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Truluck's Seafood, Steak and Crab House - La Jolla
Truluck's Seafood, Steak and Crab House - La Jolla
  • Address:
    8990 University Center Lane
    San Diego, CA 92122
    La Jolla / Golden Triangle
  • Cuisine:
    Price: $31 to $50

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

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://trulucks.com/lajolla_location.php
  • Phone: (858) 453-2583
  • Hours of Operation: Cocktail Hour:

    Monday - Saturday, 4:30pm - 7:00pm.
    Sunday, 4:30pm - 9:00pm.


    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: Smart 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 WinnerSeafood
Diner Reviews
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "my new hotspot place on Mondays. Stone Crabs are AWESOME!!!"
    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."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I always had a great food and service there. Perfect place for special occasion celebration"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "I've been here three times now and it's always been a pleasure. Food, service, and decor are always excellent."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Well deserved rating of #1 restaurant in San Diego. Extraordinary attention to every detail. Well done!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Love the seafood, especially all kinds of crabs and lobster at Truluck's."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "My wife and I discovered this restaurant several years ago; since then, it has become our 'GO TO' spot for those special occasions where only the finest dining experience is required. Not only is the food and wine list superb, but the ambiance and the service are simply outstanding. We have not encountered a more satisfying dining experience anywhere in San Diego."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Wonderful seafood. Great server. Wonderful ambiance. I had the king crab wife had the stone crab claws. Couldn't have been more pleased or impressed. Will dine again."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Very nice ambiance and good live music. The cosmos tasted like pure lemon zest, we sent them back but they never tasted good...so we changed our drink order. The waiter was a bit too casual, not very attentive. The orders all came out to the wrong people...the food runner told us the waiter made a mistake and he wrote down the wrong order. Awkward. Never asked for choices of sides, they just came with a veggie...no potatoes offered. The crab was very expensive and watery. The waiter up sold us on the bigger ones by telling us that if we wanted to work harder...we could order the smaller ones, but he recommended the larger. Def not worth 12 bucks each. Chefs were walking thru the restaurant with cleaning supplies and talking loudly. Bummer."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "My husband and I were in town visiting our children and wanted to go someplace special to celebrate our sons birthday! This hit the spot. I would go back in a heart beat. The service, food and atmosphere was just what we were looking for!"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "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! "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Everything was wonderful. From the ambience, waitstaff, and the food were phenomenal! "
    Dined on 5/11/2014