Truluck's La Jolla
Had a great meal at Trulucks Saturday night.
Yes, it's a chain
No, it's not Berlin
Yes, it's the Golden Triangle
No, it's not every-dish-under $20
Yes, the fish was very fresh
No, it was not quiet. Quieter than most, however
Yes, the Cioppino was terrific
No, it's not for everyday dining
Yes, we'd go again
No, I didn't have the steaks
Yes, wide by-the-glass wine selection , but I'm not an oenophile
No, my vodka-up/twist was not filled with ice chips the first time
Yes, it's white tablecloths and red banquettes
No, the lighting was not horrible
Yes, the service was attentive but not overly-so
But here was an interesting thing I've never had happen before: They followed up. That's right, the next day, they called my mobile (I had used Open Table for the res) and wanted to be sure we'd all had a good meal.
Obviously, my reputation is expanding like my ego and my waistline, the power of the FakeName opinion is now legendary.
<the above editorial comment is completely facetious, they did call, but almost nobody knows the true identity of the man they call FakeName>
Haven't been to Oceanaire in a very long time, and Trulucks only once, so I can't fairly comment on the comparison in depth. But I believe both are targeted to the same crowd, the decor is similar (Truluck a tad more elegant than I remember Oceanaire) and the price point about the same.
Oceanaire has awful parking, but Truluck is in the geographic region north of Interstate 8 known as the "LA Metropolitan Area".
San DIego, CA, San DIego, CA
re: Beach Chick
I didn't taste from the others, but I can tell you the miso seabass, the filet and the salmon all looked well prepared, and I was told were good. We did share one of their appetizer platters for four, and all the selections-oysters, crab claws, etc all had the clean fresh taste of high-quality seafood.
re: Fake Name
Glad someone else gave this place a try and had a positive experience. We have been several times. Sometimes just for the simply grilled fish selections and sometimes for the fancier preparations or the all-you-can-eat snow crab. They do a really nice job all around. And the follow-up call is nice.