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Don the Beachcomber

3.6
295 reviews
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$30 and under
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Hawaiian
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Don The Beachcomber in Huntington Beach, CA is known for its historic, Hawaiian inspired d�cor, its live entertainment and its stunning drinks and food menus. Started in the 1940s, it has evolved into an iconic destination and one that is equal parts dining and entertainment experience.

Menu options at Don The Beachcomber include the lounge menu with its bar choices, wine and beer options and "pupus", which are unique appetizers designed to pair well with drinks. The dining menu is more expansive and shows its regional inspirations with many dishes reminiscent of classic Hawaiian island fare. Starters include poke tacos and Hawaiian sliders, while entr�es include meat and seafood options, sandwiches and the many desserts that make any meal at Don The Beachcomber complete.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Hawaiian, Seafood, Steak
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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
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Phone number
(562) 592-1321
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Delia Snyder
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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.
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Cross street
1 mile south of Seal Beach Blvd.
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Parking details
Free parking for 140 cars.
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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.
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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.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.6  based on all time ratings
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3.6
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3.7
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3.4
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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on May 1, 2016

Got the rib eye, was good but probably about $10 over priced. Kids liked Mac n cheese. Service was slow and could not find a waitress to get a refill despite being one of 3 tables in main dining room. Karaoke from bar sounded happening but was very loud. Hawaiian ambiance was cool.

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Nnadog (Orange County)
4.0  Dined on March 12, 2016

Been going since i was a kid and it was Sam's.
Nothing negative to say. Great food good prices good entertainment.
The tiki bar is awesome great happy hour prices.
Overall great place

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vip21forthewin (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on March 12, 2016

Cheesy Polynesian decor in need of an update. Service ok but with the appearance of wanting to turn tables quickly. Beef and tomato and Huli Huli chicken dishes were good. If you like strong rum based drinks this may be the place for you, as the drinks are their speciality. There was nothing about our experience that makes us want to go back.

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CryH123 (Orange County)
3.0  Dined on March 7, 2016

Bad service but great drinks
Happy hour is great all day on Monday

They're understaffed
Terribly slow service I feel bad for the server who has to run to the front and seat guests as well as around the restaurant and bar to take orders

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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 20, 2016

My date and I stepped into this haven and immediately were transported to a Tiki Lounge from the Madmen. "Authentic" is an understatement with bamboo lining the walls, Tiki Masks everywhere, and a rum menu that will leave you on the floor. This place is unapologetically mock-Polynesian, right down to the menu. The food was surprisingly delicious and well prepared. I had the Ahi while my date took on the "Street Style Chicken". Both were well prepared and well presented. Along with pleasant food, we experienced two of the best rum cocktails we've ever had. My date ordered The Zombie while I had the Mojito. BOTH are must tries (If you are looking to let loose, get that Zombie). All natural juices in the cocktails makes a huge difference, and its clear they don't cut corners here. I'm a huge fan and plan on returning soon for some karaoke.

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
1.0  Dined on February 19, 2016

Friday night at 7 and the place was dead. Couldn't smell food cooking or in general. Very visually appealing, but service, food quality, and prices were extremely poor. Would not recommend at all.

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2016

Amazing service for such a busy night (Valentines day)!! ttentive staff that made every request seem easy. Personalized service that made us feel like we were the most important people there!

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CryH123 (Orange County)
3.0  Dined on February 13, 2016

Showed up to my reservation, no hostess no employees around. Stood in the front waiting for five minutes and got irritated. Finally saw someone rushing around, asked them if I may please get some service. She shouted BAR IS OPEN ONLY !
So we went to the bar, there was karaoke and everyone was having fun. It got better from there. I had to ask a server if they can check me in for open table ! I don't want it to show that we didn't show up to the restaurant. When we finished, there was finally someone at the front hosting so I asked her to make sure she checked me in. Their open table was down !!!!

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SueFlay (Central Coast)
3.0  Dined on January 30, 2016

Really enjoyed the ambiance and the music. Was definitely an "island" atmosphere. The service was great! Very friendly. However the food was just ok. The salad was good , and the ribs were better than average, for sure. . But the crinkle cut frozen fries and very well done Hulu chicken were disappointing. Cool place to go listen to a good band or hang in the bar, just not sure I would go back for dinner, purely based on the food quality.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
3.0  Dined on January 30, 2016

This used to be Sam's Seafood, and still has the great 'Tiki Motif'. Lots of interested nooks and banquet rooms. The place is a bit worn, but a real novelty. I took a group there for a Saturday lunch, and service was limited to the bar area only. The only service person was also the bartender, and while she did a great job despite being overwhelmed.

