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

Roy's San Diego Waterfront Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.roysrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (619) 239-7697
  • 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "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?"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Hawaian donuts!! Very good - is that fifty characters yet?"
    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."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Great menu! The Ahi was amazing! The service was the best"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "As always Quality of Food was Great as at any Roy's...Excellent service and Great view !"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Never lets us down! We can always count on a great table outside, great servers, drinks and food!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "It was a no-fault dining experience from start to finish."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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. "
    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."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Had dinner to celebrate mother's Day, and we're not disappointed. Great food, great service, great view!!!"
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "We went here for Mother's Day. Had a great time. Excellent service. Food was fantastic."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I went to this restaurant based off the reviews on OpenTable. You cannot beat a better view isn't this all the outdoor dining. It was a gorgeous evening. The menu had a lot of choices so I literally looked at the waitress and said suggest everything and I basically bought what she suggested it was very good. I had some sushi as well as some scallops for a main course. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "This is one of our new favorite places to go. Great food, although quite pricey. Lovely view of the marina and good people watching!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "This is my favorite restaurant chain. Food was excellent. My 6 yo daughter's dish of chicken tenders was fabulous. I think I might have liked it better than my dish. The Lakinlau (sp?) roll is my favorite appetizer, but it seems to be disappearing among the restaurants but is still on it here. Views of the marina towards Coronado were beautiful. We have come here every time we visit San Diego."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Roy's is a great place. Although it's a chain, the staff is warm, friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. The dishes are unique and well executed from what I've eaten. The atmosphere is classy and intimate, especially the fire pit area."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Great for a very special occasion. Expensive, but well worth the price. Please open some of these in New England! "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Consistent outstanding seafood; service is very good, but can be slow if they are very busy. Very noisy when restaurant is busy and full."
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "My family and I eat at this Roys Waterfront Location every time we are in San Diego and they always amaze me. The food is outstanding and the service is impeccable. Andrew Mayer has this restaurant running at a high level and Adam the Executive Chef and his staff deliver dishes that will blow your mind...you must have the lobster potstickers, the short ribs and the Soufflé Dessert. The food never disappoints and they also have outstanding dishes for kids. Our children, ages 1 and 7 both had the salmon and loved every last bite of it. By the way it is refreshing to see a kids menu with more than chicken tenders and a burger on the menu!!! Please keep up the great work Roys San Diego Waterfront. You have a loyal customer for life!!!!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Great food and service. Worth the extra money you'll be forking out. "
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "The food was really good (not great). We had a table by the window and so got to see the beautiful sunset, and the service was just okay. "
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "Roy's never disappoints! Our waiter Daniel was awesome to say the least. He was very knowledgeable on the food and wine list. He was attentive without being annoying. The food was perfection - always. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "In all aspects what is promised: Excellent fusion food, nice setting with bay view, good wine list, superb service. Price range certainly up-scale, but justified."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Great service and food! Really nice sitting outside on the patio by the fire pit!"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Although I would recommend Roy's to anyone year round, it is especially great to celebrate a special occasion there. The staff is extremely accommodating and the food is always top-notch."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I have eaten at several Roy's locations, I wanted to share this experience with my wife and 3 friends. What a nice surprise it was to discover that the restaurant was adjacent to our hotel and overlooking the harbor. We were seated promptly. And our server, Daniel, was excellent from beginning to end. His explanations and recommendations were very helpful. The food was all wonderfully prepared, presented and served. We needed 3 separate checks, which Daniel handled easily along with a Roy's gift card. All in all, it was a great dining experience."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "At Roy's, the food is always delish...but this downtown location is just odd. It just feels like it's designed for a corporate party and no matter how lovely the meal, the energy is just wrong. Maybe the best way to combat it is to sit outdoors?"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Unlike most night...this night was a bad one for Roy's . Our party orders the steamed mussels and they arrived to the table cold. The manager tried his best to make things right by bringing a FRESH batch that was hot and brought some potstickers for the table to make up for the error. Everyone's dinner came and the fish dishes were exceptional. I made the mistake of ordering the usually juicy short ribs. This night they came so tough that I couldn't cut them with a steak knife instead of the fork tender ribs that have always come before. Both pieces were dry and tough. I called the waiter back and he was apologetic and brought me another dinner... and while the second one was better...it was not up to the standards of Roy's. So sad"
    Dined on 3/8/2014