About Roy's Desert Ridge

Blending classic techniques with adventurous Pacific Rim flavors, culinary pioneer Roy Yamaguchi created an entirely new approach to fine dining. The first Roy's opened in Honolulu in 1988 and we've spread our warm hospitality and passion for innovative and creative cuisine around the world ever since. Indulge in one of our spectacular cocktails or choose a glass from our award-winning wine list while you discover the fresh ingredients and outstanding seafood, expertly prepared by our local chefs that made us famous.

We invite you to join us at Roy's Desert Ridge located inside the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa. We feature lanai seating surrounded by tiki torches overlooking the gardens and water features of the JW Marriott, and a spacious dining room.

5350 East Marriott Drive
Phoenix, AZ 85054
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, Sushi, Steakhouse

Hours of Operation:
Open Everyday at 4PM

Aloha Hours:
Early: Daily: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Late: Monday - Thursday: 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Friday - Saturday: 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Cross Street:
East Pathfinder Drive

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(480) 419-7697

Website:
http://www.roysrestaurant.com/

Entertainment:
Live music every Friday and Saturday night during our Aloha Hour on our lanai.

Parking Details:
Valet available and is discounted with validation & self parking available.

Executive Chef:
Mako Segawa

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Private Dining

Roy’s Desert Ridge is located on the lush grounds of the JW Marriott Resort & Spa. We offer three private rooms. Each room features a private patio looking out onto the exquisite resort grounds. Roy’s Desert Ridge is available for groups of 10 to 80 for lunch and dinner. Full buyouts also available.

Roy's Desert Ridge Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

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Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (35)
Good for Anniversaries (28)
Romantic (26)
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Creative Cuisine (26)
Good for a Date (25)
Good for Birthdays (24)
Great for Outdoor Dining (24)
Worth the Drive (20)
Fit for Foodies (19)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Good for Groups (12)
Business Meals (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Notable Wine List (10)
Scenic View (9)
Casual (8)
Fun (8)
Happy Hour (8)
Healthy (8)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Seasonal (7)
Bar Seating (6)
People Watching (6)
Authentic (5)
Great for Brunch (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Cozy (4)
Live Music (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
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Hot Spot (3)
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Paleo Friendly (2)
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Service was terrible. Took over two hours from start to finish and a round of drinks still didn't get delivered. From the time we ordered dessert, when our meal was delivered, to the time we received it was over 45 minutes.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Food was awesome, service to slow for the group size

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great food and service, fun drinks

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Food good. Service not good.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Roy’s is a restaurant with amazing food that never gets familiar or old. I have never been disappointed by our experience there over the last 23 years.

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Amazing fresh seafood! Great service as usual from Scott after two dinner services this month! Both were celebrations of family.The last was truly amazing with a awesome send of a chocolate souffle for my father's and my joint birthday! Even the surrounding tables joined us in the merriment and song, quite delightful!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We came here for Christmas and booked through OpenTable. We were unaware that it was a price fix menu. We were very disappointed with the selections. To make matters worse they were out of one of the entrees we wanted. Also, the appetizers were not as advertised. The lobster potsticker tasted like ground beef. Our kids selected a sushi roll appetizer which was very heavy on the tempura. When it came time for dessert, two out of the three options were not even available. It was a very expensive meal and we left very unsatisfied.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 24, 2017

This was our first visit ever to a Roy's. Was not impressed. For the price, the portions are tiny. Our server, who said my young daughter's requests for no mushrooms would be accommodated, was incorrect. After sending one plate back to get a new order sans mushrooms, the food finally came out when the rest of us were almost done eating. You could clearly tell they only attempted to pick thru her meal to remove the mushrooms (below the surface we found many) and did not create a new plate as we were told. Thank God this was only a food aversion not an allergy as there would have been a problem. We stay at the JW every year at this time but will probably never go back to Roy's; too many great options in Scottsdale to waste our time and money here.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Wonderful ambience with friendly staff, and a stellar chef! Great place for any special occasion.

Tags: Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We went there Christmas Eve - the first time not cooking at home. It was wonderful! We had a 1 1/2 year old and they were so accommodating. Love this place!!

Tags: People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Love to come to Roy's! Great service, food is always yummy! We love the Aloha Hour, but came in for dinner! You really need to try the short ribs!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Quick Bite
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 15, 2017

This was our first visit to Roy's and we enjoyed everything about it. The food was delicious & the wine was wonderful. Our server was warm, friendly & very helpful which added to our dining experience. We will definitely come back.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 14, 2017

My visit to Roy’s was one of the beat this year! It was a birthday celebration & we were treated with exceptional food, service & ambiance! Our server Dixie and all her assistants knew the right pace and were present & also allowed for us to enjoy & visit. The food was fabulous and I will look forward to my next dinner at Roy’s!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Everything was lovely except for the piped in music. I was hoping to feel like an “island experience “ When dining in a restaurant with “theme “, where the food is Hawaii inspired it heightens my experience with the full experience. Thank you.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Monday 3 course dinner is a great deal, food is consistent with Roys and always good. It was an unusually quiet evening and our server, Dixie was really friendly and helpful.
We stopped at the bar for a happy hour drink before our Hawaiian martini was terrible, not even similar to the original recipe you find at Roys in Hawaii. The mai tai was marginally better.

