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Truluck's - Ocean's Finest Seafood & Crab - La Jolla, San Diego, CA

Truluck's - Ocean's Finest Seafood & Crab - La Jolla

4.8
4.8
4810 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Located in UTC at The Aventine on La Jolla Village Drive just east of The 5, Truluck’s La Jolla sits a short drive from the beach, UC San Diego, and historic Torrey Pines. Indulge in Prime Seafood & Crab. Our chefs honor and elevate with superior ingredients, precise execution, and classic presentation. Truluck’s maintains an unwavering commitment to serving the highest quality, sustainable products that make sense for the plate, the palate, and the planet. We strive to serve only the best ingredients and are dedicated to serving exceptional seafood and fresh Florida Stone crab, from the traps to your table in less than 24 hours.
Delight in the ocean’s finest seafood and crab, remarkable cocktails and wines, captivating ambience and the service you deserve. Your table is waiting.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 51 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Shellfish, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (858) 453-2583

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Brian Moran

  • Private party facilities

    For fabulous parties, lasting memories and none of the stress, choose Truluck’s. With flexible floor plans and a variety of spaces, we can accommodate parties large and small for any occasion (rehearsal dinners, corporate events, board meetings, milestone celebrations).

  • Private party contact

    Rebecca Wright, CPCE: (888) 725-7115

  • Neighborhood

    University City/Golden Triangle

  • Cross street

    La Jolla Village Drive

  • Parking details

    Free 3-hour hotel garage self-parking

  • Entertainment

    Live piano music on the outdoor Terrace Thursday through Sunday evenings.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Diego

    Romantic

  • San Diego

    Seafood

  • San Diego

    Romantic

  • San Diego

    Seafood

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Definitely on the pricey side but worth the experience. A must have is the seafood tower. Their carrot cake is amazing too.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Our waiter was excellent, however we were celebrating and there was no recognition of that.
  3. BW

    BrigetteW

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Some of the best seafood and service we have ever had.
  4. ED

    EdwinD

    San Diego

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was National lobster 🦞 day.. so why not try the South Australian lobster ?? The meal and customer service exceeded our expectations (this was our second visit).
  5. JM

    JoyceM

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The South African lobster was superb. The sweetest lobster I’ve ever had! Peter, our waiter, was excellent and would ask for him on future visits.
  6. D

    Downtowndiner

    San Diego

    115 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    115 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Really great sea bass and lobster bisque! Both ended with a nice kick.
  7. A

    Anonymous

    San Francisco

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    BDay w/8 family members. All excellent.
  8. JG

    JGreene

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Out server was Derek. MUST sit in his section every time. He was outstanding. Our 33rd wedding anniversary and the food along with the service was and is ALWAYS the best. Great restaurant. Had a table outside and the weather was also amazing. Nice job Truluck’s. See you again soon
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    On point as usual. One of our favorite places to dine for sea food. 👍🏻👍🏻 the best service by the staff.
  10. AW

    AllynW

    Phoenix

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely Out Of This World!! Liz was on point and a master of her craft. Thank You For A Awesome Night! Allyn Wright
  11. GA

    GinaA

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We didn’t even tell them it was our anniversary weekend and they put Rose petals on the table gave us a free dessert with a cute card and everybody kept wishing us happy anniversary service was impeccable and it made our night so special highly recommend this place for a nice quiet evening together❤️
  12. JT

    JudithT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The crab cakes and carrot cake were the Best I’ve ever had!! And V was the best server!!
  13. e

    ellenl

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waiter was fabulous as was everything else. Birthday dinner which they made special with table decor and yummy dessert.
  14. H

    Heckle

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The birthday celebration was lovely. Our reservation for five was able to be accommodated a bit earlier, as we arrived early and were eagerly ready to celebrate! The room was quite dark, almost too dark; however, the menu was backlit with a small led light making it an interesting way to present a large menu. Menu choices were ample with land, sea, and surprisingly a vegetarian offering. No need to bypass this restaurant due to a few vegetarian eaters. The five adults in our party were seated promptly and we started with appetizers: calamari and lump crab cake to share. Our main menu selections and sides were varied to our individual tastes and we simply shared family style. The table service couldn’t have been better and our waitstaff was amply sufficient and courteous.
  15. R

    Rick

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very pleased. Food and service were both excellent.
  16. GX

    GeneX

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great place in San Diego to celebrate birthdays. Nice dining environment.
  17. BA

    BrandonA

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you like seafood and you’re in San Diego this is a must ask for Rudy or Charles as your waiter and you’ll have an experience like never before. These guys know their stuff the stone crab claws are absolutely amazing they come in a couple different sizes I recommend the jumbo . And then just having one each as a starter is absolutely amazing …well done Trulucks well done !
  18. M

    Mike

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    We have used Truluck's for special occasions for several years. The following is why we won't return. My wife has some dietary restrictions and the food was not prepared accordingly. The waitress correctly took the order and repeated it back. The manager admitted that the kitchen was in error. This was a special occasion for us and Crab is one of my wife's favorites. We were placed next to a booth of five 30 something women celebrating a birthday. So much for ambience. on our special day. The one real positive - the wait staff was excellent and attentive. The waitress was a gem. It was a $300 dinner for two that didn't return its value. The date is now memorable for another reason.
  19. b

    bobg

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Crab and shrimp cocktail were outstanding as was the Maine lobster tail, Chilean sea bass and scallops.
  20. SA

    SAHM

    San Diego

    23 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The food with good, fresh seafood, and indeed the crab cake was amazing. The service of some of the staff left something to be desired. They continued to reach across the table to serve plates or even pour soup. Given the restaurant class, the staff are trained well enough to know how to serve food at the table.
  21. C

