Duke's La Jolla

4.7
4234 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
We are open for indoor and outdoor dining, takeout, and delivery! Visit dukeslajolla.com to view our menus or place an online takeout order.

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.

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
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 4234 people are saying
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Glenn
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my wife's birthday at Duke's in La Jolla. From the time we entered the restaurant throughout the meal they recognized her birthday with a placard and birthday wishes. Our server Georgia was excellent. We even received a free Hula Pie which is my wife's favorite.

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RayE
San Diego
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our 3rd visit here. The food and ambience were great. Excellent service each and every time we visit. Highly recommend.

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vipAlohaDiner
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Duke’s continues to be a fabulous experience. They swapped the fish for veggies in the fish tacos since I am vegan. The macadamia nut hummus is really good. Mail Tai takes one away. Mahalo.

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vipRobin
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch with my husband! Best view in town and macadamia nut crusted fish was amazing. Banana macadamia nut pancakes were heavenly!

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eveningout
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Could not have been better. Great food, great service. We had a memorable evening!

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DavidE
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dukes never disappoints, the food is amazing and the setting overlooking the ocean is spectacular.

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vipHaideeD
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and staff! They’re super accommodating! Love the birthday card and the hula pie❤️❤️❤️

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Melanie
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary here for lunch, and we had a wonderful time! The food was delicious, and the service was exceptional. We absolutely loved it and highly recommend to anyone visiting La Jolla.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall was really good! It was our first time going here and our favorite was the calamari appetizer. The huli huli chicken was amazing.

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LaFrancophile
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jake was our waiter and he was patient, professional, accommodating, personable and efficient. The food was good (burger) and sitting on the deck on a lovely, sunny afternoon overlooking the ocean was great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
22 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view was spectacular, so hard to concentrate on the food, but it was good!

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vipTimH
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Not bad, not great. Rib appetizer was dry. Poke tacos good. Burger was good. Service was attentive, but not exactly friendly. Not sure I'd go back for anything particular.

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PaulD
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and fun atmosphere. We will be coming back again. A great backdrop for a beautiful evening dinner on the beach.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Book early to get the outside

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vipTabby
San Diego
38 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall5food2service5ambience3

Service excellent!!! Food was ok.

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BrRo
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall3food2service3ambience2

The food was average. Our waitress was super nice but not very attentive.

In addition- we went there specifically for the view and there was a tarp that covered the patio for warmth (it was still very cold) and the view was non-existant even on a sunny day.

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ShelleyS
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food5service4ambience2

I was thinking this was a fancy restaurant but to my surprise it was not. Kind of a step above islands but with a price tag of $$$$$. Food was excellent though. Maybe with a different frame of mind going in, it would have been better.

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TrentA
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! Great atmosphere. A must go to in San Diego

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DarrenM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Great place to enjoy good food in a casual atmosphere with great service.

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NotASnob
San Diego
32 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place, great view. Will definitely come back. .

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food..great service…great drinks….incredible view….what more could you ask for!

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Gail
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Consistently delicious Mai Tai’s, beautiful ocean view, friendly staff and fish menu items are always fresh and delectable!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food.

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BNVOLNTOVRLRD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was absolutely amazing ... Crab wontons, Ahi, and the Aloha Pie! Each one insanely delicious, but somehow the wonton appetizer stole the show

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ValentineVisitor
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for anniversary lunch! Perfect service and meal was delicious!

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Sher
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Made reservations in advance to take out of town family and requested outdoor seating with a view. We were seated on the lower level with a plastic covering the ocean view and was not notified that optional upstairs seating that had unobstructed view was available and open. The food was mediocre and much like diner food. Our group had the Loco Moco, Chicken and Ribs, Breakfast Burrito and a couple of kids items. The food quality without the view was certainly not worth it. Aside from this, the staff had a few mistakes with our order, one having given us a wrong drink item and 2nd completely missed the request to have the sauce on the side. After our meal, one of the staff mentioned that the upstairs dining are is open for walk in patrons only while the downstairs are for reservations. It was pretty disappointing especially if you planned on dining with the ocean view.

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vipMomof3
San Diego
149 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Duke’s La Jolla is always wonderful and today was no exception. Our server Luke was amazing ! We started with the coconut shrimp appetizer and I had the pancakes . My hubby had the nachos and they were amazing.
The Mai Tais were great .
Amazing COVID protocols and we choose to seat outside which seemed even safer. Tables were distanced and masks while not seated was enforced.
If you are looking for a great brunch with a wonderful view this is it.
Thanks again to Luke for making our brunch so lovely.

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Kristine
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding! And the service was excellent- Alan took good care of us 😎

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PaulineS
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall3food2service3ambience3

It was disappointing. Made reservations and did not get an outside seating to enjoy the ambience. The food was OK but not worth the price.

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Vasablancas
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome ambience. We've lived in La Jolla for the last few years and finally got around to trying Duke's on the New Year. Service was exceptional and staff was very friendly! The food was great, loco moco meat was good and the Macnut pancakes were awesome. Breakfast burrito was a little hard to eat, but still good. Everything was a great experience, just a little pricey compared to what we eat when we go to Hawaii. Drinks are SO cute and to die for, will be coming back to try the other options they have!! Mahalo!

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Fwuz
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for NYE dinner with our little one. Ended our meals with a hula pie. Sean was an amazing server! Mahalo!

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SpencerG
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Real tasty and unique. Unfortunately appetizer and entrees came within 5 minutes of each other but otherwise really good all around.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We love the food here!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was friendly and amazing.

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ChristinaV
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing experience at Duke’s…AS ALWAYS! Food was amazing, drinks were perfect, and service was great! I have nothing bad to say about our experience at Dukes!

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KenP
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Perfect location. Awesome views. Food was great, got us in ahead of our reserved time.

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JennyP
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food. Good service. Wish the curtain was up so I could see ocean better.

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Marcie
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Hospitality desk missed Aloha spirit; a trio of definitely hostile in working with us coming a bit earlier than our reservation - which was quite early in the evening already! Noticed a fair amount of staff, but only a few 'serious' workers. Food service was too slow and the fish taco's were a disappointment. Even though this is not my first time at the restaurant, I would be inclined to try others first.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Overpriced despite decent portions. Service was very good and nice to have covered patio with heat lamps. Coconut shrimp was recommended but sadly bland.

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vipInder
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our waiter was most charming and made us feel most welcome.

FAQs

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 4234 OpenTable diners.

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.