Roy's Desert Ridge
Roy's Desert Ridge

Roy's Desert Ridge

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.roysrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 4804197697
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm

    Aloha Hour: Daily 4:00pm - 6:00pm in the bar
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Asian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Mako Segawa
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Live music every Friday and Saturday night during our Aloha Hour on our lanai.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: East Pathfinder Drive
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet available and is discounted with validation & self parking available.
A word from Roy's Desert Ridge
Blending classic techniques with adventurous Pacific Rim flavors, culinary pioneer Roy Yamaguchi created an entirely new approach to fine dining. The first Roy's opened in Honolulu in 1988 and we've spread our warm hospitality and passion for innovative and creative cuisine around the world ever since. Indulge in one of our spectacular cocktails or choose a glass from our award-winning wine list while you discover the fresh ingredients and outstanding seafood, expertly prepared by our local chefs that made us famous.

We invite you to join us at Roy's Desert Ridge located inside the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa. We feature lanai seating surrounded by tiki torches overlooking the gardens and water features of the JW Marriott, and a spacious dining room.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Roy's Desert Ridge reviews from OpenTable diners
60 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (38)great for outdoor dining (33)fit for foodies (30)romantic (24)scenic view (17)good for groups (14)neighborhood gem (12)notable wine list (11)kid-friendly (11)hot spot (7)vibrant bar scene (6)late-night find (5)great for brunch (3)Show More
  • Roy's Desert Ridgw
    vbreslow
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    In the very beautiful Marriot hotel, amazing food, wonderful service. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • celebrated our 10 year anniversary
    happywife
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We celebrated our 10 year anniversary at Roy's. They had a sign made for us wishing us happy anniversary attached to a board like the menu. They greeted us by name and the server said happy anniversary. They gave us a free dessert and dinner was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great view and great food
    MsBee
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The food was excellent and the view was lovely. It's a great place to celebrate an anniversary or to meet your friends. The service was excellent as we'll.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good summery dinner
    PitchouneVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Great lobster sushi, and amazing lava cake with a raspberry coulis
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decent
    Mike
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We have been to Roy's in Chicago, Hawaii and another location in the Valley. This was our first time at the Desert Ridge location. The service was excellent, the food was good (but not outstanding) and the ambiance was fine. We dined indoors, but the outdoor area at the resort where this restaurant is located is great and I would recommend sitting outside to other diners.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Ask for Roo to be your server....everything was perfection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just okay this time
    JulieVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We split the lobster dumpling appetizer and three-course meal. The lobster was great, salad had no dressing and was bitter (waiter brought some extra and that helped); the three shrimp on the entrée were grilled nicely, but the small pieces of chicken had no flavor, and only a minute amt of veggie sides--we left hungry. The little amt of food compared to how expensive everything is (spent over $55 on food) was disappointing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So far away
    SDVIEWS
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Roy's used to be pretty close to my home, but they moved! Now I have to travel to enjoy that Pacific Rim deliciousness!! Well worth the trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Anniversary
    BillB
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Excellent venue, outstanding food and great service. Bone-in rib-eye was delicious.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • noise level
    herbodocVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The noise level was beyond energetic due to a large party adjacent to our table. This plus children racing around and lying on the floor while adults shouted and flashed cameras in our eyes made the dining experience terrible and our rapid exit after finishing the entree necessary In addition, the charge for parking in addition to the tip adds unnecessary cost to the experience. Glad to be home
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • mayoonside
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We went with another couple and 3 young boys, very accommodating and great atmosphere on patio with the live music. Food was outstanding
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hawaiian done correctly
    Gael
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    i was expecting more a more sushi type menu and discovered a distinct Hawaiian theme to the offerings. the swordfish with forbidden black rice was excellent. the veggie side of tempura was not very edible...raw sweet potato, ick. the broccoli and mushrooms were good but everything else was not edible! i wished i had tried the lobster potstickers. they sounded wonderful. really nice waiter. wine list was broad enough in varietals and prices to please almost everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Interesting Menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Hawaiian Fusion.Lots of fish with interesting reductions.However, be very careful with what you choose.Our lobster roll and shrimp salad appetizers were quite good.The feta and capers in the latter were so overwhelming,however,that the shrimp and salad part needed a ton of water to reduce the salt on the palette.Butterfish excellent.Lobster pot pie just atrocious.Gummy pastry, tasteless lobster (huh, how is that possible), overwhelming onions, no English peas, gluey sauce.Just screamed of pre-assembled in the casserole, refrigerated for days and popped in the oven to order.White chocolate cheesecake dessert excellent.Overall a good dining experience.BTW, your car is held hostage for $5 for the hotel...plus valet. Self-park may be more.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great twist on asian/hawaiian food
