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About Roy's Pasadena

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.

641 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, Sushi, Steakhouse

Hours of Operation:
Open Daily at 11AM
Lunch 11AM - 4PM
Dinner 5PM - Close

Aloha Hours:
Early: Daily: 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Late: Monday - Thursday: 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Friday - Saturday: 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Cross Street:
North El Molino Avenue

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

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

Phone Number:
(626) 356-4066

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

Parking Details:
Valet Parking ($7) / Self Parking ($5) / Street parking

Public Transit:
Located in front of our restaurant on Colorado Blvd.

Executive Chef:
Chris George

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Private Dining

Roy’s Pasadena offers two beautiful private dining rooms featuring contemporary Asian furnishings and original Hawaiian art and an outdoor lanai perfect for a cocktail reception under the stars. All rooms accommodate parties up to 40 people and when opened can accommodate up to 80.

Roy's Pasadena Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (40)
Good for a Date (39)
Good for Birthdays (33)
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Good for Anniversaries (29)
Happy Hour (23)
Creative Cuisine (22)
Romantic (22)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Pre/post Theatre (16)
Business Meals (15)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Worth the Drive (15)
Bar Seating (15)
Great for Lunch (14)
Good for Groups (12)
Healthy (12)
Fun (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Great for Outdoor Dining (11)
Casual (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Cozy (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Hot Spot (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Authentic (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Kid-friendly (5)
People Watching (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Seasonal (4)
Spicy (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Live Sports (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Vegan (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tapas (1)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 15 hours ago

After reading the reviews for Roy's Restaurant, I was slightly disappointed in the quality of food. The small portions and taste of the $41 Misoyaki Butterfish, which is actually an Alaskan Black Cod, was just okay. Although the fish was cooked to perfection, there was nothing special about the way it tasted. You can basically get the same quality Miso Black Cod at Kabuki Restaurant for more than half the cost. Instead of the Misoyaki preparation, I think that a prestigious restaurant like Roy's Restaurant should upgrade the preparation to a kasuzuke prepared black cod. As far as I know, the only restaurants that prepare fish in this manner are all in Seattle, WA. Doing this can separate Roy's Restaurant from the commonality of miso prepared fish. Even though Roy Yamaguchi is no longer associated with the restaurant with his name, I'm sure he would know this method of preparation. The aloha roll was okay for me but too spicy for my wife's taste. The highlight food item was the sunrise roll which is a tempura crusted ahi roll wrapped in seaweed. A clever technique was used to get a crunchy texture on the outside of the seaweed wrap by blowtorching the tempura batter on the outside of the seaweed. Although our dinner was at 5:15 pm, they were already out of the peach cobbler. The chocolate soufflé was underwhelming. It lacked the usual puffiness of a properly prepared soufflé. Hence, it was a lowrise soufflé which tasted okay, with a thicker consistency than the chocolate soufflés that I've tasted before. The service from Aly was excellent! She was expedient, attentive for my special needs and accommodating for suggestions. The ambiance was quiet and classy and the restaurant staff was efficient, helpful and friendly.
My overall rating for this restaurant on a scale of 1 - 5 is 3.75.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 19 hours ago

The food was flavorful, but the lunch menu was kind of small.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

Underwhelming food ridiculously overpriced. Quantity does not make up quality.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 7, 2017

We went in on a Monday night. They run a Sunday/Monday price fixe menu. It is an exceptional value. It is all of the same portion sizes as their regular entrees. We had so much food we each took food home. Two people, one drink each, appetizer, entree and dessert for slightly over $100.00. I would highly recommend Roy's during their Sunday/Monday promotion.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Food is always fantastic! Service was great! I love the short ribs, lobster bisque, wedge salad and chocolate souffle.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 6, 2017

We love this restaurant! My husband and I came for our anniversary and as usual, Roy's did not disappoint. The service and food were excellent and they have great drinks. I can honestly say that the staff went out of their way to make our night special.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Special Occasion, Organic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We enjoyed another great meal at Roy’s. Malachi was our server. He was pleasant, efficient, timed out meal perfectly and his food suggestions were spot on. We enjoyed the lobster potstickers, Caesar salad. Jumbo Tiger Prawns, Scallops and Butterfish. All delicious and perfectly cooked.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Wanted to meet a friend after work at a please that would not be pretentious but somewhat special. Filled the bill.

Tags: Happy Hour, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Good for Groups
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Every year my dear friend and I celebrate lunch for our joint birthdays. I had experienced a great birthday celebration years before at dinner, but since Roy's is now open for lunch, it was our choice. When we were seated, there was a birthday card with a nice sentiment on the table, surrounded by baby orchids. I enjoyed a delicious Mai Tai, my friend something not as exciting. (OK, I'll tell you, light beer over ice--she loved it.) We were crazy about our appetizers, lobster potstickers in a wonderful sauce. For our entrees we were again in accord with the short rib plate. This included a tasty miso soup with tofu, but more importantly, great flavored mushrooms. Also on the plate was a salad, and then the generous portion of short rib meat over pineapple fried rice. The fourth section of the divided platter had fresh-made cookies with white chocolate and, I believe, macadamia nuts. Yum! although I took mine home for later as we were surprised with desserts on an oblong plate with burning candles and "Happy Birthday" scripted in chocolate. We were pleased to discover that the dessert was Key Lime pie, which didn't look like any I had tried before. This would not usually be my choice, but Roy's version is absolutely delicious. It took us a minute or so to figure out what we were tasting as it is not the usual gelatinous green, very tart rendition. More like maybe a cheesecake with the right flavor, but not so strong as to make your jaws clench (my usual experience). We loved it. The special treatment was not done yet, pictures were taken of us, with each of us receiving a copy to memorialize this fabulous birthday lunch. When my friend and I are able to meet, we enjoy extremely leisurely lunches. We did not feel any impatience or the least bit hurried although being the first ones in and the last ones out. This is not always the case. Also, the tab was quite reasonable. I can assure you that this will be my go-to place for any special occasion meals in the future

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 26, 2017

We are a fan of Roy's. They never disappoint us. Love coming herr for all our special occasions. Thanks for the outstanding service and food.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great, fun restaurant--with delicious food. Awesome service with very personal attention. We always enjoy coming here!!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Excellent food. waitstaff very knowledgeable and outstanding. Great energy 😀. Accommodated my wife's allergies without any complications.

Tags: Happy Hour, Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Roy's remains one of our favorite places to eat. The service is good from the moment we walk in the door , our server Kenny was great and the dinner was delicious.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Food sounded good and original on the menu, but was off-tasting, overly salty, and not worth the price. The service was very slow, and it took nearly 30 minutes for the waiter to pick up the bill and credit card at the end. We agreed that we will not return.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 4, 2017

As usual, food and service were outstanding.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Fantastic high end restaurant, appropriate for the entire family. Loved the service!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Had a great time.
Good food.
Excellent service.
Dessert was yummy.
Wine was good.
Would recommend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Business Meals
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Had the filet mignon and rib eye which were perfect flavored and cooked medium rare with asparagus and carrots. Went took advantage of the free lobster tails were were also great. Finished with their fantastic chocolate lava cake

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Our server was amazing, very knowledgeable about all the food. We had a variety of food...sushi, potstickers and fish entree it was all delicious and the martinis were spot on. I’ve eaten here several times and food, service and cocktails have always been consistent. And even though it’s on the pricer side it’s all well worth the money.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 1, 2017

I usually love the servers but we got a bad one. He wasn't around much at all. When I asked for a cocktail recommendation he stated, "wellco don't know because I don't drink cocktails with dinner" then I had to interrogate him to find out what drinks they had! He should learn the appropriate time to give an opinion and when to just answer a simple question.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Celebrated wedding anniversary
The food was amazing and the service was exceptional

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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Really good food. Lunch time on a Sunday was not busy at all. I went to celebrate my birthday and was really impressed with the way the table was prepared. Great overall.

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·Dined on September 24, 2017

My family and I went to Roy's for my dad's birthday brunch. The food was amazing, the drinks were so freshening. The hostess, waitress and the manager were very sweet and attentive.

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

We always experience a warm spirit of aloha from Keoko and all the staff. Excellent service and food we can count on makes this one of our favorite restaurants. Our family and friends agree that this is a special place to celebrate life together!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

The place is very pretty, the food delicious, the cocktail was so-so (light handed on the alcohol), the staff was very attentive, but I felt rushed.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 23, 2017

When Roy's advertised 1/2 price entrees, we jumped at the chance and we were not disappointed.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Paleo Friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We started with the lobster dumplings and ahi poke which were both delicious. I had the filet which was cooked perfectly and a really tender piece of meat. It cut like butter. My fiancé had the salmon which was equally delicious. Chef Adam is awesome and would recommend this spot for all occasions. I heard the happy hour is great and I will be back for that soon.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Wonderful service, good food, wonderful Birthday celebration.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 21, 2017

I have always given Roy's an excellent rating. The food was as good this time as it always is. However the service left a bit to be desired. We asked for edamame when we gave our order. The order came and we asked again for the edamame and were told it was steaming. We finished our dinner and still no edamame. Also refills on the water was room temperature. This was not Roy's quality.

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Roy's is a Go-to choice for us!!! The fish is exceptional service is great!!!! Can't wait to go back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour
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·Dined on September 19, 2017

Food was good, but the lobster potstickers were a bit salty which we can't ask to tame down. The other items we can ask for light salt the next time we visit. Service was excellent. Good for dinner date, but not if you're in a rush. Valet parking was $10 which I thought was a bit high. Would have parked myself, but had a handicapped individual with me, and there is no loading/unloading space.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Food was amazing. Thank you to the manager for the wonderful hospitality!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 15, 2017

It had been a year since our last visit to Roy's and the food reminded us why. As my wife said after dinner (she had salmon, I had yellowtail), well my socks are still on. Roys seems to travel on a strong reputation that we are yet to see played out in its food. Best value may me the aloha hour and appetizers, but that is only available in the bar area. Cannot even order happy hour drinks at the dinner table.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Enjoyed our dining experience & were surprised to see their Sunday/Monday Pri-Fix Menu that was sensational. We enjoyed our usual Grey Goose Martinis , then checked out the Special Menu & to our surprise, most of their entrees were available on this Pri-Fix Menu which included a Starter and a dessert which were fantastic & for the price of the entree ! The Lobster Bisque was so rich & tasty; The Maui Wowie Salad was delicious , the Seafood Sampler was devine as was the Roy's Trio. We were so full, we took our desserts, the Key Lime Tarts home for our evening treat. Aly, our server was a delight, attentive, professional, friendly & acknowledged us up on arrival as she has served us on recent previous visits.
Great Food, Great Value, Great Time !!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Romantic, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Try the lobster dumplings and the butterfish. Great menu, unusual selections, very enjoyable!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Healthy
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

This was our second Roy's Experience, the first being in Waikoloa when we lived on the Big Island of Hawaii. The food was fantastic, the fish fresh and prepared with great expertise. Our appetizers were perfect , albeit it all could have been served slightly warmer. In the future we will be sure to save room for the fantastic desserts. This was an anniversary splurge for us and it was terrific! Staff was plentiful and attentive. Will be a happy memory for many years to come.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

Roy's always delivers. We've been enjoying Roy's in Pasadena for many years for our special occsssion night and our most recent visit didn't disappoint. Friendly service, great entrees, the obligatory photo and who could forget the chocolate soufflé!

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Great to be back after a while!

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·Dined on September 4, 2017

GREAT service, food, quiet, & location. Would go again if in the area.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 3, 2017

The short ribs and Lakanilau Roll are always great, today was no exception! However, the Roy's Benedict with Filet Mignon were not good. 2 members of our party ordered those, and were disappointed with the filet, definitely not Mignon. The meat was tough and not pleasing. Our server had some trouble remembering some of our requests, often had to ask twice for the same things. This was not a standard exceptional Roy's experience, but we'll chalk it up to the one bad time and hope things improve next time around as Roy's is still one of our favorite spots.

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