Don the Beachcomber
Bar & Restaurant
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Opened in 2009
Defunct tiki not included,
distances are as the crow flies.
Exterior of Don The Beachcomber's at Don the Beachcomber in Huntington Beach
February 2015, photo by Scaramouch
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This is the same historic restaurant that stood for many decades under the legendary name of Sam's Seafood. It briefly became Kona, and for several years now has been Don the Beachcomber. This restaurant has no connection to the historic Don the Beachcomber chain; the trademark on the name had lapsed and has been purchased for new business ventures. The operation does contain many nods and tributes to the original Don the Beachcomber.
The owners are hoping to honor the name by bringing back traditional Don the Beachcomber cocktails. The decor remains intact, and has been augmented with more work by Bamboo Ben. Notably, the entrance has been redecorated in tribute to the entrance to the original Don the Beachcomber in Hollywood.
The most densely tikified area is the Dagger Bar, which is dark and filled with carved posts and pufferfish lights. The main dining room is more bright and airy, and has a large tiki watching over diners. The back of the restaurant is the deluxe "Hidden Village," available for special occasions, with a stage area, raised huts and second bar.
The owners of the restaurant do not own the lot of land it sits on, and periodically over the last decade or so there have been threats of the restaurant being bulldozed to make room for a new condominium development. The threat seems to rise and fall with the economy, and news comes in June 2015 that the owners of the lot are asking for it to be rezoned for high-density occupation.
How to find it:
It's easy to spotókeep an eye out for the tall swordfish sign on the west side of the road.
Don the Beachcomber has plenty of free parking in its own large parking lot.