Duke's La Jolla

4.7
3637 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
We are open for takeout, delivery and outdoor dining! Visit dukeslajolla.com to view our menus or place an online takeout order.

For everyone's safety we will be checking temps of all guests and employees. Face coverings are required.

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.

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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
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 3637 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.5
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food5service4ambience3

The covid restrictions for a large group are ridiculous. I understand the company has a policy in place but not allowing us to move to a table closer to our family did not make any sense and to be honest it really put a damper on my birthday.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, beautiful views, good service, relaxed atmosphere. All around enjoyable experience. Would go again.

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KyleB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This food was delicious and the view was even better. Such a cool experience while visiting San Diego!

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BradB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Family dinner night

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JoeyD
Sacramento
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the best birthday lunch here, the lava flow and hula ice cream pie were the best😍😊

MF
vipMichelleF
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant did a great job of giving us a wonderful table on the patio with a great view! The food was delicious and the service was great! Def recommend!

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NishB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! Good food with a great view, good prices.

DC
DeniseC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The shrimp appetizer is a few fried shrimp with a little coconut thrown on top. So NOT worth $16. The sea bass was overcooked and dry. Salads are ok. The value of the food for the price is not there.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love the food, the relaxed vibe and the view of the ocean from the terrace.

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Bernice
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing experience all around! We went to celebrate my husband's graduation with our 2 kids and we all loved our food. I highly recommend sitting outside as the view is beautiful and very relaxing. Our waiter was wonderful, giving us recommendations for the kids and even taking the time to get a wonderful picture of the four of us. I will definitely visit again.

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vipDMMSanDiego
San Diego
28 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great place to experience La Jolla. The food is great and the location is hard to beat!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First night I. La Jolla was great. Dukes staff were great. We had an outside table upstairs with a great view. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The nachos came out dry and in one big lump so the chips had to be broken apart. Service wasn’t the best as we had to wait for refills and never had waters refilled. The view was great as always.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food3service3ambience4

Not accommodating for our party of 7 to be at one table.

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Arcct
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A creative Hawaiian Islands menu, good and simple food, spectacular views, and a fast and efficient staff all combined with excellent desserts (!) Make this place a must see when you are in La Jolla.

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WardB
Portland
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great view

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Very happy with the service and view. The food was not as good. Hilo Hilo chicken was dry and ahi was lacking seasoning. Wait staff was very friendly and efficient.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

You’re definitely paying for the view. The hummus was really good and the drinks were good but everything else was pretty disappointing.

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ScottD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

server was incredible! made the experience that much better along with the views

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CoreenB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food! Excellent service!! Amazing environment - felt like we were actually in Hawaii!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Average. And cheap portions and ingredients.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed the views and the dishes. Poke tacos are a good appetizer to start with! Would come back again!

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jenniferc
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated a friend's birthday here and we got sat on the patio with the best ocean view. Then service was very attentive and the food was delicious. My friend is GF and the menu was easily customizable to her needs - and the birthday treat for her was a GF key lime pie, which was delicious!

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spoiledathome
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

great ambiance upstairs at the bar out on the patio overlooking the ocean. Very good tacos on Taco Tuesday. Great live music, too.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Held a small family birthday celebration at Dukes last evening. Fantastic food (sea bass was phenomenal), excellent service, gorgeous views. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was very kind and was on top of everything. The food was the best seafood I have had and it was outstanding. The whole experience was great overall!

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JimS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time. Loved the food, the service was attentive. The vibe was a lot of fun.

LD
LauraD
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely view! Tasty food! Great service!!! This is a great place to go when visiting La Jolla!

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vipfoodie
San Diego
42 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was outstanding. The macadamia nut hummus was to die for! You made our anniversary a very special occasion. We will be back!

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vipSaleemG
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall1food5service5ambience5

This was my second visit in 2 days and I expected an even better experience. However, due to the hostess and sitting manager, it was not to be. In my reservation I had requested a table closest by the sea view. We were taken to a table further away. After sitting down I asked if we could get a table closer, and I was told that we can’t be moved once seated. I asked to speak to the manager and requested if we could be reseated. The manager stated that we couldn’t be reseated unless we agreed to wait 25 minutes for a table in a different floor. I said no thanks politely and went back to our table. Within 25 minutes every table with the best sea view became available. They stayed vacant when we left. I think the manager needs to be retrained to be more reasonable in accommodating customer requests and not hold on to unnecessarily foot dragging like “company policy”, “it is a lot of cleaning for covid to get a table ready”, and plain arrogance. This was a totally unnecessary unpleasantness that took an enjoyable afternoon and turned it sour.

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geraldh
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wonderful view, excellent service , amazing food,

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ATeam
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

This visit was so disappointing. Honestly the only things that stood out were the environment/view and the poke tacos. Everything else was mediocre. If I went again it would be for happy hour only.

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johnh
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The dinner was excellent the food was wonderful the service was just OK. We were celebrating an anniversary and no one commented on it even though I did put it on open table that we were having our anniversary. The waiter seem to be overworked or tired. Because of the pandemic we still tipped him over 20%.
The Tristin lobster tail was almost as good as the Hula pie!

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LarryJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I told them it was a birthday but they never acknowledged that. Also, soda came out very flat.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food! And great service! Reasonable price for the food, a little bit over charger beverage. Definitely will go back!!!

BT
BorisT
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great fast service, waiter, food and environment in the restaurant

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TrevorJ
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great views. Hold out for the tables against the glass.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a delicious meal and waitress was always coming to check on me.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience5

I was there for my birthday. We thought we were having brunch but it had ended 20 minutes before we arrived so they weren't serving anymore which was a disappointment! We ordered the calamari appetizer, coconut shrimp, and the combo plate lunch with the ribs and huli huli chicken. We also ordered a Hendrix Gin-Mary which to be honest, was the best thing to hit the table! to say that the food was underwhelming was to say a lot! The calamari was a joke! There were no rounds nor tentacles it was just strips from the old Howard Johnson's clams days! Greasy and doused with tartar sauce and a sorry excuse for guava cocktail sauce, because you could barely taste anything that resembled guava. I have been to Dukes in Huntington Beach, Waikiki, Lihue Kauai, and the Malibu locations and until this visit have always had a decent meal. The combo plate lunch had a thin piece of chicken thigh sliced in half and put on a skewer that was the chicken portion!! The rib portion had five ribs -- NO VALUE there! Because it was my birthday they brought us a complementary piece of hula pie. The server was very nice but not attentive at all! I really wanted to like this place especially for my birthday! The view was the best thing about the lunch besides my company and I guess that's what you pay for -- because it certainly was not the cuisine!!

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MadyJ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had my birthday brunch here! they say us outside with a view and everything was yummy. I was very satisfied.

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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 3637 OpenTable diners.

Duke's La Jolla does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://tsrestaurants.securetree.com/Duke-s-La-Jolla/.

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.