Duke's Malibu

Beach Bar / Restaurant
Duke's Malibu Patrons in search of an island vacation without the jet lag should make their way to Duke's Malibu, where an amazing ocean view, exotic cocktails, and a laid-back atmosphere make for a relaxing getaway. Los Angeles United States 34.0365309 -118.635759
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Party Earth Review Patrons in search of an island vacation without the jet lag should make their way to Duke’s Malibu, where an amazing ocean view, exotic cocktails, and a laid-back atmosphere make for a relaxing getaway. Named for Duke... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    Dining Room: Lunch Tu–Sa 11:30am–3pm; Dinner M–Th 5–9pm, F 5–10pm, Sa 4:30–10pm, Su 4–10pm; Brunch Su 10am–3pm; Dining room closes at 9pm in winter
    Barefoot Bar: M–F 3–10:30pm, Sa 11:30am–11pm, Su 10am–11pm

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Duke's Malibu Review

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Patrons in search of an island vacation without the jet lag should make their way to Duke's Malibu, where an amazing ocean view, exotic cocktails, and a laid-back atmosphere make for a relaxing getaway.

Patrons in search of an island vacation without the jet lag should make their way to Duke’s Malibu, where an amazing ocean view, exotic cocktails, and a laid-back atmosphere make for a relaxing getaway.

Named for Duke Kahanamoku, the Hawaiian father of international surfing, this bamboo beach venue with its sand-and-surfboard décor draws mellow Malibu locals and suntanned surfers looking to linger over drinks and good food.

Large windows in the main dining room offer panoramic views for the groups of chatty young professionals enjoying seafood and Hawaiian specialties, while the adjacent Barefoot Bar provides a hotter scene where attractive twenty-somethings gather at the U-shaped bar or pack the tables to indulge in Happy Hour mai-tais and tacos.

Although a couple of flat-screen TVs are tuned to sports, the sociable patrons are more interested in watching each other, creating a flirtatious vibe helped along on Fridays by curvy hula dancers.

Couples and daters can slip out to the veranda, where intimate tables, tiki statues, and grass umbrellas rippling in the sea breeze create a romantic atmosphere perfect for sharing piña coladas and quiet conversation.

Although Duke’s Malibu closes fairly early, it’s definitely the wave to catch for anyone in the mood for a Big Island experience just off Highway One.

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Tip from Emma:

Rather than waste $4 plus tip on valet, park across the street on Las Flores Canyon Drive and walk to the outdoor seating of Barefoot Bar.

  • Crowd

    Easygoing locals, young professionals, surfers, groups of girlfriends, and tourists, late 20s to early 40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Ambient music. Barefoot Bar features Hawaiian dancers 5–7pm Fridays, and TVs tuned to sports. Seasonal events include beach- and surf-themed movie screenings and the Miss Malibu fundraiser. Check the website for dates and times.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch menus feature seafood and Hawaiian dishes including huli huli chicken, fisherman’s chowder, and Kona spiced rib-eye. Taco Tuesday Happy Hour 4pm–close. Wednesday Wine Night features 50% off select wines and free corkage with two dining room entrées. Duke’s Aloha Hour at Barefoot Bar M–F 4–6pm and Th 4pm–close. Sunday brunch buffet 10am–3pm.

  • Prices

    Appetizers $2.95–$11.95, soups/salads $5.75–$14.95, sandwiches $9.25–$12.95, entrées $8.95–$29.95. Beer $5–$6, wine $6–$16/glass or $22/bottle, cocktails $7–$7.50. Valet $4.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Anything goes: sandals, summer dresses, beachwear, slacks, Hawaiian shirts. Nights tend to be dressier, yet still casual: closed-toed shoes, jeans, blouses.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Monday nights for a laid-back local scene, Taco Tuesdays for a young and energetic crowd, or both night and day on weekends for a Malibu party experience.

  • Close By

    Moonshadows (20356 Pacific Coast Highway) is open later on weekends and features cool international DJs and incredible ocean views.

