Truluck's Seafood, Steak and Crab House - La Jolla
Truluck's Seafood, Steak and Crab House - La Jolla

Truluck's Seafood, Steak and Crab House - La Jolla

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://trulucks.com/lajolla_location.php
  • Phone: 8584532583x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Cocktail Hour:

    4:30pm - 6:30pm Daily.



    Dinner:

    Monday - Saturday, 5:00pm - 10:00pm.

    Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Nick Shinton
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Live Piano Bar every night beginning at 6:00pm.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: La Jolla Village Drive
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet and Hotel Parking available
A word from Truluck's Seafood, Steak and Crab House - La Jolla
We invite you to escape to Truluck's. A getaway for the senses.

Come savor the freshest Crab, direct from our own fisheries. Delight in our fresh-catch seafood menu or select tender, juicy steaks prepared to perfection. Then complement it all with delicious wines by the glass and bottle.

San Diego Magazine Readers' Choice Winner 2011: "Best of the Best" Restaurant, "Best Seafood," "Best Service," "Best Wine List," "Best Happy Hour"
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Truluck's Seafood, Steak and Crab House - La Jolla reviews from OpenTable diners
186 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (147)romantic (114)fit for foodies (93)notable wine list (76)vibrant bar scene (49)good for groups (33)hot spot (31)neighborhood gem (28)great for outdoor dining (23)late-night find (9)kid-friendly (3)great for lunch (3)scenic view (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Good food Better service
    Ucitykid
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Our meal was good, seafood for both. The service, David Pierce was excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Classy fresh seafood
    opusacpe
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We came here based on reviews and were impressed with every aspect of our dining experience. Very classy atmousphere and staff. Excellent food and service. Fantastic presentation and attentiveness. We had King crab, seafood platter, and ceviche and all were excellent. Even the bread was delish. Portions were huge leaving us in need of stretchers! This sadly meant no room for desert which looked devine. Don't think, just go, you won't be sorry.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely experience
    FishEater
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    We were not greeted pleasantly, or at all really, but were asked with a smile if we had reservations. I thought that was a small faux pas. The waiter was very personable, professional, and friendly. He matched the energy and attitude of our table. Our waiter, Cory, was knowledgable about the wine and the food and was happy to offer recommendations. We were not rushed and I was surprised to learn we were there for over two hours. We enjoyed the chill platter for two which I would consider a "must have" for fist time patrons to Truluck's. I opted for the Rolls-Royce of lobster, the South African. It was so large I couldn't eat it all after the chill platter appetizer. Excellent stone and king crab! The noise to light ratio was not pleasant.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Nice Restaurant
    Ushers
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    The restaurant parking was a little tricky to figure out - valet would have been very easy and was very affordable at $8. Self-parking was free in the hotel next door, but it took a series of stairs and elevators to reach the restaurant - we got lost once. The mussels appetizer were expensive and a major let down The mussel meat was extremely small and the sauce just ok. Everything else was fantastic. I had the pork chop which was short of amazing. My wife had the Miso Sea bass, also short of amazing. It was our anniversary - the free dessert was A+ on presentation with alcohol lit on fire - but it tasted awful. However, the other desserts looked amazing, we had the coconut pie - delicious and you indeed cannot taste the Stevia.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 4sMikeVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Excellent service, superior food, great ambiance. I cannot think of a single area which was less than 5 stars.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food great ambience & svc
    Crazy2goout
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The place is very nice, food is great but service is excellent.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sammy our server was Amazing!
    YummO
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Sammy completed our fabulous dinning experience. His recommendation were perfect including his wine pairings. The food was incredible. Miso glazed sea bass was one of the best I've ever had.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best crab cakes ever!
    ausblue
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The crab cakes made the night but the sea bass and salmon were first class, especially with the crab and shrimp bernaise sauce.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best fish ever!
    Peter
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We found the recommended sea bass the best prepared fish we'd ever had! Thank you, Matt!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • La jolla gem
    DesertPeopleVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    You won't be disappointed here. Food is great and service and ambiance match. Had sea bass over crab fried rice and it was cooked to perfection. Wife had seared ahi tuna with wasabi mashed potatoes which was also perfect. Martins were tasty and with good booze. This is our third visit to this place as we travel to San Diego area 2-3 times per year from Scottsdale to get out of the summer heat and hit del mar races.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • HAD1VIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Wonderful place to dine, outstanding food and service. Sam took wonderful care of use. Could not ask for any better service. Harold Duncan
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • An absolute must
    svwonline
