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Roy's San Diego Waterfront, San Diego, CA

Roy's San Diego Waterfront

4.2
4.2
2625 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 55 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Sushi, Steakhouse

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Fri–Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Bar Mon–Wed 3:30 pm–9:00 pm Thu 3:30 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Happy Hour Thu 3:30 pm–10:00 pm Carryout and Delivery Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Dinner Mon–Wed, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Thu–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 239-7697

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Blaine Villasin

  • Private party facilities

    Roy's is located downtown; immediately adjacent to the Convention Center, Marriott Marquis and Manchester Grand Hyatt hotels. Situated on the Boardwalk, Roy's looks out over the Marriott Boat Marina and San Diego Bay. Private and semi-private space is available for lunch and dinner for 20 - 600

  • Private party contact

    Elizabeth Spencer: (877) 271-2982

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Gaslamp

  • Cross street

    1st Avenue

  • Parking details

    Valet & self park available at the Marriott Hotel & Marina ($8 for the first three hours, $6 for each additonal hour, need to have Roy's validation) Valet & self park available at the Marriott Hotel & Marina ($8 for the first three hours, $6 for each additonal hour, need to have Roy's validation)

  • Public transit

    MTS Trolley stop across the street enar the Convention Center & Marriott Hotel & Marina

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Experiences

  • Pau Hana Menu

    $59.00 per person

    Mar 29 - Aug 30, 2022
    Pau Hana means the "time after work". It is considered a time for relaxation and informal socializing with friends and family (Ohana). We invite you to join us nightly from 4pm - 5:30pm and experience this classic, three-course menu, specially priced at just $59 per guest. (Excluding tax and gratuity)

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What 2,625 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.8Value

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  1. JM

    JeffM

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Server,Albert, was excellent, food wonderful.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food is always great, as was the service. The cocktails were not great for the second time in a row. Great sushi and dessert and scenery outside.
  3. f

    finediner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    We made an advance reservation via Open Table. When we got to the restaurant, we were told they didn't have a table available and wouldn't for awhile. The hostess couldn't approximate when we would be seated. We ended up eating in the bar. It's frustrating not to have your reservation honored, but doubly frustrating when you see them seating walk-ins ahead of you in line when you are early for your reservation time! They should have held the open table for the reservation. Also, we ordered for two people. One entree arrived cold. Chefs at a restaurant of this caliber should be capable of getting warm food out to a two-top! This is a beautiful restaurant, but it doesn't live up to the expectation of basic good service that I would expect.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    28 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    We had two different servers ask to take drink orders. We told the second one that another had already checked in with us. The end result was that nobody followed up for 15 minutes. We flagged down the second server that had come to our table and told the first one hadn't come back and would he take our order. He did and was very apologetic. His subsequent service was excellent. The food was excellent but about a half serving for what was obviously priced to pay the rent to be on the harbor....i.e., very expensive.
  5. f

    foodie

    San Diego

    23 reviews

    2.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Roy's needs a reboot! Menu is pricey with very limited choices on their lunch menu. And because we dined during lunch, this is my focus for the review. Roy's IS a seafood based restaurant but also smack dab in the middle of the Marriott Marquis, on a very busy boardwalk catering to tourists wearing cutoff jeans with undiscerning tastebuds. My guest and I sat on the patio people watching, for over an hour. These are not folks who will float in and spend $34 on a lunch entree.' And in fact they don't! Besides myself and my guest there were a total of 4 people dining on this Saturday!! We witnessed one couple sit down, order water, peruse the menu and leave. So what to do, you may ask? Reinvent Roy's!! Throw some tiki torches in front, add some tropical plants to the patio and reimagine the menu with a few of the Roy favorite seafood items. Add in one amazing burger (Hawaiian style) A skewered chicken and latest carb craze grain. Up the appetizer menu, big time!! What happened to that amazing edamame' app?? This is just one locals opinion but after seeing the lack of customers on a very busy weekend, I'd say I'm spot on! Good luck Roy's!
  6. w

    winesiren

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great waterfront location and super nice server named “Holiday”!
  7. KK

    KellyK

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    The food was terrible. Stunned considering pricing, etc.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    South Dakota

    17 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food2service5ambience5
    Staff was great. Appetizers, drinks and desserts were great. Entrees were not executed well.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Food was fine. Computer system was down. Some menu items not available.
  10. DG

