Original Roy's, Hawaii Kai

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Hawaii Regional Cuisine
Welcome to the Original Roy's in Hawaii Kai!

For the past 30 years, guests have enjoyed Roy Yamaguchi's award winning Hawaiian Inspired Euro Asian Cuisine, globally sourced orignial wines and Roy's Aloha style of service. Roy's chefs utilize the freshest local ingredients, bold Asian spices, European sauces and focus on fresh seafood. A breathtaking view of Maunalua Bay may be enjoyed from the main dining room or private dining room that is available for a special occasion or business gathering.
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Hawaii
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Unlike many other "iconic" restaurants Roy’s manages to live up to the hype

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H
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The original Roy’s is one of our favorite places to go it’s in our neighborhood and the food is consistently excellent great views of the bay and wonderful service

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j
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I want to commend Stacy our waitress. She was outstanding.
Thank you Stacy for making our night with our grandson memorable.

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OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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b
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at Roy's was delicious! Would order the same again. I had a seafood chowder, except when it came, the "chowder" was a delicious sauce at the bottom of the bowl. Excellent because you don't fill up on the liquid and have room to enjoy the delicious seafood. The shrimp was the best, nice and sweet. The scallops were huge, fish was done perfectly and crab was so ono! My husband had the rib steak. It was delicious and tender.

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CN
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Fixed price meal was a good deal. But the short ribs needed more flavor. Soft but it needed more salt.

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AF
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Special dinner plan was met with rude unwelcoming host and ended with just ok food. (But the oysters were fabulous.) But the server taking care of us was awesome. Unfortunately, would not recommend and would never return.

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AC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been coming here forever. It just keeps getting better. Never disappointed. Roy keeps the traditional dishes that made him famous and always has new dishes to try. My favorite restaurant on Oahu!

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PM
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food, good service, cost was reasonable. However the sound level would be too high for an intimate dinner, so only go for casual dinners

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TL
Hawaii
24 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great evening with the family! Only wished I was informed beforehand of the special menu for holiday.
Service as always was awesome! Love this one the best!!

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m
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Original Roy's New Year's Eve Prix Fixe Dinner. I've been here several years in a row for this dinner service and tonight was my least favorite. We had a 630 reservation and once we found our way through the deceptively labelled 4-course meal (which was actually 5 courses), we were able to order. Unfortunately, the first course was oysters on the half shell, which none of us could eat, so our waiter offered the chef's substitution--sliced tomatoes. Yeah, you read that right...sliced tomatoes. I was in a bit of disbelief, but ok, bring it on. It arrived. Not at all impressed. Sliced tomatoes. Then things started to slow down. Rea.l.l.y..s..l..o..w...d...o....w....n. It became apparent that the kitchen--so early on in this long evening-- had already gone into the weeds. It would take a total of 45 minutes for the kitchen to then produce a small salad and a cup of chowder as the next two courses. Our waiter was open about what was going on and he was completely apologetic. He offered and comp'd a glass of pinot noir for the one person in our party who drinks. The other two of us nursed a glass of water, that was refilled many, many times over the following 40 minutes--before our entrees arrived. When they did arrive, they were fine. There was nothing exciting or notable about any of them. At a time when other celebrated island chefs are resting on their laurels and becoming stale, I've come to expect more from Original Roy's. Geez, it's your flagship restaurant, Chef. Honestly, this meal was neither worth the $335 (w/tip for 3 people) nor the effort to drive out to Hawaii Kai. It was perfectly fine and edible, but it was no better than what other restaurants in town are doing. I'm pretty disappointed, because Roy's just had their big blow-out 30th anniversary celebration and I figured they would be on their game. It just didn't happen. I think I'll stay in town for dinner from now on.

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ST
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Heard so much about this place and so we tried it--but was very disappointed. The food was fair and the service less so. The noise in the restaurant was intolerable--

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TK
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service. Looking forward to the next time.

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F
New England
37 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

We have been to many Roys - this was a bad experience. In a strip mall, dining room was crowded and noisy, service was spotty. Food service was rush (one course on top of the other) and the food (aside front the AHI appetizer) was not up to Roy quality flavors or standards.... maybe time to close or revamp this location

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j
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Over the top. Such a wonderful meal and such attentive service.

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S
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant in Hawaii, Roy’s has consistently excellent food. We always come here to celebrate special occasions.
Wish the new Kailua Roy’s had the same menu as the original!

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LJ
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and the overall meal was scrumptious....

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LG
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took our daughter to Roy’s to celebrate her birthday. Service was excellent. They made note of her birthday with a decorated panacotta. We were able to get a table with a view. Food was delicious as usual.

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OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Roy’s never disappoints! I have been coming here for the past two years and the service and food is always amazing! Can’t wait to be back again!

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S
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great, great, great!! Strip mall location okay, but the rest is excellent. Wish outdoor dining didn’t include the road/traffic going by, but the views of the sunset are still worth it. Best food!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Thank you our excellent server, Stacy!! You made our Christmas dinner a wonderful experience.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

クリスマス特別メニューでした。プライムリブのお肉は柔らかくて最高に美味しかったです。

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Hawaii
19 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Xmas dinner but I picked Christmas Eve which is always busy time so had to wait 20 minutes to be seated but it was to be expected. Fish trio and duck were great. Meat was tough for son who ordered medium rare and beef was a bit salty. But everything was expected due to holidays. Merry christmas

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OT
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Xmas
Happy times were had by all

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R
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food... only draw back is that the hawaii roys do not take the gift cards sold by costco. I would think that a disclaimer or warning should be made by both costco and roys.

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EL
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Thank you. I have not been to your restaurant for many years (moved off Island) it was my first choice when we moved back. You did not disappoint. The staff is awesome, they made our special day wonderful without embarrassing us. Thank you for the gift of dessert. We will return on our next special day.

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EN
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Ikaika was so great! We celebrated two birthdays and he made us feel so special. The matcha green tea dessert wasn’t our favorite- wished you kept the classic chocolate molten cake on the sunset dinner special.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

とても美味し買ったです。サービス、雰囲気も、最高で楽しいひと時を過ごせました。

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LC
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

Our Server Stacy was a delight, but sadly the food was very average. We had made the reservation to celebrate a birthday and was originally seated in an area where extra chairs are stored🤔. We asked to be moved and we're accommodated. Nothing was terrible but nothing was great. It seems that the restaurant has lost it's sparkle......

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Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meals and service, attentiveness to detail, meals arrived in a timely manner and visually appealing.
Staff knowledgeable on the menu and patient with explaining.

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l
Seattle
58 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A great place for a special meal. Spendy, but worth it. Food presentation was beautiful and everything was tasty. Unfortunately, the lights in the restaurant reflect on the windows at night so there is really no view once it is dark.

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WS
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Me and my girlfriend barely go out to eat (we're pretty frugal lol we eat out together maybe once a month), but it was her birthday and I wanted to do something special. I am not used to spending so much for dinner, but it was worth it. The atmosphere, the food, and the service was great! Everyone was really nice. One of the best customer service experiences ever. Totally worth it for a special occasion. Would not hesitate to come back for another special occasion.

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MJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent meal with friends during our recent vacation in Honolulu. The miso-glazed butterfish was exquisite!

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j
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Birthday. It was hard to find tho. GPS led us to the strip mall, but didn’t know it was hidden in a corner. We have to drive around a few times to find it.

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c
Atlantic City
15 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent quality ingredients, creatively prepared. Macadamia crusted mahi was excellent. Appetizer trio on the prix fix was good and made the meal a better value. Pricey but worth it.

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S
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Roy’s is our absolute favorite restaurant,both in Hawaii and in California! The food is outstanding, fresh, innovative, delicious! We’ve been celebrating family and life events here for 30 years now, thank you Roy’s!

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RT
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The original Roy's remains outstanding. There are two pre-fixe menus that are a great value and the food, service and view are excellent. It was my sister and brother-in-law's 30th wedding anniversary and team at Roy's had an anniversary card waiting at the table for them and a special dessert as well. Mahalo, Roy's.

Having a residence in Hawaii means that every trip to Honolulu must include a trip to the original Roy's in Hawaii Kai.

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m
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

No wonder Roy's is so successful: every thing is pro.
maybe it can be better when we arrive at the hostess stand. when there is nobody it is a bit confusing.

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OT
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Waikiki店と違う雰囲気があり、特別な日を過ごしにきたお客様が多く居心地が良かった。
料理の説明も丁寧で美味しくいただくことができました。

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K
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a fabulous experience dinning at Roy’s. We will definitely be back!

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