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Roy's Pasadena
Roy's Pasadena

Roy's Pasadena Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.roysrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (626) 356-4066
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm -10:30pm
    Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm

    Aloha Hour: Daily 4:30pm - 6:30pm in the bar
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Asian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Chris George
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: North El Molino Avenue
  • Public Transit: Located in front of our restaurant on Colorado Blvd.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet Parking ($7) / Self Parking ($5) / Street parking
A word from Roy's Pasadena
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 Pasadena located in the heart of picturesque and historic Old Pasadena, featuring an inviting atmosphere showcasing an exhibition kitchen, spacious bar and lounge area, and patio dining.
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Diner Reviews
  • "We dine here often and are always remembers. It makes us feel so welcome and comfortable. Recent menu changes have been terrific and while the ole favorites are still available, we are enjoying exploring the new offerings, This restaurant is big enough without being too big. Staff is always friendly, helpful and courteous. I encourage you to give this place a try"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "The original Roy's restaurants in the Hawaiian islands were absolute taste-treat delights. Unfortunately, the Pasadena version of this restaurant is a pale version of the original. The food was mediocre and lukewarm - nothing to write home about or return for. Pleasant outdoor patio and very good cocktails at Aloha Hour."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "I was sent a coupon for $25 off $50, so against my better judgement based off of my most recent visits to this Roy's, we decided to go. The edamame was so overcooked the inside plasticky layer came out every time you tried to eat a bean and the beans were mushy and dry. They've changed the menu and upped the prices. I got the short ribs and my friend got the miso butterfish. Both we're ok (edible), but not worth their $25+ price tags. It's sad because the Roy's in Hawaii and in Pebble Beach are amazing but I don't even consider the Roy's outside of those places to be the same restaurant. The service was attentive, however, after I told the server about the overcooked edamame he did nothing to remedy it, didn't even get us a new batch. :-("
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Nice place, good ambiance. Service & attention is great. Don't know if it was just this one time, but the food was not up to par. My wife's steak was so sinewy that it was almost inedible. Lot's of flavor just too tough. They offered to replace it but by then her jaw was tired, so she declined. My complaint was the rest of the food. Just way too sweet. We used to be regulars at the Downtown branch b4 it closed & I don't remember it being this sweet. I know Hawaiian food tends to be on the sweet side but this was waay sweeter than I remember it."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Right down from the hospitality to the service to the food everything about this place was an excellent experience! The ambiance is nice and interior deco is trendy. Seats were very comfortable and table was an appropriate size. Hostess was friendly and even opened the doors. The waitress was welcoming and friendly. The food is excellent!! Had the Ahi Tuna Poke, Lobster Potstickers, Filet Mignon with lobster, and the pineapple upside down cake. Everything was absolutely delicious. I have eaten at many seafood restaurants and Roy's was spot on with each dish. Only complaint was the filet mignon. Cooked properly but I did not agree with the sauce they used for it. But as seafood goes, Roy's knows what its doing."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Our server Anthony was excellent. He knew that we were on our way to a show at the Pasadena Playhouse. He made sure that our orders were taken and delivered without bring rushed. The Steak and Lobster Special was delicious. Thank you for a memorable dining experience. Mahalo!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "we've dined at this restaurant on three separate occasions. the first, a birthday celebration, our food and service were pleasant, but not exceptional. our second visit, a visit on a whim, our food and service were acceptable, at best. our third visit, this past 4th of July, was to be our final time dining at this restaurant. the service was confused (waitress and bus-boy communication was entirely disjointed and uncomfortable), and our food was quite disappointing (steak was undercooked, yet tough; lobster was well-overdone, dry and chewy; fish was delicate, but highly over-seasoned). we are well accustomed to frequent fine dining, yet we have been progressively and consistently underwhelmed and disappointed by all accounts at Roy's."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Maui wowie salad was good but lobster pot pie was bland and swordfish was so tough you couldn't cut it with a knife."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "If you have eaten at Roy's in Scottsdale or Anaheim, you will be sadly disappointed in old town Pasadena. Our outdoor table service was comparable to your typical mediocre dinner chain. Lots of commotion, lots of service staff, but no training. Support staff handing around. Our food was auctioned, appetizer was poor, entre was very good, dessert was redone, and we were left looking at dirty plates for most of the night. The waiter was pleasant and accomodating. Overall a mixed bag in quality and presentation. For the money, I would recommend one of the local establishments that have patio dining."