Roy's Sarasota
Roy's Sarasota

Roy's Sarasota

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.roysrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 9419520109
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
    Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10.00pm

    Aloha Hour: Daily 4:30pm - 6:30pm in the bar
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Asian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Carl Bertka
  • 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, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Roy's offers world class off premise catering. Whether you are looking for food only or complete event execution, our chef and private dining manager will ensure a memorable and seamless event!
  • Special Events: THEMED PARTIES: If you are looking for something extraordinary, please inquire about our interactive sushi rolling and champagne parties, wine and beer dinners, and dessert parties!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: South Tamiami Trail
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Plenty of self-park
A word from Roy's Sarasota
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 Sarasota located at the corner of Siesta Drive & Tamiami Trail, just minutes from downtown, featuring Roy's signature exhibition kitchen and chef's counter in addition to an intimate dining room and bar area.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Roy's Sarasota reviews from OpenTable diners
67 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (50)fit for foodies (38)romantic (27)good for groups (21)notable wine list (19)vibrant bar scene (12)neighborhood gem (11)hot spot (7)late-night find (7)kid-friendly (5)great for brunch (4)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • a gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    always incredible food and service. One of our favorite go-to places.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Loved the menu choices. We began with the rolls appetizers, different for mine and his. Both were just wonderful. I had the Asian style rib appetizer as my entree with the kim chee veggies. Delicious. Husband had Pork Osso Bucco which was delightful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • very tasty
    allaboutdining
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    we had a good meal - I had the tasting menu which I will not do again with so many other delish options available. The salad was bland with a too spicy after taste and the hanger steak needed a lot of chewing. My son had the chicken which he loved. Lobster pot stickers delish. And the coconut ice cream was fabulous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average 5 Star experience
    scottf
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Roy's is supposed to be a 5 star restaurant and it ticks off all the boxes. Fancy menu check. Wine list check. Servers in uniform check. 5 star price check. However given the money spent this place just seems to by checking the boxes. There is no passion here, nothing new and nothing special. It was by no means a bad meal but it just wasn't special. The food was meh, the service good but nothing that excites me. This place is resting on its laurels a bit too much.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced
    FrequntDinerVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We hadn't been to Roy's for a while but were lured back by a $25 giftcard. We now recall why we haven't been reglulars. While much of the food is reasonably tasty, dishes are overpriced and portions can be small. For example, while the blackened tuna main course was fine, the portion was miniscule. Simlarly, their signature lobster pot pie was tasty; however, lobster was almost a non-participant. We also had their specialty appitizer for 2 priced at $27. It had small portions of 5 or 6 appitizers. Two of them were reasonabley good. The othere were at best mediocre.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    EatingVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We have been to Roy's in the past and it was always pretty good. Not this time! I'm not a particularly fussing diner but the food was inedible. Both my husband and I didn't like our dishes or each others. We won't be going back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OK not worth money
    foodiesunite
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We've frequented Roy's a lot over the years this was the first time I didn't think it was worth the money. Food was rather bland, service was just OK nothing was bad but certainly not worth the $500 check. We usually go for our teenagers birthdays, but even they said we need to find a new special occasion restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pickyeater
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Food was excellent, as usual. I recommend any fish on the menu. Loved the calamari appetizer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good
    divindaze
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Roy's is consistently good - especially the food. Normally the service is excellent. This last time our waiter was a bit inattentive at times and wouldn't leave us alone at other times. The servers also mixed up our orders and Linse had a bunch of strange black grease on the bottom of her plate, then the servers actually forgot to come back to clean it up. We'll chalk it up to one sub-par experience in an otherwise great restaurant with very tasty seafood and a calamari appetizer that keeps us coming back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great meal!
