16278 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach, CA | Directions 9264933.725100 -118.079033
Mon-Wed 11:30 am - 12 am
Thu-Sat 11:30 am - 2 am
Sun 11 am - 2 am
Best sticky ribs in town! – I am here now at don's restaurant. Just had the best ribs in town. Was passing home to Irvine from Long Beach meetings. Saw this place on urbanspoon phone app. so much fun here. friendly people, great atmosphere. defiantly coming back!
STEER CLEAR!!!!!! – We had our wedding here on august 20th. They did a great job on the food, the venue was nice. That is where the nice part ends. We were told we could pick up our wedding cake at any time, they instead threw it away. They don't regulate the regular patrons of the establishment, we had wedding crasher signatures all over our guest book, and gifts missing due to that. Drunk people roaming all over our party,taking advantage of the free bar, etc. Dont book your party here, I spoke with,the owner who continually giggled about the situation while I was crying. He offered to make me a new cake. Seriously!? My best friend from high school made this cutting cake, you can't just replace. That was the only remedy he offered for all these terrible things. Shame on you dons. You can't just say you aren't responsible for peoples gifts, etc when they pay you $5k, and every other time I have been to this establishment they have someone regulating the door.
Had we been given a specific time frame (we showed up less than 48 hours later) we would have set something up to make sure our cake had not been tossed. Andre, the coordinator, said nothing directly to me of this situation. So i will not remember this any other way than that the owners of Dons were (literally) laughing in my face as i was terribly upset and crying about the occurence.
We personally asked the uninvited guests to leave. When Andre left, it was difficult to find the new attendee in charge to even just dim the lights let alone take time away seek her out for more.
I never would have been into their bar, after our event, with my mother (who paid the large bill-and mind you we were paying customers again at this point) had i known how many gifts i was going to need to account for later. Shame on them for continually playing the blame game here and not taking any of this on themselves.
I will be contacting BBB, and every wedding referral site possible to make this right since they have chosen only to offer 'a new cake'. Steer clear!!!!!.
Great Atmosphere! – My girlfriend and I have been several times in the last few months, (Mar. - May 2010). We go for the surf music and drinks. They have some of the best surf music around, if your a fan it's great! The drinks are well made and the wait staff is on the ball. It has always been a good experiance.
Fun and plenty of food – My family and I went to the Sunday Brunch for my sons 23rd birthday. After reading the unfavorable reviews I was I was skeptical of spending that much money. I was very pleasantly surprised with the deco ,food, entertainment and service. The bad reviews I read must have been from the previous establishment. Our waitress was very attentive and polite, our glasses were never empty. They had a very wide variety of breakfast and lunch food. The Moco Loco was the best and the carrot cake was to die for. The entertainment was high energy from the start. The only complaint I have is a large party sitting in the front decided to get up and say their goodbyes while the dancers were still performing. I guess some people where never taught manners. I would highly recommend this restaurant to everyone. It truly makes you feel like you are in Hawaii.
Don the Beachcomber on a path to success!! – The owner of Don the Beachcomber is making serious changes to what used to be KONA. The owner in my opinion has the vision for Beachcomber that Don had back in 1937. His intention is to stay true to the ways of the past that made the place famous in the first place. I wish them luck and I think other fans of Tiki should check it out.
Go for the Brunch! Felt like we were actually IN HAWAII !! – ADDENDUM - THIS REVIEW WAS FOR THE PREVIOUS RESTAURANT KONA
This place is awesome! the "bad reviews" must be old because I went yesterday with my friend for the "Island Sunday Brunch Buffet" and found it completely charming. The decor alone is worth the visit! It had a fun vintage Tiki party atmosphere w/ waterfalls and all you would expect in Hawaii. They had live authentic Polynesian musicians, dancers and Hula girls and they were good! Lunch AND a show?! C'mon that's a deal! Let's get to the food. I loved it. AND THERE WAS A LOT. We tried a little of everything. Sticky BBQ ribs, pulled pork, Peel and eat shrimp and snow crab legs, cheese tray w/Brie etc, lots of fresh fruit including kiwi! (mmm), an omelet station, ginger rum glazed ham, Chicken satay w/ peanut sauce (mmm), macadamia nut pancakes and all your standard Brunch dishes, Bacon, French toast, cereal stuff for the kids etc... The staff was more than friendly and helpful. We had some mai tai's in the bar after and the bartender informed us they are under new management and they will be changing the name to KONA in few weeks. I ABSOLUTELY RECOMMEND IT! I will for sure be back.
