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About Truluck's Seafood, Steak and Crab House - La Jolla

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

8990 University Center Lane
San Diego, CA 92122
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Cocktail Hour:

4:30pm - 7:00pm Daily.



Dinner:

Monday - Saturday, 5:00pm - 10:00pm.

Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm.

Cross Street:
La Jolla Village Drive

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

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

Phone Number:
(858) 453-2583

Website:
http://trulucks.com/lajolla_location.php

Entertainment:
Live Piano Bar every night beginning at 6:00pm.

Parking Details:
Valet and Hotel Parking available

Executive Chef:
Chef Adam Lancaster

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
You'll be hooked on our private party rooms. The perfect place for meetings, luncheons, private parties or any occasion.

For more information, please contact Your Special Events Coordinator:

Denise Jones
(858) 453-2583
djones@trulucks.com

Private Dining

For fabulous parties, lasting memories and none of the stress, choose Truluck’s. We have several options to suit your Private Dining needs.

Truluck's Seafood, Steak and Crab House - La Jolla Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (98)
Romantic (78)
Good for Anniversaries (77)
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Good for a Date (72)
Live Music (62)
Good for Birthdays (56)
Fit for Foodies (50)
Worth the Drive (46)
Business Meals (44)
Notable Wine List (41)
Creative Cuisine (36)
Cozy (33)
Quiet Conversation (32)
Bar Seating (26)
Happy Hour (23)
Good for Groups (23)
Pre/post Theatre (22)
Vibrant Bar Scene (21)
Hot Spot (16)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
Fun (15)
Great for Outdoor Dining (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Authentic (13)
Comfort Food (11)
Seasonal (11)
Local Ingredients (10)
Healthy (9)
Gluten Free Options (7)
People Watching (7)
Late-night Find (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Great for Brunch (4)
Casual (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Scenic View (3)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Tapas (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great Beer (1)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
Spicy (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

Superlative service and food - highly recommend! Perfect for special occasions, business dinners or any time great food and attentive service are de rigueur.

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined 4 days ago

Amazing as usual, easily the best place for food in San Diego

Tags: Live Music, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined 5 days ago

First time there and for sure will be returning... Sam put Sever was excellent. The ambiance was truly worth the price.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined 5 days ago

Best crab cakes in town. The service and food never fails.

Tags: Good for a Date, Live Music, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List
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·Dined 5 days ago

Great service and excellent ambiance.
The food was very good.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined 6 days ago

Good menu. Fresh fish and shell fish. Expensive. Fairly unique for San Diego. Wait staff very good and helpful. GF safe. Try going for special occasions.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined 7 days ago

Best Fine Dining in San Diego.

Truluck's has truly exceptional seafood and steaks, and a wine list to match. Whether the stone crab is your appetizer or on one of the prime steaks, it's fantastic. The wait staff was attentive, and our server, Brian, was clairvoyant in making the evening outstanding for us.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined 7 days ago

I tried to change my open table Rez from four to six people and it never confirmed so I called the restaurant and they did it we had to change the time. I specifically asked to make sure it was still open tablethey said yes and today I get email from open table that I didn’t show up
Grrrr
We had PJ as a waiter and spent over $500
Great waiter
Bad open table communication

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Live Music, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined 7 days ago

Amazing food and service as usual . We go ever time we close a good deal.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Amazing service. She kept an eye on us without bothering us. The food was very well prepared and atmosphere was very nice

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 8, 2017

This is a regular special occasion spot. As usual the service and ambiance was impeccable. The menu can use some updating, since we have tried almost everything on it. The lounge singer was an unneeded distraction. Soft background music would have been preferred. Be prepared to spend serious cash, since the food and drinks are a little pricey.

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 (Portland)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Birthday dinner

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 7, 2017

We had a very poor experience-and will not be returning. This was a client dinner and it was-shockingly bad and I dine out frequently. Felt the waiter was mediocre and someone failed to put our order in. We-waited for over an hour with picked over appetizers until someone finally told us they messed up and did not put our order in. We then had to wait another 30 minutes minimum to get our dinner which it was now 9pm and our reservation was at 530pm. I would have-walked out if it were not for having clients with me. Upon returning from the restroommy client was appalled at the state of the restroom which the manager was aware that some unruly and unsupervised children had destroyed. Well the restaurant made no attempt to remedy it until we complained. They removed the dinner expense but kept the other $200 on the bill. We were not looking for a comped dinner but rather a good dining experience. This it was not!

