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“An Oasis of Great Food and Good Service in a Rip-Off City”

Roy's Waikiki Beach
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Ranked #21 of 2,438 Restaurants in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Hawaiian
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Neighborhood: Waikiki
Reviewed December 3, 2013

On the beach at Waikiki, you get what you PAY for -- and pay you do. The big hotels control the beach front and as you move inland from the water you are exposed to fast food operators and pseudo restaurants serving dried out mahi mahi that hasn't seen the sea for days. An oasis in this wasteland is Roy's Waikiki -- part of a chain -- but one of its best links. The staff was friendly and welcoming, and although it was a little noisy because it is on a popular street and we ate outside, the food and attentive service pushed that minor inconvenience into the background. The Kauai Prawns with oxtail mushroom ragu and potato gnocchi, served with baby arugula and bacon orange brown butter was wonderful. A strange sounding combination but perfectly prepared and absolutely delicious. So was the Chili Bubu Arare Crusted Tai Snapper. So fresh it melted in your mouth. A rare occurrence to get two home runs on the same evening. Each entree was plentiful and no more than $30. But as good as the food and wine was, the service was even better. Attentive, fresh and very helpful with a good sense of humor. Don't miss the Peanut Butter Crunch with Chocolate-Ginger Gelato. It capped off one of the best restaurant meals that we've had anywhere. And we have been around. The $110 price tag for two, including a bottle of crisp Palmino Pinot Grigio from California, made this an outstanding find in Waikiki.

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Reviewed December 2, 2013

Very good restaurant in Waikiki. Evidently beeing so popular the place was rather crowded. You cannot expect an intimate ambience. I had one of the best duck breast I can remember. Very good service. One of the best meal I had in Honolulu.

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Reviewed November 26, 2013

Always heard how great Roy's is.... Not so in Waikiki. Terrible ambience - very loud, lots of large parties. The Mahi-Mahi was served raw in the middle, so we had to send it back. Overall very mediocre food. The wait staff were very apologetic, but the overall impression was a very noisy and bustling atmosphere that was not the upscale restaurant we had expected.

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Reviewed November 26, 2013

The seared Ahi is the best I have ever had. It is not cheap but it is worth it. The 2 sauces complement each other perfectly. One is a butter base and the other is maybe worcestershire with mustard and maybe some wasabi in it. Don't quote me on the exact contents but they are great. I know this is a chain but it is a good one. Their beer selection is great and the Yard House is right around the corner.

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Reviewed November 23, 2013

Excellent food, attentive service, but as others have mentioned the noise is a bit of an issue. At times we had difficulty understanding what our servers and each other were saying. 3 of the tables immediately adjacent us were empty so I can only imagine the cacophony of a full house. A good acoustic consultant could easily fix this atmosphere issue.
The food was outstanding. The "Canoe for Two" appetizer was substantial and included two tender baby back ribs, grilled shrimp on a stick, a spicy tuna roll (4 pcs.), fried vegetable rolls, and two amazing crab cakes. The crab cakes were particularly noteworthy, I only wish they were bigger or had more of them on the plate. At $32 it was pricey, but not out of line for quality/quantity/tourist area. My Tetsu Poke arrived on a sizzling cast iron skillet and included a generous portion size. Simply Delicious. Companion's short rib was excellent.
Bill arrived with a $68 bottle of wine we did not order on it. This error was apologetically removed without issue, but I recommend double-checking your own receipt.
Unlike some other fusion restaurants, the portions do not leave you hungry (no 18" plates with one scallop on it).
Despite the noise, I think we would return. Fix the noise and this would be at or near the top of our list.

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