Roy's Waikoloa Bar & Grill
Roy's Waikoloa Bar & Grill

Roy's Waikoloa Bar & Grill

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://roysrestaurants.com/
  • Phone: 8088864321
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner
    Daily: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,Visa
  • Cuisine: Hawaii Regional Cuisine, Eurasian
  • Executive Chef: Louis Mellaci
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Queen Ka'ahumanu Highway
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Located at the Kings' Shops waikoloa there is ample parking right outside
A word from Roy's Waikoloa Bar & Grill
Roy's Waikoloa is an upbeat resort casual restaurant featuring Hawaii inspired Euro-Asian cuisine. European cooking techniques with an emphasis on local ingredients and bold flavors. An extensive "food friendly" wine list is also available.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Roy's Waikoloa Bar & Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
151 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (81)fit for foodies (72)scenic view (49)good for groups (41)romantic (38)neighborhood gem (34)kid-friendly (33)hot spot (26)notable wine list (23)vibrant bar scene (8)late-night find (8)great for lunch (5)great for outdoor dining (5)great for brunch (4)Show More
  • Overall good
    PickyEaters
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    This is a chain. I went there because it was late in the evening and it was close to the hotel. I was also able to get a "last minute" reservation. (I reserved about an hour in advance) Although this chain originated in Hawaiian, I'm not sure the food is very Hawaiian. I would say it has an Asian twist in the food attached to some hefty dollar signs. Some dishes are good. Some dishes are ok. Overall not bad. They do get crowded and making reservations are ideal. I saw them turn away people who just walked in.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Great food and great service. Overpriced, however.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • dissatisfied
    TheJackalVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We love going to Roy's back home in Tampa & thought this being the original Roy's would be just as good if not better. The decor was very old and in need of updating the menu was limited only a couple sushi rolls and no sushi bar like back home.. We had come in hoping to get some really fresh sushi/sashimi but had to settle for a couple average rolls and an app sampler that wasn't that great for $30. . Sadly we'll have to stick to just going to Roy's on the mainland.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The best for a special day
    Maria
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We come here For birthdays and a Anniversaries. The food is some of the best of the island and thou is not that cheap it is definitely delicious and sufficient. The service is outstanding always
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Same old same old
    Shodo13VIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Have been to this location every year since about 1990. And it's the same old same old Roys. They really need to overhaul this space and the menu for that matter. Here's some advice - order a bunch of appetizers and a chocolate soufflé - you'll be happy. Oh, and don't let them seat you down in the dungeon - Mahalo!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Most memorable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    This restaurant made my vacation most memorable. I have dined at Roy's in Hawaii Kai on Oahu. That was also an enjoyable event. out of all the other eateries at Waikaloa, Roy's was my first choice for dinner. I took my wife and family there to also enjoy the experience. They were very impressed by the food and service. Thanks for making my stay at Big Island one to remember.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NWdiners
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    The food was outstanding and the presentation was gorgeous! Very good service and a wonderful dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    One of the best meals I've ever eaten (each time!).
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • People we remember
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Anita our hostess was very pleasant, even when we asked for another table. Koa keep our drinks filled and checked on us often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sfsnob
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The food was better than last time we were here but still not like the Roy's we used to love. The flavors don't come together, miso and cilantro? Trying too hard, stick to the basics. Less is more. Also, do something about the stale stench of old oil/ fish. I had to go out couple of times. Unbearable.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always a good experience
    GotRice1
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Roys has always beem a great dining experience. The kids menu has to be the best menu anywhere! My kids always appreciated their meals. Our prix fixe menu was an excellent bargain.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ruthieVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    always a favorite and with a new grandchild, so impressed with their attentive service by promptly providing a quesadilla to keep him happy! food is always great - no problem if you just have appetizers and another goes full on with 3 courses - restaurant and staff are always accommodating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent service, great food.