Food was good. I had Tomato's and Beef, which I gather is a signature dish, and was not disappointed. Others in our party had Pulled Pork sandwiches, Hamburgers and Fish specials, and were also pleased. Only complaint was it took a long time with only one server/bartender (she was great!)

I see a lot of cars in the parking lot for dinners, and will have to try when it's fully staffed.

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vipWilliamT (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 29, 2016

Fun place. Very good food, nice entertainment and reasonable prices!

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Richie (Orange County)
1.0  Dined on January 17, 2016

We arrived a few minutes before our reservation time and the hostes was very scatter brained. She sat a couple that was ahead of us then when she returned checked us in but didn't seat us, about 5 minutes passed and she said our table was ready then had us go back to the front to wait for a larger table for 4 guests. Finally once we were seated it took our sever another 5 minutes before we were acknowledged to place a drink order then another 25 minutes before taking our dinner order and we've been waiting patiently the whole time. It seemed that they might be under staffed the waitresses seemed very overwelmed and just over working today. It took another 30 minutes before our food arrived. The food was very tasty but the service was very disappointing. We come here once a month for a group meet up, we will be back but for drinks and the group meet up but I will never be dinning here again. The restaurant was not busy and the servers all do not wear name tags, maybe its because they do not want us to know their names.

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vipDave (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on January 16, 2016

Awesome Polynesian atmosphere , but the service was just okay, and the food was not so good. I had the beef tomato wich is way to sweet, had to put salt and hot sauce to make it okay and the rice was way to wet sticky. But the drinks are good.

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Redstroud (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2015

Went early had a drink in the bar, Great Happy Hour Prices on Drinks & Bar Food!
Dinner was fantastic. Wonderful fish dinners.

Great Place to Have Dinner, Good value.
You will not be disappointed at This place

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Bigkaluna (Des Moines)
2.0  Dined on December 29, 2015

We booked this on Open table and saw it had great reviews. I also checked Yelp and had the same results. I had friends coming to the Rose Bowl from our hometown and booked this place to hopefully have a fun experience.
We were early by fifteen minutes and they were not busy, I saw a big birthday party group of 20 people and maybe a few other tables but not super busy. We ordered Duck, Alsakan Crab legs, Crab cake sandwich, Ribs, Salmon, and a burger and chicken tenders.
The funny thing was we ordered drinks and those took forever, we ordered our food and waited in the mean time another family was seated and ordered food, after twenty minutes we saw them serving the other family, then they brought my daughters chicken tenders. We waited for a few more minutes then we were served the crab and duck, another few minutes and crab cake,ribs, salmon and burger.
The food was good on all accounts just the salmon dish which was my wife's her vegetables were cold by the time the waitress came around we were all done eating. The waitress was super nice but seemed very busy. I was wondering if they were understaffed by how long our food took. I wish it was a better experience for my friends who were in town.
Again the food was good and the atmosphere was nice, just wish our food would have came out at the same time. In all it was just an average place for us.

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AnonInAV (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on November 20, 2015

Went here for my birthday, the food was fantastic and the service was on point. Loved the live Hawaiian music being played while we dined. Also liked the fact that we could dress business casual and didn’t at all feel out of place. It was all and all a great experience.

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viptomcatter (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on October 16, 2015

We had an early dinner at Don the Beachcomber on a weekday. Not many diners in attendance due to the time however, we enjoyed the quiet environment and relished the various hawaiian lupus along with our main dinner mail (Pork Kalua and Seafood). Very nicely prepared dishes with generous portions. On-tap Kona Longboard made this is favorite place to dine. Will be back.

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OpenTable Diner (Miami)
4.0  Dined on September 18, 2015

Come here for a well-crafted tiki cocktail with vintage recipes and great rum. The food is good and the portions are a good size. The service is OK.

