Roy's San Diego Waterfront

4.2
2195 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood

About

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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Safety precautions

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
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2195 people are saying
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vipFloyd
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great dinner. Somewhat slow service since we told our server that we were going to the concert at the Rady Shell. But overall, excellent. And on top of that, I left my credit card when I paid the bill and was called to let me know that I had left my card and it was being held at the front desk. Thanks to the hostess who went above and beyond.

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GinaT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall1food2service1ambience3

We had a reservation for 5:30pm on 9/26 and didn’t get our entree until 90 min later!! Our server was awful and didn’t care that our food was taking so long. She never even acknowledged or apologized the long wait for our food. She was very unacommodating and had excuses. The only people that cared were the shift leader and the Manager, Elizabeth. They both took care of our dinner and invited us back with a gift card. Unfortunately that was my worst dining experience ever however I appreciated the efforts from the shift leader and Elizabeth. They are the ONLY ones who made this right and I do appreciate that.

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Kobe
San Diego
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bartender and staff were super friendly and prompt! Service rocks!

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PickySK
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The service was very good, but the food was not up to the expected standards. The rice in the sushi role was mushy. The fish was dry, and the skin, advertised as crispy, was tough. I think they left it sitting under the warming lamp.

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CLSgal
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Our server was nice. I ordered shrimp with udon and was so salty. I’ve informed our server and manager gave some discount on the total bill. It was still disappointing, did not enjoy the dinner. We we’re seated indoor, was too dark.

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Deekand
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food3service5ambience3

We arrived early and were told by a non caring hostess to go to bar or wait outside until close to our reservation time
Seated around 6:30-reservation time
Ordered something from bar and ordered dinner at same time as told by waiter that it was very busy and may take sometime for dinner to be served
My husband ordered a wine he was familiar with
What was served to him did not look or tasted like what he requested
It was replaced with what he originally ordered
Waited over an hour for main course
My husbands Ahi tuna was cold and not seared
Returned and replaced with correctly prepared Ahi
It was troublesome that we are in a pandemic and almost
No one wore masks when entering inside of restaurant
Bar tenders wore no masks at all
Some waiters in that area pulled their masks down
Do not know who is vaccinated and not or who may be positive for Covid and no one cared
No social distancing at bar area
All waiters in outside dining wore masks and were very attentive
Food wash just ok
Would not return

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing!! Service was great and Mai Tai’s are the absolute eat we’ve ever had!! Thank you Staff at Roy’s die such an amazing experience!

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lori
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a great time! Delicious cocktails, yummy food, Kimberly was attentive and gave us time to enjoy our meal. Was lovely! The bill did reflect how much fun we had - oh well, yolo!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Overall great experience. Had an issue with an extra entree being added to our order and ended up paying for it because it was prepared and felt bad.

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ChristyS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The staff were friendly and very efficient. And the food was delicious.

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JennyV
Orange County
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Even with a reservation we waited a long time for our table and over an hour as half for our food. Parking was a disaster and access to the restaurant was hard to find and the walk was not well marked. Overall we wouldn’t dine here ever again

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JeffS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Food was good but almost all starters and salads were spicy. Our server ignored us after he delivered the food. We had to flag down someone else to get the check.

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davidg
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

I wanted the tuna but only came blacken. They suggested the large shrimp and noodles. The noodles were great., I don’t think fish would eat the shrimp as bait. Otherwise a beautiful setting. At hotel

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Norge
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Check your bill before you pay. We were charged $6.50 for Fijiwater that we did not order and did not receive. The waiter made no apology but immediately agreed to change the bill. The appetizer was disappointing. The entre's were fine. $14.00 for a cupcake with pineapple bits with a scoop of ice cream was not a good value.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal for a hotel restaurant. My wife is gluten-free and the chef was very flexible to make modifications to accommodate a GF meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Food was bland. Not creative. No bread.
No value, just a name

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vipChrisE
Tahoe
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was outstanding. The Mai Tai’s, the appetizer and entrees were excellent. We have missed Roy’s since the one near our home in Woodland Hills, Ca, closed.

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vipMARLENAN
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Outside table at sunset was beautiful. Went to celebrate my birthday which they never acknowledged and the food was slow. One person in the party kept getting served last after everyone else for all 3 courses. But the prix fixe Mahalo Monday menu was a great value

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

My lobster bisque, lobster tail amd key lime tartlet were yummy. My husband’s fish was warm, the rest of his plate (rice and baby bok choy) were cold.