    ItsGreat
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    It was one of best reataurants we have ever been to. Great food,service and atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go the extra mile
    threedognightVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Christopher the Manager was very attentive. the waitress asked how the calamari was and we said OK. She must have told the Manager as he approached the table and wanted to know what was wrong. It was chewy. He told us of all our options which were more than we needed. After this - the Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi Mahi and the Ahi were "phenomenal". We had been there about a year ago and the quality of food had really deteriorated. BUT Roy's is back !! Definitely will be going back , because of the food and Christopher.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It was my birthday celebration
    LovegreatfoodVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I chose Roy's for my birthday celebration. I like it because you can have a nice dinner with friends in a quiet restaurant and be able to have a conversation. When my husband made the reservations he told them it was my birthday, they gave me a bd card signed by several of the staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Roy's
    CathyVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    I love going to Roy's! We have been to several locations throughout the country. This location continues the tradition of excellent food. The staff is kind and helpful with the menu and choosing wines. Our waiter even had a little time to talk to us about the area. I had the butterfish which is my favorite. It was fixed to perfection. My husband had the grouper and said it melted in his mouth. It was a wonderful evening to have great conversation. We did not have the lava cake but it is my favorite also. I highly recommend Roy's.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Get the TRIO
    Tsmalls24
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    The server was great! We ordered the shrimp & pork potsticker appetizer and it was very good, the sauce had a nice kick to it. The calamari was a bit chewy. The breading didn't stick to it well, but the basil dipping sauce was delicious. However, I wouldn't get it again. The fish trio was excellent! And the filet & lobster was great too, a little over done, but still had great flavor & tenderness. We also tried the truffle mac which was very good! I'd recommend coming here, just skip on the calamari.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Went the extra mile
    ToniG
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Our server was outstanding. The food was incredible. We love the Maui Wowie Shrimp Salad and would make the trip just for the salad! Everyone here does everything possible to make your visit perfect.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Below Expectation
    onowasono
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We were looking forward to a fabulous dinner as we were staying at the JW Marriott in Phoenix for a Staycation over July 4th week-end. We have eaten at Roys and recommended to some friends who drove up to meet us. Our drinks and appetizers were very good but the main course, a fish entree (Ono) was not cooked properly and we had to send it back twice. The first time it was very overcooked and tough / tastless. The second time it was barely cooked. Our server agreed but by that time we decided not to try a third time. Overall we were very disappointed with Roys
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not the same Roy's
    TomZapVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Very disappointed again. Thought we would give it another try since our visit in January which was also mediocre. I had the Alaea Salt Crusted Bone in Ribeye, it was tough and fatty. My wife had the Misoyaki "Butterfish" which the Miso was so overpowering. Could not taste the fish. I gave this a fair review based on the 25 plus times we have dined here in the past. Almost tempted to give it poor for service and food.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome
    TobyVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    The butterfish was phenomenal! For dessert I had the pineapple upside down cake it was sinfully good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Celebration
    KARLGR
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    We took 89 yr old Mom for her birthday. She was given a card by the staff and received a special dessert. The lobster and filet dinner special was excellent. However, we were not told that you only get the lobster & filet, no potato & no veggies. The lobster pot stickers were included with the special and they were also excellent. When we were seated the wait staff came by right away and during the meal the assistant waiter was attentive with ice tea refills and clearing the table. That is until the main course was served and then service fell off and they disappeared. It was not crowded so they were not busy. We had to flag down a different server to place dessert order. Our waiter just fell short at the end of the meal. Would recommend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JohnVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Their dress code is horrible, so be prepared for flip flops, tee shirts and shorts in, what used to be, a high class restaurant. Food, however, is outstanding. Also, you will pay for parking regardless of them stamping your ticket!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • JW. Dessert Ridge Roy's
    AlwaysgoodVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    I have dined here many times when ever I am in Phoenix for a convention at the JW. Food and service is always great and my overall restaurant experience is always great. This visit I must say that the portion size of my mail course ( Butter fish ) was way to small. The entree was excellent, just way to small a portion to satisfy me for dinner.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 35 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 314 reviews are from the Roy's Desert Ridge reviews archive.
