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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
  • "I have never received such wonderful service as I received at Roy's on July 26, 2014, which equaled the level of service we get at Roy's every single time we go there. They actually make us feel as if we are coveted patrons and they bend over backwards to make everything perfect. And they do. Their staff is clearly the best in the business, exceptionally well-selected and trained. Oh, yeah, the food is simply amazing too. Roy's is, far and away, my favorite seafood restaurant. Period. I love going to Roy's."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The service was unbelievable, it was the best I had ever seen! Even if the food was horrible, I would go back because of the service. Good thing the food was great!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We had a great anniversary dinner. I highly recommend the Lakanilau.roll and the butter fish."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "NOISE LEVEL DEAFENING BUT I CANNOT RATE IT PROPERLY ON FORM, portions smaller than past, no veggies just rice and protein, sides if ordered all had Chilli, menu stale, prices high for what we got. We can get better fish offerings in Del Mar, better selection, better ambience and for less money. Even with a 25$ discount our bill for a shared appetizer, two main courses, a beer and a glass of wine and coffee was past $110 and I had a small snack when i got home. We have eaten here many times and will probably not return. Service was attentive, food preparation was good as was the taste."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We enjoyed celebrating our wedding anniversary at Roys this year. It was our first visit. Loved the casual friendly atmosphere. Servers were super friendly. Food was amazing. We had the butterfish and rib eye, which we shared. Both prepared perfectly with so much flavor. We had the kimchee and tempera vegetables on the side to share as well. The drinks were delicious. We had a seasonal Cosmopolitan and the Mai Tai.. Such great flavor. Top notch!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "One issue was that we had a 6:45 reservation and weren't seated til 7:15. The noise level at the holding level was very high. Once in, the service was great . Food was outstanding but pricey. Wine list for a place that serves fish was way too red heavy with high tannins for fish. Even the Pinot Noirs were heavy type."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Good food! However, the portions were very small. I ordered the Roy's Trio platter and it came with 3 bite size fishes. After an hour or two, I was hungry again. The 3-course meal that my husband ordered was a better option."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I love it that Roy's is open for lunch on Fridays. What a treat. I took my 8 yr old grandson for a special lunch. We had such a good time. Roy's does a wonderful job getting food to kids quickly and it's quality food. He loves the appetizer of cheese quesadilla, fruit and celery with dip, his main course of the teriyaki salmon and the sundae and the Edamame--he ate every bite and helped me with my dessert. Roy's has a fabulous petite filet. What a treat!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Prices are reasonable and you can try a variety of items when they are all nearly half price (including drinks). Nice that it goes until 7pm as well."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Roy's never disappoints with their seafood and GREAT Hawaiian martini!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Service and food quality is always great. The "butterfish" was the best I have anywhere."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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 service here is always amazing and so is the food. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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 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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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