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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 #148 of 4,054 restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $30 - $30
Hours:
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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English first
San Diego, California, United States
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

There are two or three sushi rolls on the menu, all of them are spectacular! For the main course, try the ahi with the spicy mustard, you will love it.

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Woodland, California
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

Very good food, pricey but worth it. Just don't come here at 8.15 pm on a Tuesday. They served the food as if they wanted to break a record to get you out again. Very hectic but friendly server. Just don't understand why nobody wants to enjoy a meal and gets some time to do so. But I would try... More

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Surprise, AZ
Top Contributor
149 reviews 149 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012

Great drinks and seafood. Best Mahi I've had including several island visits.

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Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2012 via mobile

I have eaten at Roy's at various places and loved it. First was told heated outside bar, but no heaters were on. Second, was literally offered dessert 5 times by 5 different people, annoying. I know it takes time to prepare specially, but really. Third, Got my favorite surf n turf but I think their new spice is salt. Bar... More

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Edwardsville, Il
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

1st evening here- a nice surprise for a hotel restaurant. Calamari and the best Ahi tuna- I order it most places I go. Romantic atmosphere. We would have eaten here again, but always hate to eat at the same place when there are many to choose.

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Santa Barbara, CA
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78 reviews 78 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

This review could be biased because we love Roy's and this one is no different. We stayed at the Grand Hyatt right next door and would easily have eaten here every night if there weren't so many other places to try. Nice views, the spectacular Roy's menu and friendly professional wait staff make this a go-To spot if your in... More

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Houma, Louisiana
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43 reviews 43 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2012

We visited Roy's on a Friday evening. We were able to call and make reservations for 3 very easily. Our family was seated immediately as we entered the restaurant. We chose indoor seating, though we were given the choice of outdoor seating, too. Our server was very attentive to us and our drinks were brought quickly. Our 13yo son ordered... More

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2012 via mobile

Wonderful variety of fresh seafood at fair price. Well located near the water, Roy's provides nice atmosphere with pleasant service, good wine list and always worth a re-visit.

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Santee
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

The location and ambience are fantastic and the service is excellent, but I have mixed reviews on the food. I tried Roy's Trio, a selection of their salmon, mahi mahi, and butterfish. Of the three, only the salmon was notable. We had also had the appetizer "canoe." The lobster potstickers were tasty, as were the ribs and lumpia. The spicy... More

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Austin,TX
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63 reviews 63 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2012

I have been to Roy's in a lot of places including Hawaii, I always like the food and the service. Took my customers here and we sat outside with a view of the bay. Heat lamps abound, so no worries. Food was raved about, so check mark again. I don't think you can go wrong here.

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