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·Dined on November 7, 2017

We happened upon this place in search for a restaurant to celebrate our anniversary. It far exceeded our expectations in every way. Truluck runs there reservations through opentable. We got a time, date ,and were able to state if there were any special occasions online. Upon arrival they greeted us and immediately congratulated us on our anniversary. We were seated at a beautiful booth with rose petals strewn across the table. Our waiter Derek was amazing ( there were times when our drinks were refilled without us even realizing ) and by far the best waiter I have ever had. The food was amazing they explained what everything on the menu was of whenever we had any questions. All in all it was amazing and by far the best dining experience I have ever had.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Live Music, Special Occasion, Afternoon Coffee
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Great service, very delicious food. We had sea bass and stone crab, both are so tasty

the only tiny negative is that the size of the oyster for lounge hour is small.

Tags: Live Music, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

FANTASTIC! Best Shrimp Cocktail and the rest of the food was top notch.
Not cheap but the food is worth every penny spent and the ambiance just adds to the value. Worth a trip from Toronto to eat here again!!!

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Food was excellent! Service was good but slow. Great for special occasions.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Absolutely terrific! We fought our way out of an under prepared Del Mar after the Classic and arrived not in the best frame of mind. That changed immediately when we checked in with a gentleman in a suit and the perfect demeanor who seated us quickly. Derrick was the consummate professional waiter who guided us through the evening and found a great wine well below what I told him our limit was. The desserts are made on premises (a rarity) and were over the top excellent. A great restaurant!

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 5, 2017

I'm tired of getting Luke warm food I asked Chick our server please I have eaten here a lot over last six months but am tired of food not hot. He said I guarantee it will be appetizers not hot mashed potatoes again sent back time replacement came dinner over. Management should try Eddie Vs they may learn something , won't be going back.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Expensive but good. Acoustics not good making too much noise.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We experienced long waiting time for our food and a arrogant server. Spoiled our evening as we were there to celebrate my boyfriends 30 birthday. Management did intervene this was not acceptable for this kind of establishment

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 3, 2017

We were greeted warmly and courteously. The bar service was quick and the happy hour cocktails were delicious - no watering down here. When we walked to our table it was decorated to show it was a special occasion. That was truly appreciated and the baked Alaska dessert was amazing to say the least. The service was spot on without being overbearing.
I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking to celebrate over a good meal of seafood.
What was especially nice and noted is the call I received the day after checking to be sure we had a good time.

Tags: Special Occasion, Live Music, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 1, 2017

The appetizers and desserts were really very tasty. The main course was just ok...not much flavor, but not bad. Just ok. The servers were great. The atmosphere was nice. It's a bit pricey.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 31, 2017

We have been many times to the Truluck's in Dallas but this is the first time we had gone to the La Jolla restaurant. We LOVE stone crab claws and could not resist the temptation to indulge ourselves in the Monday night, all you can eat, special. It was outstanding! Sweet crab claws that were well cracked and easy to pry the meat out of. The service was especially good - one of our party has a shellfish allergy and the staff went out of their way to make sure there was no contamination. The service was impeccable and attentive without being cloying. It made for an outstanding evening which we thoroughly enjoyed. We were pleasantly surprised by the follow-up phone call that was made to make sure that we had a great evening. We will definitely be back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Seasonal, Romantic, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 29, 2017

I told a friend that I have had a great meal at Trulocks a couple of times and we should go. He agreed, so I set up a diner reservation. We were running late called and they were fine with our delay. I told them of my friend's birthday and set us at special elevated table which was great for dining. The waiter was excellent informed us of the special whole fish which we both partook of, whole flounder. It was delicious option. We started with stone crab claws, fresh and delicious. We each had a salad, which we both loved. The flounder was amazing, opted for Crab Fried rice, a bit extra but well worth it. We added friend Brussel Sprouts another great option. Neither of is much of drinker, I had a Stella my friend water so no opinion on the wine or specialty drinks. Our water was always refilled, loved the multiple options of fruit slices for our water. Our waiter and kitchen staff kept the pace of the meal just about perfect. The meal finished with a lovely Birthday dessert platter for my friend which heartily helped him with.

