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Roy

4.7
4.7
363 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
In business for more than 30 years, Roy is a bistro-style, Americana restaurant with a frequently changing, handwritten menu. We strive to serve unpretentious cuisine of the highest quality. We use mostly certified organic produce from the local Santa Barbara Farmers Market, free range chicken and Harris Ranch hormone free beef. We bake our own bread, hand roll our pastas and make all of our desserts in house. Our ambiance is retro moderne California casual, and we have rotating art shows that run for a month and a half at a time. Live music once in a while. Full bar all the time.

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2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Comfort Food

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sun 6:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (805) 966-5636

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Roy Gandy

  • Private party facilities

    Private dining room for up to 20 people with no room charge.

  • Private party contact

    Roy Gandy: (805) 966-5636

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Barbara

  • Cross street

    State St.

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Entertainment

    Different styles of music.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 363 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • California Central Coast

    Contemporary American

  • Santa Barbara

    Neighborhood Gem

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  1. R

    Roseguy

    Sacramento

    121 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    121 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    My wife & I arrived with a reservation at opening. It was interesting the lights remained dim throughout our visit. Additional light would have been more welcoming. The large front windows I was facing were very dirty and in need of a professional cleaning. I ordered grilled pork tenderloin (see website) and our waitress returned to say 'sorry not avaialble'. Filets were cooked medium rare as requested and ok but not stellar. 'The Pairing' a red blend including cabernet was suggested when ''Terre Rouge' sarah was not available. Our server was pleasant but streched too thin. There are many fine restaurants in Santa Barbara in the same area. With a little effort Roy could do much better. At this time I would not suggest Roy.
  2. R

    Robert

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food is always outstanding at Roy! Can't wait to come back.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every item we ordered was perfectly prepared. We had a party of 7 and the food came out all together and was hot! Every staff member was incredibly busy but remained pleasant & professional. It was a leisurely dining experience with a cozy atmosphere. Afterward, Roy came out to greet us and check how we enjoyed our experience. Outstanding way to celebrate our daughter and her fiancé’s engagement!
  4. JR

    JenRecommends

    San Francisco

    77 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    nice place, enjoyable food and service. Roy made extra effort to come out and greet me as a guest which was really nice.
  5. A

    Anne

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Warm and welcoming atmosphere. Great cocktails and the food was perfectly cooked. Friend from out of town loved it too!
  6. DL

    DLSLES

    Sacramento

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Reliable local place for meals and cocktails. It serves much later than other places and has spared us from going to bed hungry after a late flight arrivals. We've always been happy with the qualiity of the food and cocktails.
  7. m

    morgankk713

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    The service was slow when we entered on a late Friday night but I will say that it was very much worth the wait. The meatballs may have been the best we have tasted and easily finished our plates. Would recommend - just leave your hangry pregnant sister at home.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We were the first seating when they opened so service was slow as they prepped for opening. Nice servers, drinks were good. We had the salmon and chicken with pasta. Enjoyed both dishes .
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fish & chips really good!
  10. AS

    AntoinetteS

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience with excellent service and 5-star food!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    The food was literally inedible. I got the pasta w/ seafood and it was drenched in alcohol. Watery and inedible. I didn’t even eat it. You couldn’t pay me to go back.
  12. CB

    CeciliaB

    Central Coast

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A hidden jewel! The food and service are fantastic! We've tried the seafood pasta, chicken marsala, & Pacific seabass and they have been outstanding.
  13. OE

    OleE

    Los Angeles

    70 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Honestly a little disappointing; the ambiance was trying for cool but missed, and the food was described more flavorable than it was; everything a bit bland and weak.
  14. CB

    CeciliaB

    Central Coast

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food and the service were fantastic. Great seafood pasta. Lots of flavor.
  15. MM

    MelindaM

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent ambience and excellent food! Loved the fact that Roy the owner came to check on us. One of our favorite restaurants in Santa Barbara!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Truly enjoyed our server, the food, the art and the vibe. Next time in SB it's a must visit!♡☆☆☆☆☆
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best server I ever had
  18. KW

    KimberlyW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    We have been to Roy many times. The food is always very good, but the service seems to be going downhill. Our waiter was ok, could have been more attentive, especially since it wasn't very busy.
  19. T

    Tennischick

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    The pasta was tasty yet cold and not so plentiful.
  20. SB

    SamB

    Central Coast

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience4
    Epic fail. They ignored us when we walked in, we had to work get their attention to be seated. It took a long time to put in a drink order. It then took 45 minutes to get our drinks and ultimately had to go up to the bar and ask for our drinks. We had to work extra hard to get our food order in. At about an hour in we realized we’d likely not be served for a loooooooong time if ever. One waitress for the whole place who was doing the best she could. Bartender was nearly useless. There was no busboy, and of course only one cook, Roy. Bread tasted pretty good. I had always heard the food was really good so I had been looking forward to trying Roy’s dishes. Alas however, we realized it would be complete self abuse to continue to sit there any longer on New Years Eve. Luckily we recalled that the Crocodile was open, so we got the heck out of dodge, and went and had a wonderful New Year’s Eve dinner over there. After reading other reviews we see others have been having similar nightmare experiences. Maybe they’re trying to get themselves out of business? Who knows? Ultimately we laughed about the whole thing. It was such an epic fail that is was humorous; like something out of an old Carol Burnett skit. Only go if you want to be tortured. 😆
  21. MW

    MikeW

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    Granted it was new years eve, but the service was ridiculously slow. Food was mediocre and over priced. Place had a sick, sweet bar smell.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2021

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    We zaten al 3 kwartier voordat iemand drinken en bestelling kwam opnemen. Weer een half uur later werd er verteld dat 1 van de bestellingen moest worden aangepast omdat het op was. Uiteindelijk hadden we na bijna 2 uur wachten ons eten. Eten zelf viel tegen na de lovende recensies. Ik had zelf pasta met zeevruchten in witte wijn, maar deze was erg zuur. Al met al niet voor herhaling vatbaar.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I made a reservation to dine here on Christmas day, and after arriving, they told me I would be unable to eat there because they were only seating larger parties. I never leave bad reviews, but this seems a bit monetarily focused for a service organization. Reservations do not hold at Roy’s so do not make any significant plans hinging on the dining experience.
  24. AS

    AmyS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    We were here on a holiday and the service was extremely slow. The portions were small. They forgot part of our order.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    16 reviews

    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2021

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    It was unfortunate that the service was so very poor. It was an hour and a half before we received silverware and water, our drink order about an hour (simple order one-glass of wine and a bottle of beer) we noticed other tables were in a similar situation. Too bad as the food was pretty good. Unfortunate memory for a Christmas meal.
  26. G

    Grog

    Central Coast

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2021

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Not a great experience. Service was very slow. Food was rather bland and only slightly warm.
  27. NR

    NealR

    Central Coast

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2021

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    It took an exceptionally long time to get our drinks and food. The waitress was very pleasant but seemed preoccupied and we could not easily get her attention to ask for more water. The restaurant was barely half full that night so not sure why the extreme wait times. The 2 waitstaff and a bartender should have been adequate.
  28. JJ

    JuJu

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Long established local restaurant; popular with delicious food. Friendly and casual.
  29. CP

    ChristineP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2021

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Was great, only issue is that it was so busy and they were understaffed. Made for a long wait to order, but staff was nice and the food was pretty good.
  30. KM

    KatyMcCoy

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2021

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    We ate here on Thanksgiving Day. It was a disaster. They seemed like they were missing staff but the wait staff said they had brought in extra people. We arrived 5 minutes before the reservation and could not get the person's attention -she was shuffling something like receipts and ignored our presence. When we finally were seated, no one came to our table. I finally got up and ordered our drinks at the bar. After having wait staff pass by our table a number of times, we were finally able to speak to one. When the waitress came, she said she didn't know we were her table - but wait staff including her had been passing our table. The food was okay - at least it was warm but nothing special. Not enough dressing. The pumpkin pie had caramel sauce but it was cold - not crackly, just cold. It was weird. Very marginal experience.
  31. TM

    TerriM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2021

    overall3food3service1ambience4
    We had a yummy Thanksgiving meal at Roy. Enjoyed the food, but because it was a holiday, bussing tables was a bit slow. Glad they were busy, and we had the time for a good conversation while we waited.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2021

    overall5food5service3ambience3
    Thanksgiving meal. Excellent food! Great price.
  33. KZ

    KelliZ

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2021

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Food was Fabulous! Roy is very personable! Will be back
  34. AS

    AnnieS

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place! One of Santa Barbara’s hidden gems!
  35. BP

    BillP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2021

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    I had fish and chips. Fish was chewy. I’d rate it a B. The other dinners ordered by my group were very good, tho.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2021

    overall5food5service3ambience3
    Excellent, excellent food! Wait was well worth the meal, but the service is very sketchy.
  37. C

    Cherie

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service!!! Amazing food. Cool vibe!
  38. TR

    ThumbsupROY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    ROY is a long time unique local treasure! Roy IS a person and this is his restaurant with a great menu and many choices, local art and live music! Just the right size with bar, tables, and booths - all in one room with windows out to the street. Go to ROY - it will become a regular choice. It is a delight and a place you will run into friends!
  39. A

    Alittlefeedback

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was excellent, Wait staff very friendly, kitchen was a little slow.. We will definitely return.
  40. DM

    DaveM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was very good, with a large menu. Gluten free offerings were abundant

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

FAQs

Roy is rated 4.7 stars by 363 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 1 time today
Google Map for Roy

7 W. Carrillo St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Additional information

  • Cross street

    State St.

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Barbara

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sun 6:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Comfort Food

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Roy Gandy

  • Entertainment

    Different styles of music.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (805) 966-5636

  • Private party facilities

    Private dining room for up to 20 people with no room charge.

  • Private party contact

    Roy Gandy: (805) 966-5636

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