Roy

3.3
356 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.

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
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 356 people are saying
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3.6
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SamB
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
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. 😆

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MikeW
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
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.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on December 25, 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 25, 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.

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AmyS
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
16 reviews
Dined on December 25, 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.

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Grog
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

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

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NealR
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 24, 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.

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JuJu
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

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ChristineP
1 review
Dined on November 25, 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.

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KatyMcCoy
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 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.

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TerriM
1 review
Dined on November 25, 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Thanksgiving meal. Excellent food! Great price.

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KelliZ
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Food was Fabulous!
Roy is very personable!
Will be back

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AnnieS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! One of Santa Barbara’s hidden gems!

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BillP
1 review
Dined on November 16, 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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience3

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

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Cherie
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service!!! Amazing food. Cool
vibe!

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ThumbsupROY
1 review
Dined on September 26, 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!

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Alittlefeedback
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

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DaveM
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

We Sat for 20 minutes and weren’t acknowledged; therefore we got up a left; very disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Roy is so amazing!

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BurkeF
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love going to Roy for dinner, for drinks, and music when they have it.
Parking is a no-brainer too!
And remember to say Hi to Roy himself.

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MOUSE
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food in a nice setting, very pleasant. Will continue to recommend you.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Antonio
35 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great find. Good food great location and neat artwork.

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vipOutoftowners
Atlanta
24 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Really can’t believe this restaurant had good reviews! This is by far the worst place we have ever dined! Really bad food, nothing fancy but so expensive for what it is. Chicken wings - the smallest things we have ever seen! The pasta with seafood - over cooked pasta was grainy and salmon in seafood pasta was fishy. The spinach salads were fine. After waiting awhile for our dinners, We were told that our salads were ready but they were waiting on our entrees. Then it took another 20 minutes for it all to show up ( the tiny wings and overcooked pasta). Not quite sure why we stayed and ordered to begin with….

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BrendaS
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Scottish salmon was yummy- perfect bourbon Manhattan ! Warm bread before salad was fresh. Good service. Atmosphere was standard bar.

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JAHLove
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Charming. Old school. Delicious. Great service. Thank you!

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vipVIP1
Naples
20 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

We walked by the evening before and decided to try it…..
Terrible service. We waited over 1 hour for our food that was partially burned and partially not done.
The server was not even apologetic until she dropped the check at our table.
Too many other places to choose- so skip this one!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A little hidden gem!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, can’t wait to go back !

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HeatherF
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service

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Busymomof3
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We came here for a birthday celebration and we were treated very well. Our waitress was wonderfully attentive and we enjoyed our meals.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Roy never disappoints. Everything is meticulously prepared by Roy. it’s important to not be in a rush because every bite is worth the wait for it to be hand-crafted for you. The crab cakes are divine and I’m so happy that the large house salad is back because it’s fabulous. Had a perfectly cooked piece of salmon on top.

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dalawya
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

What a wonderful surprise! The chef Roy, clearly a terrific cook and a hippie, created home-made deliciousness of our pork loin with sautéed apples and the BEST chicken Marsala we have ever had. The homemade potato pancakes were heavenly as was the clean, fresh and beautifully constructed large house salad. The artwork in the restaurant is modern and interesting. Please visit Roy and support this talented man. Bills fans are especially welcomed.

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ShockingAmbrose
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience2

The restaurant accepted more reservations than it could handle, although it didn’t look crowded. We arrived at 7:45pm and our food did not arrive until 9:30pm. The waitress was very understanding and kind but the kitchen was out of her control. Chef Roy was unable to keep up. It was a bad experience. The chicken picatta we ordered was fine but we inhaled it as we were so hungry. The kind waitress comped my beer and offered us dessert and a post prandial drink but it was late and we just wanted to go to our hotel. We won’t be returning to Roy.

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clorud
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Roy! The food is so flavorful, the ambiance is unique and special. Roy himself is great. We will always be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and food quality. Kitchen seemed to lack staff, food did take a long time despite the restaurant being at about half capacity.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
13 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Birthday dinner

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Roy is rated 3.3 stars by 356 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.