Original Roy's, Hawaii Kai

4.6
1892 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
What 1892 people are saying
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Jassych
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

My waiter/bartender’s suggestions were amazing. They made me feel welcome.

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vipAboutTown
Hawaii
147 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience2

Although the food was mediocre, our server Stacy was outstanding. They seemed to be a little over-booked and things seemed rushed. While pleasant, it wasn't the most relaxing dining experience I've had.

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Jamini
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing experience at Roy's today! They gave us a courtesy call prior to the reservation to confirm what table we wanted. We were greeted very warmly by all the staff and almost everyone congratulated us on our anniversary. We really felt special! Thank you to all the staff for making our dinner unforgettable!

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stajo50
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have always enjoyed our dining experience at Roy's. We hadn't been back since Covid in 2020, so it was good to be able to go back and experience the wonderful food and the lovely view. Everything was excellent. You can never go wrong with choosing to dine at Roy's.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service. A lovely view from the lanai seating area. Had a friendly and helpful server who had been there 21 years. It was an evening my friend and I treated ourselves and we enjoyed every minute.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Our dining experience fell short of our expectations. We were seated in the walk way of a room an odd location next to the open kitchen. While our waiter did his best, he had to do double duty as a bartender and our waiter, and our service was slow. This unfortunately is becoming way too common due to Covid so I do not blame the staff. As for the food, it just didn’t stand out. We were all disappointed.

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foodie4
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love Roy's. Prices seem to be going up, however....

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JessyP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipPriscilla
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 5 days 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 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and food was awesome!

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menke
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

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vipRupert
Portland
32 reviews
Dined 7 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!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
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 on September 14, 2021
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
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 on September 12, 2021
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.

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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!

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LittleHill
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

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

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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!

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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.

CT
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

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NancyT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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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
67 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!

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 1892 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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