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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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4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.8

value

4.4

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Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (95)
Good for Anniversaries (77)
Good for a Date (76)
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Romantic (73)
Good for Birthdays (66)
Live Music (62)
Fit for Foodies (50)
Notable Wine List (39)
Worth the Drive (39)
Business Meals (34)
Bar Seating (33)
Quiet Conversation (33)
Good for Groups (32)
Creative Cuisine (30)
Cozy (27)
Happy Hour (23)
Fun (22)
Vibrant Bar Scene (21)
Hot Spot (19)
Authentic (17)
Comfort Food (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (15)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Seasonal (11)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Healthy (9)
Late-night Find (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Kid-friendly (7)
Local Ingredients (6)
People Watching (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Casual (3)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Scenic View (2)
Spicy (2)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Live Sports (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Tapas (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined 18 hours ago

Amazing food and great service

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·Dined 5 days ago

The food and the service was really good. Andrew our server was nice and kind with us. I definitely recommend Trulucks. It became one of my favorites restaurants in San Diego.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined 6 days ago

As usual, the food was impeccable. I had Filet & Lobster & my wife had Crab legs while we split a Wedge Salad. The salad was super fresh & very tasty with just the right amount of Blue Cheese.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Healthy, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined 6 days ago

Live entertainment (Archie Thompson) was fantastic - he sang, played piano, and also played saxophone! But, it wasn't too loud or intrusive on our dinner...perfect in the background. Although we dined inside, there were tables with fire pits and a lovely atmosphere outside as well.

All-you-can-eat Florida crab was AMAZING, but it was cold and we were expecting it to be served warm/hot. So be forewarned. Still, the taste and quality and preparation were fantastic, and after a few bites, my hubby didn't mind it being cold at all!

Calamari appetizer and lobster bisque were delicious! Filet mignon (7 oz) was wonderful, as were the parmesan mashed potatoes. Corn chowder was scrumptious as well.

Very classy with linens and wine glasses, a selection of things to put in your water (cucumber, orange, lime, lemon, etc.) and an amazing dessert selection. We got carrot cake and chocolate cake and the portions were so huge, we were still eating them (take home) the next day. They were very rich, but I have to say that's the best carrot cake we've ever had!

Service was also impeccable. Waiter (Stuart) was very personable and attentive but not on top of us during the meal. We didn't have to ask for additional crab...when he saw my husband was getting toward the end of one plate, he'd bring and offer another.

Overall, I would recommend for any special occasion where you want to get dressed up and enjoy a romantic evening or a business function. (Sorry my photos aren't better!)

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fun, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Live Music, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined 7 days ago

Absolutely amazing! Andrew was a phenomenal waiter. We had a great time and will definitely come back.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Romantic, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Live Music, Afternoon Coffee, Cozy, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on February 11, 2018

All the staff were welcoming and friendly.
Our waiter was knowledgeable and very helpful ,and the food was delicious.
We were visiting from out of town. It was a great way to end our stay.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Food was phenomenal as well as the service. Will definitely be back

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Excellent service & food

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Truluck’s is a great restaurant with outstanding, professional service. And the musical entertainment is top notch.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Shared stone crab and oysters for starters then entrees of sea bass scallops and king crab were all delicious. Server Brian was excellent as was assistance from GM Lee Carre.

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·Dined on February 7, 2018

It took 40 minutes from the time we ordered until our salads arrived. Not the steaks, just the salads. Too long.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Great experience as always...never lets you down. Service and food are top notch. One of the best places to eat in San Diego.

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Authentic, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options
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 (México)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Muy recomendable las tenazas de cangrejo exquisitas , buenos vinos y el postre no se diga. Definitivamente lo recomendaría

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Love this restaurant. Am going back again in two weeks. Try the chocolate bag for dessert

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Wonderful restaurant, great ambiance, awesome food. Stone crabs were outstanding. The entire organization is top notch. Two weeks prior I got a call letting us know they were out of stone crabs on a particular Monday due to inclimate weather in Florida and I was extremely appreciative of the fact that they called to let me know so that we could reschedule. Now that's superior customer service !!

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on February 4, 2018

We love the restaurant. The service is great and the food is excellent!
Every time that we can, we find a good excuse to go there, we love it! It’s so nice that we can have this type of restaurants in San Diego, Ca

Tags: Cozy, Live Music, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Romantic
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·Dined on February 3, 2018

Great and good place. Love our sever very very friendly and he knows what he talking about the great food 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻. Coming back for sure. This is our favorite place now to eat . Thank u so much we enjoyed that night.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Live Sports, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Paleo Friendly, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Spicy, Quick Bite, Scenic View, Great for Brunch, Gluten Free Options, Hot Spot, Live Music, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 3, 2018

What makes Truluck’s special is the cool ambiance and exceptional service. The wait staff are well trained and foodies. They enjoy what they are doing. Food is very good and consistent. The booths are cocoon-like and provide an intimate dining experience.

