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

Roy's - La Jolla

  • 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:
    PACIFIC RIM COOKING CLASS
    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.


    WINE CLUB:
    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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Roy's - La Jolla reviews from OpenTable diners
125 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (70)fit for foodies (67)good for groups (39)romantic (37)neighborhood gem (32)vibrant bar scene (26)hot spot (22)notable wine list (16)great for lunch (13)kid-friendly (8)late-night find (3)great for brunch (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Roys in La Jolla is a sure
    tapas
    Dined on 3/31/2011
    Roys in La Jolla is a sure thing and always our 'go to ' restaurant for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Took a friend to Roy's for
    CoronadoDinerVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2011
    Took a friend to Roy's for her first visit to celebrate her birthday. As she is a former caterer and a stellar chef, I wanted to take her to a restaurant that would impress. We both had fantastic dinners. While there are many entrees to choose from, the prix fixe menu was an excellent choice for both of us. The price is right, and the quality of the food is just as good as anything on the regular menu. I've never had a bad meal at Roy's. The service is attentive but not overbearing - just right! You will always feel welcome at Roy's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always wonderful. Food is
    sdguy1024
    Dined on 3/14/2011
    Always wonderful. Food is just absolutely fantastic, and the service is always exemplary. Highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We celebrated my husband's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/11/2011
    We celebrated my husband's birthday at Roy's last Friday night. We had a group of 12 so first we ordered a lot of appetizers to share that were all delicious. After that we enjoyed our entrees, which were also very good. The butterfish seemed to get the best review, while the salmon got the worst. We also shared desserts and the chocolate volcano was to die for! We had a fantastic evening!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Butterfish is the best
    JDESQVIP
    Dined on 2/27/2011
    The Butterfish is the best thing on the menu. Ribs were fantastic too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great restaurant with even
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/25/2011
    Great restaurant with even better service. They took care of us with out hovering. Made my girlfriend's birthday very special. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another Spectacular Dinner at Roys!
    JohnKVIP
    Dined on 2/18/2011
    No better place to celebrate a Birthday or special occasion than Roy's La Jolla! Tonight the place was hopping and energetic. Still, my wife and I had a fantastic & romantic date night to toast her birthday! Typically we order a fish entree or sushi...but tonight I opted for the Rack of Lamb. WOW! 3 double cut ribs, tender and done to perfection! My wife went with 2 appetizers (her regular M.O.) the Shrimp and the Potstickers....the Chocolate Souffle for her birtday dessert was a given! We've been coming to Roy's La Jolla since they opened...10 years this April...and will continue to be a regular as Brian and Percy raise the bar each and every night! John & Beth
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Roy's is always good. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/16/2011
    Roy's is always good. The food, the service, etc. It was our aniversary and they made it special. The only bad thing is the noise, no matter where you sit is very noisy, probably because it is always busy.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First time to try, will not be last
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/5/2011
    First time at Roy's will not be my last. Food was very good as it can be viewed as the "Fleming's Steakhouse" of seafood (I believe they are under the same management?). Had the Surf & Turf and my girlfriend had the Shellfish Sampler. Both really really good. Will come back if we are craving good seafood.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food and service were great.
    love2travel1VIP
    Dined on 2/5/2011
    Food and service were great. The only thing that bothered us was the noise level. There were four of us at the table and it was difficult to hear each other. Otherwise we had a very nice experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We have been to this Roy's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 2/1/2011
    We have been to this Roy's and several others, each time we are delighted with the fresh selections and great service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special, unique menu. My Mahi-Mahi
    ConnieVIP
    Dined on 1/30/2011
    Special, unique menu. My Mahi-Mahi did come to me a bit undercooked and went back for another minute of cooking but overall a very nice dinner.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/26/2011
    We make a point of going to Roy's whenever we travel...we are deprived of a location in Portland. Best butterfish ever and the chocolate souffle is the stuff of dreams!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, kid-friendly, notable wine list, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We both had a wonderful dinner.
    lulu
    Dined on 1/24/2011
    We both had a wonderful dinner. I had the Roy's Trio, 3 differnt fish(salmon,ahi and butterfish) which was outstanding. My husband had the Blackened Ahi Tuna which he loved. We started with the crispy calamari which was delicous and ended with pineapple upside down cake with pineappple-coconut ice cream, Yummy!! The service was excellent, our restaurant bent over backwards to make us happy. We will definately be back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Went during Restaurant Week.
    FirstTimer
    Dined on 1/21/2011
    Went during Restaurant Week. Appetizers and entrees were all very good, although pretty simple and straight forward. I cleaned both of my plates and would order the same items again without hesitation. However, I thought my dessert (Pineapple Upside Down Cake) was very dry and mediocre at best. It reminded me of eating a 2 day old muffin. The service was outstanding from start to finish. The hostesses were all super friendly, as was the server, the expo, the busser... it was all a pleasant surprise considering it was Restaurant Week. Even though the dessert was forgetable, the rest of the experience would definitely bring me back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place for birthdays
    kellyd
    Dined on 1/21/2011
    Great place for birthdays or any days. It was wonderful food and great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was a last minute reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 1/15/2011
    This was a last minute reservation (2 adults 1 child under three) we arrived to warm faces and welcoming staff. We had the only child in the 80% occupied place. The waiter nailed the kid service and delivered our food fast and hot. Thank you for a great night. Just what we needed.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, nice ambiance,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/4/2011
    Good food, nice ambiance, employees need some work though
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We were there on New Year's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/31/2010
    We were there on New Year's Eve and had the Prix Fixe menu. Outstanding food. Great service. One of our dishes was late, and they kindly adjusted our bill without our asking.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fixed menu on new years eve
