Roy Yamaguchi's Pacific Rim Cuisine
Great FoodThe service and food were excellent. It was a bit too noisy for my liking. Parking is a challenge. It appeared to be a popular Happy Hour scene.6/7/2013 12:00:00 AMroyMy wife and I had a nice experience. I enjoyed the food. The drinks were great (we also went to happy hour before dinner). Everyone was friendly.6/7/2013 12:00:00 AMNew MenuAlthough the new menu is limited (I like less choices), the new recipe for the Macadamia Crusted Halibut had lost the original, amazing flavors. Our friends joined us just to get those wonderful flavors, but the new recipe was dry, the fish slightly overcooded and seemed to be missing the sauce. We did order sauce on the side, after we'd tried the fish, and they obliged, but I would like to see a return to the original recipe. On a positive note, the Seared Scallops were delicious.6/7/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat for the younger crowd,Great for the younger crowd, would have liked it a little quieter but otherwise its always a great place.....6/5/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat fish - I had the threeGreat fish - I had the three fish combo dinner - it was excellent. The only complaint I would have is the noise level - we were seated in the dining room but close to the lounge where there was a group of four who were on the noisy side. Otherwise, food and service was fabulous.6/4/2013 12:00:00 AMRoy's with an upgrade!The slight changes are all for the good at what is now Roy Yamaguchi's (instead of just "Roy's") in La Jolla. Favorites are recognizable but preparations are enlivened. It's nice to experience new energy in a familiar, successful restaurant.6/3/2013 12:00:00 AMWe will definitely be backGreat customer service and really good food. We were on our way to a show, so we couldn't stay for dessert. But there will be a next time and this time we will have dessert also!6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent...but I question changes.Last night it was back to basics for me with one of Roy's signature items, the Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi-Mahi. This time, however, the description said, "with Lobster Essence". Wha??? When it was presented, it was more like a lobster paste...a bit over cooked. The Managing Partner saw the plate and smartly called for some Buerre Blanc (butter sauce). I was told that the "new" version was void of the butter sauce. If that's the case, then it's NOT Roy's Signature entree....which USE to be "..with a Cognac Lobster Butter Sauce"....that was a KILLER! The fish was prepared perfectly. Yes, I'm being picky....but it was details like that that set Roy's apart from the rest. Service was incredible! Please don't change the Signature items.5/31/2013 12:00:00 AMImpeccable service!The service at Roy's was great! Our server, Mary, was really attentive and constantly checked to see if everything was ok without being annoying. She was very helpful and knowledgeable with the wine selection. The other wait staff were also on top of things when it came time to refill our water glasses or clear our table. We ordered the Misoyaki butterfish and Teriyaki salmon entrees, which were prepared to perfection. It was definitely a great dining experience!5/31/2013 12:00:00 AMRoy's, with a different logoWe usually go to Roy's in Hawaii. This was our first visit to the La Jolla location. Noticed the new logo, but made the reservation anyway. Saw some of the reviews saying the menu had changed and the food wasn't as good, but we didn't notice much difference from our Hawaii experience. I usually get the short ribs, which I did this time and they were not as good as usual, not as tender as I remember. My wife got the butterfish which was excellent. Overall the experience was good, including the birthday recognition, which is why we like to go to Roy's on special occasions.5/28/2013 12:00:00 AMVery limited menu - on theVery limited menu - on the pricey side for what you get - good Happy Hour tho.5/28/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent food and ServiceGreat presentation and Quality. Service was timely and attentive. I will be a repeat customer.5/26/2013 12:00:00 AMBirthday CelebrationI took my wife (for her birthday) and family to Roy's. It was outstanding and everyone found something on the menu that made them happy.5/26/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent!Excellent...from the moment we walked in. The managers are on top of things and service and food is excellent! Will be back.5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMJust Perfect!We were trying to decide the perfect place to take some casual out of town guests. Roy's was the perfect choice. The food and service are both terrific and the atmosphere was nice, without being too fancy. We really enjoyed the whole evening!5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMVery nice all around restaurantVery nice all around restaurant with excellent food.5/16/2013 12:00:00 AMNever disappointsWe have been to several Roy's in several different states and we are never disappointed. The food is always consistent and the service is wonderful. Our waiter asked if we were celebrating a special occasion and we said, well, our anniversary was yesterday, so today is just dinner out...they served us a beautiful desert anyway (free!) that said "Happy Anniversary" on it, how nice and unexpected!!5/14/2013 12:00:00 AMUsed to be great, now not so muchBeen going here couple times a year for 8 years. The name has changed, but menu is the same. The signature macadamia encrusted mahi mahi was very good, service was very good. However, all the other food was disappointing. Waygu beef at $45, terrible. Appetizers were average, but way too small a portion for the cost, lobster sushi roll and pot stickers. We are both quite thin and avoid huge portions of anything, but this was ridiculous. For $200 it failed as a good meal.
