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“Our Best Valentine's Dinner Yet!”
Review of Roy's - Sarasota - CLOSED

Roy's - Sarasota
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Private Dining, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: South Tamiami Trail
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.
Reviewed February 25, 2013 via mobile

This is our second trip to a Roy's restaurant. The food was fantastic and the staff was more than accommodating. My wife and I have vowed to visit every Roy's restaurant in Southwest Florida. We really can't say enough about how great our total experience was, because it is unlike any other restaurant we have visited in the past. Top quality on every level.

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Reviewed February 22, 2013 via mobile

Went there on Valentines day and loved it. Staff was very nice to us. Food was great. Even on a busy day like that we were greeted, served fast and we even got free macaroons. The atmosphere was inviting and perfect for that day.

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Reviewed February 15, 2013

There is nothing like outstanding service AND good food! So, often one or the other doesn't meet your expectations. Roy's exceeded in both categories. We enjoyed their Feb couples special which included appetizer, salad, steak and lobster and souffle for desert. Wonderful variety of sauces and flavors made for a memorable meal. We will be back!

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Reviewed February 14, 2013

We went here for happy hour with my sister and brother-in-law and had a wonderful experience.
Luckily, we got there early and found a great spot in the bar area. This place was cranking by the time we left. We all had several appetizers and they were excellent. The food was so good in fact that we are planning a dinner at Roy's-Chicago in April. Stop here for dinner or appetizers.
You will not be disappointed.
Jim and Linda Munro
Korner Kottage Bed & Breakfast
Suttons Bay, Mi

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1  Thank James R M
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Reviewed February 3, 2013

Last year, at this time, we were in Sarasota and decided to watch the Super Bowl at Roy's. This year, we started a tradition of going to Roy's on Super Bowl Sunday. Like last year, Roy's was not busy and a reservation was not difficult to make.
One difference from last year is the fact that my wife and I made a comparison visit to the original Roy's in Hawaii (Ko Olina). That gave us a perspective on the "mainland" Roy's. Mr Yamaguchin(Roy) made a good business decision to open on the mainland, because his properties in Hawaii are "truck stops". Case in point the Manager in Sarasota was so engaged with his customers, that everyone in the restaurant were given complimentary appetizers. That wasn't a possibility by the disengaged Hawaiian general manager. The GM in Sarasota was good enough to send us Clams and Mussels. Along with what the manager sent us, we ordered a sushi roll (lailani roll - wygu beef, and tuna). Our main course was Roy's Trio (3 fishes served 3 styles) and a whole snapper (with head and eyes and everything). For dessert we had Pineapple upside down cake and a lemon cheesecake. To a course, it was all great.
There were a couple of irritating issues that kept the score of the visit down. First, was our server. She seemed to be nervous and she rambled on with inane conversation and talk down to us on the menu options like we were 3rd graders. It was unsettling and the care for the table, like pouring wine on a timely manner, was absent. Speaking of wine, that's the 2nd problem with the visit. The wines list is overpriced. "One Hope" chardonnay $36? Really? That bottle retails in the real world for $10. We settled on a $32 bottle of "private label" chardonnay from Rutherford. It was surprisingly good, with a buttery finish.
Next year,If the schedule is right, I'll be back at Roy's having dessert at the bar watching the Super Bowl. You should too, it's not crowded and management treats you right. In fact, management should teach the managers back in Hawaii how to set up and run a restaurant.

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Jeannie L, Guest Relations Manager at Roy's - Sarasota, responded to this reviewResponded February 5, 2013

I hope you are a Raven's fan! Thank you for your honest review and we're glad you enjoyed Superbowl Sunday with us. We are sorry to hear about the couple of incidents that dampened your experience.

If you visit any of our other locations country-wide, please email me directly at jlee@roysrestaurant.com for your reservation. I will personally ensure that you receive nothing less than service by making your reservation directly with the manager.

Best wishes,
Jeannie Lee @ Roy's

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