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
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The original Misoyaki Butterfish with forbidden rice is back! Excellent food and service.

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SA
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stacey provided excellent service. Appetizers were fabulous, my husband especially enjoyed the clams. For me the crab cakes and butterfish never disappoints. And I can’t say enough about the desserts. We usually celebrate birthdays there.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an awesome experienced, food, service, and ambiance. The downside is the cost of the meals, overpriced.

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DM
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Service was excellent.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Showed up and still had to wait between 15-30 minutes before being seated. Defeated the purpose of this app.

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Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to other Roy's restaurant but this one is the best. Staff are very attentive. Service was fast. Food was very good.

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WS
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My last visit to Roy's in Hawaii Kai was perfect. Food, drinks, service....all excellent. Reminded me of old times, many years ago, when Roy was at the restaurant, in the kitchen, every night. Quite delightful. Roy's is winning me back.

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r
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time to this location. Just like all the Roy’s that we went to, they didn’t let me down. Food was excellent with top notch service. We will be back her again for sure.

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GD
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Roy’s is always a certainty from the food to the atmosphere, to the great service!

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MB
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Started out at a less than ideal table and when that was mentioned we were moved and then the manager moved us to a better table again
Great service

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was great and everything came out promptly. The appetizers were delicious but the main courses were just ok. Overall it’s still a great dinning experience.

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LS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful experience and wonderful food. Friendly and outstanding service.

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L
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I had the prefix menu. The short rib appetizer and shutome were tasty but a little too salty for me.

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TO
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely EasterBrunch at Roy’s. My only recommendation would be chocolate for dessert. Ha

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff service and food , what else more can you say. Excellent and superb!

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SM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dined at Roy’s Hawaii Kai with my parents 25 years ago. Wanted to bring my mother back to this particular location for a memorable meal. Brought my son tonight and he thought it was awesome. He was ready to lick the plate of the chocolate lava soufflé. Excellent dessert!!!

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Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Yummy dinner! We were seated by the window to watch the sunset. It was a lovely dinner with friends who were visiting. I always order the butterfish and I’m never disappointed. We had a few appetizers so I got the smaller portion which was perfect. Still had room for dessert! Excellent meal

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Denver
12 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always a great dining experience. Wait staff are excellent, as is the food. My favorites are the appetizer blackened ahi, szechuan ribs, wedge salad, and chocolate soufflé.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary at Roy’s with two close relatives while on a trip from the East Coast. Roy’s has always been one of our favorite restaurants and we have dined at many of his restaurants in the Islands and on the mainland. We were happy to return to the Original Roy’s after more than twenty years and we were all delighted with the superb prix fixe menu with wine pairing; Roy’s food always lives up to high expectations. A lovely evening with attentive service and a great view!

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KL
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place for a birthday. Nice view, terrific service. Wished the air conditioning was cooler

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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AT
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to Roys several times and each time I always wonder why I do not come here more often. The food is amazing, the prices are very reasonable, the portions are large, and the service is always outstanding.

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L
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Some spicy food were not labeled properly on the menu. By the time when the food arrives, then we realize they are spicy (too spicy for a young girl)

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LY
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jamie T was our server, she was awesome. It was my friend’s first time to Roy’s Hawai’i Kai so Jamie did a great job going through the menu with my date.

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R
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We had always wanted to go to the Original Roys. We live in SoCal and have been several times to the Anaheim location. And when in Hawaii, we usually stay at Outrigger Reef and always have our first night's dinner and the Roys across the street. However, we are at Kahala this trip so got out to the Original. And it did not dissappoint. They knew we were celebrating out 41st anniversary and my 65th birthday, and they made it very special. Thank you!

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DI
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is my third time at Roy’s and the only time I enjoyed it. I think I got the hang of this joint

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious, the staff was very friendly and thoughtful to us, especially to our kid, very pleasant experience, will definitely visit again if we are in Oahu again!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very special 18th birthday

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a
San Diego
104 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was an A+ dining experience. The service was great. The manager came over to ask about our experience. The food was absolutely outstanding. The spring roll appetizer was great. The surf and turf was great. The drinks were yummy. We will definitely return the next time we visit Oahu!

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BH
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

For being one of the premier restaurants on Oahu I think Roy’s leaves a little on the table. My party chose the pre-fix menu. The appetizer was tasty but the main and dessert was not as good as I would have expected. All and all a very satisfying meal, but not exemplary.

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BJ
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Roy's is still one of my all time favorite restaurants in Hawaii. You just can't go wrong here. Excellent!

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P
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I think the salad was prepared ahead of time because it looked slightly dull. The calamari was lukewarm when it was served. Just telling you these things because I love the restaurant and don’t want it to decline.

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Denver
13 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite Hawaii restaurant. The appetizers are particularly great, but the main courses are excellent. The chocolate lava cake -- or soufflé may be the best dessert around. Check out the prix fix menus as well, they can be wonderful values.

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h
Sacramento
11 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

special occasion location & menu, nice change from the chain restaurants, a bit pricey but nice view

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VK
Washington DC
74 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oh my gosh FABULOUS AS EVER! We went here 30 years ago on our honeymoon and it is just as fantastic as we remembered. The service was SUPURB. Jason (we hope we have his name correct!) was very well informed about each and every item on the menu including the cocktails. What a wonderful heartwarming way to cap off our celebration of 30 years of marriage. Thank you Roys!!!! We will be back!

We visit Roys all over the mainland but nothing is like the ones Roy owns in Hawaii.

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M
Hawaii
16 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a nice experience! The restaurant’s handling of our food allergies gives us much confidence as we order.

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JL
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a fantastic experience and food was delicious!

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l
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food, great service and beautiful views.

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AT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have never had a bad wxperience there. Staff is always amazing and food always wxcellent. Always our place to go for a wondeful dinner

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LA
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Food, atmosphere, was lovely. Staff was absolutely perfect and wonderful EXCEPT for the hostess named KIANA.

I called to say we would be late for our reservation and she put me on hold for 10 minutes.

When I hung up and called back because I had to, Kiana picked up and I said "I was on hold for 10 mins so I called back." She didn't apologize or anything as if it wasn't her fault.

When we came to check in, "Kiana" at the front looked so busy (I'm rolling my eyes sarcastically while writing this) playing with ribbons. Then as we left, we heard her talking to her friend on the phone. We said thank you and she turned around as if to ignore us. I thought the hostesses' job was to be polite, greet, and say goodbye to everyone as they came and left?

Her LOW CLASS behavior greatly decreased the quality and prestige of Roy's.

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