Roy's San Diego Waterfront

4.4
1954 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
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 Downtown San Diego located on the water at the Marriott Hotel and Marina, featuring a dining room overlooking the marina, or patio dining just steps from the water.
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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
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  • Waitstaff wear masks
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Gone to many Roy's restaurants throughout the USA and this was my second time at this location.

Didn't realized that after Roy's restaurants USA was sold that the quality was also gone.

Today's dinner had many strikes against it.

Usual beginning appetizers of edaname wasn't offered,, maybe they do not offered it anymore.

Received our ordered yellowtail sashimi appetizers after 70 minutes. Had to ask for Wasabi to complete the order.

My steak dinner was cold and not the quality that i have had at other Roy's restaurants.
Had to ask for a steak knife to cut a medium rare steak.

Because the sun was glaring into the restaurant, one of the staff start pulling the shades down but when it came our table they left. We had to ask our server to do it for us. The staff were not thinking this should of have been common sense Item to do.

When it came to desert it usually was a custom from previous servers to ask if you would like to pre-order for items that take along time to prepare. This was not offered so desert was not ordered today..

Last of all the server knew of the bad service that the restaurant had been giving us.. Could have gone to Dennys restaurant for better food and service.

Worst of all there was no manager present or seen at the restaurant.

Will not be going back again to any Roy's USA, unless I go to Roys in Hawaii.

LM
vipLindaM
Central Coast
96 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Butter fish was exceptional. Mahi-mahi was good but a little dry. The Ahi was just splendid. Overall very good food and excellent service. We will return

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Ho hum. Had to wait. Did not get area we reserved. Kids brazed short ribs were the burnt end of a pot roast. Been there several times. This was worse. Brought decent bourbon in glass with crushed ice.

DJ
vipDanJ
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Service was extremely slow. Lobster was under cooked. They only had four people working in kitchen. Dinner took over 1 hour to arrive.

EF
vipEricaF
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

They need to put blatant information out about parking!! It was so confusing finding how to get there

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience3

It’s not the same Roy’s I remember. Our server was great, however, the ambiance, service, food & quality/attention to detail was not the same as I remember. Our appetizers came out with no side plates. I had to ask when they brought out our second appetizer. My water glass was never refilled. My Maui “Wowee” salad was too salty & over dressed. I made the reservation on OpenTable stating that it was for a “birthday” and it wasn’t acknowledged. It was disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Not sure if sushi is their forte because from what we ordered i wasn’t impressed. I’ve had better sushi and cheaper places. Not sure if I would personally come back here the tab was about $200 and I don’t really think it was worth that.

RD
RhondaD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The server was good ,Was just basic.The water was nice.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food

DT
DelightedTurk
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great way to celebrate our son’s promotion at school.

KC
KimC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited on Sunday for the 3-course Maine lobster....it was so good. One of us ordered the lobster potstickers and I had the lobster bisque...it was superb. The melding of the curry and other spices was perfect....several nice chucks of lobster too. I tried a couple of the potstickers and they were very tasteful. The lobster tails were nicely seasoned and dessert was almost too much. Suggestion: pineapple upside down cake unless you're a chocoholic. In that case, try the molten lava cake. Bon appetit!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome anniversary dinner

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Roys made the night special for our anniversary. Food was delicious and ambiance was great

JK
JohnK
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was very friendly and attentive and made an already enjoyable evening even more enjoyable. The food was nothing short of outstanding.

RF
RobertF
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Very expensive--but not surprising. Food was on spicy side to the point was I ill that night. First time we ever had a very spicy caesar salad. also very spicy was the lobster bisque soup. Couldn't eat and they were kind enough to take it off the bill. The butter fish was even a little spicy but tolerable. Not very good. I have had the same dishes at the Roy's in Rancho Mirage and it was excellent so was surprised that here was not the case.

We had a wonderful table by the window overlooking the yacht harbor and enjoyed the view very much. Would probably recommend this Roy's hoping that someone else might have a better result than we did and it was just an off night.

M
Mshe
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our table had 3 kinds of fish and all were outstanding. Rivals Maui.

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rodgerd
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The food and service were not up to the reputation of Roy's. The macadamia nut crusted mahi mahi was uninspired in flavor and the crust was thin and had mostly fallen off. A serious disappointment.

TJ
TaraJ
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I used to love Roy’s so was excited to go back. Seemed really overpriced and service wasn’t that great. Disappointed.

