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“Not the same experience as in Hawaii.”

Roy's - San Francisco
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Ranked #412 of 5,645 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $30
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Good for: Families with children, Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: SoMa
Cross street: Between 1st and 2nd
Transit: BART (Montgomery Exit) MUNI (Mission #12)
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.
Poway, CA
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108 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Not the same experience as in Hawaii.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2013 via mobile

Having eaten at many Roy's, I'll eventually learn not to trust those outside of Hawaii. They just aren't the same. The menus are somewhat different, legitimately due to differences in the availability of fresh ingredients, but the local menus don't seem adjusted to take advantage of what's available in California. The execution just isn't there, and when coupled with high prices, the experience can't be rated very highly. If you're a foodie, look elsewhere while in SF, and save your Roy's money for Waikiki.

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Jeannie L, Guest Relations Manager at Roy's - San Francisco, responded to this review, January 8, 2013
I'm so sorry that your visit to Roy's SF did not meet your expectations. We know how magical the Roy's in Hawaii is. We'd love to reach out to you. What is the best way to connect? My email is jlee@roysrestaurant.com and I'd love to hear from you.

Mahalo for your time, and Happy New Year to you!

Jeannie Lee (Roy's Restaurant)
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Monterey, California
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40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2012

First time to Roys! Love the atmosphere and the food was GREAT! Waitstaff was friendly, attentive, and knowledgable. Will definitely be going back when we are in the city!

Visited November 2012
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Foster City, California, United States
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116 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Excellent Service and Tasty Food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2012

We were able to make a last minute reservation and when we asked them to move our table they happily did it. The service is excellent and the food is just as good. My son had the fixed price and enjoyed for a good cost a three course meal. I had the tiger prawns which were done perfect. The drinks are tropically refreshing. Dress up and enjoy or go in casual doesn't matter.

  • Visited November 2012
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Edmonton, Canada
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59 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Great service - wonderful meal”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2012

This was one of the best meals we had in San Francisco. The evening started at the bar where the we had the best bartender. Appetizers and drinks were delicious. Then out meal where we had the best service and meal. We were also given a complimentary dessert as we were celebrating out anniversary on this holiday. One of the most special dinners ever.

  • Visited July 2012
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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51 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Delicious Business Dinner”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2012

Very good atmosphere at Roy's - perfect for my colleagues and I to conduct business while enjoying a great meal. Roy's is very consistent between locations - whether you're in Hawaii or the mainland, the food is consistently well done.

Visited April 2012
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