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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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.8

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (93)
Romantic (75)
Good for Anniversaries (70)
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Good for a Date (69)
Live Music (62)
Good for Birthdays (55)
Fit for Foodies (45)
Notable Wine List (42)
Business Meals (37)
Worth the Drive (37)
Bar Seating (29)
Creative Cuisine (29)
Good for Groups (28)
Quiet Conversation (27)
Cozy (25)
Fun (20)
Happy Hour (20)
Vibrant Bar Scene (19)
Hot Spot (17)
Authentic (16)
Comfort Food (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Seasonal (10)
Healthy (9)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Late-night Find (8)
Local Ingredients (7)
People Watching (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Casual (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Live Sports (1)
Scenic View (1)
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 30, 2014

In San Diego from NY to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday. Found this restaurant recommended by multiple websites and it did not disappoint. Everything about our experience was outstanding. The food was incredible, gorgeous decor, excellent live music, and our waiter was second to none with wonderful service. Not only did they provide a complamentary dessert for his birthday but also a card signed by staff working that day. I have been contacted a few ties since the visit by the restaurant to ensure satisfaction with the visit. They couldn't do anything better. Now one of my favorite restaurants. Will definately be returning in future trips!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 26, 2014

Trulucks is an amazing restaurant with outstanding food. These menu may appear overwhelming at times, but only because it is difficult to choose which amazing dish you will have for the night. The staff is very respectful and friendly. The service was fantastic. It was my wife's birthday and they gave her a molten chocolate cake along with a birthday card signed by all the staff. This is definitely one of the best restaurants in San Diego. Give it a chance and you won't regret it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 25, 2014

First time @ Truluck's. We'd heard it's good but expensive; understatement on both accounts. The food was GREAT. We ordered fresh Alaskan King Crab Legs at ~$70/lb (so yeah, it IS rather expensive considering "per pound" in seafood includes the weight of the shell...haha), but price aside, this was the best crab I have ever, ever had. The legs were cooked perfectly. They pre-cracked them so they were easy to eat. The crab was sugar sweet and tasted fresher than any crab I've ever had (including dungeness crab back east that we literally caught in crab pots, boated home and cooked them up that night). Even the sides were excellent. Service was great and they even did a bday dessert that was tasty & beautiful. Save up your pennies and go!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Key West)·Dined on January 25, 2014

Son went for his birthday. Said food was awesome and service was outstanding. Will be going back again!!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 24, 2014

Crab claw was so smashed that the meat was full of shell bits. Food was so buttery and over salted it was difficult to eat. Cool ambiance though. I am guessing we were there on an off night as other reviews are so good.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 23, 2014

Outstanding dining experience. Awesome reception upon check-in. We were early but staff worked with us for a great table. Waiter (Ryan) was knowledgeable and professional. He gave great recommendations and was very accommodating. This restaurant has gone to the top of our list. Truly enjoyable!

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 19, 2014

My husband and I were expecting a lot from this restaurant after reading so many good things about the food and looking at the pictures on line, but we got so frustrated to have to pay $38,00 on the "Sea bass" dish that just looks good......the fish was not all the way trough cooked!!!..bummer... and pay $18,00 for "one" medium size crab cake, definitely not worth it!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 18, 2014

everything about this place is fantastic. The quality of the food, the atmosphere, music, service and wine list. It's become our new favorite spot-especially the happy hour! So glad we got this recommendation from our good friends. The only thing that could improve this restaurant would be a view of the ocean-but honestly you hardly miss it. Bravo Truluck.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 17, 2014

We requested patio seating, due to the high noise level inside the restsurant. Our server was professional and attentive.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 15, 2014

We discovered Trulucks 4 years ago when looking for a birthday venue for my husbands birthday in January. As out of towners we read reviews and were impressed with the honest and always positive responses reviewers posted on food issues. When we tried it, we were not disappointed and have returned every year since for both birthdays and one New Years Eve when we were just after a midnight toast.

