Duke's La Jolla

4.6
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
2575 Reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
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.
What 2575 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
Sort by
Filters
SB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food1service4ambience1

Food was mediocre. The noise level was too high. The room felt like a cafeteria. I was expecting palms and rainforest atmosphere. The receptionist was charming and the waiter friendly and helpful.

CE
San Diego
35 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful location. Food and service were great. Our server Lauren was very personable and knowledgeable.

P
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely view of the ocean when entering you feel as if you were attending a Hawaiian Luau! Delicious food.

S
Calgary
43 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good....as good as it was in Hawaii. Everyone was friendly and helpful.

AJ
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

food was very mediocre, not very good. one in our party’s steak came out grossly overcooked and the second time it was the raw. the manager was very nice and really tried to make it right. he is a keeper! but overall very expensive and not very good. our waiter was honestly a little rude. but manager great!

CR
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as always

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Absolutely awful experience and subpar staff.

F
San Diego
49 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The banana macadamia nut pancakes were delish and my son loved the French toast with fresh strawberries. He also had the strawberry smoothie - so good. My husband had the moco loco and he really enjoyed it!

RM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We were tucked in the curve of the outlook. Because it was raining and dark out, it felt sterile and cold up against the staircase. Hence the reason for my score for ambiance. However, I am sure that during the day, it would have been a beautiful view to north Torrey Pines!

SD
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place to celebrate a birthday! Our server was so kind!

TH
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific service, food was great, drinks were tasty. Love that Hula Pie. Our waiter was friendly, energetic and knowledgeable.

AC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed our fish tacos, both kinds, and dessert -- good recommendations from our server; glad it wasn't too busy (Tuesday night); note that sunset views are for warm nights (our Feb date was too chilly and we were sheltered but limited in our view)

W
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Had a reservation and asked for a view table for our 30 year anniversary - we were put at the worst table with no view. Guests walking in without reservations were placed at ocean front view tables, VERY DISAPPOINTING. Upon leaving the restaurant, neither hostess acknowledged our leaving. Would not recommend nor will we return.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Lauren was exceptional and very attentive to our needs. The food was great!

We visited Duke’s as part of our 3-day weekend/holiday staycation in the San Diego area.

MS
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family lunch. Sashimi was super fresh. Drinks were made perfect. My kid loved fish taco from keiki menu. My dukes cheeseburger was perfect!

JC
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Beautiful view despite sitting next to a table with a screaming toddler. The oceanfront table opened up and we asked to move, but they gave it away to someone who just arrived (even though we requested it via Open table when we made our reservation). The tuna bowl was somewhat disappointing and lacking flavor, but the overall vibe was great. And who doesn't love their hula pie?

DR
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

I was disappointed. The eggs were raw and runny The potatoes were hard. It was too expensive for poor quality breakfast.

KS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always great although not as diverse as other restaurants of this caliber. Service has always been good, the ambience is chill and you can't beat the view/location! Casual dress code too!

GA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambience is great. Service was incredible. Very attentive and knowledgeable. Steven was our waiter.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Food was cold, not even warm when delivered to table. Seemed like it had been sitting in a window under a heat lamp until someone ran it. Portion was also small.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious!

M
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was great for what we ordered. We got seated right away with a reservation. Our server was great she came at the right times. she also suggested a few things on the menu that she liked. It was a bit noisy of a restaurant and we sat outside it felt like everyone was trying to be louder then the next.... The view was amazing! I would definitely request a outside seating on the far side with ocean view!

MB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a great time! We had a group of 10 and we were well taken care of. Great service and delicious food. View was amazing! Definitely a jewel within getting The Jewel (La Jolla). Thanks and we will be back!

MC
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I celebrated my birthday at Dukes with brunch with 6 friends. Our reservation was for 11:30 am. I didn’t realize Duke’s offers breakfast up to 12, and would have loved to see that menu, but was not offered it. The lunch menu has great appetizers, but a limited entree list. The service was fantastic, with a special shout out to Britney for her attentive service. Duke’s has a relaxing atmosphere with ocean views and an island vibe, that fits well with either a casual dining experience or a special occasion.

JG
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

We liked the ambience out on the deck, with a beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean and bluffs to the North. The Eggs Benedict that we had were not super. They were a bit bland and without any particular flair. I preferred the regular eggs benedict to the Crab cake benedict, which, in my opinion, had an unpleasant spicing to it. Our guest had the Breakfast Eggs, which were ok. Neither of the gals liked the potatoes. I thought they were okay. Kona coffee isn't our favorite--it's got kind of a sour taste to it, which we don't really like. So, all in all, it was a mixed bag. We liked the view, but the food was so so.

KS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the music with the view. Worth a visit. Food was tasty.

m
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Must go!!! We are at Dukes 6 times in 4 days! Breakfast is just as delicious as dinner ! Great service !

LA
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best experience ever! The food was excellent and the service even better! Our server Justin took so much time making sure our table’s food allergies were accommodated. He went above and beyond. The manager also came to our table to be sure we were comfortable with the menu choices. This was a wonderful ending to our weekend! Thank you Duke’s!!

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing but service even better!!! Great experience.

DP
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Ambiance made the difference - great ocean view, lighting, etc. Food was very good, just not quite a 5 and service wask OK, but could have been more attentive.

KG
Pittsburgh
18 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for lunch. Make reservations it gets busy! Reasonable prices, very good food.

OT
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Love the ocean view from the patio, however, it tends to be quite noisy. The food was fresh, but very bland for the price you pay. I guess you are paying for location. Customer service was good!

BH
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food taste was fantastic! ONLY thing I wish is that there was more variety, especially for vegan / vegetarian. Other than that, will surely return for a delicious meal and beautiful view!

OT
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Long wait for food even though restaurant was not crowded. Hair came in my napkin with my silverware. Order came out wrong and was then mistakenly charged extra to correct it. Temperature inside the restaurant was way too cold as was the food. Otherwise a wonderful experience.

J
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extraordinary experience during V-Day, very affordable considering a fixed menu with three courses and great selection of delicious choices. Appetizers consisted of coconut shrimp and amazing Korean sticky ribs. Sizes were very nice. For entrees Seared Ahi with substituted mashed potatoes was to die for and the sirloin was a nice portion size and didn’t sit heavy. Also had drinks which were very good and strong, definitely good amount of alcohol content on the drinks, plus Our waiter Travis made it a great night to remember. The view and ambiance coming from the patio is excellent with occasional sea lion noises adding in to the experience. Highly recommend for higher end Hawaiian fusion cuisine.

SB
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Location was the best!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to Dukes for Valentines day and thoroughly enjoyed the ambiance and experience. The staff was pleasant and the food was very good. I would recommend this place.

KD
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server (Travis) was friendly and helpful and the food was great. I'd probably give it 5 stars, but we had to wait 10 minutes even though we had a reservation (and were on time), and we were seated at an outdoor table in a cold, dark corner. No heat lamp or light nearby, though all of the other tables had them. It was difficult to read the menu, the ambiance was terrible, and we were very cold. I would have asked to move, but the place was packed and we were hungry.

LV
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant! We went during lunch for Valentines Day, our server Ciara was very friendly, attentive and helpful. The service was quick and the food was great, cooked to perfection. the sashimi was so fresh and delicious and the steak and fries were cook as desired.

CM
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had Valentine’s Day breakfast here and loved it. Great service, food and the view: wow! Can’t wait to try lunch and dinner.