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, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, 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
Small portions although food was very go ...
Small portions although food was very good. Service was poor. The waiter had too many tables to wait on! We had to ask several times for water and waited way too long for the main dish? Is this what assembly line dining has become?
Our guest tried to order a cocktail and ...
Our guest tried to order a cocktail and was told the bar was so backed up it would probably be 20 minutes. And there were several empty tables.
Ordered a side dish that arrived as plates were being cleared. Not sure why we would ever return. Food is good, but not good enough to offset very poor service.
Waiter was very friendly, but I do not think he understood a 20 minute wait for a cocktail and delivery of side as dessert was a problem.
We had not been to Roy's for about a yea ...
We had not been to Roy's for about a year. We went with friends who had not been there for a while either. We got there at 6:00 p.m., well before the restaurant got busy (as it did about 7:00 p.m.). Our entrees took two hours (two hours, five minutes to be exact) and, when they arrived, they got two of the four wrong and another one was under-cooked (rare after specifically ordering it medium). Our waiter, a young man, did all he could to under circumstances not of his making. In the end, the manager came by and said we would not receive a bill for the meal. We left the waiter an appropriate cash tip. Beyond the above, we felt like the value of the food had slipped. The food itself was as good as always but, you know the feeling of when you can afford something but do not buy it because the value is not there? That is how we felt - the prices have climbed and it seemed like Roy's feels they are so desirable as a restaurant that they can charge those prices. There are many excellent choices for dining in San Diego and Roy's needs to try a little harder to regain its former balance of ambiance, high quality food, good service, and overall value.
Love this location because of it's acces ...
Love this location because of it's accessibility (geographically and getting a table on short notice), and although not on the waterfront, still a great looking place. Service is always fantastic from the second you walk through the door. Changes to the wine list meant our first pick wasn't available, but the manager let us try a couple options and the wait staff did a good job managing a bunch of small tables along with a large party. Butterfish is always to die for, and the ribeye was cooked perfectly with very good sides. Chocolate souffle is a must, and was on-point as always. All in all Roys La Jolla offers 99% of what we'd normally go downtown for, without the crowds, hassle, or the price... a great spot with great value.
Two of us ordered the shrimp salad with ...
Two of us ordered the shrimp salad with avocado and were very disappointed. Seemed like one shrimp was cut into small pieces. And I know avocado prices have gone up - but if you're going to include a microscopic portion, then take it off the menu.
I've been a customer for about 10 years. ...
I've been a customer for about 10 years...I've been to the restaurant as Roy's has changed ownership 2-3 times, and has progressively gotten worse. The latest was the straw that broke the camel's back. Edamame is no longer given (you have to ask for it so it takes longer), they give 4 ribs vs. 5 or 6 back when there was a different owner, they messed up my sushi roll order (forgot the truffle oil) then charged me full price for it, they got rid of a cookie with the dessert sundae (a bad move), and Roy's trio was inflexible as far as the fish choice to substitute whereas it was never a problem before. I blame all of this on the new owner who seems to be cutting costs at the expense of service and food quality. I'm never going back to a Roy's again. They suck.
Food is only fine but totally shamed on ...
Food is only fine but totally shamed on the price. Salad noodle is starchy, slummy and no taste. Service is horrible, horrible. I've not experienced such terrible restaurant service for years. Sorry to bring my best friends from other states. We waited for more than an hour to get our appetizer, and another 40min for main dish. What's most funny is we ordered knuckle, the waiter asked as how well we wanted it cooked. Seriously??? Never heard of medium raw knuckle. Did the restaurant let the waiter taste all dishes?!!!
Not a great experience. The Butter Fish, ...
Not a great experience. The Butter Fish, which was highly recommended, was more about the butter than the fish. Very greasy. Also had a Filet Mignon with Shrimp and it was dry, unflavorful and lacking juiciness. This was a $175 dinner and was not worth it. We won't go back.
Terrible service, waiter seemingly did n ...
Terrible service, waiter seemingly did not listen and told us things that were not correct.
From order time to meal on table was too long and the waiter said numerous times to our inquiry that the food was coming which was not true. The place was not busy and there
was by my view many people in the kitchen.
We enjoyed our meal, the waiter was exce ...
We enjoyed our meal, the waiter was excellent.
My only complaint is that 3 out of the 5 water glasses at our table were dirty when we sat down. After being brought to the waiters attention, he promptly replaced them, unfortunately the replacement glasses weren't much better. My martini glass felt grimy and sticky.
My reservation was for 7:15, we arrived ...
My reservation was for 7:15, we arrived at 7:08 and was told to set down until are reservation was ready. While waiting the hostess seated two parties without reservations while we waited until 7:28. When I make a reservation which I was 7 minutes early, I want to be seated on time and before non reservations. hostess had an attitude about seat us on time
Made 7:30 reservation and ordered a drin ...
Made 7:30 reservation and ordered a drink at the bar and table was ready before we finished so not a long wait at all. Hostess used the menus to move/shove table settings. Greeted by server in good time and gave him our AmEx discount card. Food was tasty but the food runner did as the hostess and used plates rather than hands to make room. Asked for bill and discount not applied but was redone quickly. All the service issues I blame on management. This isn't Carl's Jr. or Denny's dining and prices. Train your employees on quality and proper table service and I'd give your establishment 4/5 stars. No wonder they have coupons out.
Great food, but slow service. From the t ...
Great food, but slow service. From the time we sat at our table, until we received our appetizers, was 40 minutes. It took approximately 60 minutes to receive our entrees. For the price of the meals, I would expect better service.
We were terribly disappointed in this re ...
We were terribly disappointed in this restaurant. It was loud, under-staffed, and my swordfish was quite dry. The prices were high, which would not have been a problem if the service and food had been a worthwhile investment.
Wow, the food , atmosphere and the servi ...
Wow, the food , atmosphere and the service was amazing. I will pay $100 dollars in a heart beat to live that moment again. It was my husband and I anniversary and they took a picture of us and gave it to is for a memory, and our table was said happy Anniversary Mr. & Mrs. G .. Love it !!
The food is superb but I was disappointe ...
The food is superb but I was disappointed with the service. Had to ask for the complimentary edamame (which is their equivalent of a bread basket). Drinks were not refilled expeditiously nor were plates or glasses removed in any timely manner. Our friend asked for the wine menu toward the end of our meal. It never came. We were not checked on much and when we were it was always a different person. Everything just seemed slow and it was not that busy. I liked the personality of one of the servers or perhaps he was the back server who served us part of the night but no consistency in service at all. I expected more overall since our entrees were upwards of $38 each for a small piece of butterfish.
Always a great choice. One in our party ...
Always a great choice. One in our party ordered the blackened Ahi, which is supposed to be served rare. The chef left it on too long and it was served well done. Needless to say, we sent it back. 2nd time it came out perfectly.
My wife and I arrived at our reserved ti ...
My wife and I arrived at our reserved time and found our table waiting. We both ordered fish. My wife had the halibut which we cooked to perfection. I had the salmon which was a little under done for my taste. We brought our own bottle of wine, which to our surprise came with a corkage fee. The service was excellent as usual. I would recommend this place to other minus the personal wine and corkage fee.
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