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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 #165 of 4,044 restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $30
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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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 NEW

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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40 reviews 40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

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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Auckland
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78 reviews 78 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Busy place, great location, but you will have to wait. The food was delicious. Budget travellers will need to go elsewhere as there are no specials here.

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San Diego, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We ate here Fourth of July and the food was bland at best. Probably wouldn't return. Sad because the one in Hawaii is amazing.

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San Francisco, CA
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42 reviews 42 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We went with a group of six people. The service is impeccable. Everything is well taken care of. The view of the marina is great, very relaxing. The food was awesome some were more "fusion" than others but everything was fresh and made to perfection. Everyone was very happy with their appetizers, entrees and desserts, there were no misses. The... More

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Houston, Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Service was very professional by an obviously experienced senior waiter. Outside seating and atmosphere were about as good as it gets. Reisling wine was first class. Prices high, but hey this is California. Food was good, but portions were very tiny for the high price.

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Tyler, Texas
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20 reviews 20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

We stayed at the Harborside Hilton in San Diego for a course and discovered that it was a part of a beautiful Convention Center development. There is a spacious promenade that includes three huge hotels, a high-end marina, a park for dogs, kids, and couples to frolic in, countless little shops, and dozens of places to eat. We picked Roy's... More

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Moscow, Russia
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74 reviews 74 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

It was my first time at a Roy's... I had not heard of it before. We sat outside overlooking the marina and it was quite nice. The waiter arrived quickly and sorted our drinks and appetizers efficiently. We had a California roll as an appetizer and it was quite nice. The white wine, Cakebread was quite nice. I had the... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

I've always wanted to try Roy's and I'm glad I finally had the chance. The meal was excellent -- had the Roy's sampler for my main course, and it's was very good. Great ribs as a starter. Yum.

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San Francisco, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Our first experience with Roy's was in Oahu. It was good. So again we picked Roy's for dinner while in San Diego. It was not disappointing. The view at this location was great, right by the water. The service was top notch. And most importantly, the food was superb. I ordered seared sea scallops, and it was just the right... More

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