About Roy's - San Francisco
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 San Francisco located in bustling SoMa, just two blocks from the Moscone Center.
Seafood, Sushi, Steakhouse
Hours of Operation:
Open Everyday at 4PM
Dinner: 5PM - Close
Aloha Hour: 4-7PM
Between 1st and 2nd
$31 to $50
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Additional parking is available in multiple garages on Mission Street and behind the restaurant on Minna Street. Parking fees vary.
BART (Montgomery Exit) MUNI (Mission #12)
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Roy Yamaguchi is known the world over for pioneering Pacific Rim Cuisine - a melding of bold Asian Spices and European Sauces always with a focus on local ingredients and fresh seafood. Our vast array of unique, seasonal menus are sure to please even the most discerning guests.
Roy's - San Francisco Ratings and Reviews
Went here for the first time this past w ...
Went here for the first time this past weekend. Had a TravelZoo voucher for dinner for two for $59. Used it for my roommate's birthday dinner. Two of us used the voucher, and then we also used the a la carte menu.
One issue with the TravelZoo voucher was that the menu they provided ended up being slightly different than the menu that Roy's provided. Instead of offering a Macadamia Nut Encrusted Mahi-Mahi dish (what I expected and what TravelZoo's menu showed), Roy's offered a Macadamia Nut Encrusted Catch of the Day, which ended up being yellowtail. I ordered it anyway because I had already been set on that dish, but was disappointed in the dish. Fish wasn't tender, the flavors didn't wow me, it was a bummer.
Appetizers were decent. Maybe not a great value, but overall pretty tasty. Drinks were pretty decent too, I ordered their Drunken Mule drink and was pleasantly surprised by the flavor and potency. Dessert was also good, two chocolate desserts that our group was able to finish off.
Service was not good, at all. The restaurant was very busy that Saturday night, so that may have been a large factor. Our waiter was not around much, didn't come by to see how our meal was going. I asked a worker passing by for salt & pepper to add flavor to my entree, and it took about 5 mins for them to finally come back to me. In addition, my water glass was not filled until we were on our dessert course, when I finally had to get the busboy to help us out.
The restaurant is pretty nice inside, but the volume gets very loud when it's crowded. I've been to the Kahala location in Hawaii before, and also remember it being noisy inside that restaurant as well. I probably would not visit this restaurant again, except maybe for discounted happy hour.
We've been to Roy's many times, as dinin ...
We've been to Roy's many times, as dining here is always a wonderful experience. This past Saturday we took Mom to celebrate her 88th birthday, and service was warm and attentive. Mom was greeted at the front with the hostesses wishing her a happy birthday. The restaurant reserved a table by the window as we had requested, and it had a tabletop sign wishing Mom a happy birthday. The manager and our waitperson greeted us, wishing Mom a nice birthday too. Our dinner was delicious as usual, Mom had the lobster bisque and the misoyaki butterfish, her favorite. We ordered the calamari appetizer, I ordered the braised shortribs, which has become my favorite though I rarely eat meat. It's delicious, tender and melted in my mouth! My husband ordered from the 4-course pri fixe menu, and it did not disappoint. We finished with dessert, and I ordered the fruit tart - loved it! Roy's kindly brought out a complimentary birthday key-lime pie with vanilla ice cream for Mom. She enjoyed every bite. Before we left, the manager gave Mom a Roy's gift certificate to use at any Roy's restaurant. We felt so happy we chose Roy's to celebrate Mom's special day. The staff was warm and professional. They made sure dinner was going to be a lovely experience. The food was terrific, too!
We've been to Roy's SF many times and ha ...
We've been to Roy's SF many times and have always enjoyed our meals. This time around, we were disappointed with our food. My husband ordered the Ebi roll for an appetizer and wasn't completely happy with the taste when other times he's been wowed; my poke was fabulous. My husband then ordered the rib-eye which was overcooked, he asked for medium rare. They cooked him a new steak but he said the flavor was lacking. I ordered the lump crab fried rice which was cold when it arrived, they offered to reheat it again but I opted to have it wrapped to go. The service was wonderful! We sat at the bar prior to being seated for dinner and had a great Sidecar. Maybe they had an off night so we'll give them another try. As I said, we've always enjoyed Roy's SF before.