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Very good. I have been dining here since it opened. The world's best burger that Guy Ferri will never try. Inide the JW Marriott. Great for Aloha hour.

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We have gone to this location many times. Our waitress was very good and attentive. Service was great. The food took a little longer than normal but we were not in a rush. We sat outside and the weather was spectacular. Our table was great and it was just a perfect night to relax and enjoy the food, the weather, the ambiance and family. A great evening.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Healthy
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 1, 2017

The food and service are reliably exemplary. The restaurant is located in a beautiful resort.

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The service was most excellent, the food superb. Our server Melissa clearly knew the menu and fielded questions informatively. There were four in our party, and everyone enjoyed their seafood entrees, salads and appetizers very much. We were slightly put off by noisy small children seated near us, but that can happen anywhere. Roys is very pricey, but great for a once or twice a year special occasion. The grounds and buildings of the Marriott are lovely, with extensive mature plantings. If you don't valet park, you will have a bit of a hike. Outdoor seating, complete with tiki lights, is available.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Daniel was a fabulous server. He is passionate about what he does, which reflects in the high quality of service he provides. Besides the fabulous dinner, our dining experience was highlighted by Daniel's kind and gentle manner. The added birthday attention of a free dessert and table photo, made the evening very memorable experience.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Despite the restaurant calling me the day before to confirm the reservation, when we arrived they could not locate my reservation. We waited and they “worked us in” as if doing us a favor. The food and service were great, but the irritation of having a confirmed reservation, but being told there was no reservation, was annoying.

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 22, 2017

The food is very exotic and delicious. Our server wasn't terrific this time. If you can, sit outside. The ambiance is wonderful.

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Beautiful to sit outside on the patio with the tiki torches. We felt like we were in Hawaii!

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Business Meals, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour
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vip
 (New Mexico)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Dinner at Roy's was exceptional. From the starter sushi to the mahi mahi and dessert (pineapple upside down cake)...everything was fresh tasting and mouth watering. Plus, the tropical ambiance of the hotel made it even more special with an outside table. Worth the price and the drive. We truly recommend it. Service was excellent - fun and not pretentious.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Live Music, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Roys has always been a family favorite & we’ve gone for many special events over the years. But this last visit was not up to their usual high standards. Maybe it was that we went using Groupon for a prix fixe for 4 courses. The shared appetizer and entree were very good but the salad with an onion dressing had almost no flavor & the dessert we had to share was so small neither of us had more than 3 spoonfuls. We will give them another try since this was perhaps an off night for them but we won’t go using a discounted coupon.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The food was very mediocre for the price. Low on taste and high on presentation. Service was very slow.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 17, 2017

As always, a wonderful experience! The food was superb, the service impeccable, and fabulous new wine selections by the glass! And I can’t say enough about our server, Dixie, fabulous, sparkling and attentive!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Anniversary... Eaten at Roy's in Chicago, Las Vegas and Hawaii and was always a pleasant dining experience and great food. This one was the total opposite. Do not recommend it.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Rib-eye was tough—more like a choice cut.

Sushi had rice that looked and tasted like it was blended into a paste. There were no distinguishing “rice grain features”

They ran out of the dessert.

All in all, not good. No recommendation from me.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 13, 2017

7:30 dinner reservation, seated outside. Server was nice, placed orders by 7:40. Ordered braised ribs as an appetizer, tasted like burned jerky. Server advised that all dishes that have Ahi tuna will be replaced with Mahi Mahi, not acceptable for a place like Roys imo.
Main entree was finally served at 9pm, and was luke warm at best.
Will definately not go back

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The ambiance was very nice. The service and the food were excellent. The wine list was very good, too.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We visited Roy’s to celebrate a birthday. The service was great and the food was very good.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Absolutely great food and wonderful attentive service. The wait staff go out of their way to make sure you have a great experience. The attention to detail is spot on.

Tags: Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Drinks were good. Food was good but not memorable.

Tags: People Watching
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Have a great dinner and the service was great then coffee outside by the fire 5 stars

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Melissa & Logan were both top notch waitstaff ~ thank you for a fabulous experience!

Tags: Romantic, Quick Bite, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Fun, Seasonal, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Service was outstanding. Very attentive, but not annoying. The food from the appetizer ribs to the upside down cake desert were all excellent. The mac and cheese side was our fav.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 7, 2017

The food was excellent. But it was interminably slow. The restaurant was not at all crowded and there were 7 people in the kitchen preparing food (it is open and you can see them working). There were also plenty of wait and service staff,
It took nearly 2 hours for a simple dinner with no dessert. The only good news about the wait was that the food came from the kitchen as soon as it was prepared - so it was fresh and hot. Would hate to see it when it is crowded. This spoiled what could have been a good experience.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We eat at Roy’s every November when we come out for our week in Scottsdale. This year it was not quite up to par and we always expect nothing but the best at Roy’s. This year it just wasn’t quite as good as usual but we will not give up.

Tags: Seasonal
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Awesome! We haven't been here in a while and cannot understand why! The seafood sampler and the four fish entree were exquisite although the shrimp were a tad over. We'll be going back soon!

Tags: Romantic, Paleo Friendly, Notable Wine List
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