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, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, 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
My husband and I had our "date" night at ...
My husband and I had our "date" night at Roy's on a Friday evening. Because of Roy's popularity, we made a reservation and were seated immediately upon arrival. As usual, the food was very good and the presentation of it was exceptional. However, the little things that would have made it a great experience were missing. First, I was wearing black pants and was given a white dinner napkin (while I noticed others wearing dark clothing received a black napkin). Next, I advised our waiter that I was allergic to shellfish. When we ordered calamari for an appetizer, the waiter thoughtfully checked with the kitchen and confirmed that the calamari was cooked in the same oil as shellfish before placing our order...which we declined. I was disappointed that the waiter did not offer appetizers from the bar menu as an alternative. The pineapple upside down cake that we ordered in advance was burnt. When our bill came at the end of dinner, it was not for our meal. When the waiter returned with the "correct" bill, it included the calamari that we had declined. These were all little things, but they took a bit of the shine off of the experience.
After going to Roy's in Waikiki for year ...
After going to Roy's in Waikiki for years we were so excited to see they had a location in SF that we could visit on our trip there. Unfortunately all our food and both of our drinks were of very poor quality and after much disappointment we left after salads and went and had a phenomenal experience at Mamacita's. Our server also left a lot to be desired. Took ten minutes to greet us and then an additional 15 to bring us a not spicy in the slightest jalapeño margarita. I love Roy's in Waikiki and will continue to go there but this location pales in comparison.
Been going to SF location for years arou ...
Been going to SF location for years around twice a year. Usually totally enjoy the food but was Very disappointed with the food this time. Food was bland, rice was over cooked and crusty, salad was overdressed, etc. It was not a busy night and so we were perplexed as to why so little attention was given to the food. In addition, prices have gone up which made the whole experience further disappointing. All diners in our party agree with this review.
Incidentally, visited Roy's in Honolulu last December and enjoyed our dinner there.
When we sat down to wait for our drinks ...
When we sat down to wait for our drinks we were told we could not take the "happy hour" drinks to our table....or if we did they would not honor the happy hour price. Sad since we ended up paying more than $200 al together. If you are a cheap restaurant then act like it....if not then pay attention to customer service and silly things like this. I will not be back
The glass of wine was a "half pour." Th ...
The glass of wine was a "half pour." The food was okay. The always excellent Blackend Ahi was under cooked (too rare) and smallish portions. Was informed that new owners are present. Sad experience for what once was an excellent restaurant. Will definitely think twice before I return, if ever.
Went here on a TravelZoo voucher. Was i ...
Went here on a TravelZoo voucher. Was impressed by the offering of their fixed menu. I certainly felt that we received great value for what we paid. I've gone to several Roy's in Hawaii & have always enjoyed them. I'll be back!
Roy's San Francisco lost it's lusture an ...
Roy's San Francisco lost it's lusture and exceptional dining experience.
My first experience at Roy's was in Honolulu decades ago. Now that was a dining experience. It set the gold standard for all Roy's future restaurants.
We presented a Travelzoo coupon for 4 people. The menu was a different menu from the standard one. The portions were smaller but that didn't bother us. The seared tuna (yellow din tuna) not ahi for the coupon, was bland. We got what we paid for.
Don't forget Roy Yamaguchi isn't cooking. It's whoever is on duty.
There are plenty of restaurants in San Francisco to choose from that have similar prices.
Our server, Austin, was great! Good pac ...
Our server, Austin, was great! Good pacing and helpful. I, however, did not like where we were seated which was right next to a door that servers and bussers were coming in and out of. Please instruct your bussers to slow down coming out onto the dining floor and to not cut corners. My chair was bumped several times by them - not cool.
I bought a deal on TravelZoo, for a four ...
I bought a deal on TravelZoo, for a four-course meal for two.
