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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
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4.1

service

4.1

ambience

4.1

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

76% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (28)
Special Occasion (26)
Good for a Date (23)
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Good for Anniversaries (21)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Happy Hour (13)
Bar Seating (11)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Healthy (10)
Casual (10)
Romantic (10)
Good for Groups (8)
Business Meals (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Authentic (6)
Fun (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Seasonal (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Cozy (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
People Watching (2)
Spicy (2)
Tapas (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
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 (San Diego)·Dined 5 days ago

My wife and I bought the four-course meal from livingsocial. The appetizer was very good, sushi. The salad was not very good my wife didn't even finish hers. The dressing they put on the salad wasn't that good. The main entree was very good, I believe it was Whitefish. The desert appeared to be store bought and not very good. Overall I thought it was a good meal but not a very good value for the prices they charge. The service was very very good. The manager was somewhat flexible with my wife because she has a lot of dietary restrictions. He did charge us $10 extra for the new entree but at least it addressed the problem.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 10, 2017

I have dined at Roy's 20-30 times and always been pleased with everything. This time I wasn't. When my martini came, it only filled 1/3 of the glass. I complained and the waitress countered with "that's the way they do it, a shot and 1/2." I dine out a lot and have never been served a martini that was not at least double their pour. I complained again and the manager came over and explained it was their policy to pour that amount. He was nice about it and no doubt had not made the policy himself. My chicken was overcooked as well, but in fairness my date loved her fish.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Upon entering the restaurant one can smell the deodorizer from the bathroom.
Appetizer and salad took a long time. One salad was forgotten about. The quality of the salad was awful. Wilted lettuce, small portion for the price charged. Quality of entres and desert very poor for the price paid. Ambience more like a fast food chain restaurant than one that charges $35-40 avg for an entre. Do not recommend and will never go back. I don't fault the the server or the manager who tried their best to apologize and make up for the poor overall experience

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 5, 2017

food is always fabulous - the filet and lobster tail combo divine. seemed like the wait staff was under staffed. had to make multiple requests - lobster butter and potato not delivered w/ meal. busboy was snarky when we had additional requests. was a birthday celebration but no indication from restaurant. wine pours were very skimpy and disappointing. we love roys for special occasions and hope this was the exception and not a decline in service.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Roy's never let's us down-their Food is always 5-Star Dining. It's always too loud, so ask for a quiet section, usually in their banquet dining room to the side.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Food was quite good overall but was a little disappointed with the Osso Buco in the 4-course chef’s tasting menu. It was a little tough, not tender but it still had a good flavor to it.

For me, the first appetizer of the chilled Vietnamese Lobster eggroll was not good.

The rest of our party’s meals were good with the exceptional desserts...

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We haven't been to this location before. It was clean and nicely decorated but needs an update. The menu needs to be refreshed. The appetizers were overwhelmed with ginger.
They have this log of a cake made with dates. That's a big no. We sent it back. It came with the chef's choice menu. Please take that off and never serve it again.
The oso buco was slightly dry so i had to ask for a side of sauce which is also doused in ginger. Does the chef not taste these things?
The only thing that was awesome was the service and the butter fish. Loved the butter fish!
We paid $133+ dinner for 2 and it was just ok.
If Roy's is going to survive then it needs a facelift in everything. Menu and decor.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 20, 2017

We were seated at a nice table by the windows. Our server Britney was attentive and brought us the best 1988s we have ever had at Roy’s over so many years. Our thanks poured out to Michelle, the barkeep. The Edamame, served upon request, paired nicely with the cocktails. The lobster in the Lobster Potstickers was slightly tough. The Sea Scallops were perfectly done but the wild rice that accompanied it was a little too coarse to pair nicely. The Hibachi Style Salmon was excellent and combined wonderfully well with the accompanying rice. Overall, a sumptuous experience.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 17, 2017

Great service, it exceeds our dining experience. It was my husbands birthday and we were treated very well, with free dessert and birthday photo. Our waiter was really good.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Went there with the wife and no kids! Food was fantastic, but we knew that since this is our second visit. Fish is so fresh and delicious. Unfortunately, we were seated next to the kitchen and that was horrendous. Noise level was unbearable (85dBs with peak at 95dBs) and that made the whole experience very disappointing.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 9, 2017

The Asian fusion seafood is exceptional. Must top of with the souffle!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 6, 2017