It was a great birthday for my friend.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Live Music, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

We loved the food and service but I have to mention about the desert is not incredible, very simple! For that kind of restaurant I was expecting an amazing desert!

Tags: Cozy, Late-night Find, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Fantastic food!

We were celebrating a couple of birthdays and had a great time. The menu is one of the best for quality seafood. The overall experience was great but unfortunately the bar service was less than spectacular. I think it was just a bit of miscommunication within the staff. The food choices were great and the cocktails were great as well.

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Just a fantastic dining experience start to finish. One of our favorite places to have happy hour and then move on to a great dinner. Great menu and great service always.

Tags: Special Occasion, Live Music, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Happy Hour
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Enjoyed the happy hour menu offered between 4:30 and 7:00 pm with half-price wine and appetizers as well as live music. Really enjoyed the escargot. Hostess was flexible with our 6:45 pm dinner reservations since we arrived at 6:15 pm. Open Table reservation request for intimate table since we were celebrating our 36th wedding anniversary. Restaurant went above and beyond by not only seating us at an out-of-the-way table, but table was decorated with rose petals. Since we were somewhat full from the appetizers we ordered prior, we simply ordered two sea bass entrees served on beds of crab fried rice. The sea bass was by far the best we had ever tasted — tender, buttery, cooked to perfection!!! And, the crab fried rice was excellent!!! At the end of our meal, our server surprised us with a baked Alaskan dessert which our server lit on fire momentarily to char the meringue. Absolutely delicious, especially with the addition of 151 Rum drizzled over it. To add even a nicer touch, I received a voicemail on my phone the next day again wishing us a happy anniversary and thanking us for our business by an Truluck employee.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Live Music, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Cozy, Happy Hour
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Excellent!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 26, 2017

This place had fantastic food and wonderful customer service. It was a great dining experience. Highly recommended!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

I've been to several of their locations. You can't go wrong with their food and service!!!

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Nice room, professional service adequate menu and good food that comes out like you would expect when you walk in. I have been there many times and will return for a nice dinner.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 25, 2017

This is a tradition that in special ocassions nothing can compare to Trulucks! The service is amazing, very kind since your entrance. Seafood dishes are our favorite, deliciously and promptly prepared. I would just adjust a tiny bit the volume of live music, but the singer and selection of songs is just amazing!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Live Music
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

My husband and I really enjoyed dining here at Truluck’s. The atmosphere was lovely, I.e the music which I thought was the radio but was actually the lovely live singer! The customer service was great, everyone was so kind and welcoming!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Live Music, Business Meals, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Fun, Healthy
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Truluck's is absolutely our favorite restaurant. We use it for special occasions and just plain old "date night" which is interesting since we are in our 70s. We always ask for PJ as our waiter. Few waiters in San Diego are as professional. He remembers us, keeps track of what we eat right up to the little things like how many stone crabs we can eat. His wine recommendations have led us to several wines that we now order in quantity for home consumption. When a restaurant can do that they are hitting on all cylinders. Need less to say, the food is wonderful. We may not be experts but we can tell if a place blows the doors off when compared to the rest of the city. You can easily pay more and get less.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Food is good but service is a little bit slow. It might because the server serves a lot of tables.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Stone crab claws are back!!! Monday night is all you can eat stone crab claws which are amazing at Trulucks! As always the meal was awesome, great wine and accompaniments. Our favorite seafood restaurant in all of San Diego and our waiter, Sam, took great care of us.

Tags: Romantic, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 23, 2017

A few things that waiter forgot. Creamed corn and my coffee. Other than that, it was perfect!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Solid experience all the way around. Had drinks at the bar before our reservation, great service there and live music. Dinner was nice and food was well-prepared. Would definitely go back when in the area.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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