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Review of Roy's San Diego Waterfront

Roy's San Diego Waterfront
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Ranked #64 of 4,609 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Sushi, Asian, Polynesian, Hawaiian
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Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Scenic view, Bar scene, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Valet Parking, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cross street: 1st Avenue
Transit: MTS Trolley stop across the street enar the Convention Center & Marriott Hotel & Marina
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.
La Canada Flintridge, California
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211 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Wonderful cuisine!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2013

Great food, great staff, superb selections. The wait staff is very knowledgeable & attentive. I highly recommend!

Visited August 2013
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The Woodlands, Texas
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187 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
“Hint-- you can't beat the bar view and the locals....”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2013

Here is a suggestion, sit on the backside of the bar, have some cocktails, order the appetizer menu, (especially the ribs...a meal in themselves). You will get away inexpensively and might strike up a conversation with any of the large yacht owners who frequent the place. Tales of the seafaring wealthy set abound.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Michigan
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28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Roy's San Diego Waterfront”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2013

For fine dining, definitely worth a visit for at least one evening meal. If you sit outside, bring a sweater or jacket. Good service and excellent menu. Very accommodating. Excellent quality.

Visited September 2013
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Alpharetta
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Expansive view and menu”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2013

Beautiful location overlooking the bay. We enjoyed fresh sushi. The ahi melted in my mouth and the cocktails were strong

Visited September 2013
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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186 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Average Food”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2013

We have eaten at several Roys restaurants and this one was quite average. I ordered the seafood rissotto for $35 and the portion wasn't much more than you would expect for an appetizer and lacked any seasoning. My partner did not want seafood or red meat but there was NO chicken on the menu, he ended up ordering a chicken breast with rice that was on the kids menu, it was average at best as well. Unfortunate as the location is so beautiful.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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