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Twenty six years and counting. What a spectacular treat it still is to dine with the Yamaguchi crowd. Everything they do is better than one expects. Every visit--special occasion or not--becomes special because of an extraordinary wait staff and a kitchen that turns out nothing but wonderfully conceived and executed fare. Innovative is too limited a description for their menu. And, if you are a fan of cocktails, do not die before you have the Hawaiian martini. Trust me on this."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Everything was great. We were initially disappointed that coconut shrimp was no longer on the menu, but our waiter checked with the kitchen and they made some for us anyway. Huge shrimp, perfectly cooked, toasty coconut crust, mmmm."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Roys is my stand by for excellent food and ambiance. It did not disappoint food was perfect service was exceptional"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We love this place. They always remember us, give great service, the food is awesome and they change it upto keep it fresh and interesting. WE LOVE ROYS"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "45 min wait time betw appetizers and entrees. Asked waiter to see dessert menu ahead of time to figure out our options and instead of bringing it he told me he would bring it after entrees were served. Then entrees were served and he asked what we decided about desserts which is when I had to remind him that I needed to see the entire dessert menu to make a decision. We also had the worst seat at the restaurant. I will never ever return."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I are trying to not eat as much since we are going to Vegas for 4th of July weekend, but we still wanted to go out for dinner after work and since Roy's has outdoor dinning we decided to give it a try. It was our first time at Roy's and we LOVED it! The cocktail I tried was the Jalapeno Margarita - FANTASTIC!The Margarita went perfect with the amazing Lobster Potstickers appetizer! For the Entree we shared Roy's Trio which I still day dream about. The service was pleasant, our waitress was very helpful. The outdoor dinning was exactly the environment we wanted to be in after a long friday at work :-D"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We've been to Roy's here in California and Hawaii. Can't beat the ambiance in Hawaii. The food is great but the servings are small. I loved how our server made it a point to ask if anyone had any allergies he should be aware of. Plus, he made a special trip to the kitchen to double check the ingredients. That's service! If the portions could be a little larger, I would definitely recommend this place."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Our waiter was Chris and he was excellent, That rare mixture of professional and charm that makes for a outstanding evening. Even as the evening progressed and more crowded he was able to keep our table correctly attended. As usual, the food was very good."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Everything was cooked to perfection and beautifully presented. Service could not have been better."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We had a great dinner at Roy's! Everything we ordered was delicious! The service was impecable! Our waitress was very polite and attentive. And all other staff we interacted with was also wonderful. Overall, it was a great dinner, food, service and ambience! The whole package!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "this was one of many trips to Roy's..we always love "The Canoe" because you get a taste of everything delicious! This is supposed to be an appetizer for two but it makes a lovely dinner for one! And our Waitperson, Corey was wonderful and swapped out the chicken satay for the lobster potstickers, my personal favorite!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "A group of friends decided to celebrate one of our birthdays here and we weren't disappointed. The waitress was friendly, the food delicious and wine outstanding!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We chose Toys to celebrate our 25 the anniversary. Bad service is an understatement! Our waiter could not be bother serving us. Food was very mediocre. Never again will we go"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "I want to first say I have been to this Roy's on numerous occasions but brunch was bad. First of all it started with all of my silverware, dishes and glass being dirty with stuck on food. Then the menu had horrible selection items and when I did get my food it was cold. The best thing I could say was the servers were great and made the experience better. I would not go back to eat there again the bad food was overpriced and bad!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "This was our first time at Roy's, and we decided to give it a try since it was within walking distance of the Pasadena Playhouse after seeing a matinee. What a surprise to find a large, well-appointed interior with a quiet rear dining room behind the energetic, main front space. The wine list was not large, but well selected and reasonably priced. The 2011 Chassagne Montrachet was a perfect match to the incredibly delectable lobster pot pie. The service was impeccable, and the manager's personal greeting at the table was a nicely professional touch to make guests feel welcome and want to return. This is now our new favorite after theater dining spot in Pasadena."