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In business for more than 20 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.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Contemporary American, Comfort Food
Hours of Operation:
Dinner Nightly: 6:00pm - 12:00am Closed on Monday's
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Different styles of music.
Private Party Facilities:
Private dining room for up to 20 people with no room charge.
Private Party Contact:
Roy Gandy: (805) 966-5636
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Roy Ratings and Reviews
it had been years since we have been to Roy's so it was fun to return. It has a great atmosphere and though known for late night dining we were there early as we were attending a play at the New Vic following dinner. Our server was nice and allowed us to relax over wine without any pressure to order our meal. I ordered the special (prime rib) but found it not as special as hoped. It was a bit overdone (not a true medium rare as ordered) and it may have sat too long on the line, as it was not piping hot once it arrived at the table.....The pasta dish my husband ordered was really good. Hoping to come again, as we know it is a hidden gem in Santa Barbara,
Enjoyed our dinner - have been to Roy before and usually always good. We were disappointed when we checked the menu on Open Table when we made the reservation - it had very little of what was actually presented - need to update that! For was still good but not the choices we expected.
Otherwise, nice dinner experience.
Thanksgiving dinner was terrible. Our cooked carrots were raw, mashed potatoes were COLD and tasted funny. No one finished their plate. Dessert was good with a funky sauce.
Way overpriced. I had been coming for years off and on.
This makes me so sad. I loved coming here. Santa Barbara ‘s hidden gem is how I used to describe Roy’s.
I believe Roy’ regular crew was absent. Thank you.
OpenTable pictures really over-sell Roy. It's not nearly as clean, hip or "cool" as you would be led to believe. Food is fair, but presentation is barely above a Golden Corral. Service was lousy. Quiet midweek, 6pm and only one guy was handling 6 tables plus bartending. Basically he took orders and delivered plates but never had time to check on anyone. Probably a cool spot 10 or 20 years ago but now it's just run down and struggling. I was offended by how small the salmon serving was for the price. 3oz at best. Overall a total fail with so many other better choices nearby.
The menu was very odd and lacked variety, we walked out after a glass of wine as nothing looked very good. In addition they insisted over our objections on placing my wife and I at a very small table even though the place was nearly empty and remained so. Just a weird experience.
We are new to SB; just visiting. We had a perfect meal here. Two main courses; one desert; a bottle of wine: a margarita and a beer = $122. The food was great. Freshly prepared and well judged. We might even go back tomorrow. Live jazz to (but not every night).
I used to come to this spot 15 years ago when I was attending UCSB because it was the only late night option in town besides Denny's. Always enjoyed the food and atmosphere. I recently went back on a weekend trip down to Santa Barbara and it has definitely held up! The food remains amazing and the atmosphere is great. I would highly recommend this restaurant.
The most difficult part is choosing what to eat! Began with the delightful Caprese Salad with huge, lovely heirloom tomato slices. The homemade pasta with filet mignon meatballs was fabulous! Altho, the Creme Brulee was nothing exciting, served plain, no frills.
I had originally reserved a table for 8-10 people, however our number rose to 11 people. Every time I called the restaurant to change something they were very accommodating and pleasant.
They had a back room for us, however we were celebrating a birthday & we wanted to be in their main room...they made it happen. They food, as always, was good; the service exceptional. In the end they even gave us individual taps; our group eats out often, so I assured then they wood get a good tip.
We went for New Years as it was one of the few places we could get a reservation. We were basically forgotten once we were seated. It was so bad that a kind gentleman next to us, who was a patron, felt bad and asked us what we wanted to drink and then proceeded to get up mid meal to go to the bar to order us drinks. The food took over an hour to come out, even though it was a set menu, prime rib...a dish that should already be prepared. When I received my meal it was A - cold and B - Overcooked. It appeared that the kitchen had attempted to reheat the piece of meat by putting it on the grill...as evidenced by the grill marks on the prime rib. It wasn't good. None of it. There was live music. That was a plus. We left before midnight and rang in the new year elsewhere.
They did not make it clear that they had a fixed menu for NYE. My soup appetizer was supposed to be clam chowder but had no flavor, no seafood in it and the portion was nowhere near adequate. The main course that I chose was fish and it was okay but my partner chose the prime rib, which was 50% fat! Overpriced meal and disappointing.
Our dinner was exceptional and the service was outstanding! We were all able to hear one another talk and our server was very accommodating about our need for gluten free options for members of our party who have Celiac Disease. Five of us were dining and everyone had a different entree, and everyone was extremely satisfied with their meal. It was a prix fix menu on Christmas Day when we dined, and we felt that the quality of the food and the price for dinner were both very good. The ambiance was festive and we all had a great time!
Aside from a private party in the back room, the place was practically empty when we were there early on Saturday evening. Nonetheless, once we were seated and the orders taken, we couldn't get either of the two servers or bartender to look our way at all. It's not that they were busy -- standing around mostly -- but we couldn't flag 'em down to save our lives. We had to fetch our own setups from another table, had to walk over to them to request the bill, etc. In a word, service was nonexistent.
We had the seafood pasta, which was fine but unremarkable.
With so many other options nearby, I can't think of any reason to go back here. Even if you have a late-night hankering (they're one of the few places downtown that stays open til midnight), I wouldn't bother.
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