Great Food, better value than ever, good wine list. New owners since January '08! – What a difference a new owner makes! We went to Sam's shortly after they "re-opened" last summer. Too much for too little! We learned from local friends of ours that another new owner took it over in late January. He must have been listening. My wife and I decided to give it one more try and we are very glad we did. She tried the Salmon, now at $16.00, and it was at least 8 oz. I tried the Flank Steak. Both were prepared perfectly. I can't say if I've ever tried flank steak but this was very flavorful and tender. Definitly something to come back for. They are now serving Hawaiian sweet bread and butter with all the entrees. My waitress was so pleasant and informative. She informed us that the new owner will be changing the name to Kona because Sam's reputation is a bit tarnished from previous ownerships. They almost doubled the wine list and even added my favorite wine by the glass. The restaurant seems to be a great value, and kid friendly too. Something you don't see enough of on PCH.
Just Okay – It was pretty expensive for the portions they served. We had the ahi poke tacos and potato fries which were really good, but the fish entrees were overpriced for a 5-6 oz portion. Very disappointing that they didnt have any bread to start the meal. Soup and salad were ok. I'd go back for the appetizers only.
HIGH PRICE low quality – My wife and I ate at Sam's last night, because we've read in our local paper how great it was supposed to be. We walked in and the ambience was great. There's a tropical/hawaiian feel to the place. The candle-lit dining room with flowing jungle fountains sets high expectations of a wonderfully rich dining experience.
That was as good as it got.
I ordered the Salmon dish that cost $18. It was one of the least expensive entres on the menu, which surprised me, because other reviews that I read said that it was a "moderately priced" restaurant. For Sunset Beach standards, that's very high unless your portions are Claim-Jumper-Sized and/or the food makes your taste buds sing.
Unfortunately, that was not the case.
We waited for what seemed like a long time. I had to ask the waiter if there was any bread or snacks that come complimentary while we wait for our food. The answer was "we'll probably have bread to offer by November." Now, I forgot to mention that we were STARVING. I was really counting on eating some bread and butter to calm my hunger a bit while we waited. Instead, we quietly sipped our water.
Our dinners finally arrived on beautiful dinnerware. My salmon was what seemed to be a 5oz piece. Definitely less than what I expected to pay $18 for. Taking a bite into the salmon revealed that it was NOT FRESH. The salmon scored a 9 out of 10 on a frozen, thawed, steamed, and drizzled with sweet sauce to conceal fishy-ness scale. I've had fish this good microwaved in a plastic wrapper from Costco that cost less than $3. You can find that product in the frozen food section - get more for the money.
The bed of vegetables and mashed potatoes that my salmon sat on were very tasty. It came with 3 steamed pieces of Bok Choi and a scoop and a half of mashed potatoes. I enjoyed this very much, if only for a brief moment.
We left Sam's without any inquiry about our meal or experience from our waiter or hostess. Perhaps they already knew so they didn't ask.
utterly Dissapointing! – This is the first time I have written a review for anything online but I was compelled after the horrible experience my husband and I had at the "new and improved" Sam's. The food was awful, as was out waiter. First I asked our waiter what vegetarian options I had and he quickly said "none!". I then went through the menu with him and asked specifically about a couple appetizers and salads and he said "oh yeah". I asked if the salad was dinner size and he said "it's a pretty good size" so I ordered the Sam's salad and some mango and brie quesadillas which sounded awesome. Well the salad was barely even a side salad (like 4 forkfulls). The quessadillas were completely flat - if there was any cheese in them I couldnt taste it (my husband suggested they melted it down and spread on enough for a thin glue to hold it together). There was no mango to be found. I am guessing the little orange dots of sauce decorating the quessadillas was supposed to represent mango. I felt like i just ate a nicely decorated green tortilla shell. Needless to say I was still hungry at the end of the meal. When the server came by nervously to ask about the salad, I commented that it was smaller than I expected (based on what he told me!) and he said "oh yeah it's just a side salad! He then asked if I want to order more food and I declined. He quickly walked away without commenting or apologising. My husand got the Salmon, an $18 dollar menu item. It was visually very pretty but he said it was not fresh. He did like his small bed of veggies that the salmon was placed on. It was a very small portion placed on a very large dish and he was not satisfied. The server left us the bill but did not ask how we liked out meal. Neither did the young hostesses who waved at us as we left. We will never eat there again. On the plus side the ambience is nice and it may be a fun place for drinks and enjoying the music they have there most nights. Just come with a full stomach!
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