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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Truluck's Seafood, Steak and Crab House - La Jolla reviews from OpenTable diners
185 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (144)romantic (114)fit for foodies (87)notable wine list (75)vibrant bar scene (50)good for groups (33)hot spot (30)neighborhood gem (29)great for outdoor dining (23)late-night find (8)kid-friendly (3)great for lunch (3)scenic view (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Excellent seafood, excellent service. Came for our anniversary and couldn't have been better. It's pricey, so my hubby wouldn't let me go back the next day, even though I asked with a whiny but endearing sort of way.... Next time we come here on a visit, I'd definitely go again. Shrimp cocktail was great. Carrot cake was the size of my head.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful place
    OBLady
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    I had only been here once before for their all you can eat stone crab claws with some friends. This time came back with my BF to celebrate my birthday. They had stone crab claws from a different area, and while they were great, they weren't quite as good as the other ones. Still delicious though. It comes with garlic mashed potatoes, and broccoli. Love their mustard dipping sauce. We each got their lobster bisque, also very good. Excellent service like we wish we received everywhere. Why do we have to pay this kind of money to get great service? Bugs me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 103 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.8
    • Food4.8
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1284 reviews are from the Truluck's Seafood, Steak and Crab House - La Jolla reviews archive.
  • Super Place
    BobbyDVIP
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Our research looking for best places to dine during our vacation to San Diego paid off. We can say this is one of the top 5 places in the area. Nicely vibrant but comfortable to conversation. Great bar as well as dining room. Would definitely recommend Truluck's for special occasssions.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    Phil
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    After several very good visits to Truluck's this one was a let-down. The food ranged from very good to unacceptable, we returned a dish twice. Service was pretentious to the point of being uncomfortable. The decor is nice and the seating is spacious as it has been since opening, but it can't compensate for lackluster (but expensive) food and poor service, so I don't think we'll be back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First-Class Experience
    SDluv15
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    I went to Truluck's with a group of friends and family for my graduation celebration and they made me feel honored to be there. The service was fantastic and the food was incredible! I would recommend spending any momentous occasion at this wonderful location. Try their Crab Mac & Cheese...it's such a treat!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food but noisy & uncomfortable
    Ocean1VIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    I have dined at Truluck's several times before. In terms of seafood choices and qualities, it is clearly one of the best in San Diego. It is also located at a convenient location. I think I'd recommend this place for whom search for good seafood. This time, my family enjoyed a nice Friday dinner. But, there are a couple of things that rather annoyed us. The restaurant was noisy as usual. Further, they didn't give us good seats, letting us sit in a booth facing heavy traffic towards restrooms and a kitchen. If one is there just for decent seafood and casual conversation, no problem. But, if someone is there for a romantic dinner or a formal or semi-formal business meal, this restaurant is not recommended.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good place
    JoFra
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    It was good overall, the oysters were too salty. Not sure what they did to it, but I had to put so much lemon juice on it to make it edible
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • wonderfu!!
    shylilduckie
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    the waiter and staff welcomed us from the start. we were early for our RSVP and were seated right away. the waiter went over the seafood, he was very knowledgable and also gave great reccomendations of the menu. we had a very enjoyable experience. the mood was perfect for the occasion we were celebrating. thankyou for making our night memorable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gina rae
    ginaeats
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Everything was wonderful. From the ambience, waitstaff, and the food were phenomenal!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's day disaster
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I took our family there to celebrate mother's day. Food/service was fine. However, entire experience was ruined by a screaming child. The entire experience was unpleasant to say the least. We rushed through the meal just to get away from the noise. My wife was quite upset. We were looking forward to the dinner all week. It was our son's first visit to Truluck's.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Took my cousin here for her birthday dinner. I had been here once before a few years back for restaurant week. Even then my experience at this restaurant was amazing. The service was on point and the food was mind blowing. This experience was just the same. Our server was extremely friendly and right on point with everything. As was the food. The portions are large. Thankfully our server warned us. My cousin and myself were going to order two separate dishes (the 16oz ribeye & the salmon) and share them both in addition to our appetizer. Instead we shared the salmon and it was perfect. They also brought out a special dessert for her bday and everyone even signed a bday card. She really felt special! It was my fav dining experience ever!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Beautiful restaurant, great food!
    MaryKenVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Everything at this restaurant was excellent: the ambiance, the wine, the food! Wonderful for a special occasion -- we will definitely be back!