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Had the pleasure of enjoying an early dinner with friends at Truluck's on July 16 while on business travel in San Diego. San Diego and the surrounding area has a lot to offer in the culinary department, but if you don't make it to Truluck's you are missing a great opportunity to experience some of the best San Diego has to offer. From the delicious dirty martini with blue cheese olives, to the exceptional oysters and expertly prepared South African lobster tail this was by far the best meal I had in San Diego during my 7 day stay. Finally, I'd like to give a shout out to our engaging waiter, David, who ensured that we were well taken care of.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    nperciv
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Amazing food and even better service. Ask for Sammy and make sure you have crab.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Excellent seafood with many choices. Huge seafood platters with good selection. Salmon with bear use and lump crab was excellent. Cobia also properly cooked with crispy skin. Enormous rich desserts best shared with 4-6.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great!!
    hotelkirk
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    I have dined at Truluck's several times and I have never been disappointed. Food is great, Service is always spot on. Love the outdoor patio with fireplace!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    Nicks525
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    my new hotspot place on Mondays. Stone Crabs are AWESOME!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent sea food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    We'd been here once before just for late night drinks at the bar with some friends. This time we went in for our annivesary dinner and had a wonderful time. First drinks at the bar with some appetizers. Crab cakes were excellent as were the BBQ shrimp. Drinks are even better during happy hour; half price but full-leaded. Dinner was also excellent, and had very good service. Couldn't really find anything to complain about.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Deserved Reputation
    goodfoodwonoiseVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Musical group just inside entrance very pleasing but too loud, and speakers in dining area too loud. Made worse by very loud nearby party who lacked consideration for other diners. Regardless, Truluck's justifies its reputation as one of the finest in Southern California.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Romantic Dinner for Two
    BrandiVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our romantic dinner for 2 at Truluck's. Sam, our waiter was supberb. We both enjoyed two different fish entres and I highly recommend the carrot cake for dessert - the finishing touch by pouring cararmel sauce and sugared pecans on the cake - yummy! I wish we could of have enjoyed the bag of chocolate dish as well - it looked amazing. Thanks to Sam for making our evening a memorable one.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Guests Enjoyed Everything
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    I dined there with 4 other guests. 3 of them had the Chilean seabass and loved it. 2 of us had the steak. My friend had a medium ribeye and said it was great. I had a NY strip and thought it was disappointing. First thing I noticed was that my food (potatoes and steak) was really warm instead of hot. The potatoes tasted a little bland. I ordered my steak medium, which in my opinion should have a mostly pink center with a touch of red in the middle, came out med-well and charred on the outside (did I mention it wasn't that hot either?). I'm pretty forgiving and I didn't want to wait the extra time it would take to cook a new steak so I politely didn't mention it. Not everything was bad though. The salad and service were excellent.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 5 Star Dining All The Way!
    CWFdining
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Great ambience, delicious food and impeccable service make Truluck's La Jolla a 5 star dining experience! We had a great corner booth that could "people watch" while enjoying creamy lobster bisque as a first course. Our entrees consisted of the gigunda king crab legs and sautéed scallops all perfectly cooked. All reasonably large portions. Although stuffed, we somehow managed to share the delicious carrot cake laced with caramel sauce and candied pecans-a true delight but easily big enough for 4 people to share!! The only downside to this restaurant was the expensive valet service- too bad the restaurant doesn't validate considering the prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely in La Jolla
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    If you love crab, you will be in heaven at Truluck's. They had three kinds the night we were there, and out it in the salads, appetizers and main courses. Other seafood is exellent too. Our salmon and shrimp main courses were flavorful and expertly cooked Great bar scene-including a jazz pianist on a Wednesday night meant a great night was had by Ask for Jennie's station if you want attentive service and a good guide to the menu. She's very personable and attended to our every need.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food
    grannybob
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Food is great but you can't talk because the noise level is so high. The waiter was very good and everything else about the place was also above par.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday Dinner
    Erock625
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    My wife had a great birthday dinner to kick off my 43rd year! The food was amazing and the service was equally impressive. It was vibrant and a very active place but we still were able to enjoy each other, having a great conversation! The waiter made us feel like VIPs and the complementary desert was a nice touch! Will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Trulucks was superb
    JScarmelvalleyVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    My wife and I selected Truluck's for date night on a Saturday evening. We were seated in a small corner near the kitchen entrance, which was slightly disappointing, but it did not detract from our experience. Of course, we would have preferred to be in the main dining room. The meal was quite good. On the recommendation of our waiter, I had the New York strip smothered with the Ponchartrain sauce, and that was fabulous. My wife had the filet mignon, which was also very good. We completed our meal with a perfectly prepared sugar-free coconut cream pie and coffee. The coffee were served in individual french press pots.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently great
