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Don the Beachcomber

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American, Polynesian, Hawaiian
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16278 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach, CA 92649-1809 (Formerly KONA Restaurant) (1 mile south of Seal Beach Blvd.)
+1 562-592-1321
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4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Good for:
Casual Dining

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Visitor rating
  • 18
    Excellent
  • 20
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
just ok, just don't expect a Hawaiian experience

First impression was strange, since we were ushered into the rear exit of the restaurant, and various questionable characters were hanging out around the exit. We had never been there, so didn't know the lay of the restaurant, and promptly took a wrong turn into the rear bar area. A reggae band was... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
formella
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Long Beach, CA
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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60 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Long Beach, CA
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

First impression was strange, since we were ushered into the rear exit of the restaurant, and various questionable characters were hanging out around the exit. We had never been there, so didn't know the lay of the restaurant, and promptly took a wrong turn into the rear bar area. A reggae band was getting ready to perform. Once we found... More 

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Washington DC
Top Contributor
170 reviews 170 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We needed a place on short notice to host an event for about 15 people. It was perfect. The appetizers and drinks were great, and service was superb. We started at happy hour just after 3pm and stayed over 6 hours. Everybody enjoyed the venue and service and as the host, we walked away very pleased (and about $400 with... More 

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North, South Carolina
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499 reviews 499 reviews
243 restaurant reviews
192 helpful votes 192 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Disappointing is the best word to use here. The food (buffet) wasn't great and the seating for the show was poor. The show is at floor level ( no stage) so most people can't see which may be for the best because what we could see and hear was a poor imitation of Hawaiian or Polynesian performances we've seen elsewhere.... More 

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Port Ludlow, Washington
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135 reviews 135 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Had a large family dinner here recently - table for 12 - but we ordered off of the menu. The salad bar, which in past years has been good, was simply a bowl of lettuce with a garlic dressing - no goodies to add to the lettuce. The food was average, and the service was mediocre. Probably find another location... More 

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Henderson, Nevada
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181 reviews 181 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

HI. when I was a kid my folks would go to don the beachcomber in Chicago on Michigan avenue across from the playboy club on east Walton. when I got old enough to go I would go to. it was an excellent place with a south sea look. when I got old enough I would bring my dates here. they... More 

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Huntington Beach, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

This is actually my first time writing a negative review but, I was so taken back by how RUDE the cocktail waitress in the bar was. Because of her bad attitude and being so rude I will never go back! There are to many other good restaurants to give my business too.

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Manchester, New Hampshire
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143 reviews 143 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

My wife and I stopped in here last Saturday while we were on vacation, on the recommendation of Oceanic Arts(tiki store) our reason for going was a tiki swap meet but when you pay to get into the swap meet you get the cover charge back in food and drinks at the restaurant/bar. After looking through the swap meet and... More 

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Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

My experience was everything I had hoped for with this place. Loved the atmosphere, drink, and food! I have now forgotten our hostess's name, but she was absolutely wonderful! I missed out on the nights entertainment, but I imagine it is stellar. I strongly recommend visiting! Maybe it's just me, but I was in tiki heaven.

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Spotsylvania, VA
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70 reviews 70 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

I like all things tiki so this on my list on a trip to Long Beach. The dining room was definitely tiki themed but not over the top. That they saved for the bar itself, but that will be a separate trip and review. The drinks were good and potent. Foe starters we got the spicy sushi band sticky ribs,... More 

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La Quinta, California
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115 reviews 115 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 16278 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach, CA 92649-1809 (Formerly KONA Restaurant)
    (1 mile south of Seal Beach Blvd.)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Huntington Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 562-592-1321

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 30
  • Cuisine: American, Polynesian, Hawaiian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Saturday
4:00 pm - 2:00 am

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