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Roy's San Diego Waterfront

4.4
1133 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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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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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Sushi, Steakhouse
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Hours of operation
Lunch 11AM - 4PM
Dinner 5PM - Close

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Phone number
(619) 239-7697
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AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Quy Trinh
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
1st Avenue
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Parking details
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)
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Public transit
MTS Trolley stop across the street enar the Convention Center & Marriott Hotel & Marina
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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.

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What 1133 People Are Saying
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3.0Dined 4 days ago

It was just ok. We’ve been to other Roy’s restaurants and this particular location was not as impressive. For the price I feel the service and ambience should have been better.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Great scenery overlooking the water and marina. Cocktails were fabulous as was the food. Menu had a lot of great seafood choices as well as meats. Wait staff was very accompaniment and helpful. Love this place and recommend for work, personal or special occasions. Can't wait to go back!

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Very good meal! We asked to be seated outside on a last minute reservation and they accommodated us. Good was fabulous and service was very goo!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Everything was perfect

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Nice restaurant, got nosier later in the evening

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

As usual the food & service was incredible. A great place to celebrate that special occasion.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Visiting San Diego so we had to stop at Roy’s! We love all their food, but my favorite is the trio of fish - I get it every time so I never had to decide between the three - they’re all so good! My friend got two different rolls of sushi. She’s gluten free, and they were kind enough to accommodate her allergy so she could try a new roll that’s normal deep fried - they just left that step out. And of course we got the chocolate soufflé - always so delicious!

Just waiting for Roy’s to open up a location where I live in DC!

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Unfortunately not a great experience. Difficult access through busy hotel lobby. When you finally get there (10 minute walk) you enter through chair storage area and come in through back of bar. Service was slow. Cocktails did not come until appetizers came out. Wine came out half way through main course. Food was barely warm and mediocre. Hotel valet is $12 with validation. Won't be back.

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

The food was excellent as was the service. They could use some updating on the chairs. Some were pretty worn out on the seats.

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2.0Dined on March 23, 2018

The service was lousy, the food was bad

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Amazing! Our waiter Bernard was absolutely outstanding. Exceptional young man.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

HOSTESS WAS RIGHT ON WITH OUR FLOWER DELIVERY AND OUR TABLE WAS THE BEST IN THE HOUSE FOR OUR BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION.

WE HAD THE 4 FISH PLATTER WITH WINE AND COCKTAILS...SERVICE COULD NOT HAVE BEEN BETTER..

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Birthday party

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

We’ve always enjoyed Roy’s, and this visit didn’t disappoint. Glad we saved room for the chocolate soufflé!

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3.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Roy’s food has gone down hill. Quality of ingredients was low quality and the preparation was also bad. The restaurant was empty, probably a sign others have figured out the restaurant is not great.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

The food and service was amazing. We were late because of unusually bad traffic and we called agead because we had a show to get to after. They had our food on thee table right away and saved our evening plans. Love Roy’s both San Diego and Hawaii.

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

What a great meal we had here. The view of the port was nice but the food was/is the reason to come here. The appetizers were amazing as were the main courses. Freshest of fish & the service was very good also. They have a nice wine list.

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4.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Window seat, dock view. Extremely spicy Bloody Mary. I asked for more tomato juice, and was brought a glass of their mix, I think. It was better, but the whole glass of mix made the drink almost drinkable. Good food, but I had expected to eat fish, and wound up with a pork sandwich. The fish entree was $41 for Butterfish (Alaskan Cod), which I have had at Roy's in Palm Springs. The restaurant is spectacular, but may have raised the prices beyond reasonable.
And it is difficult to get to. And expensive to park in the Marriott's lots. We were told by the valet that there was no parking available near the restaurant, so we chose the valet at $17. Plus tip. For lunch! There was plenty of handicapped parking when we got to Roy's, and that's what I needed.

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2018

I had Roy's Trio and my wife had the scallops with lump crab fried rice. The Trio offerings were just above average as were the scallops. The rice was below average.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

ヨットを眺めながら食事ができる。アジアン&ハワイアン?といった感じで、シーフードを頂きながら、日本人としては落ち着いて食事ができる。

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

My wife and I had a wonderful experience at the bar with a friend and his wife. Great food, drinks and the bartender was friendly and enjoyable. We own a similar restaurant in Napa named Eiko's Modern Japanese.It was modeled after Roy's.
Roy's was the best meal we had all week while in San Diego.
Thanks
Roy J. and staff
RZ

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

The service at Roy's was excellent and the food was delicious. I had the steak with sauted mushrooms along with a side of the lobster mac and cheese. My steak was cooked to perfection and the macaroni was creamy. The only problem was finding designated parking and signage for the restaurant separate from the hotel at this location in San Diego on Harbor.

