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About Roy's San Diego Waterfront
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.
San Diego, CA 92101
Seafood, Sushi, Steakhouse
Hours of Operation:
Lunch 11AM - 4PM
Dinner 5PM - Close
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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)
MTS Trolley stop across the street enar the Convention Center & Marriott Hotel & Marina
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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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 - 500.
Roy's San Diego Waterfront Ratings and Reviews
Overall a great lunch- the people were friendly and service was fast! The food was really good- I was disappointed that sushi wasn’t available until after 4. It was the reason I went there. That wasn’t clear on the open table app or their menu on open table. But the view was lovely, and while limited the lunch menu looked great.
We had a lovely dinner on a Wednesday night (during a convention ). The food and service were excellent, with adjustments made to the sauces for the fish since both of us had allergies. The chocolate lava cake dessert was outstanding and the perfect finishing touch. The only negative was the noise level which was a little loud due to our hearing sensitivity. Overall, an excellent dining experience . We will go back again when it is light outside because we're sure the view will be spectacular.
Roy's is our favorite restaurant in San Diego. It is a classy restaurant with great service, a superb menu and excellent wine selection. I have enjoyed a romantic evening with my wife there, have also impressed out-of-town friends and relatives by taking them to Roy's. This is a great place to spend a lunch or evening if you are looking for a very nice upscale restaurant.
We have been frequent Roy’s customers throughout their world locations so it was natural that we picked this location for New Years evening. Limited choice menu was overpriced and several dishes came out too cold . Maybe the kitchen was over run or understaffed - but it left us disappointed with this location .
We were in San Diego for New Years and decided to give Roy's a try.
First, the restaurant seems to be very oddly situated on the grounds of the Marriot Marquis. Once you get to the restaurant, and it's not that easy, the front entrance has the name of the restaurant and the logo facing in, towards the hostess.
When making the reservation, we requested a window seat and they very kindly sat us outside, on a patio, near the water. That was very unexpected. But the seats are wooden patio chairs, with no cushion, which is difficult for a long meal.
For New Year's Eve, they had a four course prix fixe menu. For the appetizer, we each had the chicharones, which are essentially a pork skin potato chip. A couple of sauces were also listed. The bowl that arrived for each of us was filled with the chicahrones and they were drizzled with a little sauce. Some of the chips were great and immediately melted in the mouth. Others were not cooked correctly and were hard and chewy, virtually impossible to chew.
The second course, we each had lobster bisque with a slight thai flavor. Very nice.
For the main, I had filet mignon and my husband had the roast chicken. Each was fine, nothing remarkable. The filet did come with a soy reduction sauce which was nice, but there were literally two small pieces of romanesco cauliflower and one piece of patty pan squash.
The deserts were the highlight. I had the "smores", which featured the most intensely chocolate layer of pudding I have ever had. Delicious. I couldn't even finish it, and I always finish. My husband had the champagne cake which had a really great layer of raspberry puree.
The service was very good and attentive.
When we left, through the front entrance, with the backwards door, we ended up in what appeared to be a service way. Eventually, we made it out to the walkway.
New Year’s Eve and they substituted their regular menu with a limited selection menu very overpriced!! When we made the reservation there was no mention of the substituted menu. We were excited for the normal selection and upset with a very different selection of non-regular choices. It took over 4 hours to receive the four courses, ridiculous! The lobster order of a 2 lb lobster was served with 1/2 of the lobster and we had to ask for the whole lobster which arrived undercooked and only partially edible. The king crab legs were served as a collection of small pieces instead of the normal sized legs. The bill was delivered with mistakes we had to ask to be corrected. On top of it all we saw that one of our party ordered a coke and then a refill and we were charged 2 cokes at $12 each, so $24 for a coke and refill!!
If we could rate this zero stars we would. Lousy way to end 2017 !
The chef really outdid himself. I ordered the lamb chops and he cooked them to my specifications with lots of garlic and basil. They were in a truffle sauce which was out of this world! I also had the wedge salad with bacon, bleu cheese. Large portion. We have eaten here many times and I am never disappointed. This is one of our favorite restaurants.
We were there for Christmas night and there were only prix fixe choices. The choices were adequate and our entrees were well-prepared and enough to bring home. The bar servings are generous, albeit pricey. Be prepared to walk a long way from the valet to the restaurant.
We went to dinner to celebrate Christmas Eve as a family. Obviously my mistake, but I did not see in anything I read about the restaurant being deep on the backside of a Marriott Hotel on the lowest level. Felt like a basement. You can only see boats and not a real water view. The food was good expensive and had very small portions. We left hungry. They also asked if we wanted flat water or sparkling. We said flat and they served us multiple bottles of Fiji water instead of pitchers of water. (Which was not an option until the bottles were empty and we asked for glasses of water. Service was very good however she was super busy so we waited a bit (sweet waitress was very apologetic). Probably would not go back.
Over the years, Roy's has always been a great option for a special evening. We've celebrated birthdays, anniversaries, and just enjoyed San Diego weather here. Roy's has always surpassed expectations. But our experience this visit has us concerned that Roy's has lost its edge. We brought our son, daughter-in-law, and daughter here prior to attending a play on Coronado. The previously complementary edamame now carries a charge, the waitress was polite but didn't provide 5-star service (took the men's orders first), our table was squeezed into a corner with a stark light on half of it with the other half dark. At the end of the meal, half of our group ordered decaf coffee. They were out of it. The total meal cost almost $400 for something which wasn't great but adequate. With so many great options in San Diego, it'll probably be awhile before we try Roy's again.
We were down by the waterfront to see the boat parade and was on time schedule. Our server was fabulous and attentive making sure that the kitchen could accommodate the time factor. We ate outside and it was lovely and warm with the heaters on. The tuna roll appetizer recommended was tasty and just enough heat to spice it up. Both our fish dishes were super moist, nice presentation and delicious. We will be back again!
We generally love Roy's restaurants but this one was better than most of the others. From the fresh green salad with interesting greens to the surf and turf that I had, all was perfection. The filet was excellent. My husband's short rib was wonderful as well. Exacting service was a pleasure. Desserts, chocolate soufflé and pineapple upside down cake, we perfect endings.
The experience was very nice, they could perhaps have a little bit better defined line at the check-in area, it was a bit chaotic. While most of the food was amazing, the small dinner salad was overly salty. The waitress brought us replacement salads without dressing, so all’s well that ends well. I was very pleased with my birthday lava cake. I will continue to eat at this great restaurant!
This was my second visit to Roy's. It seemed a bit noisier than I remembered, although certainly tolerable. We had an issue with the kitchen: my fish was served lukewarm and my companion's lamb was overcooked. Our waiter immediately took both plates back; the wait was relatively short given the number of guests in the restaurant waiting for their food. My fish came back perfectly; my companion's lamb was now undercooked but, because of the quality of the lamb, was edible. During our meal, the manager came over to apologize and offered to return the lamb once again; we declined the offer. Management not only deleted the charge of the lamb dish from our tab, but also my fish entree. They really bent over backward to see that we were satisfied. We both would return again.
We were outside and loved the waterfront view. The bar was great, the bartenders friendly (delicious custom made vodka basil gimlet), and the service very attentive. The food was spectacular. I did the seafood trio... can’t wait for my next opportunity to enjoy. As always, the Butterfish was melt in your mouth delicious.
We went for dinner on Thanksgiving. The restaurant was moderately full, but service was slow. I had the butterfish which was fine. My wife tried the Thanksgiving menu, she was sorely disappointed. I have dined at the Roy's in Baltimore many times and have had good overall experience there. This one in San Diego was a disappointment.
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