Fodor's Expert Review Duke's Waikiki

$$$ Waikiki American

Locals often take visiting friends and family from the mainland to this popular open-air hotel restaurant for the beachfront setting—it's right in front of the famed Canoes surf break in Waikiki—and bar scene and pupu (hors d'oeuvres) more than the food. Named for the father of modern surfing and filled with Duke Kahanamoku memorabilia, it's got a great salad bar and a crowd-pleasing menu that includes fish, prime rib, and huli huli (rotisserie). Don't forget to try the famous Hula Pie made with macadamia nut ice cream piled high on a cookie crust and topped with chocolate fudge and whipped cream. The atmosphere can be raucous when live music by A-list Hawaiian performers fills the air. Sunday afternoon is especially popular, when local Emmy-nominated musician Henry Kapono revs up the crowd, so sit back and enjoy your mai tai. You can experience many of the same great flavors and pay half the price by sitting in the bar, which is what locals do.

American Views Lively Breakfast Lunch Dinner $$$ Family

Quick Facts

2335 Kalakaua Ave.
Honolulu, Hawaii  96815, USA


Known For:
  • Iconic local spot with great views, great bar scene, and perfect location in Waikiki
  • Duke's on Sunday is so popular musician Henry Kapono wrote a song about it (Duke's on Sunday)
  • Bar seating for better service and better prices

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