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: 8584551616
  • 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
110 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (64)special occasion (64)good for groups (35)neighborhood gem (32)romantic (30)vibrant bar scene (22)hot spot (16)notable wine list (13)great for lunch (11)kid-friendly (10)late-night find (3)great for brunch (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • surprisingly good service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We were fortunate to have a good waiter and an even more attentive/accomodating busboy. Hibachi salmon was on the fishy sidr.sauce was bland. Shrimp wowie salad was nicely presented but tasteless. Filet mignon perfectly cooked and tasteful. Overall an okay meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great celebration venue
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Wonderful food (we had the local chef's specials), attentive staff, lovely little birthday dessert (two perfect little macademia tarts). Even had a "happy birthday" insert in my menu! A bit pricey for every day but totally worth it for a celebration. They do have a nice bar and apparently a bar menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    IHeartFood
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Arrived a little before our reservations to enjoy a cocktail in the lounge. Ordered a sangria, boyfriend had Mai Tai…sooooo disappointed. They were incredibly sweet, so much that I sent mine back (which I rarely do since I don't like being "that" person) and my bf felt guilty about it so didn't send his back, although did not enjoy it at all. Dinner was good, but for the price, fell below expectation. Calamari app was good but was VERY small for the nearly $14 price tag on it…seared ahi was pretty good, but the crusted mahi was pretty dry, and the sides they came with left much to be desired. Expected better from a Hawaiian fusion cuisine, as we really wanted to like this place after reading such great reviews. =(
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Most enjoyable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Had a most enjoyable lunch. Love the Butterfish and Melting Chocolate Cake.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No Restaurant Week Deals?
    Video360
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    We had a terrific dinner at Roy's La Jolla (UTC, actually.) Started at the bar, where the Hawaiian Cocktail was refreshing. We were seated at an awkward table location, with lots of traffic, even though our reservation was early (5:45pm) and the restaurant was nearly empty. We could only look longingly at the empty booths - they looked so comfortable. After a glass of wine each, I decided that it was a better value to simply order a bottle - a solid Chardonnay. She had the Filet with Lobster, and I had the Scallops. The surprising thing was that there was no SD Restaurant Week dinner deal offered. I had to suppress the bitter feeling I had when the bill totaled over $200. Granted, it was a terrific meal, but a modest one for the money.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Surprisingly mediocre
    LM56
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I'm sorry to say food was only okay. My sea bass was tasteless (and I made mistake of not reading that it was tempura style). My son's bone-in rib eye was filled with gristle. My husband's steak & lobster was very good. We pointed out gristle to waitress who said she'd notify manager but he never responded. While I was gone from table, manager brought our dessert but said nothing. Later waiter said dessert was comped. So, why didn't the manager just say, "I'm sorry about your meal, this dessert is comped"? Odd. Nice place and we had nice appetizers. Not sure I'd try again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Service and Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Roy's has been one of our family's favorites for years and continues to be. The food is consistently delicious and service perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant
    ChristmasDiner
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Another great dinner and promotion at Roy's! I'm glad you are in the neighborhood, and provide many opportunities to come and enjoy new food and drink!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cold Edamame and service
    Aaron
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Our waiter treated us almost like we did not exist. Our bill was 73$ for the two of us and it was obvious he was put off that we didn't order more. The Edmame was cold and when we asked for a replacement.... it never came. Finally, we aked another server and it came but again cold. This was my fiance' birthday and they put some ribbon the table but did nothing more (oh, the maitre d did come buy and said "Happy Birthday" but when we explained our issues, he just apologized and moved on. We won't be back. Our server did not deliver our food, he was virtually never present and I had to chase down the hostess to give her my credit card because we couldn't find him for 15 minutes - no exaggeration). We tipped well but probably a mistake.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We are glad we revisited Roy's
    PeteHVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We had not been to a Roy's for years but are glad we revisited. The service was great and the food was outstanding. I had the Hamachi which was as good as I have ever had including Hawaii. My wife and I had the butterfish and it melted in your mouth. Roy' has won us back as regulars.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DoccVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    One more time we enjoyed the Roy's Trio of fish plates, along with very nice martinis
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    food and service was amazing! cant wait to go back in 2 days!!! spicy seafood hot pot and the butterfish are to die for:)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful
    Kimbo
