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Duke’s is a bit of a tourist trap, but its beachside location in Malibu can make the crowds worth it.
It was a busy day at Duke's...not only did we not get a booth by the window, we couldn't get a booth in the elevated section two rows away (where the view isn't bad, either). We really prefer booths to tables. Anyway, I know there's no guarantee, but usually we manage to get one without too long a wait. However, we couldn't chance the 20 minute wait that we were given, since it was so crowded and getting out of there is a challenge in those circumstances, since we had a performance to go to at 2:00 pm at Pepperdine (our reservation was for 12:15). Also, our server was very extroverted, but tended to finish whatever he was saying while walking away, which I found annoying. The food, however, is reliable and good, although I'm sorry that apparently they're no longer doing waffles for Sunday brunch. Also, Duke's has switched to another reservation system, which I'm not happy about because we go four or five times a year at a minimum because we attend a lot of events at Pepperdine. Easy way to rack up Open Table points. Is it wrong that I hope that things don't go well with the new system and they return to Open Table?
Food was excellent. Server was not very good. Had a reservation and seated promptly. Waited 15 min to be greeted at table by server and had to ask for water. She didn’t check on us after our order came... had to request her when needed something.
Can't beat the view
Food quality was better than expected for a large restaurant
Cant wait to go back
Definitely need reservations
For such a busy place, they do a great job. Service and food very good, and there’s really not a bad seat in the house.
Great place anytime of day.
I would recommend Duke's as a one time experience. The food and service has deteriorated compared to my first time there 10 years ago. The dessert plates were empty and I did not bother to go back, had a hard time to get the waitress attention not only to replace the napkin I had used to kill a large mosquito at the window , but also to mention that someone needed to re-fill the dessert plates !!!
Beautiful location right on the water in Malibu! This was my first time in the area and I loved the atmosphere and seeing all of the beautiful homes on the way in. We had made a reservation although that was probably not necessary as the restaurant was not very crowded for a Saturday night. Our waiter was fantastic... very attentive and honest when we asked him his menu preferences. However, the three women at the front desk when we walked in were not very friendly and seemed very stressed out/busy. We kept asking them questions (for example, to see if we could wait longer for a table by a window) and they seemed annoyed that we were trying to talk to them. The California Halibut I had for dinner was dry but the seasoning and sides made up for it. The desserts are HUGE and a must try!! The two other ladies I was with and I couldn't even finish one dessert all together. Overall, would recommend Duke's Malibu due to the ambience and location but probably just for a cocktail at the bar.
Celebrated a birthday here and everything was fantastic. We had a table by the window and watched dolphins jumping out in the ocean. Everyone loved what they ordered, from the kona crusted steak, the salmon, the halibut, and the surf and turf! Would absolutely come back.
We sat out on the patio and was lovely
Love this restaurant in spite of inattentive parking attendant, making a poor first impression. Parking guys need to be especially considerate considering $7 mandatory parking charge. Unfortunately turkey and brie sandwich not very good but chilled shrimp and crab salad and Maui onion soup were great!
Everything was good , however there was a table full of tourists and they were very loud and disrespectful to the sounding tables. Someone from management should've said something to them. Other than that we love Dukes resturant.
View was amazing! Service was terrible and the food was only okay.
Would go back for cocktails only
Always amazing. And when I get to see dolphins, it makes it even better!
We had a table right in the water with an amazing view. We love stopping at Dukes when we are in Cali. My wife orders the coconut shrimp. I had the macadamia nut encrusted mahi mahi. The food was all very good. The only issue was that my fish was still raw in the middle. They got me another order prepared and while I waited they brought a bowl of the seafood chowder. The chowder was very good but filling. We didn’t have any room left for hula pie. We will have to visit again.
We went for lunch and had a table by the window. The view, with crashing waves 20-30 feet away was fabulous. We all had fish, which was well prepared and quite tasty. Service was also attentive. The only drawback was having to pay $6 for valet parking in an empty parking lot. That was not necessary and started us off on the wrong foot.
Great view of the Pacific Ocean and excellent food and service. Highly recommended.
Friendly staff, great quality food, and quick.
Held our wedding reception there 25 years ago! It was wonderful to take a few photos off the balcony! Many thanks to the Waiter and GM.
Hula pie was amazing. We wish we had a window seat. Service was slow but it was busy & food was great!!
Great food, great views, wonderful service
Our table was ready as promised by 5pm. I asked for a window table and was told it would be another 20 to 30 minutes more. Well worth the wait! Don't forget the Hula pie.
Great food, great service, great ambiance, very relaxing
I took guests visiting CA for Sunday brunch. Great buffet including one mimosa and juice / coffee. Did not feel rushed and the view was amazing lots of Windows and ocean views elsewhere. Casual beach atmosphere.
FYI if you are vegan or you don’t eat pork don’t go no too many options.
Food was good and service was excellent. Also Gidget was there! So cool.
I love Duke's. The food is good. The wait staff is friendly. You can look out at the ocean with enduring attitude. And when I can hear the music, it reminds me of being in Hawaii.
Great view, good food, good service. What a location in Malibu.
A big disappointment for me! I live in Rancho Palos Verdes. I had my car in for service, decided to take a lovely drive up the coast north of where I live. Decided to eat st Duke’s where my daughter had her wedding reception 15 years ago. The bbq ribs were not fresh and the coconut shrimps were dry and not luscious as I remembered. Sadly, I do not want to return. The windows were dirty, they should be cleaned daily when weather is awesome.
Our server Anthony was welcoming and great. Wonderful view!
View is great and it was fun to watch the dolphins swimming by. Food was blah. Pork sandwich was fatty. Nothing like Dukes in Hawaii.
Great service from Jeremy. Had the caeser salad with salmon, poke tacos and fries. Everything was fresh and delicious.
We had another wonderful meal at Duke’s! The food was delicious and we were treated very well by the staff. We love Duke’s!
Definitely cannot beat the view. Considering it wasn’t terribly busy, the service was pretty slow. I had a crab and shrimp salad that was overdressed and soggy, And if there was crab in there it was minimal. I was entertaining a client so I didn’t complain. He said his food was just OK.
Waiter was awkward and inattentive.
We love Duke’s! The food is amazing. The atmosphere is unique and so cheerful. We are from out of town and Duke’s is always one of our first stops when we are visiting.
Great food, great view, and great service!
Great table by the window. Good food options and great service from our waiter Michael.
Had a fabulous window table, which made the Sunday Brunch even better. Food was great, and our server very attentive. If we visit Malibu again, we will be back.
Thank you to the wonderful waiters at Duke's for making my daughter's 21st birthday a huge, fun success. They were attentive and so kind! The HULA pie was outrageous and delicious. Many thanks to the fun bartenders and waiters for making her day so very special. The food was excellent, too! I highly recommend Duke's!! And we will be back ❤️
Hostess was a bit rude and waitress was slow. The view was awesome and the brunch was very good.
The food quality and selection was very mediocre for a price. Sunday brunch used to offer a lot more selection with a much better quality. Smoked salmon and chocolate covered strawberries were the only things I liked.
Some of the breakfast items offered were a similar quality normally offered by a budget hotel.
I wish there was a choice to order off the menu and skip the breakfast buffet all together.