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Duke’s Canoe Club Waikiki- a Waikiki tradition
Eating at Duke’s Canoe Club is as synonymous with Waikiki as the beach is. Waikiki is also home to a number of eating establishments carrying the name Duke or Dukes. Duke Kahanamoku was legendary on the island, having first been an Olympian and later a founder of the Waikiki Beach Boys, a club developed to assist tourists to surf and canoe, which still exists today. From the main bronze statue right in the heart of Waikiki, o the restaurants, you’ll come across many things emblazoned with the Duke’s name.
Having dined at the Barefoot Bar earlier in the week, we found ourselves at the 8.45pm dinner sitting at Duke’s Canoe Club, which is literally under the same roof (and next door) to the bar, run by the Outrigger Waikiki. It would pay to reserve a table well ahead of your planned dinner as the tables outside overlooking the beach go very quickly. As do the earlier reservation times. But, we were on holiday, so sitting down to eat at 8.45pm after a full day suited us just fine. At night the beach area in front of the Canoe Club makes way for diners, with the banana lounges making way for dining tables, and table service.
There’s a great selection on offer for dinner, and it’s hard to go past the market fish of the day, knowing it had been caught offshore in the beautiful crystal waters. There is an enormous salad bar which you can also add to your meal, allowing you to freshen up any of the heavy American food you may have been eating. For us, it was just a chance to eat some salad. Vegetables are not a key inclusion of most of the food we’d been eating.
My husband settled for the fish of the day. Opah, a soft white fish, lightly dusted in parmesan cheese & bread crumbs, topped with lemon and caper butter and with a macadamia and herb crust. I, on the other hand, couldn’t go past the Huli Huli chicken, an Hawaiian favourite. And, as I said, the salad bar looked too good to pass up so we shared a good sized plate of that too.
The prices were more than reasonable for us, but if you are looking to save money, the Barefoot Bar next door offers part of the same menu at lower prices, and you can still access the Canoe Club’s salad bar. Reservations are not possible at the Barefoot Bar either.
Service was ok without being fantastic, and we were delighted to be serenaded by a local musical trio, as we enjoyed our glass of wine.
A great evening, made even better by once again dining by the ocean in tremendous weather.
Here’s a list of all the other places we’ve eaten in O’ahu.
Kerri now travels regularly with her husband, Stirling, where eating great food, drinking quality beer and wine, and cooking international foods are integral to their adventures.