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About Original Roy's, Hawaii Kai

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.

6600 Kalanianaole Hwy.
Honolulu, HI 96825
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Hawaii Regional Cuisine, Sushi, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Dinner

Monday - Friday: 5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Saturday: 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Sunday: 5:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Cross Street:
Keahole Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(808) 396-7697

Website:
http://royshawaii.com/

Entertainment:
Enjoy live entertainment:
Wednesday - Friday 6:30 PM-9:30PM
Saturday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Parking Details:
Free Parking!

Executive Chef:
Lyndsey Simone / Zameer Mallal General Manager

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Roy’s 30th Anniversary Hawai‘i Food Tour Kick-Off
Roy Yamaguchi kicks off his 30th Anniversary Hawai‘i Food Tour, a series of events commemorating three decades of culinary success on Thursday, Feb. 8, with a special evening celebrated at his first Hawai‘i restaurant, the original Roy’s in Hawai‘i Kai. Enjoy an evening filled with live entertainment, wine and cocktails, and, of course, a menu of fine food. Ten of Hawai‘i’s elite chefs, including Yamaguchi himself, will showcase their skills with culinary delights for guests to feast on. Proceeds from the event will benefit Kaiser High School.

Roy’s 30th Anniversary Hawai‘i Food Tour Kick-Off
Thursday, Feb. 8 | 6–9 p.m.
Roy’s Hawai‘i Kai | 6600 Kalaniana‘ole Highway
Purchase tickets at www.royyamaguchi.com

Private Dining

Experience unparalleled panoramic ocean views, award-winning cuisine and impeccable service at The Original Roy’s for your next private event. Our private dining room can accommodate up to 90 guests; a restaurant buy-out can accommodate up to 290.

Original Roy's, Hawaii Kai Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (51)
Good for a Date (50)
Good for Anniversaries (43)
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Good for Birthdays (35)
Romantic (34)
Scenic View (33)
Local Ingredients (29)
Worth the Drive (28)
Creative Cuisine (26)
Waterfront (24)
Fit for Foodies (23)
Authentic (17)
Good for Groups (15)
Fun (13)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Great for Outdoor Dining (12)
Notable Wine List (11)
Tasting Menu (11)
Business Meals (10)
Casual (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Bar Seating (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Kid-friendly (7)
Happy Hour (6)
Cozy (5)
Healthy (5)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Tapas (5)
Live Music (4)
Seasonal (4)
Organic (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Late-night Find (2)
People Watching (2)
Comfort Food (1)
Great Beer (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

Table ready when we arrived, great service. Food was fresh, portion size good.

Tags: Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Hawaii)·Dined 3 days ago

My husband and I went to Roy's for our anniversary. The food was amazing and i have to say the portions were pretty good too. The atmosphere was perfect and our waiter Rylie was awesome as was the rest of the crew as they constantly checked on us. Before our experience was even over, we were already planning our next visit. See you soon Roy's!

Tags: Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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·Dined 3 days ago

My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed our dining at Roy’s. From the moment we were lead to our table, each and every employee we passed said Aloha and welcomed us. Our server, Riley, was attentive and friendly. The food was delicious and they accommodated my special requests. We also watched the sun set and saw the green flash. Amazing dining experience.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Scenic View
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 (Hawaii)·Dined 4 days ago

the first time I went to Roys it was on Waikiki-I got it Mac nut mahi with lobster sauce. I do not like lobster but I tried it an loved it. So a few mo later I went to Roys in koolina for my bday. Again wonderful meal. So Saturday I decide since it was a weekend night I was off I wanted to treat me and my fiancé. I went to Roys in Hawai‘i Kai. The service was great but food was just ok. The lobster sauce here wasn’t good at all! I noticed it looked different - darker and really fishy tasting. Asparagus were ok potatoes weren’t cooked enough. My fiancé steak was amazing - could cut with a fork but his potatoes were so dry and gross. I was thoroughly disappointed and most likely won’t be back :( I was upset I had to pay for a meal like that! He got the pau Hana taster and I got the Reg taster. His dessert - pineapple upside down cake was amazing though. Def best part of meal!!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Roy’s Hawaii Kai is a gem! One of our first “real” dates was there - we returned there on 1-9-18 to celebrate our 25th Anniversary.

Great food, atmosphere and service!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Somewhat disappointed this visit. They must have changed the way they prepare the whole fried fish. Actually very little fish, too many bones and the coating was overdone and tasted like overdone fried chicken. Very UNROYs.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Casual, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 8, 2018

I was disappointed in being served a 'well done' filet/steak when I ordered it 'medium.' Meet was brown through and through. Did not send back because was dining with family and didn't want to disrupt/delay meal. Have found beef/steak orders to be subpar at Roy's in Hawaii Kai generally; will not order beef there again. Also ordered a bottle of wine listed as a '15 and was presented with a '16, which I pointed out and was informed that's all they had. Not the done thing.

