Roy's - San Francisco
Roy's - San Francisco

Roy's - San Francisco

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.roysrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 4157770277
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
    Saturday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

    Aloha Hour: Sunday - Friday 4:30 - 6:30pm in the bar
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Asian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Nathan Payo
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, 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
  • Catering: Call For Details

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 1st and 2nd
  • Public Transit: BART (Montgomery Exit) MUNI (Mission #12)
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Additional parking is available in multiple garages on Mission Street and behind the restaurant on Minna Street. Parking fees vary.
A word from Roy's - San Francisco
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 San Francisco located in bustling SoMa, just two blocks from the Moscone Center.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Roy's - San Francisco reviews from OpenTable diners
33 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
66% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (19)good for groups (14)romantic (12)fit for foodies (11)great for lunch (9)neighborhood gem (8)vibrant bar scene (6)notable wine list (5)great for brunch (3)kid-friendly (3)hot spot (3)late-night find (2)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Great place near convention area
    Martin
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We were in town for a conference, and needed a place for 8 of us for dinner on a Sunday evening. Found this through Yelp, and then made the reservation through Open Table. A great find. Food was excellent, service was impeccable. We each had something a little different, but I heard wonderful reviews of all the dishes. I especially enjoyed the butterfish, which was a light fish with an excellent sauce. Excellent. With wine and dessert the cost was a little higher than we would have normally gone for, but really was worth every penny.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Roy's
    wingjVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I've not been disappointed each and everytime. Hope to share this good experience again soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The items I have tried have too much sauce for my liking but I'm sure other people like it. I just need to remember to ask for the sauce on the side. Quality of food is good.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The food and portions were only ok. Service ok too.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Roy's
    wingjVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    A great place to meet friends / family for lunch or dinner since it is very accommodating for either large or small groups.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Must Try the Hawaiian food!
    alohafusion2die4
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    I love their Miso Butterfish, my fave and cocktail drinks. Service is wonderful. overall the best....
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food and service
    victor
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Great appetizers, drinks and food. Excellent service. Great choices in the menu too. Overall a great place to eat and take someone especial.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Modern Hawaiin influenced dishes
    Sfben
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Roy's is a great place for sophisticated Hawaiian influenced dishes in a classy environment.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Father's Day lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We have eaten at Roy's before and it had been wonderful in the past. Unfortunately we went there a few months ago to celebrate Father's day for my husband and it was very disappointing. It was not busy for lunch but it took 30 minutes to get our soup and when we got it, it was cold. The rest of the dishes were very mediocre. My family was very disappointed.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • returntripVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Always a great meal whether here or in Pebble Beach. Blackened Tuna is to die for, as are the ribs. Delish!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dependable restaurant
    Linda
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The food was good but a little expensive. The pot sticker was ok, didn't taste the lobster, but the poke, was delicious. The scallops were just ok, not tasty but The butterfish was good. We had chocolate soufflé which was good. Overall we felt the food was good but a little over price!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great experience!
    littlebrowngirl
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I took my sister and mom here for Mothers Day. There were 8 of us total with two kids. We came a bit early for aloha hour and the drinks we had were really good. I ordered the pineapple sangria, my boyfriend ordered the 1988, and my mom had a skinny margarita. It took a bit longer for the bartender to take our orders than I would have liked but the drinks made up for the wait. Our server was very courteous and did not "over-service" or "under-service" us. Not to mention, the food was delicious. Although, my sister and her husband did mention that the quantity was a bit small for the price.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 21 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 2235 reviews are from the Roy's - San Francisco reviews archive.
  • Lunch at Roy's
    Frederick
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    I have had many lunches at Roy's over the years; usually, someone else makes the reservations so i have not been called on for a review until now. it is an excellent restaurant with great food, service that is both efficient and friendly and a large dining room that is very attractive and comfortable. The food is imaginative and well-prepared and it is possible for two or more diners to order enough appetizers and sampler plates to give a clear experience of the kitchen staff's expertise. I love it and look forward to my next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Jerry3
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    It's been sometime since I've been there and found the quality of food and service had gone down. My prior experiences delivered a higher standard.
