Roy's San Diego Waterfront

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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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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Gather friends and family and join us for our traditional three-course Thanksgiving dinner featuring Pan Roasted Teriyaki Glazed Turkey with Portuguese Sausage Stuffing, Roy’s Classics will also be available. Serving Dinner from 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate the season with Roy’s Aloha spirit on Christmas Day. Our Chef has created a three-course Classics Menu featuring Roy’s signature dishes including our “Misoyaki Butterfish” and Roy’s Original Hawaiian Blackened Island Ahi. We are pleased to also offer our exclusive three-course Holiday Menu

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

CHEERS to 2020. Ring in the New Year to our Chef's fabulous 4-Course Menu. Make your reservation today serving until 1:00 am

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 1577 People Are Saying
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Hawaii
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The lobster bisque was the only memorable dish. The scallops were also decent. The service was terrible. The food was middle of the road. You’re paying for the tablecloth.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

sauces and blackened tempura overpowered the sushi. risotto was mushy.

c
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience4

unfortunately, this restaurant has dropped in quality. The food is not as good as the last time I've been there (granted it was 5 years ago) and definitely not as good as the Roy's in Hawaii.

IV
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Must try!!!!
Calamari
Seared Ahí
Bonsai Rol
Ordered Calamari, ribs, lobster potstickers, fried shrimp, miso soup appetizers, classic four entree, the house cab, two sushi rolls, and the molten chocolate dessert.
Everything was good.

j
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Roy’s has lost some of its mojo. It’s still an OK place to eat and the location is nice with a good view. The food is good service is great priced a little high for the quality. For those that have not experience anything better this will be an excellent place to eat!

GO
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Roy's is amazing! Food is great, service is great, and it's right on the Marina so the view is really good. We ate so much, we walked down the Marina and it was so nice. I would highly recommend this to anyone. Everytime I am in San Diego I make a point to come here for dinner.

JR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were pleasantly surprised by Roy's! We went to the downtown San Diego location which is through the Marriott. Requested outdoor seating and had a gorgeous view of yachts in the harbor. The food was so delicious, we didn't want to share :) Will definitely be returning!

JA
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food2service3ambience4

This restaurant is very expensive, the service is OK, the food is not so good.

TP
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

My half chicken was over cooked and very dry, and my daughters steak should have been medium rare and was well done. And, our server was officious rather than friendly and personable. We won’t return.

TM
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

We made reservations here for our 15th anniversary and our friends 15th anniversary. The presentation of the food was beautiful however the taste was mediocre. Most of our meals were drenched in overpowering sweet sauce that took away from the taste of eating seafood. The table they put us at was near the kitchen in a very dark area with one spotlight that was directly over my husband’s head, making it hot for him and hard to see for the rest of us. It was next to the glass so we could see the view but unfortunately the glass was somewhat dirty. We knew this place was expensive and it was a special occasion and we expected the ambience and food two equal The level of expense. The one thing that we did appreciate is the bottle of wine we chose turned out to have an undesired flavor and the waiter traded it out with a different wine without charging us for the first bottle.

JB
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This was recommended to me, and it did not disappoint. The staff were amazing. We had a seat overlooking the water. The food was great. Ordered a sushi appetizer and had the soufflé for dessert. Would definitely visit again.

R
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was very well, except for the New York strip, it had a lot of gristle and was hard to cut through, and to add on top of that we were given a dull knife. The lobster mac & cheese was extremely overbearing with garlic, almost to the point of not being edible. A complementary dish would be nice, such as breadsticks, bruschetta, etc... The wine was delicious. Would have fit if the dishes were about $5 to $7 cheaper. However, would return again.

KJ
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience4

I made a reservation here a week in advance. I noted that it was a very special occasion, my 25th wedding anniversary and specifically requested outdoor seating with a good view. We ate at the Roy's in Hawaii on our honeymoon and my husband really liked it. So I specifically chose this place and was hoping to make it special. We were visiting from out of town, so I researched the location and we even stopped in earlier in the day and I checked with the hostess to make sure she had my reservation and my request and she did. We arrived 5 minutes prior to our reservation time and when I checked in with the hostess she immediately asked do you want inside or outside, hmm, well my reservation request was for outside, so I responded with outside and that we would like a table along the glass with a view, like my request. She responded that they didn't have any of those available. Wow, I cannot go back and redo our 25th anniversary. I feel like they could have cared less that I even made a reservation. I could have walked in off the street without a reservation and received the same treatment. Disappointed. We ended up eating there and the food was great, just really really disappointed about the seating/reservation situation.

D
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a romantic evening on the patio overlooking the bay. Staff was very attentive and had a fee desert for our anniversary.

