Duke’s Waikiki

Duke's Waikiki – Flavorful Food and Drinks Served Right on the Beach
Local Expert's Rating:
4.5 / 5
The Bottom Line:

When you want to enjoy a memorable meal right on the beach, you cannot go wrong with a trip to Duke’s Waikiki. Their food and drink specials change up all day long, allowing you to satisfy all your cravings at every visit. Plus, you get to dine right where Duke Kahanamoku showed the world just how to ride the waves in style.

- The HawaiianIslands.com Local Expert Team

Duke’s Waikiki is the place to go in Honolulu when you want fresh, local fare served with a smile. Their crew honors the great Duke Kahanamoku by serving up the tastiest food and drinks right on the waterfront. While you dine, you’ll enjoy endless opportunities to gaze in awe at the oceanfront where all the surfing magic happened.

To enjoy your ultimate dining experience, you have to first decide just when to come through the doors. Duke’s Waikiki change up their offerings all day long to keep the crowds well-fed and completely satisfied with their experience. In the morning, they start the day with a bountiful breakfast buffet featuring Eggs Benedict, Fresh Local Fruit, and so much more, all paired with iconic drinks, like Duke’s Bloody Mary.

The lunch hour starts at 11:15 am, switching the menu to sandwiches, burgers, and seafood creations galore. If you cannot decide between all the options, they run a lunch buffet until 3 pm. As you go through the buffet, you can get fresh Hawaiian fish, Kalua Pork and Cabbage, and all the other plate lunch favorites.

If you come by for lunch on Tuesdays, treat yourself to their Taco Tuesday selections. On Thursdays, you can get access to their Prime Rib Buffet instead. And on Fridays and Saturdays, it’s all about their Chef’s Bento Box, which changes each week depending on the chef’s preferences and what’s in season.  

Dinnertime begins at 4:45 pm and opens the doors to truly sophisticated meals made to perfection. From Furikake Ahi Steak to Slow Roasted Prime Rib, Duke’s Waikiki has a little something for everyone. If you want to taste the finest creations around, go for the Filet Mignon and Roasted Tristan Lobster.

Just don’t forget to add Duke’s Famous Salad Bar to your meal for an extra charge. Otherwise, you’ll miss out on fresh, local veggies, pasta salads, and so much more. There’s even fresh fruit and warm bread available all evening long.

Want to dip your toes in the sand while enjoying your selections? Skip the dining room and head out to Duke’s Waikiki Barefoot Bar instead. You’ll have to order off their unique menu, built specifically for the bar side diners. However, there are still plenty of iconic dishes to enjoy, like their Coconut Shrimp, Falafel Naan Sandwich, and Poke Tacos.

Swing by to try their:

Duke’s Nachos
Duke’s Nachos promise to kick off your meal on the right foot every time. When you order this appetizer, the chef melts Colby-jack cheese over a huge mound of tortilla chips. Then, they top it with jalapenos, black beans, pico de gallo, sour cream, and guacamole. You can also get fire-grilled chicken or kalua pork over top for an extra charge.

Korean Steak Street Tacos
For a simple yet delightfully flavorful dish, order the Korean Steak Street Tacos as your main course. This dish features kalbi marinated steak grilled until tender and juicy and then put in flour tortillas. Cabbage, onions, cilantro, and salsa verde go in each taco as well to take the flavors to the next level. After that, fresh tortilla chips land alongside right before serving.

Sauteed Mac Nut & Herb Crusted Fresh Fish
For fresh ocean flavors you’re sure to love, treat yourself to the Sauteed Mac Nut & Herb Crusted Fresh Fish. To create this masterpiece, the chef batters fresh fish fillets in panko and parmesan cheese. Then, they fry them until flaky and add lemon caper butter over top. Herbed jasmine farro rice goes on the plate beside the fish to bring all the flavors together beautifully.  

No matter when you come by Duke’s Waikiki, don’t skimp out on dessert. If you do, then you’ll miss out on the chance to enjoy a true classic, Hula Pie. This sweet treat starts with a cookie crust and then gets a huge scoop of Mac Nut ice cream. Hot fudge, mac nuts, and whipped cream go over it all right at the end to complete this picture of perfection.

Insider Tips:
-If you need to keep your meal wheat-free, look for the ‘G’ symbol next to their menu items to build a gluten-friendly meal.
-Want to get your parking validated? Park at the Ohana East Hotel and have your Duke’s server validate your ticket at the end of your meal.
-Duke’s Waikiki gets busy fast, so make reservations if you don’t want to end up waiting for a table to open up.