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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

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Don the Beachcomber

8.7

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by 236 people

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Detail
Everyone You
Decor 9.4
Drink Quality 8.4
Drink Selection 8.8
Food Quality 7.8
Food Selection 7.8
Mood 8.8
Music 8.6
Service 8.6
Tikiness 9.5
Tilt 8.9
Vibe 8.8

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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
history
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.

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PineappleWhip
PineappleWhip is a semi-regular at Don the Beachcomber.
January 16, 2021, 9:46 PM
Don the Beachcomber was a favorite location of mine. The food, the drinks, the atmosphere, and all the GREAT music, and marketplace....I am truly sad that it is closed.

It is currently being leased by "Himalayan Grill" restaurant. You can see inside a little bit, they have the main dining room open for indoor dining (when that is allowed), they allowed us to walk around slightly. It was to see some of what remains, but, it is not being taken care of much.

I am most disappointed that the DONS fish sign has been removed. I hope that it is being held in a proper storage, and has not been destroyed.
June 14, 2020, 10:44 PM
Out of business since 2018.

https://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilot/news/tn-dpt-me-don-closing-20180413-story.html?_amp=true
February 13, 2020, 2:42 PM
This place is closed. Sold. I think it is going to be a Vietnamese or Thai restaraunt. We will see
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