Duke's La Jolla

4.5
1629 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Hawaii Regional Cuisine, Californian
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Hours of operation
Breakfast Sat & Sun: 8:00am-12:00pm
Lunch 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Happy Hour 3:00 pm-6:00 pm
Dinner 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Phone number
(858) 454-5888
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Steve Thorp
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Ivanhoe
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Parking details
In addition to street parking, there is a public valet stand steps from the front door and well as numerous paid public parking garages nearby
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1629 People Are Saying
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San Diego
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Duke’s. The food was really outstanding. It’s very quiet and unassuming. I like the Hawaiian music and ambiance. Definitely a spot I plan to come back to frequently.

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a
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Surprisingly fun atmosphere - reminded us a bit of Hawaii. Beautiful view and food was wonderful - fresh and delicious

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JA
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, outstanding view and superlative service.

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T
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Dukes is a great restaurant. We were disappointed in the selection of fish, mostly Mahi-mahi. No salmon or halibut.

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JW
San Diego
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding restaurant. Now my favorite. Food was so good and the ambiance was wonderful

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d
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Asked for bread service but when it arrived, we were not given any bread plates. Our dinner arrived before we were done with our salads. The waiter never once checked on us after we received our entrees. Our water glasses were never refilled. My husband's steak was not evenly cooked. My mahi mahi was excellent.

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RG
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience overall. Service was great, would definitely go back

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JK
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved everything. Plus great value. We’ve been to the location in Maui and This was equally as good.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great ! Thank you to everyone, especially Daisy!

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CV
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The outdoor patio on a warm November afternoon was perfect for us. We enjoyed the view as well as really well prepared seafood. My wife enjoyed the mac-encrusted swordfish and my mahi tacos were exactly what I was looking forward to !! We enjoy Duke's in Maui and this location did not disappoint.

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R
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific meal!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fish cooked to perfection. Excellent value - great food at good prices, great service, and wonderful views.

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San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable meal and great service

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

Could do more to make it family friendly (e.g. why are there no changing stations for babies in the men’s restrooms?)

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Interesting and varied appetizers. I am very picky about fish, since I like to go fishing and know what itd supposed to taste like. We all had entrees of fish, which was very fresh and prepared deliciously.

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San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely dinner and service. Too bad we scheduled a late table and missed the amazing sunset....but Duke's did not disappoint. Our guest loved it too!

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KV
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere. Amazing and fun service. Great food

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L
Chicago
55 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner..........crispy korean ribs terrific as were our entrees........swordfish and mahi mahi.
Ryan was an excellent waiter and the manager, Jack (?) , took the appetizer charge off our bill.....without being asked ! He wanted to show their appreciation for our admiring how the waitstaff acted as a great team helping out a new staff member. How amazing is that ! It was especially fun being there on Halloween because the entire staff dressed in costumes.

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LO
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 5

Everything was good except the food - I had the worst 'breakfast burrito' I've literally ever eaten in my life. (And I'm a San Diego native; I've had plenty of'em.)

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GS
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Interesting touristy place. No Hawaiian food that I could discover, Heaters on balcony somehow don't cover the outdoor area :-(

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I went to Dukes for a Sunday lunch with my family for my birthday. I had been to the Huntington Beach location before, so I was excited to find one in San Diego near my parents' house. My boyfriend and I split the Loco Moco and the Breakfast Burrito and they were both delicious! And my parents enjoyed their steak and fish dishes! Ambience was nice out in the patio. Our waitress was a bit bland, but overall we had a great time!

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B
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasty food, great freindly service and a comfortableand perfect table with fantastic views of the cove. Plenty of room between tables too!

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DB
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Duke's. My wife and I had an outstanding experience, as usual. We've visited other locations before and have come to expect great service and excellent dishes.

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San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a table overlooking the cove and it was beautiful. The wait staff and bar tender were very friendly and efficient.

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LE
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

I set a reservation 1 month in advance, when we got to the door we had to wait for 25 minutes (for 2 ppl). I requested to get a waterfront view which we were not given, we asked our server to be moved to the view once a table left and they said they could not do it because we should have waited at the front and let them know that we wanted the view. It was a beautiful restaurant but this was disappointing as I had booked reservations, and requested the view.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant and it’s not just the view; great food ( try the calamari), great staff and great vibe!

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L
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Consistently good food and a gorgeous view of La Jolla Cove. Great ambiance and plenty of patio seating. Wait staff is always friendly and attentive without being intrusive. It is one of our favorite restaurants.

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GS
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Too cold outside had to ask for heaters to be turned on

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bachelorette’s trip

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CE
San Diego
32 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and a killer view of the Pacific, especially at sunset. My expectations are always met or exceeded at Duke's.

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j
New England
42 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific food and service. Big fan of the poke tacos and the spicy ahi entree.

The view is of course terrific but the openness of the restaurant lets you feel like you’re on the patio even if you’re seated inside.

We’ll be back.

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LC
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our fourth Duke’s location visit. Hope we can make it to all locations. Breathtaking view ~ Amazing swordfish with a Mac nut crust ~ Excellent service from Ryan! Another wonderful night at Duke’s!!

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d
London
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food, impressive setting

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OT
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere, food, and ocean views!

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DP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal, location, and waterfront view. Nothing negative to say.

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SK
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ahi taco appetizers were great! Also loved the coconut shrimp, would highly recommend!

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ST
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Beautiful views overlooking the water. Everyone from the hostess to the server were very nice and they do a great job making it a great experience for kids (coloring prizes, ice cream pie, searching game). The ahi dish we had was amazing. Very spicy but so good. A couple hiccups tho with the app not being brought and the wine being slow to come up brings it down a star for me.

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V
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The view from this restaurant if your lucky to get a good seat outside is gorgeous. Drinks are good, food is good. Our waitress was excellent!!!

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San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant outdid itself yesterday in taking care of us. Fantastic table with a view! Great food and a wonderful birthday celebration! Thank you for making us so special! We will be back!

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r
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to many Dukes.Starting with the original in Honolulu. They have maintained a high standard for the 30 years we have been going there. So we are well experienced to see the quality of La Jolla.
The design of the restaurant was modern and beautiful!!
The information on the history of Duke was important and relevant.
The dining areas were great, views and open air. The one disappointment was the bar. There was no ambiance and the service area was too close to the seats. The bartender had no warmth or personality.
There is space to change it and it would help the ambiance.

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