About Roy's - La Jolla
San Diego, CA 92122
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
Made a reservation but was forced to wait 30 minutes for a table. The food was mediocre for the price. Grilled salad was soggy, plates were not hot as if they were sitting in the window, the plates looked like they were thrown together in a rush, and it seemed like the staff were too flustered with the amount of people seated. If I am going to pay $100/person, I expect the food to at least be hot and cooked properly. There are plenty of better restaurants in the area where my money could be better spent.
Being it was Valentine's Day and having a reservation that we would have a quaint table for 2
Instead we were in the overfill room with others and it was noisy
Ambience was not very desiring per the occasion
I may as welll be seated at the bar which seems more romantic
No valentine theme at the tables were seated at with the price of the menu would have made the dinner nice
A table in the main room were the ambience was more preferred was what I had in mind
The evening was just ok :-(
I will reserve Valentine's Day at another restaurant in the future.
Our server Max was amazing!
He made the evening bearable and dinner enjoyable 👍
We've spent many Valentine Anniversaries at Roy's La Jolla, the prix fix menu had more choices than in the past, but they really crammed the tables in for this Valentine's Day, not very romantic with someone at the next table with his back so close. Waitress was pretty swamped too and not very attentive as in the past.
This experience was just okay. I had asked in my reservation for an intimate booth or table and when I arrived this was not even acknowledged by the host's nor were we seated accordingly. Had a nice view of the service entrance and the kitchen. If I were a professional chef I guess I would like that but I want to pay attention to my date. It seemed that the restaurant wasn't too busy w/ many open tables so I don't know why I was seated there? I believe that the staff didn't even look at the request. I expect more from Roy's. The food was ordinary, the Butterfish was not light a delicate but instead a clump of fish with an abundant sauce that over powered the delicasy of the seafood. Really too much could't even really enjoy the fish. My Ribeye was okay a very thin cut so it was very hard to get the medium rare temperature I asked for, it was med at best. Over all not the experience I would expect from Roy's or any restaurant at their price point. Maybe it was an off night... but I didn't pat off nigh prices this is why the value was low for me.
We've eaten here before and as always the food did not disappoint. Our waitress was great and didn't let our drinks get too low without offering another or making sure our waters were replenished. No complaints other than a busboy being careless and dropping a butter knife on my husband's arm and leg. He apologized but just carelessness....otherwise great.
I like Roy's which located in UTC with his delicious meal and great service.But in my last dinner I was disappointed by two moments.
cocktail,a lot of ice.It was like "ice-cocktail" without the taste of alcohol.
tip, the waitress wrote on the top of check the amount of tip he would like to get.It was 20% ($26.00) of total amount.We included $26.00 in our payment, but for me it's not polite to show a guest how much tip he has to pay.
My wife and I enjoyed the Asian fusion that they have at Roy's. Not sure about the Mahi Mahi with a potato though. It was good, but we thought it wasn't a good combination together. I ordered the butterfish, but it was a little sweet for my liking. She also liked my meal more than her own. So, good thing we shared. Overall good service, good food, I'd recommend.
Hit Roy's on a date night. We shared the appetizer boat for two, which had a great assortment of bites. We enjoyed a creative seafood roll and also split and entree of scallops. It was a perfect amount of food for two and all tastes fantastic. Our server was great, and very attentive. The only issue was that even with a corking fee of only $15, it was pricey overall.
Ceviche tasty old like it had been prepared days ago, lobster bisque was delivered cold and has to be sent back.
Black Cod portion was extremely small by comparison to the lobster discharge $90.00 versus the Lobster Dish at April 119+ should have gone for the lobster.
Dropped $470.00 + including a bottle of Caymus. Didn't feel like we got $470.00 worth of value. Water was inexperienced told us white tea had black tea leaves.
If you are going to market upscale then you should deliver upscale or drop to lower level and price accordingly. Soufflé exploded waiter explode it got excited and never offered to replace it. Amateur nite on New Years Eve. Bit disappointed.
Won't be returning. Second time there that the order was either lost or misplaced. Food arrived about a half hour late, despite half the tables being empty. No visit from waiter before meal (to explain the problem) and no return after meal arrived to check things out. Asked for manager because waiter had vanished. Waiter intercepted the request and to his credit accepted the blame. Meal was comped. Nevertheless, this was second time a dinner was botched at this Roys by awful service.
