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Original Roy's, Hawaii Kai
Original Roy's, Hawaii Kai

Original Roy's, Hawaii Kai Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://royshawaii.com
  • Phone: (808) 396-7697
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner
    Monday - Friday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm; Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm; Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Hawaii Regional Cuisine
  • Executive Chef: Chris Garnier
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please call for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Please call for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Zameer Mallal (808) 396-7697
  • Entertainment: Enjoy live entertainment: Wednesday, Thurusday,and Friday 630pm-930pm Saturday 6pm-9pm

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Keahole Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Free Parking!
A word from Original Roy's, Hawaii Kai
Welcome to the Original Roy's in Hawaii Kai! For the past 25 years, guests have enjoyed Roy Yamaguchi's award winning Hawaiian Inspired Euro Asian Cuisine, globally sourced orignial wines and Roy's Aloha style of service. Roy's chefs utilize the freshest local ingredients, bold Asian spices, European sauces and focus on fresh seafood. A breathtaking view of Maunalua Bay may be enjoyed from the main dining room or private dining room that is available for a special occasion or business gathering.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We went to Roy's for the first time to celebrate my husband's birthday. We were a bit early for our reservation and were prepared to wait, but we were seated right away. The cocktails were great, the food was great, the service was great. We had a really lovely time, thank you Roy's! We'll be back."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Nice location. Very good food. Attentive staff. Worth the high price? Not in my opinion, but had to experience Roy's once. I may try the downstairs bar area, it looks like it would be a great place to relax with a drink and, hopefully, reasonably priced pupus."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Another enjoyable meal! I had the butterfish again (and again and again). Consistently excellent dining experience in all respects!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I've been to Roy's HK many times and have always had great service and enjoyed the atmosphere. However, the food has always been inconsistent. On my last visit, my husband and I had two appetizers, drinks, entrees and one dessert. The drinks were good, my dessert was out of this world, my entree - prawns with squid ink linguini - was tasty, and the arancini appetizer was delicious. The two items that were misses were the brussels sprouts app and the HK sampler. Unfortunately, the broccolini on the sampler tasted like lighter fluid and the seafood could've used a lot more sauce, and the sprouts were just OK. We'll probably keep trying, but I just wish everything was consistently delicious, because when they get it right, it's fantastic!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "My wife and I went here for my birthday dinner and it was fantastic. Had local island flare and incredible menu options. Both my mixed seafood plate and her short ribs were on point and extremely well prepared. The restaurant atmosphere is fantastic but a little noisier than most upscale places; not a knock on the restaurant though. The view is great as you look out over the Pacific ocean and there is a nice outdoor seating area as well. If you're looking for a upscale, delicious, and romantic evening this is the to go spot on the island."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Food was delicious and service was friendly & impeccable (Sandy oversaw our meal that night). We always come here several times during our stays in Honolulu. Wish we still had a Roy's in the Denver area. Appreciate the gift certificate to come again for our 25th anniversary!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "We always have a great time at Roy's, especially the Hawai'i Kai location. We celebrated our wedding anniversary there again as we often do. The staff was friendly, and the manager invited us back for another visit with a nice gift certificate. The only thing lacking was the Misoyaki Butterfish, and both times we had it during our visits, it was very salty and over marinated. Everything else we had was delicious. This all-time favorite dish, so I am very disappointed. Hope they will fix their preparation process of this signature dish!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "We celebrated our 22nd Anniversary on Friday, I made an online reservation on that day (with a note about our anniversary). When we got there, the door was opened for us & we were seated immediately. On our way to the table we were greeted by the receptionists, the chefs, waiters & busboys. We had a great table along the window w/panoramic ocean/ bay views. On our table, there was a handwritten note saying Happy Anniversary from the staff. Dinner was delicious, I ordered the prix fixe w/macnut crusted fish, my wife had the escargot and butterfish (to die for). Every single thing they put in front of us was a delight to our taste buds, including the bread, wine & molten cake. We've dined here before & will definitely be back again & again!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I entertained guests from L.A. The wait help was informative, friendly and attentive. As always, the food was outstanding. We tried the prix fixe menu--great value for delicious appetizers, entree and dessert."