Malibu is my favorite city along the PCH to visit, especially Zuma Beach for sunbathing, taking a walk along the ocean or playing a game of volleyball.
But something I love more are the restaurants. Whenever I have a chance, I try and stop at Duke’s Malibu for some good seafood. The restaurant was named after Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, who grew up in Waikiki and at the age of 21 won his first Olympic gold medal in swimming. A bronze statue stands outside the restaurant in honor of his memory.
The atmosphere inside Duke’s is very casual, relaxing and laid back. The staff is also very friendly and knowledgeable.
I am a huge fan of Mules, so I ordered myself a Hawaiian Mule ($11), which has Pau Maui Vodka, ginger beer, pineapple juice and fresh lime. It tasted so good and refreshing that I ordered 2 of them!
For an appetizer I ordered the Crab Cakes ($17), which has lump crab, Old Bay Seasoning, preserved lemon and Yuzu aioli. It tastes so fresh and the aioli really brings out a lot of flavor in the dish!
Usually for the main course I will have the Miso Grilled King Salmon ($27) or the Fish Tacos ($14), but because I had a huge lunch earlier that day, I settled for the Kale & Grapefruit salad ($9), which also has avocado, candied macadamia nuts and ginger vinaigrette. The candied macadamia nuts were probably my favorite and it tasted very healthy, light and well-balanced!
My friend Payal was also with me and she ordered the Vegetarian Red Curry ($19.50), which has coconut lime broth, tofu, local vegetables, jasmine rice and asian herbs. I tried a bit minus the tofu (I cannot stand tofu!) and OMG, it tasted to good. Not too spicy either and very well-blended.
If you go to Duke’s you absolutely need to order the Kimo’s Original Hula Pie ($10) for dessert, it is to die for! It has chocolate cookie crust, macadamia nut ice cream, hot fudge, toasted mac nuts and whipped cream. It is by far the best ice cream pie I have ever had!
The best part about dining at Duke’s is the unbelievable view of the Pacific Ocean. Just an endless scene of clear blue and you can see many sea birds flying above.
Address: 21150 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265
Hours: Summer Hours
(Memorial Day – Labor Day)
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Monday – Saturday: 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Monday – Friday : 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday: 4:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Sunday: 3 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Barefoot Bar (Kitchen)
Monday – Friday: 3 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: 10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. | Breakfast – 10 a.m. – noon
Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday – Saturday: 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Monday – Friday 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday 3 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Barefoot Bar (Kitchen)
Monday – Friday: 3 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. | Breakfast – 10 a.m. – noon
Price range: $8 for Maui Onion Soup to $49 for Steamed Alaskan King Crab Legs or Roasted Tristan Da Cunha Lobster Tails. To view the full menu, click here.
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