Duke's La Jolla

4.7
4142 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 4142 people are saying
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vipAndrewM
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and nice view

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to two Dukes in Hawaii and now La Jolla. Loved it. Food was delicious and the view/ambiance was fantastic.

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vipSLK1
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Right in the ocean, so close you can see sea lions in the distance. We tried abs enjoyed a couple of the specialty cocktails. Fish was cooked to perfection. Our server was attentive and made excellent recommendations.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Staff was friendly and attentive. Food was good. The drinks were good. Lavender colada was really yummy as was the mojito. Appetizer ahi tacos were great! Overall, we would all go back to Duke’s!

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PeggyB
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The quality of the food is superb!
The staff is so genuine and welcoming.
Drinks are unique and delicious.
Outside dining with heaters was. Wry comfortable.
The prices are a bit high but for LaJolla it’s about standard.
The macadamia nut/Parmesan OBO was to die for.. perfectly cooked and wonderful flavors.

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MarionF
Birmingham
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service excellent and dinner very good for a standard Thanksgiving dinner.

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Margo
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Last minute plans to dine here for Thanksgiving. Thank you to Lea for finding a later time for us. We enjoyed a great meal and walked it off by taking a walk down to the childrens pool.

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vipSteveP
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving meal with an awesome view. After viewing the menu we decided to forego the turkey dinner special for Sautéed Mac Nut & Herb Crusted Fresh Fish parmesan & panko dusted, lemon caper butter, herbed jasmine farro rice. Needless to say it was excellent and our server Ciara was the perfect host. Enjoyed our meal immensely.

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LidiaS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

me and my boyfriend went here for date night and it was amazing! Our waiter Mike was absolutely amazing . He was very attentive and his energy was just awesome! I will be returning again

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Twinee
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Nice greeting and friendly service, although no water refills and we had to serve our own wine as I recall. Offer of dessert but no offer of coffee service. Appetizer came out very fast but we waited a bit for our mains, which was fine because we were in no hurry. Quite large portions and priced very well for the quality.

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SueR
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met our son from Denver in San Diego for Thanksgiving weekend. Our first meal was at Duke’s and it was great! We all had sea food that was fresh and well prepared. I highly recommend Duke’s!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely view and kind staff. Couldn’t ask for a better experience.

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NMWhite
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

I booked on Open Table and referenced our 49 th anniversary we were celebrating at lunch and requested a nice view table. We arrived at 11:15 for our 11:30 reservation, hoping to be given a coveted view table. Well, someone beat us by mere seconds at the hostess stand. They were given the last front row table,( even though her partner was still parking the car) and as she acknowledged our special request and special day.
Not the end of the world of course but disappointing nonetheless.
Also missed an orchid in my mai tai. Very blah-looking with just a pineapple slice.
Delicious macadamia crusted mahi-mahi plate lunch and a nice slice of complimentary hula pie was nice!
I understand they don’t take special requests but I’ve been a hostess and know it can be managed to a certain extent.

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KimberlyS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great views

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Took my mom to Duke’s for her 75th Birthday brunch. Was expecting it to feel special. There was no mention from the hostess or service, “Happy Birthday”. Ordered coffee. It showed up at the table cold. Ordered a side of sourdough bread and it didn’t arrive to the table until I was almost done eating. Ordered the breakfast burrito and specified no black beans. The burrito was lukewarm at it’s best and the burrito had beans in it. Felt like food was pre-made and pushed out rather than being customized for the guests.

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vipJeMuGa
Monterrey
13 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. Good value and an amazing sunset viewing table

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great experience! We arrived an hour earlier than our reservation and were still given an amazing table with a beautiful view. Service was excellent…thank you Felix! Food was so very good…loved everything that we ordered. We wish we were staying closer as we would have gone back again today! Thanks to all staff at Dukes for such a positive experience!

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Sierra
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view was beautiful!! The food was delicious and fairly priced, especially considering the view and ambiance. We ordered the banana nut pancakes and they were fluffy, warm, and delicious. Would highly recommend!!

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LettyT
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Felt as if I was on a mini vacay in Hawaii. Awesome time at Dukes

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KevinH
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We enjoyed the view and the restaurant. The service from the staff was very nice, except for the greeters. Surprisingly, they were a little curt in approach, although not rude. We were there for lunch and were near their lunch closing hours. As we were leaving, my wife went to the bathroom and I waited for her in the hallway. A worker came by and asked if they could help me like I didn't belong. Perhaps I didn't as they were 'closed' at this time, but felt it could have been approached a little nicer (again, not completely rude, just 'who are you and why are you here'). Once I explained I was waiting for my wife, they were okay with it and moved on.
This is a very minor comment. The food and other services were very good and I would recommend this place to others.

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NatashaD
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for my husband’s bday, drinks, food, waitress, everything was fabulous, would recommend to anyone!

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CharM
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went in for drinks and dessert. Sat on the patio. Great staff and great food! I’m

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful views, amazing server.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mahi Mahi was incredible!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Service was excellent. My husband had the sirloin. It was covered in a salty brown gravy that ruined the steak. He thought the gravy would be on the mashed potatoes, not the steak. Order this without gravy. My salad, arugula/spinach was good and my mai tai was delicious. There was quite a bit of fog the evening we visited, so we can’t tell you if the view was great or not. It’s a beautiful restaurant, so we’d recommend for special occasions. Parking was not nearby, so be sure to factor in time to park for your visit.

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Star1
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great birthday dinner

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MikennaD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food and drinks were good. Our server was friendly and efficient. The view is beautiful, relatively inexpensive for the area.

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vipBethM
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner out with family Sunday after our daughter got married on Saturday. Dan was a great bartender. Krista was a fabulous waitress! Meals were marvelous!! We had been to Duke’s in Hawaii in Feb 2020 and wanted to have another Duke’s experience!!

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vipSupersalesgal
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great ambiance! We all had the burger and I had mine with a gluten-free bun. Always a special treat! The food was cold which was not fine for the fries, but burger was delish. We sat forever enjoying our drinks and never felt hurried.
Our server was good.

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GingerS
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great view! The weather was perfect for the outdoor patio!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall great. Highly suggest.

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ManishaR
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very good food, nice servers, and great views! We enjoyed our time!

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ClearlyJanetteM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, spectacular views, delicious food. Try the Lava Splash drink (it's not on the menu)! The service was spot on as was the food.

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SanDiegoMama
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience3

We went a bit early and had a cocktail upstairs. The server Abby was awesome. When we went down for dinner, they seated us right by a table of screaming kids so we asked to be moved. Then it took forever for a server to come to the new table. The service after that was decent. The food was good, not great but good. It was a nice evening overall. It was nice they put an anniversary card on the table for us.

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PetitC
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Ordered the shrimp omelet with potatoes and the ppog juice. Everything was really good. Our server was excellent in being most attentive! We sat outside in the patio area, which was quite nice being covered getting a view of the ocean. I definitely would like to go for dinner and try the kula pie which looked delicious!

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raquelF
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We love Dukes it is one of our favorite places. It makes you feel like your back in Hawaii. The only disappointment was the 3 hostess at the entrance they were so rude. I thought they were there to make you feel welcome, but not this time.

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RrrrK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and atmosphere. Excellent service by Katherine.

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vipFoodie
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and incredible view! It’s always perfect at Dukes!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very nice evening with friends from Vancouver. Food and ambiance was good

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time

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Duke's La Jolla is rated 4.7 stars by 4142 OpenTable diners.