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 receptionsView Private Dining Details
Made a last minute reservation and had to sit at the bar to wait for our table. Crusted Ahi appetizer was awesome, iced tea delicious, Michele at the bar was terrific. Once seated, super loud and conversation was difficult. Leah our server was attentive but not outstanding. The lobster bisque was tight and super spicy, almost burning as it went down. I couldn't finish it. The encrusted Maui was thick and large portion. A little overdone, not moist. All in all, it was decent but not the outstanding typical visit to Roy's - we've been to Ko Olina, Topanga, Tampa and La Jolla - and this was the lowest...
I took a small business group there for Monday prix-fixe night. Everyone loved all courses and the value was outstanding. Service was very good. Wine was very good.
The food was excellent and the customer service was stellar. I am so glad we made the drive to La Jolla to dine at Roy's. Looking forward to going again very soon.
It's not just the flavor profiles, or the presentation. From start to finish it is how you are greeted, taken well care of during the meal, and then thanked on your way out, that makes me think "I wish more places were like this". With all this personal care and attention to detail, it comes as no surprise that the food is equally good, the presentation is equally delightful. Bravo to that amazing Chocolate Soufflé!
New menu items and freedom for the local chef to add her touches. Great meal to start 2015.
We've been to Roy's over a dozen times and always had a nice time. Not on New Year's eve! We ordered at 7:30 pm and discovered that several of the items on their fixed price menu were already sold out. Same thing for the dessert menu. The excuse was that the chef had screwed up the planning for the night. Plus the prices were high.
The manager took off $100 dollars on the bill. He gave us a gift certificate for $50 to come back another time... But I am not sure that we will. Roy's is now Roy Yamaguchi's - a different company. Definately put a damper on our evening. Wow, how can you mess up on new year's eve?
Looks like no one is minding the store. Also our server didn't know what was available. They charged over $60 for domestic sparkling wine that we can buy for under $20. That is price gauging.
I think they have lost focus on the customer.
We absolutely love going out to eat at Roys! The food is always good...I love the Butterfish dinner and my husband and son usually order steak. You will never find another place like it from the Hawaiian Tiki Torches lit up all around the restaurant (get a window table) to the meals. Anything we try has always been very good! You can go casual or dress up if you want...and the Hawaiian Martini is a must try! :)
It was our first visit to La Jolla and we looked to OpenTable for restaurant suggestions. Roy's was nearby and had gotten good reviews, so we decided to try it. Big Mistake. We ordered the prix fixe Ahi Tuna dinner, which came with a skewered filet mignon appetizer and some cake for dessert. All were consistent -- they all tested exactly the same -- i.e., none had any flavor or character at all. The steak was served well-done even though we had specified medium-rare, and was dry and flavorless. The fish was totally tasteless, as was the cake. The service can only be described as overbearing -- servers repeatedly came by to pick up utensils and replace them with new ones, often reaching right across a plate with food still on it.
Roy's was located in a strip mall along a busy thoroughfare. We've learned over many years that such places are usually mediocre at best, and so we should have bolted as soon as we saw what it looked like. But then there were these good reviews on OpenTable ...
The food and service is always top notch and makes going out for a night with my doll a real pleasure.
We go repeatedly to Roy's Hawaii Fusion for the Roy's Trio fish plate with three different fish pieces and sauces. You will use all the rice to soak up the sauces. Their service is a team effort, including the maître d'.
So glad to see a Dynamite crusted entree on the menu again and new Chef Partner Monica did an excellent job with the Shutome. It was a hearty portion and cooked to perfection along with the Forbidden Black Rice. My wife loved the Short Ribs and again, the portion was enough for her that she had to take some home. Only disappointing item was the Ahi Poke. Somewhat lackluster this time....void of character and flavor and certainly not well presented in the new dark bowl. (Loved it when it was called Ahi Poke-tini and served in a Martini glass. No doubt some clown from OSHA nixed the glass idea) Service was wonderful and our waiter, Evan, was on top of his game. We've never gone wrong with Roy's. Yes, it's noisy....but it's people talking and enjoying themselves....and that's a good thing!
We had never dined at Roy's before but many friends had recommended it. Celebrating my husband's birthday seemed like a great time to try Roy's. We were not disappointed! From the time we entered, my husband and I were made to feel special. From the first Happy Birthday to the dessert with the same message, we experienced a very special meal. My husband had the trio which he totally enjoyed and my braised short ribs were perfectly prepared. Definitely will return for our next special occasion!
Good place for small parties or hangout with friends. I love the dessert especially.
I love other Roys locations. I LOVE Roys at Pebble Beach. But there is something about this particular Roys that always disappoints. We try it every couple of years & are then reminded why we don't put it on our regular rotation of restaurants. I made a reservation at 6:45 on Sat. night. We arrived earlier than we expected 6:15. The restaurant was 1/4 full (I realize people may have had reservations for many of those tables). The young receptionist curtly said "We will seat you at your appointed time of 6:45." We asked if we could sit in the bar & wait (it was less than half full) & she said yes, & they would come & get us. At 6:45 no one came to get us. Nor at 6:50. I went back to the receptionist who said "They are setting up your table now." Around 6:55 my husband talked to her & she said "They are setting up your table now." A few minutes later we were seated at a table for 4, so I guess whoever set our table didn't get the message that there were only 2 of us. The woman who sat us at our table asked if we were celebrating anything special and we said "Yes" and she said "That's nice." Service was fast initially; someone came immediately to fill our water glasses. The waiter later came & we ordered our appetizers, entrees & dessert at once. I ordered a salad with side dressing. It came with tossed dressing so I sent it back. The hibachi salmon had no ginger on the top (it used to) so I asked for ginger & then it was delicious. However, there was a very long break between the time we finished our appetizers & received our entrees. There was a long break between the time we finished our entrees & received our dessert. We asked for coconut ice cream with the soufflé instead of vanilla. It came with white chocolate chips through it. Yuck! People at three tables around us sat down after us & were finished before us. And two had celebratory desserts with candles. The bill came lightening fast, but was very slow to be picked up. Go to Pebble!
My wife and I got a chance to celebrate my birthday here. We started with he Aloha Hour. Aloha Hour was great! God food and great prices.
Roy's Restaurant never Disappoints, Always Superb.Food is always top notch, and service is great.
As always, Roy's never disappoint! Great food and great service!
Great service, great food...what's not to like? NOTHING!! A wonderful, wonderful restaurant!
We come here very often since we live close. Easy to make reservation, and they are very kid friendly (3 year old and 1 year old). Food comes quickly and tastes great every time!
Roy's Restaurant is classy and superb in every way!
I have been enjoying Roy's La Jolla for close to ten years, and it continues to satisfy with consistently good food and ambiance! The service was great as well, with just the right amount of attention without being in your face all night! For San Diego's best Pacific rim cuisine in a fun, upbeat and contemporary location, Roy's La Jolla is the place!
I've eaten at Roy's several times at various locations, and the La Jolla location has never let me down. I've never had a problem with getting a reservation, even at the last minute, and even though the restaurant is nearly always crowded. Cocktails are good and meals are tasty, generously sized, and presented well.
They make great use of what produce is in season. Nice twist to their already delicious menu. I love the pairing menu, such a great deal for appetizer, entree, & dessert.
The special martini offered was yummy, Asian pear martini.
We walked in and was hit by the noise from their busy sports bar which takes over most of the restaurant. We were able to get a table toward the back but I felt that the table was rather small for an up-scale venue. The service was very good. We felt that they are cutting corners with the food since we found out that the salmon is farmed and the fillet mignon that I had did not live up to expectations.
My wife and love this place. Always have a great meal and the service is always amazing.
Once again I had a great meal with excellent service!
My husband and I used to live in Orange County. The Roy's there is top-notch---always has been. We have tried Roy's San Diego and, now, Roy's La Jolla. They just don't match up. Server was friendly and efficient. Appetizers were blah at best. I usually am more adventurous, but was in the mood for calamari, and intrigued at the concept of a thai basil chimichurri. Tried it. The crust tasted like fried flour--- and was cold. My husband had some beef brochettes with kim chi. The kim chi was yummy, brochettes--so-so. Entrees delicious: Seared scallops on pork belly, and seared tuna crusted with pumpkin seed. Pineapple upside-down cake was uneventful. Friendly atmosphere, convenient location.
The ahi poke was excellent, but the lobster roll had a slight odor of fish, and the lobster bisque, though tasty, was FAR too salty. Also, the portion was small with a very small lump of lobster.
