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

4.8
4105 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
We invite you to escape to Truluck's. A getaway for the senses.

Come savor the freshest Crab, direct from our own fisheries. Delight in our fresh-catch seafood menu or select tender, juicy steaks prepared to perfection. Then complement it all with delicious wines by the glass and bottle.

Best Seafood Restaurant in San Diego 2016 – USA TODAY’s 10Best.com

Best Special Occasion Restaurant 2016 – San Diego Magazine Readers’ Choice Award

#1 Best Seafood in San Diego, 2016 Diners’ Choice Award – OpenTable

Best Seafood Restaurant in San Diego 2015 – USA TODAY’s 10Best.com

Best Overall Restaurant, Best Seafood and Best Happy Hour 2016 – La Jolla Village News

Gold Medallion Award for Best Seafood Fine Dining, San Diego– California Restaurant Association

Best Seafood Restaurant in San Diego 2014 – Zagat
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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
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 4105 people are saying
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wayneh
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Andrew was our server, he gave excellent service and was very attentive and friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waiter Matt was awesome! All his recommendations were on point. Very attentive and super friendly. The food was amazing. Love the rose petals on the table and the anniversary dessert. Will definitely be coming back again.

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vipELIZABETHD
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience3

We usually look forward to dining at Truluck's and were incredibly disappointed by both the food and service on this visit. Our server "sold" us on the jumbo stone crabs only to find out after they arrived at the table these were not the Florida ones we've enjoyed before. These were tasteless with very little meat on them from Santa Barbara. $116.00 for 4 tasteless claws is not ok. The rest of the meal was ok as far as the quality of the food- my steak was cooked well as was our scallops. However, service was really off. My husband asked for bread & our server was happy to get it but failed to mention they now charge for bread. She was also attentive when our wine glasses were almost empty but not our water glasses. Everything seemed to take a long time to come out yet we say several members of the waitstaff (bussers & kitchen runners) walking around the dining room. We ordered coffee to go with their amazing carrot cake and it was forgotten about. We were almost done with dessert when the coffee finally arrived.
Again, we usually look forward to our meals here. While the price is high it's typically worth every penny but definitely not this time. If this is the way things will be from now on, we are done.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best yet again! They made my mom's birthday celebration very special and the service was top notch!!

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vipjason
San Diego
29 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Derek took amazing care of us as always. Absolutely award winning service. Lobster bisque, scallops and wine list was incredible per usual. My absolute favorite for pleasure and business. My colleagues loved the sea bass and swordfish and we’re hoping to make this a habit. Thanks for a perfect experience!

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ELBD
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome ambiance. A great location for a special evening with a loved one or group of friends. Highly recommend.

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cagolfwine
San Diego
53 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed an amazing dinner at Truluck's. We started off with a seafood platter with pacific stone crab claws, oysters, and shrimp, then a caesar salad and for entrees, South African lobster tails and swordfish steak. The food was awesome as was our waiter, Charles, who surprised us with a Baked Alaska for our day late Mother's Day dinner!

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Mike
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite seafood restaurant. Never disappointed. My wife had the Miso Seabass and I had the scallops. Both were perfect. Started with a crab claw each and then the Salt and Pepper Calamari. All prepared to perfection. We'll be back.

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DavidJ
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always every time I come to Truluck’s its like coming home, our server Andrew was outstanding we got to sit at our favorite table #45. What more can you say other than were glad to be back inside keep up the OUTSTANDING work you are truly world class…

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LoriL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's a treat to dine at Truluck. Our over-the-top choices were the Miso Seabass with Crab Fried Rice and the lobster mash potatoes.

The service is a 5+ star with everyone genuinely pleasant and welcoming.

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GMTyson
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is nothing but outstanding and delicious! The ambiance was perfect for my anniversary (25th). They have a local musician who keeps a nice tone of music playing, piana/song/sax/etc... The waiters are always very helpful and on top of the table without being to pesky or non attentive. This is a great place for special occasions and or a great place to eat regularly if the prices are in your range.

Amazing Seafood dishes and delights, including the dessert.

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vipbotolo
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is absolutely a gem. The dishes were a feast of flavors, elegantly mixed, and presented. A truly unique experience.

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Anne
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Albeit it being cut too short.
The staff was professional and helpful.
Most definitely would come back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sammy was awesome and very knowledgeable.
The live music was great too.

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Delexa
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The best sea bass I’ve ever eaten. Waitstaff was great, drinks were good. A bit pricey but overall, worth it.

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MarioY
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just bit the bullet and get the steak sampler! We will go on each of our San Diego trips.

MC
vipMaCI
New England
7 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly amazing diner! Food was delicious, service outstanding and overall a great experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We hadn’t been out to an indoor restaurant in 14 months due to Covid. The first place we went once vaccinated was our favorite- Trulucks!! We were celebrating my sons birthday and the joy of your fabulous food and service. It was fantastic!

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vipAnonymous
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Trulucks. Went twice in FL and now in San Diego.
The service is always amazing and the food always delicious. I would like to especially thank our waiter for his charm and graciousness in helping me navigate numerous food intolerances. He went above and beyond with class.
He also knew the menu really well and was so professional. We had stone crab, the Miso sea bass, salad and side veggies and they were all great. We will be back again.

