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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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Our server Amanda and our busboys were personable, friendly, and attentive - just right, not pushy or intrusive. All staff remembered our special occasion. Lovely location. Fire sauce masked the natural flavor of my shrimp a bit. The diver scallops were just right and very tasty. My wedge salad was delish. Best item of the evening was lobster bisque with awesome Thai flavored broth and HUGE hunk of lobster! Chocolate lava would satisfy any sweet tooth. If I could, would take home a quart of the passion fruit bit that came with the coconut tarte.
WE can hardly wait to go back to Roy's! It was difficult to find at the Marriott simply because it is next to the harbor in the very back- signage needs to change in the hotel so we can park closer. Once you get there you'll love the view of the boats and Coronado across the bay, which was just lovely! The service was very good! They have a fine wine and drink selection, and we enjoyed the Mango Mojito + Hawaiian Mai Tai. One of the entrees was grilled vegetables, which was delicious. I had the shellfish sampler, which was sumptuous! The lobster was flavorful, as was the shrimp and scallop. (I would have like 2 instead of just one!) I loved the red curry sauce, which was very light and mild. We topped the evening off with the molten chocolate dessert, which "took the cake"! Our dinner with the two drinks and dessert was $120, with the grilled vegetables a reasonable $16. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did! We couldn't have been happier with our meal, the view and ambiance.
Food was good but we had a bad experience. A server dropped plates of food and they splashed up on 3 of my friends. Server tried to blow it off so we ask for the manager. He in turn gave them a card to have dry cleaning done. They had no time to do that. Why could they have not compte their meals? Food all over themselves and clothing.... not even a free dessert. Disappointing
Been to Roy’s in Hawaii, San Francisco and this is the worst. I always get the butter fish and fillet Mignon. Both items tasted off and too salty. We ordered two appetizers. Calamaris were so small and there were more veggies in that dish then calamari . They should of called it stir fry veggie with a hint of calamari . The roll sauce was strange and doesn’t go with the roll at all. Better to have no sauce.
The only thing that was consistent was the chocolate soufflé.
Overall meal was over $250 for 2 people . And I will never go back to this Roy’s again. And maybe the chain. It’s not the same since they removed the complimentary warm bread and replaced with soy beans... and this time not even that. They do that so the customer will order dessert.
As usual just charge more but don’t nickel and dime on the food.
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 !
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