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: (858) 453-2583
  • 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 Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Truluck's Seafood, Steak and Crab House - La Jolla reviews from OpenTable diners
200 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (162)romantic (111)fit for foodies (107)notable wine list (83)vibrant bar scene (59)good for groups (42)neighborhood gem (37)hot spot (34)great for outdoor dining (25)late-night find (13)great for lunch (3)great for brunch (2)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Never Disappoints
    Iris
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    Impeccable food and service. Romantic piano bar setting. We always bring family and friends here for that perfect dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seafood Heaven
    ZUVERMAN
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    Truluck's is a true gem. A great dining experience for a very romantic evening with a loved one. The seafood is freshly brought in daily and they have their own fishing fleet in Florida harvesting there famous Stone Crab Claws so your getting them fresh off the boat within hours of being caught. The King Crab is from the boats from the show Deadlest Catch and are the biggest legs I've ever seen. Everything my wife and I had that evening was outstanding. It is a bit pricy but worth the price for the Quality. The service was great also. Whatever you ask for is given with a smile. All requests were granted and well received. The desserts were very large. Great to share with your spouse. A must try is the Crab Mac n Cheese as a side dish. Lots of crab with a great combo of noodles and a creamy cheese. The mashed potatoes are a bit bland and could use perhaps some garlic to liven them up. The Lobster bisque Was the bomb. It's another must have. All in all this place is a winner in my book and we will return again soon. Hope this review helps others to try this great seafood experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Almost perfect
    EllenVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    This is our go to spot for special occasion celebrations. Staff is extremely friendly and attentive. Food is excellent, though expensive. Only issue this time was that our main course was delayed. Our server and manager were apologetic; however, I think it would have been nice and appropriate if they had offered some sort of compensation. We didn't complain, as we were having a nice evening, and they were very nice, but a place of this caliber should have comped a meal or drinks, or something.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Truluck was outstanding
    llgable
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Great service and food and ambiance. Will definitely return again for dinner. Had only had Appetizers in the bar before. Great place for meeting up with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awesome
    diner07
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    wonderful service and food...was greeted nicely by the hostess upon arriving....very impressed with the waiter's knowledge of the menu and specials...made some nice recommendations.....I was glad to see the manager made time to greet us at our table and give me a special welcome and complimentary birthday dessert to share....I appreciated the individualized service and recommended this restaurant to my friends....I will definitely be returning . My dinner of filet mignon was one of the most delicious that I have experienced.... I especially enjoyed the pianist and songstress....nice touch. overall my birthday dinner went extremely well and cant wait to visit here again soon.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Birthday Celebration!
    Yuan
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    I told them this is my husband's birthday. I was expecting that they will give me a small ice ream with a candle...However, they gave something that is way better than that! They gave us a free brownie cake with an "on fire" black cherry wine sauce. That was fantastic!! The portion was big and tasted really good! They also gave my husband a card with all servers' signatures. I definitely recommend everyday to celebrate their birthday there.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • was my fav restaurant, not after my last visit
    Chris92121
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Used to highly recommend trulucks to friends and in fact was my favorite restaurant. Proved me wrong during my last visit. The calamari that I always get- taste very different - a lot more spicier. The service - a lot of delays on the food - not very efficient- always looking for the server. Getting tired of waiting for the food. They even forget to give us the right amount of napkins and silverware. Not very fancy - like I hoped. It is becoming more like Ruth's Chris a 3-4 star dining compared to a 4-5 star. Would probably dine more at Flemings from now on
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Awesome place, but expensive.
    Jackie
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Beautiful restaurant and wonderful food. Be prepared to spend a lot, but it's worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but service awful
    vegasgirlVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    I went with my college student niece. They gave us the table next to the kitchen and then our server basically ignored us. I asked him to choose a moderately priced glass of wine for my meal but he forgot then brought the most expensive one. The food was amazing but I was trying to treat the college freshman to a nice meal and was embarrassed instead.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't do the all you can eat!!!
    FogoFanVIP
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Yes for "only" $79 you get all you can eat crab but what crab it is? They have two very different qualities of crab and the one for the all u can eat is very bad, i was thinking about just sending it back it is limp and small, tasteless amd then on top of everything they take their sweet time the bring more so by the time you are ready to get a second plate you'd rather leave
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing food and dining experience!
