Don The Beachcomber Review - Tiki is alive in Huntington Beach

Don the Beachcomber, a restaurant with a long and storied history has been brought back to life in a stunning way, giving guests the setting that was behind the original restaurant that came from the mind of Don Beach in the 1930's.

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“This restaurant is not real, it is a fantasy, and when you walk in it becomes your fantasy” owner Art Snyder said.

The stunning island atmosphere

That statement describes Don the Beachcomber perfectly, a restaurant that takes you to any exotic setting that you desire.  Not only is the interior the perfect environment in keeping with the tiki environment, but the staff and mood also provide the family atmosphere that Don Beach originally intended for his restaurant. Art relayed that Don felt that once you came into his restaurant you were his friend and everyone in the restaurant were friends and that is what he wanted, a place to enjoy the good times with friends. Art and his wife Delia have been able to foster the same type of atmosphere.

Don the Beachcomber has also put together a menu that would have made Don Beach proud with all the flavors and taste that will keep customers coming back. If you come for one thing only it would have to be the crab cake. Delia really puts her heart into this as she picks up live crab herself and then takes is apart making sure there are plenty of large chunks of crab so you really get a healthy dose of crab.

The place to enjoy and original rum drink

The menu goes in every direction so no matter what you like, you will find it here. A favorite has to be the sticky ribs, you only need a touch from your fork to have these tender ribs fall apart on your plate. Fish is done often and done very well on this menu with a wide assortment of choices including mahi-mahi, seared ahi, pan seared jumbo scallops and a fresh wild king salmon dish that is prepared with a nice twist as it is pan roasted with a carmalized sweet and sour sauce, unlike any salmon you will have ever tried before. Those are just a few of the choices and Don the Beachcomber always tries to make each dish in an original fashion.

If you are going to experience Don the Beachcomber for the first time I would suggest going on a Sunday so that you can enjoy the Sunday brunch and Polynesian show. The show itself would be enough to get you to come back as you are taken through all of the island ritual dances while you enjoy some amazing music and singing that really puts you in the island mood. The food is going bring you just as much enjoyment as you are offered a number of great selections including eggs benedict that is served with the lump crab meat and the other must-taste item is the Kahlua pork. This pork is slow roasted and hand pulled in banana leaves and Art and Delia make sure they are only serving the highest quality pork, giving you a tender and sweet that is loaded with flavor. Of course you are served champagne with your brunch if you like and you also have a tasty selection of fruits, salads and desserts.  The afternoon is more of an event than it is a brunch.

Fresh fruit at the Sunday brunch

As impressive as the menu is, Don the Beachcomber is as much about the drinks made famous by Don Beach as it is about the food. Don patented over 80 drinks in his lifetime and the menu is filled with his amazing rum concoctions, including the world-famous zombie. If you are enjoying a day at the beach, the Dagger Bar is the perfect place to come in out of the sun, enjoy a great drink and make some friends.

Kahlua Pork

Don the Beachcomber has a wide variety of rooms that are perfect for any occasion and this restaurant is so stunning and festive that it is also a popular spot for weddings.

Polynesian show

If you are still looking for something to do on New Year’s Eve, Don the Beachcomber is holding it’s second annual “Jungle Jetsetter’s New Year’s Eve Ball!” The night will feature music from the Tikiyaki Orchestra and the Eliminators and you can enjoy the entertainment for $25 or you can make it the evening more special with the $75 package that includes: VIP seating, a three-course dinner, the show and a champagne toast.

The only way to dine

You will not only find the history of Don the Beachcomber in the name, but you will find it on the walls, in the food, in the drinks and in the personality of the owners and in the restaurant itself. If you are looking to visit the islands without taking a trip, Don the Beachcomber is the place to visit.

For more information on Don the Beachcomber, visit: or call (562) 592-1321 to make reservations.

To purchase tickets for the New Year’s Eve Ball, visit:


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