisine:
    Hawaiian
    Price: $30 and under

Don the Beachcomber Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.donthebeachcomber.com
  • Phone: (562) 592-1321
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm, Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00am ; TIKI Bar open late every night. Happy Hour from Sunday-Thursday from 3pm-7pm, MONDAY ALL DAY!! Friday & Saturday LATE NIGHT HAPPY HOUR 11pm-1:30am
    Open for Lunch Daily 11:30am-4:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Hawaiian, Seafood, Steak
  • Executive Chef: Delia Snyder
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: A step away from the norm. At your next gathering impress your guests with our Island Inspired Banquet Menu. We will also customize a menu to create a one of a kind event your guests will long be talking about. Tempt your guests with Sugar Cane Skewered Colossal Tiger Shrimp, Brie Cheese Quesadilla with Kalua Pork, Kalua Pork Sliders, Fresh Ahi Poke Tacos served in crispy Won Ton shell, or our Island Authentic Bruddah's Spam Roll (Hawaii is the nations largest consumer of Spam. We can arrange for off site delivery.
  • Entertainment: Live contemporary and classic rock in the Tiki lounge Friday & Saturday. Call ahead for current entertainment schedule. Live Polynesian entertainment with our Sunday Luau Champagne Brunch featuring the live performance of TUPUA.
  • Special Events & Promotions: We would love to host your event here at Don the Beachcomber! We boast several banquet rooms with full bar and catering capabilities that can accommodate groups of up to 600 people! Please contact our event coordinator Andre Fournier at 562-320-9755.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 1 mile south of Seal Beach Blvd.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Free parking for 140 cars.
A word from Don the Beachcomber
Enjoy fresh seafood, tender steaks, famous burgers, huge salads and over a dozen Pupu's (appetizers) with an Island Inspired Flare and an eye toward value without sacrificing quality. Quite simply put, the food is great!! Don the Beachcomber will take you back to Polynesia in a heavy Tiki themed dining room and banquet rooms complete with waterfalls reminiscent of vintage Hawaii. The bartenders at Don's Dagger Bar will craft some of the most delicious and creative (and original!) of Don's tropical cocktails! Banquet facilities and for 20 to over 200 in a fun and unique tropical setting with plenty of free parking. While the average cost of our steak and seafood offerings with a drink and tip range from $31 to $50 we also offer a selection of entree sized salads, and three burger sandwiches featuring prime beef, broiled chicken, or Kalua pork for $12 to $14 per item. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "The tropical steering was nicely done but it extended to hot and humid inside as well. Honestly that is the only thing I didn't like and would go back on a cold night for dinner."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Had some drinks off their menu. The Penang Anting Anting and the Navy Grog were both excellent. Had the Mahi Mahi off their weekly specials menu, it was perfect. Fast and attentive service. I love the atmosphere here. Like stepping into a tropical dream."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We walked in and the front desk person...was going crazy! Walking around not knowing what to do first. Grab menus, seat the next party, answer the phone, or greet guest walking in. The restaurant could use a little tlc and remodel!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Love the decor and ambience of this restaurant. Takes you back to Hawaii. My one complaint would be the noise level. There was music playing that was WAY TOO LOUD. Very distracting. And a large party in a nearby banquet room had their own loud music too. So both were warring with each other. Cold hardly talk to my dinner guest. Would love to hear some quiet Hawaiian music playing. That would complete the "Hawaiian" experience I was hoping for."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We went for the first time to DtB and thoroughly enjoyed it. The Ahi tacos were great and the lobster noodles were fantastic. Great service and fun atmosphere. My wife was extremely happy with the "painkiller" cocktail."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We had the crab sandwiches, which were good, not wonderful. The sandwich included fries and delicious onion rings. The atmosphere was polynesian, somewhat dated. Here's why we were there for dinner. Tom Kubis' band was playing. They play the last Monday of each month. The band was awesome. So very happy that the Beachcomber provides a venue for the band. Great service! "
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "One of the last of the dozens of Tiki inspired restaurants left in So Cal. Great drink assortment, PU-PU's and Polynesian themed entrees. Think teriyaki rib eye, Huli Huli chicken and their own version of pressed duck. If you love everything Tiki and retro then this place is a must go. It's pretty much the same as it's been for the last 3 decades."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The staff was very nice and the restaurant looked awesome. The spread of food options was nice without having too much to choose from. Unfortunately, almost all of the food was cold in the buffet and the dessert was highly forgettable. Lastly I was caught off guard when I received my bill and there was an 18% gratuity added to it for three people at a buffet. I dont know who adds gratuity for such a small amount of people or who would add gratuity at a buffet. That has never happened to me before. Any restaurant should tell the customer up front any added gratuity in the flyer. This definitely made the experience less pleasant. Fathers day is coming up and their flyer for that does not have the gratuity either."