    DaveG

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    We have gone to the Newport location numerous times and this was just ok… the food was lacking in flavor and the seafood combo plate was out of scallops. The restaurant took care of us with the desserts, but everything was just ok, nothing spectacular.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Father’s Day.
  12. HD

    HappyDiner2

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful view and great food
  13. KE

    KiraE

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great customer service and nice view of the water.
  14. B

    Britt

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Went for a Father’s Day dinner. Our waiter was fantastic and very helpful. Overall our experience was good. Due to the holiday dinner and the concert that evening all our food came out at different times. The waiter did his job perfectly and handled it well
  15. o

    onceachef

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Did not have some items available. Food was good , server very nice . View nice . I’m not in a hurry to go back .
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience5
    Birthday and Father’s Day. Seemed to be understaffed . Hostess was not very nice but once we finally got served our waitress was great .
  17. SD

    SDDiner

    San Diego

    98 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    98 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    I’m somewhat of a regular here and it’s normally very good and worth the price. I’ve had two bad experiences here and both were on a holiday with a “special menu”. This one was Fathers Day. Had I known ahead of time it was a special menu I would have avoided. Basically the staff was doing the best they could but my meal was just bad. Undercooked (I sent back and it came back same). I still will return but definitely not on a holiday.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience2
    The food was not good. Over priced and under whelmed.
  19. G

    Gabe

    Phoenix

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    I’ve been at other Roy’s and this one was very disappointing. Food was ok. Sat outside and it look dirty. When they bus the tables they slammed plates and it was loud like we were at a diner. This is supposed to be high dining. Only good thing about the visit was the server.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    It was a little expensive for a buffet. Food was ok but the atmosphere was worth it. There may be better options within the hotel. Service was great.
  21. C

    Cookese

    San Diego

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, prompt service, great waiter (Chris). Highly recommend Roy’s!
  22. LT

    LindaT

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    We came in through the Marriott front entrance. And arrived to our reservation. But had a little searching to do through the Marriot to get to Roy’s. We were a little confused in the last bit of stairs to go down to Roy’s dinning area, everyone looked too busy to greet us although there weren’t many customers at the time of our reservation. In all honesty, if I wouldn’t have made the reservation, I would’ve thought they were closed. Anyways as soon as a saw an employee buried in a book (it looked work related) behind the elevator, I approached to ask where to check in, to which she pointed and continued with the book. I was still a little baffled because there were a lot of employees but no one approached us to guide us in the right direction. It’s definitely meant for proactive customers. But as soon as we reached the host behind a booth and gave her my name and reservation time, she proceeded to takes us to our outdoor dining seats. I booked because of the reviews I had seen, but I feel like it was a little overrated. It does not look as high Enf as the pictures in their website make it look like. I felt a little catfished and embarrassed at first, if it we’re for the food and the server it would be a one star all around. I usually don’t review much. But considering I was sent an email saying I did not arrive at my reservation, I was honestly offended, because for one it felt like an endeavored to find where to check in, only for them not to even take the time to properly “check me in”. And two, I expected better customer service for the price. The food however was satisfactory and our server was great. I personally just expected more based on previous reviews. I don’t know if I’d order again, maybe just “take out” if possible.
  23. SS

    SonyaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Definitely enjoyed our dinner here and look forward to coming back
  24. NL

    NickL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Server was extremely helpful service was great food delicious especially the butterfish. Favorite restaurant when in San Diego or Hawaii!!
  25. TH

    TayhaH

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    Very disappointed with our experience. Our server was not attentive. The salmon was over cooked, our water glasses were never filled, server didn’t ask our guest if they wanted other items beside the entry. Upsetting.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Great setting great food but they make you feel that they want you out and the table refilled quickly
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Too much emphasis on fast service and getting us out again otherwise great restaurant
  28. T

    Travelguy2007

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Delicious food, had to drive all the way from LA to enjoy due to rest of the Roy’s closure in LA county. Hope this is not the last time we see Roy’s, hopefully the closure else where won’t affect this last remaining Roy’s
  29. JM

    JulieM

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    Disappointing experience. Have been to Roy’s in Hawaii and this location was a huge disappointment. Nice seat outside facing Marina, however, glass was dirty, heaters w/wires exposed were inoperable, and staff spent ten minutes in front of us unsuccessfully trying to light the tiki torch. Sushi appetizer was delicious but chicken spring rolls weren’t crispy and sauce was super vinegary. Marginal at best. Miso cod was good but my daughter’s shrimp in garlic noodles was terrible. Absolutely no seasoning on the shrimp, and they were overcooked and dry. $50 is a lot to pay for noodles which was the only part of the dish she ate. Our server, Holiday, was nice and friendly. Overall, disappointing experience for our special mom/daughter weekend. Will not be returning.
  30. JD