    Cricket

    San Diego

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All the food was simply excellent quality and prepared to perfection. Our waitress was extremely nice, accommodating, and efficient. Of course, they have the best carrot cake in the world!!!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first visit. Top marks all around; service, food, ambiance. We will definitely be back!!!
  23. BA

    BAMEATS

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great as usual. Best lobster tail ever. Rock crab claws always a favorite. Even added special touches for our special occasion. Love this place.
  24. KR

    KanaRen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I came alone to have diner. The waiter recommended petit size and I'm comfortably full. Besides, he brought me the spoon I need when I ate rice. The servers are always very warm-hearted and helpful. So I'm very pleased with the service. As for the food, I really like the crab louie cocktail cause the crab meat was fresh and juicy. As for the main course, I ordered miso glazed sea bass which is nicely cooked with a slightest trace of sweetness. I highly recommend everyone who come here to give crab dishes a try. They're the best! I'll recommend Truluck's to everyone who visit San Diego because it's really great experience!
  25. ED

    EdwinD

    San Diego

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The dining experience exceeded our expectations. Our server, Charles was excellent and made great recommendations that enhanced our dining experience. We will definitely be back. The ambience was excellent!!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Derrick was awesome! Food was great!
  27. T

    Tahoediner

    San Diego

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pricey but great food and service. The Lobster Bisque is yummy. Lobster and King Crab are the best I’ve had in San Diego. Delicious desserts too!
  28. DH

    DonnieH

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and Service will definitely go again
  29. JO

    JOHNV

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, Sammy, is the best! Very knowledgeable of their wine selection. Recommend you request him whenever you wish to dine at Truluck’s!!
  30. BS

    BryanS

    New Mexico

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    The food was excellent and the service was good. Beware however, that we ordered the lobster and there were two lobster options available, one served with potatoes with a price in the menu and another that was market price. The waiter failed to ask which lobster we wanted and simply served the more expensive one that cost double the price of the menu item. Although the food was excellent, what the server did was a bit disingenuous and deceptive.
  31. BG

    BrianG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Selected Trulucks’s for my Wife’s birthday celebration. Victor, our server was excellent and the food was fantastic! Special place in our hearts for the carrot cake
  32. LC

    LizC

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Oscar was fantastic!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our server, Derek, was wonderful!
  34. TT

    TalonT

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always outstanding! This time me and my friends got a table outdoors, and Liz and Megan got us started with waters and menus. As time passed by I began to notice how the weather was not going to make for a pleasant dining experience, and as I began to think about moving Liz and Megan came out to tell us that they set up a table just for us in case we wanted to move! We were shocked and amazed that they did that for us before we even thought to ask, and we moved inside right away. Not only was the AC lovely but they decorated our table with stars as if it was a special occasion! After getting set up with menus and waters, I realized that half of our party was gonna be a no show. Because of this, I asked Megan if the nice red booth was available and she moved us to it right away! On top of that she was absolutely incredible as a server, and took care of us like family! This is the kind of service that keeps me going back to Truluck’s and recommending it to everyone I know. Thank you Liz and Megan and the whole Truluck’s team, you guys are the best!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and great service as always
  36. JW

    JoeW

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Nice evening, but I think it’s over priced.
  37. BB

    BirthdayBash

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We enjoyed an outstanding dinner with excellent service. Delicious crab cake appetizer, and a perfectly cooked ribeye steak, and an Idaho trout as good as any I had fresh from the creek as a kid. Topped off with two reasonably priced bottles of Tre Leoni red blend and delicious carrot cake and chocolate malt cake for dessert, it all made for a perfect meal and a perfect evening. Most highly recommend Truluck’s for any special occasion or just a great dining experience anytime!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Truluck's was a lovely surprise during a daytrip to San Diego! We got their lobster bisque, crab louie cocktail, miso glazed sea bass and a filet mignon with a king crab leg and everything was truly excellent. The service was courteous and efficient, and we definitely look forward to coming back again on our next trip.
  39. V

    Vvisit

    Exclusive

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Nice to be inside on a hot evening. Food and service were Excellent.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely spectacular! Started with the Calamari — perfectly cooked and tasted great. Our son had the oysters, and he said they were incredible. The salads were excellent (both the Caesar and the Sonoma Greens). In terms of entrees, my wife had the halibut and it was cooked to perfection. Our son had the Chilean Sea Bass, and while it wasn’t my thing, he gave it two thumbs up. I did the sesame crusted tuna, and it was OK, but I’d definitely get the halibut next time (or the Mediterranean Branzino — they were out of it last night). Cannot say enough about the service — our server Derrick was one of the best servers we’ve ever had at any restaurant! Can’t wait to go back!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Truluck's - Ocean's Finest Seafood & Crab - La Jolla offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (858) 453-2583.

Truluck's - Ocean's Finest Seafood & Crab - La Jolla is rated 4.8 stars by 4810 OpenTable diners.

Truluck's - Ocean's Finest Seafood & Crab - La Jolla does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 51 times today
Google Map for Truluck's - Ocean's Finest Seafood & Crab - La Jolla

8990 University Center Lane, San Diego, CA 92122

Additional information

  • Cross street

    La Jolla Village Drive

  • Neighborhood

    University City/Golden Triangle

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Shellfish, Steak

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Free 3-hour hotel garage self-parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Brian Moran

  • Entertainment

    Live piano music on the outdoor Terrace Thursday through Sunday evenings.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (858) 453-2583

  • Private party facilities

    For fabulous parties, lasting memories and none of the stress, choose Truluck’s. With flexible floor plans and a variety of spaces, we can accommodate parties large and small for any occasion (rehearsal dinners, corporate events, board meetings, milestone celebrations).

  • Private party contact

    Rebecca Wright, CPCE: (888) 725-7115

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