About Roy's Waikoloa Bar & Grill
Roy's Waikoloa is an upbeat resort casual restaurant featuring Hawaii inspired Euro-Asian cuisine. European cooking techniques with an emphasis on local ingredients and bold flavors. An extensive "food friendly" wine list is also available.
Eurasian, Hawaii Regional Cuisine
Hours of Operation:
Daily: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
Queen Ka'ahumanu Highway
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Visa
Located at the Kings' Shops waikoloa there is ample parking right outside
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Roy's Waikoloa Bar & Grill Ratings and Reviews
This particular meal was subpar for Roy' ...
This particular meal was subpar for Roy's. We ordered the prix fix menu. The firecracker sushi didn't pop. The rice was dry and the sushi itself was mediocre.
The chicken spring roll was very tasty.
The steamed pesto fish was overdone and dry.
Service was slow but there were also large parties seated and being seated during the time we were dining.
Roy's is my go to restaurant and I look forward to each visit. Too bad this time it didn't deliver.
Roy's was fantastic. Wish we had celebra ...
Roy's was fantastic. Wish we had celebrated our anniversary dinner here. The braised beef short ribs were moist and the sauce it came over was incredible. Good flavor. The au gratin was ok, not great. Husband had pork ribs and shrimp. Beautiful presentation and great taste. The meat fell off the bone. The chocolate souffle was to die for. Absolutely delicious. Great evening.❤
I had the short ribs and my wife had spa ...
I had the short ribs and my wife had spare ribs, and both were very good. The service was excellent, although they were unable to locate our Open Table reservation, asking us at the front desk if we had made the reservation "in the last few minutes" (we made it seven hours earlier). However, they were able to seat us immediately.
The ambiance is pretty basic, nothing fancy. We were seated right by the cooking area, so had many sights, smells, and sounds coming our way. This was not a problem for us, but might be for others.
The food was good but our waitress seeme ...
The food was good but our waitress seemed a bit unenthusiastic. We brought our young child and did not realize there was a kids menu available (on the back of some coloring sheets they gave us). When we ordered an appetizer dish for him, we would have preferred if she pointed out the kids menu as it had much better options and would have been a better value. Drinks were very good here.
Stupendous! It's been awhile since we'v ...
Stupendous! It's been awhile since we've been to a Roy's location, but they never seem to disappoint! Unfortunately, we were full from a previous lunch, and were only able to order a few items. The butterfish appetizer, soaked in a miso red pepper glaze was outstanding! We had the appetizer portion but afterwards I definitely craved the entree size. Then, we split both the entree of scallops (delectable!) and the Dragon roll appetizer (incredible!). Also, I should mention that our bartender/server was just the right amount of friendly and unobtrusive, yet catered to our every need. You've done it again Roy, and we hope to be back soon!
Food was terrible. Butterfish was put to ...
Food was terrible. Butterfish was put together with other ingredients that did not compliment each other. Food took so long hated to return it. Just didn't eat it. The short ribs were bland and as he put it- I'd rather of went to McDonald's. Since two of us had short ribs- not good.
Only person who like their dish was the ahi tuna.
Terrible. Usually love eating at ROYS all over the country- won't be back to this one.
The service and food was outstanding! O ...
The service and food was outstanding! Our waiter made sure to tell us about the prix fixe menu. The food was delicious and plentiful! We even had to request a take out box. There was no rushing our enjoyment of Roy's. We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience there.
We were expecting at least as good as th ...
We were expecting at least as good as the average rating, and that would have been fine. But..... We weren't prepared for the over the top food and service. I only gave Roy's 5 stars in every category because there weren't more stars to chose from! The food was absolutely perfect in every way. The staff was genuinely friendly, not pretentious and "fake friendly" as some are. The ambiance and surroundings were peaceful, and beautiful.
This restaurant is heavily advertised on Hawaiian Airlines and in the travel brochures, which almost always means 'stay away' to me. Not this time. I highly recommend Roy's (at least the Big Island location, anyway) to anyone, for any occasion.
As fans of Roy's who have been to other ...
As fans of Roy's who have been to other locations including Kauai, Waikiki, Seattle, and Plano, this was a huge disappointment. We are used to the open kitchen setup at Roy's, but the entire restaurant was bathed in smoke and absolutely reeked of fried food (and so did we after we left).
Food was a huge letdown. Everything was simply drowning in gloppy sauces and sides. The meatloaf sides were runny and not always recognizable, and the butterfish vanished under a mound of sticky glaze. Didn't feel good during dinner nor several hours later.
Beautiful new renovation. Friendly and a ...