Had a wonderful evening, the staff was amazing, the only thing I would change would be the noise level. Steaks were amazing; so amazing you have just replaced Fleming on my Greatest Steak ever list! And because of the care your staff took in the preparation and handling of my meal (severe seafood allergies) Roy's has made my "Safe" to eat here list. Can't wait to go back!
The October Monday night special deal is great. Same high quality food and service, no crowds, for a reasonable price. Additionally, we were having a birthday celebration and Roy's went all out to make it special. I was impressed. The sushi rolls were good, fresh and filling. Their butterfish that night very tender and well-seasoned sauce. The fish trio very good, but I would not recommend the seafood trio, the lobster was good, but the crab cake was small & boring. I don't understand why the sea bass was so expensive, but it was prepared well. If you want to splurge, go to Roy's. To eat at a good value- go on Monday night.
The sunday special I ordered was not that good. Not the normal Roy's food quality Plus the main course came before the salads. The main course was cold and not that good tasting. My friends food was also brought backwards main course then the salad. It was not that busy at the place. We both were very unhappy and didn't want to complain to the waitress. We should of ate somewhere else. Was not happy at all with meal. Had better food there before, spent like $80 for a Friday's restaurant type food. The happy hour for drinks was good at least.
When we chose Roy's for a special farewell dinner for our friends, we knew it was a very upscale place. However we were disappointed in the cuisine. Don't get me wrong, it was okay. However the portion sizes were very small and the food itself was not extremely special…two of us ordered the macadamia crusted mahi-mahi and the fish was almost overcooked. Not exactly what you expect for a $35 entrée. The chocolate soufflé for dessert was delicious, but not much bigger than a silver dollar. All in all, a nice meal but not a good value for your dollar… Or your hundreds of dollars.
This was our first visit and we both were delighted with our evening. The food was excellent as was the service.
Parking is very convenient since it's in a mid sized mall. There is no view or patio but the interior is in a
very contemporary styling (dark with splashes of red) but done tastefully. I would recommend Roy's for a
special evening out.
We came for our 15-year wedding anniversary. Roy's was very accommodating and multiple staff congratulated us, not to mention a special notice inside our menus. Food was excellent as usual - though service was a bit slow.
Our first stop at Roy's was in Oahu and we loved it. We'e been dining at every Roy's we are near since 2012 and they always have great food and service.
We were fortunate to have a good waiter and an even more attentive/accomodating busboy. Hibachi salmon was on the fishy sidr.sauce was bland. Shrimp wowie salad was nicely presented but tasteless. Filet mignon perfectly cooked and tasteful. Overall an okay meal.
Wonderful food (we had the local chef's specials), attentive staff, lovely little birthday dessert (two perfect little macademia tarts). Even had a "happy birthday" insert in my menu! A bit pricey for every day but totally worth it for a celebration. They do have a nice bar and apparently a bar menu.
Arrived a little before our reservations to enjoy a cocktail in the lounge. Ordered a sangria, boyfriend had Mai Tai…sooooo disappointed. They were incredibly sweet, so much that I sent mine back (which I rarely do since I don't like being "that" person) and my bf felt guilty about it so didn't send his back, although did not enjoy it at all. Dinner was good, but for the price, fell below expectation. Calamari app was good but was VERY small for the nearly $14 price tag on it…seared ahi was pretty good, but the crusted mahi was pretty dry, and the sides they came with left much to be desired. Expected better from a Hawaiian fusion cuisine, as we really wanted to like this place after reading such great reviews. =(
Had a most enjoyable lunch. Love the Butterfish and Melting Chocolate Cake.
We had a terrific dinner at Roy's La Jolla (UTC, actually.) Started at the bar, where the Hawaiian Cocktail was refreshing. We were seated at an awkward table location, with lots of traffic, even though our reservation was early (5:45pm) and the restaurant was nearly empty. We could only look longingly at the empty booths - they looked so comfortable. After a glass of wine each, I decided that it was a better value to simply order a bottle - a solid Chardonnay. She had the Filet with Lobster, and I had the Scallops. The surprising thing was that there was no SD Restaurant Week dinner deal offered. I had to suppress the bitter feeling I had when the bill totaled over $200. Granted, it was a terrific meal, but a modest one for the money.