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 2, 2018

I usually dine at Truluck's 3-4 times a year when ever I come to town for business or pleasure.
Our server Chic / Charles was excellent. I had taken my 87 year old mother out, and there was an issue where the kitchen failed to cook her steak as ordered. She wasn't pleased, Chic agreed with her, and quickly addressed the situation. Thank you

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Service was great. Great recommendations from our server, Bruce. All the seafood was fresh and delicious.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Truluck's Seafood Steak & Crab House rarely disappoints. This is the fourth location we've dined at and so far has never been a disappointment. Good food, well prepared. Well stocked bar and of course always a great 'Happy Hour' altho I did notice at La Jolla location the Happy Hour food menu didn't have a lot of choices. That being said, food, service, live entertainment, cocktails were excellent. Certainly will return when in the area.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Live Music, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Another outstanding experience at Trulucks! Excellent quality food and service! Not cheap, but worth every cent!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Always a magnificent experience!!
Excellent food ,excellent service

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 27, 2018

In town for review course and made solo reservation. Perfect end to a day of listening to lectures.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Service and food was excellent. Our server Derek did an outstanding job.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 26, 2018

I can’t remember the waiters name but he was great. Took his time with the newbies. The hostess were friendly set up the table special for my guest birthday even brought out a dessert on the house.

Tags: Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 26, 2018

I had heard about this restaurant many times and was excited to celebrate a family birthday there. We had lovely time, it made a strong impression with our party.
From the greeting by to host and receiving the bill, the service was that of true hospitality. We were not only welcomed to be there but our server nailed it.
We had the crab claws, scallops, sea bass and stuffed lobster. The family from Rhode Island were particularly dazzled.
I highly recommend this restaurant for a special occasion or a nice lunch or dinner. The food and the hospitality stand out.

The only con: dining room was a bit chilly, a sweater or sport coat may be a good accompaniment.

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 26, 2018

See my yelp review explains my disappointment
Low rating due to service - I blame this On Management - spending $540.00 and poor Sevice is unacceptable with a restaurant of this caliber .
It very well could have been avoided . Having a waiter serve a party of 18 and poor service to a table of 4 is a problem ! Shame on Trulucks !

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Andrew is an amazing server! He recommended the best wine!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Better than expected. Everything was on point

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Overrated ...overpriced for mediocre food. Plan on over $100 pp. Not worth it in my opinion . Disappointing food . For those prices it should knock your socks off .

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vip
 (Fayetteville)·Dined on January 24, 2018

My wife’s birthday. Our waiter Sam was awesome!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Fantastic service, delicious food and live jazz!!!

Tags: Business Meals, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 20, 2018

My wife and I have heard good things about the various Trulucks restaurants around the country. We finally decided to give the one in our backyard a try. We were not disappointed. The food is exceptional. We are seafood buffs and Trulucks is obviously a place to go for that cuisine. The cocktails were also delicious. Our waiter was also noteworthy in his friendliness and helpfulness without being overbearing. The ambiance of the restaurant is also noteworthy in a positive way with quality live music to boot. We will be going back!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We had an excellent dinner. Yellowtail and Swordfish were great. Baked Alaska was perfectly presented. Entire experience was great thanks to our server PJ.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Had a great meal as we always do at Truluck’a when our brother in law was in town for a quick visit. Was able to get last minute reservations the day before and was able to change to an earlier time when he arrived earlier than expected. Loved the live music, both singers were very talented. Service great as well.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Authentic, Business Meals, Romantic, Seasonal, Live Music, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Staff on 1 - 10 a 15, great place -:):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 14, 2018

My overall experience at Trulucks was ok. Kind of disappointed with our server as well as my fiancé. There was just a lot of excessive compliments that he was saying to my fiancé and unnecessary touching which made her uncomfortable as well as myself, and sort of creeped out.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 14, 2018

The table was in a premier spot in the restaurant and was decorated nicely for my wife's birthday celebration. There was a piano player and the volume was perfect; loud enough to hear, but not overpowering. The service was impeccable, as always. When we asked for a suggestion on a wine selection, the waiter went to the bar and brought back 2 samples of Chardonnay for us to try. The stone crab claws were an excellent appetizer (the mustard sauce is addictive!) and the stuffed lobster tail that my wife had was incredible. They even brought a complimentary dessert for her! If I had one complaint, it would be the quality of the yellowtail that I had for my entree. It wasn't terrible, but it was a bit more 'fishy' than I would have expected from a prime seafood house.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Cozy, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Our server was amazing! Gray met our needs, was personable, and knowledgeable regarding the wine and food menu. The food was excellent and met my expectations, considering the price. I would visit again for another special date!!

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