Beautiful new renovation. Friendly and accommodating staff. Food is always good. Seared ahi is a classic dish, the new seafood stew ( don't recall the actual name of it.) was good. I asked for bread and they gave me 3 small pieces of French bread. That dish has some great broth and would suggest to add it is a part of the dish. The baby back ribs pupu is amazing tender meat and great flavor. Table cloths for dinner service would add to a more upscale experience.
Have previously been to Roy's on Kauai a ...
Have previously been to Roy's on Kauai and also the great Roy's that used to be near the World Trade Center 15+ years ago. Loved both of them. The Roy's on the Big Island by contrast felt tired. Food was fine - I had the Ahi and it was great; the setting/ambience wasn't great - it felt old, and as other reviewers commented, the smell from the kitchen was over powering. I am not sure what the issue is - other establishments can deal with an open kitchen - perhaps the air vent needs an upgrade ??. Prices reflect a high end experience....ownership needs to fix the kitchen /venting issues to charge such prices !
Other than the outstanding food, the att ...
Other than the outstanding food, the attention to detail impressed us. We watched a table being set by a trainee with the trainer explaining how to arrange the setting even down to how the napkin folds should point. It was refreshing to see. As for the food, be sure and try the short rib, it just melts in your mouth. The potato gratin was delicious and the carrot puree was perfect with the beef. Be sure and have the chocolate souffle, served piping hot with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Chocolate lovers heaven! Even though people were waiting, we never felt rushed and the noise level was low. Roy's was our favorite place to eat on this visit to the Big Island!
Had the salmon and was asked how I wante ...
Had the salmon and was asked how I wanted it done. I like my salmon well done. It came rare and cold in a soupy sauce. Was told it is served cold. It's an entre and was not noted on menu that it is cold or I would not have ordered it. Sent it back and it came back done well but no sauce. Basically I felt like I was being punished for complaining. Asked how I liked my cocktail, which I did not but said I would drink it since I ordered it. Was told it was not a problem that he would take it back and get me something else, which he did, BUT charged me for the other one anyway. Service was great but I will not eat at Roy's ever again!
Two of the four of us ordered seared ahi ...
Two of the four of us ordered seared ahii. Both orders were returned as overcooked. The second attempt was very good. One person ordered Opah which came at as shoe leather. He was too timid to return it. The fourth person ordered a steak and it was served as ordered. The appetizers were good an well as the desserts. We have been coming here for over 15 years and this was a disappointment.
Our first Roys experience was at Hawaii ...
Our first Roys experience was at Hawaii Kali and we were blown away. They set the bar high. When we arrived for our reservation the hostess was busy talking to another employee and did acknowledge us for at least two minutes. We were told our table would be ready in a few minutes, should have been steered toward the bar but weren't. Food was great. Have the short ribs
We ate here twice while in Waikoloa, onc ...
We ate here twice while in Waikoloa, once with a group and again with just my wife and myself. Both times were good and we tried a variety of things, including seafood and meat dishes. The wine list is extensive and they have nice cocktails as well. In general, the food was good, but it's a bit pricey due to this being a tourist area. On the second visit my wife's steak was fairly under cooked, although it was still tasty. A member of staff overheard her comment on this and took the initiative to ask if she wanted it sent back or a replacement. The also comp'ed the steak, which was pretty impressive. So kudos to them for that approach. Overall, it's a good place to get a nice meal in this area....nice ambiance and a solid menu of choices for food and drink.
When we walked in the restaurant smelled ...
When we walked in the restaurant smelled like rancid cooking oil. My clothes smelled so bad when I left that I had to wash them.
I have never thought Roy's was all that great, but this was my worst experience yet.
The food and service was great! It was d ...
The food and service was great! It was dark out when we dined but the restaurant sits on a lake with water views during the day time. The prix fixe menu is a great deal if you are ok with the choices offered! We've been to other Roy's restaurants before and the food here is just as good. The only thing you might be disappointed with is the ambiance. It's a little plain looking with dated tables and chairs.
Always come back and was surprised to se ...
Always come back and was surprised to see they did a make over. The times they needed it. Now it is quieter and more eye appealing. I still don't know why they put there seared Ahi on a hot plate, it still keeps cooking giving me a less than rare Ahi. Oh well there is always the Butter Fish next time.
They recently renovated the restaurant a ...
They recently renovated the restaurant and looks good modern decor much improved from previous layout
The manager was very friendly and welcoming and they still serve warm bread upon request . But there we some changes to the food which was not an improvement. Butterfish was over sauced and the mahi had a strong fish taste. The appetizers were good and salmon was just like before.
Staff friendly, but even with the remode ...
Staff friendly, but even with the remodel it is still noisy. Roy's is comfortable and always has interesting, tasty food. Tables are close together so it always seems crowded because it is difficult to move around.
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