We love your food! Always choose this place for special events. I was sad that your specialty cocktails from 2 years ago has changed dramatically, which used to have a type of cucumber martini with a delicate flavor. The drinks were so good then; but on this menu some of the drinks had too many items in them. Just my opinion. We will return.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Fun
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Wonderful food and outstanding service. Not cheap but definitely a place for a special occassion.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Disappoint evening, after being seated it was 10 minutes before we were acknowledged. It then took an additional 15 minutes to get our drinks. We ordered a sushi roll to share as appetizer and took over 30 minutes to arrive. A server brought a tempura roll to our table after 25 minutes and apologized that our appetizer was taking so long and that it was componentry. The tempura roll would have taken longer to make than our original order. All in all it was over an hour before we received our meals after we ordered. When our food arrived, it was obvious that it had been sitting around. Asparagus was wilted and dry, butter on the stake had solidified, all food was room temp. Service was the slowest I have seen in a long time.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We have been to Roy's in Hawaii and thought we would try the local Roy's in La Jolla as we were interested in having fish for dinner. The menu was somewhat limited and when we asked if we could have a piece of grilled fish, the server said that is not usually how it is prepared and most of the fish would not work well just grilled. He recommended the butter fish (cod) which he said was the best item. It was a very traditional preparation and certainly not something you couldn't order elsewhere. I split that and the scallops with a friend....rather than having a split piece of the 9oz codfish, we were given two end pieces that were probably used for the mixed grill item on the menu. The scallops, were small and overcooked. The lobster potstickers we had as a starter were very good, but incredibly fried and rich. The dessert options included what they referred to as a chocolate soufflé....but when we saw them being bought out to other diners, inquired as to whether it was actually just a molten cake(it was).

We were very hungry when we arrived and after waiting for our first course for a bit, asked if we could have some bread, etc. to snack on while waiting. The server said he would bring complimentary edamame (which was delicious)...but I don't think that would not have been offered unless we asked.
Everything felt like being in a chain restaurant where all the dishes are uniform. The bill was expensive for this experience. I would go back there for a drink or happy hour, but as a place for a nice dinner....would look elsewhere.

Tags: Bar Seating, Kid-friendly, Happy Hour
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 29, 2017

The food was very good and our servers were attentive and nice. The valet was especially thoughtful.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Our waitress Jessica was very accommodating and very professional.

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·Dined on September 28, 2017

Was something amazing the food was delicious and the ambiance was great also the service pretty good

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

In a word,... disappointed. For over 20 years I've been going to the Roy's on Maui and the Big Island and it has been spectacular! The La Jolla experience was awful. Service was horrible, it took 47 mins to get our appetizer and the tuna was NOT fresh, asparagus was undercooked, the shrimp was over overcooked. We complained and they comp'd our appetizer and a dessert. Needless to say we won't be going back. The experience left us feeling that the $140 we paid for our meal was a rip off. So sad because I was so looking forward to it.

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·Dined on September 24, 2017

The dinner service here is unsatisfactory and unacceptable. It took 15 minutes for the server to come to our table. Another 15 to wait for the bottle of wine. We ordered appetizers and the server disappeared before we could order dinner. After 20 minutes the appetizers came but we still had our menus in front of us and then we finally ordered dinner. After the appetizers were eaten and cleared from our table, another person brought edamame and said it was to 'appease us'. (We didn't order this). Edamame after appetizers? Strange. We had gotten a bottle of wine to have with dinner, but the wait was so long the wine was done well before any entrees came.
We called over the manager to inform him of our concern with the wait and he gave us a $50 card to use next time. Entrees cost an average of $40. A bottle of wine is well over $50. For these prices, I expect stellar service which is not happening at this restaurant. So many good restaurants in San Diego. Unfortunately this is not one of them.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 24, 2017

A Travelzoo prepaid package. Arrived early seated at 6:30 pm. 6:45 waiter came by for drink orders. 6:55 drinks arrive appetizer ordered. 7:18 complained to manager that over 45 mins there and no appetizer and not heard from waiter from waiter in almost 25 minutes.
7:30 appetizer arrives from manager. 7:40 waiter finally appears I asked him where he'd been his response was "waiting other tables, where have you been" ? Really ?
If I hadn't prepaid this My wife would have left much earlier. Manager did give us a complimentary appetizer and round of drinks. And somewhat apologized. And gave us a gift card $20.

