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Roy's San Diego Waterfront

#126 of 3,728 Restaurants in San Diego
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Downtown
American, Seafood, Hawaiian, 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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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Private Dining, Reservations
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
I love Roy's!

I'm never disappointed with Roy's. I had a delicious mango and jalapeno margarita and scallops as my entrée. The location by the marina is beautiful. We had a nice walk after dinner.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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California
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

I'm never disappointed with Roy's. I had a delicious mango and jalapeno margarita and scallops as my entrée. The location by the marina is beautiful. We had a nice walk after dinner.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed our dinner by the pool. Nachos were great, the tacos were okay. Sort staff for the amount of people. Staff was friendly and helpful, but took a while to get our food.

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Gulf Coast Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

A waterside table makes dining here special and very enjoyable. I had lunch, consisting of the Fish & Chips dish (which is Mahi Mahi). It was good and above average. Bring your checkbook, everything is over priced, either due to the location and/or name brand. Service was good, regular, and appropriate, not intrusive. Well done! Trying to enter the restaurant... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

I've eaten at Roy's before, both in this location and elsewhere. I always have a good meal - the butterfish is my go to! However, I need to comment on the service this time. After a long day - MULTIPLE long days at the convention - my husband ordered food to go to then bring up to our room as... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

No matter the location, Roy's rarely disappoints. This Roy's was one of the best. My partner and I shared the entire dinner: Asian style ribs, Caesar salad, and a big rib eye steak, and the staff was very gracious about our sharing. Everything was delicious! The Caesar salad was so unusual and so good. I wish I had the recipe.... More 

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Chandigarh, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

The food was great, just as promised. Location is nice - on the waterfront. Dont know why they call it Hawaiian fusion cuisine!

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Centreville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

As a foodie, I'm always on the prowl for fine eats- Roy's delivered! You can't go wrong here. Everything on the menu is delicious, beautifully presented and the service is top notch. They have several fun cocktails to choose from. This is a must go to if you're in San Diego.. make reservations.. or you may not get a table.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Roy's is one of our standard when we are in San Diego. We love sitting at the covered outdoor bar, having a couple cocktails and appetizers. We love the great service, good food and drinks.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Started with the lobster potstickers. Amazing. Almost ordered the trio but stuck with Roy's incredible butterfish. The rice that comes on the side has sesame seeds crusted on one end. I hope there was no video of me cleaning that plate like a 13 year old boy. The servers are exceptionally professional. The harbor views add a great deal to... More 

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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

We booked a table at Roy's, arrived and were asked where we would like to sit, we said inside and were then told there were no tables available! Why ask us then? Another young lady took charge of the situation and asked us to view the table outside that they had available and actually it was perfect. After that, we... More 

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Additional Information about Roy's San Diego Waterfront

Address: 333 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
Phone Number: +1 619-239-7697
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Downtown
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 10 - 30
Cuisine: American, Seafood, Hawaiian, Pacific Rim

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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 10 - 30
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood, Hawaiian, Pacific Rim

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Doing business

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 - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?