Duke's La Jolla

4.6
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2438 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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C
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Food was underwhelming for the price. Rice was not cooked properly. Sauces were cold. Lobster tails at $49 was so over priced. I’ll have to go back to Waikiki to get authentic Dukes.

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my husband’s 40th birthday. I took him to Duke’s because he’s a Buffett fan and loves the song Duke’s on Sunday. It was perfect! Staff was great and surprised him with a Hula cake. View was beautiful. We will definitely be going back.

DA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even though it was raining outside, we still got a nice spot by the rain-shield so still got the natural light! The food was really tasty, and very well priced!

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great spot, casual atmosphere, good food

PD
Western NC
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our third visit to La Jolla and we always make it a point to eat at Duke’s for breakfast and dinner. This time we ate one of each meal there and was not disappointed.
The food and service is always great, fresh and well prepared.
I’m sure we’ll be back next year.

RL
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely LOVED Duke’s. I wish I could recall our servers name, but he was fantastic. He originally lived in Hawaii and spoke Hawaiian to us - keeping with the theme! He was so pleasant and made great suggestions for food and drinks.

We sat on the patio which had heaters on it so even on a slightly chilly night, a manager offered to turn them on for us and kept us quite comfortable.

The food was outstanding and we truly felt like we were on vacation with the Hawaiian ambiance. We can’t wait to go back on next time we’re in La Jolla!

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sons birthday. The kids love the view and food.

A
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and a beautiful view. The service is second to none. Our waitress Michelle was amazing. Leave room for the hula pie for dessert - a must have.

T
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious fish special - sweet salty and spicy broth with perfectly cooked sea bass. Have to recommend their wedge salad as well - piled high with blue cheese and bacon goodness. The waitress was very attentive, and the kids had a blast with Duke’s bingo on their menu.

HC
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The lobster was amazing! Great food with a great atmosphere.

B
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Food was good. Service was good, great view of the ocean and superb ambiance. Great for families with kids who want to sit down for a good meal at a nice restaurant.

MP
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Greta food and great view. Been there twice and will go on every visit to San Diego.

WH
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We were there for Thanksgiving and their traditional meal was everything we were looking for: Turkey, stuffing, mashed, all was well prepared and absolutely delicious.

T
Orange County
33 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were late as it took us 3 hours to get there. However, they were gracious in seating our grandson that arrived 30 minutes early. I had called ahead to apprise them of the situation. Our server was great and understanding. We knew she could have turned that table once over so we gave her a very good tip. She was prompt and understanding. Food was good and we ended with their Hula Pie which we love. My grandson and I both had the macadamia nut Parmesan crusted swordfish and my husband had steak. Both delicious!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

The food and service were fine. It was freezing cold inside. They were unprepared for the rainy weather.

a
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We sat on the balcony overlooking the ocean and it was great! The key lime pie was to die for.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food is good and well presented! Service staff is friendly and attentive. The ambiance is great and comfortable and the view is amazing.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was so amazing! The view, the drinks, the food. 10/10

H
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner on the patio. The food was excellent I had the Mahi Mahi Dukes special with pomegranate sauce and my husband had the Ahi. Both were really good!
It was a bit chilly and would have been nice if lap blankets were available

T
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fabulous! View for days.

PF
Milwaukee
29 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Wonderful service, enjoyed our drinks, appetizers, and entrees.

Enjoyable experience.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Duke’s- amazing fish tacos and great service.

OT
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Service was wonderful. Special birthday touches much appreciated. Steak lacked flavor. Smell was very off putting. Not sure the source. But it smelled like sewage on the patio. I felt terrible for party of 6 and birthday guy. Please take care of it. Not sure we will be back if it is not addressed

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Food was too salty and we couldn’t even eat it. They did comp the meals but the manager didn’t even bother coming by the table. Very unprofessional.

P
Minneapolis
67 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at this location. Excellent everything. Thank you!

EA
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best decision we made in Our visit to La jollA. The food was outstanding, the ambience and views were incredible. It was super casual, relaxed and fun. Felt beachy and unpretentious. We would highly recommend to anyone!

TG
New England
43 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Had lunch at Duke's on the patio. First of all, the views are breathtaking. I had the caesar salad with chicken. Quite tasty. When you go, please make sure you as for a patio seat either on the first level or the bar area on the second. It is worth having lunch there. You views in itself is well worth it.

PH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Duke's was, as always, GREAT! We asked to be seated outside on the upper patio deck and they put two tables together to seat our party of 10. Birthday treat of Hula Pie was amazing and the food/drinks were top notch. I would definitely go back again and again and again

R
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place on the water

DO
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

I’ve been to Duke quite a few times and every time it has been a great experience and really good food too.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great experience !!!

RO
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service started from when we entered the property! The host and hostess were very hospitable and our waiter was very attentive. The presentation of the food was beautiful and made a great birthday celebration for my brother in law.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, wonderful location. Doesn’t get any better

DP
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. The outdoor patio makes you feel like you’re in Hawaii. Ciara, our server, was excellent and made our boys’ birthday brunch feel so special.

MC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

For the view and service. Food is underwhelming. Poke tacos were bland and boring. Bloody Mary was good. Our server was sweet and attentive.

JM
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Pretty ambiance and good service. Food was nothing special.

HW
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Sea bass special was delicious but blistered pea appetizer was totally underwhelming (despite a very interesting set of ingredients). Waiter was very kind and helpful but served the wrong wine. Overall pretty good night.

FM
Detroit
35 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food & Great Service !

DD
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and Aloha atmosphere! Love Dukes and the waterfront view.

SH
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Breakfast was delicious, as were the drinks. Crabcake Benedict was wonderful and they were willing to make a traditional Hollandaise sauce. Not fishy at all. Beautiful setting. I enjoyed it very much