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Food was basic. A little salty, not as many options as I was expecting for a brunch buffet, especially for the price. The Polynesian show was great! Hostesses were nice until we asked them if we could be moved from our table with the horrible view of a post and the table of 4 directly in front of us completely blocking the stage. Servers kept our drinks refilled and table clean. Oh and on a side note, I called in to ask what age qualifies for Senior pricing and I was told it was 55+, but was told 65+ when it was time to pay. Not a big deal but I do expect employees of the establishment to be educated on basic information. 3/5 Stars experience only because of the Polynesian dancing and ambiance. Would I come back again, probably not."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "It was Mother's Day. Lots of kids running around. Food was good enough. The entertainment was great. Very good service."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Reggae music, Pain Killers, Zombies and Huli Huli Chicken. Love this place, the bar plays Gilligan's Island on TV."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "This is the third time I have been to Don the Beachcombers and each time I am very happy when I leave. Great food and drinks. This time we came on Saturday night and they had a musician playing the ukulele and singing to 80's hits in the bar, it was awesome! Highly recommend this place."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Me and my husband went there for dinner and had a wonderful time. It was loud but did not bother us at all, we could hear each other and that was fine. We both enjoyed what we ordered and service was good. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Nice place for something different, food was acceptable, good service, drinks are specially made"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Delicious food, great service and The best was the band, High Times!!!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "You'll notice the colorful theme as soon as you walk in. There is plenty of parking also. We had reservations on a Monday night at 5:00 and stayed for little over an hour. Maybe there were two other parties by then. I had their Orange Roughy which was very delicious. My husband had the Mahi which he said was OK. On Monday the restaurant hosts an extended happy hour from 3 to closing. One may have discounted drinks and food in the bar or order from the dinner menu as well. There is an extensive drink menu as the founder was known for all the drinks he invented. The drinks are numbered by potency. My Rum Barrel was a 4, while the Zombie was a 10. Definitely decide ahead of time who will be the designated driver or call for a taxi. Fun place."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "its a nice place, we had great service and great food, they always try to make you feel at home, thank you for that, we will continue to go there from time to time."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "A friend recommended that we head to Don The Beachcomber for delicious food and a fun environment. We definitely were not disappointed, and will be back the next time we are in town."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "I've been wishing I could return to Hawaii...miss the warm sun, tropical breezes...and the food ! Coming to Don the Beachcomber in Huntington Beach took me back to those happy times. The food and the atmosphere were very Hawaiian! Thank you D the B for the awesome experience."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Excellent service and a really cool atmosphere. 2 different bars for different experiences as well as a nice dining room. When we were there, it was karaoke in one bar and a great reggae band in the big bar. We had dinner in the dinning room then went between the 2 bars to check them out. OK so on to the good stuff... The FOOD!!! I have been to Hawaiian restaurants before, but the food was great in comparison! We had just about every appetizer on the menu and there was nothing that was not good. Sliders, Sticky Ribs, calamari (not rings, but calamari steak strips!), PuPus, Ahi Poke Tacos, and Co-Co-Nut Shrimp. All Excellent! Pulled Kalua Pork for dinner and it was great. So Food EXCELENT!! Rum Drink Menu was a cool experience. RECOMMENDED!"
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Had a wonderful Valentine's Day dinner, the whole evening was fabulous! This place is an institution and one of the best examples of the 40's and 50's Polynesian experience anywhere. Had a drink in about the coolest Tiki Bar I've ever experienced. Dinner was great, (Ahi Poke & Huli Huli Chicken... Wonderful!) During dinner, there were Hawaiian musicians and Hula Dancers in the dining room for the Valentine's dinner crowd. We had a fun, nostalgic South Seas dinner experience right here in Orange County, and a truly enjoyable evening!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Having read postings about live entertainment, I decided to give it a shot. Well, there was a homeless looking man in an ill-fitting aloha shirt carrying around a bottle of beer who sat down at his steel guitar and started playing. He played well, but a sad sight to see. There was a function going on in the bar/lounge and the DJ could be heard over this musician's music. For appetizers, the ahi poke came out first, then steamed clams a good 15 minutes later. The entrees came out 1 minute after the clams, so now our entrees would sit getting cold. Kahlua pork was dry, ribeye was rare when I ordered medium. To apologize, server offered free dessert- pineapple cake, which was dry. Never going again! No wonder they closed the other locations..."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Met some family members here for Christmas dinner. The service was very friendly, but a little slow. We were given the special holiday menu when we arrived, but weren't told you could also order off the regular menu. We saw others doing that and had to ask about it. The drinks were good and strong, just right for a tiki bar! The food was also very good. My companions had the mahi-mahi which came with krispy kale and raved about it. I had the surf/turf, which was also delicious. All in all a good experience. I want to visit the bar for some of their shows and more of those drinks!"