LC
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress Leah was terrific! Nice outside seating.

JM
San Francisco
114 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We first dined at the original Roy’s in Honolulu shortly after it opened over 30 years ago. Since then we have eaten at over ten Roy’s locations and never had a complaint. It is an extraordinary story of consistent excellence. The San Diego venue was no exception.

PT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Fine dining prices with fast food service. Not much thought into food presentation/quality but understand the market you cater to based on location. Waiter was cool and dismissive. Very rushed despite reservation and many other open tables. No time between courses and barely finished dessert when we were presented our bill. Not the best $180+ I have spent. Overall disappointed.

JL
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Good food and good service nice atmosphere Had the seafood plate and my wife had the lobster and steak dinner

OT
Cincinnati
41 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had great service and the food was delicious. We shared lobster roll. I had the butterfish, my favorite. For dessert we had the lava cake also delicious., be sure to order it early.

MS
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a special event! Food and service were on point and the view is spectacular!

JA
Miami
77 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great venue and views; decent “corporate “ food; perfunctory service

C
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great food and great views!! Mediocre service at best!!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was extremely friendly.
They also took our appetizer off the final bill, as well as give us a free desert; due to it being my Wife & I’s anniversary.
An amazing restaurant with excellent food, service and staff.

SD
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service excellent. It is a bit pricey for my wallet but it is very good.

SD
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Our waiter Adam was terrific and the food was delicious. Thank you to Ryan Wilbanks , managing partner, for the invitation to dine at Roy’s.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Phenomenal food. Pricey but worth it.

D
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience5

I ordered a beer from the bar. Bartender said they ran out but would check in the back. Never saw him again. Ordered it at my table they gave me on that was warm then said oh sorry they just stocked the refrigerator. Not good customer service in my opinion

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Overall not on same level as Hawaii. Service slow, food ok but not special. I ordered surf and turf with lobster tail extremely small. Would not dine here again as the local competitors much better. We are looking forward to Hawaii again in February

c
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

we had to walk long from the parking lot. Server was very attentive and we enjoyed the dinner.

d
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dining experience on the marina. Food was top rate--the steak and lobster were absolutely perfect, and the scalloped potatoes were the best we have ever had. Our server was attentive and responsive, with a great sense of humor and wonderful personality. We will definitely come back for the food, for the service, and for the view.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Both salmon dishes were underwhelming- salmon over-cooked and dry. Bummer☹️

JW
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

In general, the food was very good, though one dish was Luke warm and it took so long to find a server that the other diners had finished their dinner.

Then insufficient Open Table points were credited to my account.

Overall, not the excellent experience we usually have at Roy’s.

CW
Detroit
12 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Our server appear to be attentive at the beginning of dinner but he definitely was not. We asked him to pass our dinner and everything came out one on top of the other. Very frustrating when you request things to be different and the restaurant was almost empty when we were there. Not a great value and we have been here many times and definitely will not return.

MC
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience4

To put it simply, don't go. The food is average, at best. There are S0 many other great restaurants in San Diego! Don't waste your money!!!!!!!!!!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, value everything was great.

SS
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Everything was great except the waitress wasn’t at the level of attentiveness and seemed to be bothered by any requests. And I to remind her of the special deal that they were running... in fact she never said what specials they had that day.

OT
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Roy's is a great restaurant in a beautiful location in the harbor! The service was excellent! The food is very expensive $$$$ and it's good, but $54 for a piece of fish with some potatoes, veggies and a nice sauce is allot. However, again... You're paying for location location location!

g
San Diego
40 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

" Chis Our Server Was Very Nice "
My wife and I went to Roy's Waterfront Restaurant again and Again the food and Service was First Class ! Chis our server had a great personality and came by our table several time to make sure our meal was the best. My wife and I shared a Lobster California Roll, a bowl of
Crispy Wok Fried Shrimp Tempura, and our favorite of all times at Roy's the Szechuan Spiced Pork Ribs with Roy's Original great Mongolian BBQ Sauce. Ryan Wilbanks the Managing Partner at Roy's Waterfront came by our table to make sure everything was going well. Roy's food is Great, their Service is Great, and the views out the window of the Harbor is Great !

CW
Detroit
13 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

This has always been our go to when we are in town. Unfortunately the server was too busy to pay attention to our table. We asked her to pace our meal, Appetizers and dinner came out one after the other. The sea bass entree had bones in it, I pointed this out to our server she said it was because the sea bass was caught locally. What? I have never ever had sea bass served to me full of bones. It was ridiculous, I did not eat it. Not worth choking, there was not enough light to see the bones. Will not go back.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing chilean sea bass!!