Roy's Pasadena

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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 Pasadena located in the heart of picturesque and historic Old Pasadena, featuring an inviting atmosphere showcasing an exhibition kitchen, spacious bar and lounge area, and patio dining.
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b
Los Angeles
204 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My wife and I shared the appetizers--pork ribs and wedge salad and we both had the Chilean sea bass. The food was excellent and the service was very good

TH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was outstanding! The only small issue was that the server, while very nice and accommodating, didn't come around to check on us to see if we needed anything. We had a little bit of a challenge getting her attention when we needed drinks refilled, etc. Other than that, we were very happy with Roy's and will be back.

KC
Los Angeles
97 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Very sad that they removed the Bento box entree from the menu. I understand that restaurants change but it would be nice to keep something similar to the stuff that makes them unique.

OT
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Executive Chef Payo is awesome

j
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Usually very pleased with dinner at Roy's. Unfortunately, they've raised their prices again & it's getting too expensive for "non event" dining. The recent special lacked seasoning & was overpriced.

A
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

The food was leas than I expected. The service was even worse for a restaurant like this. Very disappointed.

EA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

Very disappointed and will not be going back to Roy's. Second time the food was not good. On this visit. Salad came with no shrimp. My chicken was overcooked and totally dry. My wife's salmon was raw in the middle. No compensation was made by the manager. Overpriced, not worth it. Many better choices.

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated mom’s bday with family. Everyone is very satisfied with their choices. There’s nothing bad to comment. The Chilean sea bass is so soft it melts in your mouth like butter. The chocolate soufflé is decadent. We had a great time. They even had a bday card for my mom wishing her a happy bday

n
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 4ambience 4

Manger Michele chin was rude!!! Never going back as long as she is there.

JT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Roy's in Pasadena is a nice quiet place to enjoy lunch with friends/family.
Enjoyed the salmon lunch plate. It was just right. Didn't leave hungry.
Good service.

B
Orange County
122 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always fantastic at this restaurant and the service is always outstanding as well. The staff is always friendly and every dish we have eaten is great.

L
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

A little disappointed with the food. Both meat and vegetables where a bit overcooked and a little too much salt.

DW
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Normally Roy’s fish is cooked to perfection, medium rare. Not tonight. All fish and calamari we seriously over cooked.

LS
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was excellent as expected from a Roy's Restaurant. Value for Mahalo Monday was an amazing deal. Service was very slow. Wait time after finishing each course was 15 minutes or more.

VT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The service was a little bit slow, and I just felt a little lack lustered. Maybe it was because they weren't busy, but I just didn't feel like it was even that fun. I was here for my birthday and it felt like that was a lot more fun than this time. Food was amazing as always, and we loved the little cheese cake that came with it. I guess say it was the service that was the problem.

p
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I absolutely love this restaurant! Been going here for years. The extra $ off incentive was a huge perk. Everyone, from the hostesses to our wait staff, are just so friendly and attentive. We do have our favorites. There’s Carl and Heather. Sorry Carl. You haven’t been there the last few times that we’ve been there so...Heather is our new bestie! Lol Still love you Carl! Seriously, this restaurant has such a phenomenal menu. The blackened ahi is one of our favs. They do it for an appetizer. The butterfish is my husbands go to dish. I, on the other hand, want a steak on our Saturday nights out. The filet is cooked medium and I ask it to be charred. OMG! It’s amazing! So I give this restaurant the rating it deserves...10.

AM
9 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 3

Rude Hostess over priced food. Server was good though

MM
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

We dined at the Pasadena Roy’s. Wife had the butterfish Excellent. My shrimp was dry, cold, and flavorless. I wont order that again. Very bad deal.
Better to spend your hard dollars somewhere else.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and service

SM
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice restaurant for fish and atmosphere. This was my first visit, so I was not able to taste any of the steak or poultry dishes. This was for my Birthday, so I received a free chocolate dessert. That was very nice and good! I would like to try another dish soon!

TS
Las Vegas
15 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure dining at Roy's in Pasadena! Great food, great service and great atmosphere. Can't go wrong here!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Our server came over three times; once to take our drink order, our food order, and then to drop off the check. That’s not great service to me, especially when the restaurant was not busy. Pretty disappointed.

MS
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was good not great. For the price I expect great. Service was very good professional and efficient. I think our food was left under a heat lamp for at least 10 min before it was brought to our table. And for two $50+ entrees that’s not right. It was dried out the surface and just didn’t look great. Overall I had a nice time going out with my wife but Roy’s wasn’t the reason.

TD
Los Angeles
75 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always. Try the Canoe for Two.

KA
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Korean Short ribs didn't taste very Korean. No garlic or onions.

LR
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great, food was great, however, little disappointed in the size of the lobster
on the Filet /Lobster meal. Food was excellent, just a little small on the lobster.
We'll be back. Better experience that we had in the L.A. Roy's.

L
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 2

Received a welcome to the neighborhood gift card for $40.00 off with a minimum purchase of $100.00. Read the fine print twice to make sure we could use it. Our bill was well over $100.00 but the rude manager said we could not use it because we ordered from the chefs pick! WTH?!?! I told her it was not in their fine print but she didn’t care. When I said we would never go back she said oh well. Horrid customer service and unprofessional manager.

MM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

We went on a Sunday for lunch and everything was very salty. I wouldn’t get the lobster potstickers. The sauce may have had lobster flavor but the potstickers themselves were not worth the price. Most of my group got the lunch combo and again everything was salty except the two cookies that came with the meal which were way too sweet.

b
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

We always have their Butterfish because it's so good. Our friends have the Ahi Tuna and loved it. It's a great place for fish. Never disappoints.

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a fine meal with excellent service, as usual.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Roy’s does NOT disappoint...thank you for the great food experience!

BA
Oklahoma City
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came to town to visit our daughter.

d
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Verrrry expensive for a mediocre place with food that is just ok.

KW
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service always excellent, with various surprises to the menu.

V
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We had an exceptionally good time, eating and enjoying food and friends at Roy's on aug. 22. Each of the 4 of us had a different dish and each exclaimed it was delicious. It has definitely become one of our go-to places.

EA
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Food was okay but expected more for the price

D
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

It had been quite some time since we dined at Roys having been disappointed in the past.Because it was half off wine on Wednesday night and we had a $40.00 coupon the dinner was priced okay. I ordered the shellfish combo and my spouse ordered the shrimp over noodles dish. My lobster was of the less expensive quality and the 3 shrimp were of the cheapest quality. I ate one shrimp and wouldn’t touch the other because I didn’t care for the texture. The one scallop was good. I think that for $51.00 a better quality of seafood could have been used. My spouse’s shrimp was of a very nice quality and he was nice enough to share. I thought that his noodles were a bit too saucy though he liked the dish. We both agreed though that without the coupon we wouldn’t have gone and I said deal or not it’s just not worth it to me. This is probably why they keep sending out coupons but, without bringing up the quality they will not be able to keep the business the coupons brought in.

IS
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

I wasn’t very pleased this time. Roy’s is just an average restaurant anyways, but agreed to go because my Cousin wanted to go for her birthday. We were all disappointed with the limited selection in their lunch menu. We ordered the garlic edamame to start. It came out so spicy (menu only says garlic) that we had to send it back. Mostly I was really upset at the slow service. We were the first group seated for lunch in the restaurant, and about ten tables filled in afterwards. Some how, we were the last table to receive our food. Arrived at noon, and I had to rush out at 1:30 to make it to my next appointment, and that’s after flagging someone down to bring the check. Nope, I won’t be back.

PD
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Not so sure. We got a $40 coupon which could be used when you spend over $100. In the menu it featured a Korean theme set dinner for $44 which was a three course set dinner. We were impressed and we ended up all ordered this set dinner. Right after ordering the waitress then stated that in case you have the $40 coupon it doesn't apply to this set dinner. This caught everyone in surprise. We wish there was some saying about the exclusion upfront. Also the waitress attitude and her facial expression was definitely not up to this restaurant standard.

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