It's a good find when all things come together so well: food,ambience,service and people.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 14, 2014

Delicious food and outstanding service!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 14, 2014

Wonderful date night menu for only $39 - soup/salad, entree and shared sweet - large portions. Great live music (piano and sax) - especially for a Tuesday night!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 9, 2014

I've been here twice and liked it both times. It's excellent all around. It is fine dining.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 4, 2014

The food was amazing but the service started out great but ended poorly. We specifically asked (as we always do) for salad dressing on the side but when the salad came the dressing was on the lettuce. We politely asked for dressing on the side at which point our waiter sharply said "no one told me that!" as he handed the plate to the person next to him and again said "tell the kitchen it was not explicitly stated." After that the service lacked, my water cup often went empty (and it was my birthday!) as did others at the table. What started off as a magical night ended poorly.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 3, 2014

While in La Jolla we had the opportunity to dine here. What a wonderful place! The food was great. The service was great. Definitely save room for dessert!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 3, 2014

Truluck's is the perfect place to go on dates or with friends. The atmosphere and ambiance was just perfect for a classy-type feel. The taste and quality of the food are legit. It really melts in your mouth. Portion of the food was just about right. I couldn't complain. The server was highly knowledgeable and friendly. His choice of recommendations were authentic. I definitely would love to come here again. It perfectly fits for a special occasion.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 3, 2014

We went to Trulucks because we found it rated in the top ten restaurants in the San Diego area (#1 overall). We were pleased with the great service, the entertainment and the food. All were excellent.

My wife had the seabass and I had the Salmon Bearnaise (sp?). They were both excellent dishes that we would recommend to anyone.

It was a great experience.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 2, 2014

Great place to dine, the South African lobster is exceptional!!! and the mashed potatoes!!!
and let's not forget the Best Carrot cake ever!!! Everything was perfect! great for special occasions

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 30, 2013

We went to celebrate our anniversary and had a fantastic time! I love the live piano music!!! The king crab legs were amazing and I loved the crunch shrimp appetizer.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 29, 2013

This is a restaurant that is exactly what everyone says. The drinks, food and service are excellent. Had live music in the background that was excellent also. It is a "don't miss" when in La Jolla.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 28, 2013

The food was fantastic... from the appetizers to the entrees to the dessert. We were all full, but we still wanted to eat everything. The service was great. The waiters were attentive, but not overly so. We will definitely come back again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2013

Mizo glazed sea bass exceeded my expectations, definitively a classic.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 27, 2013

Server was charming. Atmosphere a delight. Fish (chilean seabass) was perfect. My husband ordered the Alaska crab legs. He thought the knuckle end a bit fishy. Celebrated our 49th anniversary there and they surprised us with a lovely desert. The martini glasses were a small size considering what they charge.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 27, 2013

This restaurant really does an outstanding job with serving only the best, sustainable seafood. I had the best salmon I ever tasted with great side veggie choices. Everything from the bread to dessert was beyond what we had expected.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 26, 2013

The crab was delicious and the food was extremely fresh. The servers recommendations were perfect!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 26, 2013

My third visit, second birthday celebration. Food is outstanding. My favorite is the miso sea bass. This time I had the pan seared salmon. It was equally delicious. Cocktails were perfect. Waiter excellent. I highly recommend Trulucks. Just ask for a table some distance from the bar because the piano player while good is loud. I especially love the special celebration desserts they offer. Be sure to mention that you are there for a birthday or anniversary.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 26, 2013

Truluck's is a gem. We've been twice, and it's worth every penny. Multiple pennies, to be exact, but for a rare, special occasion, it is our go-to place. We both had seafood: king crab legs for her, chilled crab claws for me. Each meal came with two sides; we didn't come close to finishing either side (the portions are huge). Regardless of what you order, you will not go wrong with the wine we chose: Caymus 2011. Sammy, our waiter, was friendly, informative and gracious. I even got a call the next day from the restaurant's manager checking to be sure we had a pleasant experience; I assured him that we did.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 26, 2013

Our special night with Trent the waiter was highlighted with his Birthday Carrot Cake Greeting .

