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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.
Pasadena, CA 91101
Seafood, Sushi, Steakhouse
Hours of Operation:
Open Daily at 11AM
Lunch 11AM - 4PM
Dinner 5PM - Close
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
North El Molino Avenue
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Valet Parking ($7) / Self Parking ($5) / Street parking
Located in front of our restaurant on Colorado Blvd.
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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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
Our lunch to celebrate 2 college graduates was wonderful. We started with appetizers (lobster potstickers, tasty ribs, and edamame) and cocktails. One of our guests decided to have 2 of the tasty rib appetizers as her lunch, 2 other guests ordered from the lunch menus (noodles & short ribs plate) and 1 guest wanted the butterfish dinner meal which the Chief accommodated upon our request. We finished off with dessert and a cappucino. Each of our plates were presented beautifully and tasted even better. Our server, Kathleen, was a delight and met all of our service needs. She recognized us from previous visits & acknowledged us. We thoroughly enjoyed our meals, our celebration and visit. Roy's is just a fantastic restaurant serving quality food and service.
A real gem in Pasadena. Old-world class and service with great quality food and original flavors. Puts a lot of the newer fancy-pants restaurants that have opened up with all the same kind of food to shame! They treat you like family, royal family. :) Thanks Roy's.
We had another great time at Roy’s! Food, service, and ambiance were fabulous. The thing that we noticed differently was when we had our leftovers packed up. We noticed a regular plastic bag was given instead of either no bag at all (no problem there) or a paper bag that we have known to be used in all the times we have been to Roy’s. Other than that Roy’s is always a great place to dine in. Thank you!
I’ve always loved Roy’s and have had great experiences here. This New Year’s Eve dinner was not very good however.
The service was poor and slow. Not the usual top notch service. And we went early so it wasn’t that busy.
The food was not very good. I always get the butterflish, which is always amazing. It was actually fishy. I couldn’t eat it.
The appetizer, I was told was not spicy. I spent the next half hour In hell from the spiciness.
The soup and salad were good and dessert was quite nice.
Very surprising that it wasn’t spectacular for nye. Especially for that price.
Servive and food was very good. The manager came to the table to make sure everything was excellent. I really appreciate that effort. The food was delicious. I had the wedge salad and the short ribs. Yummy! The upside down pineapple was great too. I enjoyed the Bell Gloss Pinot Noir.
The good news first: the service was great. Very attentive staff.
And, now for the bad news: the food is just nothing to get excited over. I ordered the filet mignon and shrimp. The think steak that I received was seasoned well but definitely NOT a filet mignon! The shrimp were large but overcooked - rubbery - with almost no flavor at all. The mashed potatoes were ok - not good or bad. The vegetables were overcooked and mushy. We ordered a couple of their chocolate "souffles" which, after much anticipation were hugely disappointing. The "souffle" is not a souffle at all but, rather, a chocolate lava cake. And, as chocolate lava cakes go, this one wasn't even very good. I've had better at Chili's.
So, all in all, Roy's is not worth the price. It's sad when a restaurant that claims to be "fine dining" serves food that is worse than what you'd see at a restaurant like Sizzler!
Our waiter Scott and the staff was very friendly and attentive. They sat us promptly in the dining area.
Unfortunately all our steaks at the table were over cooked and they ran out of one of the desserts that was requested. This may be because it was on Christmas and the kitchen is pushing out food differently for a full capacity dining room vs. a normal day.
I had not been to this location for at least 5-6 years and before that it had been about 15 years when I went to a location in downtown L.A. It seems that over time Roy's has gone a slow decline from being a true destination for top notch seafood to more of "Red Lobster" type location. I thought the staff was good and the food was decent, but it is just not what I remember from years back.
Roy's is a chain rest. throughout S. CA. Food is always good, but at this particular location we had very average to below average service from our waiter. Since this was a weekday lunch mtg, our waiter took a long time taking our order, and then an exceptionally long time waiting for our bill.
We love this place and usually go here before going to the movies. Everybody is very friendly and attentive, the food is always prepared well, and there are always new items and combinations to choose from. It is not cheap, but it is quality in a comfortable setting.
This was unquestionably the worst Roy's we have ever visited. It was extremely noisy with kids running everywhere, the food was overcooked and the macadamia encrusted mahi mahi, their
specialty, was crusted with something other than macadamia nuts ( i.e. an unknown breading). If this had been our first experience at Roy's, it would have been our last and will
be going forward. I would avoid this location and consider avoiding Roy's, in general, based on
this awful experience. Thank you. RAB
We have enjoyed Roys but this time was a disappointment. Two meals were over cooked one was requested rare and came medium unfortunate
The salad dressing was too acidic. Actually I usually ask for vinegar to add to salads but this was even too acidic for me
We had three people and the waitress assumed the third person wanted the appetizer the others ordered. The waitress forgot to get the third persons desert order so we had to flag her down. The item was ordered late and then when we are tired of waiting and ready to leave she brings the desert.
All in all disappointing. Also very noisy and a young kid at the next table jumped off chairs and was very annoying. A restaurant can’t control everything but I would think the risk of litigation if the kid fell would encourage the wise hostess or waitress to politely ask that the running and jumping off chairs stop. We were also seated right under a cold air draft so we shivered
Always great food and great service. Kenneth took care of my family once again, and made extra effort to make sure my kids were happy with dinner. I was a little surprised we had to wait despite having a reservation. Otherwise, Thanksgiving at Roys was excellent. We may do it again!
Our family got together at Roy's for dinner and were lucky enough to secure a pvt room. The 10 of us ordered the canoe appetizers and enjoyed a variety of entrees including the Tomahawk ribeye which was delicious. My only complaint was the misoyaki black cod which was much darker in color than usual and must've been soaked too long in the misoyaki sauce as it was quite strong. Otherwise, our waiter, Carl was very attentive and we had a great time!!!
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.
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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