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  • Disappointing again
    PamelaVIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    We had just eaten at Roys Rancho Mirage and it was 10 times better - food and service. The osso bucco was bland. The dinner plates were so hot that they kept cooking the food - my butterfish was mushy. Our coffee was served warm - NOT hot. We mentioned this to the waitress and our refills were also warm and NOT hot. This is the 3rd time we have been disappointed - we will not be back.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I felt it was very wrong to
    DougVIP
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    I felt it was very wrong to accept a reservation for 6:30 (made at 6:15) and then when we arrived on time, to explain we would have to wait for 1/2 hour for the table. It got worse. The hostess explained that they had a private party reservation for 40 so the usual number of tables were not available and "I guess we should have blocked Open Table"
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, but pricey
    Berky
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    The food and ambiance at Roy's is always great, but their prices seem to have gotten much higher, recently. It is usually relatively quiet to allow for good conversation, unless the place is full. Then it gets a bit noisier.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    Hosted two others at Roy's. Since I've been to several other locations and liked the food and wine list, I figured it to be a no-brainer. It was. Food and service were excellent. The wine list, very large and has interesting finds, is a bit pricy. The noise level is a.bit high. Overall, a great place to host a business dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The "Buttah" FIsh is Great...Always
    FoodieChapVIP
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    I've been to Roy's almost everywhere and this was my first venture to the SF location. My only criticism ever of Roy's was the locations of his restaurants. The only 2 standout locations I've ever been to were the Pebble Beach location at the Spanish Bay Inn and The Tavern at the Princeville Golf Course. Nonetheless, the food was amazing. Ahi appetizers were delish followed by the main course, "buttahfish" (pronounced as if with a Hawaiian accent).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quality
    JohnB
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Took my 2 1/2 year old along with new born. Lively restaraunt, great for kid noise and distraction. Parking is horrible in South Market business district. Impeccable service, great food,somewhat limited menu, nice wine list. Recommended, but does not compare to Roy's Pebble Beach.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First visit was a very pleasant
    TravellerVIP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    First visit was a very pleasant experience - food, service and atmosphere were all wonderful. Fish selection is quite varied and preparation of the butter fish was very tasty. Sufficient non seafood items are available for non fish lovers. Well worth a trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Overall but Food was Lacking
    CharlesHVIP
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    Been here before, loved location, vibrancy and attention to detail by the team; however, food seemed bland - especially for the price. Might be a better idea to load-up on appetizers and skip entrees.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A pleasant evening, vegetarian note
    KeithSFVIP
    Dined on 1/13/2014
    FYI for vegetarians, ask for the vegetarian menu which is separate from the regular menu. I ordered the teriyaki Portobello mushroom from that, but I have to say I was disappointed. Way too sweet for me. But honestly, the waiter suggested a tofu dish and I probably should have listened. My partner did enjoy the fish entrée he had though. We had a bottle of California sparkling and I thought the price was reasonable. Service was courteous, but I found it odd I had to ask for an ice bucket for the champagne. The waiter just set it on the table and I asked for the bucket next time he came by. We were there to celebrate a birthday and they brought a nice complementary dessert. We liked the ambiance quite a bit. Classy but not fussy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Comfortable
    Traveling
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    Roy's was a very nice place. The food was good and the service was excellent!
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food... Great Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/2/2014
    During a recent vacation stay in San Francisco, we ate several fine restaurants. Roy's was the family favorite. All the dishes were unique and excellent. Plus, the service was top-notch. Would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Roy's Is Consistently Great
    LLCDVIP
    Dined on 1/2/2014
    I can always count on Roy's to deliver excellent food and service!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seriously going downhill.....