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Such a great ambiance and the staff is very friendly, the food is fantastic, definitely recommend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Butterfish was excellent, other dishes good, but portions were small for the high price.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    wait was 20 min over our reservation and we got there a good amount of time before our reservation. waiting for food as well took awhile. we were there for 2 hours. they did bring out a complimentary appetizer plate for my little one who was hungry though. excellent service just took forever to eat.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • oldpro
    Oldpro
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Other than messing up the reservation my checking us in under the wrong name, which resulted in not recognizing that it was our anniversary, the overall dinner was quite good. The portions were just the right amount and quite good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Taste of hawaii
    disappointingVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We first experienced Roy's in Maui and loved it. We then visited the Anaheim location and were seriously disappointed. We cautiously visited UTC and were pleasantly surprised to find the same friendly service and great food as the original experience. The menu is unique and therefore a good choice for a break from "normal" a/k/a same old even if tasty. We will certainly revisit again in the near future.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • mary
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I'm more than a little disappointed that so much has been removed from the bar bites menu, including the coconut drink my husband loves so much. Don't remember exactly what it's called, frappe maybe? Apparently it's been removed altogether. The rest of our night was good though. Still disappointing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely anniversary dinner
    alwayshungryVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We arrived to celebrate our anniversary and were immediately greeted with, "Happy Anniversary" by the hostess. When we were seated, our table was decorated, John K. our server couldn't have been more gracious, and if you haven't had their chocolate souffle, OMG, it was amazing. They also took our picture and gave it to us in a souvenir frame. On another occasion, we celebrated a birthday at Roy's, and Roy's consistently creates memorable special occasions. Thanks for a very special evening!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Roy's Review
    luvgoodfood
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Made a reservation for 7:45. Were seated at 8:15. No real communication from hostess unless I asked how much longer the wait would be. Much better experience if you dine earlier. Always great food, but asked for a second drink - which never came. Asked for more wasabi, which never came.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable meal
    debgc
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Excellent service. We were provided the edamame when we sat down; great flavor. My "butterfish" was cooked perfectly. We took the kids. While the kids menu was pricey ($13), my kids loved it and said they felt well taken care of - included a little appetizer, meal, drink and dessert. We had the chocolate souffle which was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful
    aunttotwo
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I love the Torch lights outside. I reminds me of the islands. The food is delicious and presented so beautifully. My favorite dessert is the chocolate soufflé. The atmosphere is lovely. The waiters are attentive and remembered I preferred no ice in my water.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional experience
    xyza
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Food preparation and presentation were outstanding. Quality and flavors were exceptional. Service was the best.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Walked out
    SocalFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I am a fan of Roy's for signature dishes, so it was disappointing to me that 3 favorite signature dishes were either 1. No longer available or 2. Recipe changed up at this location. Case in point: calamari, awesome dish with chili sauce, now it's your typical breaded calamari you would get at any sports bar. This is one example. Server also acted "put out" when one request after another was no longer available. We sent the calamari back and ended walking out and made a quick reservation at Ruth Chris. This type of service wouldve NEVER happened at Newport, Anaheim or even Marina location. Will not be coming back.
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  • foodie99VIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Been to many different Roy 's. The food quality of this location is the worst. But, Roy's is Roy's, I will still go Roy's, but just not going to be this one.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Amazingly satisfying & consistent
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We started dinning at Roy's about two years ago. We started in Hawaii and then continued in San Diego. I think we're up to about six visits and have enjoyed every one of them. The service, food and ambiance are all top notch. I highly recommend Roy's.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food good/Service BAD
    Mars28
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I've eaten at Roy's before and, as usual, the food here was excellent; love the butterfish, the lobster roll appetizer and of course the chocolate soufflé - no complaints there. HOWEVER, our server was the worst I've had at any restaurant. Ignored us the entire meal, even when he finally came by to clear our plates he didn't speak or ask if we needed anything. We felt as though they just wanted the table back, even though we'd been there barely an hour. When I finally asked a bus boy for more wine, our server came by and said "You want more wine?" very unfriendly. When he brought the bill, he slapped it on our table as he walked by - very rude! Maybe he was having a bad night but a simple "so sorry, I'm swamped" would have gone a long way.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun
    AnonymousVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We received a few gift cards to encourage us to try Roy's again. We're glad we did! The food is phenomenal. The sushi is some of the best we've had. The restaurant is v loud but is also a great place for families or groups. We had a good time & will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Restaurant!!
