Why We Like This Place
Duke’s enviable waterfront location, fun-loving yet professional staff, and elegant event spaces will tempt you to celebrate right here on Malibu’s crystal shores. And why not? This supremely popular restaurant and its private banquet rooms embody “the spirit of aloha,” an optimistic attitude of universal fellowship, hospitality, and appreciation of life—a perfect ambiance for new beginnings!
Duke’s was inspired by the memory of the legendary Duke Kahanamoku and the benevolent values that he personified. This extraordinary Olympic athlete popularized the sport of surfing, and also heroically rescued shipwreck victims from treacherous seas. In his twilight years, Duke served as Hawaii’s official “Ambassador of Aloha.” He also had a profound impact on the beach culture of Southern California, so Malibu is an ideal site for a restaurant in his honor.
The aloha spirit embraces guests right from the parking lot—even the valets seem infected with a relaxed solicitude. Event guests are welcomed through a private entrance and are ushered into the Moana Room, which can be used for one large reception or divided for each phase of your event.
This lovely space has two walls of beachfront windows and is built out over the water‚Ää‚Ä¶‚Ääso it seems as if you’re on a cruise ship with the waves lapping against the hull. The other walls, paneled in the rare and valuable Hawaiian koa wood, give off a rich luster. In addition, the beach side of the Moana has French doors that open onto a narrow balcony, where guests may enjoy a quiet moment away from the festivities, perhaps to take in one of Malibu’s famed sunsets. You can arrange tables around the dance floor and dance the night away while the moon peeks in from the distance.
But don’t let this venue’s casual ambiance fool you—receptions here can be as refined as you please with the addition of chair covers, sophisticated table settings, and centerpieces. Duke’s also accommodates your other wedding-related events: Rehearsal dinners or bridal showers may be hosted in a private, more intimate waterview room, and Duke’s spacious restaurant offers plenty of group seating for day-after brunches. Impromptu after-parties gather at the Barefoot Bar, complete with an oceanfront patio, the sound of crashing waves, and a star-filled panorama.
Whether you’re a regular diner or an event guest, you’ll appreciate the expertly prepared cuisine, which showcases fresh seafood and premium steaks. But if you have something else in mind, Duke’s culinary team would be delighted to customize a menu suited to your tastes and budget. And if your vision includes fresh leis to deck out the wedding party or any other special touch, the Wedding and Special Events Director is happy to lend a hand.
After all, it’s what Duke would have wanted.
Max. Seated Indoors: 150
Max. Seated Outdoors: 0
Max. Seated Indoors: 250
Max. Seated Outdoors: 0
Max. Standing Indoors: 400
Max. Standing Outdoors: 0
|Max. Seated: 250|
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Moana Room holds 150 seated guests.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The Moana Room holds up to 250 seated guests.
MEETING CAPACITY: The Moana Room holds 250 seated, the Board Room 36 seated.
Fees & Deposits
A $2,000 nonrefundable deposit for the Moana Room or $500 for the Board Room, is required to guarantee a specified date, time and space for an event. Food and beverage minimums are required for certain times and dates. Luncheons start at $30/person, dinners at $40/person; alcohol, tax and a 20% service charge are additional.
Year-round, daily, until midnight. Closed Christmas Day.
BYO w/ Corkage Fee
Special Events, Parties
Catering: provided, no BYO
Wheelchair AccessWheelchair Accessible
Venue TypeBanquet Hall/Events Facility
Alcohol: provided; wine and champagne corkage $15/750 ml bottle, $20/1.5 l bottle
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