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.
Seafood, Sushi, Steakhouse
Hours of Operation:
Lunch 11AM - 4PM
Aloha Hour 4-7PM
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/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
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
There was a delay in seating us. The hostess graciously offered us a glass of champagne while we waited for an open table. Once seated, the service was exceptional. Menu is pricey so that the value equation comes up short. Nevertheless, it is an bay-front restaurant that did meet our fine dining expectations.
We were staying at the Marriott and did ...
We were staying at the Marriott and did not want to travel far for our dinner. We enjoyed our short ribs and filet mignon entrees. Our server, Ashley, was personable and attentive. The noise level was uncomfortable at first as there were a few large parties nearby. Once the tables cleared, we enjoyed our meals better. The macadamia ice cream dessert was outrageous and delicious! Coffee refills were politely given. I would recommend even though this is a chain restaurant.
The entrees were fabulous but not served ...
The entrees were fabulous but not served immediately because they were warm, instead of hot. Noise level so high - hard to carry-on our conversations. I do recommend this restaurant and I look forward to returning.
Parking is extra $15 and is a walk from ...
Parking is extra $15 and is a walk from the parking to the restaurant. Not good for elderly or those that are disabled just due to the distance. Food was good. Enjoyed the bartender, and the staff was very helpful and attentive. Seems to have some regulars that know everyone.
Needed a quick lunch while attending a c ...
Needed a quick lunch while attending a convention. Excellent setting, service and food.
We ate at Roy's to celebrate our daughte ...
We ate at Roy's to celebrate our daughter's graduation from college. We had a party of 12 and everyone found something on the menu to love. The wait staff was attentive and helped to make the afternoon a very festive occasion. I would recommend Roy's as a place to take family and friends and enjoy great food and a lovely location.
Heavily sauced (and sweetened) fish dish ...
Heavily sauced (and sweetened) fish dishes in a city that should be celebrating the freshness of its fish offerings. The food was heavy, the setting wasn't attractive, the service was bizarre. I'll go elsewhere next time I'm in town.
Always friendly and great advise on wha ...
Always friendly and great advise on what items are suitable for people with food allergies.
Roy's has been an all time favorite. The ...
Roy's has been an all time favorite. The downtown location is new for us. The restaurant wasn't busy but they sat us in a crowded and dark corner near the kitchen when the whole dining room pretty empty. When you are hoping to dine in you a favorite Hawaii restaurant you don't want to hear the noise of the kitchen.
Excellent ambiance, good food & scenic v ...
Excellent ambiance, good food & scenic view. The only thing we did not appreciate was, our server did not provide us a copy of our bill let along our change. Our intention was to give her bigger tip for good service. She already assumed that the change was her tip (which is less than 20.00). We have to request for copy of our receipt, but it was taking so long so we left w/o it. Server should ALWAYS give customers receipt/change, and customers on the other hand will give their due & appropriate tip base on their service. Thank you.
Since our last visit, ~2 years ago, the ...
Since our last visit, ~2 years ago, the prices seem to have gone up significantly (new ownership as well) on both the wine and food. The food, while good, is not worth the "San Diego Touristy spot" tax. It is what it is...a big "fancier" chain. Enjoyable, but certainly too expensive for what it is.
" Mother's Day Brunch was Yummy "
I took my wife to Roy's waterfront restaurant at 333 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, Ca for a Mothers Day brunch a week ago, and had a wonderful experience. The staff at Roy;s is always so nice, as we were seated in a wonderful booth, with a great view of the boats in the San DIego Harbor. Ashley our server was fantastic, as she was so bubbly and out going, coming back to our table over and over again to make sure all of our needs were taken care of. Ashley started us off with a Mimosa and a delicious Bacon Bloody Mary, which was so good. For a starter for the brunch, we had very tasty house made sticky buns. For the appetizer, we had a lemon grass chicken chop salad with blue cheese crumble, and some crispy miso lobster & shrimp dim sum. For my entree I had a charred New York Strip Steak & Eggs with fingerling potatoes. My wife had the Karaage Fried Chicken with spicy aioli dipping sauce & Asian rice coleslaw. For dessert we had the Kauai Pie, which consisted of Oreo crust, macadamia nuts and ice cream. All of the food, service, and the views we enjoyed on Mother's Day at Roy's was so OUTSTANDING !
The service and food were the best. The ...
The service and food were the best. The ambiance perfect
Not very good and very expenseive.
The server did not offer the edamame which is a normal for Roy's. Come to find out they were out but he did not mention that fact and also no bread was offered. The scallops were very small and very little potatoes were served. Very expensive meal to leave still hungry. Will not go back there and we go to Roy's in many cities.
Very Salty Rib eye steak
We ate this weekend at the Roy's water front in San Diego. We have the pre fix rib eyes. The sauce was so salty. It was different from the previous sauce. Bad experience!
Their Mai-Tai is very good and so was the obi rolls.
We really like Roy's food and the view of the harbour is beautiful! It's also never crowded. This was my 5th time there. I ordered the Misoyaki Butterfish that melted in my mouth. Perfectly cooked! It came with baby bok choy (one of my favorite veggies) and furikake rice (covered with tasty sesame seeds, yum). My husband is a meat eater so he had the short ribs! Excellent! We also ordered a side of broccolini that was a good portion and cooked just right. We ate every bite. Nothing left but we were too full to have dessert. No appetizers either. We just aren't big eaters! It was delectable! The service was wonderful! The only down side, the valet parking is $12. Self park is $10 so that's why the 4 star for value. Otherwise, a fabulous place to dine for a date night or special event!
