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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OT
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing

MK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the perfect experience for our son's 18th birthday! My only recommendation is to make it clear that the restaurant is located inside of the Marriott. Once we were in, the ambiance and scenery were stunning!

JB
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was so friendly and definitely created a special night for our anniversary. The food was delicious too!

MS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Aw Roy's....I had high hopes for you but it's no surprise your other San Diego locations haven't survived. Because this location is attached to the Marriot Hotel Bayfront, it attracts mostly tourists. If you're not seeking a corporate, tourist environment, take a pass and head to where the real San Diego food lies! For that reason, the service was sub-par. Friendly and attentive enough, but lacked personal touch or personality. There was zero conversation from the waiter unless it was food related. Sure that would pass at other restaurants, but when I'm ordering a $50+ entree...I expect more. The food was good, but for the price..not excellent or unique. We were sat near the kitchen with a light over head that glared directly in one our groups faces. Made for some interesting jokes throughout the night. As a self-proclaimed San Diego foodie, I'll admit I'm a tough audience, but this experience left me wanting. I'd be confident to say Roy's as a restaurant has seen its glory days and without some serious changes, will be underwater soon.

CI
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We have eaten here before and found that this time the food was not a good as in the past.
The service however was just as good as always. Adam served us and he was very attentive.

L
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We told the restaurant it was my sister’s birthday, but they didn’t bring her the birthday dessert they usually do. I’m not sure why. I was looking forward to it. It’s always special when they do it.

l
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This Roy’s is in a nice setting and the noise level is low, for a lovely dinner where people can hear one another. Parking is ridiculous, still $10 with validation, ($25 without). That would prevent us from returning, Roy’s should comp parking if they want outside business, restaurant was quite empty. Food was top notch.

KH
San Diego
84 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The seafood is always a good choice. The Marina view is nice.

RW
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were pleasantly surprised, had limited expectations for a chain restaurant but actually this proved to be one of the best meals we had in our one-week stay in San Diego. Great seafood.

m
Washington DC
208 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience2

Very good Sochi placed us near the kitchen when better tables available

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The starters and soup was great but the entrées were just warm almost cold. The restaurant looked very dated... lots of chairs in the entry area, perhaps they were preparing for a remodel. Our server was great however his assistant wasn’t the greatest.

EH
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent waiter with tasty food. A bit pricey but very enjoyable evening.

WT
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a business dinner there with a client. Everyone was impressed and very satisfied. We will be back!!

F
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great with the food and service. We loved our time there celebrating my boyfriend’s birthday. The black cod was buttery and delicious. The filet mignon and lobster cooked to my perfection. We ate everything off the plate. Service was very friendly and fast on a Tuesday night. We would love to go back again.

DS
Kansas City
21 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service but $80+ for one person for lunch is too pricey

XN
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

At the Marriott ...you know the standard
Very ordinary food
Efficient service
Nothing Special

MS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

It was a nice venue and service was great. The food was good not amazing as the prices suggest they should be. I got the macadamia nut crusted Mahi Mahi, the crust was good but the fish had no taste at all. It was served on top of some mashed potatoes and 3 pieces of asparagus covered in a white sauce. My wife ordered the filet covered in an onion sauce, it was good but not the way I would serve it. We both agreed it was nice, but that we would not come back. We had 3 cocktails and all 3 tasted kinda different or not what we expected. A mai tai, Maui sunrise, and a tiki punch.

WE
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Roy's is always almost an A+. This evening i decided to try a Singapore Sling for the first time in forever ! Bartender didn't have one of necessary ingredients so waitress was so solicitous & we made an easy substitute. Imagine great care about a cocktail !! Food always great, fresh & yummy.

1
Houston
47 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Dependable as always. Quality food for the price. One of our favorites when we are near enough to go to a Roy’s.
Thanks again for a great evening.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

everyone was happy with the food and service and the waiter was happy to split bill and separate the alcohol.

DB
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Delicious food, attentive but not intrusive service, in a setting that exuded luxury. Prices felt a little high, but even with drinks and dessert, our party of three had no complaints, given that our dinner at Roy’s was intended to be a splurge.

L
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Food used to be good, not the same quality . I ordered the "Butter Fish" entre and there were hardly any sauce comes with it. Rice was a bit on a drier side, was hoping the sauce would complement the rice, therefore a bit disappointed if my entree.
I grew up dining at Roy's most of my life, unfortunately, food and quality of services had gone down the hill as well. Old school rules back in the days. Not my kind of place to spent over $250 on meals that was not the way I used to enjoyed, especially on my Birthday. ...

GY
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

I have to say I was very disappointed in my most recent visit to Roy's, I have had such good experiences in the past. The food took forever to come out and when it did both of the steaks were dry, overcooked and charred. Very disappointing.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Dinner was super expensive for minimum amount of food and quality was just okay

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The Bus Person was awesome. Other waiters knew their job better than our Waiter; especially regarding the menu and special menu (Valentines Day). Food was solid, but not as good as in past experiences. The sun was directly in our eyes, but the Waiter nor anyone asked us if they could put the shade down for us even though we told our Waiter that it was brutal. BTW - We were wearing our sunglasses inside the restaurant.

OT
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great venue

TN
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

They seemed overwhelmed for Valentine’s Day crowd. Everything was slow and servers asked us a few times if someone else’s meal was ours. Chilean sea bass was fishy but they quickly replaced it with the AHI which was excellent. Normally love this place but Valentines experience was not the greatest

BL
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Incredible food!!
The only disappointment was I had reserved a window table 4-5 months in advance and upon arrival a couple who just walked in was waiting for it and got it.
The hostess who sat us seemed not to care.
We were celebrating my daughter’s bday and Valentine’s Day

EG
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

It was my first time, and overall dinner was good. The only item didn't care for was the crabcake on the surf and turf entree, everything else was delicious. Would have preferred to have been seated in booth instead of table. Will request booth next time. The price was high but will be back for special occasions or any specials. Thanks!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience3

We came on Valentine’s Day and only got wine and an appetizer never brought my soup we were there for about an hour that’s why I got up and complain a room

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day dinner was fabulous!

LH
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a lovely Valentine's dinner! Everything was perfect from the service, to the food. It was a perfect evening! Thank you!!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Roy’s and we were blown away! Exception service, food quality, and the view was phenomenal!

RP
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We have been to quite a few of the Roy's Hawaiian Fusion restaurants around the world. The San Diego Waterfront location was convenient to the adjacent hotel, but did not really capture the open ambiance of many of the other locations. The food was good and the service pleasant. The general layout made the space seem crowed and I missed the view of the kitchen as a center piece of the restaurant. On the whole it was a good night out for our annual Valentine's trip.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The food was the real disappointment here. Very expensive cafeteria food. We were so excited for a great valentines dinner only to wish we had chosen somewhere else. Wouldn’t go back again.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The restaurant was too cold 2/14/20. day

AA
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were late due to a hazard on the freeway but were immediately accommodated. I was so thankful seeing as how it is Valentines Day. Our table was upstairs overseeing the Marina and the items selected on the Valentines menu were everything I usually order and more. The food was amazing! The ambience was perfect. Service was spectacular. It was everything my husband and I needed. Every visit is always better than the last.

OT
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyable Valentines lunch. Server was excellent. Food was great. Wonderful table looking at the San Diego harbour.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat outside on the patio. Great service. My boyfriend got the salmon and absolutely loved it. I got the fish trio and loved it as well. Definitely will be back.

LG
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Restaurant was temperature uncomfortable. Food was average at best.