    JohnnyD

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional food and service - only bump in an otherwise excellent experience - no easy was to drop off a person using a walker. Great distance from drop off to restaurant and hotel staff wat for the most part unhelpful.
  31. AL

    AshleyL

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience3
    The reason for a low rating was because our food came out suspiciously fast. My husband hadn’t had 2 sips of his wine and the food was on the table. That tells me nothing was cooked to order and everything was probably sitting half cooked waiting for someone to order it. My short rib was chewy and the sides weren’t hot. I told the waitress nicely and she offered to comp my meal which was much appreciated. I wasn’t about to spend $50 on a dish that was subpar. We waited extra long for the soufflé because the food so fast. Fine dining shouldn’t feel like fast food.
  32. RC

    RolandC

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Ordered a salad that had some brown on the lettuce. Not sure why any chef/restaurant of this “quality” that charges the the prices they do would think that is ok. And the only reason why I’m saying they thought it was ok because once we pointed it out, although they quickly took the salad off our table and brought us another one, it still had a little brown and for sure wasn’t the freshest! We ate it but disappointed for sure. The sushi roll we ordered was OK but not necessarily a problem with the quality of ingredients just not what I expected and nor suitable to my preferences. Thank goodness we had not ordered entree’s yet so we left after that.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The salad my wife ordered was a really watery. The scallops were a little salty. However, they were great when eaten with the rice.
  34. MD

    MeghanD

    Tahoe

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service & ambiance. Sat outside on a beautiful Sunday overlooking the marina. Very friendly, attentive and fast service. The hibachi grilled salmon was possibly the best fish entree I have ever had in my life! Would definitely go again!

    Roy's San Diego WaterfrontResponded on June 10, 2022Mahalo MeghanD ! We hope to see you again soon!  

  35. DW

    DerekW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Prompt service with a smile from helpful staff that were attentive but not intrusive throughout our evening: and full compliments also to the chef because our food was superb. The best praise I can give is to say we will definitely visit again.
  36. RS

    RickS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    My wife and I dined outside and the atmosphere was very pleasant. Service was fast and friendly. Servers were outstanding. Food (both of us had sea bass) was very good, but just short of what I was hoping for from a chef. It was served quickly and attractively, but part of my fish was cool. Flavor was excellent and the veggies were great. My wife enjoyed her meal with no complaints. Our appetizer and dessert were both excellent. Prices are high for what you get, but it is San Diego on the water, and I get that. I would give it 4.5 out of 5. I would definitely eat there again.
  37. SH

    SandyH

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, superb service by Katie and the team! Will plan on coming back again
  38. J

    Jellybeans

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    They were busy or short staff. But the food is still good. Will try another restaurant
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience1
    Ambiance was lacking. Needs an updatwd refresher to the place. Itmlacked “life” to the place.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    Food wasn’t the greatest. The restaurant needs an update

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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 4.2 stars by 2625 OpenTable diners.

Roy's San Diego Waterfront does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 55 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Roy's San Diego Waterfront

333 West Harbor Drive San Diego, CA 92101

Additional information

  • Cross street

    1st Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Gaslamp

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Fri–Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Bar Mon–Wed 3:30 pm–9:00 pm Thu 3:30 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Happy Hour Thu 3:30 pm–10:00 pm Carryout and Delivery Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Dinner Mon–Wed, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Thu–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Sushi, Steakhouse

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet & self park available at the Marriott Hotel & Marina ($8 for the first three hours, $6 for each additonal hour, need to have Roy's validation) Valet & self park available at the Marriott Hotel & Marina ($8 for the first three hours, $6 for each additonal hour, need to have Roy's validation)

  • Public transit

    MTS Trolley stop across the street enar the Convention Center & Marriott Hotel & Marina

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Blaine Villasin

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (619) 239-7697

  • Private party facilities

    Roy's is located downtown; immediately adjacent to the Convention Center, Marriott Marquis and Manchester Grand Hyatt hotels. Situated on the Boardwalk, Roy's looks out over the Marriott Boat Marina and San Diego Bay. Private and semi-private space is available for lunch and dinner for 20 - 600

  • Private party contact

    Elizabeth Spencer: (877) 271-2982

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