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Roy's San Diego Waterfront

#185 of 4,118 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Downtown
Seafood, Pacific Rim
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333 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101 (1st Avenue)
MTS Trolley stop across the street enar the Convention Center & Marriott Hotel & Marina
+1 619-239-7697
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Hours:
Thu - Fri 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat - Wed 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night, Private Dining
Description: Blending classic techniques with adventurous Pacific Rim flavors, culinary...
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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  • 145
    Excellent
  • 103
    Very good
  • 37
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
good time !

location in San Diego is terrific. around Christmas so we ate inside. I liked it. thought the seafood was very good. I sampled other plates of beef, almost envious, but will plan another trip. having lived in Alaska, I thought i would be an expert at crab, turns out, they are. well done. good stuff... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 6, 2015
tyler g
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Private Dining
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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51 reviews 51 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

location in San Diego is terrific. around Christmas so we ate inside. I liked it. thought the seafood was very good. I sampled other plates of beef, almost envious, but will plan another trip. having lived in Alaska, I thought i would be an expert at crab, turns out, they are. well done. good stuff would complain or mention freely... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

I was here for a holiday party so our menu options were limited. We enjoyed the steak a great deal and the shrimp was fantastic. The appetizers were lacking flavor and after trying a few different ones passed on the rest. Last year we were served partially cooked chicken which the chef claimed to not have known where it came... More 

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Poway, California
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167 reviews 167 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

I've visited the restaurant for a business dinner and was surprised. From the appetizers to the delicious dessert with ice creams, everything was perfect. A very attentive service, meal cooked to the perfection. I've ordered the "Braised Short Ribs of Beef" and it was great!

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Santa Ynez, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Food was absolutely delicious and served with picture-perfect presentation. My server could not have been more attentive and prompt. Had a wonderful dinner.

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Brandon, Canada
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32 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

we went with a group of six. Had an awesome appetizer, great wine, the entrees were cooked to perfection, Desert was made as we ordered it and completely decadent. .... The server was charming and attentive. The experience was second to none

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Wichita Falls, Texas
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102 reviews 102 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Wow, this place is great. Beautiful location, I had dinner here but I could tell they have a nice bar area that looks really fun for evenings. The food was delicious, deserts especially! Really wonderful view. Kind of pricey, but worth it!

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5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 via mobile

We had high hopes for this place, but we were very disappointed in the food. The quality of the entrees was not commensurate to their price. I had the butterfish, which is supposedly their signature dish, but it was really nothing special. My date had the shrimp, and they were small. The outdoor dining area was very nice, and our... More 

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Noosa Heads
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209 restaurant reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Having been to Roy's before in other locations I was disappointed by the food and also the décor. We entered from the Marriott pool side and the place was dark and the carpet old and the décor quite old fashioned. The service was good and everyone tried hard but the food was the disappointment. The vegetable spring rolls were under-cooked... More 

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New York City, New York
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41 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

While allegedly Hawaiian fusion cuisine, plopping mediocre Dungeness crab cakes on top of a raspberry vinagerette reduction and putting tasteless joints of lobster(out of the shell) in the otherwise good bisque just didn't work for me.

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Hempstead, New York
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74 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

We had the Aloha roll and it was yummy. The scallops and Roy's fish trio were both amazing. do not leave without the pineapple upside down cake for dessert.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 333 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
    (1st Avenue)
  • Public Transportation: MTS Trolley stop across the street enar the Convention Center & Marriott Hotel & Marina
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 619-239-7697

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Pacific Rim

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Entertaining clients

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?