    lunitare
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Wonderful way to end or Hawaiian vacation. The food was delicious, service impeccable (busters, server and floor manager!). Our request for a quiet table was met and without any fuss. Great experience!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Banana
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Best kids menu I've seen! Unfortunately they forgot to bring my daughter's appetizer of cheese quesidilla, but she was okay with not getting. I got the 3 course fixed dinner with wine pairing and so she shared my appetizer. Since one of the appetizers was repeated as an entree choice, I opted for the fish but it was not to my liking. I also had to ask for my wine pairing with dessert. The overall service was rush-rush which did not lend itself to a relaxing ambiance, and why service errors likely occur. Not up to par with my experience with Roy's at Pebble Beach.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JJSjr
    JJSjr
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Roy's is located on the lake overlooking the golf course in the scenic King Shop's area of Waikoloa Beach area. The food, wine and service is really top notch. If you are looking for a great place to bring the family, friends or a romantic dinner for two Roy's is the place to go.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • simply amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Food was amazing, staff was amazinf. Not one negative comment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great seafood
    NewbsHawaii
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    My wife and I both had fish. Her's was outstanding (swordfish). Mine was very good (Opah), but had overbearing onion taste. Service was exceptional. You have to try the Macadamia Nut Tart. Worth the trip!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dining
    Esmee
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We ate at Roy's twice on our visit to the Big Island. - once with a group of 10 and once just with 2. Both times the food was great and the service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DISAPPOINTED
    TastyVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I was around when Roy's first opened and I fondly remember how wonderful it was .. That was over 20 years ago. My return trip to the Big Island in over 10 years did not yield same fond memories of yesteryear. It is still a nice place to eat an overpriced piece of fish in an upscale resort community... that would be OK given it is such a wonderful area.. but the food was marginal.. even my old stand by.. seared Ahi was dry, over sauced and at best average. I have eaten in most of the Hawaiian and California Roy's over the years.. it is disappointing to see such a fine establishment meet the fate of gonglomerate ownership.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • unhappy hawaiian
    unhappyhawaiian
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    It is with heavy heart to write this poor review. Despite the great food, wine, and wait staff I left the restaurant very upset. We have relocated to island and have frequented the restaurant several times (almost weekly). We were happy to take all our visiting friends and family to enjoy the experience. However, while we were leaving my son was jokingly pretending to ask for tips from his father at the door. Another patron reported the incident and the hostess took it upon herself to attack my son. We were sooo shocked! and disappointed at the treatment. We will not be returning, nor will we recommend. This is so unfortunate because we have patronized Roy's at other locations (Oahu, Dallas, etc).
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Anniversary Spot
    JimC
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Celebrated our 27th wedding anniversary at Roy's and thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience. As returning customers, we enjoy Roy's incredible menu and empicable service. We have become loyal customers.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food But Too Noisy
    luvingcouple
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Great food, nicely presented. Couldn't have asked for a better meal. Wait staff was efficient but not particularly friendly. Our waiter asked us about cocktails but we had agreed to go with a bottle of wine which would last through dinner. The waiter took the wine order but when he returned with the wine he began asking about our dinner selection. When we were already started on the wine he poured he pointed out that the fixed price dinner came with a wine pairing with each serving. This would have been nice to know when we ordered a bottle since we may have gone with the wine pairings with the fixed price meals which we did end up ordering without the wine. But unfortunately the noise level really precluded having an enjoyable meal.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Roy's disappointed us
    Loveveggies
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    We were very disappointed with our dinner here. We thought Roys was know for it's fresh fish. Our dishes were very salty and over sauced! We will not be going back to Roy's anytime soon. Our worst meal on the Big Island. Sorry Roy's!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mediocre
    janieb1123VIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Everything looks or sounds greAt on the menu but delivery is just OK. Out of four none thought their meal was well prepared... There was absolutely nothing plain offered, too many ingredients, cloying sauces, not warm enough when derived. Our waitperson was helpful and lovely but maybe the kitchen didn't get vey thing out together well enough. We lie in a foodies city so many our expectations are too high but rosy is an internationally known rot and should do better
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bjmglass
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Absolutely superb food and the wait staff was the best I've seen. Top notch restaurant. The food and experience make it one of the best around.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Dinner! (for kids too!)
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We went to dinner at Roy's on a recent vacation. We had been to a Roy's before, so we basically knew what to expect. We have two elementary age children, so we were prepared to put in a little effort keeping them occupied at a higher end restaurant. We were amazed to see an exceptional children's menu: a 4 course meal for $12. The kids courses were timed such that the kids were occupied during the entire dinner. The adult food was also excellent, as we expected. It was a little louder than we expected, but not deafening. The service was good, but they did somehow manage to not get my drink order placed until the main course arrived. Overall, it was an excellent experience, and we would go back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a must
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Roy's is worth a visit where ever you are. We are never disappointment. Food preparation is always fantastic, the flavors are wonderful. And who can resist dessert!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    KonagirlVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    It was great to use open table for our reservation. We've eaten here many times and always find consistently excellent food. The scallops were perfect. Portions are ample. Never a slip up in service. Just all around great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Simply Amazing
    sjriley95
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Every bite was pure perfection and the location and views are superb!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, need to improve details
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    For a Restaurant of your level, on a dining setting, all tables should have tablecloth, not just a few tables, should provide a basket of bread & butter not just a single very hard roll per person, (having to ask for it), on a $ 42.00 bottle of Riesling wine you should provide a bottle of wine with a cork (I would even settle for a synthetic cork) not a twist off cap (very embarrassing for the customer). Hopefully these comments are as constructive criticism to help out a great establishment, the food was great and the service very good just need polishing from management training, providing managers notice these details.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Highly recommended for dinner
    3furrybabiesATV
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The experience of booking dinner reservations online is a great idea! Everything was seasoned perfectly with so much flavor. I recommend the beef tataki, ahi poke and the shrimp for starters. The boneless kalbi shortribs and 16oz steak was fantastic! If we could go just for desert we would because the pineapple upside down cake and chocolate souffle was amazing! The prices on the menu were reasonable. What makes this particular Roy's unique is the location and most of all the Aloha of the staff. From the time we walked in, service was very professional and sincere.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top notch food
    Puutraveler69
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    The greeter at the door was very pleasant and professional. The table had a nice view of the lake and the the waiter gave use our menus and the prefix meal menus for the evening. The waiter had sampled the prefix meal and gave us his rendering of what was good. The prefix meal was a one time deal for the month and it was very very good. The wine that was paired with it was done well. My wife had the Mai Tai and would say it is the best on the Big Island. The overall cost of a meal for two was $150.00 for the both of use together. That is a three course meal with desert and alcohol drinks. I thought it was a good value for the overall meal and experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    The food was delicious! More importantly all waitstaff were so friendly and efficient. Restaurant a little noisy but it didn't detract from our great meal to celebrate my husband's birthday.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT MEALS, PROFESSIONAL SERVICE
    HUNGRAYGAFFER
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    THE WAITER WAS PROFESSIONAL AND QUITE KNOWLEGIBLE ABOUT WINES AND SELECTION. KEPT US WELL SERVED WITHOUT BEING TO INRUSIVE.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food
    Lightson50
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    As soon as we walked into Roy's we were greeted with hello and a Happy Birthday to the 18 year old birthday teen who's birthday we were celebrating. I had reserved online with a request for a special dessert. Our food was delicious, the fish i ordered was very yummy. Our waitress and food server were efficient and friendly. At the end, they did indeed bring us a special chocolate fudgy dessert that wasn't on the menu. If I lived in Hawaii, I would eat there often!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • wiseman
    wiseman
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Main dish and appetizer was great. We did not care for the sides. Great atmosphere
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ms
    Maui
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    My husband and I have eaten at Roy's in Chicago, Maui and Kauai, enjoying every meal! While visiting the Big Island we ate at Roy's Waikoloa Bar and Grill-DELICIOUS! Excellent service and food! Hope we have an opportunity to return before heading to Maui to join up with our grown children and grandchildren.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hawaii with Alex
    SandyjkVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Whenever there is a rise in any city Whatever city we are visiting, we try to have dinner at Roy's. Here on the big Island of Hawaii we took our 13-year-old grandson to dinner. He loved the scallops. And molten chocolate cake. The restaurant is very busy and is quite exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Has been better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Food was good but a bit below normal for this place.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never a disappointment
    closetfoodie
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    My husband and I travel to to the Big Island every year for our anniversary and choose to celebrate at Roy's. The food and service are never a disappointment and the desserts are to die for!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet