Roy's - San Francisco

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$31 to $50
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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 San Francisco located in bustling SoMa, just two blocks from the Moscone Center.
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Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate the season with Roy’s Aloha spirit on Christmas Day. Our Chef has created a three-course Classics Menu featuring Roy’s signature dishes including our “Misoyaki Butterfish” and Roy’s Original Hawaiian Blackened Island Ahi. We are pleased to also offer our exclusive three-course Holiday Menu

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

CHEERS to 2020. Ring in the New Year to our Chef's fabulous 4-Course Menu. Make your reservation today serving until 1:00 am

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 3529 People Are Saying
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4.3
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Our only gripe was our server. I believe we were the last party he served and he just seemed to have checked out. He didn’t read us the specials, we wouldn’t see him for extended periods of time, and when he would come, he would act rushed and annoyed.
Whatever he had going on, it wasn’t our fault and it was a disappointment to have experienced this at such a nice restaurant as Roy’s. Other than that, everything was wonderful. Unfortunately your waiter is the face of the restaurant and the person with whom you will have the most interaction so that aspect will dictate most the dining experience.

SD
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Global Tasting menu was exquisite! The dessert was out of this world. I’ll come back just for this. Thank you!

M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service1ambience4

As always the food was great. However, our server was not attentive at all.

F
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience3

I was put near the tv when I asked to sit in the quieter part of the restaurant

AP
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The $45 Thanksgiving turkey dinner was a much smaller portion than I expected for the price but I have never been to the restaurant before. It didn't seem like a fine dining restaurant as people were packed in there seated fairly close to each other. It was OK overall but I wonder if it had to do with the sheer volume of customers for Thanksgiving dinner.

S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I think they have too many guests at one time and they don’t have time to really serve the guests no matter is on the food preparation areas or the waiters or waitress’ service areas. My steak was terribly cooked.

YW
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We decided to break tradition and go out and treat ourselves with a Thanksgiving dinner. No fuss. No stress. Although it was difficult to get a reservation for a large group for 6 pm dinner two weeks before Thanksgiving, we decided to try our luck with a reservation for a table for two, 2 days before Thanksgiving. We got a spot for 6 pm!!!

The Thanksgiving dinner menu was simple yet exciting. It was the best Thanksgiving dinner we’ve ever had! The dinner portion was the right size. A bowl of delightful lobster bisque with the right amount of coconut milk and big chunks of lobster meat. The pan roasted teriyaki turkey was phenomenal!! 2 slices of juicy and flavorful turkey meat with the right amount of stuffing, haricot verts, roasted carrots and buttery mashed potatoes. The stuffing had a surprise crunch to it! I truly enjoyed that nutty surprise! The taste was flavorful but not too rich. I am a very picky eater and never cared for stuffing before but tonight was different.

When our server came to check on us and asked how was everything .. I told him it was the best Thanksgiving dinner ever! But... there’s a small part missing .. King Hawaiian rolls! Our server responded I could get you that.. what?!!!!! He really did come back with 2 rolls of Hawaii’s rolls. ❤️

Desserts were scrumptious. The portions were small but rich and satisfying in all levels! I had the maple pumpkin tart with vanilla bean ice cream and my husband had the chocolate tort with raspberries. Divine!!!!

We are thankful for Roy’s for being our go to restaurant for special occasions and our future Thanksgiving tradition.

Mahalo!

RO
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It was thanksgiving so service was not bad as it was a very busy night. Food was excellent.

S
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving dinner was great. Everyone enjoyed themselves and it really seemed like the kitchen and the servers were very in sync. Perfect! Good job to everyone.

m
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

It has been a few years since we had reserved a table at the San Francisco restaurant. We have eaten many times at the restaurants on Maui, the Big Island, Kauai, and Oahu and were expecting the same wonderful meal for Thanksgiving.

We were happy that we got seated immediately but waited a long time before we were recognized by a server. The restaurant was hectic even at 4:00 pm. Our table service was slow and our server forgot what we ordered. Surprisingly, we mostly chose the pre fixe Thanksgiving meal. We saw the picture online and it looked delicious. The meal presentation was excellent even though we all agreed that the turkey tasted like a ham/turkey roll instead of real turkey meat. For some reason, we were surprised this meal did not come with some cranberry sauce. We ordered our drinks. My husband ordered a mai tai but he got something he didn’t recognize. He says he judges a restaurant by the “taste” of their mai tais. For being your signature drink, he said it had little to no alcohol or even fruit juice! He could not describe what he had. We didn’t complain but we felt the meal was not as “special” at this location. We walked away dissatisfied.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience1

Thanksgiving. Turkey was like canned meat. We’ve been to 3 other Roy’s in AZ and Hawaii. They all were nicely decorated and the ambience was lovely. This Roy’s is in an old, depressing building with little on the walls. We were in a side banquets room loaded with tables. Really disappointing atmosphere-wise. New York Steak was good- but terribly over-priced. Turkey was like canned meat with odd marinade taste. Desserts were fine, but tiny, as were sides. Best thing was Thai lobster bisque. At this price point, a bread basket would have been nice. We won’t be back to this Roy’s. We were not impressed.