It turns out that the menu for this deal is very limited, with few choices. I ordered the macadamia-nut crusted fish of the day, and it was dried out and not very appealing. And there were no macadamia nuts in sight -- not a crumb of a nut that I could detect. The salad was mediocre, the dessert looked store-bought and was unremarkable. And the wait staff rushed us relentlessly, trying to pull our plates away even as we were eating off them. I love Roy's in Hawaii, and it's possible that the San Francisco venue lives up to the Roy's reputation, but the four-course discount deal is NOT the way to go.
We went during a travelzoo promotion. Th ...
We went during a travelzoo promotion. The food was good. Tasty and nice portion sizes. However, the service was lacking and food took a long time to come. My husband got his wine probably 45 min to an hour after sitting. The waiters dropped the food and went. Definitely, the fine dining experience has faded over time. If you were to pay regular prices, it seems like I would rather dine at other restaurants in the Bay Area.
Our service was super slow. The waiter ...
Our service was super slow. The waiter took his time waiting and taking our order. After the order was taken, we didn't see him again. Our service was provided by the manager (?) and bus person taking our plates away or refilling our water. Also, no one came to ask if I wanted another glass of wine from the bar. This did not make for a great dining experience that evening.
Though Roy's is known for great seafood, ...
Though Roy's is known for great seafood, I go there for the petite filet steak. If you ask, they will dispense with the bread and serve it with mashed potatoes, a demi glace sauce and fresh vegetables. In all the years I've been ordering it, the steak is always a great piece of meat, cooked just right and delicious. The service is always perfect, too.
Orlando took great care of us. The serv ...
Orlando took great care of us. The service that was provided was excellent. Roy's has great dishes such as the poke and calamari. I got the Seared Ahi entree which was very good as well. The best part of all was the chocolate soufflé cake which came with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. I will be back to request Orlando as my server.
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.
Our dining experience lasted about 2 1/2 ...
Our dining experience lasted about 2 1/2 hours. We sat down and were greeted as expected. We ordered drinks which took over 20 minutes to arrive. My martini came in a daiquiri glass. Not good. We were unable to order during this time as the restaurant was packed. So approximately 30 minutes from being seated we were able to order. After another 20-30 minutes, our appetizer finally arrived. 20-30 minutes after that our dinner finally arrived. We ordered drinks with dinner that arrived 10 minutes after the dinner arrived. Ordered desert with after dinner drinks. Desert arrived in 10 minutes or so but the drinks finally arrived 10 minutes after we were done with desert. I ordered a warmed cognac. It arrived in a hot chocolate stein and was so hot you could not drink it plus it had been microwaved and took all the flavor out of the cognac. Staff was hustling like crazy. Problem was management did not have enough people. Only 1 bartender, 2 managers standing around, food was great when you got it. Nice place poor management. Would not blame the waiter. He was busting his butt, just not given proper help. Will reconsider going back when in the city again. Too many other great options to deal with this type of poor management.
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.
Roy's is a place where you end up stayin ...
Roy's is a place where you end up staying for 2 to 3 hours, not because the food takes too long or your server disappears for a long time. Even fast eaters will want to take their time with Roy's appetizers and entres. Everything melts in your mouth and you never want to rush a good thing. Our soufflé dessert had to be ordered about half an hour ahead of time. It sounds rather long for a dessert but that time flew because I was with great company. When it arrived, we realized why it takes some time. It was made with love and it was worth the wait. I can not even describe how great that dessert was. Our server did an excellent job with the timing and knowing when to send in our orders. I also love how their kitchen is out in the open. They love and respect their kitchen staff enough to not have them cooking all day in a crowded kitchen hidden away in the back. The names of their chefs are even on the menu. Just like an artists name is on their art. I normally don't care too much about what goes on in the background when I dine out as long as the food is good and I'm with good company, but this place made me feel pampered. The service was great and I loved how they set our table up for our special occasion. Thank you Roy's for such a great dining experience.
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.
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