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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.
San Diego, CA 92122
Seafood, Sushi, Steakhouse
Hours of Operation:
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
Nobel Drive (University Town Center's Costa Verde Shopping Center)
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Valet is $5 / vehicle (not hosted), $7 / vehicle (hosted), complimentary self parking in front of / below the restaurant.
Bus stop within walking distance
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 email@example.com of call (858) 455-1616 for details.
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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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
We have dined there several times in the past. This is by far The worst experience and the food was mediocre at best at best. We went in and tried to order off the dinner menu around 3 o'clock in the afternoon and then was denied. The short ribs were tough, The shrimp was very bland, and the burger was greasy but the butter fish was OK. The service was mediocre as well. I doubt we will ever go back again.
We were here celebrating a retirement. Very understaffed this night, but our server was pleasant. Vegetable tempura was not good; the batter was mushy and not adhered to the vegetables. We didn't understand why the vegetables were so huge...The broccoli was the size of my husband's fist.
The lobster potstickers were interesting but had to cut them with a knife because they were tough. The butter fish was great. The best part of the meal was the desert. I would expect much better from this expensive restaurant.
Went to Roy's for a late lunch around 2 pm on a Monday. We were one of two occupied tables. Probably because of that, the restaurant decided not to turn on the AC. Crazy. On the plus side, without a heavy crowd,the service was attentive. Food was disappointing. Everything was over salted. From the soy sauce soaked salad, to the miso soup and to the beef patty on the burger, the food had so much salt, we couldn't taste the meat or any other ingredient. Ordered the beef medium and it came out well done charred. When we pointed that out to our server, she said she would inform the kitchen, rather than offering to bring out a replacement dish. The saving grace was the restaurant comped the burger.
I had dinner yesterday at Roy's for the first time in years--and was reminded of why it had been so long since I had been there. The maitai tasted like fruit punch with a minimal amount of dark rum on the top--weak and uninspiring. The lobster potstickers as an appetizer were good, but the shellfish medley (lobster, scallops, shrimp) was generically prepared with tasteless rice and asparagus that was as chewy as wood. In addition, the place is expensive for what you get. I can't think of any reason not to seek out other restaurants that serve better food (especially fish) at more competitive prices. This chain needs a infusion of originality to bring it back to its prior reputation--otherwise, it's just another theme-park restaurant.
Service was very good and our waitress very pleasant. We were utilizing a Groupon so the menu was limited but nice choices. The pork rib appetizer was tasty but pretty much cold - not real cold but far from warm. The vegetable roll my friend had was good. The pork chop for the main entree was very good. The mashed potatoes... again.. kind of cold. The broccoli.. somewhat under cooked but okay... not great. The desert was okay - not great.
The wine list has some very nice choices but significantly overpriced based on other restaurants in town. You expect higher but this was way out of line in my opinion.
Okay but not great pretty much sums up the entire experience - Okay, but not memorable. For the price it just doesn't make sense when there are so many other options that have better for less.
There were only 3 tables occupied and the Service was really slow. We sat there for an hour before the salads were brought out. My kids were not offered their appetizers or dessert that was part of the kids meal. We went there for lunch. It was obvious that they were not adequately staffed. The bartenders was our server and there was only one person in the kitchen!
Too expensive for what you receive. There are so many options for fine and/or casual dining in San Diego, that I would not recommend this restaurant. It's way over-priced for what you get.
However, the service (staff) was wonderful and very accommodating to my requests.
Everything was delicious. I'm not a huge rib person, but the rib appetizer was really good. Also, the lobster potstickers. For the entrée, the scallops were super good. Very tasty, including the butternut squash and Brussel sprout leaves - I basically licked the plate clean.
Also, great service. I've been going to Roy's for over 10 years and they never disappoint.
First, I was welcomed by the front desk in a very friendly, courteous and professional manner. Our table was beautifully prepared for our group of 12. The wait staff was very helpful, friendly and most patient with our party. The food was fabulous, appetizers, salads, entrees, desserts, wines, coffee, etc. I would strongly recommend Roy's La Jolla for a special event. The misoyaki Alaskan Black Cod is still on the top of my list for entrees and the pineapple upside down cake ......... OH BOY, I can't wait to go back.
The excellent service began as soon as we stepped into the restaurant. We were seated at an excellent table. We were provided with a nice wine list. Their sushi rolls were perfect and their Caesar salad was excellent. The dining entries were short ribs (best in town) and a ribeye steak that was in a category by itself. The waiter knew his craft as well as his wine!
Went on Father's Day and we couldn't order from full menu for some unknown reason. So fathers don't deserve full menu? Ordered the mahi mahi and received a half portion of fish and hardly any sauce. I go here a lot and know the normal fish size not sure why they were so sloppy and cheap that night.
Their Father's Day brunch menu was the same as the Mother's Day brunch, which was great for us since we had enjoyed it on Mother's Day. I don't usually order chicken when dining out, but their pan roasted chicken was tasty. He ordered their prime rib, which paired nicely with the Merryvale cabernet sauvignon.
Caterpillar sushi, short ribs, and lobster potstickers were good. Teriyaki salmon was less than average--dry and overcooked. And the macadamia mahi mahi was underwhelming and small at $42! Chocolate cake with berries and the pineapple upside-down cake were okay. Had to wait about 20 minutes for the pineapple cake.
Service overall was mediocre, even though it was not that crowded on a weekday afternoon. Our server was pleasant, but the busboy was not. We had to wait too long to get our drinks and refills. Will not be returning.
We made reservations for my sons graduation lunch. The restaurant wasn't crowded at all and it was mid-week. No reason for there to have us waiting on food for 30 min. Didn't even get water served immediately after requesting. Salads were limp and extras were missing. As in, dip for calamari, crackers for poke, etc. The table behind us vacated and their table wasn't cleared for 20 + minutes. Our waiter was the only one for the entire restaurant at the time, he even was mixing drinks behind the bar.
Everyone was very nice, but the slow service, poor product wasn't addressed at all.
Roy's is usually so on-point. Very disappointing.
This is one of our favorite restaurant where the service is impeccable and the food is consistently delicious and always exceeds our expectations! The Chilean Sea Bass on the Chef's Secret Menu was cooked to perfection and the Scallops dish was extremely delicious!
Checked OpenTable at 5:30pm for a Friday dinner reservation, and was pleased to see our local Roy's had plenty of availability.
Got there and it was half empty, which wasn't a bad thing - service (which is always pleasant) was quick, and we got great drinks and apps right away. Ordered mains and had more normal timing, and they were typically fantastic. Souffle was perfect.
This UTC location will never be the exact experience as an Hawaii, but it's a staple of ours for the service, quality food, and convenience of not having to go downtown. Great, as always!
Hosted a birthday dinner for my mom. Used a groupon-3 course meal for 4 people $115. Incredible value. All of the food was delicious! We had a great time. Not a good place for a quiet or romantic dinner due to the noise level. I hand-picked a table that was in the back, next to windows which was quieter.
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