FN
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently fantastic food. Great and warm service. Convenient and terrific for any occasion. Who doesn’t love a mai tai!

L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We thought that the Thanksgiving menu was all inclusive (Starter, desert, and wine), but when we got the check these things were separate charges. It was still good value for the money, but I wish the menu was more transparent. All in all, we enjoyed our Thanksgiving at Roy’s.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Thanksgiving meal was excellent !

TL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I understand I'm paying SF dollars but I expected a little more for my buck, as in WOW my palate. Lunch express was forgettable and regrettable that I should have opted for a regular lunch menu. Maybe next time someone springs me a free lunch I may go that route.

OT
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a nice family dinner in the city. Roys never disappoints. The food and service was spot on. We will return again soon!

EA
San Francisco
152 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Roy's Trio was devine, as was the Shellfish Sampler. Was there for a friend's anniversary. Nice plate notation for the Pineapple Upside Down Cake.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great place with good service! Nice selection of sake.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was overall a good experience. Chose it for my birthday lunch with coworkers a couple of years in a row.

TM
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Came on a Saturday night , 6pm reservation. Very quiet, not many customers which is fine for wife and I. She ordered chef's special 3 course for $49. She enjoyed it all and I shared in her keylime dessert (wow). I had the wedge salad and it was perfect, and just the right portion size; I have seen others much bigger - too big.

R
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Extremely underwhelmed and disappointed. I ordered the seafood sampler which had one scallop, two shrimp, and a small lobster tail and all of which was overcooked. Our waiter, although very patient, made many mistakes. We will not be returning.

NM
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I think the butterfish is good enough on its own to stand without the red sauce on top, but otherwise, it was all wonderful.

MH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Sushi was very disappointing, fish dishes were good but too expensive considering the price.

S
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I like to go to Roys , very good food and service. They can accommodate my request and very tasty food. Will go back for sure.

S
Los Angeles
200 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The pulled pork sandwich was surprisingly bland. Good appetizers and service, but it was a client lunch and sending back the sandwich would have been awkward. Not up to your usual standards I’m afraid.

j
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Filet mignon, lobsters, lobster bisque, key lime and pineapple desserts all fantastic as usual.

Service great but I didn’t care for the table. Troops much traffic behind me.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Mahalo Monday , such good food and family!

TC
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Service was excellent, however the sushi left much to be desired. They read great on menu and look great. But miss the mark on any real flavor. So left with an overall meh of the place. No desire to return, but happy to check it off the list and happy it was open late on a Sunday.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were outstanding! I enjoyed the quiet, tasteful decor. Lovely dinner! Thanks!

n
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Overall the restaurant is beautiful, we had read reviews before choosing Roy’s. We were seated quickly and our server was attentive. Once we ordered, everything seemed to slow down. Once the food arrived, the presentation was nice but the flavor fell flat. The shrimp and fish was overcooked, which seemed surprising because it wasn’t busy.

OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience4

As always, food tasted good. Presentation was lacking. We ordered the short ribs and butter fish combo. The photo on the email I received looked appetizing, the entrees were presented on a small round plate, cozy. What we got was a large square plate and the entrees were set on each corner. Made the meal look less than what it was.
The server took awhile to get to us after we were seated. We only saw him twice -when he took our order and when gave us the bill. He didn’t check on us during our meal. Roy’s is one of my favorite places to dine and have had memorable family experiences there. But lately, I feel that the service has not been very good.

FL
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Generally good place. Great fish. On the expensive side but if you have their coupons (they always send out) then price is reasonable

t
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always a great consistent meal at Roy's. Very few surprises - you always know what to expect. Quality, great tasting food at a very reasonable price in a nice comfortable location.

RG
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went during lunch, and they have a special that's light but delicious! It's the perfect size for a quick work lunch. We arrived and were seated immediately, waited on immediately, and our food came out promptly. I ordered the short ribs, and they are SO TENDER. The soup is light and flavorful, and the salad is fresh and tasty. It's always a delicious treat to go to Roy's. At some point I'll attempt to try something else, but for now, I can definitely recommend the short ribs lunch special.

OT
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The ambiance was above average and our server was attentive and engaged. Food was definitely on the superior side. Very good dining experience overall 😀

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Another nice dining experience. We enjoyed the 3-course Philippine tasting menu and some of our favorite classics.

F
Atlanta
102 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I really enjoyed my meal while sitting at the chef's table. The crispy salmon was very good. The experience was excellent.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We have been going for many years and we feel the food quality is not as good

G
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you very much for making our anniversary a special experience. This was my second visit; once for lunch and this one for dinner. Your establishment continues to shine with serving delectable dishes. You do not disappoint.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service! The food was thoughtfully plated and delicious 😋 management was beyond Attentive and accommodating. A once in a lifetime type experience made accessible. Thanks you Fredrick!!!!!!!!!!