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vipMichaelM
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fabulous seafood as usual. The shrimp were gargantuan!!! My first try at U3 shrimp and they were amazing. The prime crab leg was amazing like it always is and the appetizers were to all die for. Last day for stone crab claws so we splurged big time.....soooo good and they do all the work for you. Never had to use a single utensil to crack the claws or open the crab legs......wow!

Highly recommended. Not cheap but well worth it.

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vipPaul
San Diego
45 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I had a very enjoyable dining experience at Truluck's! Our server, Matt, was just the right mixture of experienced, professional, talented and attentive to our needs. His recommendations were spot on, and the food and wine were delicious. Thank you for a great night out dining!

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Bruce
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Lighting in the men’s bathroom and the ladies restroom is awful!!! My wife couldn’t see well enough to check her makeup. Come on get some light in there. I love your restaurant. Been coming there for years and you haven’t listened to us about the lighting. We don’t need ambiance in there. 😊

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was great, food was outstanding. Great time!

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Toni
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Simply amazing! The atmosphere was great! The service was great! And the food was seasoned to perfection! The food came all at the right time and the servers made you feel like they’ve known you forever! I cannot wait to go back.

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Dougie
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Waiter Derek was amazing. Outstanding service.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

There is plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. Outdoor seating may have been better for lighting and air flow, as indoor was very dim and warm. Service was excellent but very slow - we sat at 7:15pm and barely started on appetizers at 8pm, then waited quite a long time for the main courses to arrive. By the time we got the check and out the door it was almost 10pm. The food is great, portions are perfect, on the pricey side but it’s worth having for a special occasion.

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vipTomT
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food all great

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viplovedit
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding seafood restaurant. We had bronzino and sea bass. Dessert was extraordinary

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Matt made our evening incredible ... everything was delectable from start to finish. Thank you Trulucks you never disappoint for a special occasion..

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Pammy
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous from start to finish! Celebrating 52 years of marriage with my family. We were 10 (4 kids, 6 adults) and every meal was spectacular. Delicious crab cakes, Lobster tail, scallops, miso sea bass, NY strip and Filet. The salads and sides were out of this world and we had most of them. I can’t thank the servers enough they made the celebration a night to remember for years to come and took the greatest photos for us to share on Facebook! Did I mention how amazing the flaming Baked Alaska looked and tasted!
Thank you Trulucks

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MarkL
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always the whole dining experience was outstanding!

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DRPIERRE
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal was very good as well as the service, we highly recommended

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James
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was superb. We split the Crab Louie to start, and the portion was generous for two people. I ordered the crab cakes for my main, and my husband got the Florida crab claws. The crab cakes were perfectly seasoned and came with an excellent remoulade. We split a Baked Alaska (you have to ask for it), and it was sublime. I can also highly recommend the Nuevo Old Fashioned (a variant of an Old Fashioned using Mezcal) - I had three and didn't want to stop. Not an inexpensive place, but quality seafood is never going to be cheap. Finally, our waiter was great, he didn't hover but was always there when we needed more food or drinks. The meal was great, and the service was impeccable; I genuinely have no complaints.

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BellaA
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!!

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MikeM
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

First, long time patron and plan to continue that trend. Our party agreed that the outside experience isn't the same. Temperature and the breeze are additional elements of the experience that didn't go well. Derek, our table executive was polite and responsive. Just very new and there were mistakes. The biggest, no time to enjoy our salad, maybe 2 minutes occurred between the arrival of our salad and our King crab arrived. We felt hurried! then there were no crab plates, no crab small forks and one butter to share among three. Finally, while we were celebrating a birthday I indicated we didn't want desert, he brought the baked Alaska anyway. The flame ignition didn't appear smooth, as a matter of fact he lit the corner of the paper wine list on fire. Put it out with his hand. Just NOT the Truluck superior service that we are accustomed. Derek is a very nice young man, we would sit for his service again. I do hope this isn't interpreted as a complaint - its not, instead intended to be constructive feedback that helps.

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PaigeC
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Awesome food and excellent food. Everything was wonderful!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Came in for my mom’s bday and had a very nice dinner. The meatballs and crab dip were great. I had the seasonal crab legs and they were delicious, although I prefer the butter sauce better than the mustard sauce. Rudy provided excellent service. Dessert was baked Alaska and everyone like it. The lighting could have been better and the bathrooms reminded me of those of a mall or airport. Definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Derek was amazing and had excellent customer service. We were celebrating our anniversary and I loved the fact that Derek greeted us “happy anniversary” to make us feel special. In addition, they added rose petals to our table and gave us a free celebratory dessert.

All the food was so AMAZING and DELICIOUS! We started off with the salt and pepper calamari. We then each had the filet mignon and shared a lobster tail, scallops, asparagus and parmesan mashed potatoes. I ordered the “Pretty in Pink” cocktail and it was just my style. We took their carrot cake to go and I must say it’s the best carrot cake I’ve ever had!!

I highly recommend it here and can’t wait to go back <3

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MattJ
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I were in town for our anniversary and very happy we chose Trulucks. The service was outstanding. Sammy was very knowledgable and helpful with the menu. He also set us up with a baked Alaska for dessert, which we both loved. We had a great experience and would visit again. Thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truluck’s really does cater to you. Great in every aspect. Thank you for giving us the best experience!!

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 4105 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.