Duke's Malibu User Reviews

Average rating:
Perfect place to grab some food by the beach!
Jennifer D. Jun 3, 2013
Nestled right off PCH, Duke's is the perfect spot to stumble into after a day at the beach. I went there on a date, and Duke's offers the perfect relaxed, casual environment. Whether you're in flip flops or heels you'll feel comfortable. I recommend sitting outside on the patio, which offers beautiful views of the ocean and if you go around happy hour, the sunset. The food is reasonably priced for seafood dishes and the fish tacos are absolutely delicious! Overall, it's a great restaurant with a laid back vacation vibe in a beautiful location and the perfect place to have a bite to eat and a few drinks by the beach.
You Simply CANNOT Go Wrong!
Nicole D. Apr 27, 2013
After a nice day of driving up and down the PCH, taking in views, gawking at the natural beauty that Malibu has to offer, Duke's is the perfect spot to settle for the evening and watch the sun set by the shore. I stumbled in here on a Tuesday afternoon and headed to the Barefoot Bar. This is what I imagine when I walk into a seaside spot; warm exposed woodwork, a large 3 sided bar with a wall of windows to take in the views, and an outdoor seating deck for breathing in the ocean air. The Barefoot Bar uses open seating unless you stop in on a busy weekend where reservations may be needed, and the staff was exceptional and friendly. Right off the bat when deciding what cocktail to order we were recommended their "One of the Top 10 Best Mai Tai's in the World" which was nothing short of this description, adorned with a giant slice of fresh pineapple for munching before the meal came. I ordered their fresh catch of the day and took a risk in doing so. Originally being from the East Coast the fish that are served in LA are different, but Duke's white fish surely did not disappoint. The meals were perfectly portioned and when we decided to order a dessert, my oh my was it decadent. Overall an amazing experience and I would highly recommend to anyone. After our meal we had asked if we could move outdoors for the sunset and we were encouraged to do so. The views were breathtaking around sunset, with seagulls skimming the surface of the water as waves crashed against rocks with the tide rolling in, and the prices (especially if you can catch one of their specials) are exceptionally reasonable. I would dine here every night if I could!
Give it a try !
Amber K. Mar 26, 2013
I went here during my first quarter of freshman year at UCLA and I thought the restaurant was exceptional. I'm a huge fan of Mexican food and this place had delicious food options. Also, I'm vegetarian and I was very pleased with the variety of vegetarian options. I've visited this place about four or five times and the service is always decent. Price wise, its reasonable. This place is a great place to go to for a dinner date. It's got a nice theme to it. If you need a break from dorm food, go here and check it out. The food has a unique taste to it. I would definitely revisit this place again.
Revisit to Dukes
Cammy M. Mar 26, 2013
I only had few days to visit a friend of mine who lives in Redondo Beach. He took me around Redondo, Manhattan, and Hermosa beach. All great places but he was set on taking me to Dukes. The drive in Malibu was an experience in itself, if you do not live in the LA area. Very scenic as the location is on the water. We sat on the deck outside, had a couple drinks, ate some appetizers and took our time just hanging out and being near the water. The food and drinks were a decent price, I loved how laid back and friendly everyone was. A place that I plan on revisiting.
Tacos, Tidal Waves, and Tabasco Sauce!
Dhruv D. Jan 3, 2013
Placed right next to the gorgeous beaches of Malibu, Duke's restaurant offers dinners a youthful atmosphere, oceanside cuisine, and an interesting deal every day of the week. As a Pepperdine University student, I visit Duke's Malibu every Tuesday for the amazing $2 Taco Deal. With an option of battered, grilled, cajun-spiced, or plain, the Taco Tuesday deal shows off Duke's commitment to options and the dining experience for the customer. The sunset at Duke's is absolutely beautiful; the sun sets over the beautiful tidal waves. The servers are friendly, however, not always attentive. I have found that they tend to ignore the younger customer more frequently than other customers. In addition, they tend to expect large tips for mediocre service! Beyond the deals, the regular menu that Duke's has is full of flavorful and tropical seafood and Island cuisine. The Mango BBQ Burger is a particular favorite of mine; a Hawaiian spin on a BBQ Cheeseburger, it's sweet, savory, and delicious. Dukes' speciality is it's seafood; I would highly recommend the fish and chips or the mahi-mahi. Sometimes, I'll go for Taco Tuesday and end up getting Tacos AND the Fish and Chips!! However, the best thing to eat at Duke's would hands down be the sinfully amazing Kimo's Original Hula Pie. An oreo cookie crust covered with ice cream, macadamia nuts, fudge, and whipped cream, it's a festival for your taste buds and a disaster for your diet. I can't help getting it every time I go to Duke's; it's one of the best desserts created! All in all, the food at Duke's is fantastic. The average service is countered by the gorgeous location, and the food more than makes up for any qualms. I would highly recommend going to Duke's on a day OTHER than Taco Tuesday simply because it's incredibly crowded with loud college students (like me!) on Tuesdays, and it won't give you the opportunity to appreciate the scenery!
