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Don the Beachcomber

American, Hawaiian, Bar, Polynesian, Pacific Rim
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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
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:00 pm - 2:00 am
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Montreal, Canada
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My girlfriend and I are from out of town and had been waiting for years to get the chance to go here. We finally made it to California and headed on over to Don's once we were in the neighbourhood. We found our own seating in the bar area since the woman at the front desk just brushed us off... More 

Thank 981Jim_J
Long Beach, California
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61 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016

Drove by many times but never stopped Sadly we finally did. Started with the clam chowder. No good at all. Had a vinegar taste Wife had the Mahi with mashed potatoes, eggplant and fried Kale. All the food was piled on top of each other like a casserole. Fish was dry, potatoes had huge lumps. A disaster Service was a... More 

Thank murph24
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22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

An amazing fun way to end a long day visiting the beaches! They had live Reggae music on one side, and karaoke on the other, very lively, fun place. Super cool tropical theme throughout the restaurant. Right off the highway, so easy to get to. Would absolutely go back!

Thank SupermanRockstar
Los Angeles, CA
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58 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016 via mobile

My wife and I visited Don the Beachcomber restaurant for the first recently and found it to be a glimpse of what Tiki themed bars & restaurants looked like in the 1960 & 70s. On the bright side, the food was good and it was served in a cozy, casual, Hawaiian atmosphere. Sadly, the restaurant could use a little refresh... More 

Thank Summervacationeer
Geneva, Switzerland
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103 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016

Kitschy it may be, but the service was warm, food was interesting and good and there are musicians of all kinds which play there in a concert setting away from the dining area. Fun place!!

Thank Neubecker
Cypress, California
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67 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

I ve been coming since this place was Sams seafood.It is now Don the beachcomber. The menu has fresh fish dishes and are known for their awesome drinks.Yes they are good and strong. It does feel a bit like Hawaii in here. The food is pretty good but I think its more the over all experience.

Thank 1london2
Manhattan Beach, California
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248 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016 via mobile

Was super excited to see Dale Watson the other night. I bought a reserved seat. He was scheduled to start at 9pm. I showed up at 8:55 pm and got to the door and no one could figure out where to seat me. The man seemed very confused, was digging around in the band merchandise and then went into the... More 

Thank Sally M
Huntington Beach, California
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70 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

Classic Southern California restaurant. The Sunset Beach location is not Hollywood but food is just a good. Must for beach dining.

Thank TMannara
Westminster, California
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30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

This started as Sam's Seafood back in the day, but after Sam's and subsequent tenants closed, it became one of the few, if not the only, place to get a taste of Don the Beachcomber's original drink recipes! In addition to their fabulous tiki drinks, their food is always great. Their cheeseburgers are to die for, as is "Don's Ribeye".... More 

Thank Jiminy7
Houston, Texas, United States
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128 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2016 via mobile

Went their for the Mai-Tai as history says this is where it started. The place is old and historic, meaning been there a while. Very islandy inside and fun. I will be honest that we prefer other Mai-Tai's better, with less or no lime! It was good and fun, but now I can say I checked that box!

Thank Lance B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $30
American, Hawaiian, Bar, Polynesian, Pacific Rim
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Reservations, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar scene, Large groups
Open Hours
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
4:00 pm - 2:00 am
4:00 pm - 2:00 am
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

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?