Roy's San Diego Waterfront

4.2
2070 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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4.3
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4.4
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3.9
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78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MarkL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The food is good. The location and ambiance are great. The service was good but a little slow.

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PJLangevin
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience4

We tried to order several things from the menu only to be told they ran out. The waitress forgot to place one of the orders for soup and it came out lukewarm, and was a smaller portion than the other. There were 5 bite sized pieces of the ahi tuna as entre…I think it would be that portion for an appetizer NOT the main course. It was reported that 50% of the waitstaff were out because nobody wants to work. It wasn’t the expected “wow” dinner for the price paid. The food tasted outstanding for sure….but the other factors deeply disappointed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best meal we have had in months.
The service was completely 5 star!
The busgirl should train every busser in San Diego.
We made reservations but showed up early and we were seated right away. We ordered the price fix menu which is only available if you are on their email list.
We ordered a Mai tai and Roy’s martini and the lobster potstickers, lobster bisque for appetizer then lobster tail for dinner, key lime pie and pineapple upside down cake for dessert. I loved the view, excellent service and amazing food.

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NY2CA
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came in for Lobster Sunday . . . again . . . and were not disappointed. Sitting near the Marina is always pleasant and relaxing. Our server Holiday was very attentive and friendly. The food was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Food was overpriced and entrees were not good. Waitress was very nice, but the kitchen service was terrible. Short staff. Food took forever. Manager was very nice to discount the bill.

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vipNWSkier
Seattle
42 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food every time we dine here! Service was outstanding!

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vipJuan
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service4ambience3

Disappointed in the experience. Entire Dinner ended up being refunded. Would not recommend this restaurant for dinner. Wait staff and manager were very good and friendly though. But the food was not what I would expect from a restaurant like this. Disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were at Roy’s Steakhouse on the waterfront in San Diego recently and it was a perfect evening. Excellent service and very good food. Highly recommend it!

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JenniferR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic, host was friendly and waitress was nice and attentive.

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vipSwabby01
Orange County
45 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Wait to be seated for our reservation in an almost entirely empty restaurant. This was sorely disappointing -
We were there 10 minutes before and were seated 20 minutes late. '

From there on IT WAS GREAT.

Service was great

Sea Bass and Short Ribs were spectacular.

While we had put birthday on the reservation there was no acknowledgement of it by the reservation.

If I had to gauge the entire experience the only place that was really out of whack was the hostess desk - Both people working it were focused on something because others got seated but it certainly wasn't on getting us in - a little too much attitude by the female hostess who acted like she was doing us a favor to allow us to be seated and the male seamed to be overwhelmed

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vipAshley901
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

A lovely dinner and fun atmosphere. Disappointed that they couldn’t make a pina colada and then disappointed again when they were out of DiSaronno. Food was wonderful though. Crowd noise a bit loud but so is anywhere these days.

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ANNL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The food was not as good I I have had in the past. The Sushi Rolls were better than the specials offered the night we were there. The server said the chef was not allowing people to order appetizers without also placing an entre order, " so that everything could be timed to arrive perfectly.' Unfortunately that meant that all of our food arrived as we were halfway our salads, making it seem that they were just rushing us through dinner to flip the table for the 7:00 rush.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience3

We used to dine at the Roy’s in La Jolla fairly frequently. We haven’t been in years and drove to the waterfront from North County for my son‘s birthday. It’s sucked. The prices have gone through the roof. The parking situation was ridiculously confusing and had us walking around the convention center at 10 o’clock at night. My coffee was served cold, we had to ask repeatedly for things that we had ordered, and it was mercilessly slow. The food tasted great, but not for almost 50 bucks for a slice of fish. This place has turned into a tourist trap.

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ChristineB
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

This was an awful and disappointing experience
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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Our meal was fantastic, the server, really good but way too busy to truly take it to the next level. The outdoor patio was jammed packed with tables. Waitstaff we’re having to squeeze by an ill placed table next to us so all night we were leaning out of the way to avoid plates and glasses. Not ideal when out for your birthday dinner. If you are planning to dine here outside, ask to be seated as far away from the front door for a better experience.