    Mimi88
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    My husband and I had a great experience dining there. The survive is outstanding. The staff are very friendly. We'll definitely dine there again soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing for the Price
    elandelsbVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I'm a long-time Roy's patron. This visit & the 1 before were disappointing. Noise level was too high, food was inconsistent & entrees were mediocre. My old stand-by, the butter fish, was drowned in miso sauce. All I could taste was miso & not the flavor of the fish itself. While the wait-staff was friendly, the bus-person made us feel rushed & the edamame starter was never offered. On our previous visit, we had a reservation & yet waited 1/2 hr to be seated. We were then seated in a smaller dining room with 2 tables of families w/over-active (ill-behaved) children. The wait-staff walked back-n-forth through the dining room to/from the kitchen & at one point a wait-staff carried the garbage through to the kitchen...unacceptable!!!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love Roy's
    grrr
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Roy's is one of our favorites, always something special...great new items and memorable favorites. The Szechuan Spiced Pork Ribs (appetizer or meal) and the Pineapple Cake with Coconut Ice Cream dessert are amazing. Ask about their prix fixe and other specials for great values and tasting opportunities. Our latest experience was made even better by Cody. Roy's waitstaff is consistently personable, knowledgeable and well-trained, however Cody raised the bar even higher. We had so many questions this visit yet Cody was patient, knowledgeable, helpful and has a great sense of humor. My husband, daughter and I all had a great meal and time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Closest to Hawaii without a plane
    Laventures
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We love Roy's for their friendly, fresh delivery of our favorites from the islands. We love Hawaii and when we are missing our second home (which is often) we run to Roy's for a shot of the aloha flavors and ambience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Netty
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Exceptionally pleasant all employees greet and seem very sincere about thanking you for coming to the restaurant and wanting you to enjoy your experience. The food was wonderful....nice treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • carmel
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Good service, good fish - can be a bit noisy (small dining room better for conversation)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Annie
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Our waiter was outstanding - friendly and attentive but not overly so. It was a lovely dinner and I look forward to going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wery dsappointing....
    sdfoodie
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    On our first visit to Roy's in over a year we experienced the same problem that has kept us away...both our entrees - the macadamia crusted ahi and lobster pot pie so salty they were inedible. My husband scraped the crust off his fish to be able to eat it. The lobster pie was mainly filled with chunks of potato and very little lobster. They made an adjustment to our bill but still a disappointing evening all around. We won't be back.
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  • I Always Leave Happy
    NadoBobVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    My wife and I have dined here several times this year including taking in their extraordinary happy hour specials. Note a good way to introduce yourself to this restaurant. I like martini's and the bartender(s) know how to make a good one here. Caution just have one if you are driving. This time we started with the Auntie Leila roll, aka rainbow roll. Wow was this guy fresh. Next my wife and split the Caesar salad which is not very traditional but is very tasty. It is split able but if you like lots of greens better go for one for yourself. Finally I had the yellow tail on the chef's specials and it was quite frankly out of this world. It is all good, that is why "I always leave Happy"!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LoriVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Not for people who like to talk and dine. Way too loud.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food; hostess needs some work
    hungarydiner
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Very good dinner for our son's 17th birthday. The boys loved the lobster potstickers appetizer and the seared sea scallops over pork bellies was excellent. Our waiter was good and very helpful when we informed him that our daughter has celiac disease. There were several gluten free options and he checked on a few others that weren't clearly labeled. The hostess however deserves about 1 star. We arrived about 10-15 minutes before our reservation. She told us they were setting our table right now. After seating everyone around us (now 15 minutes after our reservation) I asked her again - they were setting our table right now. Ended up waiting 40 minutes total because she forgot about us (we overheard her talking to her co-worker).
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    Milo
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We had the seafood pot and the ribeye steak. Both were exceptionally good. We also had an ebe roll which was amazing. The waitress was great and kept in contact on a regular basis.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic