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

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (36)
Good for Anniversaries (30)
Good for a Date (27)
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Creative Cuisine (27)
Good for Birthdays (26)
Great for Outdoor Dining (25)
Romantic (25)
Worth the Drive (21)
Fit for Foodies (19)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Good for Groups (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Business Meals (12)
Notable Wine List (10)
Fun (10)
Scenic View (9)
Casual (8)
Happy Hour (8)
Healthy (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Live Music (7)
Seasonal (7)
Cozy (6)
Gluten Free Options (6)
People Watching (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Authentic (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Great for Brunch (5)
Hot Spot (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
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Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Spicy (2)
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on October 25, 2017

We visit this hotel at least once a year and always look forward to eating at Roy’s. It never disappoints.Very good again. The black Cod dish was excellent. My wife always orders the chocolate soufflé which she feels is the gold standard.
This Roy’s is consistently one of the best Roy’s in the chain . Looking forward to returning.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 20, 2017

great place for food and fun, love it great flavors

Tags: Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Live Music, Special Occasion, Fun, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on October 19, 2017

They initially had no reservation for us. Receptionist said they have problems with Open Table all the time. It was not very crowded so we got in. The Buttefish is worth it all. I have been staying away from sugar. The waitress said they could do berries with whipped cream without sugar. Bring a small flashlight as they keep the lights very dim.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

It was a great dining experience.

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Roys is something special with a twist on usual fish & steak with exceptional accompaniments. I like that they offer unique sushi options. The other 3 in our party had the seafood sampler, butterfish and swordfish. Everything was exceptional including the griller Caesar salad and miso soup. Only reasons for not rating a outstanding overall is 1) the server was not as attentive as we expected (water glass refills for example) and 2) entree pricing is about $10 too high in my opinion.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 12, 2017

I have eaten at several locations of this chain. This was definitely not best one. Didn’t think the food was that great quality for the price.
I had the salmon and I think it was a very standard flavor, nothing special about it. Service was average only.
I was staying at the JW and dined here because I didn’t feel like leaving the property- next time I would leave as there are plenty of options around

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Overall nice experience. Our group had a variety of meals. Filet and lobster were perfect! The scallops were good but were paired with a side that was way to sweet. Mashed potatoes were gooey. Shrimp dishes very good. Specialty drinks small after 1 we all opted for wine instead.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 5, 2017

ambiance outside had a great attempt to be authentic with tiki torches for mood lighting. unfortunately theywere extremely annoying flickering amd making it ard to read the menu etc. I noted other tables pull out pocket flash lights complaining about the same thing, so I'm not the only one. food was ok and tasted good but would not put on the category of value or amazing. server was ok but missed one side of the meal and either server or front desk gave our birthday desert to another table...lol. I may try again in the future to give them another try, mainly because the drinks were well prepared.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Our first time at Roy's at the Desert Ridge location. The food was amazing as well as the ambiance.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 29, 2017

I have never been disappointed by any of Roy’s locations. That being said, Roy's Desert Ridge exceeded my expectations. The ambiance within the restaurant exuded a quiet elegance. Service was thoughtful and very considerate of our conversation, not hovering. Our meals were both delightful and perfectly timed to be served at their peak, together. I have never had such extraordinary blackened Ahi and perfect accompaniments. They made the evening very special for us.

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Went on a Friday night.
Had sushi which was very expensive and had pathetic amounts of raw fish--mostly rice--not good by local standards.
Entrees were shrimp and udon noodles and shrimp risotto which were good but portions small for the price.
Service was very good.
Wouldn't recommend as many better alternatives.
Have to valet at hotel or it is a LONG walk in.

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 28, 2017

We love Roy's and dine there often. This time we used a travelzoo coupon. Should know not to do this. The options are so much better on the regular menu. Dine there but not on the promotion.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 22, 2017

We have always enjoyed Roy's but this was a disappointment. Food (mostly fish and seafood) was all but cold except for the molten chocolate cake. Based on this experience, I would not recommend. I am not sure when we will be back and we have been regulars of this establishment when in town.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Our favorite place for fine dining. Location is great and the ambience is wonderful.
Food is original and excellent.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 18, 2017

I have always loved Roy's. Been to several at different locations. The prices at this Scottsdale location seemed to be extremely inflated. For that reason, not sure that I would recommend .

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Great location if you want to impress, or just sit back and enjoy!

Tags: Worth the Drive, People Watching, Spicy, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Afternoon Coffee, Cozy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Overpriced and salty
The black cod "signature" dish was mostly over-seasoned sauce. Not a good value

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Our server, Scott, was attentive and helpful in making recommendations. Food was excellent and atmosphere relaxed and lovely.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Great food in a relaxing location. Service was great a d allowed for enjoying the food and company.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Romantic
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Based on the recommendation of friends (and because we were staying at the resort), we celebrated our anniversary at Roy's. We decided to do the tasting menu w/ selected wine pairings. Overall, we had a great experience. The first two courses (pickled halibut and carpaccio) were tasty, and the wines were a nice complement. For the third course, my husband selected the prawns, which he enjoyed. I chose the lamb, which I did not enjoy. The meat was a bit fatty, and there wasn't much of it. The side was a bit muddled (I'm not even sure what it was). But the wines were good. We also enjoyed the dessert.

Dixie was our server, and she was terrific. Very professional and helpful. I wish she had told us that we were going to get complimentary champagne so that we wouldn't have ordered pre-dinner cocktails.

We would return to this restaurant even if we weren't celebrating a special occasion.

Tags: Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 15, 2017

We came during Aloha Hour to sit outside, have a couple appetizers, and listen to the great live music with Mai Tais. Yummy!
It was our anniversary so I had let them know when I made the reservation. We were seated at a perfect table. The waiter was knowledgeable, professional, timing was perfect. The food was out of this world fantastic!
I am 56 years old and I do not recall ever having a more flavorful, perfectly prepared steak in my life! I got the mac n cheese side with it and it was easily enough to share. Made with a bacon bechemel sauce and sharp cheddar. Nice little bite to it!
We also had the tiger prawns which were rich and juicy! They came with soba noodles in an Asian style sauce. What can I say? Perfection!
We were greeted with complimentary champagne for toasting our anniversary. To finish this great experience, they brought us a superb chocolate soufflé for dessert that had a personalized happy 27th anniversary message in chocolate calligraphy!

Tags: Business Meals, Live Music, Romantic, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 10, 2017

We did dine early. So had most of Roy's to ourselves. We also had great attention from our wait staff. The food was everything that we had expected.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Roy's is my go to spot. Love the atmosphere and really appreciate the great taste of all their food. Look forward to returning soon!

Tags: Hot Spot, Romantic, Authentic, Comfort Food, Casual, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Not impressed with food or service . Thank goodness we had a 25% off certificate. There are a lot better options nearby.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Location is beautiful. We've dined here many times before. However, with it being Labor Day weekend there was a large number of families dining, some in bathing suits straight from the pool (I mean, come on...really???) and other children wandering around asking other diners if they wanted to see a magic trick. Even one three year old toddler sitting in a high chair topless (yes, a girl). Another family had their kids in pajamas. Really?

Roy's is not an inexpensive restaurant, more on the side of fine dining. But obviously management deems it okay to just show up as is and anything goes.

Now, to the food. We all ordered the Misoyaki Butterfish, which I've had here many times previously and at other Roy's around the world. I found this version to be sub-par. The fish was not it's usual slightly firm and flaky fish. It was mush. Literally. No texture whatsoever.

Service was average to below average. Very long waits for appetizers, entrees and then dessert. The waiter even came by and asked "Oh, how was dessert?" when we had never even received the chocolate souffle. And they had to be reminded that it was my daughter's 30th birthday.

Quite disappointed. Roy's at Desert Ridge has become just an average hotel restaurant. Nothing special here...except the very high prices. $180 for two drinks, two appetizers and three entrees (dessert was comped for the birthday).

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 25, 2017

I can't thank the Roy's team enough for our wonderful dinner tonight - the hostesses, our server (Dixie) and Tammy (the restaurant manager) were all tremendous.

Dixie was an absolute joy. She was attentive and extremely knowledgeable. She remembered that it was my husband's birthday and acknowledged him (and the occasion) repeatedly throughout the meal. She noticed that one of our side orders was almost untouched and, without hesitation, stated, "We guarantee that you will love everything and, since you didn't love this, I will remove it from the bill." What a class act.

Tammy greeted our table and chatted with us, making us feel appreciated just for dining at Roy's.

Thank you, everyone, for your great hospitality!

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Food was delicious, for accommodating to our special occasion birthday and to our Living Social Coupon. Service was excellent!! Highly recommended.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Service was marginal. Charged full price for a piece of halibut simply grilled, but because there was a halibut special on the menu, they charged the full price of the entree special, which had lobster. Didn't really think about it until later. Food was typical Roy's, but for a meal over $200, I expect far more. Would not rush back.

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Unfortunately for us we purchased a groupon and the menu was very limited to things we would have not ordered so our mistake that wont happen again. We always love Roys, but this time we thought we were saving money, but their food is so good its not worth a groupon with menu restrictions.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Amazing food, ambiance and service. Thanks Roy's for the amazing anniversary dinner

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Maybe it's because it was fairly late on a Thursday night, but the food and the service was just tired. Roy's needs to really up their game for me to return.

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 17, 2017

had great expectations given the overall positive vibe with this restaurant. Found the food to be very overpriced. We did not think the featured fish dish lived up to the description provided by the waiter. Ambience is lacking - basic hotel setting, very limited outside views

Tags: Casual
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 (London)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Loved Roy's. Great service and fantastic menu. My Steak was cooked to perfection (which isn't always the case with American restaurants). Great ambience and highly recommend

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 13, 2017

We totally love the experience. The food was excellent. The price was excellent. And the servers really knew what they were doing. Couldn't of asked for anything better

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Not your regular Roy's. This one is located in a busy Marriott inPhoenix. Lots of children, very casually dressed folks - probably sharpens up in the late Fall and Winter. Still, not many nicer restaurants welcome patrons wearing baseball hats backward.

Food was ok, service not great.

This could be a nice restaurant.

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vip
 (London)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Love Roy's! Great food.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on August 8, 2017

The service was good, food very pricey, quality of food average, there was some confusion regarding our reservation and there was a wait for the table for unknown reasons. I would select a different venue for a future business meeting. The hotel was fabulous and the other restaurant on site was quite good by comparison.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 8, 2017

One of the best Roys I've been to.

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Vacation at Desert Ridge. Best option for the area. Bar bites is an outstanding value.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Very nice place to eat, food was expensive but very good. Table close to us had a lady that was essentially yelling he whole life story for over an hour. To the point that several other guests at her table left pretty early.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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