    sandiegodiner
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I've been here three times now and it's always been a pleasure. Food, service, and decor are always excellent.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect for anniversary dinner!
    kathyg
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    The stone crab claws are amazing, but so was everything else. My husband had surf & turf and enjoyed it very much. It is expensive but worth it for the quality of the seafood. Delicious!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent on all levels
    Letmereviewyourrestaurant
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Well deserved rating of #1 restaurant in San Diego. Extraordinary attention to every detail. Well done!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    SeeksQuality
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Early eating and by myself. Only person in dining room. Waiter forgot 1 of 3 things I ordered. 2 of 3 things I ordered (crab mac n cheese and crab cake) were cold in the middle. Seemed they were pulled out of a refrigerator and stuck in an oven.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Luwi
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    We've been to Truluck's several times celebrating special events and food & service has always been great! Love the Monday night Crab Claw Buffets!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • SD Vacation dinner
    Tryanythingfood
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    This is our first time in San Diego and did some research before we came. Truluck's was a restaurant that had consistent reviews. The host and hostess were very friendly. We had the seafood tower to start which has a good mix for kids and adults. We had our two children, 7&10, with us. We all ordered entrees and had the opportunity to try each others. Everything was fresh and delicious. We topped dinner off with the chocolate layered cake and a key lime pie. What made our dining experience excellent was our server Molly. She was very attentive and friendly. She made sure our kids were treated like anyone else in the restaurant. I do not drink alcohol anymore but the wine list was pretty extensive and had some great choices.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great restaurant!
    sandiegofoodie
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    4. 5 stars... This was well worth the wait (waited 1.5 hours at the bar for the restaurant to open), and I can see why the restaurant is at the top of the Best Restaurants list. The dinner and wine were excellent. The staff were knowledgeable and committed to providing a great dining experience. The only reason for less than five stars: one of the party was a vegetarian, and there were not many options for her. I look forward to dining here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    Foodie221
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Service was amazing & the waiter was very knowledgable about the wine list as well as the content of the dishes on the menu he was also very careful and reassuring about My seafood allergy. Food was excellent and the seafood was cooked to perfection not overdone.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • reviewrest
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    To pay for 3 small scallops $36dls is very disappointing.The food was good but the service which is usually outstanding,this time was terrible.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience
    Highway
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Delicious food, understated elegant decor, great ambiance and service. The Miso Chilean Seabass and the Swordfish Ponchartrin were so good. Do order the Carrot Cake with Caramel Sauce!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything was excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Our server was Chick and he was excellent. He recommended the sea bass, which I'd never had before and I loved it. My husband had the surf and turf and the steak was perfect and there was so much crab meat. We tried the crab cake for appetizer and it was filled with a ton of crabmeat and excellent. We also had the chocolate bag and it was filled with so much fresh fruit and the almond cake was perfect. My husband is deploying so we liked the quiet atmosphere and dark setting. There isn't anything is change!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service and food was impeccable
    Susan
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We ordered the lobster bisque, dutch harbor red king crab, NY strip and the carrot cake. The lobster bisque was one of the best we ever had it was the right amount of creaminess with lumps of lobster. The dutch harbor king crab was already scored and it was sweet, tight and juicy. The NY strip had great flavor, juicy and the texture was good. The carrot cake is OMG. My fiance has never liked carrot cake and he loved it. The portions for everything were more than enough and we had leftovers for another meal. Matthew was our wonderful server full of energy, humor and promptness. The managing partner Todd Perry was more than accommodating in showing us the options we would have for a private event. Wonderful people, place and food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good seafood
    KTS111VIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Love the seafood, especially all kinds of crabs and lobster at Truluck's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • always great food and service
    Janisl
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    I always had a great food and service there. Perfect place for special occasion celebration
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 107 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.8
    • Food4.8
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1292 reviews are from the Truluck's Seafood, Steak and Crab House - La Jolla reviews archive.
  • Gourmet Food, Great Service
    JoanVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    The crabcake is as good as touted, and the live crabs looked terrific, will have to try that another time. All dishes were gourmet quality. Comfortable dining room surrounded by art-fish was quite comfortable and pretty. Noise level (music) louder than I would have preferred, this would not be suitable for large groups or for the hard-of-hearing for that reason. Great Happy Hour deals.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.