Duke's La Jolla

4.8
3274 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
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 & employees. (100.4F and higher, will not be permitted to enter)
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 3274 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible.

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Anniversary
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Our birthday reservation request for a ocean view was not applied, so we had to wait for a table, but it was worth the wait! The food was very good as well as the service. We will be back.

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vipjimmy
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food, good selection on lunch menu, perfect location to enjoy all the reasons we live in San Diego

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first visit to Dukes for my birthday. Everything was perfect! The Hula pie is fantastic.

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KristenW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was a lovely restaurant, and the staff was very nice. However, the food was too salty. Mine and my fiancé’s. For me to say that is bad because I love salt. Not completely inedible, but my fingers did swell afterwards. We would still go back to eat though!

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fitrunr
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

There isn’t a better place to enjoy the views of La Jolla Cove. Reasonably priced menu, great service, and the tropical ambiance makes you feel like you're in Hawaii. One of our favorite restaurants in San Diego!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If I could give the service 10 stars, I would. Food was delicious and location is beautiful.

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vipShellyO
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

6th anniversary wedding for my kid’s

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CynthiaG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband had the Mahi tuna dish and I had the hot pot. It was our first experience at Duke's and we enjoyed our meal. The flavors were bursting with spices that our palets enjoyed. Will stop again once we are down in that area.

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Alma
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food3service5ambience3

Had read it would be a great scene for the sun set but it actually was not at all. Nice view of the sea was beautiful.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service
Beautiful outdoor view patio sitting

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DwayneC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great. However, it was a surprise luncheon. When I checked in, the hostess asked if was a party of 4!! And my wife was under the impression it was only 2 of us. I wanted to surprise her with the other two. Kinda spoiled the surprise, but it is what it is!

Otherwise, we had a great time and enjoyed the drinks and food!

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RickM
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great view, great service. Will be back for sure

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service & awesome views... Food was delicious!

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AdamZ
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly outstanding food in a beautiful atmosphere overlooking La Jolla Cove. We ordered seafood appetizers and main course, and everything was wonderfully fresh and flavorful. The Hula Pie dessert deserves its fame, and is more than enough for two. In fact, I can imagine going to Duke's just for hula pie and coffee after a night at the movies once we can do that again.
Speaking of which, their COVID-19 protocols are thorough but don't intrude upon the dining experience. If anything, the extra space between tables provides a more comfortable experience. And the patio is well equipped with heaters to ensure that even on a chilly night it stays comfortable outside.

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RonB
San Antonio
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Dukes several times and have always had a great experience! We have also been to Dukes in Hawaii as well with the same great experience!

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StephanieS
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful way to spend Valentine’s Day. Has the chicken Katsu and ribs with chicken and everything was so delicious and just melted in your mouth. And the staff was super nice as welcoming.

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DianeW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience2

It was our first night in SAn Diego. Open door website did not say outside dining only. Mgr was not rude just not accommodating. We have been to other Duke’s that were a much better experience.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Duke’s! The huge outdoor patio is great with nice warm heaters and a beautiful view.. The Ono was incredible and so were the the fish tacos. We highly recommend it. (Sierra was a great server as well).

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience and amazing waiter

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NancyY
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful everything!! We will be back! We absolute loved our table with the view!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time. Friendly staff and fresh fish!

LK
vipLoveKauai
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We went to Duke’s for our anniversary and were disappointed when we weren’t sat at a table closer to the overlook of La Jolla Cove but rather much further back

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JacobC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the service was immaculate. The view was probably the best part abt my dining experience!

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CyndiWright
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was perfect! I thought it was going to be a zoo in Valentine’s Day but they handled the crowd perfectly. I will return often. This is definitely a special occasion location!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and our server was so friendly! Perfect for my first meal out since Covid.

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monicaa
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Came here for Valentine’s weekend- great view, and great service

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PeggyP
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

never disappoints great valentines lunch service as usually great and clear sunny day at the cove

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Amazing food

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DanB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was really good. Enjoyed the patio and view. Hula pie hit the spot for dessert.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! It was good to finally have a meal out after so much time and Dukes did not disappoint. We watched with sunset and drank mai tais along with a yummy dinner. I had the seared Ahi and the fish was very fresh. Would go back again soon.

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vipDebbieF
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Duke's for special occasions and it never disappoints!

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Barbara
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My server was wonderful! The view was incredible! Highly recommend!

SG
vipSayaG
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OMG! The mahi Mac not encrusted lunch was amazing. Everyone loved their meals. Especially the kids. Service was fantastic as usual. So glad Dukes is back open! Thank you!

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Erin
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was delicious, service was excellent, and the alcoholic lemonade drink was fantastic!

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vipPAMomof3
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter were in San Diego to tour a college which she committed to and it was her 18th birthday so we had lunch at Dukes to celebrate the special day. We were seated overlooking the ocean and the views were incredible. She had a pulled pork sandwich she said was one of the best sandwiches she’s ever had. I had yummy fish tacos. They brought her an incredible cake with a candle for her birthday. Outside seating was spaced well plus there were heaters not that it was cold compared to PA where we are from. We will return on our next of many trips back to CA!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

No regrets for first time dinning here! The food are very affordable and delicious! Plus factor loved the amazing view. We will definitely come back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, spectacular view, and outstanding service. Made my friends birthday celebration extra special. Highly recommended and we will definitely be back again soon.

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vipCaroleW
San Diego
8 reviews