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "The Hawaii Kai staff was gracious, and made us feel very special as we celebrated our 25th anniversary. The Butterfish and Chocolate Soufflé were excellent, and the view of Maunalua Bay was relaxing. The atmosphere was friendly and upbeat, and everyone had a good time."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "The food was awesome... my girlfriend and I had the set menu... for the amount of food and price it was definitely worth it... Although, the server did mess up a few times. First, the set menu was with the wine pairing and the server was never ready with the food and wine together. Second, the server also messed up on the table next to us so it took forever to settle our bill. Last, the server brought out the wrong desserts so we had to wait longer."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "This is the first time I ever dined at a Roy's restaurant. I'm happy to report that it was not a disappointment. I had the filet mignon and my husband had the rib-eye. My husband and I did feel a little out of place because the restaurant was so nice and sophisticated. Not what we're normally used to but we had fun. The food, service and staff were very attentive and pleasant. I would love to go back or try another location."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We went specifically to celebrate a retirement event and it was the most excellent choice!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Celebrated my daughters birthday first time for her. We use to come here for romantic dinners before we had our baby! It still has great food, and good service"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Disappointed, having eaten in Roy's on Maui, in Texas, Florida, ARizona and Maryland, had much higher expectations."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Roy's should not have altered their Ahi Tuna signature dish. Instead of a beautiful cut of tuna sliced to perfection, they presented a filet that was subpar grade...very disappointed. Especially when we were looking forward to our 4th trip here. 👎"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Booked reservation on-line with ease, greeted kindly by serveal staff memebers and made too feel important as soon as we arrived, food delicious, service outstanding."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Our Family had a great time we picked the fixed menu which was a great Value. The food and service were outstanding!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "This Roy's (being the original) is just so great in every way. Food, service and of course the awesome view still delightful."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Roy's Hawaii Kai has always been one of our favorites. However, this last visit left us wondering. The food, which was always outstanding and creative, seems to have fallen to "just OK." Service, which was always what really set Roy's HK apart, was impersonal and it felt like our server was just going through the motions. With so many other great restaurants just up the road in Honolulu, we probably won't be back to Roy's any time soon."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Loved our dinner at the original Roy's Restaurant. Just perfect in every way!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We all enjoyed our dinner for my husband's birthday! Our waitress was excellent and very friendly! Our family would definitely return in the future!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Thanks the butterfish was scrumptious, but I hate the lotus root. PLease Please Please bring back the forbidden rice!!!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Sadly our Father's Day dinner at Roy's was not what we expected from one of our favorite restaurants. We had chosen the Hawaii Kai location because we knew it was the original Roy's and we had not yet been there. We were seated in a very cold banquet room with several very large and very loud tables. Each table seated about 8-10 people. We were a party of just 5. The table was so huge that when the edamame was placed in the middle of the table no one could reach it without having to stand up! We were so disappointed that we didn't have the chance to actually see Roy's as we were stuck away in a side room. Not what we expected with a reservation. Our server was slightly overwhelmed with his large parties and we left feeling disappointed."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I always enjoy Roy's. The food is wonderful, service is top notch and the view at Hawaii Kai is sublime!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Roy's is a favorite of ours. Food is creative and well prepared and then there is their wonderful hot chocolate soufffle with ice cream for desssert."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Food, service and ambiance are excellent and they never disappoint. A nice touch is the fact that as you pass each Roy's employee, while walking to your table, they ALL address you with a welcoming greeting. You instantly feel like a valued guest - a good way to start your Roy's experience."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Whenever we come to Oahu, we always make sure to have dinner at the original Roy's in Hawaii Kai. We expect and always receive top notch service, excellent food and wonderful cocktails & wine. Standout's on this trip were the Okimoto garden salad (loved the dressing!), tender beef short ribs, macadamia crusted mekajiki w/lobster essence and of course, the miso butterfish. To end the meal we had a variety of sorbets - all of which were deliciously satisfying and a nice light way to end our evening."