- 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
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Classic Chicken Marsala
with fresh sliced mushroom, marsala wine and cream, served with potato cakes and seasonal vegetable
Grilled Pork Tenderloin
with caramelized apple, port wine, seasonal vegetable and potato
This is a larger version of the starter salad with feta cheese, cucumber, bell pepper, Belgian endive, radicchio, fresh herbs and tomato
Long established local restaurant; popular with delicious food. Friendly and casual.
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.
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.
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.
Thanksgiving meal. Excellent food! Great price.
Food was Fabulous!
Roy is very personable!
Will be back
Love this place! One of Santa Barbara’s hidden gems!
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.
Excellent, excellent food! Wait was well worth the meal, but the service is very sketchy.
Great service!!! Amazing food. Cool
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!
Food was excellent, Wait staff very friendly, kitchen was a little slow.. We will definitely return.
Food was very good, with a large menu. Gluten free offerings were abundant
We Sat for 20 minutes and weren’t acknowledged; therefore we got up a left; very disappointing.
Roy is so amazing!
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.
Good food in a nice setting, very pleasant. Will continue to recommend you.
Great find. Good food great location and neat artwork.
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….
Scottish salmon was yummy- perfect bourbon Manhattan ! Warm bread before salad was fresh. Good service. Atmosphere was standard bar.
Charming. Old school. Delicious. Great service. Thank you!
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!
A little hidden gem!
Excellent food, can’t wait to go back !
Great food, great service
We came here for a birthday celebration and we were treated very well. Our waitress was wonderfully attentive and we enjoyed our meals.
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.
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.
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.
We love Roy! The food is so flavorful, the ambiance is unique and special. Roy himself is great. We will always be back!
Excellent service and food quality. Kitchen seemed to lack staff, food did take a long time despite the restaurant being at about half capacity.
Roy is one of the best restaurants in Santa Barbara.
This was the first time we have been back in person to Roy since the pandemic. It was nice to be able to be there in person rather than have the food delivered. As usual the food was excellent and the prices were very reasonable. The outside tables were very nicely spaced apart and the space was attractive. Unfortunately, the street noise from the passing cars made it difficult at times to hear the waitress and to converse. I think Roy did the best he could under the present COVID-19 circumstances!! I still would highly recommend going there.
Everything under their control was great.
Seating was out side due to orange tier and it was 6:30...a little traffic noise.
The food was great, the people friendly and the price is very attractive!!
With a reservation and arriving on time, we were seated but didn't get any attention for over 10 minutes...not even an "I'll be right with you". One server for all the tables and the bar? We left Roy an hour and half after our reservation time. The entree was very good and Roy was kind enough to check in with us at the end.
Bread was doughy in the middle. Asked about it they said that was normal. Can't serve raw bread dough to my toddler. Took 3 different glasses of wine to get my Pinot Gris served. My spouses Appletini was pure vodka no taste of apple. Soup was luke warm. Salad was decent good dressing. Spouse's homemade pasta and seafood was ok, wine sauce was over powering of alcohol. My poke was good, Marsala sauce was good. Creme Brule' tasted like torch gas on the camerlized sugar. Waitress was nice, was her first day but still needed some work at the job.
Our meal was absolutely delicious! We have lived here for 22 years and I can't believe it has taken us that long to discover this great restaurant. Yes it is very weird with Covid and this is obviously not what it's normally like (outside and a bit chilly) but the food was outstanding and a very good value. We hope they make it through this nightmare pandemic. We will definitely be doing their take-out often in the mean time!!
Loved Roy's! Great food on their pandemic special menu. Reminded me of the 3 course meals I had in Paris. Cocktails were fantastics, enjoyed the wine and the chocolate mousse for dessert. Restaurants like this make it a treat to enjoy eating out again in the pandemic. All employees were diligent in their hygiene and outdoor seating was well set up and comfortable. One of the highlights of my recent weekend in Santa Barbara. Would eat here again.. definitely a place I'd be a regular at if I was local.
Nobody greater us. Nobody acknowledged us. Customers were frustrated. Were not being tended to. Zero service. Had Thanksgiving reservations at 6:30, made 30 days prior. Arrived 6:15. The hostess did not say hello. Nothing. Horrible experience. Waiting 75 minutes total and standing outside. Customers were not receiving salads/bread/food or dessert. The one waiter was very overwhelmed. One busboy, one hostess. No service. We left. We have been a loyal long time diner at Roy for 10 years. Never did get food. Had to beg for water.
Roy is rated 4 stars by 350 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.