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Roy's - La Jolla
Roy's - La Jolla

Roy's - La Jolla Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://roysrestaurant.com/locations/CA/la_jolla.asp
  • Phone: (858) 455-1616
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Friday only 11:30am to 2:30pm

    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
    Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm -10:00pm
    Sunday & Monday: 5:00 - 9:00pm

    Aloha Hour offered daily 4:30pm - 6:30pm in the bar
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Asian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Charles Andres
  • 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, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events & Promotions:
    Third Saturdays, Noon - 2 pm
    $50 per person
    (price includes lunch, experience, one class of wine, excludes tax and gratuity)

    Join Chef Charles Andres and learn to create the quintessential Pacific Rim experience in your own home. At this special lunch and learn, you'll discover the skills needed to recreate each of these dishes at home, to the delight of your friends and family! Monthly classes are seasonally themed, so please email lajolla@roysrestaurant.com of call (858) 455-1616 for details.

    Waina Hui (wine club) is our monthly gathering of friends to sample wines from around the world and to share in the enticing flavors of Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion cuisine.

    Cost is $25 per guest and tastings are held monthly from 5:00-6:30pm and include a sampling of Roy’s signature appetizers. Reservations required.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Nobel Drive (University Town Center's Costa Verde Shopping Center)
  • Public Transit: Bus stop within walking distance
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet is $5 / vehicle (not hosted), $7 / vehicle (hosted), complimentary self parking in front of / below the restaurant.
A word from Roy's - La Jolla
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 La Jolla located at the heart of La Jolla's bustling business district.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Diner Reviews
  • "Roy's never disappoints with their seafood and GREAT Hawaiian martini!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Had a great time with out of town vendors. It's close by work if you're in the UTC area and an early dinner is always easy - never too packed at 5:30 or 6 (though it can get a lot busier later). Their seafood never disappoints and tonight was no different. Will definitely be back."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "I love good salmon, and theirs was truly exceptional. I pride myself on being a pretty good seafood cook, but I'm still wondering how they kept the salmon so moist. Expertly seasoned, too. I also prize professional service, and everyone working there understands exactly what that is. Attentive, cheerful, bright, but genuine and focused on the diners' experience. The atmosphere was casually elegant and the nearly full house was buzzing lightly with happy customers, but not too loud. We expected good but got great. We'll look forward to our next visit."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "While the food is very inventive and innovative, the price for the portion size is outrageous. Stick to the food in the bar at happy hour. Drinks are reasonably priced and so is the food."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Service and food quality is always great. The "butterfish" was the best I have anywhere."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Roy's La Jolla is one of my favorite restaurants. The Father's Day special of filet and lobster was wonderful."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We celebrated our 3rd anniversary at Roy's and the staff & management made it extra special. As always the food never disappoints."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "I could have rated this Restaurant outstanding but We felt like we are being rushed to finish because we were visited at least 3 times by the bus boy asking if we are done and if he can take our plate even though there is still food on it. I think it's beciase we pause eating and have conversation. I must say the food is outstanding."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Celebrating last day of school. Service was amazing. Great food and kid friendly menu without being limited to mac and cheese! The super sized sundaes included in the kid lunch were unexpected and delicious. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "It was our first time, and definitely won't be our last time. My husband and son had fish specials and they raved about them. I had the lobster roll and it was delicious. The service was impeccable."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "My hubby and I went to Roy's for dinner on Sunday night. We made our reservation through OpenTable and when we arrived they had the reservation and the special note I had added to my reservation. I requested a booth and they were able to seat us at one. Our meal was yummmy....I had mahi mahi ....the hubby had salmon....we had some chardonnay that was very good. It was a very nice dinner. All the servers we came into contact with were very professional, knowledgeable about the menu and it's preparation."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "I ORDERED THE HANGAR STEAK. i'm not certain I know what I was served as it seemed to be a portion of leather, almost unchewable. Fortunately it was cut into portions so that I could swallow whole pieces of steak which would not yield to chewing. A memorable experience, but one that I would not wish to be repeated. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "It was a great time and wonderful food. We enjoyed it."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We enjoyed such a great night out at Roy's. Service was warm and welcoming and attentive without being intrusive. Food was so good, and beautifully presented. Looking forward to returning soon."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The remodel gives it a more modern - Pacific Rim and less island look and feel, bit its the Roy's Trio that keeps us coming back!"
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "The best salmon my wife has had. I also enjoyed the braised short ribs. The food here is just excellent, you have a view of the sparkling kitchen too. A finely run operation. Service by John was also excellent. Roy's surpassed all of our expectations, will be returning."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We were here for my daughter's graduation and my mother in law's birthday the other evening. The service was incredible. I liked their personal touches of preparing a special menu insert for the celebrants. The food, including all the Aloha Hour appetite specials, was excellent. All the entrees were prepared well. I thought their wine list was very well thought out, particularly offering a number of reasonably priced Pinot Noirs. The hostess even took a picture of our party and gave a printed copy to my daughter and her grandmother. All in all, we couldn't have asked for a better evening!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The seafood combo was delicious both in presentation and taste. Especially the Butterfish (Alaskan Cod) I would get it again. The ambiance of the bar area and small room and waiting lounge was much more preferable to the loud open dining area opposite the kitchen."