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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 #170 of 4,065 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $30 - $30
Thu - Fri 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat - Wed 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: Seafood, Pacific Rim
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Good for: Entertaining clients
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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Santa Paula, California, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Great food and drink but a littler pricey. Wonderful view. Great service. Nice selection of entrees and starters.

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London, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

We have just had a fantastic meal at Roy's. I cannot fault the service and food and was probably one of the best meals we have ever had. The staff were very knowledgeable about the menu, the flavours were great and portions prefect. The atmosphere and location are great.

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Roswell, Georgia
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55 reviews 55 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Honestly, I did not know that this restaurant was part of the Marriott downtown and when I pulled up I was a bit disappointed. But once seated outside, with a view of the marina and a spectacular sunset, all worries were gone. From starter sushi and rolls to the chef's Scallops dish, to the chocolate cake and bananas all was... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We were visiting my sister in law and her friend Jan who works at the Marriott referred us to go to Roy's. We have to say that the service was exceptional and the food was tremendous. Andy, general manager gave us the red carpet treatment. Our service was un comparably the best I have seen. Thanks Andy for all your... More

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11 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We stayed at the Marriott for 6 nights and decided to have our last meal at "Roy's". We ate on the terrace and had fabulous food and service throughout our meal. Our server informed us of the recommended dishes and I am so glad I took her advice! The fish I had was probably the best I have ever tasted... More

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Naperville, Illinois
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36 reviews 36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Not necessarily a fan of hotel associated restaurants or chains while traveling, but Roy's was a joy. Had lunch one day - shared a pork sandwich and fish tacos - outstanding. Returned for pre-dinner cocktails - don't miss the Rye me a River - and stayed for dinner. Enjoy the al fresco dining.

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Fountain Valley
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162 reviews 162 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
190 helpful votes 190 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

My husband and I ate at Roys over Labor Day Weekend. The view is great overlooking San Diego Bay. The food was very disappointing. To start our Pina Coladas had no flavor. On to the Ala Carte menu our Caesar salad used Red Lettuce and the strangest dressing not Caesar dressing. My husband then ordered the Filet that left him... More

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San Diego, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 via mobile

Roy's on the waterfront has amazing food and fabulous views. The butterfish will melt in your mouth and they also have great sushi. Get the chocolate soufflé for desert.

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61 reviews 61 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Roy's Hawaiian Fusion has a really creative, healthy, and unique menu and you can enjoy your tasty morsels on a beautiful deck. Service attentive, and the waiter was able to help me navigate the menu to find dairy-free, gluten-free options.

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Plainville, Connecticut
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

We waited over a half hour for two chicken Caesar salads, not horrible since the view is amazing. I should have left them there and walked to another spot. Knife cut romaine and grilled chicken all tossed together. No flavor. We had coffee and dessert somewhere else. I hate it when I am so hungry I eat it anyway.

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