We bought the travel zoo groupon and the ...
We bought the travel zoo groupon and the portions were very small. We had the short ribs and shrimp on the groupon menu and a la carte another shortrib. On the groupon my shortrib was the size of an ice cube. I also had an extra person with us ordering a la carte off the menu. The salad dressing was so sour too tart to eat. When I changed my reservation From 2 to 3 people I lost my 1000 pt reservation went down to 100 points. Word of advice cancel and rebook. again or just show up and add another person on. Portion size small still starving leaving the restaurant. If noted $120.00 value I rather order a la carte. I convinced people to buy this all disappointed not good. Dessert no options only that dense choc torte and people allergic or can't eat choc no options for them.
Great HH food options. Bar staff a bit i ...
Great HH food options. Bar staff a bit inattentive but cordial. Sushi roll amazing! Dinner not impressive. We had the TravelZoo voucher which ended up being a fixed-price menu. The shared appetizer was very small and not that interesting. Hard to believe for 6 little items the original price was $32.50! I would have been very disappointed if I'd paid full price. The garden salad was all bitter lettuces with an overpowering dressing. Didn't eat that. The macadamia nut crusted tuna was overcooked and rubbery. My BF convinced me to send it back (which I never do...) but our waiter was very cordial & brought me a new piece which was much better but still not impressive. Dessert was a flourless chocolate cake with berries. Nothing to complain about there. Overall, I would say the HH was good enough to bring me back but I would not recommend staying for dinner unless you have money burning a hole in your pocket and nothing better to do.
Reserved table wasn't available at sched ...
Reserved table wasn't available at schedule time. Service was slow and had to request our waiter to place our orders. Waiter intentionally avoid eye contact even thou he walked by our table numerous times. Food was good as always.
A favorite spot, purchased a Travelzoo ...
A favorite spot, purchased a Travelzoo voucher for a special complete dinner meal. Good choices but serving sizes were smaller than normal. Selected the rib plate and only had one boneless rib. Tepanyaki shrimp plate was excellent.
Check-In was terrible. We were lost in t ...
Check-In was terrible. We were lost in the shuffle, and had to check in a second time 20 minutes after we arrived for our reservation. No acknowledgement of anything, or an apology. The server we had was great, and the food was good, but the late check-in really set the tone.
We were a group of 7 - and with flight d ...
We were a group of 7 - and with flight delays - we had no dinner plans set. Roy's had a table - despite the mixed reviews on here, it fit what we wanted. Glad we did. Everything we had was at least tasty - no disappointments for better than average seafood / fish with that Asian twist. The wine list is strong and has several great value options. Space between the tables too!
This is the last time I will dine at a R ...
This is the last time I will dine at a Roy's restaurant. My previous experience had been mediocre and based on location and a desire by my date, we went there again. The appetizer was greasy, salad over dressed and the desert was a mushy fudge brownie that was over sauced.
I will say that they were able to execute my main course, the Mahi Mahi to perfection, but overall the meal was sub par and certainly not worth the price paid.
Roy's in SF is definitely a different ex ...
Roy's in SF is definitely a different experience than their Maui and Newport Beach locations but the food was very good and the bar was nice with a great, friendly bar tender. Our server was very odd and made strange faces and acted detached and uninterested. Besides having the worst body odor I have ever smelled in my life, he forgot to put in the order for our chocolate soufflé which we ordered with our entrée. It did not come for 40 minutes AFTER our entrees were cleared. Drinks were good though completely ungarnished. (odd for tropical drinks) Salmon entrée was fabulous.
Roy's hit it out of the ball park on my ...
Roy's hit it out of the ball park on my last visit.
I have, like other reviews I've read, found it to be a hit-or-miss dining experience a few times. I'm glad to say they seem to be back on track.