They said the remodel was to get away from having the Hawaiian Fusion in the name. But the tropical feel was the reason we went. So no longer a good fit for us in particular. Place is so noisy you can barely hear each other. Lots of better places for the money.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMRoy's is now Roy Yamaguchi'sRoy's is now Roy Yamaguchi's with a change of emphasis from Hawaiian to Pacific Crest. Nonetheless the food was great and service OK. We had Roy's trio and was not at all disappointed.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat dining place for largeGreat dining place for large group, as the noise level was extremely high.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMRoy's a nice experience.The food was great...the signature appetizer the Canoe for 2 is a great starter and is filling. The service was excellent and your water glass was never empty. The waiter and staff stopped by at the right times to clear plates and ask how you were going. A nice experience.4/23/2013 12:00:00 AMRoy's has gotten really expensive.Roy's has gotten really expensive. Should be four dollar signs. Food was Good, but way overpriced! Good setting for a business meeting.4/23/2013 12:00:00 AMSpectacular!Service was spectacular, couldn't have been improved upon!4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMThe Bar area was very loudThe Bar area was very loud but other than that the Food and service were great!4/18/2013 12:00:00 AMThe new look from the renovationThe new look from the renovation and menu are great.4/18/2013 12:00:00 AMThis was our first visit,This was our first visit, and was a special occasion, and they made it special. Occassion was noted with a special insert in the menu.
The food had wonderful presentation, and well balanced flavoring. Nice wine list. We will be back.4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMMade a reservation late onMade a reservation late on a Saturday afternoon for that same evening for my husband and me. Ordered from the April Prix Fix menu. My husband got the shrimp with papaya, steelhead trout and chocolate soufflee dessert. It was 3 for 3. I ordered the pork belly appetizer, steelhead trout and bread pudding. The pork and bread pudding were terrible. I didn't finish either of them. The fish was delicious. We had a good bottle of wine for a reasonable price. The specialty drinks looked very good. Even had chocolate martini on the menu for dessert drinks. I sometimes order that at regular bars and they don't have the ingredients. Our waiter was great. Even brought flyer with promo offering prix fixe on Mondays. Overall would recommend.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMConsistently great!Roy's is very consistently good. This they have a seasonal prix fixe which we take advantage of and this location even has a pick your own prix fixe on Mondays that they do on many months. We had the hanger steak and the Thai chicken both of which were excellent. Their fish dishes are also generally good especially the miyosaki butterfish which is one of our favorites. Don't miss the molten chocolate cake for dessert. This location also expanded its bar area so make sure to take advantage of the $6 happy hour specials.4/10/2013 12:00:00 AMThe renovated Restaurant isThe renovated Restaurant is fantastic. We love our good old favorites on the menu but, am looking forward to return again and try out some of the new menu options.4/8/2013 12:00:00 AMSmoked Wagu under glass? WOW!Back again to introduce another first-timer to Roy's. He was absolutely blown away. Said it was the best meal he'd ever had! Apps first (the always impressive Szech Ribs & Veggie Spring Rolls) then our table had the Salmon w/Ponzu, the Short Ribs and THE most spectacular Smoked Wagu steak ever! It not only melted in your mouth but the presentation under a glass dome that was filled with smoked and uncovered at the table was Over The Top! A MUST try! - John & Beth4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMLike the renovationsEnjoyed the atmosphere following the renovation. I liked the open kitchen and bar area looked nice (we did not go to the bar) and was appropriately separated from the restaurant. I like the new look and feel though a bit dark where we were sitting. All staff were wonderful. Food was great but needed more of it on the plate. Vegies were a bit undercooked but seasoned perfectly. Enjoyed the edamame with seasoning as an alternative to bread at the start of the meal. Wine list is good with mix of expensive and affordable offerings, wines by the glass and half bottles. Dessert was nice...lava cake souffle was lava (not over cooked) but the ice cream scoops could be bigger (too small like other parts of the meal). Overall, nice experience.3/26/2013 12:00:00 AMService Above & Beyond! Mahalo!Can't thank the staff enough for making adjustments for us. Our scheduled reservation was for 8:30 with our out of town business guests but their presentation went longer than expected. The staff at Roy's was SO accommodating as I kept changing our ETA. We finally arrived at 9:30 and they treated us as if it were 6:30! To help out the kitchen, we just ordered some apps and sushi...but it was ALL fantastic! We were never rushed and they made us feel at home. Our guests were blown away at the food, decor and service!