    Flfoodie
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We dine often at Roy's in Sarasota and they continue to deliver outstanding food. Chef Carl had some new appetizers to try - we loved the calamari, lightly fried, crispy and well seasoned. However the tuna poke did not meet our expectations. Having had this dish all over Hawaii, this version had an overpowering sense of spice which masked the wonderful flavor of Roy's tuna. The butterfish never disappoints and my hubby said the hanger steak melted in his mouth. The bok choy served with our dinners appeared to be braised in a butter sauce, yum. The black forest cake was remarkable. Pieces of rich chocolate cake surrounded by whole pitted cherries, delectable sauce and whipped cream, wow, its a party in your mouth!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    AshmanVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Most of the items we wanted were not available according to the server . ( the ahi tuna, the mahi mahi )They even ran out of the special cocktail I was drinking !! Ordered the hanger steak medium & what I got was medium rare. We will return as it is in our neighbourhood but this time around was a huge disappointment!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PORTIONS SMALLER
    FLEMINGSVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    I was disappointed with our current experience at the Sarasota Roy's. The portions of Butter fish at $34.00 a pop were VERY small leaving me feeling hungry at the end of the meal. Four out of Six of my party felt the same way. Two had other fish and were satisfied with their meal. I hope this is not a sign of the future because I do like Roy's.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!!!
    LanaT
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    From an awesome Happy Hour to a delicious dinner!! Roy's is always an excellent choice for unique food choices, great drink specials, and wonderful ambience. A good time was had by all!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Roy's refresh
    jlschantzVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Roy's Sarasota has always been a favorite of ours. We love the menu, the style and the friendly service. However, this visit was not up to the Roy's standard. The new menu has intriguing new choices that sound delicious, but were bland, even overcooked. The decor is looking tired, not well maintained, and it appears the experienced wait staff has been replaced with much younger servers that just don't have the rhythm down.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MG Review
    MGReviewVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We were four having dinner. Three had a quality meal. The fourth one found that the seafood pot was not up to par. Mussels which were the majority of the dish were low quality and should not have been served by Roy's. The Manager I spoke to at the end of the meal apologized only with no other gesture. Unfortunately he is not the same Manger I am accustomed to see. The waitress also spolied the surprise to one of the attendees for whom we were celebrating her birthday. Waitress came before taking the order by saying: I understand that one of you is celebrating his/her birthday which made the birthday desert an expectation instead of a surprise!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JimboVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The seafood at Roys is as good as it gets. The butterfish and the Tempura whit bass were out of this world. If you share appetizers and dessert, you can make it out without too much financial damage.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprises throughout
    Roberta
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    It had been years since dining at this restaurant. They honored our reservation request regarding a table and we were seated promptly by a very nice gal with a big smile. A waiter immediately arrived and wished us a "Happy Anniversary". After ordering a drink, we opened our menus and there were "Happy Anniversary" cards for each of us, a nice touch and a surprise. Our cocktails were excellent and the dinner, also beautifully prepared. The special dessert that arrived was for people celebrating that evening and it too, was delectable. There was to be some sort of picture taken but we were on our way to a show and left. We shall return as it is a very accommodating place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • For those bored with beach life
    AvidDinerVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Rarely does a person complain about the food being too hot when brought to the table, but at Roy's everything is served at blistering temperatures. And when the dishes cool off enough to eat, much tastes pretty much the same. Even the pricey signature lobster pot pie is most memorable for the slightly bitter spice seasoning encountered in other menu items and the soggy, characterless pastry lid. Nonethless the place is a popular choice for those bored with life on Siesta Beach and needing something a bit exotic, however manufactured the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Roy's is a find!
