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
21150 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90265
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
Malibu, Los Angeles –
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.
Easygoing locals, young professionals, surfers, groups of girlfriends, and tourists, late 20s to early 40s.
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.
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.
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.
Anything goes: sandals, summer dresses, beachwear, slacks, Hawaiian shirts. Nights tend to be dressier, yet still casual: closed-toed shoes, jeans, blouses.
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.
Moonshadows (20356 Pacific Coast Highway) is open later on weekends and features cool international DJs and incredible ocean views.