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "The service here is always amazing and so is the food. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "My son and son-in-law were both starting new career opportunities so I wanted to take everyone out for a nice dinner in celebration. The food was great, the service was great, and the price actually reasonable. The only negative might have been the noise level. Though not a problem for us, it could be an issue for a romantic dinner for two. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Excellent service and a decent price. Food is best!!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Really enjoyed our dinner at Roy's La Jolla this weekend. The resturant provided excellent service, going above and beyond to ensure we had an wonderful dining experience. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "I have started to eat here at Roy's every time I'm in San Diego and I have never been disappointed. I had the Chilean Sea Bass and it was excellent. One person in our group ate vegan and was also very satisfied. They do very well with their wine list. Always changing just a little and always satisfying. I'll be back. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Great experience. Great food. Lobster potstickers are an amaizing treat. Filet mignon perfect!! Defenetly will return. "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "As always, the food was excellent along with the service! Always something new on the menu and have never been disappointed! :)"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The food was I edible. My sea bass was way undercooked and my husband's mahi mahi was really over cooked. The server was very nice and the restaurant ended up chomping our meals. With so many incredible restaurants in San Diego, I am sorry, but we will not be back."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I really see no reason to visit this place again… The seating arrangement is not very good. The food is mediocre. The prices are high. "
    Dined on 9/2/2013
  • "We've been coming to Roy's for years and, sadly, it's not what it used to be. On our most recent visit, we were celebrating a birthday. While Roy's used to bring out a birthday dessert, now a curly ribbon on the table is the extent of their birthday "celebration." As far as food goes, the misoyaki butterfish is our family's favorite. About six months ago, the fabulous flavor changed, much less intense (less marinating time?). Service has also been hit and miss over the past few months. For example, the servers are quick to let you know about the special 20-minute desserts, but they no longer bring dessert menus for the diners who don't order a "special" dessert. These small changes add up to a big change in the dining experience at Roy's."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "food & service outstanding....BUT; noise was LOUD and distracted greatly from the ambience - unfortunatly where I was seated I could see 2 large screen TV's over the Bar so throughout the dinner even though I tried to not look at the baseball game, every time I looked at my wife, the movement and flashes of light and color on either side of her head were constantly disturbing. If I wanted to eat and watch sports I would have gone to Applebee's."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Food and service great but too loud to have decent chat"
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Enjoyed the new menu. Roy's service is first rate. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Enjoyed our meal at Roy's as we always have. We have eaten at a Roy's restaurant including this one in La Jolla many many times. We enjoy the overall experience and food every time. Aloha!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "My wife & I have dined at Roy's La Jolla perhaps 4-5 times over the past couple of years, and on most occasions we've found the quality of the food very variable - some dishes are exquisite, others are mediocre. We ate there last week, and sure enough, the dishes covered the gamut -- one dish was fabulous, another acceptable, and one was really poor (calamari - cold, dry, chewy, tasteless). The place always seems to be quite busy - which is a puzzle to us, because the food is not only variable in quality, it's also relatively expensive for what you get. Good service though. And pleasant ambience. "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Cameron our waiter was on top of things at all times and was knowledgeable., Sid, managing partner, was also very friendly and interested in hearing what the patrons had to say."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "We've been going to Roy's in La Jolla for years, and will continue to do so. However, on this fateful evening, this was the first time EVER that we had to wait 40 minutes for a table even WITH a reservation. It was a Friday evening, not all that bustling, and there were ample tables available. Yet, we still had to wait for 40 minutes--this unfortunately didn't set the tone for a pleasant evening. We did enjoy our meal regardless... hope this doesn't happen again :("
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "We have been going to Roy's for almost 8 years - but not anymore. That was absolutely our last time. The food has changed for the WORSE. They took a perfect Roy's menu where for the past 8 years, every meal was outstanding, and changed it to something very very mediocre. Even the little things are bad - imagine serving a mai tai with slice of lime instead of pineapple. Imagine serving calamari with jalapeno. There are so many good restaurants in San Diego, there is no need for us to go back to Roy's until they bring back the old menu. And we are not the only ones making this observation. There is no comparison between the old menu and the new - the new is just BAD."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The bar scene is extremely noisy, it overshadows the food and everything else. We asked to be seated as far from the bar as possible which made it somewhat tolerable. Perhaps this is an attraction for the younger crowd, but I am from a generation that still values conversation. The food was quite good, but the noise did not improve it."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "The food is good & healthy & not too bad calorie wise. They need a couple good lower cal. dessert selections & the noise level is a bit uncomfortable. We had a hard time hearing our own conversation at the table. Aside from the noise, we like it and would go back."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Excellent lunch selection, available only on Fridays. The calamari appetizer was wonderful and set the stage for the fine food that was to follow. The lobster rolls with french fries were great as was the grilled chicken sandwich with sweet potato fries and the shrimp pasta. Everybody left happy and sated. Wish it were open for lunch all week long!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We have been patrons of Roy's in Oahu for 20 years. This place in spite of being owned by Outback has maintained the high standards of Roy's vision. Though Roy's in Hawaii has a broader choice of fish, everything at Roy Yamaguchi in La Jolla is excellent. The wait staff, bartenders, kitchen provide a wonderful experience. If you can't get to Hawaii, this place is the next best thing."
    Dined on 3/17/2014