    OldGoat
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Beautifully prepared food, exceptional service from our waitress, Judy. Special occasion was my wife's birthday: Roy's treated her very well. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Joys of Roy's
    BobL
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Roy's pays attention to every detail. The food is the best in town. Service is outstanding. It's THE place to go in Sarasota.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eat It
    eatit
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    We had the steak and lobster special. The steak was cooked to perfection, medium-rare, with a melt in your mouth texture. The lobster was very tasty and especially easy to eat the it was prepared. Lobster pot stickers for an appetizer were great but could have used a little more sauce. Overall an exceptional dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    JodyVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Roy's is always good value. A favorite of our family! Wonderful, interesting fish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great as always
    myfavoriteVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Another exceptional meal and service from our friends at Roys Sarasota.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Roys always delivers
    rbSarasota
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    This restaurant is consistently fabulous. Their 1888 cocktail is tasty and all of the seafood is extremely fresh and perfectly cooked!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ddd22
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Took advantage of "Savor Sarasota" as a chance to try Roy's was not disappointed, except that we did have to ask for the SS menu. We had each of the selections at our table; all were generous portions and well-prepared, but weren't amazing, with the exception of the two dessert offerings. One was a cheesecake with a coconut ice cream and the other was a chocolate lava cake/ ice cream presentation; both were mouth-watering!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Savor Sarasota
    Dick
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    We went to try Roy's again because they were included in the Savor Sarasota program and after pleasurable memories from a few years ago. We were disappointed that the Savor Sarasota menu for Roy's was not included in our original distribution by the hostess and when requested was verbally recited, incorrectly, by our server, who apologized after having to ask for a reorder on an entrée that had been taken off the Savor Sarasota items.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Roy's During Savor Sarasota
    DCtraveler
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Had great meal at Roy's during Savor Sarasota week. The Osso Bucco was delicious. Full portion, cooked perfect. The crispy brussel sprouts were tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience
    Mike
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    This was our first time to Roy's, but I can assure all, that it will not be the last. The service was top notch and the food was superb. Our waitress and the team with her were on top of everything without being intrusive or pushy. The pace of our repast was perfect. We would highly recommend Roy's to anybody looking to have a quiet, romantic date, but they also can accommodate larger parties as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place. A definite place to go
    ScottS
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Fun place to eat in Sarasota the food was awesome service was incredible
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    This is our go-to place whenever we have something very special to celebrate. The food and service are always outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 37 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 243 reviews are from the Roy's Sarasota reviews archive.
  • Great dining
    Cleanplateclub
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    Everything about our evening at Roy's was excellent. The unique menu was a pleasant surprise and everything we ordered was exceptional. Definitely a place we would visit again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Slim Portions
    Disappointed
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Portion sizes not comparable with prices. If you are a big eater, this is not the place for you. If you don't mind small portions at extra large prices, then this is the place. Food was excellent but portion size made it not worth the price.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Return to Roys
    retiredearly
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We had not been to Roys in a couple years even though it is very close to our home. With the lure of AmEx $20.00 off coupon and Mother's Day we decided to go. The service was wonderful, the food was great. We were very pleased with our sushi appetizer as well as the caesar salad and main course. Scallops and then the tempura sea bass. The pineapple dessert was not as good as we expected. The manager was there with a little mum for me to celebrate Mother's Day along with a $20.00 coupon for our next time at Roys. We will return.... sooner this time!
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  • Good times & happy memories @ Roy's
    jessiebhungry
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    I brought my father in to celebrate his birthday. The service was impeccable, as usual. I especially appreciated that our server, Brandon, was patient with us as my dad can be finicky. To start, we got to enjoy the tastes of small appetizer, compliments of the chef. The Ebi roll I had was superb, I get it every time I go to Roy’s. My father also enjoyed his appetizer of the lobster pot stickers as he nearly licked his plate! I loved the braised shot rib and my dad equally liked his dinner which was a chef creation- tempura battered California sea bass. I think his only complaint was that there wasn’t more! Finally, we were treated with a complimentary chocolate dessert for my dad’s birthday. It was a nice touch to end our night at Roy's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything was quite good
    matt
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    service was good, food was good (appetizer had a little too much sauce), nice looking place. i will go again
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • They did it right
    pleasedVIP
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Was so pleased with our experience. Two of the men had birthdays and were presented with wonderful desserts and we had our pictures taken. This was a nice touch. The wait staff was very accommodating. Would definitely recommend this; especially for birthdays.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MG Review
    MGReviewVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Wonderful experience every time I have been there. Excellent and second to none service. Outstanding food!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a treat
    CarlaVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Nice to feel attended to when you visit a restaurant, which we always do at Roy's. Enjoy the chef's specials and the warm personality of the staff. The food is always prepared in a beautiful manner and is excellent. Fantastic place for happy hour, too!
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    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was tasty but overly
    blanatt
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Food was tasty but overly expensive, especially given the size of the portions. Drinks were very expensive. We felt rushed, even though the restaurant was not full. Entrees arrived before we could order our drinks! Ambiance was very very loud.
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  • Terrfic
    myfavoriteVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We spent another wonderful evening at our favorite Sarasota restaurant, Roys. My wife enjoyed the butterfish, per usual, and it was exceptional, but that is always the case. The ahi tuna was which I ordered was like butter and definitely sushi grade. Local chef Carl Berka continues to experiment and put local unique items on the menu which you must try. I would highly recommend this restaurant above many others in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.