Duke’s restaurant is an institution in Huntington Beach, named in honor of Duke Kahanamoku, the father of international surfing. The décor of this beachfront dining establishment is tasteful Hawaiian with high ceilings, lots of wood, indoor plants everywhere and surfboards instead of artwork on the walls. An outrigger canoe hangs from the rafters. However, the single most dramatic element is the wall of windows facing the ocean. Besides the three dining areas, there is a straw-roofed tiki bar with indoor and outdoor seating adjacent to the pier. This is the place to take out-of-towners for a taste of life in Surf City, but locals have also been coming here for years to enjoy the tasty Hawaiian fusion cuisine, currently prepared by chef Matt Perez.
Crispy, warm sourdough rolls ward off hunger while you make your selections from the predominantly fish and seafood menu. Chunks of very good flash-seared tuna appear in the poke rolls, wrapped in wonton skins and served on a mustardy, lemon beurre blanc sauce, a felicitous combination.