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About Roy's Waikiki
Opening in 2007, Roy’s Waikiki fits right in with all the action in the new and exciting atmosphere of Waikiki Beach Walk. We offer inside tables, dining on the lanai or even at our Chef's counter. Along with Roy's classic items, our guests can enjoy a vast selection of innovative creations using the freshest local ingredients available.
Honolulu, HI 96815
Hawaii Regional Cuisine, Sushi, Seafood
Hours of Operation:
Light Appetizers (Pupus) and Drinks on the Patio
Daily: 11:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm; Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
$50 and over
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
$6 for 4hrs with validation from the restaurant.
Private Party Facilities:
From family gatherings to celebrations, cocktail receptions to business meetings,
let us help you create an unforgettable event!
■Semi-private room accommodates maximum of 50 guests
■Lounge area can accommodate up to 30 guests
■Restaurant buy-out available with a maximum of 230 guests
Private Party Contact:
Emma Lazo: (808) 923-7697
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Roy's Waikiki Ratings and Reviews
I was very glad to know there was a vegan menu (from Happy Cow App) but disappointed to see it wasn't available until I asked for it. But worse was the saltiness of the main meal - so salty I should have sent it back. The ingredients list was interesting but the result was not. My omni partner also found his meal too salty. Please continue to provide vegan meals but the standard of cooking needs to be higher.
Noise level was beyond excessive. Although the food was great and expertly presented, the restaurant suffered significantly because of excessive noise levels. It was not possible to have a normal conversation without having to shout - - which, of course, added to the unpleasant din. Considering all, the experience was not worth the high prices. I will probably not ever go there again (although I visit Waikiki at least once a year for extended stays). Nor can I recommend it.
I ordered a Shellfish Orzo "Mac & Cheese". The description says "Lobster Tail, Crab Stuffed Jumbo Shrimp, Prosciutto, Lemon, Tarragon". I could not see crab that is stuffed in jumbo shrimps and could hardly taste lobster tail. The dish was overwhelmed by the tarragon flavor and temperature of the dish was lower than I expected. It would have been better if the chef could warm up the plate before serving - It was so disappointing for a 53-dollar dish. This price was $7 higher than it was on the menu - doubly disappointing-- but I paid without complaining. I would rather recommend their tasting menu as their prices are set and obvious. Tasting dishes are good except that their entree choices have not changed for several years.
My husband said the Frying Dragon that he ordered was good. I would rather eat Unagi itself in the form of nigiri sushi. But this sushi was nicely made for local Hawaiians who love sweet- shoyu-kind taste. So he loved it. If you want to satisfy both your local and traditional Japanese taste buds in the form of sushi, I would recommend "Omakase" at Sushi Sasabune. Pricy but worth it. They also take temperature of the dishes into consideration. You just let the sushi chef do their things before your eyes.
At Roy's, I was given a Japanese menu at first. The menu items were not descriptive enough to visualize the dishes as they were in the English menu and there are no prices written down on the menu. Why? They need to be more considerate to tell Japanese speakers the cost of their items as well. I am sure they would like to know the prices of dishes unless their menu items are all market prices.
With all critical feedback, however, I still recommend their desert dishes as most of items are excellent.
We had a great time and it was great that they offered a thanksgiving special dinner. We also enjoyed the wine pairings with the 4 course prix fixe menu. Conveniently located in waikiki and the food was terrific. Wait service was excellent and the table was comfortable for two
Overall, my wife and I had a fantastic meal at Roy’s.
I started with the sous vide pork belly and my wife started with the Waimanolo salad. The pork belly was exceptionally well done and the flavor combination with the sauce was spot on. The salad was a standard mixed greens salad. The wine was reasonable. They could probably use a few more middle-of-the road options but that may not reflect what they sell. Incidentally, if you want a DRC they do have one on the menu.
For mains, my wife had the seared Ahi and I had the Misoyaki Butterfish. The Ahi was terrific and we both really enjoyed it. While it may sound like I’m laying it on a little thick, the Butterfish was exceptional. Probably one of the best pieces of fish I’ve ever had. It’s definitely a must if you’re eating here for the first time.
Our server warned us ahead of time the soufflé takes about 30 minutes to make so we pre-ordered one. It was similarly excellent and lived up to the hype.
While our service was very good, my one point of contention was the pace of the meal. There was minimal spacing between appetizer and entree and similarly minimal spacing between entree and dessert. Our server, while great, laid the check down while we were still eating which wasn’t appreciated. The time stamp on the bill was 59 minutes after we had sat down. We were finishing our glasses of wine after dessert and she came by to see if she could clear up the check for us. Again, not appreciated.
On the whole, I think the food at Roy’s is great and the service generally very good. I do, however, think that the restaurant packs their reservations fairly tightly. While this maximizes earnings, it did sour the evening a little. I would have expected a restaurant of this caliber to pace things a little better. If I’m spending $50USD on an entree, I’d like some time to enjoy it.
We were on vacation in Waikiki and the last time I visited I had a wonderful meal at Roy's. This time was no exception. I did however order the same thing I ordered 4 years ago! My husband ordered the 4 course meal which was more than enough to share the appetizers and dessert with me. Service was fantastic. Servers were friendly and attentive. We will be back again next trip!
I ordered one of the Restaurant Week specials, the veal shank. The core of the first order was not hot. The second order was warm but acceptable but when consuming the small "roasted" potato, it was cold in the center. I then request the mahi mahi special which was ok.
I has ordered a specialty drink the the second serving was different from the first. The second did not have a piece of citrus, I forgot if it was lemon skin or the skin of an orange but I had to bring this to the attention of the server who then brought a piece to be added to my cocktail.
The Manager came by twice once to check on the second veal shank and delivered the mahi mahi replacement dish.
When done with my meal and the check was presented to me, the server gave me two coupons/certificates for a chocolate dessert for use during my next visit. I don't think this was an adequate compensation for the poor meal and service. Needless to say, I will not be returning.
Also, I have had meals at other Roy's and a number of times at the Waikiki location for out of town guest and business associates but no more.
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