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 Weekdays at 11AM
Open Weekends at 4PM
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 email@example.com 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
Excellent service! Great company! Good a ...
Excellent service! Great company! Good ambiance! Food has been better in previous visits.
Took my wife to the restaurant for our a ...
Took my wife to the restaurant for our anniversary and the team at Roy's took great care of us
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!
Chef went out of his way to make a speci ...
Chef went out of his way to make a special surfer dessert decoration for my son. He was so thrilled.
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.
Roy's redtaurants are always great. We e ...
Roy's redtaurants are always great. We enjoyed our meal.
Regular food greatly overpriced
Great Taste (Just Not Enough)
Though the food is great tasting, the entree portions are rather small for the price.
Roy's always turns a routine evening out ...
Roy's always turns a routine evening out into a special occasion.
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!
Have the scallops and pork belly. Everyt ...
Have the scallops and pork belly. Everything is great.
Food was mediocre and service was awful!
Food was mediocre and service was awful!
Terrible service and food
Terrible service and food
Roy's had a Happy Anniversary greeting a ...
Roy's had a Happy Anniversary greeting at the table and at the end, they took a picture and gave us the picture in the anniversary frame so that we would have a souvenir to take home
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.
Food Quality was poor
The salad was wilted--pretty clear that it was prepared prior to ordering; fried chicken with pineapple fried rice were not hot at lunch.
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.
Service was great, food excellent. Forgot how much I enjoy eating at Roy's. It was excellent
Great location for us, waiter was absolutely on the ball, very efficient and helpful. Food was outstanding, the "butter fish" (cod) really just melted in one's mouth.
We love the burger here, however they changed the bun from the delicious egg bun it used to be and now it is like any other burger and definitely not worth the $15. Change it back! Also, get it back on the happy hour menu!
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.
We dine out a lot in every type of venue and we say these prices are a bit too high
For me, always a favorite
The quality and excellent service is what I expect when I visit a Roy's. The seafood is fresh and always prepared exactly as I anticipate. I go out of my way to dine at Roy's. That is the ultimate compliment.
Perfect as always! Normally, I order the butterfish (which is excellent), but decided to try something different. Tried the scallops and they were simply amazing! Yum!
Great Casual Dinner
Visited Roy for a casual dinner out and received outstanding service. The staff, including Mary, our server, was prompt and checked in on our status at the correct intervals. The food was on par of what we expected. Overall, a great place to have dinner for a random night.
Excellent food, as always! The butterfis ...
Excellent food, as always! The butterfish is to die for and cannot be beat. Amazing appetizers. Pineapple martini is a must!
For the most part, the service was good. Our waitress, however, was NOT what you would expect, nor have we ever experienced, at other Roy's restaurants (Las Vegas, Pasadena, Newport Beach). Usually, the wait service is rather exceptional. This waitress was HORRIBLE!
Frequent visitor to San Diego, family
I have enjoyed Roy's for many years now. My son and family live in University City, and every time I visit (I am from Cincinnati, OH), we make sure to go to Roy's. My son and wife are vegetarians and they are pleased with their choices, and I always get the Butterfish. Consistently good.
Salmon was great.
Salmon was great.
Nice server, great food...haven't been in a while and took a person who had never been...both of us enjoyed it.
Great Pacific Rim Cuisine
I have had a series of great dining experiences at Roys La Jolla. We celebrated a birthday by having dinner there. They brought complimentary appetizers for our birthday. After entrees, we were also offered a free chocolate souffle. The poke appetizer was fantastic. So was my steak and hibachi shrimp. Filet was cooked just right. My wife loved the hibachi salmon. Though waitress was a bit snooty in the beginning, she quickly warmed up after my wife complimented her painted nails. All and all, we would definitely recommend Roys to anyone wanting to reminisce about Hawaiian cuisines and their island visits.
Tasty but pricey for V Day
The prix fixe menu for Valentines day was a bit pricey...most food good but the lobster bisk was a little disappointing. I also found that the gift card I had for 4 years was used 3 months ago...strange that it was sitting in my drawer. I don't blame the restaurant and they recommended that I contact the corporate office to get things straightened out...just a bit of an annoyance.
Roy's is a Hawaiian-based restaurant that brings together everything you might like in a restaurant including steaks, seafood, sushi and good wines. Like our 50th state, it's a blend of different cultures that create a warm, engaging environment to enjoy a nice dinner with friends. We celebrated Valentine's Day on a Saturday evening with a four-course meal. The food was enjoyable and the service was very good. I would go again.
Made reservations the day before Valentines Day. Found out upon arrival that they mostly offered a prix fixe menu for the holiday weekend. At first I wasn't thrilled with the idea, but the choices were decent so we went with it. SO GLAD WE DID. Service was great, food was awesome and the cocktails were decent. Would definitely like to come back and check out the full menu!
We felt rushed out of there since they were likely overbooked for Valentine's day. We spent close to $400 for 4 people and I don't think you should be rushed when paying that kind of price.
The service was excellent
The service was excellent
Shutome & Kauai Shrimp as well as Macada ...
Shutome & Kauai Shrimp as well as Macadamia crusted Mahi Mahi are my fave dishes
The salmon was cooked just right, not ov ...
The salmon was cooked just right, not over cooked or dry. The portion was large for a 3 course meal we ordered. The beet salad was delicious and mignon dumplings were wonderful but the brussel sprouts were slightly under-cooked so the waiter had kitchen cooked another batch to make the skin crunchier to perfection. However, the brussel sprouts still didn't have enough flavor until we added the soy sauce fro. The dumplings to make it perfect. We had the sufflee cake and it was wonderful. I was able to substitute my vanilla ice cream for a coconut pineapple one which was heavenly. Liked the crunches (chocolate chips) at the bottom of the ice cream! Overall the meal was very good!
I Was Disappointed and So Were My Guests
Maybe it isn't fair to compare Roy's to Donovan's or Morton's but I eat at Donovan's seems like at least once a month or more as I go out for business dinners a lot. We used to eat at Roy's all the time and it was always great. My main gripe is that it felt like they wanted to rush us out of there and when we said we wanted to have a few drinks with our appetizers the girl taking care of our table seemed put out like she wanted to turn the table quickly. Also, there was visible friction between members of the wait staff. When our girl got the drink order wrong (no olives in the martinis when we asked for extra olives) anther girl came with the olives and told us she was not happy having to help the first girl. So, that became the whole topic of conversation and very little business was conducted at our business dinner. The manager apologized and took some of the appetizers off the bill and perhaps these two ladies were having an off night. All the appetizers were good especially the lobster pot-stickers. My Mahi Mahi was good too.
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