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I've enjoyed Roy's in Hawaii Kai ever since moving to Hawaii 18 years ago. I've never been disappointed. I use to always order one of the fish dinners, but more recently have been expanding my horizons and ordering more the duck, steak and lamb. It's all great. Their sushi is also top notch. The service there is also fantastic. The glass of wine or water are never empty. All the staff is polite and courteous. The ambiance is also very nice, overlooking the Hawaii Kai Bay and sunset off Diamond Head."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "One of the best meals we've ever had. We've visited this restaurant on several occasions over the years and have some meals that were better than others, but this time it was basically perfect. Great waiter, a local Hawaiian with an excellent demeanor, who was also busy with a large group for a birthday party, but still found time to serve us when we needed him. Ordered a glass of red wine and white wine, both were excellent. I had the beef filet, which was cooked to perfection, and my wife had shrimp, which were also perfect. The waiter mentioned the desserts which took time to prepare, the chocolate souffle and the pineapple upside down cake, and we ordered one of each. It topped off a great experience. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "From the advertisements, you'd expect this to be a fine dining restaurant. However, this is more like a family restaurant like Bravo. A lot of noise, with many kids. While the wait staff was friendly in a local sort of way, the receptionists were not. We were a little early, but the receptionists just dumped us to wait downstairs. Not even a smile. Food was not bad, but nothing special. I just don't feel they put their hearts into it. It's average fare. Also, they said they served soufflé, but that is NOT soufflé. It was molten chocolate cake. Don't lie on the menu! My wife doesn't know what is what, but she mentioned it tasted like a brownie. All in all, we did not enjoy our experience and won't be back."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Good food, excellent service. The portions seem to have gotten larger."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Roys is almost always great, never had a terrible meal at Roy's. But the Hawaiian cuisine that they serve throughout the world with local ingredients, and specialty choices, is best in HAWAII. Especially, the Hawaii Kai. I have literally been to almost every Roy's in the world, gloat, and as such my opinion might sound a bit biased, but it is only biased in the affirmative because of the amazing food, service, and culture this restaurant shares with all of it's diners. The local butterish in miso, is always great, but the purple potato mash and creme macademia topings are to die for. I could go on and on, but I run out of space. Trust a hawaiian-fusion foodie, Roy's in Hawaii Kai is not to be missed."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Excellent quality food and the prix fix menu is a bargain. Serving larger portions now. All in all a can't miss dining experience."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Great food and service, everything was outstanding the food and wine pairing on the prix fixe menu were perfect after a request to pair with my favorite wines. Thanks for making my favorite guy's birthday special. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "My hubby and I chose Roy's Hawaii Kai to celebrate our anniversary and it was the best decision we could have made! The ambience, ocean view, food, and service was close to top notch!! We had not been there in several years because of the high-end prices even though we live in the area but were enticed by an online $20 dining credit. We plan to return for another great experience but hopefully sooner rather than later!"
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Always great food and awesome service! A great place for special occasions or a simple date night out. "
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "We are from SF with a Roy's which we take people for that Hawaiian dining experience. We have been to this Roy's a few times. I don't know if it's what we ordered but I had surf and turf. I cut ooen the smallest scallop it was raw and cold. Got many apologies had to have it recooked. The sauce with hhis dish was over salted and not edible left all the veggies. Scallops were salty already and to add more salt and overkill. Husband loved his steamed red snapper except try to enjoy a fish that still had a lot of scales on it. Around the belly area not cleaned well extremely fishy there. We enjoyed our salad, dessert, and appetizer we must have ordered wrong dish or kitchen off night. Will return if we have too love SF Roy's. "
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "My Hubby and I went here for our 7 year anniversary and it was really nice. We ate upstairs, which was as loud as other reviews have noted on yelp, but it was still nice. The food was fantastic, and though our waiter was a tough one to track down, everything was timely considering how busy the place was on a Saturday night. I'd definitely go there again! And I'd recommend it to others too."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Always a treat for special occasions. We have been to 16 of Roy's restaurants and to a few that no longer exist. Always great to come 'home'."
    Dined on 4/26/2014