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“At these prices, we have the right to expect better food”

Roy's - San Francisco
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Ranked #520 of 5,866 Restaurants in San Francisco
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Private Dining, Reservations
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.
Reviewed September 21, 2013

We typically shy away from corporate chain restaurants, including fancy ones like Roy's. But we received in the mail a $25 coupon which prompted us to give Roy's a try. We went with an open mind & hoped for the best. The result was less than stellar. We shared the lobster roll appetizer. A little skimpy on lobster, the dish tasted mostly of dressing and the raw onion topping. The Hawaiin bread, lightly toasted, was soft & tasty. Next, we had the fish trio. We liked the butter fish best, sauce was delish. The macadamia crusted mahi mahi was our least favorite, it tasted over-salted and flat. The salmon was okay. We also ordered the osso bucco. I appreciated the Asian treatment of this classic Italian dish, but the meat was overcooked and dry. I liked the congee, it was delicately flavored and pleasant. The big disappointment was the chocolate souffle dessert. It arrived dry and lukewarm. It tasted no better than Trader Joe's chocolate molten lava frozen dessert (which we love). It was a far cry from the chocolate molten cake at Cafe Claude, an excellent French bistro in SF. Now that's a dessert worth talking about! For 1 appetizer, 2 entrees, 1 dessert, 2 wine, 1 soda, and 1 coffee, the bill came out to $125. At these prices, customers have the right to expect much better food.

Thank MakiWong
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Reviewed September 15, 2013

We had a great time at the bar during their Happy Hour. Mixed drinks and some appetizers were 6 dollars each. What a deal. We each had a Mai Tai and the beef sliders. The drinks were potent and the sliders came with sweet potato fries and a dipping sauce. It was very good and exactly what we were looking for.

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Thank vandynurse
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Reviewed September 10, 2013

Went to Roy's on a recommendation of a good friend. Was very pleased. The service was efficient and not pushy. Both of us had fish and both meals were excellent in presentation and taste. Would go back again on the next visit.

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Thank rmc_colorado
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Reviewed August 31, 2013

On our trip to San Francisco-Sacramento-and Yosemite we dined Roys restaurant in San Francisco, We chose Roys because of its good reviews on Trip advisor and were not disapointed. The menu had many choices, all of which sounded wonderful and being 6 people in our group we all opted for a different entree and desert which we passed a bite or two to each person. Everyone in my party loved all six entrees and I would come here again if I were to go to San Francisco although I usually like to try new places when I travel. The only part of the evening that was not perfect is the high noise level that we experienced. We could hardly talk or hear the people on the other end of te table but I feel that the upper tables were not as noisy.

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Thank Mikefish
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Reviewed August 19, 2013

Food was average at best -- I expected more taste, creativity in plating. Service was slow. Ambiance was lacking -- little charm. About the only saving grace was an adjustment to our bill for food that was not as ordered and slow to arrive. I would not return.

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Thank Steve R
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