Dukes=Romance
Julieta N. Dec 5, 2012
If you are looking for a night out with your love, Dukes is the place. You get greeted with Valet service as soon as you drive in. The restaurant is located right on the beautiful Malibu coast overlooking gorgeous ocean views. You can begin your night at the bar with a tropical cocktail and friendly service. The menu is full of light appetizers and fresh seafood main courses. Make sure you leave plenty of time to enjoy your dinner because service is a bit slow but fitting to a relaxed occasion. The desserts are just as decadents as the main courses but if you don't have a sweet tooth you can always end the night staring at the beautiful sunset. Try Dukes for a special occasion night!
Yummy food and Great View
Steph H. Dec 3, 2012
Duke's Malibu is a great restaurant right on the water. If you want to grab some great eats and watch the waves come in, this is your place. Duke's Malibu is not just a great lunch and dinner spot, the Sunday brunch buffet is unbelievable. The menu has a number of options ranging in price from a great fish taco to a stellar grilled fish option.
pacific paradise
Brittney B. Dec 3, 2012
Duke's is undoubtedly one of my favorite places to spend my Sunday afternoons gorging on their excellent spread and enjoying the scenic view of the Pacific. There are 3 major reasons why I choose to go to Duke's on any given chance for their Sunday Brunch. 1) Absolutely love the drive on the PCH to get to Duke's. If you have not driven on the PCH then you have missed out on something special 2) They have an excellent spread for the ones who love sea food. 3) View of the Pacific is absolutely fantastic.
One of my favorites!
Allison S. Dec 3, 2012
This particular Duke's is one of my favorites. It sits directly on the water and when the sun is setting there is nothing better! I really like their food, especially the seafood on their dinner menu. There is also a bar if you are going for a more social scene instead of just dinner. It is pretty far down PCH so if you're not already in Malibu then make sure you have lots of time especially when there is traffic on those windy roads it can take forever to get there. Overall I would say go if you have the time and enjoy an ocean scenery as you eat.
Pretty Touristy
Georgina S. Dec 2, 2012
Duke's is pretty touristy. Those kind of places always make me feel a little cheap, but because everything seems a little over the top. Like they're trying a bit too hard to get that "Malibu Surfer" feel. But oh well, the food is pretty good, and of course the seafood is high quality. As a seafood aficionado, this is what I appreciate in a restaurant. The beach views are worth checking out, especially if you are a tourist. Obviously the crowd is pretty casual, and dress is laid back. Come in sandals in a t-shirt and you should be fine. Malibu is a hassle to get to, unless you're from Malibu. If you're going to make the long drive all the way to Malibu, there are more upscale, better seafood restaurants that are more worth the drive.
Love!
Eleni S. Dec 2, 2012
I think Dukes has outstanding food! Not to mention the view from the restaurant is amazing! I always order the Hula Pie, it is to die for. It is filled with ice cream, oreo cookies, and hot fudge. Every time i go to Dukes, I feel as though I am in Hawaii. The atmosphere in dukes is fabulous. It is a great place to with your family and friends. However, I have to agree with my sister below about how difficult the location is to get to. However, if you plan accordingly and don't go on a Friday night during rush hour, then you should be fine. Oh and the fish at Dukes is amazing...and so is the steak.
Difficult to get to
Tina S. Dec 1, 2012
I have to agree with the below posts about Dukes - the location is difficult to get to and honestly makes it less appealing to go to. Though the summer and beach atmosphere creates a great vibe once you have arrived, it is the struggle of beating traffic due to Dukes location that makes it inconvenient. However, despite the location issue, I love Duke's. The food is good, though nothing spectacular, but the views of the beach from the restaurant are to die for. I recommend getting the Hula Pie after your meal. It is a Oreo cookie with macadamia nut ice cream, and hot fudge put into one pie... yum! It's one of my favorite desserts and it can easily be split amongst a party. Overall, Duke's is a very popular restaurant, I would recommend going there for the fabulous view, but makes sure you plan accordingly with the LA traffic.
