Dukes Waikiki is a popular restaurant named after famed Hawaiian waterman and Olympic gold medalist Duke Kahanamoku. He is a former beachboy known for his big smile, gregarious spirit and embodying the meaning of "aloha".
Located in Waikiki beach at The Outrigger Reef Hotel it's waterfront location with sunset views and open air design make it an ideal spot to take in the ambience and Diamond Head views of Waikiki. There's nightly live entertainment from local acts such as singer Henry Kapono from 4-6:00 pm.
The cuisine is Hawaiian fusion incorporating the local flavors and ingredients of Hawaii such as local fish and staples. This is a good place to get steak and seafood. A popular dish is the Huli Huli Chicken and I also recommend the macadamia nut crusted fresh fish of the day.
My favorite item is the Hula Pie dessert. It's humongous and can easily feed 3 people. I know I've tried with my MALE coworkers and it took us awhile. It's a huge hunk of ice cream surrounded by a crust of chocolate and macadamia nuts.
I admit that it is touristy in feel but it is one of those places that everybody goes to at least once when they visit Hawaii. Every city has 2-3 well known restaurants and this is one of them. The food is good, the vibe is laid back and relaxed and I definitely recommend going.
Breakfast and lunch are served here as well. Visit the restaurant website for more information and for a more extensive look at the menu go here. They are open daily from 7am-12am midnight. For more ideas of places to eat in Waikiki see my list here.
Validated self parking is available at the Ohana East Hotel, valet parking only at The Outrigger Waikiki. On Saturdays and Sundays 3 hours of free parking are available at the Ohana East hotel with a purchase at Duke's. After that regular rates apply.
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