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Patricia
San Diego
33 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit to Roy's and it did not disappoint. The food and service were exceptional. Our only complaint would involve the parking which was ridiculous. $32 reduced to $17 with Roy's validation.

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MarieH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Sadly, our steaks were way over cooked. We had a great time being together, but the food was not great.

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Tmell
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an awesome meal, great ambience, fabulous setting and our host Holiday was amazing and treated us and our kids really well. We will definitely return !

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious! Fresh and flavorful!!
Service was amazing! Great atmosphere!

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Bobby24
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience3

I’m sure with the pandemic, wait staff and others were doing all they can to provide fir a good experience but having to wait an hour for a wedge salad and 30 min between drink orders being filled was too much for a $245 bill. I hope they can rectify this in the future.

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RachelS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was amazing, bit it took forever to get it!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Made a reservation, not ready when we arrived. We went to outside bar to wait for our table. That was the end of it, no one ever came out to tell us our table was ready. We finally ordered at the bar. Food came out cold fish was rubbery. Not what I expected from Roy’s. We were disappointed. Best thing about the experience was our bar tender. She was personable and efficient.

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ChristineC
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were fantastic. Loved the outdoor seating and view. Not a big fan of the music but it was quiet and not distracting. Great night out. Highly recommend!

JB
JimB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love it at Roy's SanDiego Waterfront. The ambience cannot be beat, right on the boardwalk with harbor view of beautiful yachts and sunsets to the west. Service is always friendly and the manager Sean is visible and keeping everything running smoothly.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So impressed with the staff and of course, the food. Great atmosphere.

CH
CraigH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu and beautiful outdoor setting for happy hour on Thursdays!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Everything tasted great, but I wouldn’t order the curry I mean lobster bisque again.

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Annoymous
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This restaurant did not have Edamame beans for appetizers due to the covid. Our meal came out a little slow because they had 3 people ahead of us. if your not in a rush this restaurant would be a good relaxing place to be. The waitress was nice and kept checking back on us to see how the meal was.

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Pilotdv2000
Mobile
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Not what I’ve experienced at other locations. Disappointed in fact. I know that these are problematic times times but given the cost, the poor parking, and very slow service I cannot recommend this location. There are quite simply too many other better restaurants to choose from on the San Diego waterfront.

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Kjones121
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience5

Understaffed. Very long wait for food. Service was good but servers and cooks could not keep up. I would not recommend this restaurant until they get staffing under control. Several tables were so frustrated they got up and left.

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IKMC
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall4food2service3ambience4

Hostesses and kitchen was disappointed. We couldnt get a welcoming greeting by the hostesses. We would never get help if I didnt ask for it. And another thing, we waited for the main course sooo long. I heart the next table was complaining about the same problem too. Unfortunately we didnt have a good experience in that dinner

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vipHills
San Diego
40 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We were going to have lunch here but decided to have drinks and only share one appetizer because the waitress said the chef wanted us to order everything at once and they will pace it how they want to. I don't like that. At all. It's my meal and I am paying. I want to order different courses when I am ready for them and don't like to be rushed. Won't be eating here again if that is their new standard.

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NY2CA
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose waterfront seating outdoors to take in the sea air, marvel at all the boats in the Marina and people-watch. Our server, Maggie, was great and cared that we had a good time and always returned to make sure everything was as we like it. I had the butterfish, which I've ordered every time (except when they have lobster tail specials). There's nothing in this world better tasting than Roy's butterfish, which we first tasted at Roy's in Kahana(?), Hawaii. Roy's waterfront is our go-to location for birthdays and anniversarys.

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RealtorDan
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Our service from the hostess stand to our server were great, that would have us go back and try at least one more time! Our issues were that not one, not two, but 4 wines that we ordered weren't available. The wines we replaced my wives wine with was okay at best, no comparison to the others we were going to order. Our server comped it which we appreciated, but we never got a good wine and we weren't about to go from bottle to bottle. When our food arrived which was the butter-fish, it very well cooked, but both were room temp at best and the bokchoy was over cooked. It was very busy and we were happy they were, there was a concert happening at The Shell which we attended, so next time I will attempt to go when there is nothing going on to see if things are to the level we expected. The view and atmosphere are hard to beat and man are their restaurants w views in SD, so a small step and we'll be happy to write a great review.

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vipRoxi
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The fish was cold and we were rushed by our waiter.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food great, water great, prices a bit high but ok, time long ish wait, felt like they wanted us out of there but food took a while

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 2195 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.