Roy's San Diego Waterfront

4.3
1990 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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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service5ambience5

Server Albert is a good person to have for your Restaurant, Food was Great, would like to see a little more selection of Fish on the menu.

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MindyW
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience4

The food is overpriced for the quality. I was very excited to try the Lobster Potstickers and the Crispy Wok Fried Tempura Shrimp appetizer, however both were mediocre and nothing to write home about. In fact, the shrimp were so tiny, they actually use salad shrimp for this appetizer which made it a ball of an oily mess with no flavor. I also had the Lobster Bisque, which had a nice flavor but was extremely watery. The people at my table had the Salmon and the Lobster, both stated that it was ok and definitely not worth the money.

The server was pleasant and attentive at the beginning, but seemed to forget about us once she offered the "cook to order" desserts and we declined.

Would I go back.....no. Not for the quality and cost, too many other places to dine in San Diego. The view is nice, oh I almost forgot! We were told that the hotel validates parking, well they don't validate the entire charge. So, at the end of an overprice meal, we had to pay $10 for parking. Great customer service from a large corporation (Marriot).

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Pepem
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The main entrees were absolutely delicious. However, the desserts took it to an entirely new level! Compliments to the chefs working their culinary magic!

J
vipJohndoe4
Central Coast
35 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food atmosphere. Food was good.

AN
ArpiN
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service with fabulous food, and a wonderful view!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food2service2ambience2

Ordered drinks and noticed one of the silverware roll ups was missing a fork. My husband’s plate was dirty, so he picked up mine and the bottom was covered with some kind of white sauce. When our server returned, we explained that to her that we lost our appetite and left.

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AndreaF
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, and special night out. They do a very nice kids menu, too!

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RadioActiveLA
Memphis/West TN
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

My favorite . We were there for my birthday but it was also Fathers Day with a special menu. (Post-pandemic price creep has gotten here too) Parking is horrible at this location especially with weekend crowds and they were out of Butterfish! Fortunately the Mai Tais and the excellent service made up for it. We would definitely go to this location again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Came here for Father’s Day dinner. First of all unless your staying in the hotel, it is VERY confusing to find the restaurant. Of all days , valet parking was unavailable. Sheesh. So you needed to park in the hotel self parking and walk to ask where is the restaurant. There are no clear signs of where the restaurant is from the hotel. Upon finally finding the restaurant and getting my Mai Tai , I was calm. The drink was good and food was OK. Very pricey dishes. The bread pudding dessert was to die for. Best I’ve ever had. Service took long and you needed to order all your appetizers, main dishes and dessert at once. Not sure if I would return considering the difficulty to get to this location.

LK
LynneK
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Reception was friendly, server was attentive so the biggest service issue was the male server assistant who brought our water to the table. He never acknowledged us, reaching across us to set the water down. He miscalculated our party of three celebrating a Father’s Day dinner. Upon returning with the third glass, he slammed the glass loudly on the patio table. Having been in hospitality for over three decades, I surveyed the restaurant to see if perhaps this rudeness could be misconceived as a rushed service. Not even a half full restaurant at 6pm, obviously like many restaurants, not fully recovered from the impact of COVID. Asking the server if the scalloped potatoes could be substituted for the mashed on the limited Father’s Day menu, she indicated that the kitchen was unable to make substitutions. Since two of the six menu items were no longer available since the morning according to the server and since the “butterfish” was the house speciality, I would think the kitchen may had tried to be more accommodating since someone miscalculated when ordering for the holiday menu. I mean, we spent $100 per person by the time we shared appetizers, entrees, dessert and drinks. The food was delicious but we found the service to be lacking, mostly due to the uncomfortable feeling of being in the presence of someone who seemed unhappy as in the case of the first busser and the unavailability of the house speciality at a not particularly late reservation for dinner with a limited menu. We’ve had a much better dining experience at the La Jolla location previously. The service was consistently friendly with all staff members with the manager coming by to wish my husband a happy birthday, checking on our dining experience.

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DianeB
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience4

Worst meal in decades of going to Roy's. Out of favorite at 4 pm, dessicated substitute, served cold, with 2 slices of sad potato. $200+ meal, just won't ever go back. Used to be so good. Mr. Roy would be speechless.

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TerryW
Richmond
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful oceanfront marina dining with fabulous food!

BM
vipBarbaraM
Sacramento
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Went to Roy's for a Father's Day brunch. The restaurant was out of a number of items on the menu, including the most popular "Butterfish". Had to wait a LONG time for each course to be brought to the table. Not the best experience.

