Duke's La Jolla

4.7
4222 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
We are open for indoor and outdoor dining, takeout, and delivery! Visit dukeslajolla.com to view our menus or place an online takeout order.

You don’t need to cross the Pacific to get a taste of Hawaii. Duke’s La Jolla is San Diego’s island-inspired home, honoring the Ambassador of Aloha, Duke Kahanamoku, with coastal cuisine of Hawaii, craft cocktails and a genuine spirit of aloha. It’s the same authentic hospitality and panoramic ocean view that you’ll find at all of the California and Hawaii Duke’s restaurants, paying tribute to the Duke and welcoming you to celebrate life like the legend himself.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 4222 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
19 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view was spectacular, so hard to concentrate on the food, but it was good!

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vipTimH
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Not bad, not great. Rib appetizer was dry. Poke tacos good. Burger was good. Service was attentive, but not exactly friendly. Not sure I'd go back for anything particular.

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PaulD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and fun atmosphere. We will be coming back again. A great backdrop for a beautiful evening dinner on the beach.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Book early to get the outside

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vipTabby
San Diego
38 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food2service5ambience3

Service excellent!!! Food was ok.

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BrRo
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience2

The food was average. Our waitress was super nice but not very attentive.

In addition- we went there specifically for the view and there was a tarp that covered the patio for warmth (it was still very cold) and the view was non-existant even on a sunny day.

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TrentA
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! Great atmosphere. A must go to in San Diego

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NotASnob
San Diego
32 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place, great view. Will definitely come back. .

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food..great service…great drinks….incredible view….what more could you ask for!

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Gail
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Consistently delicious Mai Tai’s, beautiful ocean view, friendly staff and fish menu items are always fresh and delectable!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food.

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BNVOLNTOVRLRD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was absolutely amazing ... Crab wontons, Ahi, and the Aloha Pie! Each one insanely delicious, but somehow the wonton appetizer stole the show

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ValentineVisitor
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for anniversary lunch! Perfect service and meal was delicious!

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Sher
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Made reservations in advance to take out of town family and requested outdoor seating with a view. We were seated on the lower level with a plastic covering the ocean view and was not notified that optional upstairs seating that had unobstructed view was available and open. The food was mediocre and much like diner food. Our group had the Loco Moco, Chicken and Ribs, Breakfast Burrito and a couple of kids items. The food quality without the view was certainly not worth it. Aside from this, the staff had a few mistakes with our order, one having given us a wrong drink item and 2nd completely missed the request to have the sauce on the side. After our meal, one of the staff mentioned that the upstairs dining are is open for walk in patrons only while the downstairs are for reservations. It was pretty disappointing especially if you planned on dining with the ocean view.

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vipMomof3
San Diego
149 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Duke’s La Jolla is always wonderful and today was no exception. Our server Luke was amazing ! We started with the coconut shrimp appetizer and I had the pancakes . My hubby had the nachos and they were amazing.
The Mai Tais were great .
Amazing COVID protocols and we choose to seat outside which seemed even safer. Tables were distanced and masks while not seated was enforced.
If you are looking for a great brunch with a wonderful view this is it.
Thanks again to Luke for making our brunch so lovely.

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Kristine
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding! And the service was excellent- Alan took good care of us 😎

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PaulineS
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall3food2service3ambience3

It was disappointing. Made reservations and did not get an outside seating to enjoy the ambience. The food was OK but not worth the price.

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Vasablancas
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome ambience. We've lived in La Jolla for the last few years and finally got around to trying Duke's on the New Year. Service was exceptional and staff was very friendly! The food was great, loco moco meat was good and the Macnut pancakes were awesome. Breakfast burrito was a little hard to eat, but still good. Everything was a great experience, just a little pricey compared to what we eat when we go to Hawaii. Drinks are SO cute and to die for, will be coming back to try the other options they have!! Mahalo!

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Fwuz
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for NYE dinner with our little one. Ended our meals with a hula pie. Sean was an amazing server! Mahalo!

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SpencerG
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Real tasty and unique. Unfortunately appetizer and entrees came within 5 minutes of each other but otherwise really good all around.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We love the food here!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was friendly and amazing.

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ChristinaV
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing experience at Duke’s…AS ALWAYS! Food was amazing, drinks were perfect, and service was great! I have nothing bad to say about our experience at Dukes!

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KenP
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Perfect location. Awesome views. Food was great, got us in ahead of our reserved time.

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JennyP
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food. Good service. Wish the curtain was up so I could see ocean better.

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Marcie
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Hospitality desk missed Aloha spirit; a trio of definitely hostile in working with us coming a bit earlier than our reservation - which was quite early in the evening already! Noticed a fair amount of staff, but only a few 'serious' workers. Food service was too slow and the fish taco's were a disappointment. Even though this is not my first time at the restaurant, I would be inclined to try others first.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Overpriced despite decent portions. Service was very good and nice to have covered patio with heat lamps. Coconut shrimp was recommended but sadly bland.

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vipInder
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our waiter was most charming and made us feel most welcome.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing, the view is breath taking

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vipSalikJ
E. Tennessee
9 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

fast attentive service great view and tasty food

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MichelleE
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was tasty and came out fast! Fantastic view, even from inside.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The bartender at the restaurant upstairs was amazing! Great drinks!

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vipChrisG
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience1

Restaurant is not following San Diego County Health Department Covid guidelines. Patrons beware.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Pasha was outstanding. Thank you! Food was delish..the MahiMahi with the Buerre Blanc sauce- fantastic. It was raining out, but outdoor patio was fully enclosed w sww thru heavy plastic..it was nice and warm with heaters and low noise level.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Eve dinner. Was excellent

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vipJoyofDining
San Diego
63 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience1

We had family dinner reservations recently, and it was a night I wish to forget. The food was average at best and the ambiance was lacking. We have eaten for over ten years at Jake's in Del Mar, and it's always a great and memorable experience. We were told to try Dukes as they are owned by the same company. Big mistake.

Anyway, it's just one dinner, but with all the adventurous and delicious dinning available in the La Jolla area, I hate to waste an experience. Never again Dukes.

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vipCCSDCA
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was superb. Even though the weather was tenuous and supposed to rain, we sat outside under the overhang and it was fine. You could still see the ocean.I had the chicken and ribs combo. The ribs were outstanding but the chicken on the skewers seemed dry and over cooked.

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vipDyoung
Miami
40 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent! Jonathan is an asset to the business!

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OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is amazing

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vipNateB
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Ambiance and location were great. Food was average at best.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Duke's La Jolla using the Order Online button. Duke's La Jolla also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (858) 454-5888.

Duke's La Jolla is rated 4.7 stars by 4222 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.