Duke's La Jolla

4.6
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
2417 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 2417 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
4.6
service
4.7
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
Sort by
Filters
PF
Milwaukee
27 reviews
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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

Enjoyable experience.

OT
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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
66 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

EA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place on the water

DO
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great experience !!!

RO
Los Angeles
4 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
33 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

BA
San Diego
39 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cool Hawaiian vibe, food, drinks, decor and all!

We had the snow-peas for an apetizer. The ahi tuna steak, poke-tacos, shrimp pasta, caesar salad & the ice-cream chocolate pie for dessert.

Good wine and cocktails over tiki mugs.

R
San Diego
58 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Best burger— delicious 1/2 lb w/fries.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience2

Last visited dukes 2 years ago and we loved it, great food and drinks. Had deteriorated which was a real shame

N
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I was given a sirloin cut when I ordered a New York strip. If you eat steak you would see the difference right away. The price difference was $17. Could be a simple mistake done by the line cook or is this place doing it regularly. I only recommend this place for the sunset view.

SA
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Good experience, server was awesome. Food could improve, fries that came with burger were luke warm. Appetizer quality wasn’t up to the price level

OT
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance when stopping in La Jolla

D
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and super fresh. The Patio is simply gorgeous. Best view of La Jolla. We really enjoyed the meal, listening to good Hawaiian music while watching the seals at the beach.

RW
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there from Dana Point to celebrate my 66th Birthday - I COULD NOT BE MORE PLEASED - We got a really good table and our server , Justin , was outstanding in every way - our meals were all good but my Sword Fish MAC--CRUSTED was amazing ! Loved it all ! Rob Willis

OT
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing server! amazing food!

SS
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Not worth the price. Coconut scrimp was meh- sea bass dried out. Not worth what you guys charge

SI
Austin
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful yet casual. Good for family or for a date -- not pretentious.

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Duke’s is normally a great experience with amazing views and fair food but this visit was disappointing. Our service was poor (empty drinks with no refills) despite the restaurant not even being busy. The food was also pretty terrible - even the kids meal of chicken strips were bad. This visit to dukes was a major bummer!

RA
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Overall experience was great! Food have distinct taste to it! Would definitely come back soon!

GR
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Really busy and understaffed for Sunday breakfast. We waited 15 minutes for our coffee and another 5 for the cream and sugar. She kept apologizing, but with not enough servers, there wasn’t much she could do. Food was great once we got it.

SF
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything in our experience was excellent. There were four of us and we each got different plates and tried other people’s food. Everything was delicious. At the end we got some kind of frozen ice cream cake that was MASSIVE but it was the best thing we had. The view was gorgeous and the staff were attentive. 10/10

S
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Pleasantly surprised with a large ice cream cake for my sons birthday everybody was very nice and accommodating service was great

C
San Diego
25 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I requested a certain table to please my spouse on her birthday. This request was completely satisfied by the staff. My wife was wished Happy Birthday and so our dining began in a great manner

My wife ordered the Mac crushed fish and I the Ahi bowl. Both of us were pleased.

Service remained attentive.

After we finished our mains, the server brought a complementary dessert.

NG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food and cocktails were outstanding. Service was pretty good the view was amazing

TS
Philadelphia
124 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Come for the view, stay for the tacos!

While the ceviche appetizer was good (perhaps slightly rubbery, but with great flavor), the tacos were fantastic! Shared the Korean and fish tacos, and both were stellar. Zingy, spicy flavor and crunch due to the cabbage/slaw.

M
Indiana
36 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in San Diego for business when this restaurant came up on my restaurant search. This is one of our favorite places to eat when we are on Maui so we had to get to La Jolla to eat there. As usual it did not disappoint. We shared a wedge salad, my spouse had the Mac crusted opa and I had the Hot pot of mixed seafood. All was delicious. We finished with their key lime pie which was fabulous! Always one of my favorite places to dine.

FC
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!! Everything from start to finish was excellent!! The server was very attentive (7 people) and the evening was awesome!!!