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Duke's Canoe Club Restaurant in Waikiki - A Dining Review
Posted by Ali'i Beach Rentals | Tuesday, July 24, 2012


 

 Last Friday night I took my family to Duke's Canoe Club Waikiki for Dinner. I wanted to share our experience with all of you. We had a 7pm reservation which was a good thing because there would have been an hour wait if we hadn't reserved in advance. The table wasn't quite ready for us when we arrived, so the hostess gave us a pager and informed us that we would be buzzed when we could be sat. We had asked for a nice table on the railing, so I guess that can take a little longer. We were greeted with a warm "Aloha" by the Auntie and Uncle that run the flower lei stand as we walked through the restaurant lobby.

We decided to head out to the beach in front of the restaurant while we waited. It was a beautiful evening and the sunset was breathtaking. We live in Waikiki yet the sunsets here never cease to amaze me! There was a Hawaiian Warrior set up on the beach that was taking pictures with the tourists for a modest donation to his tip bucket. We figured we were playing tourists for the evening, so my son and I posed for a photo as you can see below. We then proceeded to the Barefoot Bar to enjoy a Mai Tai while we waited.

 


After about 15 minutes our pager went off, we went back up to the hostess stand, and they sat us in the dining room. Our table was right on the railing by the pool. As you can see below the ambiance was top notch and the view wasn't half bad either. I gotta say... these folks do a very nice job of creating a relaxing environment that makes you feel like the worries of life were swept away by the island trade winds. My family and I felt right at home. We ordered the Poke Rolls for an appetizer and Duke's Blonde Ale for drinks. I believe Kona Brewing Company made this Blonde Ale brew specifically for Duke's Canoe Club. If you like sushi or seared Ahi you will LOVE the Poke Rolls appetizer! Andrew Crocker, the restaurant manager made it a point to stop by our table to make sure we were enjoying ourselves. We assured him everything was great!

 

For our main course my wife ordered the Kushiyaki which is steak and teriyaki chicken brochettes and I ordered the prime rib with mash potatoes and garlic mushrooms. Duke's famous salad bar comes with each entree, so we helped ourselves. The salad bar is complete with prepared salads, some breads, and about the best Cesar salad you can get in the islands. This is what the salad bar looks like.


 My prime rib was cooked to a perfect medium just how I like it. My wife's chicken however was a bit burnt on one side. She wasn't too worried about it though because she already had dessert on the mind. Really one specific dessert... Duke's famous Hula Pie. For those of you who haven't had the pleasure, the Hula Pie consists of an Oreo Cookie crust, vanilla macadamia nut ice cream, hot fudge, whip cream, and more mac nuts sprinkled on top. Very sinful!!


As we devoured the Hula Pie the roving 3 woman band came to our table to sing us a beautiful Hawaiian melody which topped off the night just right. It was a night to remember.

It's official... Duke's Restaurant has our seal of approval and all of us here at Ali'i Beach Rentals recommend you make it a part of your dream Waikiki vacation. You will not be disappointed!

Restaurant Location: 2335 Kalakaua Avenue #116, Honolulu, HI
Price range: $20-$30 per entree
Call for reservations: 808 922-2268

Review Written by
Kai Jack, RA

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