Mahalo Nui Loa to Matt for taking such good care of us! It's no wonder Roy Yamaguchi's is our favorite place! - John & Beth3/26/2013 12:00:00 AMThis was our first time thereThis was our first time there since "Roy's" became "Roy Yamaguchi's". Longer name and higher prices have not translated into a better experience. There was a real disconnect between some traditional Roy's favorites and newer dishes that were underwhelming. The beet salad in particular was comically deficient in scope (four thimble-sized pieces of beet), texture (overrun with frisee), and taste (no goat cheese as advertized). Fish dishes were good, but the very incomplete menu descriptions and careful overviews by an excellent server did not mention that some are served without a starch and could readily qualify to be called Skinny Fish to go with the Skinny Cocktails (150 calories). Of course the skinny cocktails don't cost $33.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMTruly fine diningWe were celebrating my daughter's birthday! Everyone made her feel so special! The food was beautifully prepared and each dish was more exceptional than the last. We have many happy memories from other dinners and occasions celebrated at Roy's, but this particular dining experience was outstanding. The ebi roll, the short rib appetizer, the fish trio and the pork shank were all exquisite! The desserts are out of this world! All of the staff, were knowledgeable, very friendly and attentive. Can't wait for our next visit!3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMIsland Style-Enjoy !!Food was excellent . Hawaiian martini excellent. ASIAN-SEAFOOD, great flavor, creative dishes.Island style..like Hawaii !!3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMPlease know I normally goPlease know I normally go for Happy Hour at Roy's with my co-workers. I chose dinner this time since I was having dinner with my boyfriend and a very good friend of mine. Our server John was delightful, he made sure we were taken care of. I do have to admit the menu is very pricey for the entrees we ordered. We can enjoy a great dinner at any of Cohn Restaurants for the price we paid and the servings are fully proportioned. Overall we had a great time as I wanted my boyfriend to experience the ambiance at Roy's since he has never been here. I think we're going to stick with the Happy Hour for future reference. Roy's would be more for special occassions. Lastly, Chef Robert came out to greet us which made us feel like VIP's. Excellent staff!3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMWe went to a special eventWe went to a special event meal that marked the renaming of Roy's to Roy Yamaguchi's. It was a busy night with a number of chefs from other Roy's locations. I was impressed at how well the evening went with so many patrons and chefs in the kitchen. The meal was superb and the wine pairings were spot on. The remodel of the restaurant with expanded bar area is a great improvement, though the noise level remains high. Roy's remains one of our favorite restaurants both here and in Hawaii.3/14/2013 12:00:00 AMLa Jolla Roy's is very goodWe have been to many Roys in CA and Hawaii and this one is very good, just not as good as the one in Pasadena. The flavors were still delicious, some of the portions were smaller for the same dishes. Overall still a very good experience with very good service. Looking forward to the new Pacific Rim concept.2/16/2013 12:00:00 AMBest Kitchen in San DiegoAmazing food, great atmosphere, and friendly service all around. One of the best meals I've ever eaten, and certainly the best sushi I've ever eaten. I could have tasted nothing but sashimi, but I would have missed out on so much more! I was really impressed with the fusion of truffle elements into different dishes. You'll definitely miss out if you don't order the butterfish. The staff was great, from Robert and team in the kitchen who came to check on us, to Tim, our waiter, who was very knowledgeable about all kinds of spirits and kept our glasses full. If you only have one night in San Diego, this is your spot. If you're debating at all, trust me, it's worth the drive from the Gaslamp.1/1/0001 4:00:00 PM