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About Roy's San Diego Waterfront
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.
San Diego, CA 92101
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
I usually enjoy Roy's but this time I was a little disappointed. I always get The butterfish but the portion was much smaller than usual. Ordered $70 bottle of wine, suggest they take Cain Cuvée off wine list, only so so. Love the Roy's in Maui and Newport and Palm Springs
Location was great, on the harbor. Sat outside, had a pre-fixed menu for the holiday, so not sure how the regular menu is, but the pre-fix was good. I had the crab cake Benedict. It is a bit pricey. And you have to pay for parking - we did get a discount for dining, but still paid $10.00 - would have been 24.00 without validation.
I have eaten in many Roys locations with great enjoyment but the lunch menu at the San Diego waterfront location was very mediocre. Three of us ate there, the service was barely acceptable and the food was just OK. We were given a menu with a specialty wine list and when we ordered one of the very pricey wines we were informed (after the server left the table without taking the rest of the order) that those wines were not available at the lunch service. Too bad, that might have rescued the lunch for us. We had the Ahi tuna salad (4 tiny pieces of Ahi in a bowl of limp iceberg lettuce, the Kailua pork sandwich, dry pork with little sauce and another sad little side salad (fries or other sides not offered) and the coconut shrimp which were tasty enough but again served on sad lettuce and rather forlorn appearing. Would not return here.
The food was mediocre at best. Fish was not fresh. Filet was over cooked and lacking in every aspect. To top things off, there was a hair in my friends sushi roll. I would say that saving grace was location and waiter. Besides that, save your money and go elsewhere.
This place was just OK. I'd like to highlight the wheelchair access problems they have. When I booked this I had no idea it was such a HIKE from the hotel parking to the restaurant. It was very difficult for the person in the wheelchair and the elderly person walking with him to navigate this meandering, endless maze to eventually end up on the 2nd floor of the restaurant building and then take the elevator down. Totally crazy and a huge buzz-kill for them. If I had know to ask - "how big an ordeal is it to get from the drop-off area to the restaurant?", I would have. Who thinks of asking questions like that? Even when we left I asked if there was a closer location for them to get picked up. There was, but it again went through a maze and across a large empty parking lot. For various reasons we didn't end up having a full meal here, but the drinks were super expensive and the seafood extravaganza was not worth the price. Alternatively, the lobster bisque was good with the coconut curry flavoring.
Roy's has a lot of things going for it -- location and service.
You can't beat eating with a beautiful water view! They have the shields to protect you from the wind and the cozy heaters to take the chill off. The service is impeccable -- friendly, helpful, but not over-bearing.
The food - well -- bland. :( I got the sampler and the ribs were too tough to eat. The chicken needed the sauce and still wasn't up to par. The calamari had a nice twist to it with the veggies and was our fave of the night. k
Inside the noise level was out the roof, so I would never eat inside. They need some heavy duty sound absorbers in there. But outside is as paradise, so if you are going for friendly servers and ambiance, it's a great place!
Mothers Day - So it was busy, with kids and families having a nice time. For my group, this was a business meal, and everything was fine. One note to the restaurant... it needs a good cleaning! Dusty chairs, dirty carpet (under serving shelves), generally looked unkempt and that was a disappointment.
This is the first less-than-perfect score I have ever given to Roy's. I typically enjoy the restaurant very much, and have made it a priority to visit several locations. However, I was disappointed in the complete lack of vegetarian options on the Mother's Day menu. Not a single entree could be modified to accommodate my vegetarian daughter. The rest of our meals were just 'ok' — nothing inventive of mouthwatering.
The only saving grace was our gracious Server who tried to ask the kitchen for _something_ to feed my daughter. She ended up having French Toast off the children's menu.
We stopped in for a quick business lunch. Great view of marina, excellent service. Place was pretty quiet, which in my experience is not the usual at Roy's. Fish tacos were pretty good, although hard to taste the fish with the seasonings.
In general, I am not a fan of chain restaurants. That said, Roy's is not only my favorite chain restaurant but one of my favorite restaurants, period. The food is absolutely delicious, the cocktails are excellent (fun, not too sweet, and decipherable) and the service is consistently excellent.
I actually ate at Roy's twice on this one trip to San Diego. The patio is definitely the way to go if the weather is good; but it was cool and rainy the first night I was there and the covered bar with heat lamps felt warm, dry, pleasant and fun. The interior of the restaurant there is actually a bit dark and grim.
I can't imagine not getting seafood there; it's so delicious. The butterfish is wonderful, but if you like to try several things get Roy's trio (salmon, butterfish, and tuna; all prepared differently). The sushi is delicious. One of my friends is gluten-free and they were fantastic about that; knew the composition of every dish and exactly what in it contained the gluten and if it could be modified - so nice!
This is a great place for a nice dinner. It's pretty expensive; but I love it for business dinners, groups of friends, and special-occasion romantic things also. I'll be back!
The food at Roy's is always tasty but the Appetizer "canoe" and Desserts were the best. The noise level was extremely high and we were right in the middle of the room. The service was good and I had no complaints. Be sure to order the Chocolate Souffle, Key Lime pie, and Pineapple Upside Cake. All of these desserts are small but you will probably be so full from the meal that you will want to share them.
The actual menu offered was not what was contained in a Roy's promotional email. We went for the email advertised soft shell crab but was told by our server that the email promotions do not include any of the "costal" locations. We were very disappointed but our server tried to make it better by offering us a dessert "on the house" which was very nice but we still didn't get the entree we came for.
I just attended a Rombauer Wine Dinner at this restaurant and WOW. The menu was spectacular. Executed perfectly with some fun molecular gastronomy in there. Kona Kampachi flown in that morning! Delicious. Great cocktails too... "Rye me a River" might make your day....
Food was tasty but service was not great and ambience was only okay. Waitress forgot to put in my dessert order so I had to wait another 20 min. Not my favorite Roy's location. The restaurant is located inside of the Marriott and it wasn't easy to get to. La Jolla location is much nicer.
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