I had tried to eat at Roy's on an earlier trip to Tampa only to find that it was closed for lunch that day. There was just something too tempting to resist about a Hawaiian fusion theme ranked so high in TripAdvisor. Don't let the name fool you. A title like Roy's can be misleading in its almost diner-esque feel but the entrees in this place are pure nirvana and the restaurant has a classy ambience from its dark interior, to the large wine collections that adorne the interior walls. This is a terrific place to take a date but I could also see it easily enjoyed by families and business partners. The smell of delicious caramelised seafood and meats greeted me upon entry as well as the comforting sights of a large sushi bar and impressive wine collection. We tried a little bit of everything on our visit from a delicious tuna sashimi poke appetizer to the excellent Hawaiian martinis and closed with a fresh and tasty pineapple dessert... but the highlight of the evening was the main dish of Hawaiian Style Misoyaki Butterfish. It can only be described as a dish that melts in your mouth after the tedious marination process it was put through as described by our exemplary server, Matt. We had ordered two dishes off the "From the Sea" menu and while my woman had a tasty spicy tuna concoction in front of her, without her speaking a word, the server recognized her disappointment when tasting it compared to her nibble of my butterfish plate and very quickly replaced her dish with the same from my order without a second thought or charge. I see some of the few lower star reviews for this restaurant were mainly centered on the sushi selection. There are a million sushi joints in this country, and while one of Roy's creative sushi rolls might make a good appetizer, you're cheating yourself if you don't order one of their delicious and creative fish entrees. The only drawback of this place is the price. We spent close to two hundred dollars after tax and tip but keep in mind we had the full deal including appetizer, dessert, several mixed drinks and a generous tip. Roy's has a few locations in the States, mostly in more populated regions, but doesn't feel like your typical chain steak and seafood house, and I would without a doubt recommend it to anyone looking for something a little different on the taste buds that provides a memorable experience.
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