Look at the timeline. Will never go back here again.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Really wish I could recommend but steak came over cooked. Service was weak. Manager really attempted to "fix" it but the food just wasn't that great. Not my style to write poor reviews but go with caution. Won't return.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Always delicious food. Good for fish, meat ot chicken. Grest waiters!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on September 21, 2017

The staff was great. Our waiter was probably one of the best in a long time. Food was delicious, and plentiful- the chocolate soufflé was the best!! Same as I remember when we first had it in Hawaii.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 20, 2017

The portion sizes were a little smaller than I expected.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Service was very slow, This was a Sunday evening , past 8:30 PM. THE RESTAURANT WAS BEGINNING TO THIN OUT. We started with a Lettuce Wedge Salad. This did not arrive until 35 minutes had past. The product was well made, appetizing and enjoyable.
Then, we waited 40 minutes for Spicy Pork Spare Ribs to arrive. They were meaty, tender and "finger lickn" good.
If the preparation and serving times were within reason, Roy's would rate four stars.
I reccommend that Roy's Management maintain a kitchen expediter to speed up the preparation and service of their simpler foods.
Philsee

Tags: Spicy, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Casual
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Had Roy's Trio and my wife had Butterfish. We both agree that our meals were delicious. We're big customers of Roy's.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Celebrate or not a place to have great food. worth the time and expense. Don't be in a hurray this is an experience.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Entrees are hit or miss.
Service is great
Excellent cocktails
Terrific chocolate soufflé

Tags: Happy Hour
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Was on travelzoo coupon - disappointed w/ limited selections on special menu - chicken and hamburger were disappointing choices. Food is always flavorful - just not enough selection for travelzoo coupon. Found the restaurant warm, management said temp was as cool as they could get it.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 9, 2017

The food at Roy's was outstanding as usual. My husband and I had a great time celebrating our anniversary there.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 9, 2017

We've been here before but this time were a bit disappointed in the service. Our waiter, while nice enough, seemed to be spread thin. Our coffee and water were not refilled unless we asked and at one point we didn't get a refill at all. Not our typical experience.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 7, 2017

This evening was a celebration of our 37th Anniversary,I had gotten a Groupon but got worried when I read a few bad reviews among many good ones. My worries were put to rest when we were greeted very pleasantly then escorted to our table complete with a Happy 37th Anniversary card awaiting us! Our waiter,Charles,took such excellent care of all our needs,my drink was delicious,the spring rolls hot and crunchy with a fantastic sauce,salad fresh and delicious. My macadamia crusted mahi was perfectly cooked and my husband's burger was not only awesome looking...he couldn't put it down it was so delicious! Even his shoestring fries were so yummy we ate every one! Charles upgraded our shared dessert(special nod to our anniversary) to their signature chocolate souffle with raspberry coulis and vanilla ice cream,again delightful! We had an absolutely wonderful dinner and will be back again!

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 3, 2017

We got there early for our dinner reservation and so started with happy hour at the bar. Mango mojito and lobster potstickers were great. Dinner was also good as usual. We like this location better than the downtown seaport village location. Easier to get to and the decor is better. I had the miso butterfish and my husband had the chef tasting menu. They were both great.

Tags: Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Server asked after every delivery "How great was that?" "Was that tasty?" which says to me you don't want to hear otherwise. So we were unhappy and left unhappy because it felt it would be uncomfortable (disruptive to the date) to ask for something different.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 1, 2017

We've been to a few Roy's in Hawaii and this, unfortunately, was a disappointing comparison. The restaurant was too warm, the food was ok (but a bit over-priced), and the ambiance was so-so. To their credit, they did try to make it right, but we still won't be returning to this location.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Had another wonderful meal with excellent service by Autumn! Love Roy's new $20 lunch plates also! Great bar for Happy Hour or pre-Dinner. Go early and relax in the bar before you dine. Great ALOHA HOUR too!

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Delicious as usual. Roy's is great place for a business meal or date night. Their cuisine is always fresh and flavorful. The environment is just perfect, not too loud, but not awkwardly quiet. Thanks Roy's!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Excellent! Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meals and appetizers and the desserts were incredible. I'm sure I'll be going back as soon as possible…

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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Sadly, as much as we have enjoyed eating at other Roy's (Woodland Hills, Maui, Newport Beach), we were disappointed with our experience at this location recently. We were celebrating my husband's birthday, which was noted in our Open Table reservation, but not acknowledged in anyway by the staff. Our service was just okay (usually the servers at Roy's are really great), and the food was hit and miss. Our calamari batter was burnt, but the Maui salad was good. My halibut (the evening special at $54) was dry and overcooked, but my husband's mahi-mahi was good. The chocolate souffle was yummy, as always. I think if our server had been friendly, or at least seemed like wasn't just going through the motions, it would have been a much more enjoyable meal. We won't be back to this location, and would think twice about choosing to go to a Roy's elsewhere.

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