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Kacey (Orange County)
4.0  Dined on August 29, 2015

It's a little too hot & humid for my liking but it's worth it! There was confussion with our dinner reservation but had no problem being seated even though we were late. Also, we had to wait almost 15min for a server to come to our table. We almost walked out. He explained there was a mix up as to whose table it was but he was very polite & apologetic about it and even paid for our drinks to make up for it. He was very attentive and made sure we were taken care of without being overbearing; which I appreciate! The food was delicious! After dinner, we moved on to the back where we had made reservations (and paid in advance) for a show, with what I understood would be private seating for two. To my surprise, we were seated with 2 other people that we did not know. It was disappointing because we wanted to be alone. The people we were seated with were very nice and good company, but again, not what I was expecting. A heads up or an option to decline being seated with others would have been nice. I'm sure they felt the same way, since they ordered dinner & had to eat in front of us. It didn't seem to matter that I went out of my way to pay for these seats when our surprise companion's friends showed up later & sat down, pretty much taking over the table. Overall, we had a great night in spite of all the mishaps. We would definitely come back!

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
1.0  Dined on August 28, 2015

The restaurant is cute with fun Hawaiian decor and music. Mai Tai was good. Wine list sparse. Service and staff were great and friendly. Unfortunately, the food was really bad. I ordered kalua pork and couldn't eat it nor the rice and mushy veggies. Despite being very hungry when we arrived, my food smelled so bad and tasted awful that I barely ate any of it. My husband ordered Ahi and was disappointed as well (overcooked and no taste). They're going to need a new chef and high food standards before we would consider going back. I gave one star overall because the food is the top priority for me when considering a restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on August 22, 2015

The service was excellent, steaks fantastic, loved the mai tai and the wine. Great live Hawaiian music. They really do need air conditioning.

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vipahdiii (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on August 7, 2015

I always loved the original Don the Beachcomber in Hollywood but that was torn down in the mid 1980s. This is a fun psu,do-replica, classic dishes from the past exclusive to Don the Beachcomber's, and classic cocktails. The "Pressed Duck" of 1937 was great ! tried the cocktails they were a good try, the "Mixologist" needs to go lighter on the flavors, they will taste more like they should. GREAT waiter ! and his table-side banter was very classic ! Its a "must go" for and evening of classic food and drinks to see almost what the original Don the Beachcomber 's was like. perfect for groups and Birthdays ! They even have old "lounge entertainment" various types of music on varied nights too ! C&H

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vipOpenTable Diner (Orange County)
3.0  Dined on July 11, 2015

It was very loud issue to a party bus stopping in for drinks at the bar It took a very long time to be seated for our reservation time of 1pm because no one was at the front to see us or say hello. My husband had to go into the bar and ask the bartender to get us some help. Wish it was a better overall experience.

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Badteppan (Orange County)
3.0  Dined on June 21, 2015

Fake Hawaii OVERPRICED

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Rosie (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on June 21, 2015

i would return to Don's to enjoy their lively bar scene.
Happy Hour drinks (well poured), great prices plus live music.
Staff is super friendly!!
Cheers!
Reggae Sunday's are popular according to the staff.

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vipStudioLady (Orange County)
4.0  Dined on June 9, 2015

Enjoyed the food, service and atmosphere. The salad and clams we're delicious.

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vipStudioLady (Orange County)
4.0  Dined on May 30, 2015

A fun place to go to feel like you are in Hawaii. Food was very good with generous portions. The drunken clams we're outstanding, as were the ribs. Much better than we had remembered. We'll definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
1.0  Dined on May 23, 2015

Not worthy of the hype! Overpriced, horrible food, adequate service.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on May 10, 2015

Price is a bit high for the quality. Entertainment was good. Service was good. Good spot for kids.
More of a novelty place rather than somewhere I would go for a great meal.

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vipmoni (Los Angeles)
1.0  Dined on May 9, 2015

The full rack of ribs that we ordered were only slightly warm not hot as they should be.
To make contact with our waiter we had to wait til other servers could get hold of him.
Our waiter asked if we wanted something else instead, I said I would like the salmon which we had debated on getting previously. The ribs were returned about 10 minutes later and were hot. and tasted a lot better. My salmon came in another 10 minutes. My husband and I ate separately. When the bill came, the waiter had charged us for both the full rack of ribs which we had planned to share and also for the salmon which was overpriced at $23 for a small piece of and white rice and stir fried
vegetables.
Service and food was sub par.

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