Roy's San Diego Waterfront
Roy's San Diego Waterfront

Roy's San Diego Waterfront

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.roysrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 6192397697
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday -Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
    Friday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

    Lunch: Daily 11:30pm - 4:00pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Asian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Jessie Glessner
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 1st Avenue
  • Public Transit: MTS Trolley stop across the street enar the Convention Center & Marriott Hotel & Marina
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet & self park available at the Marriott Hotel & Marina ($8 for the first three hours, $6 for each additonal hour, need to have Roy's validation) Valet & self park available at the Marriott Hotel & Marina ($8 for the first three hours, $6 for each additonal hour, need to have Roy's validation)
A word from Roy's San Diego Waterfront
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 Downtown San Diego located on the water at the Marriott Hotel and Marina, featuring a dining room overlooking the marina, or patio dining just steps from the water.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Roy's San Diego Waterfront reviews from OpenTable diners
74 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (53)great for outdoor dining (52)special occasion (42)romantic (33)fit for foodies (33)good for groups (17)neighborhood gem (13)hot spot (11)notable wine list (11)great for lunch (8)kid-friendly (6)late-night find (4)great for brunch (3)vibrant bar scene (3)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Excellent find. The food was fantastic!! We will be going back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tahoelover
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Beautiful setting on the San Diego Harbor and the food was great too! Had the Mac Nut Crusted Mahi Mahi and it was just perfect. Possibly better than the same dish I had in Kauai 4 months ago and its tough to beat fresh fish in Hawaii. The fish was served hot, the way it should be. Drinks were just ok though. My husband had the Mai Tai and he didnt like the spicy flavor it had. Service was very good. Attentive but not overbearing. Would definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner in San Diego
    GrazerVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Roy's is a usual stop while in San Diego. Love the edamame. We got in on a quiet night and enjoyed a window seat overlooking the marina. Food was fresh and good. We will return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Downtown surprise!
    Sushi
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I've been a fan of Roy's for years. Live in downtown San Diego. I have been to the la Jolla one a few times but tend to stay downtown near our residence. While looking up seafood restaurants downtown I was pleasantly surprised to find that all this time there was a Roy's right across the street in the marriott! I tend to avoid hotel dining but we dashed over and had an amazing dinner starting with my favorite, the crab and avocado roll with waygu beef on top. Amazing then the perfect butterfish in sizzling soy sauce, a Roy's signature dish Our waiter Joshua was excellent. Will always request him. Nothing like great food with great service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for a special occassion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Went here for my birthday. The mango mojito and the food were delicious. The service was great also. I highly recommend this place for good food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent - again
    LocalsVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Short version: Can always count on Roy's for a great meal. Longer version: We travel extensively, including Hawaii, and Roy's is one of our favorite "go-to" places. The San Diego waterfront location was no exception. There was enough of a local San Diego flavor to distinguish from the other Roy's, and the food was excellent. Beef spare ribs, salad, Mahi-Mahi, and the Ono special - nothing left on the plate and we are not big people. Service from Chris was excellent. Yes we would go back. Nice view of the marina.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    Familyof3
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Really enjoyed our dinner! The complimentary pictures for special occasions was a nice touch and a wonderful surprise. The food was excellent. We will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Roy's is always a great choice...
    CJStavertVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Always reliable for a great seafood dinner. Located on the Marina in San Diego, the ambiance is outstanding. Highly recommend the Butterfish and Ahi dishes. Can't go wrong with the cocktails either!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Meal / Service View
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Great service from our Server and the Manager! Thanks for a great Meal!! Jim & Lisa Hicks ,,Valencia Ca
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place to celebrate!
    Dineingwithkids
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Not every restaurant pays attention to the comments in the reservation - some of the fancier restaurants I've been too seem ignore them. This was not the case at Roy's! They not only were ready for us with a "Happy Anniversary" greeting but were fantastic for our two year old son. His appetizer hit the table 30 seconds after we sat down and the chefs hat was a big hit. Roy's menu is fun and broad and the food was fantastic. A great night!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    CindyVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I was a little concerned about going to this Roy's due to its location at the Marriott downtown. I was able to valet park for $8 with the restaurant validation. Our meal was great, but our desert was so so. We had the lava cake (my favorite), but it was overcooked. They were very apologetic and offered to make us a new one which we declined. They took the desert off the bill and gave us a card for a future desert at Roy's. The management team there is excellent!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service is key.