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "First time ever at Roys. Tried years ago in Hawaii and couldn't get in. We arrived for happy hour in the bar and tried a few appetizers which good. Table for dinner was in another room where it was moderately quiet and good for conversation. Service was great and waiter was helpful in making suggestions. Calamari was good and had alittle bite. Shrimp salad and blackened ahi was wonderful. Will definitely go back!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We are always treated as special guests when we dine at Roy,s. We were dining prior to attending a play at The Pasadena Playhouse, and their wait staff was very sensitive to our time concerns, and made sure we were served and finished in time for the show."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "My husband and I had our wedding reception at Roy's in Hawaii Kai 13 years ago and every year we go to Roy's for our anniversary dinner. The service has gotten worse over the years and this last visit was by far the worse. Our waitress took our order and never came to check on us. She neglected to tell us about desserts or give us a dessert menu. Not once did she ask whether or not we wanted dessert, coffee or tea. We had to tell her ahead of time that we wanted the Upside-down Pineapple Cake desert since we knew you have to put the order in in advance because it takes about 20 min to make. Very disappointing since the service at one time was impeccable. Don't know if we'll be going back next year due to declining service"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Treat customers special on special occassions - birthday, anniversary, etc. Customer is provided with desert and a photo of the entire party at the table, taken by the restaurant staff."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "We dined on Friday and tried the new Sea Bass, with a spin like fish and chips, I highly recommend the dish. My husband tried the new osso bucco a delicious dis."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Food was good. Service friendly. Sitting ten people in a booth made serving a bit odd and disruptive. Manager made what appeared to be a compulsory table visit. He seemed rushed. Why bother?"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Having been to many different Roy’s locations, I must say I was quite disappointed with the food with this particular restaurant The food was bland and nothing was good or outstanding, even with their misoyaki butterfish/black cod. I would continue to visit other locations, but probably not this one again."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We have been a loyal customer for years, and have been to all of the Roy's on the West Coast & Hawaii, they have always knocked the ball out of the park. When in Pasadena, ask if Chris is working. If he is, sit in his section he is a wonderful waiter."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "I was not blown away by the food. I ordered a medium rare rib eye steak which I did not know was drenched in a tangy sauce. It was on the salty side. I mean it was not just a little salty....too salty for the average person IMO. Another person ordered the fish trio but she said it was just OKAY as well. Nothing outstanding. If you eat asian food a lot, then prepare to be underwhelmed. A lot of asian cooking style at triple the price. Definitely not worth emptying your wallet. I was impressed by the service, it was superb; but the food was mediocre."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Came here for an early dinner Sunday night, got a table on the patio. Love the ambiance there, and it's a lot quieter than inside. Quentin, our server, was professional and attentive. Delicious Thai chicken meal."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "It's always crwded on Friday night in Pasadena, so just about any restaurant is going to be packed. Roy's was bumpin' with grads and celebraiting families; but also some hot daters going on at the bar area. We were out with another couple -- all in our golden years -- and even though Roy's was stacked up, the service was prompt and pleasant in every way. The staff is always knowledgeable about seafood and preps; and the dishes were cooked to perfection. I can recommend the very spicy calimari app, and the Chilean sea bass was as delish as it was expected to be. I'm glad we chose Roy's, and will try to remember how much we always like eating there."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We've been there several times and were a little disappointed this time. Might have been our selections but it just seemed to have slipped some "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Haven't been here in a while and it wasn't really busy as you might expect for Mother Day. There was a noticeable amount of empty tables. Food was decisively average at best and portion size seem to have shrink. They can complete by being average. So disappointed. Not coming back here ever, even with the $20 gift card they give you."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Roy's restaurant used to have very good food, fit for foodies. but not any more. The Misoyaki Butterfish used to be a standout dish, but no longer. The fish was cooked well, but there were problems other items. The bok choy was under cooked, the musubi (rice ball) was boring and the sauce looked nice, but lacked complexity. The Shrimp Teppanyaki noodle dish was unattractive and tasteless. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Made a reservation for 9pm and got seated right when I entered. Waitress was great. All of the food was good. No complaints here."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We dine at Roy's every Friday night, the seafood is fresh from the Northwest, I highly recommend the Halibut and the Crusted Mahi Mahi, they have a great team who make sure you have a memorable experience, they even give you a great picture keepsake. We are having our daughters graduation party at Roy's this coming weekend."
    Dined on 5/9/2014