About Roy's - La Jolla
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.
We invite you to join us at Roy's La Jolla located at the heart of La Jolla's bustling business district.
Seafood, Sushi, Steakhouse
Hours of Operation:
Open Daily at 11AM
Lunch 11AM - 4PM
Aloha Hour 4-7PM
Dinner 5PM - Close
Nobel Drive (University Town Center's Costa Verde Shopping Center)
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Valet is $5 / vehicle (not hosted), $7 / vehicle (hosted), complimentary self parking in front of / below the restaurant.
Bus stop within walking distance
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
PACIFIC RIM COOKING CLASS
Third Saturdays, Noon - 2 pm
$50 per person
(price includes lunch, experience, one class of wine, excludes tax and gratuity)
Join Chef Charles Andres and learn to create the quintessential Pacific Rim experience in your own home. At this special lunch and learn, you'll discover the skills needed to recreate each of these dishes at home, to the delight of your friends and family! Monthly classes are seasonally themed, so please email firstname.lastname@example.org of call (858) 455-1616 for details.
Waina Hui (wine club) is our monthly gathering of friends to sample wines from around the world and to share in the enticing flavors of Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion cuisine.
Cost is $25 per guest and tastings are held monthly from 5:00-6:30pm and include a sampling of Roy’s signature appetizers. Reservations required.
Elegantly remodeled in 2013, Roy’s La Jolla is located in the popular University Towne Center area, near La Jolla's conference hotels and adjacent to the popular UTC Mall. A variety of Private and Semi-private room options are available to accommodate group luncheons, dinners and cocktail receptions
Roy's - La Jolla Ratings and Reviews
Food was absolutely wonderful! Husband h ...
Food was absolutely wonderful! Husband had the Roy's trio and I had the scallops! Great presentation and my husband said each portion of the trio was awesome although he said the butterfish melted in your mouth! That's the first time I've tried butterfish and I would have to agree that it was phenomenal, so much so that I asked our waiter if it came as a stand alone entrée. The specialty dessert was a pineapple upside down cake which was to die for. Warm cake and tidbits of pineapple covering it, so refreshing and light! We can't wait to go back. Ambience was not as great with the bulldozers working on a Sunday night right outside the large picture windows but that wasn't the restaurant's fault.
I used to go to this restaurant once a w ...
I used to go to this restaurant once a week, not any more. The host didn't sit us until helping other people who didn't have a reservation, making us wait a significant amount of time and not even giving us menus. The server was really nice, but we were told that we had to order their pineapple cake at the beginning because it took 20 min to prepare. It was ready only after 90 min because they forgot, and we didn't even get anything complimentary. Everybody appearing nice but no real value. To me that means they favor passer-bys instead of regulars, not a good business practice.
I always go to Roys to enjoy my favorite ...
I always go to Roys to enjoy my favorite dish, butterfish with Bok Choy and rice. It has been the same for every other occasion, no surprises, always wonderful!
Well, this last time, my butterfish was grilled almost black, super sugary, and a very thin tail end serving. My server was very accommodating, as was the manager, and replaced the meal to suit me. Why oh why did they change this dish? As they say, if it isn't broke, don't fix it! Now I am supposed to ask for a different cut of Butterfish to avoid the tail end piece! I can't even remember what cut to ask for. I just want it the way it always was!
😒😔😕 Marilyn Benstead
It was my Husband's Birthday and we went ...
It was my Husband's Birthday and we went as a couple. Greeted from the beginning with Happy Birthday and our table had beautiful flowers scattered on the white table cloths. The service was outstanding and the food worth the price. Overall amazing experience.
Meh. I want to like Roy's more than I re ...
Meh. I want to like Roy's more than I really do. I've met Roy and he seems like a humble guy who's created a successful business (empire). The concept, which was once fresh and original, now seems tired and jejune. Time for a complete re-do. Our server was friendly and helpful. Unfortunately my wife's food arrived cold ( and she's not super picky). They remade it, and it arrived slightly before I was done with my dish. They comped our appetizer (delicious lobster pot stickers), which was appreciated. My wife likes Roy's better than I, so we'll probably be back. I keep hoping they'll capture the magic they once had, but I'm not optimistic.
