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Don the Beachcomber

16278 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach, CA 92649-1809 (Formerly KONA Restaurant)
+1 562-592-1321
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Price range: $5 - $30
Cuisines: American, Polynesian, Hawaiian
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: 1 mile south of Seal Beach Blvd.
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English first
Long Beach, California
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104 reviews 104 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Don The Beachcomber, formerly for many years "Sam's Seafood" is an icon in Sunset/Seal Beach/Long Beach. The bar is old school, with great bartenders. Try a Zombie, from the original Trader Vic recipe. Yummy! Food is a variety of "South Seas" cuisine. Good, not unique, but good. There is a banquet room and we have used them for large groups... More

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Dayton, Ohio
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

The noodles dish and the king crab was the best out of 8 dishes. Friendly staff. A little on the expensive side but you can get coupons on groupons. Music was a little loud for conversation but overall it was a nice experience.

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Huntington Beach, California
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63 reviews 63 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

The decor is tropical/Hawaiian, the mood is relaxing, the service is good; but all of the above have something missing. However the food was very good (Orange Roughy, Kalua Pork, Rum Cake, Fire Rock Ale) The portions were not large, thank God, but well presented and full of flavor. We had dinner on a Friday and the live music was... More

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Los Angeles, California
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41 reviews 41 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

We come here mostly for the tiki drinks but have recently enjoyed the food selection at Don the Beachcomber. While we've only tasted a handful of their food item, such as poke taco, nachos, pressed duck and sticky ribs, our experience was delightful. I particularly enjoyed the sticky rib. While served as four piece of baby back ribs in their... More

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Boise, Idaho
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192 reviews 192 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

We stopped in for dinner on our last night at the coast and the place was packed, with karaoke. The dinning seemed to be in the bar or with a bar at the side. Our server (JenniferLLL) was overwhelmed with all the tables. My husband sat beer-less for several minutes while she danced to whatever song was being sung by... More

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Austin, TX
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32 reviews 32 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

While not affiliated with the legendary Don the Beachcomber, this represents an authentic revival of tiki in Southern California. The restaurant was very quiet on a week night although the bar was busier. The atmosphere was not as over the top as some original tiki bars/restaurants but still with a complete and legitimate tiki feel. The menu was varied and... More

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Los Angeles, California
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76 reviews 76 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013 via mobile

Celebrated my friend's birthday here. Atmosphere is good and they had a cool Blues band playing on Fridays. Appetizers are amazing! Try the Ahi poke tacos!! Main dishes Huli Huli chicken was perfect . Service was outstanding!

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Apple Valley, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

My sister and I took my daughter out for her 30th birthday dinner here. It was so much fun! The drinks are great and the service was outstanding. She wanted the old Hawaiian atmosphere and it really delivers.

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Huntington Beach,CA
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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

We had a $40.00 Groupon for this visit and decided to visit for Early Dinner / Happy Hour. We dined in the Bar Area in a very comfortable booth. Party of 2. Service- Our service was very prompt and very friendly. As in most bar/dining areas the bartender works the bar plus takes orders for food and drink. Vinny was... More

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Aurora, Colorado, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

They have all kinds of seafood here, some are pricey, some aren't, its great if your on a budget or want really high quality food that's a little more pricey. I absolutely loved the ambiance here, it was soo pretty to walk in to and they actually host weddings here. The food was very good, I went all out and... More

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