    cagolfwineVIP
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Back again for our favorites - the Dutch Harbor Alaskan King Crab legs and the Florida Stone Crab Claws. We start off with the amazing shrimp cocktail served in a very special way, and wrapped up the evening with a special birthday dessert - chocolate lava cake with flamed cherries and a bit of ice cream. Awesome!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT AS EXPECTED
    John
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    TRULOCKS is a wonderful place for high end dining. The food was fabulous and the service was more than adequate. Our waiter named Chick was very helpful and knowable and fun. The meal was not inexpensive but worth every dime.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Music from piano man was too loud. Could not enjoy the conversation from my friend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Oysters
    DavidAZ1
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I'm on a special diet and this was my first time eating oysters since beginning two months ago. They were wonderful. Literally some of the best I've ever had. The server and kitchen accommodated my (likely annoying) special request and offered up solutions consistent with my dietary restrictions without making me feel foolish. I recommend the seafood to all.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome seafood, avoid the steaks
    RSFTravelerVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    We've been to several different Truluck's, in San Diego (this review), Dallas and Austin. The food is always a treat and the service is great too. They have a stunning selection of fresh shellfish and seafood, and probably one of the best dessert selections (best carrot cake I've ever had, but delicious chocolate bag and incredible chocolate malt cake). All the seafood dishes we've ordered (try the salmon flatbread) have been very good. The only place they fall down is with steaks. On more than one occasion guests ordered steaks and were forced to send them back for lack of quality or, much more often, incorrect temperature in cooking. So, go for the amazing seafood, grab a desert and stay away from the steaks. This is a seafood place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Good
    damoses21VIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    This was our first time to Trulucks and we were not disappointed, everything was really tasty. We had jumbo crab claws, Chilean sea bass with crab fried rice and new York steak with crab mac and cheese. The only thing my husband wanted was sour cream for his mashed potatoes because he thought they were a little dry and they only had crème fresh. The carrot cake was delicious but crazy big we brought a lot of leftovers home. Quite pricey but will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Crab
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    I've been eating at Truluck's for years. Not only is the crab delicious but the sides are also. And the service is first class.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A mixed review
    ChefEddiesCritiqueVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Food and service very good. Somewhat pricy, considering the noise level. I expected a much quieter venue. It was difficult to have a conversation without raising our voices. For the price of the dinners I expected a much quieter and relaxing atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • BdayGroup
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    This was my first time at Trulucks as well as most of our party. The service was wonderful we were there for my friends Bday celebration Sam (our waiter) made her feel great and she loved her dessert. Ambiance, food, service everything was wonderful I would definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Over rated and pretentious
    FriendlyFoodie
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    The food was not worth the prices at all. The service was okay but you could tell that more attention was being given to the larger tables that would lead to greater tip. The food just wasn't what we were hoping or expecting it to be. We will not be going back. With all the different options for dining in San Diego that was a one and done experience. We were really hoping for it to be a lot better cause it's close to our house. It was okay it just wasn't great
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent service
    kneecee
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Food was well presented. Service was excellent. Florida Stone Crabs were delicious
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    Mike
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Our most recent visit has been our fourth and our second for our wedding anniversary. The table for two we requested (next to the wine cellar) allows you to see most of the restaurant and the bar. The food is wonderful and the service is outstanding. Truluck's is becoming our go to restaurant for our anniversary.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't wait to dine here again!
    LauraL
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Our server Vlad was excellent! And our meal was superb. The live music was great and we had a wonderful time. Thanks for making our evening out so perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Our waiter David was outstanding and made our "date Night" even more special! Food was excellent and the food presentation very nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • jac75VIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    have been eating at Truluck's since they opened. The menu is not as good as it has been. Not enough choice of salads or sides. What we all had was good, but would have liked more options.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • impressive in San Diego
    twofourtalkVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    and delicious sea food...beautiful imaginative 'Decor' and very very willing and friendly service...
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Supreme seafood spot
    ConnieHR
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    I truly appreciate making my significant other's birthday an extra special occasion with excellent service coupled with amazing food. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    My 3rd visit to Trulucks was just as perfect as the previous visits. Servers are so friendly, accommodating and kind. Food is always fresh and the dishes well composed. Trulucks is now our #1 spot.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Maree
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Probably the best fillet of seabass I have ever eaten. Attentive service and great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorite place but uneven food qty
    FogoFanVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    I love this place, the ambience, the food, the service.... everything is great! Just recently i have noticed from the few last times i went there on Mondays for the all you can eat stone crab menu, that the quality of those claws is VERY inconsistant, the first batch usually is the best and biggest, but then they'll bring our some that are more on the limpy side, it seems to me that the more you ask for the worst they get. everything else in the menu is great and very good. It is not worth decreasing your quality for a few cheaper claws.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyable Dining Experience
    SandyT
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    After having had a less than satisfactory visit some time ago, my husband and I decided to try Truluck's again. We're glad we did. Highlights: my Sangria was the best I've had; my husband said his G&T was excellent. The crab cake appetizer was very tasty. And the star of the night was "Chick" our waiter !
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    The crab macaroni and cheese was absolutely amazing!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice!
    Foodlover1VIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    We usually come here to have the stone crab claws, which are excellent. Our reservation request was noted and we were seated in the area we preferred, the staff was friendly both on arrival and departure, and our waitress was very attentive though avoided being bothersome as we enjoyed the crab claws.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Service in town
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    My wife and I made reservations for dinner because of the reviews. We were still apprehensive because you're never sure if you can trust them. These 5 star reviews are all on the dot. Checking in I made a birthday comment to my wife, the next day being her birthday. I didn't even think the hostess had heard me. After a great ribeye and crab dinner, the server Dave, who was genuinely nice brought us a delicious dessert with Happy Birthday written on the plate in chocolate. The food and wine were excellent and the staff is the best. It is now our "go to" for a great dinner. Thanks to Dave and everyone there. Sincerely, A S
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All was good but dessert
    Travelworm
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Everything was good except the pound cake in the chocolate sack dessert. I'm bewildered by how terrible dry it was. I could not eat the cake because it was so dry. It made for a disappointing ending to an otherwise lovely meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice seafood
    Evanz
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We ordered mussel for appetizer and sea bass , pork chop for entree. They were all great, especially for the seafood!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food at a good price
    McSD
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Third time at this restaurant and I will keep coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific Seafood
    loveatingVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Had a wonderful experience here on a Saturday night. Appetizers and entrees were very tasty. The sauces that accompany the fish dishes are absolutely wonderful. This Truluck's is as fine a restaurant as the ones we frequent in Dallas. Our waiter was top notch as were his assistants. Would definitely return when in San Diego.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Truluck's
    Lefty3
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    I was part of a group of six people who all ordered different dishes and everyone raved about the quality of the food. It was my first time at the restaurant and I was very pleasantly surprised. This is a must visit restaurant in San Diego.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best restaurants in SD
    Beth
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Tucked away at the base of the Hyatt this place is one of my favorite sea food and just great food restaurants. The staff (thanks "bald" Matt) is top-notch. They continue to show everyone that they are the most important person there at any time. Save room for the Chocolate Box just for the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic