Original Roy's, Hawaii Kai

4.6
1885 Reviews
$50 and over
Hawaii Regional Cuisine
Welcome to the Original Roy's in Hawaii Kai!

For the past 34 years, guests have enjoyed Roy Yamaguchi's award winning Hawaiian Inspired Euro Asian Cuisine, globally sourced original 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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
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JessyP
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. I give five stars for sure.

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vipPriscilla
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our anniversary here and it was amazing. The food was delicious, the staff were very attentive and amazing, and the ambiance was spectacular. We had a great time celebrating our anniversary here and would definitely recommend this restaurant for any celebrations and special occasions.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and food was awesome!

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menke
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

R
vipRupert
Portland
32 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

One star off today for the signature pineapple upside down cake. Being in Hawaii, I thought you’d fine a nice amount of pineapple on the bottom, as it used to be. This time, a few tiny dice was all we got, negating the “pineapple” in the name. You can find your way back to the rich caramelized pineapple of yesterday!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kalena & his Hui of Magicians made a special evening that much better. He guided us through the menu and we were beyond pleased with his recommendations. The Hui kept visiting and entertaining us. We really enjoyed our experience. Please Mahalo Kalena guys for us. We'll be back. A Hui hou Cheeehuuu 🤙back to ogg.

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sphere49
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience4

We've dined at the original Roy's since its early days, when it was the only Roy's. It used to be an exciting experience and a guaranteed top-flight meal with creative touches that reflected Roy's status as a pioneer of Hawaii fusion cuisine. For several years, the kitchen has seemed to be resting on its laurels, delivering food not up to its former high standards, at fine-dining prices. This dinner followed the trend.

We both had the "al fresco" prix fixe menu. First course, two slices of blackened tataki-style ahi and kiawe-smoked baby back ribs in an Asian sesame sauce. Second course, surf & turf combo of braised beef shortribs and macadamia nut crusted fish (that night, shutome) with orzo and vegetables. Dessert, lemon cheesecake.

Everything was edible, though the fish was overdone and a bit dry (not typical of fish preparation in good restaurants here). The cauliflower and carrots were barely steamed, so crisp that it was hard to stick a fork in the carrots. The boneless shortribs were very tender, best thing in the meal.

Granted that this menu is designed around familiar signature dishes, still, the preparation overall, including sauces, seemed very rote, not bringing out flavors of fresh ingredients, just going through the motions. Maybe a la carte would have been a better bet. Recent experiences with sushi have been better too.

Service remains a strong point. When we asked for an outside table, rather than just saying no, the hostess took a minute to check for an upcoming opening. Wait staff were, as always, efficient, knowledgeable, and friendly. Too bad they don't have food to serve that lives up to Roy's stellar reputation. Maybe this is what happens after 30 years as a top tourist dining destination; it's enough to keep doing the same old thing, though not up to the old high standard.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the hospitable service by everyone you encounter to the amazing views to the exquisite selection of one of a kind entrees, Roy’s never disappoints!

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Fuku808
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and table service in main dinning room excellent.

Being seated in back dinning room at 5:15pm as sun is going down not good. Glare from sun not good.

WJ
WahiawaJogger
Hawaii
31 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome! Never would have thought the ribeye would have been the best I've had. Service always outstanding!

LH
LittleHill
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

I’m sorry to say, but this restaurant is past its prime.

CA
CindyA
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was excellent! We felt like very special guests.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

We've never been to Roy's in California or in Hawaii. This was our very first visit and it didn't disappoint! It was my husband's birthday so they greeted us with a little party hat. We started with the hamacho app which melted in our mouths! The fillet was perfectly grilled at med/Rare and the butterfish was fresh and buttery.

We went in the evening so we werent able to enjoy the view, but I suspect that the highway would have probably sullied it. Nonetheless, the tables were spaced in adherance to the state requirements and everyone wore masks.

I'm glad our first visit to Roy's Original was our first now the other Roy's restaurants have a really high bar to meet!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We observed a beautiful sunset, enjoyed delicious food, and was lavished with attention and service. Lovely evening.

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Hnc5454
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All of our food was great. Server was knowledgeable of the menu and had suggestions that were awesome for menu choices! We will be back here. The crispy zucchini, butterfish and tasting menu were amazing!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredibly good food. My wife has the Kauai Prawns and I had the beef short rib. The drinks were very flavorful too.

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johnl
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our food was excellent. We sat outside and it was lovely. The only downside was the martini which was rather small and with a large side of lemon when we requested a twist.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic! Would eat here again and again if I could!

RG
RandyG
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Roy's has incredible food choices that are expertly prepared and tastes amazing. They made our 10th anniversary dinner very special.

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vipClaireTahoe
Tahoe
7 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Nice! Sadly got there after sunset so much of the ambience was lost on us. Service was good - food great. The misoyaki butterfish was delicious!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience2

We sat outdoors, and it felt like our orders were being forgotten. It took a long time to get our food from the appetizers to the dessert. There was also a rat running around outside and the hostess was notified. Her response was “yeah he comes around often, but thats gross, im out”. The waiter didn’t apologize for the long food wait, and wasn’t friendly or personable at all. The food was good, but some of the components came out cold.

MD
MilwaukeeDiner
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely last dinner in Oahu here last night. The food was amazing and service was top notch. My husband couldn’t decide between the meatloaf and braised short ribs so our amazing waiter (and now I sadly cannot remember her name because she was truly so sweet) surprised him by giving him 2 half entrees so he could try both! I had the delicious butterfish and we started with the Bandito roll. Our favorite sushi roll we had on Oahu or quite possibly ever. So so good! Our meal was finished off with a delicious dessert for our honeymoon. If we were staying here longer, we’d return for a second time.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was great everyone was very attentive

NT
NancyT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved it. View was beautiful, service excellent and food was delicious!

RV
RichV
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Having dined here many times, we have found the food, service, and ambiance to be as outstanding as it has always been. Congratulations to Chef Roy for keeping these high standards in place.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food as always

OT
OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always. Great fresh seafood.

FP
vipFoodservicePro808
Hawaii
66 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a favorite. Special note— the limited staff is doing all possible to provide excellent service.

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CherylH
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely a must in Oahu!!! Get the baby back ribs- you will NOT regret it!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food and atmosphere was outstanding.
Our server was wonderful. We felt a bit rushed (not by our server, but other workers) like they wanted to turn the table quick…not really ok for fine dining.

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besitomeanskiss
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow. The most amazing food on the island! Incredibly tasty.

KK
KristenK
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Food was very good! Drinks could use some work, very sugary and limited bottle selection

JH
JenniferH
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food, ambiance! We did the 3 course meal and it was just perfect and my son who "hates" fish loved the moon fish and ahi tuna!! Soon good!

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vipntsl
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was one of our favorite dining experiences. We enjoyed an outdoor table with a beautiful evening view of the ocean. The service was very friendly and efficient. The food was delicious, and especially our entree which featured opa, salmon and butterfish. The chocolate souffle was perfect too. It was a wonderful way to celebrate a special birthday.

LC
LingC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Roy’s was amazing! The ambience was wonderful for an evening dinner, since you can sit outdoors or indoors and have great views.

The service was spectacular - they really made us feel special for our anniversary and helped to celebrate. Loved the food too, especially the dessert .

Would 100% recommend and come back!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was so friendly and professional. Food was phenomenal with excellent recommendations from the server. Other staff members were really helpful when we needed something. The soufflé is to die for. Thank you for an amazing evening!

CR
ColleenR
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We had a great time here for dinner. But we were seated in a far corner of the restaurant, due to Covid protocols. All in all we had a great pre fixe dinner!

MD
vipMichaelD
Houston
29 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good except for the tasteless pork belly. Under seasoned pork chops flavor. Chocolate soufflé is exceptional as is the 20 year old Dow's tawny porter.

MC
MicheleC
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dining experience, from making online reservation and confirmation, ambiance, food, service, Original Roy’s is the full package.

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Beastmaster
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was superb, the butterfish divine and the setting lovely.

FAQs

Original Roy's, Hawaii Kai offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (808) 396-7697.

Original Roy's, Hawaii Kai is rated 4.6 stars by 1885 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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