About Original Roy's, Hawaii Kai
For the past 25 years, guests have enjoyed Roy Yamaguchi's award winning Hawaiian Inspired Euro Asian Cuisine, globally sourced orignial wines and Roy's Aloha style of service. Roy's chefs utilize the freshest local ingredients, bold Asian spices, European sauces and focus on fresh seafood. A breathtaking view of Maunalua Bay may be enjoyed from the main dining room or private dining room that is available for a special occasion or business gathering.
Hawaii Regional Cuisine
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Saturday: 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Sunday: 5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Enjoy live entertainment:
Wednesday - Friday 6:30 PM-9:30PM
Saturday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Lyndsey Simone / Zameer Mallal General Manager
Private Party Facilities:
Please call for details.
Private Party Contact:
Carmen Yung: 8083967697x
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Original Roy's, Hawaii Kai Ratings and Reviews
Great location, nice view of the ocean, ...
Great location, nice view of the ocean, the waiter was kind enough to take the time and explained everything on the menu, due to our 1st time visit, and recommended the best tastings and favorite dishes on the menu.
Good service. Dishes from each course ta ...
Good service. Dishes from each course taken away very timely. I appreciate the option of "small plate" prices versus "regular portion" price. The seared ahi was thoroughly enjoyed. The kabocha soup very tasty especially with the tempura kabocha as garnish. Onaga and lup cheong was delicious.
This was the third consecutive year we c ...
This was the third consecutive year we celebrated our wedding anniversary at Original Roy's. We announced to each other this time, most likely with our mouths full, that it is a good tradition likely to be continued with the receipt of yet another $25 congratulations gift letter to be conveniently used one year from now. Why? Well, more than just the $, that's for sure!
The service is top-notch from stepping thru the door to walking out two hours later, our waiter passing by somewhere in between remarking, "Upon observation, that soufflé is a brownie. May I get a new one started for you?" We declined, focusing additional love and attention on the thick pumpkin cheesecake dressed in Mac nut crumble and bits of chocolate for a fun but sophisticated crunch. Our server removed the dessert from our bill, not something we asked for as we were eating the brownie in all of it's still fairly gooey glory, beautiful in its evening wrap of slowly softening vanilla decadence.
Yes, The food is delightful - local, fresh, creative and incredibly comfortable all pulled into one menu. Salads full of kale and Mac nuts, beef short ribs falling from the bone and ahi still struggling against the hook!!
And as we ate that lovely meal with gusto and only slightly guilty pleasure, we watched the sun set on the young couples having their engagement pictures, wedding pictures, baby announcement pictures, new baby pictures taken. It's a lovely view to enjoy with our celebration dinner.
But there is a downside. It's noisy. The open kitchen certainly contributes, and while I love this concept - have for many years - this one seems excessive in its output. The dining area is noisy. Ironically, I can almost always hear conversation at tables around us but not always the things my handsome husband is trying to tell me as I sit right beside him, enjoying our lovely 16th anniversary celebration. No worries. We'll be there for 17, but a little quiet would sure add to the romance!
This restaurant was fantastic! The wait ...
This restaurant was fantastic!
The wait staff were kind, efficient, helpful and completely professional.
My wife and I ordered seafood, and we can both say without a doubt that our dishes were the best cooked meals we have had. We found new favorites in the butterfish (black cod) and Roy's decadent Hot Chocolate lava cake souffle. The name is a mouthful no doubt, but it was delicious and a perfect way to finish off the evening's meal.
I ordered the seafood combo which consis ...
I ordered the seafood combo which consisted of, scallops, salmon, Alaskan king crab and shrimp tempura .
It was outstanding . The glass of Roys Pinot noir wine was excellent.
We also had the "canoe " appetizer for two for 37.00 and it was a nice assortment of pupus.
My guest had the meatloaf and Mac nut tart, he enjoyed it.
Staff was very accommodating , from the friendly hostesses downstairs and upstairs, to our waitress and bus person. All staff treated us as VIPs .
It was worth the drive from our residence in kahaluu all the way to Hawaii Kai .
We've also dined previously at Roys in Koolina . That location was also outstanding.
I've been to all three O'ahu locations, ...
I've been to all three O'ahu locations, and this one and the Kapolei location are my favorite. Great for special occasions because they make an effort to make it special. Tasting menu is highly suggested to get an good overview of the food options.
Roy's is our favorite restaurant! We alw ...
Roy's is our favorite restaurant! We always make a point of coming to the original Roys when we visit Honolulu. Year after year Roys maintains the highest standard of pacific rim dining- fresh fish, creative dishes and great service.
Thank you Roys for making every meal a special celebration of dining!
The staple of Hawaii original dining gur ...
The staple of Hawaii original dining guru, is showing its age. Respect and legacy is why I'm giving 3 stars. Don't get me wrong but it is a nice place & service was awesome.
I'm talking about the evolution of food. We are on the era of modern dining which includes experimentation of different ingredients to create a unique dish or menu. Roy's menu was still the same as it is 20 + years ago.
We were disappointed , and we might check off Roy's on our list.
Food was not impressive. We were done eating within 1 hour and 10 minutes. We felt that it was a rushed meal. Anyway, the legacy will continue to some diners. We will have to think about it if we are still going back. Sorry😞
I was a little disappointed with the foo ...
I was a little disappointed with the food and service this time. The service for this caliber restaurant was average. The staff is very young and inexperience but I thought the same at Allen Wong. The appetizers were good but the main entree was very very dried, not eatable. The server should have offer to take my food back but I had to complaint to the mgr. Either the chef was having a bad day or the quality control has gone down.
Our last visit to Roy's Hawaii Kai was o ...
Our last visit to Roy's Hawaii Kai was over 20 years ago and we were impressed by the service, the food, and the ambiance. Needless to say, they are still the great restaurant we've come to expect. The addition of the downstairs bar and lanai dining is a plus. We will definitely try that the next time we go. Hopefully, it won't be another 20 years from now.
A great place for a birthday celebration ...
A great place for a birthday celebration. We had a table next to the window facing Kalanianaole with a view of the coast and Diamond Head, as well as, the hills going into Hahaione Valley. Our wait staff were very attentive and the food excellent---especially the melting dark chocolate soufflé.
Once again, my family had the absolute b ...
Once again, my family had the absolute best meal at Roys!!!!! I was fortunate enough to enjoy the butterfish at the Roys in La Jolla this year, so when we were there last week I ordered it as part of the sampler. It was the best thing ever. My 79 year old dad came to Oahu with us as well as his 18 year old great granddaughter, and they had the meal of a lifetime. I will recommend Roys to anyone and everyone.
Our food was delicious. The Chinese sty ...
Our food was delicious. The Chinese style sauce over the opaka was great. My son had the rack of lamb which was exceptional. We appreciated the special birthday dessert for him and the vegan menu option for my daughter. Portions were good--we didn't feel there wasn't enough. The waiter who refilled water, etc was worth mentioning--classy, excellent service, attentive but never interruptive. We loved the view and the ambiance and will be returning!
The Thai Fried Snapper was not seasoned ...
The Thai Fried Snapper was not seasoned and was bland, the Caesar Salad was different(without an olive oil, garlic, anchovy base) and was also on the bland side. The butterfish sushi was excellent and the edamame was good. I was surprised that a Roy's would not offer bread upon seating though.
This was our first time to Roy's and we ...
This was our first time to Roy's and we were very impressed with the selection and quality of the food and the comfortable atmosphere - not stuffy at all. Our waiter was so helpful with descriptions of how certain items are prepared since we couldn't decide, and he was just attentive throughout along with the other wait staff.
We were celebrating our 38th anniversary and just had a great evening. Thank you also for the gift certificate - what a nice surprise! We will definitely be back.
We celebrated a special occasion here. ...
We celebrated a special occasion here. It is on the other side of the island for us but definitely worth the drive. The cuisine is unique and sumptious. I never saw beef marrow served as an appetizer but it was very delicious and was like spreading butter on the bread. The main dish was prepared perfectly with a lot. Even though I usually eat a lot I had extra to take home.
We received an extra dessert because of the special event. I do with the waiter would have warned us and we would have ordered 1 less dessert. As a result we gorged on desserts (some would say that isn't a problem!:) )
Roy's is consistently excellent and we l ...
Roy's is consistently excellent and we like the original location for convenience and sentimentality as well. It is a great place to celebrate a birthday or anniversary as several parties were during our dine there. Do not miss out on their chocolate soufflé for desert.
We have eaten at Roy's Waikiki and Roy's ...
We have eaten at Roy's Waikiki and Roy's Las Vegas. We were staying in Waikiki and wanted to eat out of the area and try the Original Roy's. Our dining experience was excellent. The flying dragon sushi roll was so good, as was my macadamia nut crusted opah. The best part of the dinner was the pineapple upside down cake, warm from the oven, served with vanilla ice cream. We shared one dessert, really wished I had my own! We loved each of our dining experiences at Roy's.
I've been to Roy's many many times and i ...
I've been to Roy's many many times and is my favorite restaurant. This last visit was very disappointing. It took a while for a server to come over and take our order. When we did get our drinks, the waitress spilt some a Hawaiian Martini on a visiting business colleague and didn't bother getting him another drink.....just another napkin to wipe himself off AND charged him for the spilt drink!! I didn't find this out until the next day when he had gone over his receipt. Reservation was at 6:45 pm, was seated at 7:10 pm, wasn't served until 8 pm. Only thing that was spot on was the bus person who made sure our water glasses were full. I would never want to be served by the same waitress again.
I have always wanted to eat at Roy's, so ...
I have always wanted to eat at Roy's, so my son recommended that, while in Hawaii, I eat at the original Roy's. I was not disappointed. I was greeted by an amazing view of beach, sea and mountains. The food was delicious, and the experience was unforgettable!
Perfect atmosphere and view, overseeing ...
Perfect atmosphere and view, overseeing the ocean. Hostess and server were great and very knowledgeable on menu and wine drinks. The deserts was outstanding. My family enjoyed the dining. The food was a little blend and dry but my wife enjoyed hers, Kauai shrimp scampi. Overall, the experience was positive and enjoy full. Would recommend to friends.
Roy's staff was phenomenal. They are ver ...
Roy's staff was phenomenal. They are very customer focused and want you to have the best dining experience that you can get. The food is amazing. Best meatloaf my wife or I have ever had. The staff can explain every dish exactly the way it comes and they are open to make it the way you want. I would definitely go back to Roy's and recommend anyone that wants a nice, fancy, quiet dinner to go here.
This was a return visit for us. We went ...
This was a return visit for us. We went to this restaurant when they first opened and it still has excellent food. generally speaking I think it is priced a little too high. That said, amazing product. Service could have been a little more attentive for the prices charged. We didn't want t big meal and as soon as that was known, the attention span diminished. We'd go back though because of the food.
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