Great time
Rachel S. Nov 30, 2012
Every time you go to Duke's you expect a great meal and a great vibe. The views are gorgeous and are very romantic, especially and sundown. I love coming here during the summer and getting a drink. Malibu is known for its stunning views of the beaches and Duke's is right at the center of it. I recommend coming here for a date because they have great alcohol. Their food is good but it is not my favorite in malibu. I have grown up going to Duke's and I have even been to the one in Hawaii. You must go, especially if you are visiting!!
GOOD RESTAURANT, BAD LOCATION
Allie H. Nov 14, 2012
I love the atmosphere of this restaurant! It is right on the beach and almost all the seating has a view of the ocean! Their outdoor deck is so cute and they have an area where it is similar to a sports bar while still maintaining the view. But it is impossible to get to this place on time. You need to leave yourself at least an hour or even more. Unfortunately, the only way to by taking PCH which always sucks!. The service is pretty decent but the food is lacking some element. I think they need more options/ there food is very heavy. BUT they have the best maitai's ever! Overall i would say its in a poor location, decent to poor food, good selection of alcohol!
Bad experience
Tomie S. Nov 12, 2012
After suffering an hour's worth of traffic just to get to the restaurant, I was greeted by terrible service. We didn't even end up eating there because the employees were so rude to us. So, in my case, I can't review the food... still scared to go back and try again. However, I do recommend making a reservation if you choose to go on the weekend because there was over an hour wait.
Great Scenery and Food
Monique L. Oct 23, 2012
So Good! The food here is amazing and so are the views! I went here for a friend’s birthday dinner and ordered the fish and chips. The fish is freshly breaded and undeniably delicious. Duke’s Malibu is located right on the beach so it made for such a relaxing dinner listening to the waves. To top it off, we sat right next to the window during sunset. Perfection!
You Can't Go Wrong at Duke's
Arpineh A. Oct 22, 2012
I've been to Duke's several times and you honestly cannot go wrong. A) The view is absolutely breathtaking B) You have a choice to sit outside with the sand under your feet, or inside to have the dining feel C) The FOOD, The FOOD & The FOOD...Delicious! From a simple cocktail to open up your appetite just a little more, to appetizers to lead to you to mouthwatering entrees. Everything on the menu is so good that you leave wanting to come back.
Ugh
Brehan F. Oct 5, 2012
I end up in Malibu from time to time, and it's always hard to find a reasonably priced restaurant in this community. So when in doubt, I head to Duke's. It's so mediocre, but people are obsessed with it. The food is nothing special, and it's a sad scene of the much older hitting on the much younger - in a way that only Malibu can pull off. The view is amazing - there is no debating that - but I always leave Duke's wishing there was a better place to get dinner in Malibu. Skip the valet and if you are daring, park along the PCH and bolt across the street. Good luck finding food you'll love at Duke's though! I would give this one star, but the views are so breathtaking, that alone deserves a second star.
Taco Tuesday and amazing views
Brent L. Oct 5, 2012
Duke’s is fun. Great view. As a student at Pepperdine I’ve spent many a Taco Tuesday here. Park along the street so you don’t have to deal with valet. Also, skip the restaurant and just go to Barefoot Bar to the left of it. The views are just as good, the bar menu is good enough, and there is an outdoor eating area as well. It’s a popular place to watch the game. It’s also a fun place to watch Malibu locals, tourists, and Pepperdine kids interact under the same roof. There are a ton of fruity cocktails if that’s your thing. The beer list is nothing special, but they have a good variety on draft so you should be able to find something that suits you. Their fish tacos always hit the spot for me. Great spot to take a casual break after some sun at the beach.
Meh.
Stacy F. Oct 5, 2012
Meh. It’s a chain and not even a good one. I think the one thing it has going for it is the gorgeous ocean view. You just have to be lucky enough to get seated near the glass windows. I’ve never been that lucky and I’ve been a few times. It’s one thing if you’re at the Duke’s in Hawaii, drinking a mai tai on the beach, but the ambience here (aside from aforementioned window seating) is just like a tropical Cheesecake factory. The food is blah and chain-y. I will say, I do love Duke’s Lava Flow. It’s really just a pina colada with a splash of grenadine. But it sure does make you feel like you’re in Waikiki. If you want a great restaurant with an ocean view in The ‘Bu, go to Geoffrey’s (a little pricey). Or if you can forego the ocean view (although still very close to it), and just want a great restaurant (that’s not pricey) go to The Reel Inn. Amazing fresh seafood and cold beer. Perfect for a day after the beach.
