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Roy's San Diego Waterfront

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333 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101-7709 (1st Avenue)
+1 619-239-7697
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Mililani, Hawaii
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35 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I dined here twice, once for lunch and once for dinner, experiencing two very different meals. Both times I ordered the prix fixe. For lunch service was slow and sloppy. I was two bites in The appetizer when the entree was brought out. The salad was way over dressed and soggy. Overall the meal was unpleasant. Dinner the night before... More 

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Key West, Florida
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I meet for dinner and drinks with a business associate and his wife every time a conference brings us to San Diego. The serene marina front atmosphere, complete with fires lighted when the chill sets in is so perfect (we much prefer the outside seating). The conference itself is pretty intense for us Midwestern folk (think, "BUY!...SELL!..NOW!").... More 

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Cedar Falls, Iowa
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51 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I dined at Roys last week when I was in town with some friends. Two of us were gluten and soy free, one was normal dining :-) First, while there are a lot of menu options, there are only a handful of gluten free options. I am always surprised by the lack of gf options in a $$$ establishment. I... More 

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Glendale, Arizona
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48 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was my first time in San Diego and I wanted to treat my wife to a romantic dinner. Roy's did not disappoint. We were greeted by a kind sophisticated host and seated by a window view of the marina. It was right about sunset so the stage was set for a wonderful dinner. Our waiter was young, funny and... More 

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Shreveport, Louisiana
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27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

$133 for two on a very average meal. Over priced for the quality. TripAdvisor needs to get the pricing right. We had steaks. Wife's filet mignon was okay. My $42 ribeye was not as good as an Outback steak. We were seated at a table with a vent blowing cold air directly on us and our food. It was so... More 

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Woodinville, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Not the least expensive restaurant on the waterfront, but well worth the price. Everything from the sushi to the steak was amazing. Can't think of anything at all that could be improved! Despite being very busy, service was excellent. A great restaurant to visit, whether you're staying at the Marriot or not.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was a great evening in San Diego, we went to dinner with friends and the weather was great. We sat outside at Roy's, the service was great and the food was better. There was eleven of us so we hit a verity of foods, no one at our table had a complaint. It was a great evening, I would... More 

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Riverside, California
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35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have enjoyed Roy's both on the mainland and in Hawaii many times over the past 20 years or so. Our family of 10 enjoyed a dinner celebrating our 50th Anniversary which was arranged by our daughter. The service was great and the food was delicious as always. Due to a party of 123 that were seated ahead of us... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I have been to the Roy's in La Jolla on several occasions, but tonight was our first visit to this location. The service was lovely as was the view, but it was definitely the food that will bring us back here. Although I'm sure they are using the same recipes at both sites, both my husband and... More 

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Orange, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

$350 for a family of 4 adults and 2 children is quite expensive. (only 3 drinks) Had to send back two steaks (overcooked) and after we enjoyed the food in Hawaii so much we were very, very disappointed.

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Restaurant Details

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
Average prices
$10 - $30
Cuisine
American, Polynesian, Hawaiian, Pacific Rim, Gluten Free Options, Japanese, Seafood, Sushi, Asian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining, Valet Parking, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Scenic view, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 333 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101-7709
    (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
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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