JG
JosephG
Denver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Parking serious problem and poor directions to Roys from connected Marriott!

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vipmobla
San Diego
47 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food3service5ambience3

We come here with a reservation for Father's Day. The place was a zoo. We were seated probably 30" after our reservation. Also we agreed to be seated inside rather than the requested outside so that we could be seated more quickly. The kitchen was very backed up and food took a very long time to get to us. My husband ordered the crab cake Benedict. The poached eggs were completely cooked which ruined the Benedict, but we weren't going to send it back. I had the Chilean Seabass special and that was very good.
I like Roy's but would not come back on a Holiday.

ED
EricD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience2

We left after 45 min and only was served water - we ordered wine , never received and watched as others were served. We had a party of 5 and considering this would have been a $500 or more bill we left due to not poor service but zero service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience3

We were having a wonderful dinner but when it came to the payment of the meal, the waitress did not even come back for the check even after an hour wait. My girlfriend and I were not happy with the experience. The food was great but the service just tore the night down, I would eat here again I would just wish for better service.

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vipKris
Naples
31 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous evening thanks to Megan -- great food, great service!
See you again very soon.

VB
VaBoy
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a most go to when in town. New server believe his name is chris great service.

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moana
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Server was super nice and a hard worker. However hostess was rude and no smile or even no words like hello,hi, how are you or welcome. She seems that she does not want to be working.

I put ‘bday celebration’ when I booked but they did not have that in note.

Server and food were excellent.

J
vipJaril
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love coming to Roy’s. Great food, great service. We usually sit in the bar area/outdoor patio. No matter who the server is, we get consistent good service. We will definitely keep coming back!

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FredFStone
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience5

8 o’clock reservation, checked in early, sat at the bar to wait for table. Checked in 2 more times, told no tables ready (empty inside and 6 tables open outside in view). At 8:45 checked a 4th time, was told “oh, you wanted to sit at a table? We thought you were ok at the bar…”. Food 5 stars, dirty martini 5 stars. Service at bar 5 stars. Front of the house? 0 stars.

BW
BarbaraW
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Next time we’ll eat at bar. Told by waitress we would have to order all our food at same time per Chef so we ordered only appetizers which took almost an hour to arrive.

IC
IdahoCMC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food2service5ambience4

Ordered the lobster and d filet medallions. The vegetables were amazing, the rest was SALTY! That gravy was far too salty. The service was amazing, the servers were very good. It was a beautiful spot for a nice dinner.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was as amazing as the food. Our server Maya was charming and pleasant. She was very accommodating to several food allergies and went out of her way to help us make the best choices.

CC
CathleenC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary and everything was perfect. We had originally had asked for outside seating, but it was a bit chilly and were able to be be seated inside with an amazing view of the marina.

We were even given an anniversary dessert on the house. It was great!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Get it together people, the carpet is dirty and the service sucked.

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vipDRGlendale
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had our wedding reception at Roy’s in Pasadena, CA - closed now, so happy to find them in San Diego. Had the Fish sampler, ribs, salad, roll and dessert.

DN
DaveN
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food and drinks were delicious. Even though it is advertised as being in the Marriott, you needed to leave the Marriott grounds which made it difficult to retrieve our car from the Marriott parking garage since we did not have room keys to renter the Marriott grounds.

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vipIngris43
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are locals and love coming to Roy's. It always feels like we're on vacation with the lovely atmosphere and views. Today's service and food were perfect. Thanks again!

JI
JIMH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Roy’s never lets me down. One of my favorite restaurants.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice friendly staff and great service!

NK
NanditaK
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

loved going to Roy's. food was amazing and ambiance was amazing.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Terrible service and out of multiple menu items.

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Linney
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience3

We went to Roy’s for macadamia nut crusted mahi mahi. They were out of it. 🙁we ordered salmon. It was raw in the center. Yuck. 🤢 Our chocolate soufflé was overcooked so badly that there was no liquid what-so-ever inside. It was a light faded chocolate instead of the deep rich dark chocolate that it has always been in the past. It tasted like caked cornstarch. Roy’s used to be amazing. Have dined there for 20 years. Since they sold the quality has decreased. As far as I’m concerned it hit rock bottom last night. I’ll never go back. Our waiter was good and I hope he finds a better house to serve under. Roy’s is done. Yuck.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
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 on June 12, 2021
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 on June 11, 2021
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.

EM
EllieM
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience4

The staff’s behaviour was shameful.
They brought my credit card to another table by mistake and asked a stranger for the signature. They didn’t even apologize for that.

DJ
vipDanJ
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

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

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 4.3 stars by 1990 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.