I would have hoped that Roy’s would have provided more room between tables not only for guests to enjoy a little space but for their staff to maneuver effectively. In the future, I will pass on this experience.

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vipChineLive
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

I ordered the Roy’s combo, which consisted of grilled cod and a boneless braised beef short rib. The short rib was as cold as if it was taken from a refrigerator and served. I requested a replacement and it took so long to get it I had to have it boxed and taken home. The meal was comped but I believe more could have be done to compensate for a dreadful experience.

CJ
CalJerry
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Maybe one of the BEST meals I have ever had in a restaurant ... but EXPENSIVE! A main course, no bread, 2 glasses of win, tax & tip = $157.

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HeidiGM
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent server! Food was delicious! Overall, we were very pleased with the whole experience!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

A small piece of Butterfish for $48?? Overpriced &120 lunch for 2.There were only 3 gluten free options on the menu. Not going back

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and ambience are exceptional. Save room for the chocolate soufflé!

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RebeccaG
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were here celebrating an anniversary and while they were out of the lobster tails for the Filet Mignon and Lobster Tail, our server was great about recommending other dishes and we settled on just the filet mignon. The appetizers were DELICIOUS and our celebratory dessert was so special and delicious. Wonderful experience overall.

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vipTheatergoer
Palm Springs
28 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Elected to sit inside with a beautiful view of the marina. Food was good, but not excellent like I’ve had before at Roy’s.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lobster bisque and sea bass were wonderful. Ask for Mahi cooked medium. It was perfect. Chocolate soufflé was delicious.

LB
LiliB
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Still a very nice place and pleasant surroundings. Had the blackened tuna still very good but Schechuan spare ribs were dry for hubby´s taste. Ribs should have come moist or with some sauce aside. Salads were very good and the jalapeño marguarita was amazingly satisfying. Will come back. Keep that kitchen steady!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

The ribs were served without glaze and had to go back. The mahi was over cooked and sent back. Their 2nd attempt was undercooked. This is the worst Roy’s I have been to.

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Manny619
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Overall my experience here was very good. We were about 5 mins early to our reservation and hostess greeted us and noted that they were running a little late and will get us seated in about 15min. We took a seat to wait and noticed another couple checked in maybe 2-3mins later that had reservations the same time however they were seated right away in the outside patio where we had requested to be seated. That was a little unsettling for me as we did check in first. Nevertheless, we finally get seated and we chose a corner table.

We had views of the bay and marina and the patio umbrella did help provide some shade. Our Server, Lauren, greeted us and was very friendly. Took our drink orders and we ordered the three-Course Lobster Prix Fixe Dinner. Did not have much of beer option at the time. My wife had the Mai Tai which was refreshing. I had the lobster bisque which was good but would have been better if it was hot as it was luke warm. It did have a generous amount of lobster pieces. My wife had the lobster potsticker which were very good.

For main entrée my wife had the Twin Maine Lobster Tails and I had the Asian Style Lobster Scampi. Both were very good however my wife stated the lobster tail were a little bit on the salty side.

For desert we had the Pineapple Upside Down Cake and Roy’s Melting Hot Chocolate Soufflé. Oh my goodness, this was delicious and worked perfect with a cup of freshly brewed coffee.

We had parked on the Marriott hotel parking lot and they did validate my parking ticket which came out to be $10 which was not bad although I would think parking should have been complimentary.

Overall it was not a bad dining experience, our server, Lauren, was very attentive. Would I go again, Yes.

LR
vipLindaR
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have gone to Roy’s many times and then I saw some poor reviews. We had some gift cards to use so we went again and we’re happily surprised.

The service was great. The food was wonderful and our steaks came out perfectly. The bar staff is superb and Vanessa our server was quick and efficient. Their scalloped potato’s were outstanding. Best I’ve ever had. The only thing that could have been better was the Chocolate lava cake as it didn’t have any lava pouring out of it which it should. However it was still tasty.