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4.0Dined on February 20, 2018

Meals we ordered were great! It's a nice place to dine. Roy's is one of my favorite restaurants.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Evan & Michela were both outstanding staff members. My partner & I are always open to trying new foods, and are trying to expand our palettes and explore and dive into more fine dining. So, Roy's was a great start to our new adventure. And really appreciate the amazing hospitality.

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

The food would have been good had each dish not been cold. It must have sat in the kitchen for a long long time before being brought to the table.

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

AAD CONGRESS

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

A fabulous restaurant which never disappoints. It's my favorite restaurant!

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Excellent food and service.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

We took my mother here to celebrate her 60th birthday and it was a wonderful experience. They gave us a great table upstairs right by the window and brought a chocolate souffle with a candle on it when it was dessert time. My mother's birthday was on valentine's day so we had the prix fixe menu which made the experience even more special.

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2.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Went on Valentines Day and unfortunately they had a “special “ menu. This basically allows them to overcharge and trim down the quality. Spicy tuna roll had no spice and virtually no tuna. Desserts were awful. Salad course so bland. Went to Roy’s in Hawaii and it was so memorable and delicious. Not so much at this location. Very disappointed

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Great experience at Roy's for Valentine's Day. Quick service: They were always on top of things and constantly filling water and always there when another drink needed to be ordered. The food was great and on time with every course. Very friendly servers as well. I would definitely go back again and look forward to it.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Enjoyed the evening, service and ambience. All the staff seemed to take a personal interest in our enjoying the evening.
Thank you for a truly great evening
Tim n Sheila

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Roy’s is s great place to go for a special dinner. Food is always prepared to perfection. They are the master of sauces and dressing here. Great seafood and steaks. The keiffir lime tart for dessert is like having fireworks in your mouth.

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3.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Appetizers were great and service was great. You could get a better streak at the Sizzler. The meat was terrible, full of gristle and fat. No flavor and smothered in sauce.

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2.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Huge, upscale chain restaurant in huge hotel next to Convention Center. Unless you are part of a big group, there is no reason to go to this restaurant. Hostess desk was disinterested and acted as though they were doing you a favor by listening to your request, let alone sitting you. We actually did not eat at the restaurant, mainly because of the vast size of the restaurant in a massive hotel, and the snotty hostess.

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3.0Dined on February 9, 2018

The waiter, servers and bartenders were lovely, attentive and friendly! The outdoor patio has a cozy ambience with fire pits and heaters and a beautiful view. I honestly didn’t love the food, however. The sushi roll was too spicy and a little fishy. The trio was disappointing—over-sauced fish with a tiny bit of vegetable. But, I’ve heard these are Roy’s customer favorites so I suppose it’s just my personal preference.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Dined outside. Lovely location. Patio heaters kept us very comfy. Service was wonderful. Have dined at several Roy’s locations... this one is our favourite. You must try the chocolate soufflé.

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4.0Dined on February 6, 2018

Service was excellent and friendly. Table and view were ok. Food was good. Wine was good but a bit expensive for the bottle at quite a high markup.

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5.0Dined on February 5, 2018

We have been to 2 Roys restaurants in Hawaii and always loved them! San Diego did not disappoint!! The grilled Caesar salad, Ahi and mahi mahi were all done to perfection! HIGHLY recommend the pineapple upside down cake dessert!!! It takes time to make so you have to order it earlier.... well worth it!! Perfect to split—- made it “just right”. Excellent service!
Definitely recommend

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2018

After enjoying several Roy’s restaurants in Hawaii, we tried our first mainland Roy’s on a recent trip to San Diego. As a family with a 3 year old and twin 1 year olds, dining can be a stressful experience. The service was great—sometimes showing up with young kids you get the side eye, but everyone from the hosts to Manager was friendly and welcoming. The open-kitchen layout of the restaurant provided plenty to keep the kiddos distracted. While the kids meals were more expensive than other restaurants, it included a generous kiddo friendly snack plate served immediately (a godsend when you have hungry, impatient kids).

As always, the adult food at Roy’s did not disappoint. My husband had the four fish sampler and enjoyed all the difference flavors and preparations and said it was cooked perfectly. I was happy to see a shellfish sampler on the menu with lobster tail, sea scallop, and shrimp—everything tasted fresh and flavorful.

Signage to the entrance of the restaurant from the Marriot could be a bit clearer, but that’s not the fault of the restaurant. Overall, a good dining experience and we’d go back.

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