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About Roy's - La Jolla

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.

8670 Genesee Avenue
San Diego, CA 92122
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, Sushi, Steakhouse

Hours of Operation:
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:
Nobel Drive (University Town Center's Costa Verde Shopping Center)

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

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

Phone Number:
(858) 455-1616

Website:
http://roysrestaurant.com/locations/CA/la_jolla.asp

Parking Details:
Valet is $5 / vehicle (not hosted), $7 / vehicle (hosted), complimentary self parking in front of / below the restaurant.

Public Transit:
Bus stop within walking distance

Executive Chef:
Charles Andres

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

Special Events & Promotions:

PACIFIC RIM COOKING CLASS
Third Saturdays, Noon - 2 pm
$50 per person
(price includes lunch, experience, one class of wine, excludes tax and gratuity)


Join Chef Charles Andres and learn to create the quintessential Pacific Rim experience in your own home. At this special lunch and learn, you'll discover the skills needed to recreate each of these dishes at home, to the delight of your friends and family! Monthly classes are seasonally themed, so please email lajolla@roysrestaurant.com of call (858) 455-1616 for details.


WINE CLUB:
Waina Hui (wine club) is our monthly gathering of friends to sample wines from around the world and to share in the enticing flavors of Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion cuisine.

Cost is $25 per guest and tastings are held monthly from 5:00-6:30pm and include a sampling of Roy’s signature appetizers. Reservations required.

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Private Dining

Elegantly remodeled in 2013, Roy’s La Jolla is located in the popular University Towne Center area, near La Jolla's conference hotels and adjacent to the popular UTC Mall. A variety of Private and Semi-private room options are available to accommodate group luncheons, dinners and cocktail receptions

Roy's - La Jolla Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.3

ambience

4.1

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

75% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (21)
Good for a Date (19)
Romantic (14)
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Good for Anniversaries (11)
Special Occasion (11)
Bar Seating (11)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Business Meals (10)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Cozy (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Casual (7)
Happy Hour (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Fun (5)
Healthy (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Great for Brunch (3)
People Watching (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Authentic (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Hot Spot (1)
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 (Dallas)·Dined 2 days ago

I've been to Roy's twice in the last month and I feel like over the years, the quality has drastically decreased. For the price, the portions are very small and the flavor is lacking. Luckily we had a gift card this last time, otherwise, I'd be very disappointed in paying that much for such poor quality food.

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 (San Diego)·Dined 7 days ago

Had a reservation for 8:45 pm on valentines day, when I got there they didn't even acknowledge me until 5 minutes later and then told me there was an "accident" and had to push my reservation till 10. We ended up going somewhere else. It ruined our night. Awful service.

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 (San Diego)·Dined 7 days ago

My girlfriend and I made reservations at Roy's for Valentine's Day. We made our reservations at 8:15 PM. However, we weren't seated until after 9:15. We arrived on time, however they said they were running 45 minutes behind due to other customers arriving late for their reservations. The management seemed like they were ill-planned for this special day. Our entrees took more than an hour to make. We ended up leaving late and got our desserts to go. Overall, the experience was very mediocre and we will not be coming back again.

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 (San Diego)·Dined 7 days ago

Came down for Valentine's day with my lady and to be expected was a little chaotic. Our reservation was at 8, we got there at 7:45 miraculously since Google Maps said there was going to be a decent amount of traffic. So we checked in early just so that Roys knew that we were there and was told that reservations were 30-45 minutes behind. But not a problem, we sat at 8:15 and were greeted by our server Autumn who quickly walked us through the cocktail list and got our drinks ordered. A little time later drinks arrive and we gave our order for their fixed holiday menu. Food service was somewhat slow and took a noticeable amount of time to arrive, but again this wasn't a problem for us because my lady and myself have both worked in restaurants and fine dining in the past and know just how crazy holidays can get so we knew what to expect. All food courses and cocktails/wines were great and delicious and service still good with us. The manager stopped by and apologized about the wait but we told him not to worry about it because we were in no rush and even took care of a round of drinks for us as well in the end. The only thing that somewhat "ruined" the evening were the couple tables around us who could do nothing but complain throughout our entire meal. Talking about how they were there before other guests and yet other tables got their drinks/Apps/Entrees first or whatever the case may be. We just laughed them off because of how ridiculous they were being seeing that they came on Valentine's Day and didn't expect any delays. So the bottom line is that the food and service is something that we can stand by and recommend to friends, but we are probably going to avoid Roy's in the future when it comes to holidays/specials simply because of inconsiderate patrons.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 7 days ago

They severely overbooked for V-day. Was insanity. Reservations at 7:30pm. Seated at 9:00pm, apps 9:30, soup 10, entree 11pm. Was ridiculous. Won’t ever be going back again. This place is greedy!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 8, 2018

The staff was friendly and the food & wine were good. All this at a reasonable lunch price.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Went for my birthday. They made it special with a personalized card at the table and one of the best desserts EVER (Chocolate Lava torte w/ ice cream). YUM! All four of us were very pleased with the dinner. They were also good about getting us out of there in a reasonable amount of time, which was important because we were going to a play at the La Jolla Play House.
Hadn't been to Roy's in a while but will definitely put it back on the top of our list of places to dine for special occasions.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 6, 2018

They were prepared for our birthday celebration, including a birthday note on the table along with some orchid blossoms. The food and service were exceptional. Apparently the bar was in happy hour mode when we arrived and the noise level in the dining room made conversation difficult. Perhaps a wall between the two areas would be a big help.

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 (Little Rock)·Dined on February 3, 2018

A favorite of ours for over 17 years. Every location is a great experience.

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Service was great; we had a terrific waiter who was personable, fun and competent. Food was terrible.....of the dozen or so Roy’s we’ve visited, the food was the worst by far....chicken spring rolls were laden with grease/oil, and the inside consistency was mushy and tasteless. My 1/2 pan roasted chicken was very tuff an, again, tasteless. My wife’s mahi mahi was grossly over cooked, yielding a dry and tasteless entree that she couldn’t eat. We’ll never go back....an awful experience. My wife will be posting our experience on Trip Advisor.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 2, 2018

I like to bring clients to Roy's for lunch because it's fresh, the food is very good, healthy and the service is very good. Everything I've eaten at Roys and everything my clients have eaten has been delicious.
I'm never afraid to bring clients here because it's consistent.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Our server Jessica was very friendly, knowledgeable and offered some great suggestions. The service was great and the food served hot. The complementary anniversary lava cake & ice cream was delicious. Thank you Roy's for helping to make our 31st anniversary special.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Unimaginative, burned, tasteless food and out of a menu item at the beginning of the evening that three of us ordered. Portions were generous and prices are fair for good food but our party agreed the food was poor all the way around. Our server was great.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 29, 2018

I have been here a few times and the appetizers and desserts have been great but the entree has only been fair. I have had the scallops, milkfish, and mahi mahi and they have been underwhelming. The poke, lobster appetizer, and calamari as well as the molten lava cake have all been awesome!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Everything was fantastic. A little pricey, but overall delicious. My steak came out medium well, when I asked for medium rare, and the restaurant went over the top to fix it, including adding a second dessert and potstickers while I waited for my plate. Made up for it 100%

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 26, 2018

I love eating at Roy's in La Jolla. The only negative comment is that it is always noisy.
Everything is great.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, People Watching, Healthy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 21, 2018

It was awesome, as always!!! Really enjoyed the food and the service was impeccable!!! Thank you so much for a wonderful evening!!!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Food portion is bigger than before, quality is good, a little noisy, but service is sub-par for upscale restaurant.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 8, 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Charles was very attentive and we appreciated all of his suggestions. Thank you again for a wonderful experience!! We will definitely be back 😊

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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Usually above average but chicken spring roll appetizer was delivered late and was light kn the chicken. The edamame was also delivered late. Butter fish and ahi were fine as usual .

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Anthony was the absolute best! Parker was also amazing. The food was delightful and the service was outstanding. Try something the waiter says they’re “known” for and it will not disappoint. I’ll be bAck soon for sure!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Service staff was personable and only there when they needed to be. Great ambiance. Excellent spot for a romantic date night or executive meeting.

Tags: Cozy, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 31, 2017

It was nice but it wasn’t explained that it was going to be a fixed menu. I was a little disappointed in the choices. I wish they had the regular menu. However that ambiance and service was great.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Food and service were excellent. Thank you! We’ve always had a good experience at Roy’s. One of my father’s favorite restaurants as well:)

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Excellent restaurant Excellent and unique menu. Great ambiance. Excellent service Overpriced items however

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Had multiple bonus gift cards from purchase of $600 worth of gift cards, but only able to use $20 of the $120 gift cards. Service was average.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Another great meal at Roy’s

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 (Tucson)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Service was beyond expectations. Accommodated my overtired daughter just to keep her occupied and at ease.
Fish was very tender and flaky, good sized portion.
Only complaint, Sauce a little bland..
Otherwise, highly recommend.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We were at Roy’s for Christmas Eve dinner - it was phenomenal. Great service and delicious food.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Our favorite place to go for special occasions! Always amazing food and service always exceptional. Our fav are the butter fish, lobster potstickers and chocolate soufflé.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Great service is always an amazing food ! I particularly enjoy this location for business lunches .

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Reliably good food and service. Fresh fish, wonderful textures and light sauces.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 13, 2017

This was our third visit to the Roy’s property in La Jolla. The first meal was when they first opened. Nothing really spectacular. We have received multiple discount mailers over the years. Two years ago, we used one of them for a lunch. Neither the food nor the service were remarkable, and we left with a “meh” feeling, and no intention to return.

Two weeks ago, we received another mailer from Roy’s and I threw it in the car just in case we were ever near a Roy’s property and hungry for something quick. Yes, one more chance.

Our experience this time was nothing short of horrible. The restaurant was not busy by any stretch of the mind. The service was extremely slow. The speciality drink my wife ordered came without a key ingredient. After requesting that it be made properly, the replacement did not arrive for almost 20 minutes. Sleeping bartender?

We had both ordered the tasting menu for dinner. Of the two offerings, we ordered one of each. Not only was the sequence of delivery slow and unimpressive, the servers did not once mention what they were placing in front of us. Or, if they did, they were whispering to themselves. The starters were lukewarm and sloppily plated.

The main courses showed up about 25 minutes later. My wife ordered the whitefish that was almost worth tasting. However, the little white rice triangle thingy that was placed next to her was a total mystery. It was refrigerator-cold, hard on the outside (DRY), and I assumed was served as a joke, as no rightful semi-Asian restaurant would present such tiny morsel of junk. The manager must have seen me poke at it. He came over and said — without me mentioning anything — “Is the rice cold and hard?” — and then took it away and returned with the same thing a few minutes later. Obviously, the kitchen was aware of the problem and did nothing to correct whatever mishap allowed it to be sent out.

Perhaps the most egregious course was may main, the pork Osso Bucco. Almost frozen inside. Strike three!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Roy's is such a pleasant and enjoyable place to dine with great food and a relaxed vibe.

Tags: Cozy, Afternoon Tea, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 3, 2017

It was our first time going to Roy’s. The service was friendly all around but a bit slow. Food was so-so. I had their mango mojito which was delish! My husband ordered the wagyu beef burger which was a bit too salty though the truffle fries that came with it was very good. I ordered the macadamia nut crusted mahi mahi. It was tasteless and on the dry side. Dessert was a chocolate torte. It was hard and slightly dry. Not a place we would think of returning to.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We dined at Roy's after a day of shopping. We were ten minutes early for our reservation and therefore seated at the bar. It was happy hour. I ordered a glass of Ozeki Junmai sake. It was served room temperature. The bartender said she had written orders to serve it that way. I didn't care for it unchilled, and she couldn't have cared less. The waiter at our dining table knew nothing about this order to serve the good sake room temp. Annoying. Then, the prix-fixe three course meal was hit and miss: the spring rolls were outstanding, but my white fish in lobster cream sauce was fishy tasting. It was the bad lobster cream sauce that ruined it. My friend's burger--ordered medium rare--was served medium to well done. Such a shame. Finally, the chocolate souffle was fine. I will only go for happy hour from now on.

Tags: Happy Hour, Bar Seating
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 1, 2017

The meal was good but I have to say that for the money they charge, it was just satisfactory. It's not Ruth's Chris as far as food quality is concerned. It was a Friday and the restaurant is open and the noise was pretty high, especially from the Happy Hour bar scene. I forgot my credit
card and even though the waiter took our payment at the end and we were still there for awhile, he did not see it and return it? I had to return two days later when I realized it was missing.
It was a satisfactory evening but not that memorable.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We went to dinner on Sunday night with friends and left disappointed. The restaurant was half empty and our server was Charles. We ordered cocktails and Charles explained the menu, but forgot to point out the last 2 pages which are 3 course meals that are regular size for the prize of an entrée. Of course we ordered the 3 course meal. 2 appetizer came out first and the other 2came 5 minutes later. Timing was way off that night. We got our entrée and hadn't even started when Charles came by and said he would start the desserts, since they take a couple minutes to make. We felt rushed and dessert came right after the entrée plates were gone. Charles put down the check with the desserts. Never asked, if we would like another drink or coffee. All 4 of us would have liked another drink and also coffee after dessert. Which resulted in no tip. I would never recommend this restaurant to anybody. It's a shame, because the food was very good.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We were celebrating our 35th Wedding Anniversary. He took multiple pictures with
A real camera and gave us a framed souvenir.
Excellent sushi too!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Everything was great!

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