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Roy's San Diego Waterfront

333 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101 (Downtown)
+1 619-239-7697
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Ranked #147 of 4,053 restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $30 - $30
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Asian, Seafood, Hawaiian, Fusion
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Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night, Private Dining
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cross street: 1st Avenue
Transit: MTS Trolley stop across the street enar the Convention Center & Marriott Hotel & Marina
Description: 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.
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243 reviews from our community

82% Recommend
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English first
Davie, Florida, United States
17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

We have been to other Roy's before and were expecting good food and service. The waiter seemed to be all about boosting the bill but not about service. Our ice tea and water were not refilled but the wine was poured at every sip. The food was very mediocre at best. There were 6 meals ordered so it was not... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

We walked past this restaurant on the San Diego Waterfront the evening before, and noted it was the most busy in the area. We decided to have a family meal there the following night, and am glad we did. We didn't have a reservation but managed to get a nice table by the window. The restaurant was very busy as... More

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El Cajon, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I was looking to take my wife to a Romantic Setting Restaurant to celebrate our 20th wedding Anniversary, and I hit a Home Run by picking Roy's San Diego Waterfront Restaurant. The window table we had over looking the many yachts and boats in the beautiful harbor of San Diego, was very Romantic. Our server Jenny was so nice and... More

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Kansas City, Kansas
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74 reviews 74 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We went here for lunch and we thought this was a bit pricey for what you get.. the lunch menu didn't seem very discounted at all. But the food and drinks were good, and the view is great.

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Greenwich, Connecticut
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226 reviews 226 reviews
176 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

We got to San Diego tired after traveling a long day. Checked in and went to the marina for a walk and to find a lunch place. We were fortunate to pick Roy's The service was great. Forget his name but was exceptional. Anyway we had a bunch of appetizers Pork ribs were wonderful. Had the crab cake which was... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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59 reviews 59 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

I'm not one for Asian fusion because some restaurants just can't do it right. Having grown up in Hawai'i, I have an affinity for authenticity, and when that is shaken up, I get a little uncomfortable. However, Roy's does such an excellent job at fusing innovation with authenticity along with sheer originality. Lobster Potstickers - YUM. Potstickers. Lobsters. I mean,... More

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Portland, Oregon
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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

It took a little while to be seated so when we were seated the server brought a complimentary watermelon poke appetizer. The fish tacos were fantastic. Lovely patio dining by the marina.

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

My fiance and I were big fans of Roy's when we lived in Hawaii, so we were excited to go to the San Diego location. And they did not disappoint! The food was amazing (always get the macadamia nut crusted mahi mahi and the ahi poke - so good!) as was the drinks and dessert (the chocolate souffle is a... More

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Bexley, Ohio
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25 reviews 25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Awesome fusion cuisine and the dessert rocks!!! The Chocolate Mousse Cake sounds nothing like the absolutely delightful treat it really is! It is served with delicately caramelized banana slices, Pistachio ice cream and crunchy toffee wafer😋

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Houston, Texas
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57 reviews 57 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We had dinner here on an unseasonably hot evening and their A/C wasn't working, so we seriously schvitzed throughout our meal. They were very apologetic and gave us coupons toward a future meal. The service was friendly, but a bit slow. The food was better than average, but perhaps not as good as the price would merit. The bottom line... More

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