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Don the Beachcomber

Huntington Beach, CA
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16278 South Pacific Coast Hwy
Huntington Beach, CA
Opened in 2009
Dining room:
Mon-Sat 4pm-10pm
Bar:
Sun-Thu 4pm-midnight
Fri-Sat 4pm-2am
(562) 592-1321

Critiki ratings

Don the Beachcomber

8.9

Overall

by 126 people

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Everyone You
Decor 9.4
Drink Quality 9
Drink Selection 9.2
Food Quality 8.1
Food Selection 8.1
Mood 8.9
Music 9
Service 8.7
Tikiness 9.5
Tilt 9.1
Vibe 8.9

Upcoming Visits

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    visiting on
    Saturday, December 10, 2016
    Tiki Makeke holiday edition 10-3
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    Saturday, December 10, 2016

Regulars & Visitors

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Humuhumu’s description

This is the same historic restaurant that stood for many decades under the legendary name of Sam's Seafood
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Sam's Seafood
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. It briefly became Kona
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Kona
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, 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
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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

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It's easy to spotókeep an eye out for the tall swordfish sign on the west side of the road.

Parking

Don the Beachcomber has plenty of free parking in its own large parking lot.

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Upcoming Visits
sawalker
visiting on
Saturday, December 10, 2016
Tiki Makeke holiday edition 10-3
CosmoReverb
visiting on
Saturday, December 10, 2016
Regulars & Visitors
  • wayne-tiki-tiki
  • Joe Banks
  • Coco Joe
  • Gran Tiki
  • Chippy
  • Emily
  • Fuzzy
  • Trader Mike
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tikiwithray
tikiwithray has visited Don the Beachcomber.
November 2, 2016, 3:03 PM
Besides the Mai Kai, this is the biggest Tiki Bar I've ever been to! This place is massive and the drinks are incredible. This isn't an "original" Don The Beachcomber. The owners bought the rights to the name and made it an homage to the mighty Don! I'll be honest, I didn't know that fact until a couple months ago!

Here is my full review of Don The Beachcomber...

http://www.tikiwithray.com/tiki-bar-review-16-don-beachcomber-huntington-beach-ca/
Kalena Malia
Kalena Malia has visited Don the Beachcomber.
March 13, 2016, 10:59 PM
We visited here mid afternoon on a Saturday, and the place was nearly empty. Big gulp as I had one of my best friends out from Ireland and my daughter. In no time drinks were served, Tice showed up to entertain, the place filled up, and Lizzy enjoyed a true Tiki Experience. Drinks, food and vibe were perfect. Everything you know a tiki bar should be. It's been a year and Lizzy talks of nothing but going back. Mahalo!
Otto von Abbattoir
Otto von Abbattoir has visited Don the Beachcomber.
September 2, 2015, 12:01 AM
The pupus are the best reason to go here. The ceviche mini-tacos, sticky ribs and, occasionally, ti duck are some of the best food you'll find in the tiki kingdom. The drinks are a horrible letdown in comparison; watery with little difference in flavor. Stick to drinking your rum straight and you'll appreciate the pupus that much more.
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