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 24, 2013

We made reservations on Christmas eve for a special dinner for four at Trulucks because our daughter LOVES stone crab and had experienced it at Trulucks before. We were so disappointed that stone crab was not available that night. Our waitress offered to talk to the chef to see if there were any left or if they could come up with enough for some but could only come up with an appetizer amount so the entree order was changed. The meal was great, as were all three different meals but will have to experience stone crab another time.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 22, 2013

I wanted to take my girlfriend somewhere we will never forget. We had plans to stay in San Diego for the weekend but because of the holidays, we had to cancel. I did some research on excellent dining in San Diego and came across Truluck's. We ended up taking a limo and we had the dining experience of a lifetime. We ordered the calamari, seared tuna, mussels, and the African lobster. Everything was spectacular. We have made up our mind and will make an effort to make Truluck's our official anniversary spot.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 20, 2013

Every time we come to the restaurant, we always hope that Chick will take of us. He is great and keeps u s entertained. We have come several times with other people and they are also impressed. We will just keep coming back

Tags: Notable Wine List, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 20, 2013

Service from Andrew was top notch. He is a pro and clearly has his craft down pat. Attention to detail, warm hospitality, never intrusive but always on top of the table's needs. Food was exceptional. Bar scene made it too noisy but it was a Friday during the holidays. We are not fans of most chain restaurants. Trulucks is an exception. We received a call the next day to check on our satisfaction. Now that is attention to detail and customer service. These restauranteurs are pros. Thr Sea Bass is to die for.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 20, 2013

They have a great selection of fish. Great service. Food was off the charts. Great alcohol menu. Easy parking.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 17, 2013

Excellent wine list. Excellent seafood and steaks.

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 17, 2013

My dinner companions and I visit a special restaurant once per year. We have visited Morton's, Fleming's, Donovan's, and Ruth's Chris in recent years. This was one exceptional experience! Our server was right on! The food was first class! Your South African lobster was luxurious. You did yourselves proud. I was most pleased by your attention to detail and how well you presented your menu. I look forward to the opportunity to dine with you again. Thank you for a wonderful evening!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 16, 2013

Trulucks is one of the best restaurant in the N. San Diego/La Jolla area. Wine list is excellent, variety of prices/quality but not overwhelming. Hostess knows where to seat you which is nice. For example, if your with business colleagues she'll sit you at table with chairs kinda out of the way so that you can have a conversation, if you on a date or with your spouse, they sense that and usually will sit you in a booth so that the atmosphere is more romantic. The food is fantastic. If you like crab this is the place to go. Sea Bass, Tuna all of their fish are prepared tremendously well. Haven't tried their steak yet, but I have no doubts it would be prepared perfectly.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 14, 2013

Thought the food & service was exceptional but it was very noisy and thought the live music was not necessary

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 14, 2013

you cannot go wrong, fish is fresh, sustainable and very well prepared. Waiter was extremely knowledgeable, very helpful and all in all it was a great dining experience. The band in the bar was VERY loud making conversation at our table tough. But the food and service helped us overcome the piano bar music.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 14, 2013

I love stone crab, and Truluck's hit the spot with sweet, fresh stone crab. I live on the West Coast and don't hit Miami, Florida like I used to, so finding Truluck's was truly lucky on my part. The entire dinner was excellent, well paced, and an enjoyable, delicious experience. The stone crab was succulent, the wedge salad was crisp, the filet was perfectly rare, the parmesan mashed potatoes a delightful accompaniment and the malt chocolate cake was the crowning delight.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 13, 2013

I moved to San Diego in Jan 1988 from 35+ years in L.A. - I've eaten in many countries around the world and the food and service here are first class without any qualifications. Andrew, our waiter was patient, answered all of our questions, asked first if we even wanted to know about a certain food, did not wait too long to check back and was as courteous, polite and professional as I've ever experienced. I cannot think of any if, and's or buts as to why I would not highly recommend Truluck's. My wife had crab and I had the South African lobster. I'm a diver and am used to going down and "getting my own dinner" and this was excellent in preparation and taste.

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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