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/31/2010
    Fixed menu on new years eve created limitations of selecting popular items on the traditional Roy's menu. The classic butter fish and seared ahi were not on the menu as were the short ribs and lobster potstickers. I recommend Roy's still but hesitant to go again with their fixed menu.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for that special night
    SteveD
    Dined on 12/31/2010
    Great for that special night out or a business dinner. Consistently great food and great service. One of my favorite San Diego restaurants
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dined here many times with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/31/2010
    Dined here many times with the normal menu and would recommend them. But, not a good place for holiday meal. The prix fixe menu was disappointing. The boneless fish was not. The dessert was not worth eating.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We went on December 30th and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/30/2010
    We went on December 30th and it was quite busy, by 7pm all of the tables were taken. They have a great sushi happy hour that starts at 5 and since our reservation was for 6pm we had though about going to it but decided against it. Unfortunately, when we sat down for dinner and were about to order a sushi platter, the server informed us that they were completely out all sushi, sahsimi, and basically all fish that could be eaten raw and said that there wouldn't be anymore available for at least 30 minutes. We thought that was too long and ordered our entrees. However, we ended up waiting for 45 minutes to get our entrees and 30 minutes for fried appetizers. Our food was excellent when it came - seared ahi, shellfish sampler, and butterfish.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Really enjoyed the dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/29/2010
    Really enjoyed the dining experience. Excellent seafood prepared in a innovated manner. Server knowledgeable and helpful!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic food, attentive
    CathyMcGVIP
    Dined on 12/28/2010
    Fantastic food, attentive service without being overly pushy. Love the lobster potstickers!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It isn't the best food but
    ksal
    Dined on 12/26/2010
    It isn't the best food but the food is always consistently good; Not great but Good. The service is always attentive and solid. I would recommend for before movie spot or somewhere that you don't have to worry about it being a big production.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • With the "open kitchen" layout,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/4/2010
    With the "open kitchen" layout, it seemed a bit noisy. It was difficult to have a conversation at our table for 4. The table seemed a bit large for 4 persons, as well. Service is great. On the $$$$ side, we thought.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • While traveling for work,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 11/29/2010
    While traveling for work, I have visited several times -- once with a small group and the remainder solo. The service personnel have been at best indifferent if not off-putting. Each time the hostesses have had me wait for a table despite showing up on time and having a good number of open tables on the floor. They also insist on putting me at a small table next to the bar which is noisier than I want as I would like to enjoy my book; also they seated a couple with a small child next to me. My server rarely made eye contact and most of the time placed the food on my table while turned away from me. On this last trip, the calamari was uncharacteristically greasy. I will likely not return unless I get another carving for the Butterfish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This time the food was slightly
    HarryVIP
    Dined on 11/19/2010
    This time the food was slightly too salty, but otherwise good. Good service.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was great, and I
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/6/2010
    The food was great, and I am so happy to have discovered a restaurant in my neighborhood that has a gluten free menu. There hardly are any restaurants that have it, let alone in my area.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was excellent and
    VegasMau5
    Dined on 11/5/2010
    The food was excellent and our waiter was very helpful in making a selection. It is Hawaiian fusion, so we didn't really have a clue about what to order. Our waiter David explained everything to us and made some very good recommendations. I would definitely recommend this restaurant for the food and service.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We can't get enough of Roy's!
    JohnKVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2010
    We can't get enough of Roy's! Be adventurous and try something on the menu you've never had before. Your taste buds will say, "Mahalo"! john & beth
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Roy's is a staple in our household.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/23/2010
    Roy's is a staple in our household. We can always depend on good food, service & ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beautiful presentation, great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/23/2010
    Beautiful presentation, great dessert, steaks were good but not outstanding.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Roy's in any town is worth
    MsRoxieVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2010
    Roy's in any town is worth more than one visit. The atmosphere is casual but the food is seriously well prepared.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wow! Roy's ceases to amaze
    JohnKVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2010
    Wow! Roy's ceases to amaze us every time we visit! Honestly, we could go every single week and never get tired of the kitchens creativity, the fantastic service and the energy level of the entire restaurant! Truly our favorite restaurant in San Diego! john & beth
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Except for the noise level
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/2/2010
    Except for the noise level which made conversation difficult to hear, our experience at Roy's was memorable. Attentive wait staff, food that was especially delicious and overall friendliness of the staff made for a delightful experience. David, our waiter, guided us through menu choices and helped insure excellent food selections. A very personable young man.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The quality of the food is
    Ernie
    Dined on 9/29/2010
    The quality of the food is good; very small portions; and noise level is extremely loud! Not the place for a romantic anniversary celebration.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our experience at this location
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 9/23/2010
    Our experience at this location was mixed. The food was very good but it was so loud we had great difficulty talking within our table for four. Our server made several mistakes in our order that were corrected. Very different dining than in our previous time at Poipu.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place for a special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/14/2010
    Great place for a special occasion. The food, especially the Ahi Tuna (both the tartare and the mustard sauce entree) and the Butterfish were exceptionally delicious. The anniversary dessert was a welcome surprise. Excellent service from all the staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic