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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.
San Diego, CA 92122
Seafood, Sushi, Steakhouse
Hours of Operation:
Lunch 11AM - 4PM
Dinner 5PM - Close
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
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, 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.
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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
Service was very slow, This was a Sunday evening , past 8:30 PM. THE RESTAURANT WAS BEGINNING TO THIN OUT. We started with a Lettuce Wedge Salad. This did not arrive until 35 minutes had past. The product was well made, appetizing and enjoyable.
Then, we waited 40 minutes for Spicy Pork Spare Ribs to arrive. They were meaty, tender and "finger lickn" good.
If the preparation and serving times were within reason, Roy's would rate four stars.
I reccommend that Roy's Management maintain a kitchen expediter to speed up the preparation and service of their simpler foods.
Was on travelzoo coupon - disappointed w/ limited selections on special menu - chicken and hamburger were disappointing choices. Food is always flavorful - just not enough selection for travelzoo coupon. Found the restaurant warm, management said temp was as cool as they could get it.
We've been here before but this time were a bit disappointed in the service. Our waiter, while nice enough, seemed to be spread thin. Our coffee and water were not refilled unless we asked and at one point we didn't get a refill at all. Not our typical experience.
This evening was a celebration of our 37th Anniversary,I had gotten a Groupon but got worried when I read a few bad reviews among many good ones. My worries were put to rest when we were greeted very pleasantly then escorted to our table complete with a Happy 37th Anniversary card awaiting us! Our waiter,Charles,took such excellent care of all our needs,my drink was delicious,the spring rolls hot and crunchy with a fantastic sauce,salad fresh and delicious. My macadamia crusted mahi was perfectly cooked and my husband's burger was not only awesome looking...he couldn't put it down it was so delicious! Even his shoestring fries were so yummy we ate every one! Charles upgraded our shared dessert(special nod to our anniversary) to their signature chocolate souffle with raspberry coulis and vanilla ice cream,again delightful! We had an absolutely wonderful dinner and will be back again!
We got there early for our dinner reservation and so started with happy hour at the bar. Mango mojito and lobster potstickers were great. Dinner was also good as usual. We like this location better than the downtown seaport village location. Easier to get to and the decor is better. I had the miso butterfish and my husband had the chef tasting menu. They were both great.
Server asked after every delivery "How great was that?" "Was that tasty?" which says to me you don't want to hear otherwise. So we were unhappy and left unhappy because it felt it would be uncomfortable (disruptive to the date) to ask for something different.
We've been to a few Roy's in Hawaii and this, unfortunately, was a disappointing comparison. The restaurant was too warm, the food was ok (but a bit over-priced), and the ambiance was so-so. To their credit, they did try to make it right, but we still won't be returning to this location.
Sadly, as much as we have enjoyed eating at other Roy's (Woodland Hills, Maui, Newport Beach), we were disappointed with our experience at this location recently. We were celebrating my husband's birthday, which was noted in our Open Table reservation, but not acknowledged in anyway by the staff. Our service was just okay (usually the servers at Roy's are really great), and the food was hit and miss. Our calamari batter was burnt, but the Maui salad was good. My halibut (the evening special at $54) was dry and overcooked, but my husband's mahi-mahi was good. The chocolate souffle was yummy, as always. I think if our server had been friendly, or at least seemed like wasn't just going through the motions, it would have been a much more enjoyable meal. We won't be back to this location, and would think twice about choosing to go to a Roy's elsewhere.
Great food and great service. Waiter recommended splitting two dishes for the two of us, and they would arrange the plates and serve that way. Very friendly staff, food was excellent. Highly recommended for birthdays or anniversaries, they contribute free killer desert.
The chicken spring rolls had little or no chicken In them ...they were full of rice and mushy. Our fish was mushy the bok choy was mushy and overcooked and we had substituted the rice for lump crab fried rice and there was little or no lump crab in it. Our waiter was great at the beginning but did not attend to us after our meal thing. Annabel not on the spa they were full of rice and mushy. Our fish was mushy the bok choy was mushy and overcooked and we had substituted the rice for lump crab fried rice and there was little or no lump crab in it. Our waiter was great at the beginning but did not attend to us after our Meal came. We had to waiters get drink refills, etc.
We were here for the Sun/Mon prefix. Once we were seated, we asked for the menu and found out this location changed the price of the promo from what was advertised on the website. No longer $36.95- while a couple items are at that price, most items jumped to $46.95 and they removed a few higher price items such as lobster. Was there two weeks ago and it was not that way then. Seemed like they just kept changing the price on the fly. Should honor what they advertised on the website. If price is a concern, set up tiered pricing but honor what you promised.
At the time I came to Roy's the service here was lacking. Our waiter rarely refilled something as simple as water even when we did ask. He was stuck talking shop talk to the bar tender about the nonsense that goes on in the restaurant. We actually had to ask a bunch of other workers for help such as the bill, additional appetizers etc. So this is probably the worst Roy's experience i've had. Thats what TIPS are for. Just give less, if any. So it all works out
We have dined there several times in the past. This is by far The worst experience and the food was mediocre at best at best. We went in and tried to order off the dinner menu around 3 o'clock in the afternoon and then was denied. The short ribs were tough, The shrimp was very bland, and the burger was greasy but the butter fish was OK. The service was mediocre as well. I doubt we will ever go back again.
We were here celebrating a retirement. Very understaffed this night, but our server was pleasant. Vegetable tempura was not good; the batter was mushy and not adhered to the vegetables. We didn't understand why the vegetables were so huge...The broccoli was the size of my husband's fist.
The lobster potstickers were interesting but had to cut them with a knife because they were tough. The butter fish was great. The best part of the meal was the desert. I would expect much better from this expensive restaurant.
Went to Roy's for a late lunch around 2 pm on a Monday. We were one of two occupied tables. Probably because of that, the restaurant decided not to turn on the AC. Crazy. On the plus side, without a heavy crowd,the service was attentive. Food was disappointing. Everything was over salted. From the soy sauce soaked salad, to the miso soup and to the beef patty on the burger, the food had so much salt, we couldn't taste the meat or any other ingredient. Ordered the beef medium and it came out well done charred. When we pointed that out to our server, she said she would inform the kitchen, rather than offering to bring out a replacement dish. The saving grace was the restaurant comped the burger.
I had dinner yesterday at Roy's for the first time in years--and was reminded of why it had been so long since I had been there. The maitai tasted like fruit punch with a minimal amount of dark rum on the top--weak and uninspiring. The lobster potstickers as an appetizer were good, but the shellfish medley (lobster, scallops, shrimp) was generically prepared with tasteless rice and asparagus that was as chewy as wood. In addition, the place is expensive for what you get. I can't think of any reason not to seek out other restaurants that serve better food (especially fish) at more competitive prices. This chain needs a infusion of originality to bring it back to its prior reputation--otherwise, it's just another theme-park restaurant.
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