Great dinner at Roy's in La Jolla. We always enjoy the Butterfish, and the Prix Fixe I has was a great combination of shrimp tempura appetizer, salomon, and a very tasty bread pudding. Roy's was kind enough to include the complimentary birthday chocolate souffle to round out the evening! Mary our server was friendly and attentive...
We had a reservation for 7:00p on Christmas Day. The place was super-busy and we waited about 15 minutes for our table, not too long to wait. Our waiter came by soon after to take our orders but you could tell he was tired and not really in the festive mood. We asked for bread and waited about 40 minutes for it (we asked 4 more times to the waiter and the ?manager). Finally got our bread, no butter and no apologies for waiting so long to get 2 pieces of Hawaiian bread. We waited so long for our food, and when it arrived it was just okay. I think overall the food/service here has declined in the last couple of years. Overall we were there 2 hrs and 45 minutes because we waited so long for our food. Of course we left a generous tip but we'll probably not go back there again.
Dinner on Christmas Day to celebrate a family birthday. What a disappointment- ordered cocktails at the bar while waiting for our table. Host encouraged us to go to our table before our drinks were ready but the staff forgot drinks at bar- when we asked for drinks they came the ice had melted- watery drinks. Ordered warm edamame beans to go with cocktails- they arrived long after drinks consumed- and the beans were limp and bland. Two waiters trying to work our dining area- all the staff seemed flustered and in a rush. The presentation of the main entrees were beautiful but the flavor was very poor- bland sauce on macademia crusted mahi mahi. Filet mignon ordered as medium rare was raw to bloody. Birthday celebration turning into an ordeal to just get through. Prix fixe dinners super expensive included dessert - ordered coffee which came 30 minutes before desserts- coffee long cold by that time. The requested desserts were no longer available so we got default dessert. The entire meal took 3 hours with long gaps of waiting between courses. Not sure if Roys does not have the experience to deal with a full dining room but at these prices (50-60 dollars per meal not including drinks) they should provide a consistently superb dinner. As for ambiance- the garish fluorescent lights of the new parking facility across the street are a mood killer for any sort of tropical/ Hawaiian inspiration - a few adjustments in the landscaping could alleviate the parking lot feel of the dining room.
Disappointed that the server on Christmas Day at La Jolla restraurant attempted to seat us next to the back up water serving area way in the north corner of the building. There were plenty of empty tables not to mention we'd had reservations for weeks. Interestingly enough, we watched her attempt to do that repeatedly. Unacceptable for a place of this caliber.
We chose to dine at Roy's as it was .9 miles from the hotel. I called Roy's to see if they offered a prefix menu option. I called before they opened at 5 and someone answered saying yes they offered a prefix menu. My wife and I ordered the prefix menu with salad,entree and dessert. The service was good and our ice tea glasses were constantly refilled throughout our meal. We enjoyed the shrimp salads. My wife had the salmon and I ordered the osso bucco. Both were remarkable with good flavor and tenderness of the osso bucco. We waited patiently for the bread pudding to come out of the oven. It was worth the wait as it was warm and light. This is our first time at this location. I would recommend this restaurant. Good service and good food.
Absolutely the best lunch I have had in San Diego. The staff was attentive, welcoming and warm. The monk butterful exquisite and the lava cake exceptional. Loved it so much we are celebrating our Anniversary and Christmas at Roys. i wanted my husband to experience the excellent cuisine and service. Can not wait to be back only 4 days for our next visit . Thank you for such a wonderful experience and prroviding us with such a lovely table. Your attention to detail with the orchids was beautiful.
In the past, we always used Roy's for our family special occasions and found them to be a excellent restaurant for food and service.
Our last visit for a special occasion with family turned out to be totally different story, the restaurant was only half full and the service was very, very slow. Because of the slow service it made us feel the food was also completely over priced I ordered a $40 Filet Mignon which came out on a large plate with just 3 mini carrots, I also ordered a 4 Scallop side with nothing else and that was another $36. The butterfish was still expensive but reasonable for what you got, the family loved it.
We are not sure if this was a bad night for service and with so many new and wonderful restaurants now, we will most properly not go back unless we are invited to check it out again.
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