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Roy's - La Jolla

967 reviews
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$31 to $50
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  • Creative Cuisine (20)
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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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Seafood, Sushi, Steakhouse
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Hours of operation
Lunch 11AM - 4PM
Dinner 5PM - Close

Aloha Hours:
Early: Daily: 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Late: Monday - Thursday: 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Friday - Saturday: 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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Phone number
(858) 455-1616
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Charles Andres
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Cross street
Nobel Drive (University Town Center's Costa Verde Shopping Center)
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Parking details
Valet is $5 / vehicle (not hosted), $7 / vehicle (hosted), complimentary self parking in front of / below the restaurant.
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Public transit
Bus stop within walking distance
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Special events & promotions

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 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.
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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, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

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

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What 967 People Are Saying
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jasong (San Diego)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

Always a perfect setting for a healthy and delicious business meal! Always amazing cuisine and perfect service.

OpenTable Diner 
1.0  Dined 3 days ago

I have eaten at Roy's La Jolla several times over the years and in the past and have always been satisfied. However on the most recent occasion the experience was distinctly sub par. We had a dinner meeting for business. There was a powerful and unpleasant odor as we stood in the bar with drinks waiting for our party to assemble. The butter fish main course I ordered was an end piece near the tail and was dry and over cooked. It was the day after President's day and I am wondering whether markets were closed and the kitchen was left without fresh supplies of fish. The restaurant was largely empty. Overall a disappointing experience.

vipOpenTable Diner (Denver)
2.0  Dined 4 days ago

We went on a Monday night and it was slow. We showed up early and were told they needed to clean up the table but there were many open tables. It was freezing! I had to put my coat on. The fish was fresh and cooked properly but part of my dinner was cold. My husband didn’t get his wine until he had finished his dinner. It seemed like staffing was off. We were offered free dessert because service was off. We were sort together of bummed. We love Roys but live in a city that doesn’t have one so if we travel to where one is we always make a point of going to that Roy’s. Not sure we will be back to this one.

KellyM (Dallas)
2.0  Dined 5 days ago

I've been to Roy's twice in the last month and I feel like over the years, the quality has drastically decreased. For the price, the portions are very small and the flavor is lacking. Luckily we had a gift card this last time, otherwise, I'd be very disappointed in paying that much for such poor quality food.

bccccc (San Diego)
1.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Had a reservation for 8:45 pm on valentines day, when I got there they didn't even acknowledge me until 5 minutes later and then told me there was an "accident" and had to push my reservation till 10. We ended up going somewhere else. It ruined our night. Awful service.

chrisn (San Diego)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

My girlfriend and I made reservations at Roy's for Valentine's Day. We made our reservations at 8:15 PM. However, we weren't seated until after 9:15. We arrived on time, however they said they were running 45 minutes behind due to other customers arriving late for their reservations. The management seemed like they were ill-planned for this special day. Our entrees took more than an hour to make. We ended up leaving late and got our desserts to go. Overall, the experience was very mediocre and we will not be coming back again.

Belliot (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Came down for Valentine's day with my lady and to be expected was a little chaotic. Our reservation was at 8, we got there at 7:45 miraculously since Google Maps said there was going to be a decent amount of traffic. So we checked in early just so that Roys knew that we were there and was told that reservations were 30-45 minutes behind. But not a problem, we sat at 8:15 and were greeted by our server Autumn who quickly walked us through the cocktail list and got our drinks ordered. A little time later drinks arrive and we gave our order for their fixed holiday menu. Food service was somewhat slow and took a noticeable amount of time to arrive, but again this wasn't a problem for us because my lady and myself have both worked in restaurants and fine dining in the past and know just how crazy holidays can get so we knew what to expect. All food courses and cocktails/wines were great and delicious and service still good with us. The manager stopped by and apologized about the wait but we told him not to worry about it because we were in no rush and even took care of a round of drinks for us as well in the end. The only thing that somewhat "ruined" the evening were the couple tables around us who could do nothing but complain throughout our entire meal. Talking about how they were there before other guests and yet other tables got their drinks/Apps/Entrees first or whatever the case may be. We just laughed them off because of how ridiculous they were being seeing that they came on Valentine's Day and didn't expect any delays. So the bottom line is that the food and service is something that we can stand by and recommend to friends, but we are probably going to avoid Roy's in the future when it comes to holidays/specials simply because of inconsiderate patrons.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
1.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

They severely overbooked for V-day. Was insanity. Reservations at 7:30pm. Seated at 9:00pm, apps 9:30, soup 10, entree 11pm. Was ridiculous. Won’t ever be going back again. This place is greedy!

vipjimmy (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

The staff was friendly and the food & wine were good. All this at a reasonable lunch price.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

Went for my birthday. They made it special with a personalized card at the table and one of the best desserts EVER (Chocolate Lava torte w/ ice cream). YUM! All four of us were very pleased with the dinner. They were also good about getting us out of there in a reasonable amount of time, which was important because we were going to a play at the La Jolla Play House.
Hadn't been to Roy's in a while but will definitely put it back on the top of our list of places to dine for special occasions.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

They were prepared for our birthday celebration, including a birthday note on the table along with some orchid blossoms. The food and service were exceptional. Apparently the bar was in happy hour mode when we arrived and the noise level in the dining room made conversation difficult. Perhaps a wall between the two areas would be a big help.

ChrisT (Little Rock)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

A favorite of ours for over 17 years. Every location is a great experience.

vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Service was great; we had a terrific waiter who was personable, fun and competent. Food was terrible.....of the dozen or so Roy’s we’ve visited, the food was the worst by far....chicken spring rolls were laden with grease/oil, and the inside consistency was mushy and tasteless. My 1/2 pan roasted chicken was very tuff an, again, tasteless. My wife’s mahi mahi was grossly over cooked, yielding a dry and tasteless entree that she couldn’t eat. We’ll never go awful experience. My wife will be posting our experience on Trip Advisor.

vipGloria (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

I like to bring clients to Roy's for lunch because it's fresh, the food is very good, healthy and the service is very good. Everything I've eaten at Roys and everything my clients have eaten has been delicious.
I'm never afraid to bring clients here because it's consistent.

Gluce (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

Our server Jessica was very friendly, knowledgeable and offered some great suggestions. The service was great and the food served hot. The complementary anniversary lava cake & ice cream was delicious. Thank you Roy's for helping to make our 31st anniversary special.