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·Dined on January 7, 2018

30周年記念のコースを食べました。
とってもサーモンが柔らかくて美味しかったです。

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Amazing from the start. Everyone acknowledge us from the start that made us feel very welcomed.
Zameer is an amazing manager. He made us feel like family.
Loved it! Thank You Zameer for making my son’s birthday a memorable one.
Jacquie Izumi

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Dined for our 8th Wedding Anniversary and received excellent service and recognition by the staff for our special evening.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Notable Wine List, Waterfront, Tapas, Authentic, Scenic View, Healthy, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Paleo Friendly, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Went with our son and fiancee during a vacation Honolulu. Had a great time. The food was delicious and the service was attentive without being overbearing.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Worth the Drive, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Amazing meal, fantastic service, and the food was superb. Highly recommend the spider roll, ahi tuna, and misoyaki butterfish. I can confidently say this was one of the best meals of my life!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Good food but it took about an hour to get our meal.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Overall was good. The first Crispy Brussels Sprouts & Frisee was burnt. You could taste the charcoal on the brussels sproat. At first the waiter said that was the way it was suppose to be, but I just had it two weeks earlier and it was not burnt. They replaced it and the second one was 100% better. When they brought the Dim Sum Canoe, as the waitperson explained the items, he realized that they forgot the Baby Back Ribs. Went back to get them (took a little while). The rest of the meal went well. I really love the Classic Trio. Good mixture of different fish. Kinda noisey but I'm used to that a Roy's. The chocolate soufflé was a great as always. I still would go back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Waited an hour before we got any food.
They were very busy.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Roy’s was a great experience. The wait staff was welcoming and friendly. The food was superb. Everything was cooked and prepared to perfection. The wine, an Italian Barolo was also perfect. Roy’s made a special occasion (Christmas dinner) into a very memorable evening.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Waterfront, Kid-friendly, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Enjoyed Christmas Day menu with the family. Recommend the butterfish and opaca paca. Great bartender and wait staff. Very relaxed atmosphere.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Family reunion

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

It pains me to leave a bad review for what was once my family's favorite restaurant. We've been coming here since the 90s but probably won't be back. We have had two disappointing holiday (Christmas Eve, specially) dinners here. Last year, the waiter seemed harried and overwhelmed and forgot an entree. I had to actually get up from the table to get the waiter's attention and ask her about it. When it finally arrived, the manager tried to rectify the issue by either removing item from the bill and/or throwing in a free dessert. This year, with a smaller party (my mother and I), we thought we'd be in for a better dinner and more attentive service. We came a half hour early and sat at the bar. The bar tender was LOVELY. She was friendly and patiently answered all of our questions related to the menu (PS, maybe someone should make her job easier and actually include details about all the meat and allergens in each dish, so that she doesn't have to call upstairs every two minutes while serving drinks!). We ordered wine and the oyster beignets--which were a bust. One was close to raw (with a slightly runny batter), and the others pretty much burnt to a crisp. I wanted to keep the mood light and not complain, so I kept quiet as we headed upstairs for dinner. Our reservation was for 915 (late planning on my part), which means were were the last seating of the night. The waiter's impatience was palpable, but I felt he was honestly trying to keep it together and be patient with us as we asked questions and wondered what to eat. But he was clearly dying to go home--an attitude we didn't get from the kind and smiling busboys refilling our water and bringing us missing utensils (our salad appetizer arrived without the proper serving utensils. Come on, people!). My entree, an crab crusted opah, was half cooked. Literally the middle was raw. Was this supposed to be seared? Because I was tipsy, I ate around it and took it home.

Tags: Scenic View, Live Music
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Our absolutely favorite restaurant in Honolulu! We must go to Roy’s every time we visit Hawaii. Roy’s offers a creative menu based on fresh locally sourced ingredients. A lovely atmosphere and attentive service contribute to an exquisite dining experience !

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Always a pleasure going to Roy's. Best food selection plus my 12 year old daughter can choose things she likes too since she is VERY picky. Waiters and staff are always friendly and really appreciate that you are there. And I LOVE the Anthiriums on the tables, so simple yet so beautiful.

Thank you!
Teri

Tags: Notable Wine List, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Romantic, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Business Meals, Authentic, Fun, Casual, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We are frequent visitors to Honolulu and always enjoy Roy's at Hawaii Kai. We had a quiet window table in the back of the restaurant which suited us just fine. Service was attentive and my steak and shrimp entree was delicious. Chocolate lava cake is decadent.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

The food was amazing as always and the service was outstanding.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Ikaika, the waiter, was excellent! He is knowledgeable, enthusiastic and customer service oriented!

