Duke's La Jolla

4.6
1932 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Duke’s La Jolla is named in honor of native Hawaiian Duke Kahanamoku, an Olympic swimming and water polo medalist and the father of modern surfing. Overlooking the La Jolla Cove, Duke’s serves genuine, friendly hospitality with contemporary interpretations of traditional island plates. As a tribute to Hawaii and Southern California beach lifestyles, Duke’s celebrates family, views and the spirit of aloha. We welcome our guests to become a part of our ‘ohana.
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing view and great food!!

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Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing views, great service and the best breakfast burrito! We had a wonderful Easter brunch.

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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service for a busy day!

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San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Birthday dinner. Booked well in advance. Requested view table. Seated in bar. Did not complain. Food was on high end for price but lacked high end for taste or value. Weird combos. Party of 5 - only my 10 year old thought it was good (free range chicken tenders and French fries). I was really underwhelmed. Cost like Ruth Chris or chart house, but taste and quality was much lower. Bummed me out because I wanted to try different but just felt the food, presentation and quality was average to poor. I’d never go back. Too many other better options for prices charged. Very disappointed.

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good variety of entrees in festive waterfront setting

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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience! Our waitress Kaitlyn was so attentive! Love this place!

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New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Load and over priced

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AH
Adelaide / SA
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food. Nice view. Regular service

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MB
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have tried a number of meals here and have never been disappointed.

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K
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was awesome! The food was great and you can’t beat the beautiful view!

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1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Awesome outdoor dining area/view, just what we were looking for.

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S
London
6 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Got there just after 11 but the waitress still got us the breakfast we wanted
Excellent service and food

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KG
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our time at Duke's. The view was amazing and the food was also great! Overall, we would recommend!

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London
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Duke's was a recommendation from a friend and well worth it!

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SC
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Food was just ok. Filet good, shrimp pasta a little above average, Sirloin not good, Crusted Sea Bass just ok.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time for date night everyone was accommodating and awesome!

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RD
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Casual and upscale, balcony seating is a perfect way to take in the beauty of La Jolla over a nice meal and drinks.

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ET
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing view and experience. Food was tasty and not heavy. Loved every min!

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A view restaurant with great food!

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1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 5

For the experiences I’ve had with OpenTable and restaurants that are on point to read the reservation comments, along with being a long time resident of not only San Diego and Hawaii, this visit was the worse service I have had with the chain and I will not be returning here. We notated it was a birthday celebration and the hostess, greeters and waitress Amy made no acknowledgement to it.

They have no clue of what aloha is and our waitress, Amy only smiled and engaged when it was time to leave and sign the bill. The entire time we asked of questions to the menu or food that the kitchen might accommodate due to health choices were easily negated. Her only time to smile and say “thanks for coming” ....blah blah blah was just so inauthentic, it was evident the motivation was to ensure she would get would get a tip.

No one has initiative to make you of feel welcomed. Yet, It was more easier for staff to say what they couldn’t accommodate rather than offer an alternative and she just really got the order wrong. If I had an allergy, she’d be in deep $h!#!

Please get some diversity in there. It’s evident we felt a bit slighted and poorly served. I know it’s a high rent district there but people deserve to be treated with respect.
Never again.

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Little Rock
10 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. I was visiting San Diego and this place was recommended. Very nice view of the ocean. I had the Korean Ribs, Fish Tacos and the Hula Pie. For drinks I had the Mai tai and Lava Flow. All food and drinks were delicious!!

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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I felt a little rushed to order and get out. Tho our waiter was very nice. Food was good but a bit pricey. The view was amazing and we commented more than twice that we felt like we were in Hawaii.

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San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dukes is the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion. I took my girlfriend there for her Birthday and it was fabulous. The views are spectacular, super fresh fish and the dessert was so worth every last calorie.

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MF
San Diego
269 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Duke's is ALWAYS a 5-Star Meal. One of our Favorities!

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JS
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to watch the sunset overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Food is fantastic and the atmosphere is relaxing. A Hawaiian theme. I highly recommend the halibut ceviche, Mahi Mahi tacos, and the Ahi steak dinner is out of this world delicious ❤️

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m
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great open air dining with many seafood options. Delicious fresh seafood options, great service and beautiful view of the Pacific. Try the ice cream pie for dessert!!

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Miami
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, service, amazing ambience

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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent cocktails and food!!!

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Birmingham
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday event for a friend. We had a great time there.

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

GREAT ambiance, casual airy, spacious, great view. Good for families OR not.

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RO
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The view is outstanding. Food and service are really good too. Enjoy the afternoon view of the ocean with someone special.

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New York Area
156 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service, and atmosphere at Duke's are all outstanding!!

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Booked the reservation at 11:15 because the Dukes La Jolla website said breakfast was served till noon. When we got there, they informed us that breakfast stopped at 11. The manager was nice enough to allow us to order breakfast but a little frustrated at first. Server, Daisy was very nice.

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ER
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal was fantastic. I loved eating the mac nut fish with my girlfriend, who loved the dukes fish the best. Definitely my favorite restaurant in San Diego.

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DH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite restaurant in San Diego to bring out-of-town guests and make a great first impression to southern California. The elegant yet still relaxed decor sets just the right mood for a casual business dinner. I really appreciated that the hostess was able to seat us outside by the windows so my visiting colleagues could enjoy the beautiful views of La Jolla at sunset. The meal was paced appropriately so we could enjoy app, meal, and dessert with conversation. The Hula pie dessert is a fun indulgence to share with the table.

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L
Phoenix
27 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, food and drinks

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SL
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our waitress gave great recommendations, was nice and attentive.

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JA
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great lunch. We have been visiting your resturant since you opened in La Jolla. Love the food and the service. Nick has been our server the last two times for lunch and remembers us and what we want to drink. it's the small things. Thanks for another execellent experience, this time for our 36th anniversary. See you next time. Sincerely, Jim & Jennine Antrim

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place!

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DS
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful view of the coastline. Calamari and AhiTuna were excellent. Dessert looked good but we didn’t have room! Quick service in a relaxing atmosphere.

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