While on a "girls" trip to San Diego, we had the opportunity to dine at Roy's one evening. I cannot say enough good things about our experience. The setting was beautiful, the manager (David Trainer) was so friendly and accommodating, our server was efficient and professional, and the food was amazing! We will definitely be going back to dine there on our next trip.
Note to Manager>>>
The meals we got were impressive, the sad thing is that the lunch menu was limited. Limiting you lunch menu hurst your brand and hurst the return business. I would urge you to consider and more variety from you dinner menu on your lunch menu - take it from an old salt at this - more is more!!!
Ate outside on a nice balmy night. The scallops were very good. The salad was pretty standard, but both were true to the menu description. It was nice and quiet and our server was outstanding. Although quality was good, prices could be substantially reduced to reflect the quantity. In other words, smaller portions are actually a wiser choice healthwise, but were out of proportion per portion.
Love to bring out of town friends here!
Never fails - always a lovely experience! From the seating to the end of the meal - we are always well taken care of and the servers know their food/drinks!
Great food fantastic view excellent serv ...
Great food fantastic view excellent service. Wait staff eager to share recommendations without being to pushy or rushing meal.
Roys San Diego Review
Extremely dissapointing experience. Roys was a let down in every way. Service was awful-extremely rude waiter. Food was awful. Difficult to get to. We should have known when we arrived and restaurant was virtually empty. Worst part was the valet told us he heard same poor review from other guests-would have been nice to have known prior. I don't complain about restaurants much, but felt this needed to be said. We won't be back.
Great for Special Occasions
Roy's is great for special occasions and holidays. It is within walking distance to the Gaslamp and Seaport Village. Patio seating is right along the waterfront/marina. Food is tasty and portions are decent. Roy's is an upscale restaurant so to be prepared to pay $30-50/person. Overall my experience at Roy's was very good.
Delightful Easter Brunch at Roy's
Another lovely dining experience at Roy's. My husband and I have enjoyed dining at Roy's for dinner to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries over the years, and this time we decided to try brunch at Roy's. It was a great decision, and we will return again, and again, and again. Our Easter Brunch on the patio was delightful, delicious, and in a perfect dockside setting.
The ebi roll is a superb starter, and th ...
The ebi roll is a superb starter, and the wowie maui salad is tremendous. The ono was a pleasant surprise, as I had never heard of it before coming to this Roy's. But the highlight was the service provided by Gilbert throughout the evening.
Scenic view and great food,
The view was scenic on the San Diego bay, great food and service was exceptional. I have food allergies and the server was so helpful in finding me something delicious and interesting to eat. I would definitely return and tell friends about my experience.
can't beat Roy's
the prix fixed lunch is a great deal, the food and ambiance is tops. always a favorite for business meetings, incredible setting.
Out of food at 6p
Very surprised that a meal/ item on the menu was NOT available at 6pm... Restaurant not crowded so did not understand
Had a lovely dinner.
Our waiter, David, was outstanding! The food was great and the environmant was nice. If it weren't for the 3 year old running around screaming, it would have been perfect.I suppose you have to blame the parents for that one, not the restaurant, but otherwise it was quite nice.
Lunch with a colleague
I love the crispy coconut shrimp appetizer and the tuna salad was light and tasty.
Overpriced, Food not Good
Very overpriced. Kept pushing more food and drinks on us. Food was mediocre and at 5 PM they had already run out of salmon and scallops. What kind of seafood restaurant does that. It was clear they did not care about repeat business. Roy's used to be great food and ambiance. Obviously corporate greed and not caring about the customer has taken over. I would NEVER go there again.
We had been to Roy's about 5 years ago a ...
We had been to Roy's about 5 years ago and would have give everything 6 stars. We returned to the Marriott Marquis and couldn't wait to return to Roy's . It started out with a 30 minute wait for our table when we had a reservation. There were no apologies and no one semed to really care. When we first got there we were told the customers were paying their bill. After about 15 minutes we almost thought we were going to be seated. Then we were told they were switching us from a 6 top to a 4. When we were finally seated I couldn't believe there was no apology. It wasn't like they were really busy. We were the only ones waiting! It was just rude and embarrassing to the guests we brought. The food was Ok. The service ok. We couldn't even believe it was such a disappointment after the outstanding experience we had last time!
With San Diego having a great food scene ...
With San Diego having a great food scene, Roy's was pretty middle of the road. Nothing was bad, but nothing was memorable. Wine list was decent sized but average. Paying 3x markup for grocery store labels. Food was good but not exciting or innovative. Sort of what you would expect for a hotel restaurant, despite what other reviewers may have said.
Enjoyed every minute!
Great ambiance, service and the food was to die for!
Every dishes was excellent, the staff wa ...
Every dishes was excellent, the staff was so great from the hostess to the bus staff. The food was delivered and described to perfection.
Excellent food. Knowledgable server and ...
Excellent food. Knowledgable server and a wonderful experience as always.
As Good As Ever
The Butter fish and searedahi were outstanding as was the service and Duckhorn Sauvignon Blanc. A perfect combination
Fixed Valentines menu. Way overpriced.
My main dish was a seafood bowl. 2 small pieces of sea bass (with bones?), 2 clams, 2 shrimp. $65. Filet had crab on top however mixed with curry. Fail. The rest of the meal was good but bill came in at $279 for 2, 2 drinks.
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