    GlassgoddessVIP
    Dined on 1/1/2014
    As much as I love Roy's in general, the SF location has gone downhill. Maybe it was because it was New Year's Day? I don't know but from the moment we walked in it felt different. first we were seated at possibly the worst table in the restaurant (we had reservations well in advance) and the restaurant was not full.-felt like we were sitting in the kitchen. I asked to be moved and they did move us - that was great. We ordered the spring rolls which were extremely greasy-I wanted to send them back but I didn't. I ordered the butterfish (which I always do) and it was totally different - not a good sear on the fish and extremely salty. Our server was borderline rude-I ordered a Hawaiian Martini first thing and she claimed I did not order it.
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  • Never Disapoined
    geepic
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    This place is always amazing!!!! Amazing flavors! The butterfish is a must try!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Location
    debbieVIP
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Good location dining for events at Yerba Buena- Food was better than I expected for a chain.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Roy's
    wingjVIP
    Dined on 12/3/2013
    Delicious -- experience always consistent, and will visit often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Scrumptious
    RudolphVIP
    Dined on 12/1/2013
    My friends and I have parties here, especially for birthdays. Growing up in SF, my favorite Roy's has to be here of course. Yes, I've been to Hawaii's and Ko Olina, I still love SF. Even if I choose to dine with a girlfriend, my husband, or our kids, Roy's SF accommodates. Customer service is always stellar, I enjoy every meal. I love the variety of drinks and wines. Can't go wrong with Roy's SF, it's the place to be. I would choose to take my husband's clients here, and afterwards, enjoy a stroll around the neighborhood - many sights to see and things to do. Hands down Roy's of SF is my fave!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, but expensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/25/2013
    The butterfish is really yummy, but $35 for the "full portion" is still quite small
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  • Great evening
    BigEaterVIP
    Dined on 11/17/2013
    Fantastic dining experience. Wait staff was knowledgeable, fun and attentive. Food was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celebrated Mom's Birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/13/2013
    It was our first time here and it was beautiful. We loved the extra decorations and menu print out for Mom's birthday. The food was perfect and our drinks were great. I don't remember our waiters name. He was attentive when he was helping us, but he would disappear for a long time between ordering appetizers, drinks, and our main course. Our dinner ended up being 3 hours.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, but hard to see inside
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 11/10/2013
    I always enjoy eating the delicious food at Roy's. Unfortunately, it's always so dimly lit inside for dinner that I feel like I have to strain my eyes to see the menu (and my eyesight isn't even that terrible!). It also took a very long time for food to be served, but fortunately, my party wasn't in a huge rush, so the food was worth the wait.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Restaurant
    SFLady78
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    The title of this review is admittedly simple, but fantastic sums up all aspects of this restaurant. The food is fantastic - prepared perfectly, fantastic flavors and fantastic presentation. Beautiful ambiance that somehow captures the island feel, while still being extremely professional and first class. I would go here all the time if I could - a fantastically executed restaurant in almost every way.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    FoodieSF
    Dined on 10/16/2013
    Love that place. Everything is great. 4 stars because tables are too close. Way too close.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing
    excellentVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2013
    We were visitng SF and found this to be excellent. We would visit again.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Dependable
    EimsaiyanVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2013
    Having been to the Roy's in Hawaii I felt we had to see if the experience was commensurate so we decided to try it. While the food was certainly good, it didn't seem to be as extraordinary by comparison especially when compared against the plethora of other excellent options in San Francisco. That said, both of our meals were very good and the wine list was stocked with a few Napa Valley wines we had previously tried during our tours there which was a treat. At any rate if you are looking for a place you can expect to be good without being too adventurous you can rest assure Roy's will not disappoint.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Roy's San Francisco
    Go4Seafood
    Dined on 9/15/2013
    We had our anniversary dinner there. We had a corner table for ourselves - quiet for a good conversation. The food is as good as the one in Big Island. Glad that we can enjoy it right at home without waiting for the next trip to Hawaii. Service was good. They also surprised us with a "Happy Anniversary!" dessert .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.