About Roy's San Diego Waterfront
San Diego, CA 92101
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 Downtown San Diego located on the water at the Marriott Hotel and Marina, featuring a dining room overlooking the marina, or patio dining just steps from the water.
Seafood, Sushi, Steakhouse
Hours of Operation:
Lunch 11AM - 4PM
Dinner 5PM - Close
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Valet & self park available at the Marriott Hotel & Marina ($8 for the first three hours, $6 for each additonal hour, need to have Roy's validation) Valet & self park available at the Marriott Hotel & Marina ($8 for the first three hours, $6 for each additonal hour, need to have Roy's validation)
MTS Trolley stop across the street enar the Convention Center & Marriott Hotel & Marina
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Roy's is located downtown; immediately adjacent to the Convention Center, Marriott Marquis and Manchester Grand Hyatt hotels. Situated on the Boardwalk, Roy's looks out over the Marriott Boat Marina and San Diego Bay. Private and semi-private space is available for lunch and dinner for 20 - 500.
Roy's San Diego Waterfront Ratings and Reviews
We arrived at the restaurant for drinks at 6pm for a 6:45 reservation. We checked with the hostess and made our way to the bar. At 6:50 we went back to the hostess to get our table. She told us there wasn't one available as people were "camping out"! From the people milling around I gather others were not getting tables either. The constantly smiling manager was no help and clearly did not care about anything as long as his tables were full. So we left and went up the street. I have been a member of OperTable for a decade and have eaten all over the world. This is the first time I have made a reservation that was not kept on time! Hope it is the last!
By far, my worst Valentines Day dining experience. Roy's severely overlooked and our 830 dinner reservation ended just before midnight. We showed up early and walked into a madhouse. A standing line out the front door with little empathy shown by stressed out staff members. After standing for over an hour a waiter finally showed up offering something for our torture - champagne. I could see couples fighting over the wait and couldn't help but wonder how many nights were ruined. As I reached my limit at 940 to cancel, the hostess let me know we'd be seated very soon so we stuck it out (after calling other nearby restaurants for last minute walk in plans to no avail) and we were seated just before 10PM. Our waitress was friendly though stressed and I wish I could say that the food made up for it, but it didn't. It felt like we got the remaining scraps of the fixed menu, though the Pineapple Moscow Mule was quite tasty. Ive been to other Roy's locations and have always been happy with the food and service but tonight was not their night. What a night to have such an epic failure.
My Husband and I decided to dodge the San Diego Valentines crowd and celebrate early! We headed Downtown Gaslamp are and ate at the Roy's Waterfront which is located in the Marriott Hotel Downtown San Diego. We loved that there was Valet parking! We had been to the Roy's location in La Jolla for happy hour and I was surprised at the difference in ambiance. The out-door bar was awesome and we had a beautiful table looking over the harbor, nice heaters made it very comfortable. my one complaint would be that the plexiglass we were sitting in front of was dirty and hindered what could have been a clearer view. The service was excellent. food came quickly and was awesome. But be prepared to spend a small fortune if you are hungry! We just had entrees and they did not come with any sides which would have made a meal, I guess you have to order these separately. our entrees were between $35-$45 each. With a glass of wine that made for a very spendy dining experience!
We have dined at other Roy's and been pleased. This was a different experience. First, the teenager who seated us was wearing a tight skirt that barely covered her bottom. We watched her tugging at it every time she passed. We noticed after being seated that the chairs were pretty battered and the window sills needed painting. Definitely not up to the standards of a high end restaurant. The food was just average and the price charged for it was ridiculous.
Most of the Roy's restaurants that I have eaten at have been really wonderful and special. I felt that this one was a bit lackluster. First of all, you had to walk through a series of hallways and channels to get through the hotel that it is in. Once there, I felt that the restaurant seemed to be a bit empty and the decor seemed a little outdated. We had a nice waiter, but he transitioned his shift during our dinner. As far as food goes, we ordered the classic favorites which were just so so and I ordered a mojito which I did not care for. I have to say, it was no where near up to the former Roy's that I have been to (Atlanta and Palm Dessert). Overall between the blah atmosphere and the food, I was quite disappointed.
Been to many Roy's locations all over the US and Hawaii. When traveling we always select one if nearby. Lately the Dallas, TX (Plano) location near our home has been suffering, so it was great to enjoy this top-notch Roy's location. Everyone in our party had a GREAT experience, and service was strong. The location is very dated, and only the tables on the glass are good. Needs a massive lighting update, some of the lighting is horrific.
reservation was 545. We didn't get first course until 635pm. Server was running around helping everyone else while we sat there looking at the menu forever it seemed like.
Once we ordered, the food came out 20 minutes later, however right after appetizers entree came within minutes. We had no time to enjoy first course.
Entree felt rushed, and my filet wasn't hot anymore. It felt cold and I can't say why but it didn't taste good with the sauces they put on it.
Overall it was a bad experience considering I've been to Roy's at other locations and it is usually a good experience.
I was disappointed with the steak and lobster my daughter order. The steak was asked for well done however it was burned on the outside and very dry on the inside. The lobster was very dry and was given no drawn butter. The butter fish which I always order and love was blan and quite tasteless. Overall disappointed with a dinner of over 200 dollars.
We were given the option of sitting at a table or at the food bar overlooking the cooks. We chose the food bar which turned out to be a lot of fun. Our waitress took very good care of us and even treated us to a couple of samples. Our entrees were good (crusted rib eye and seafood sampler), but the samples of potstickers and coconut passion fruit dessert were excellent. We will be returning for those items for sure!
We have been to many Roy's over the years and always had great food and great experiences. This time the food and the experience was just Ok. We will chalk this up to a party of eight on Christmas Eve. We will still visit Roy's other restaurants just not this one.
Booked a 1,000 point table early reservation but was only given 100 points. Very Pricey. Only issue with the meal was the greasy Shishito Peppers. *Would have been better if they just char broiled them or sauteed them in lemon garlic butter, deep frying them just made them greasy.
Hosted my out-of-town guest here on a lovely nite, we sat outdoors. They wanted to seat us at a table off to the side where 6 guests were happily hanging out, smoking - and after I asked for an alternative table, all was better. Our server was a little inconsistent, we went for a long time w/o seeing him - and needing drinks. There were many larger parties seated around us, but the ambiance overall was still so enjoyable, it was such a pleasant night, that we enjoyed ourselves fully. And the food was very tasty and served with very nice presentation, no complaints about that! We were two old (girl)friends - but this could be a great date night spot, FYI!
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