A friendly greeting on entering, an attentive server, and a well prepared appetizer and entree. The manager of the restaurant stopped by our table and asked if everything was OK and also
wished a happy birthday to the person I was with.
The wedge salad and their signature short ribs is an excellent choice. The short ribs were served piping hot, and the dish was also hot, just as food should be served.
I've been to Roy's over 30 times, both in Hawaii and on the mainland, and my last visit was one of the most enjoyable ever.
I'm severely gluten intolerant and have ...
I'm severely gluten intolerant and have never had a problem eating here or at any of the other Roy's locations we have eaten at. We had a wonderful meal and the chef even did a GF lobster bisque for me. The flourless chocolate lava cake really topped off our evening. Menu items are now marked GF, but the chef is willing to work to accommodate if there is something else wanted. It was our 42 wedding anniversary and all in all was a very nice evening. Try the jalapeño margarita!
The staff was awesome in terms of helpin ...
The staff was awesome in terms of helping celebrate my friend's birthday: decorations, photo, and so on. Her food was excellent (steak). My food (fish special) wasn't quite up to the quality I've previously enjoyed at Roy's.
Roy's gave us special treatment for our ...
Roy's gave us special treatment for our 15th Year Anniversary Dinner. The service was great and our food came pretty quickly. The dishes were nicely presented and delicious! My favorite was the Chocolate "Lave Cake" as I remember it back in Hawaii. The manager came by a couple of times to check on us and at the end gave us a nice gift for our anniversary - a $20 gift card which we look forward to using soon!
The one thing I didn't like about Roy's was how expensive the bill was! Perhaps it is similar to other restaurants in the area, but I think $40 for an entree of three small portions of fish is overpriced.
We dine at Roy's periodically when we ne ...
We dine at Roy's periodically when we need a quiet local restaurant for business meetings. The last couple of visits, the food was off. The fish was overcooked, the salads wilted and overdressed and every item seemed underwhelming and not well seasoned. I like the restaurant staff but won't go back until the reviews on the food are better. It's not worth the price and there are too many other great restaurants in the neighborhood.
Had dinner with our two adult kids. The ...
Had dinner with our two adult kids. The restaurant was 2/3 full in the main dining room and the bar lounge area was wide open. We were stuck in the bar, the service was weak because the bartenders had to handle both roles (they were both decent people, but were overwhelmed), not their fault. Manager never even looked our way, never asked how everything was or had water brought to our table after waiting 15+ minutes for someone to stop by, he was focused on the dining room and those guests, very obvious. Glad we dropped $300 for a dinner!
We were expecting a great experience and had a second rate, pushed into the lounge and were treated like an after thought dinner. Weak
We have been Roy's fans since 1996 when ...
We have been Roy's fans since 1996 when we lived on Oahu. We have dined at Roy's on Oahu (both locations), Kauai, and the Big Island - as well as Roy's in Plano, Austin (very sad when it closed), and San Francisco. The restaurant never disappoints. Although the menu changes a bit, there are some favorites that are offered nearly everywhere. The food and the staff are consistently excellent, and the chocolate souffle is the perfect ending to any meal! Thanks for a lovely lunch in San Francisco.
Great place to celebrate special occasio ...
Great place to celebrate special occasions! Came here for a birthday. They got my note through open table and were fabulous! Our table was nicely decorated with purple orchids and a sweet birthday message to our birthday girl! They even gave her a gift card to come back as a token of their thanks for choosing to celebrate with them. Talk about excellent service!
I was introduced to Roy's by some friend ...
I was introduced to Roy's by some friends. Everyone is amazing from the moment you step into the restaurant. My daughter and I both had the butterfish which I highly recommend. We have sat at the bar on a previous visit and it was so enjoyable.
Roy's S.F. Gets the highest marks overal ...
Roy's S.F. Gets the highest marks overall. From reception greeting, bartender service to servers, this restaurants is tops. Food is incredibly tasty and served hot and pleasing to the eye. We always come away full and satisfied. Doesn't get much better than Roy's S. F.
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