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“Extraordinary Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Roy's

Roy's
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Ranked #180 of 3,762 Restaurants in Orlando
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Sushi, Polynesian, Hawaiian, Asian
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Good for: Bar scene, Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Dr Phillips Blvd.
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.
San Jose, California
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109 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Extraordinary Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2013

Our hotel concierge recommended Roy's and it ended up being one of the best dining experiences we've had! Our waiter, James, made the evening extraordinary. He was incredibly personable and a lot of fun. From the time we opened the menu and saw the customized "welcome" with our party's name to the end of the evening when we were provided with a ride back to the hotel in an SUV (instead of the taxi we requested), this was the best dining experience we had all week. It was like we were celebrating a special occasion, but we weren't!

As we reviewed the menu, we were brought a bowl of edamame, perfectly seasoned. After deciding what we thought we wanted, James provided us better descriptions as well as suggestions of some of the menu items. We were pleasantly perplexed as to what to order, as everything sounded so darn good. We ended up with the spiced pork ribs appetizer....sooooo good! Hot, wet towels were provided with this appetizer. Did I mention how good these were?

For the entrees we had the andouille-crusted snapper and macadamia-crusted mahi mahi--both very good. The chef is from the South, which was evident from the southern touches on the menu and the side of tempura okra I had...very good! Dessert consisted of chocolate soufflé and the bread pudding. The bread pudding was the only item that was "just ok". After the meal, the restaurant manager? came by to ask if everything met our expectations, to which we answered in unison that it EXCEEDED our expectations!

We loved Roy's so much that two nights later after eating a very disappointing meal at a nearby restaurant, we walked to Roy's for dessert. Although the restaurant stops seating at 10pm and we arrived at 10:20, they still agreed to seat us since we were only there for dessert. We asked for James, but he had already left for the evening. Being the end of the night, there was a noticeable difference in the level of service we received from our previous experience. This night's waiter was almost dismissive and not in any way personable. The same restaurant manager did not come by our table at all, but did visit other tables. We waited for him, but he never acknowledged us. We watched as he came back out with jacket removed and proceeded to what appeared as counting the night's earnings. We were the last guests to leave for the night, so I suppose the staff was just anxious to get off work.

I would definitely visit again, but only if James is working!

  • Visited June 2013
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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226 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
“Roy's always delivers”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2013

Solid quality, good portions. I split a salad with green goddess style dressing with dh, he had a red snapper crusted with andouille sausage, and I had my staple, butterfish with bok Choy and rice. Tried their pineapple martini, excellent (and strong) ! DH had an old fashioned which he raved about . Our server was wonderful, and really was fun and attentive without being intrusive. Had to get the pineapple upside down cake ...omg so good. She even got us a chocolate soufflé on the house as it was our 15 year wedding anniversary. Yes, Roy's is a chain, but there is a reason we have eaten here in Naples, Tampa, Orlando, and Baltimore. It delivers!

  • Visited June 2013
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San Antonio
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161 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Don't miss the Happy Hour!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2013

Although Roy's is a chain, the quality of the food and drinks is excellent. There are drink specials and appetizer's served from around 4:30 to 6:00 which are a great value. Lobster pot stickers for $6 are great. The dinner menu has a lot of seafood items, along with a few meat dishes. All of the fish we had was fresh and great tasting. I would definitely recommend eating at Roy's.

Visited June 2013
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Thank Bill S
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Orlando, Florida
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34 reviews
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“Great food and great atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2013

Roy's was a great experience. Our reservation got us to our table that we requested at the time we requested. The service was excellent as was the food. Of the restaurants on this stretch of Sand Lake, this is the one I would choose to go back to again and again.

Visited June 2013
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Thank Stephen M
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Brighouse, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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“roys orlando florida”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2013

while on holiday in orlando we read a review for roys, we booked a table for later that week and it's by far the best meal i have had while on holiday the food was great the staff were very funny the service was great, we always try to eat out in nice places while on holiday i would advise anyone to go to this wonderful restaurant

  • Visited June 2013
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