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/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
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.
Dessert was great. Roy's is usually a de ...
Dessert was great. Roy's is usually a dependable dining experience. However, Presentation of entrees has changed - not as nice or pleasuring to the eye as they once were. Food is just sort of thrown together with little thought. A few examples, I ordered the sugar glazed grilled salmon. This is one of their signature dishes and should be served this way. The piece of salmon I received was very small (what I would have expected the kids portion to be) and overdone. The char marks were black and crunchy at the ends. It was simply thrown into a bowl with a preformed block of rice and a couple of limp pickled vegetables.
My kids appetizer of quesadilla and fresh vegetables was just put it a bread plate and served. These used to be in a criss-cross form to appeal to kids and make them feel special, one of the unique things Roy's does is include this appetizer as part of the kids meal- this is nice. The presentation was not. They also ordered the kids salmon the piece of salmon they received measured about 1.5 inches x 1.5 inches with the same pre-formed block of rice. This is a kids meal; but that is for a kid 10 and under, not 3 and under. This was Roy's La Jolla....I was at Roy's Chandler, Arizona last month and had a completely different experience. It was wonderful and the food was great - which is why I decided to revisit my local Roy's, unfortunately I was disappointed.
We celebrated our 40th wedding anniversa ...
We celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary with a special brunch at Roy's. It turned out to be extra special since we were the only ones in the restaurant. We had great service and spectacular food: filet mignon benedict and lobster & shrimp omelet. This brunch is now in our memory bank as the best we ever experienced!
We sat in the bar and enjoyed great appe ...
We sat in the bar and enjoyed great appetizers and cocktails at happy hour prices which was awesome. Best Hawaiian Martini! At the time of our dinner reservations we were seated at a great table with a friendly waitress. She gave us just the right amount of attention and the food is always excellent.
The place was completely empty. When ask ...
The place was completely empty. When asking for vegetarian menu all the server could suggest was a salad. When I asked her to do a stir fry they did a terrible job with it.
No one was really happy with their food, no wonder the place was completely empty. What a shame that Roys that used to be our favorite place in hawaii is so terrible here.
Customer service & food presentation sim ...
Customer service & food presentation simply superb & exceptionally beautiful! We read the previous reviews "before" our visit, then selected our food choices @ home. Wise decision and recommendation for Roy La Jolla-goers! Our visit was made online. The table was ready & personalized with our names & "26th Anniversary" printed in a framed 5x7 name card. Touching! We arrived slightly off peak hours (5pm) on purpose to avoid delays of being served; this was a common reported shortcoming we did not want to experience for our special occasionan. We ordered delicious Spring rolls & lobster wontons for appetizers. Then, the Seafood Trio with asparagus, Seared Scallops, Broccolini, & Crusted Macaroni & Bacon as our entrees. They served a tasty/spicy Asian-fusion dipping sauce with the appetizers that we found also went well with the entrees! Delicious!! They brought another small round of the sauce for the asking, without hesitation. Pat, our charismatic waiter, took care of us as if we were his personal house guests--excellent host! He took our pictures with our cell phones multiple times and also gave us "to die for" no flour chocolate lava cake & ice cream as a special gift on the house, to top off & celebrate our joyous celebration! We highly recommend all of the above steps to prepare before you go & the food choices we enjoyed. Roy's is VERY, VERY pricey, the portions are small, the delivery of food from order to the table can be a lil' longer than what you may expect, but the experience can be memorable if you plan ahead and be prepare. We don't drink alcohol, and Pat even fixed us a couple of orange juice and cranberry spritzers. For those who do drink, the list is quite extensive. We wish ALL (who take the time to read & heed this review) the same or even better experience than we had on our first romantic visit!
My son's girlfriend was in town who love ...
My son's girlfriend was in town who loves sushi. I wanted to take her somewhere special so I chose Roy's. (I usually take out of town guest to Seasons 52.) I was surprise how limited the menu selection was compared to Seasons 52. I ordered the Thai Chicken option but that to pick something else they were out of chicken from the night before. Really? Something as common as chicken you are out of, especially since you know about it from the previous night and especially you don't have that many items on the menu to begin with.
I ordered a Lintel Rose wine. It tasted very thin. I replaced it with darker Rose wine. (The server didn't what Rose it was, but then again, I didn't ask.) It still tasted watered down. Even my son tried it and agreed. But I told the server it was okay because I didn't want to bother with another attempt to get a good glass of wine.
I will say the food was presented very well and taste wonder. Also, the server was very nice and prompt. But all in all, the experience was not memorable enough for me to go back.
We were so excited to have dinner at Roy ...
We were so excited to have dinner at Roy's last night. We started off by sharing a wedge salad, it was small and very mediocre, the ones at Truluck's and Flemings are far superior.
For our main course we had Hibachi Salmon and Macadamia nut crusted Mahi Mahi. The salmon was tasty but the portion was tiny it came with a scoop of rice it was not worth $29. The Macadamia nut crusted Mahi was total disappointment at $39, it had absolutely NO TASTE whatsoever! I guess it could have tasted fishy which would have been worse than having no taste. Sauce was tasteless, fish was tasteless, it came with one mini red potato that was sliced into 3 quarter sized pieces, I think they were boiled and also tasteless, 3 spears of asparagus (they tasted like asparagus). The Macadamia crusted fish at Humphreys is fantastic and less expensive. We also ordered a side of Parmesan french fries at $6.90, how could you go wrong with that. Well the oil tasted rancid. We ate everything because we were hungry, and because it was a $90 bill, but it was terrible and we left hungry - we joked that we were going to go to in-and-out after, but it really wasn't a joke. We will not be going back.
We were very impressed with all aspects ...
We were very impressed with all aspects of our visit. We had a toddler with us and the extra attention, crayons and snack plate, were unexpected but had us impressed. Everyone in our group enjoyed the food. The service was wonderful. Not overbearing but just enough attention and very timely clearing empty dishes away. Already planning our next visit.
Our reservation was for 7:45 we were sea ...
Our reservation was for 7:45 we were seated at 8:20 and finally ordered at 8:50. Received the wrong entree, waiter spilled full glass of water on us, did not apologize. He was going to seat us at another table but none had been cleaned. Food was fair and experience poor. Way understaffed with no concern for customer service. We will not be back.
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.
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