Permanently Closed - Roy's - La Jolla

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This restaurant is permanently closed. 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 La Jolla located at the heart of La Jolla's bustling business district.
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PJT1
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience1

It was the last day they were open and didn’t have the entire wine selection, had difficulty getting our order (cocktails & food) done properly. Our server was not friendly nor attentive. While I understand that it was their last day, nothing was done to try and remedy the situation.

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LisaM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Roy’s has always been our go to restaurant for all special occasions, birthdays, anniversaries, etc. We are so disappointed to hear that the Roy’s La Jolla was closing. I am hoping that a new location in the UTC area will open soon. Thanks, Roy’s, for many fabulous dinners!

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vipSuperman
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Roy's on their last day. The UTC location had been open for almost 20 years. We have gone there countless of times. Our server, Patrick, had been our server many times over the years. He was super courteous, friendly and polite. He mad honest, excellent recommendations for drinks and food, which we took to heart. We will miss seeing him and our friends the UTC location. We plan on visiting the downtown location in the future since we love the food and drinks (and excellent customer service) at Roy's.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food was aweful. They take reservations on a Restraunt they are closing the next day!

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LindaR
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m am so sorry to say that the Roy’s in La Jolla has closed. Now there is only the one down town! We’ll try it but it isn’t very convenient for those of us in University City. So sorry to see our Roy’s close. They were the best! Good Bye you lovely people! We’ll miss you all!!!!

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DONNA
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AWESOME!!
Our server Brittany was SUPERB!! Very attentive & an absolute Pleasure!!

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BrianW
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful experience as usual. It's sad to learn that we visited during the final week of this location's existence.

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LindaW
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Love Roys on the Big Island but since Roys main land has been bought out, not really the same quality. Service was good but food was just OK.

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Yummiebrewing
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We always love &enjoy Roy. The service, the food quality & the choices are excellent.
But myself truffle oil is a big no. This past Monday I had the lobster & filet. I managed
2 bites. Next Monday I will ask if it is possible without any truffle, & maybe ask over the
Phone.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

It took one hour before we got our food. The service was so slow.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Wait staff and kitchen were shorthanded. Manager told us when we asked. Dining room was full when we arrived so we had to wait 10 min in bar even though we made a reservation. When a table opened up we were seated with no menus. At least 3 waiters ignored us for 10 minutes until I spoke to the manager.

He comped is 2 cocktails and was apologetic. We eventually got our order and service was more efficient. They also brought us a free appetizer and comped at dessert that came from our open table reservation for our anniversary. Food quality was excellent as we expected from past experience. Butterfish portion size was a little small for a $43 entree. We like Roy’s and would still return but this location needs more staff and better customer service training regarding greeting new customers promptly.

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vipAlison
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Must have been an off night. We dined there Saturday night and service was awfully slow. Perhaps they had insufficient kitchen staff. Food was below par, too. They comped our dessert to try to make up for it.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Very disappointed this Valentines Day. Service was so poor. We were seated at 7:40p and were not attended until 8:10p. Our first drinks did not arrive until 8:30p. The food was good, but offset by the very slow service. Water glasses were empty and all party guests were frustrated. For the high price we paid ($250/couple) we expected far better. Next time, we’ll go to Jakes.

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vipScottB
San Diego
41 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had a fabulous meal, Mary was a excellent server! Thank you

JM
vipJoaquinM5214
San Diego
38 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Perfect service and excellent food.

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EarlA
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A little overpriced and the room was a little cool for me.

VL
VincentL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Overall was a pleasant way to spend the 14 of Feb with your sweetheart!

BM
BetsyMc
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous food that's actually worth the price. This is our go-to for birthdays, anniversaries, and other celebrations (despite the distance). Some variation between locations (each chef is given latitude to be creative), but the classics for which they are famous (like miyosaki butterfish and lobster potstickers) are typically available everywhere.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Celebrated Valentines Day a day early to avoid having a set menu on actual vday. Our server was very attentive and food was delicious. 6pm dinner reservation was a perfect time before the actual rush of people came.

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HalA
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had another wonderful time at Roy's LaJolla. Our server Kelley was fantastic!! Great job by her and the whole staff to make it a memorable meal!!

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vipValerieP
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and the food is fantastic! We were there for my son’s birthday and he loved it!

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ReneeS
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my son here for his 23rd birthday. Great food, service and atmosphere.

HH
HenryH
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. We always enjoy Roy's for special occasions.

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AnnaC
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We had reservations at 5 PM for 4 people and arrived on time. We were seated at the worst table in the place. I should have requested another table.

Service was very very slow in spite of the fact that there was almost no-one else in the place. Our fist drink order took nearly 20 minutes to arrive. Food came out sporadically as well. My husbands seafood sampler entree was cold, only one scallop 2-3 prawns and a small lobster tail. My lobster bisque was loaded with giant croutons that sopped up the liquid. The other entrees are okay.
We've been going to Roy's for special occasions for years, but that will be our last. Sitting for 2.5 hours was just too much. Ridiculous. It wasn't very busy when we got there at 5 pm.