I've always been happy about Roy's for d ...
I've always been happy about Roy's for dinner or afternoon happy hour and tried it for lunch today for the first time. They have great lunch combos at about $15 per plate and excellent service and experience altogether. It was pretty empty so not sure how many people know they are open for lunch or think of this as a midday option.
Very disappointed. Food was just OK and ...
Very disappointed. Food was just OK and fairly expensive for what you got. Service was fair, especially we were there early before a movie and place was almost empty. Big surprise- a Hawaiian originated restaurant doesn't serve Kona coffee. Shame on you
We celebrated my husband's birthday at R ...
We celebrated my husband's birthday at Roy's and he was recognized from the moment we arrived. Both hostesses wished him Happy Birthday and when we got to the table, there was a charming, personalized Happy Birthday message along with small flowers, ribbon and a candle. Our server, Anthony, was outstanding in every way. Both dishes, surf/turf and macadamia crusted mahi mahi were incredible. Our special occasion was completed with a delicious, personalized birthday dessert. Roy's knows how to do it right!!!
Will go back.
The hostess took a while to seat us even though we had a reservation. Otherwise, the fish (trout and mahi mahi), wine (Lyric by Etude pinot noir) and service was excellent. They were also quick as we told the waitress that we had a movie start time and she made it happen!
Overpriced, slow service!
I never write reviews but I feel obliged to express my dissatisfaction with our experience. I've eaten at Roy's in Florida and was excited to visit while in San Diego. The food was less than interesting ($42 for a bland piece of fish), unanimous by all five diners. Last visit to Roy's.
Mother's Day brunch
I expected the Mother's Day Brunch at Roy's to be pretty busy, but I was still somewhat disappointed by the pacing of our meal. It took nearly an hour and 45 minutes just to have the appetizer and entree, and I felt that with the simplicity of the brunch menu there was no good reason that couldn't have been a half hour faster than that. We might have ordered dessert if things were faster.
Overall, our food was good. The lobster benedict was very good, as was the macadamia pancakes. The prime rib was decent, but was somewhat lacking and a bit overcooked (closer to medium well than medium rare). Also, the pancakes were probably overpriced for what was offered - some sort of meat addition (e.g. bacon) would have probably made it acceptable.
Our server did a good job, but she obviously was busy.
We dine out most nights and this was our ...
We dine out most nights and this was our first time dining at Roys. We were delighted that we were seated at a nice booth bordering the bar and the main restaurant. This was nice, quiet, and just perfect for us to dine sitting side by side. The service was terrific, the ambience lovely, and the food even better! We both ordered the chicken dish and it was absolutely delicious! Overall the dining experience was superb!
Delicious food and great service
I've been to Roy's downtown but this was my first visit to the UC/La Jolla location. It was my mom's birthday and I really appreciate how the staff went out of the way to make it special with a card at the table, a special dessert and a picture they took, printed and gave to us to keep. Roy's is a little expensive but the fish dishes -- we had the butter fish and salmon -- and the sides were perfectly prepared and delicious. This is an ideal restaurant for a special occasion. The service was excellent as well.
We came here to have lunch. The restaura ...
We came here to have lunch. The restaurant opened at 11:00 am and we were the only 2 people there at 11:00 am. The waiter was nice and we placed our order within 5 minutes. It took 45 minutes for our lunch to arrive! We were still the only two people in the restaurant by this time. There were no explanations for why it took so long to prepare our lunch. I had short ribs over rice. My rice was cold but the rib was good. My friend ordered pulled pork sandwich with French fries. The sandwich was ok but the fries were greasy. Overall the experience was disappointing. We will not return.
Such a disappointment. Food took foreve ...
Such a disappointment. Food took forever. Clearly the kitchen was short staffed. Medium well filet mignon was some weird glued together meat parts (not filet) burnt on the outside and rare on the inside. Wahoo on lentils was unremarkable.
I have eaten at Roy's many times. This was the first bad experience.
Management and waiter were apologetic and comped the steak.
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