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Reviewed July 28, 2005   »   32avenue.com   |   justin-cheung.com     

Duke's Malibu

21150 Pacific Coast Hwy. - Malibu, California
One of the "Big Three" restaurants along the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, and the furthest one away from LA - if Gladstone's is the casual one, Chart House is the elegant one, then Duke's is the casually elegant one. The restaurant is a clash in styles, from the front-entrance valet parking ($3), dark wood interior lined with surfboards and pacific memorabilia, and the friendly waiters dressed in hawaiian shirts.

The food itself is great - the menu changes every so often to reflect the fresh fish and seafood. Starter staples such as Panko Crusted Calamari ($7.50) and Kawika's Crab Cakes ($9.95) are safe picks, but it's the entrees and dessert that make Duke's stand out. The Mahimahi ($21.95) and Opah ($23.95) are by far the stalwarts on the menu, both with hefty portions and juicy, flavorful taste, usually served with a side of shiitake mushrooms or bed of greens. To top off your meal, be sure to get the famous Kimo's Original Hula Pie ($6.50, although in all fairness, the Hula Pie served at Gladstone's is pretty much the same), a giant slice of cookies 'n' cream ice-cream cake with a chocolate crust. Mmmm.

The restaurant easily accomodated our party of 15, had decent prices with great portions and tasted pretty good, too. A great place to bring some friends to dine.

3.5

out of 5.0

noteworthy
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