Don the Beachcomber

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

Critiki ratings

Don the Beachcomber



by 166 people



Everyone You
Decor 9.4
Drink Quality 8.8
Drink Selection 9.1
Food Quality 8
Food Selection 8
Mood 8.8
Music 8.8
Service 8.7
Tikiness 9.5
Tilt 9
Vibe 8.9

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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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. It briefly became 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

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.


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  • Chippy
  • Emily
  • Fuzzy
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twomartinis has visited Don the Beachcomber.
March 9, 2017, 1:30 PM
As a student/disciple of Donn's original mai tai swizzle, excited does not begin to describe the anticipation I felt when I found out I was going to Anaheim for a conference!

I walked into Don's on a Monday night and the interior just blew me away. The front dining area was deserted because the big band was playing in the back room, so I ambled back there to take a peek; and I was transported to another time. The era of the supper club! Fantastic vibe!

I made my way to the 'dagger bar' and ordered myself a mai tai, no doubt I had a big cheese on my face by then. The magic ended when she grabbed a plastic bar jug from the well liquor trough and filled up my glass. Baffled; but knowing exactly just what happened, I almost didn't want to drink it ;^( and I was right... It was really tart; and I like tart; but this was 'food processed tartness' that dominated the drink. The cinnamon wasn't doing this drink any favors, either. So it dawns on me that grapefruit(tart) + cinnamon = Don's Mix, right? Is this what passes for a mai tai? I tried to enjoy it; but wound up leaving before I finished it.
mattymo is a semi-regular at Don the Beachcomber.
December 25, 2016, 9:04 AM
Its Don's, how can you not like it? The right ammount of seedy and fun. Dagger bar is the best place barring the Tiki gatherings. A little bit of history in a good spot.
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...
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