Beautiful and relaxing
Matt Y. Oct 5, 2012
While this place is a little pricy for what you get in terms of food in my opinion, the atmosphere is wonderful. Nestled on the pacific ocean, this beautiful place allows a couple to get out of the city for a little while and rest and relax with one another.
A Locale That is Hard to Beat
Nick G. Oct 4, 2012
Duke's Malibu is situated in one of the best spots in United States - smack on the beach of the Pacific Ocean. Ocean view and ocean sounds make it worth stopping by. I have never been particularly impressed by the food (although Taco Tuesday is worth hitting up) I highly recommend hanging at the Barefoot Bar and having a Mai Tai or a Deep Sea Gimlet. This is a great, casual place to make an escape from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles or if you are stuck in traffic on PCH, pull in, relax, have a drink and watch the sunset.
The Pacific & A Bloody Mary
Beth D. Sep 18, 2012
There are a lot of bonuses that go along with a trip to Duke's Malibu; the unbeatable views of the Pacific; the Hawaiian vibe that almost makes you forget that you are on the main land and the Sunday brunch that is a truly lovely way to spend a morning. I find that it is the perfect place to bring out of town guests; my parents now insist on at least one outing every time they visit. I just recently brought a girlfriend, in from Chicago, to Duke's and we had a blast. She liked the food - what's not to like about a well done brunch buffet - but she loved the relaxed peace that the ocean view provided. I enjoy a good ocean view too especially when there is a very tasty Bloody Mary in my hand. Duke's is a total package: good food, warm & friendly staff and amazing scenery. You really can't wrong spending a Sunday morning / early afternoon there.
LA Getaway, Duke's in Malibu
Kat M. Sep 6, 2012
Ahh, Malibu. It's my sanctuary from the busy city life. Duke's the perfect place to stop for lunch on your way to the beach, or dinner after an evening surf session. Overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean, the restaurant welcomes everyone, families, couples, locals, tourists, young and old. Duke's carries a very Hawaiian style, beachy vibe. Friendly employees wear the traditional Aloha (Floral) shirts and some items offer macadamia nuts, tropical fruit and coconut which are typically found in island style restaurants, which makes you feel as if you really are on an island. It has excellent seafood dishes but also provides plenty of other options such as soups, salads, steaks and burgers in case you're in the mood for something else. The crab and cheese wontons are a great choice for an appetizer and my go to plate is the house special of fish for the day. Last time I was here I ordered the Parmesan and Herb Crusted Mahi-Mahi. It was cooked perfectly, every flavorful bite melts in your mouth. Their famous Mango BBQ burger, which I have yet to try is apparently a popular item on the menu. The outdoor Barefoot Bar allows you to kick off your shoes and place your feet in the sand while ordering drinks and several of the best items found on the dining menu. Happy Hour prices are great and they have different specials for each day of the week. There is also gluten free menu in case you have food allergies. For dessert, please get the Hula Pie. It is a mountain full of heaven, made up of macadamia ice cream, crumbled oreo cookies and chocolate syrup. My date and I devoured every last bite of this, and it's a huge portion, but it's an absolute must to try. If you are looking to have a nice casual dinner, Duke's is the place. It never gets too crowded like Paradise Cove and is not as pricey and upscale as Geoffrey's in Malibu. Valet is around 5 dollars, but you can also park along the PCH nearby.
Taco Tuesdays!
Paul F. Aug 24, 2012
I don't get out to Malibu that often, but on the rare occasion I do, I try to make it out to Duke's for their fish tacos. The place itself is enormous, the parking lot alone must fit over a hundred cars. Inside, the massive restaurant and bar butts up against the ocean with views of the water throughout all the back windows. To the right is the massive seating area, and to the left is the bar, more seating, and the exit to their patio - with more seating and open ocean views. I typically sit at the bar for their Tuesday beer and taco specials. The crowd is a mix of beach bums, tourists, and grizzled old locals and surfers looking for cheap eats in a no frills environment.
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