Duke's La Jolla

4.7
3792 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.

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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
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 3792 people are saying
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipLynnP
Central Coast
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience2

I was disappointed in the vibe of the place and also the food was very average. Not what I was hoping for going to beautiful La Jolla. I suppose if you sit outside it would have a better feel.

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vipFatOtter
Dallas
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t beat the view !

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect!

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vipBandita
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The view at Duke's is stunning. This is why you deal with downtown La Jolla crowdedness and traffic. Had a nice table outside. The food was good, but I was a little underwhelmed. The HuliHuli chicken was on the dry side and the side slaw was just OK. We did enjoy the nachos. My daughter had the burger which was good. The fries were ok but could have been crispier. The menu reminds me on a more upscale Islands fare. But I probably prefer Islands food. The waitress was new and didn't quite get our orders right, but at least she was honest about it and sweet as can be so no issue with that. Just wish the quality of the food was a bit better.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience2

Basic- very basic. Had higher expectations from other people recommending- visiting from East Coast- service was great- food was cold she fixed that-

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vipMarie
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our waiter was very friendly and informative, attentive !

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience. Good view, food, and wine.

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JessQ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

They sat us near ocean view. Wish we had waited a bit longer just for actual table next to the view. Three became empty as our appetizer arrived.

Hostess are a little standoffish until you make conversation. However our waiter Oscar was very nice and prompt. Food did not take long. Really appreciate the birthday cake for my sister.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding from the service to the food!!

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MelissaS
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was deyand staff was very friendly. Beautiful view.

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LeslieB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great food. Excellent service. Fun atmosphere!! We enjoyed this outing with friends and liked to so much that we’ll be back soon!!

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SunnySd19
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We had a very fun family dinner to celebrate a birthday. The food was great, everyone really enjoyed their entrées. Hula Pie for dessert of course!

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vipPaulB
Orange County
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food4service1ambience3

Sat down ordered then we were told we had to move tables as our table had been reserved, so embarrassing as we walked with out water and menus over to another table, very armature and not what you would expect from a La Jolla Resturant, give it a pass

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience and service. Highly recommend.

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ThomasA
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service, spectacular views and reasonable prices! Will certainly dine at Duke’s on future occasions.

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Baily
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere!

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TC36377
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great view. Friendly staff inside. Waiter was a little grumpy. Told us we had to order or the kitchen would be closing. Not happy I asked for a paper wine menu.

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Dandi
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed. Fantastic food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our Server was Allen or Alan. I forgot but he was awesome! Service was quick. We had a reservation and got seated right away. The view was so beautiful. I wished their menu was bigger. But overall I would come here again.

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JMsnudge
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the view was to die for.
The staff was great. We expect a lot from this family of restaurants that we have visited several over the years and Duke's did not dissapoint!

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vipPaulS
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great menu and the best Mai tais. Service was great.

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OmaC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome and delicious!

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RoyM
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Ordered the beef short rib meal. Ribs were over cooked and dry. Very disappointing. Sauce was outstanding. The waiter was Jake. He was an outstanding server.

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Ellie
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Duke’s was delicious and had great gluten free options. It’s a little pricey, but the ambience and food were great! Beautiful views of La Jolla.

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vipGolfdrake
Palm Springs
31 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, cocktails and views from patio are OUTSTANDING!!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fabulous setting, great service. Sea bass a bit dry/overcooked, but very flavorful. Great cocktails and lots of fun!

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ChristinaR
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is always a great standby. Awesome view and reasonably priced.. always come here when I can.

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vipAndrew
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great view!!

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Mark
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Excellent drinks, good food
Nice views from the terrace

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AliceB
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress, sorry forgot her name, was very accommodating and friendly.
The only problem going to Dukes La Jolla is parking.

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DeniseC
New England
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

We were not seated near the water view as requested when we reserved our table- disappointing. This has happened 3 times now and we live in Chicago so it’s not easy to come back

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elizabetha
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Duke's is a fave for me & my Mom Squad. The food, the ambiance, the service is like an instant vacay. Most of the big tables were removed during Covid so def make advance reservations. Must order: lavender colada, black bean nachos, macadamia hummus, hula pie. Claire provided thoughtful and attentive service. Always a celebration at this lovely spot. Duke's has adapted the menu to QR code scanning & even has a contactless pay option. If you can't find street parking, there are self-park & pay lots off Cave Street and $12 valet parking steps away from the restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is great. We came here with a 4 and 1 year old. I have to say our waitress was great not just with us but with our kids as well. Thank you for great time and of course a delicious hulu pie.

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RobertJ
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful birthday evening for a dear friend of ours. The appetizer of calamari was excellent as were the salads. Well done on all the drinks. The hostess, waitress and staff were attentive and top rated to us. We are world travelers and have dined n places such as Athens, Rome, Paris and Barcelona. Your establishment is there with the best of them. Of. Ore was your new waitress who only had 4 days n the job . She was incredible and very personable. Great hire!! Excellent main courses of fish tacos and mixed drinks. We shall see you soon! Bravo!

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vipTony
San Diego
45 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was very good. Our server took very good care of us.

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vipCarolineC
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was wonderful, views were stunning. Service outstanding! Definitely recommend. Sit outside!!

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VictorR
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy attending Duke's in the Cali area and The Islands of Hawaii. Great environment and hospitality. Everyone is always friendly, knowledgeable, and efficient.

Thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
Key West
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We arrived a few mins early and they had us wait for about 10 mins until our table was ready. We went to lunch on Saturday at 2:15pm (as that was all that was available for a late lunch that day). Everyone was so nice and the place was VERY BUSY. We requested a table closest to the water for the best views…and they were spectacular!! We started off with drinks and the coconut shrimp. The wait time for food was really not bad at all. We were so busy taking in the beautiful weather and breathtaking view! Shrimp was fantastic! We ordered fish tacos and the poke bowl as our meals. Again, no complaints, food was good and didn’t take an absorbent amount of time to come out. We finished off our meal with the hula ice cream pie for dessert. Amazing! Our waitress was very knowledgeable and super friendly and attentive.

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EastCoastTransplant
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and ambiance are always amazing... but our waitress stole the show. We had a food allergy and she made sure everything was perfect!!

The only downside: we stuffed ourself on hula pie before we left! 🤪

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FoodBlogger
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambience was awesome and the food was good. The staff were friendly, warm and welcoming. We had a great time and we will be visiting again!

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Duke's La Jolla is rated 4.7 stars by 3792 OpenTable diners.

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