The parking in the lot off Kettner was crazy expensive. $24 for about 2 1/2 hours. Dinner was $190 +$40 tip. It is expensive for just 2 but on a special occasion I would go back. The view of the harbor is delightful. Ambiance has to cost something.

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Ray4SD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was delicious: sushi, Chilean seabass, classic four. Dessert is always fabulous with the chocolate soufflé and pineapple upside down cake, plus my free birthday dessert (brownie). Good friendly service and the view of the harbor is stunning.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Understaffed, but our server was excellent

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vipGregY
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall2food5service2ambience3

I decided to give Roy's another chance even though I had a bad experience with their service about a year and a half ago. I am not a high maintenance diner that it is very demanding. The service was slow again this time and I even felt bad for the couple seated next to me, they were out on their anniversary and complained that they waited forever to get refills on their drinks. I do have to say the food was really good once it arrived. I think they just need to work on their service.

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vipBobH
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was excellent as was the service. The inside seating was nice. The outside seating area and bar are a mess. The bar area is a disorganized mess, and needs a good cleaning. The outside seating area is loud and dirty.

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vipLoves2eatout
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food and service was excellent!

DG
vipDavidG
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fantastic job!!!

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DanW
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

My rating is largely driven by the miserable parking situation. Not enough valets to handle the crowd. I had to wait 16-20 minutes for the traffic jam at the hotel entrance to clear just self park. I may still be there had I waited on valet.
Food was good, not great. Service was outstanding.

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PhilW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Made reservation for Thursday night to take wife out for special dinner. They had inside and outside dining. While walking in to check in, one waiter/bus boy RAN by and bumped into my wife. Bad start. Since outdoor seating was getting full and maybe chilly, we decided to stay inside although the atmosphere was better outside. Inside feel kinda dead.
Got to a nice table with nice view of the marina. Very shortly, the table in front of us by the window opened up so we asked host if we could move there. 5 minutes later, was told that the bus boy was too busy can't can't clear it for a while.. ok, fine. Our table was comfy still had good view.
But then we waited.. studied the menu in depth... waited.. Waitress finally came by and dropped off two water and gone again... more waiting... mean time, another waiter came by.. looked at the empty table in front of us... I thought he was going to clear it. But no, he just looked and moved over hovering by another table.. seems to be waiting for them to order or something. But no interaction, he just stood around 6' from us/them and hovered there. Very strange.
In the mean time, a food server or manager dressed not in uniform brought food to another table. Looked at us as he walked by but no greeting or even a smile..
The vibe is just weird strange. I didn't expect that at a fine dining restaurant. And we were well dressed not like we look like slobs or anything.
After a few more minutes of no service, we decided it was time to leave and go somewhere else.
It was very disappointing because we had excellent experience in Roy's UTC which is now closed.. I really didn't expect this and we almost never walk out of restaurants.
Ended up having a great meal at the Pier Cafe right on the water and saved the evening.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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vipDenis
Phoenix
23 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience2

We have been to Roy’s in Scottsdale many times and also in Maui. These both have great ambiance but Roy’s San Diego is really off the mark in this regard. Sure it’s next to the Marina but totally unimpressed with the decor. We return over and over to Roy’s in Scottsdale but not interested in San Diego Roy’s on our next visit

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leroyc
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

When we arrived the restaurant was 10% full, empty tables everywhere they wanted to sit us between two other tables that had patrons at them, with the pandemic why would you do that. Secondly the waitress said she was new so we expected her to be overly attentive, it was just the opposite. The waiter how serviced the table next to us tended his table three times to our waiters one. Poor service at best.

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MichaelM
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Tables are sort of too close. Staff and customers had to squeeze by. Nobody said "excuse me". Follow up on requests are slow. My wife asked for a glass of wine, but our waiter brought us the bill. He completely forgot. We asked at least 3 staff members if we could switch out tables. It took about 20 minutes for that request to be completed. Overall, the staff was nice, just slow.

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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 2070 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.