  • Renewed faith in Roy's
    Dino
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    After a visit to Roy's on Kauai last month I vowed to never eat at a Roy's again. But a traveling companion wanted to eat here at desert Ridge this week and I reluctantly agreed. What a pleasant surprise! We ate outside and weather was perfect. Myself and another had the Chef special Ono cooked med-rare and it was excellent. Best fish I've had in a long time. Another companion had the three fish special which he also remarked was excellent. We couldn't have been more pleased. Especially for these three critical people. It just shows not all Roy's are the same.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as usual for Roy
    mmmmVIP
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    We have eaten at several Roy's and this was another wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Over priced
    NME247
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The food was just OK. The service was bad. Definitely not worth the money.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Slow and Cold
    KTPhoenix
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I have been to the Desert Ridge Roy's multiple times over the years. Whether for business or personal, they always are impressive. Unfortunately, not on Mother's Day. Our service was VERY slow, and the top-dollar fish entres were all COLD. I still recommend Roy's at this location for the beauty of the grounds, but my family and I will not be visiting for another holiday event.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    The food was very good and the presentation was artistic. Service was attentive without being intrusive.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Roy's at Desert Ridge
    Parshooter
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    My wife and I fell in love ever since visiting our first Roy's 12 years ago in San Francisco to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. As frequent vacationers to the Phoenix/Scottsdale area, we were fortunate to frequent the Roy's at Desert Ridge inside the JW Marriott Resort. This location has an outstanding patio location which is great for dinner or even the Aloha Hour. Very memorable for any special reason, even if its just to enjoy a great meal.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Used to be better
    MaryygVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    It seems as though things have slipped a bit, especially service. We made a reservation weeks in advance for our anniversary and yet we were not able to sit outside on the patio. I think they have turned it into a "hotel restaurant" and not the unique and top quality restaurant it used to be.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Dinner
    davidg47VIP
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    Dinner would have been much more enjoyable eating outdoors. The food was good....not great. Drinks were good, especially the mango mojito.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noise level excruciating!
    RaveVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Had trouble hearing waiter as well as my dining partner across the table. Couldn't wait to find a quiet space outside of the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 15th Anniversary
    rob081473
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Great place to have a romantic dinner for that special occasion. Make sure to book it early and tell them that it is a special occasion. You get special treatment.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't Miss This Restaurant
    Dinnersfor2
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Dined at Roy's on Maui a lot over the years. We were hoping Roy's at Desert Ridge would live up to our expectations and it didn't disappoint. The Butterfish was as moist and tasty as ever as was the Ahi Tuna. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • One off
    goodVIP
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    We haven't eaten at many Roys throughout the country in the islands; this particular meal was not up to their usual standards. Service however was excellent.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprisingly Kid Friendly
    D123
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We had dinner at Roy's while staying at the JW Marriott with our kids. The servers were very friendly and attentive, almost too much so. (They were very eager to clear our plates even when we were not done eating, yet.) Roy's was also very kid friendly, which we don't always expect at a fine dining restaurant. The kids' menu offers entrees like shrimp tempura sushi roll, teriyaki salmon, pasta and chicken fingers (something for every palate). It also comes with a vegetable and quesadilla appetizer platter and an ice cream sundae. My only complaint was that my sea bass came out burnt (black and crispy). The kitchen prepared another, which caused the rest of the family to wait for me. My husband enjoyed his ono, which was well prepared.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a good experience
    Tammy
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Always enjoy dining at Roys. Great food, service and ambiance. Also had a notable happy hour!
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spot to dine with kids/family
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Great location inside the hotel! Also enjoyed dining outside. Thanks again Roys!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.