    Jane
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    So sad that the hostess was on a power trip and clearly did not want to get us four ladies-special trip for myself, friend and our 2 daughters-week end girls trip a table outside....it was so loud inside and hard to talk but our server and server assistant were beyond amazing! I would not recommend this Roys to my family or friends due to the fact the host staff seems to not want to Wow the guest as they were not busy but put a damper on our night. So sad that this is how restaurants treat patrons. I am an leader of a chain and will be sharing this story with my team in mtgs.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the View
    Deborah
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    It was lovely looking out at the water. Our waiter was very nice. The fish was good. The chocolate souffle was out of this world.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • kabuVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We love to go to Roy's before the Pops concert. It's so convenient and the outside dining right on the boardwalk is so much fun. The service and food is wonderful. Never been disappointed at Roy's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Going Downhill
    JamesVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Seated by the kitchen in a booth. Very unprofessional kitchen staff. Thought I might be at Denny's. Even heard some foul language coming from the group of adolescents running the food preparation. Manager was dark haired, bushy haired and black rimmed glasses. He was adding to the mayhem and couldn't care less for his guests. Never did come by our table. Food was good, not excellent, service was good, not excellent. An expensive meal and expensive wine for 2 dining patrons that was ruined by the animal house environment that was preparing the food and the do nothing Manager who was in charge.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Anniversary Dinner
    milanVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    First time dining at this particular location but have been a Roy's patron for many years. Had a reservation for 7 pm. Requested to sit outside on the patio and was told it would be a short wait. A short time later a hostess came to seat us and proceeded inside. Explained to her that we had been waiting for an outside patio seat. Waited a bit longer and then were seated. Service was very slow. Server was good and prompt with attending to our table but took a long time for the food and later our dessert. Dessert was a disappointment as we ordered the melting chocolate soufflé as we have on many occasions. This time it had been over cooked. Server was very kind and did not charge us for this item.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Butterfish anyone?
    kima
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The butterfish is fabulous! I go to Roy's specifically for the butterfish. I send people to Roy's for the butterfish. It NEVER disappoints. Absolutely delectable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing dinner
    amacbVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Generally, love Roys, but I have to say this visit was disappointing. The service was very slow, and in fact our initial server was replaced by someone else between drinks and dinner (causing about 1/2 hour wait to order). First of all, my Pinot Noir came in a white wine glass. Clearly not the end of the world, but when I ordered my next glass, I asked for a pinot glass and the waiter quipped that "it will still be the same 5 oz pour!" I was not asking for MORE, I was asking for the appropriate stemware. I ordered the Ahi, and the cut was not great and I had to cut around a lot of the white membrane. Taste was fine, but the colleague I was having dinner with mentioned that he had never seen someone to have to work so hard to eat Ahi.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently Outstanding
    DoccVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Of all the eating out we enjoy in San Diego, we have not found a more enjoyable dinner than the Roy's Trio plate of fish. Each of the sauces are wonderful and we always need extra rice to soak up each last drop of them. The price is a little steep at $35.50 a plate and with the restaurant dropping off the the 1000 point Open Table list, we tend to go more to the Seasons 52 for a fine dinner. Does the restaurant know that many of us use this 1000 point list to pick fine restaurants in new cities?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great desserts
    MetooVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Hawaian donuts!! Very good - is that fifty characters yet?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful, and kid friendly too!
    sdguy1024
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The food is always magnificent. What really impressed us was how kid friendly they were. We would normally NEVER take the kids to a nice restaurant like this for a lot of reasons, but mostly just keeping them contained and finding a palatable menu choice for them. From the quesadillas as soon as we sat down to the ice cream sundaes for dessert, Roy's did a great job of helping us keep them happy. So impressed.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Great menu! The Ahi was amazing! The service was the best
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    AvigarVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    As always Quality of Food was Great as at any Roy's...Excellent service and Great view !
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just good
    brunchloverVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food was just good, nothing out of the ordinary.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Treated like family
    Dave
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We waited for a window seat and then enjoyed three hours of the wonderful view and great hospitality. The assistant manager and wait staff treated us like we were their family - making sure that all was perfect. Although we enjoy Roys in La Jolla this was our first visit to the harbor side restaurant - but we will definitely return. Thank you all for the great appetizer and dessert that you provided.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Roy's is slipping
    EmilyFan
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We've eaten at Roy's many times: in Oahu, Maui, Las Vegas and now San Diego. This was the worst experience I can remember. We ordered a Filet Mignon cooked medium that came brown throughout. It was tough and chewy so we sent it back. The 2nd steak was mostly raw. I'm not talking pink....it was raw like just out of the package. A guest at a neighboring table had the exact same experience. My wife's filet was cooked correctly but even her filet was tough and chewy. Not the meat quality you would expect from Roy's or anywhere for the price point they charge. I ordered a lobster pot pie. I searched the entire pie and couldn't find anything more than two slivers of claw meat. The pastry...not good. All-in-all a very sad experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent!
    jrsandiegoVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    As always! Excellent service and food! We love this restaurant and it has a very special place in our hearts! Can't wait til next tme!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Get Your Hawaiian On
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Great setting along the water in San Diego…definitely get the patio seating vs. indoor as it is far more worthwhile. Wonderful cocktails and great menu - esp. the specials. But be prepared to make hard choices as a lot of dishes sounded excellent. Poke represents nicely, as does the Butterffish. My companion had the fish trio sampler as she couldn't decide and thoroughly enjoyed. Desserts were even up to high standards. Service was quite professional and prompt. Not the cheapest place by far, but worth the money.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We love Roy's
    LuLuVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Never lets us down! We can always count on a great table outside, great servers, drinks and food!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hawaiian Food on the Mainland
    LeAnnSki
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    I went to Roy's on Maui and was surprised to find a restaurant within the Marriott Marquis on the Harbor in San Diego. The service was top notch and the food wonderful. I had the excellent Caesar Salad and the "Starter" Szechuan Spiced Pork Ribs (Smoked and Glazed in Roy’s Original Mongolian Sauce). The ribs were everything I hoped they would be and more than enough for a light eater (half a rack/6). I would highly recommend Roy's especially if the guest has never been to a Hawaiian eatery. It is as authentic as you can get...even in Hawaii.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So, so good.
    Poncie
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    It was a no-fault dining experience from start to finish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Downhill and disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    So sad. This used to be our go-to place for special occasions. A few years ago they had mastered amazing food and outstanding service. Alas, it's all gone. Food is dull and mediocre. I don't know what kind of disgusting sauce they put on the edamame but it's like sticking your fingers in lukewarm butter. The customer service was nonexistent. Dreadful. Wait staffed harried and sparse. We arrived on time for our reservation to be shown to our table only to find it was occupied by another couple who decided they'd rather sit outside but didn't feel like moving. So, at 5 months pregnant wih twins and huge I stood up for twenty minutes waiting for my seat to keep from "inconveniencing" the demanding other couple. No apology from staff.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Classy and tasty
    WBandoy
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    My wife and I celebrated our 4th anniversary and Roy's San Diego Waterfront did an impeccable job on catering to our needs. The waitstaff was friendly and wished us a happy anniversary. Our busser was on top of things like filling up our water glass and clearing our table at the right times. The food was incredibly, mouth-watering delicious. Kudos to the chef and kitchen crew. Highly recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 41 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 404 reviews are from the Roy's San Diego Waterfront reviews archive.
  • It never rains in San Diego ??
    NorgeVIP
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    We sat outside as it was beginning to mist a bit - in between mist and sprinkle. As it began to rain a little harder, our server gave us the option of seeking cover at the bar or getting seated inside. We decided to stay outside and our server brought over one of the bit patio umbrellas which gave us full coverage! We started off with Prosecco and then we received a gazpacho type appetizer on the house - tasty! We then shared what had to have been the richest, most succulent seafood dish I have ever had - the Misoyaki "Butterfish." I will do an injustice in attempting to describe it - just go to Roy's and order it! It is ridiculously delicious! Do save room for Roy’s Melting Hot Chocolate Soufflé. That's a must, as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent dining experience
    EnjoyingLifeNow
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    I went here for dinner with co-workers. I ordered the chef's special that evening which was the Halibut. The Halibut was cooked perfectly, nice and flaky, great seasoning and texture. My co-workers all got the fish trio, a combination of Roy's famous fish dishes. All raved about how much they enjoyed their dishes. For desert, we ordered a round of the famous chocolate soufflés - what a way to end a meal, in the top 5 desserts that I have ever had. I would highly recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DoccVIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Wanted to try the Spring Trio, since the Roy's Trio has been a stable for me for the past year. The price was nice and enjoyed the steak and shrimp, but the tuna portion was too small to really enjoy. I would rather pay another $5, bringing it up to the cost of the Roy's Trio, and had an enjoyable serving of the seared tuna. The wife enjoyed the Roy's Trio. Server Daniel took good care of us as before, but we really shouldn't have had that super delicious tornado dessert, with extra elements of decadent joy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Dinner
    Willgobackagain
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    Had dinner to celebrate mother's Day, and we're not disappointed. Great food, great service, great view!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great treat
    CLSherrod
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We went here for Mother's Day. Had a great time. Excellent service. Food was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The food was delicious as usual at Roy's. Nice fusion of Asian and American flavors. The only complaint was that the noise level was high and it was hard to hear the other people at the table. However, some of that was due to a particularly loud table of 4 women not far away.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Impressive
    Awesome
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I entertained family from out-of-town, and they were very impressed. As always, Josh the manager was very attentive, as was Josh the bartender/server. They made our dining experience totally delightful. However, I am sorry the the Baja roll is no longer available, as that is an item that I always look forward to enjoying. The newer rolls on the menu were scrumptious, as were the short ribs!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.