    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
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Everything was great! Delicious good and amazing service. Definitely pricey. And the wines are extremely over-priced.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Splendid as Always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    A return trip and it was just as splendid as it was last month. One of my all-time favorites. The food is excellent and you can't beat the service!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ambiance supreme
    chevalier182002
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    As always we were warmly greeted and shown immediately to a table. Our server was personable and attentive consistently. I found the stone crab special portion abundant and did not ask for a second portion. Trulucks is one of my favorite San Diego dining spots.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome
    fatboy
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Excellent food. Seafood and particularly crab are the main attractions. Desserts (chocolate bag) are also great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, bad waiter
    finestfood
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    Extremely good Alaskan king crab legs. Very nice place. Love the live music. The waiter was very rude though, I asked for a lemonade and he kind of scoffed at me as if the only thing I could order to drink was wine. He didn't suggest anything else to drink and there was no list of drinks other than wine so I guess you can only order alcohol here. Then once we were done with our meal and had paid he came running after me out of the restaurant saying that I had taken the restaurant copy of the receipt which I had signed and left a tip on. I know I left the receipt because I watched him pick it up from my table. I brought my girlfriend here for her 21st birthday and I think its possible he was rude because of how young we look.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classy Seafood Steakhouse
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Good Classy Seafood Steakhouse. While food and service were good, value for money was not so good.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Phenominal Feast for the Senses
    Shaka
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Trulucks does a perfect job with all food and drink. The service is fantastic as well with strong attention from the staff but never overstepping. The restaurant is beautiful and we look forward to our visit anytime we're in a city that has a presence. The stone crab is beyond fabulous and I will order them any opportunity I have. Not to be missed!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    datenight4two
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    The food was fantastic. The Date Night for Two menu is especially good value.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious and outstanding service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Great food, lovely atmosphere, and super convenient if you are staying at the Hyatt.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    We loved the food, ambiance, the service and our waiter Chick who was outstanding. We were celebrating our Anniversary and it was perfect!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stone Crab Paradise
    FYIGMVIP
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    As far as I know its the only place to get Stone Crabs in So Cal!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    diningoutVIP
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    Every time I go, the food, the bar scene, happy hour, and service are all fantastic!!!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • If You get Big Matt as your
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    If You get Big Matt as your server it will always be a FANTASTIC EXPERIENCE
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Awesome food and fantastic service. The food was simply delicious and totally spot on perfect.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not great this time
    Mick
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    Brought my father for his first time. Sat outside which was pleasant. It was good but not great. Ill rate the food/experience out of 5 stars Ahi Tuna- 3 I have had better at far less expensive places. I was very disappointed. Stone crab- 4.5 was very good, just not cracked as good as usual sweet potato fries - 3 sauce-4 don't know what it was but usually these are amazing lobster bisque-5 this is some of the best you will ever have. Service 4.5 very friendly knowledgeable and accommodating. Ambience was nice outside early evening. 4.5/5 Was disappointed this time unfortunately.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Food in San Diego Bar None
    TXAggieLady
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    We ate here twice in 4 days while house hunting. Once we ate at happy hour ad hen returned a couple of nights later fr our anniversary. WE had great service and the all you can eat crab claws were awesome. My husband ate enough for both of u!. I do want to comment on the fried rice. This is the best fried rice I have ever eaten . I never ordered it before and it balanced well with the crab and had unual seasnins with it that made it much different than a traditional asian fried rice.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My first time here was fantastic!
    Joyce
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    My first time here was fantastic! Our waiter, Matt, know every item on the menu. The singer and piano player in the bar was great!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Still Great Food
    FoodieFriend
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    This was our fourth or fifth time at this location and it remains one of our favorites. Previous visits have been better because the staff had always made us feel special. This time, not so much. Our waiter was preoccupied with the table across from us and didn't really seem all that interested in providing the service we have come to expect and appreciate from Trulucks. My only other complaint is that the side dish options for their excellent filet mignon are somewhat disappointing. No baked potato. Just parmesan mashed. Would love to have a nice potatoes au gratin. Anyway, the steak was excellent so my complaint is minimal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A culinary experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    A great experience, but not one most people can do often. 5 people, each had entrees, apps, each had their own starters and cocktails - over $500 including tip. Well worth the once in a while experience. Also - a great happy hour!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Had a wonderful time here tonight. A delicious petit filet paired with an 8 ounce crab leg and some Parmesan mashed potatoes. Cake was ultra delicious, and our guy Matt was excellent. Good stuff. Valet outside only takes cash though. There is an ATM across the street with a $3.50 fee, or just bring the $8.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Blown Away!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Might be the best restaurant in San Diego - went back to Market(Del Mar) last week; this was better!! Felt sophisticated in a NY or Chicago way. They get all the details right in a way I almost never see - impeccable service with all kinds of special touches, sophisticated ambiance, amazing food. Had the stone crab claws(could just order by the claw), mussels(amazing, bread for dipping in the sauce was incredibly tasty), sea bass and cobia entrees were both fantastic, cupcake version of the malted chocolate cake for dessert. Beef, chicken, etc. also on their enticing menu and I suspect people in the mood for those would be happy as well. Food was very fresh and the fish was sustainably caught.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place, great food and service
    RandHVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    What can I say? Amazing fresh seafood; the king crab was delicious and the tuna was served to perfection. amazing attention to detail and nice to go somewhere with a bit of elegance. The staff were both engaging, knowledgable and entertaining. Very good wine selection (not just from California), but the amazing-looking desserts could feed a small family for about a week (by appearance; we didn't actually have room to try them). The live music in the background was a nice addition to the ambience and the curved booths allowed for privacy without feeling hemmed-in. Open up some more restaurants in other states please!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service
    TRex
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Ivan, our server was knowledgeable and courteous. He made sure that we were satisfied with every facet of the meal including wine suggestions to pair with our dinner selections.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over Priced for Quality
    CommanderVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Crab was over steamed or overcooked. Mushy, Did not meet expectations.Prices were high for the quality of food. Disappointment !
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Seafood lovers' paradise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    We always include strip to Truluck's whenever we are visiting our kids in San Diego; they love it and look forward to a spectacular seafood dinner. We all enjoyed every entree as well as the appetizers. So good! Great job once again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing!
    Nate
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Everything from start to finish was first class. The attention to detail across the board was flawless. Amazing food, service and atmosphere. I even got a call from them the next day thanking me for eating there. I can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great seafood and ambiance!
    Seafoodlover
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    We all had different choices of seafood and all were absolutely wonderful! Chilean sea bass, Swordfish, Cobra, Salmon. The brussel sprouts were really tastey and I would go back for them. And, the caesar salad is always good. The service is very timely and very friendly. I'm going back next week for another celebration!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seafood Delight
    Baxter
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    We love Stone Crabs and the all you can eat feature of this is truly amazing! Everything that came out of the kitchen was outstanding! Love dining out at Truluck's were your biggest fans!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.