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "Been here before and has good experiences. However on Christmas they were extremely understaffed which shows lack of planning and or management. Even though the staff worked very hard and did the best they could due to bad management for Christmas the service was very bad and slow. The vegetable were also under cooked; hey were raw. Again the staff did the best they could but they could not offset the bad management I will not go back next Christmas and any holiday for it is clear management cannot handle it"
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "My husband loves Don the Beachcomber and he has decided to make it his annual birthday dinner and he loves it! They do have great mai tai's and the food is good too! Thanks for another great night, Don's!"
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "I loved the atmosphere, the music and how it was nice and relaxing. The food was good. We should of tried some of the pork or poke tacos, next time."
    Dined on 11/5/2013
  • "Nice quiet place. Feels like you are in Hawaii. I had the Mahi Mahi and it was kinda greasy and bland. Kinda pricey for the quality. Would come back for specials or happy hour on weekends if we are in the area."
    Dined on 10/29/2013
  • "This was not the first time we had been to this restaurant. However, I was not aware that it was in the Open Table program. If you want to feel like you are in Hawaii, than this is the place to go."
    Dined on 10/8/2013
  • "We went for drinks and appetizers. We had amazing calamari and the ribs fell off the bone and were so good! The drinks were tasty and the happy hour was very well priced. We ended up having desert and we enjoyed every bite. I love the hawaiian flair and the waterfall feature in the dining room is very relaxing. We felt like we were on vacation. We will be back for the live music and food for sure!"
    Dined on 9/3/2013
  • "The food was great, the mai tai was interesting...the bar had karaoke going on which was distracting at times if the singer hit the wrong note...lol."
    Dined on 9/2/2013
  • "The food is great but the drinks, especially the Tiki drinks, are what make Don the Beachcomber so famous. Vibrant bar scene with brave karaoke souls at the Dagger Bar. An added plus is Don the Beachcomber hosts a bi-monthly International Tiki Market Place, where 40+ vendors congregate and sell their wares. Truly a unique and worthwhile experience!"
    Dined on 7/20/2013
  • "unfortunately we went on reggae night--watch out for sundays if you like quiet. the place needs refurbishing and so does the menu. the sound was incredibly loud!!! service was short-handed or very erratic, but waitress was extremely nice. lights and air conditioning were out until the last 10 minutes. won't be returning soon."
    Dined on 7/7/2013
  • "We had a large group with two children the staff was great with them."
    Dined on 6/13/2013
  • "We enjoyed our lunch the food and drinks were good with good service. They also had good live music!"
    Dined on 6/8/2013
  • "Took my wife and two of her picky friends to dinner on a Thursday night. Great service and great food. Very attentive service even when the place got busy. Great happy hour drink prices until 7:00PM and the Thursday night "Island rib" special was delicous with lots of meaty ribs. Prices were very reasonably. The special was $14.99 and non specials oredered by the group were $18.99."
    Dined on 6/6/2013
  • "I haven't been to Don's in 20 years. My wife and I stopped in for a light dinner and decided on appetizers. This is the last of the great tiki bars in Orange County and, while a bit dated, is still a fun place for dinner and drinks. We had the coconut shrimp, sticky ribs, pork sliders and fried green beans. All dishes were tasty and presented well. If I have a gripe, it is the service, which was mediocre at best. I will say the floor manager made it a point to stop by each table and give his personal attention. I just wish the server had been half that attentive."
    Dined on 6/1/2013
  • "I enjoyed my visit to Don the Beachcomber, but my drinking days a re in the past so this was more of a nostalgic trip into my past, Iremember the old Hollywood Beachcomber and this is definitely related to that past. Interesting Hawaiian foods and drinks, great bar (but if you are not ready to drink its just observation) I like the Beachcomber motif and food, but as I said my heavy drinking says are in the past. Thank You for a Nostalgic trip"
    Dined on 6/1/2013
  • "Food was blah including the canned pineapple that was served for our "chop" salad. The garlic fries smelled of garlic and tasted like reg fries. I asked for no onions on the salad and pineapple on the side, both were accommodated, BUT they also left off the eggs and bacon which made the dinner salad boring. Waited 10 min for a waiter to correct the salad issue. When I told my waitress she said oh and didn't say sorry. We also asked for a drink, when the waitress stopped by she asked which drink we had. We said Tea, my gf thought it was so she could refill, I told her nope it was to ensure it made it on our bill. I was right, no refill given, but went on bill. It was expensive, boring, and NOT real Hawaiian. Not going back or recommended."
    Dined on 6/1/2013
  • "I don't know where these food reviews come from! This legendary Tiki Palace is now a tattered, tattooed booze-splashed hipster hangout full of noise and scary characters! A Sunday afternoon here was like a Thursday night in Bad Religion's sub-basement. It scared the kids! Don The Beachcomber would be ashamed."
    Dined on 5/26/2013
  • "We LOVE this place. The food is great, had the ribs special on thurs, and the chop salad. For drinks we had the Painkller and the Zombie....great choices. Will go back next week!"
    Dined on 5/16/2013