PM
PeggyM
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I had the butterfish and lobster bisque. Both excellent. Also the jalapeño margarita was great!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Service was horrendously slow for a 1/2 empty restaurant. We ordered the appetizer canoe. Ribs were tender but felt microwaved, potstickers looked like cat food, spring rolls were under fried.
Service was so slow that, Appetizers arrived before the drinks.
The drunken mule drink wasn’t throughly mixed. As much of the flavor was stuck to the bottom of the glass.

It was just so meh. It should be a hard pass for when there are so many other options in this area. We just got tired and tried the hotel restaurant.

Our server was very polite and friendly. She was asked to do to much. She had tables across the room from us abs the room was very big. Probably more of a manager issue setting up a zone like that.

TS
TheSandiegan
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Forgot the desserts and one of the appetizers.

Fish portions were good, taste of chicken tenders was average. Too much batter.

R
vipRestpatron
San Diego
67 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server Vanessa was wonderful!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'm a fan of Roys for several years and haven't ever been disappointed; this time, I convinced my friends to dine there with me. It was the first time for my two friends. One of them is a picky eater. I can say that we all were very, very happy with your menu and team!

We had friendly service and accommodating staff. The food was delicious, which made the dining experience tantalizing and joyful! We had lobster potstickers, crunchy on one side and creamy on the other side, Chilean Sea Bass with its delicately sweet, flaky meat cooked to perfection, and it had the consistency of sweet scallops! We had Caesar salad with its incredible dressing that we all had to taste, lobster and mignon cooked perfectly too! Our sushi side dish came late, but we welcomed it just fine. At the end of our meal, we were happy about the staff escorting us through the back door to the hotel instead of going around the entire building.
All in all, our dining experience was joyful! Thank you, Waterfront Roy’s team! We love you!

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Roberto
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Consistently great food, but a bit pricey. Could’ve used one more heat lamp at our outdoor table...but always a good time. Thanks again

D
vipDelicioso
Tampa
29 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very good meal with great service and good atmosphere.

MB
MattB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We ate outside near the Marriott pool and the Marina. Very noisy. Food was just ok. The mahi mahi tasted warmed up, like it wasn’t cooked fresh. The chocolate cake, the famous ‘exploding,’ or chocolate lava cake, was over baked and dry.

MH
MatthewH
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice dinner with great service. Drinks were great as well.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & service!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The ambiance is great; the food is well prepared.

HW
vipHate2Wait
San Francisco
133 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience2

We have eaten at many different Roy's Restaurants around the country but this was our worst experience...
We were seated in an indoor booth where the sun was in our eyes for just about the whole evening, even with the awnings drawn.
We had asked for a quiet booth to celebrate my birthday but there was a large party with 5 children two tables away. One child was watching videos on his tablet, the volume blasting. There was a man verbally abusing his wife at another table adjacent to ours, loudly enough to draw attention and using foul language. I am sorry I did not ask the manager to step in to protect the humiliated woman.
The ladies room appeared to not have been attended to all day. The toilet tissue dispenser was empty of rolls and one had been plopped on top of it, to be handled by everyone using the stall. The lighting above the sink was out so it was very dark.
Service was very slow.
We never received lemons for our water, even after asking twice.
Although our food was delivered by a runner who claimed the plates were "extremely HOT", they were room temperature and the food lukewarm.
This was a disappointing evening, especially as I had cancelled a reservation at another restaurant to make this what I thought was going to be a special birthday celebration at Roy's.

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vipNick
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place by the Marina. And the view of The Shell is so wonderful.

SM
SeanM
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful evening, great food, service, with one of the best views in San Diego

SG
ShannonG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

A little disappointed. Was looking forward to dining at Roy’s while visiting San Diego. Everything started ok but my appetizer came out after everyone else was already done so that was kinda weird. We also asked for water multiple times (usually you do not have to ask at places like this). The food was delicious as always.

GC
GraceC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Love it! Great place to get together.

k
kanebelle
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. Great view, but still miss the La Jolla location.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience- servers and management team were great!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect in every way

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

The appetizers were great but that’s where it ended

DM
vipDavidM
Phoenix
17 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience5

Post covid. The restaurant food was very salty and everything was a la cart. Shellfish sampler was very salty and had a small lobster tail with one scallop snd a few shrimp on one asparagus spear on mashed potatoes. The salmon was ok. No drinks and no desert for 140.00 including tip. We won’t go back.

RO
RandyO
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Roy's has great seafood dishes. The San Diego location is located on the waterfront adjacent to the Marriott Hotel, in a tricky place to locate.

FAQs

Roy's San Diego Waterfront offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 239-7697.

Roy's San Diego Waterfront is rated 4.4 stars by 1954 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.