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 12, 2017

How much longer can this place survive on its past ( and notable) accomplishments?
Food was okay but way too salty and very pricey. Service was good. Bar tending was standard at best. Menue was okay but tired.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Really excellent service. Our waitress was really helpful and had great menu modification changes to help us.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

I've been to this restaurant many times (since it was the only Roy's) and it never disappoints. Service is always good, but our waiter this time was especially great.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Organic, Healthy, Scenic View, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

We had the best anniversary dinner at Roy’s. Great service and amazing food! The table had a hand written anniversary card along with a $25 gift certificate to use next time we go. Loved the personal touch and surprised with the gift. We will definitely be back! Thank you =)

Tags: Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Special Occasion, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 28, 2017

50th Birthday, the staff went over and above on the service! I would highly recommend Roy’s.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Arrived a little early. Bartender downstairs was very friendly and customized our drink after finding out what we liked. Service upstairs was great too. Good and wine pairing was excellent.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Make sure you know where you are sitting! The “back room” is not as nice as the main restaurant. Probably best to book direct.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Great food great time

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Had the classic Macadamia crusted Mahi Mahi at $42/plate. Only word to describe it was disappointing.

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·Dined on November 20, 2017

My friend and I came here for my birthday and also to try the restaurant week. We booked this reservation online through here, open table and received a confirmation and everything as we do when we use open table for other reservations and visits to Roy’s. We arrived and the hostess checked us in and then with a strange facial expression said we didn’t have a reservation. We felt embarrassed and caught off guard. We asked her to check again and she rudely said we don’t have anything showing up for us. We also tried to mention that we had a confirmation from open table for our reservation and she said “ well I’m not sure why but we don’t have anything so idk you’ll have to just wait because there’s people ahead of you”. She made it seem like we caused her a huge inconvenience by her having to do her job by trying to accommodate us. I understand things happen but the situation could have been handled more professionally and coming from a background in customer service her mannerism and tone when speaking to us was very inappropriate to me. Later we got seated and was told that we couldn’t have a window seat so we just decided to take it. The other hostess told us that they system was changed over or something and that could be the reason why our reservation was lost. At the end of the day I don’t feel like we as customers should be affected by a change in the companies reservation system and be treated rudely by the hostess with the blonde hair.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Amazing staff, amazing food and overall I was very satisfied. I still love the original location

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Waterfront, People Watching
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The Original Roy's is off the beaten path, about 15-20 mins from Waikiki. The setting is somewhat corporate, though in the daylight there is a view, across a highway, of the coast. The food is quite good, and the service is very attentive. There is nothing that is particularly special about the decor or setting or location, and in the end, we would be just as happy to eat at Roy's in Waikiki.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 16, 2017

We love Roy’s. We decided to try the original in the hopes that corporate America had not squashed what made Roy great. Kinda mixed. The restaurant is hidden in an office plaza with signage equally hidden. (On an unrelated note, it is quite conveniently located to the local Costco.) Although the restaurant was only half-full, we were made to wait about 10-15 minutes to “check on” our table. Huh? You know we’re going to SEE that it’s been ready, right???! The server was excellent and attentive. Really spot on for not over-recommending food, considering our two senior moms and superb timing, especially for the hot bread for the apps. We appreciated the appetizer-sized entree meals for the ladies. We were disappointed to see food sitting under the lights for many, many minutes and the chef touching things after touching her face 🙁. Must do: escargot, spare ribs, butterfish and green tea soufflé. The view really warrants a sunset seating. If it were just us (a couple), we would have opted for outdoor bar seating for the breeze and live music. Still a good experience.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Music, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 15, 2017

My wife and I visited this place for our 10 year wedding anniversary. 5 stars doesn't do this place justice! The food was beyond great. The service was hands down the best I've ever experienced , our drinks never got below half full without someone filling them. When you arrived and left, everyone you passed that worked here welcomed you or said thank you, I mean everyone including the cook. They made you feel welcome and not rushed for your table. They had a card on the table welcoming us and saying happy Anniversary. When we were done with dinner and ready to leave they gave us a 25.00 gift cert for our occasion.( this was beyond expectations). So we came back the night before we left Hawaii to visit this place again and of course use the gift card ( lol) and they blew us away again with their appreciation of our return. They brought us an appetizer on the house and then after dinner they shocked us again with a free desert!! This place and the people that work here are worth every dollar spent.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Another wonderful experience. Expertly prepared food: dragon roll, green goddess chop salad, country fried chicken, pineapple upside down cake. Chicken was moist, but a bit salty for my palate. Service was impeccable, as usual.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Dinner was delicious and service great! Love this creature from the sea! It's the best!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Kid-friendly, Casual
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