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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.
Waikoloa, HI 96738
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
Fish entrees were very good, but apps were no better than Trader Joe's frozen stuff, drinks were not great, the chocolate souffle was nothing special, and the entire place was decorated like a bland hotel lobby. Located in a resort shops area so no view at all.
Roys is consistently good, but for the price, there is an expectation that you will be receiving the highest quality ingredients available. The last few times we went, almost all the fish on the menu was farmed. Overall, this last experience we has was a good one, but in comparison, the menu at Merrimans in Waimea was more extensive, more flavorful, and all local and sustainable. For our last dinner on the island, we probably would had preferred to return to Merrimans rather than Roys.
After reading other reviews I was expecting a great meal. This fell short of expectations as far as the food. The only really good thing we got was a Brussels sprout appetizer. We ordered off the pre fixe menu and were disappointed all around. The appetizer was a sampler of a rib, spring roll & tuna sushi roll. All three were just so-so. The spring roll tasted like one I can buy in the frozen section of my local mega mart. The rib was odly seasoned and left me tasting an unnatural liquid smoke flavor in my mouth after I tried it. The sushi roll was bland with a tiny bit of fish with a whole lot of rice. As for our main meal-we ordered the macadamia nut crusted fish. The fish was good but the sauce was bland and the macadamia nut crust wasn't really a crust but just some chopped nuts hanging on the top of the fish. It was good but for the price you can do much better than Roys. Our deserts were the macadamia tart and the chocolate soufflé. The tart was good but overly sweet-sickening sweet. The soufflé was yummy rich chocolate but texturally not the same as a true great soufflé. You know your going to get a good one when you have to order it in advance-with Roys they are ready on demand. The quality of a pre-made soufflé suffers. Overall, not a bad meal but for $100 per person-I expect better. If your going to do only one or two meals in this price range while on vacation-eat at Merrimans in Waimea. The same price range as Roys but better in every way.
My shrimp were under cooked and bland, and the ribs were tough (cooked too fast). My wife's salmon was served raw even after asking that it be cooked well. Totally uninspiring food. Prices are the same as the really good places such as Brown's Beach House, or the Canoe House. This is a tourist trap...with good service, poor food, and a lousy atmosphere.
Have eaten hear a number of times, but the food last time was disappointing. The duck this time was fatty and the hot mustard drizzle obscured the flavor of the meat. Many of the appetizers contain cilantro, to which I'm allergic, though you have to ask since there is no indication on the menu and the items are not those in which that herb is normally found. The lava cake remains a must for chocolate lovers.
While this restaurant is rated highly in Waikoloa, we were so disappointed. I ordered the butterfish and my husband ordered meatloaf. Neither were edible. We received apologies from the staff and the cost of both entrees were deducted from the final bill. We've been to Roy's on Ouahu and the food at that location is much better. When back on the Big Island, will not be visiting Roy's, and despite the great reviews would not suggest a visit. You'll be disappointed.
We have dined at Roy’s on several occasions over the years and unfortunately we agreed, after last night’s experience, that the quality of the food and the ambiance have declined. While we loved the frying dragon sushi roll appetizer, my husband’s steamed ono and my mekajiki (swordfish) were both slightly overcooked. Taking into account Hawaii pricing, we still felt the meal was overpriced. Our server was prompt, friendly and attentive. Despite the high noise level, it would have been a pleasant evening except for the arrival of a loud, drunken, obnoxious party of six who were seated next to us about halfway through our meal. They teased our server in a way that I found embarrassing and quite rude, although she took it very well. We hastened to finish our meal and we paid at the hostess stand rather than enduring any more of the “ambiance” than absolutely necessary. The manager and server were duly apologetic, and noted that they had received a similar complaint from another nearby table. However, we felt that in the interest of the surrounding diners, the Obnoxious Drunken Ones should have been asked once to tone it down and if they failed to do so, then they should have been courteously but firmly escorted out. With all the excellent dining opportunities in the area, we probably will not be choosing Roy’s again.
This was our first trip to roy's on the big island. We have visited all of the other island locations so our expectations were high. As expected we were blown away by the food and service. My wife had the price fixe which included an app sampler, the monchang entree and the lava cake. I had the ahi poke, roy's triple seafood and cheesecake from the main menu. Every dish was presented beautifully ,the meal was delicious and our server attentive. We can only dream of having a roy's in NYC .
I have been to several other Roy's and they all have been fantastic. Amazing food, great service, charming atmosphere. So we were looking forward to another wonderful evening. The bad vibes started when we checked in and the host told us, in an unfriendly tone, that despite the fact that we had a reservation we would be "waiting a long time." This was said without any kind of apology. When we asked how long, he just repeated a long time.
When we were finally seated our waiter was friendly, but when my husband pointed out he didn't have a fork, he said he'd take care of it and then disappeared for over 5 minutes while the food was cooling. Likewise, our appetizer was brought out without plates to eat it on. My Ono was dry and tasteless, while my husband's fish was excessively rich. At least my son enjoyed his teriyaki chicken.
Finally there are multiple tv's showing sports games in this location. While that is fine in a pizza place, I found it off putting in a high end restaurant.
I would definitely go back to Roy's in Maui and Kauai where I have had fantastic meals, but I would never go back to this location. It is not on par with the rest of the chain.
Ok all the way around but expensive for what you get especially considering the dated decor. Food was solid, good portions, great service. Nice wine list. Need to update the space plus offer less oily more healthy options. Other Roy's locations have been much better (mostly in ambiance).
We looked forward to going to Roy's as a highlight of our trip and unfortunately there was zero ambiance in a fabulous place like Kona. The food was adequate at best- deep fried vegetables, really? We have been to Roys on previous occasions to enjoy Asian fusion with fresh ingredients and spectacular presentation, there was none of that. The price for what we were served was extremely expensive and simply not worth it-it was a huge disappointment, we will not ever go back to Roy's. If I want fast food I will go elsewhere and save my money.
We arrived earlier at opening time and at first the young attendant would not acknowledge our reservation for 6:30 and indicated that we would need to wait 1+1/2 hours! The restaurant was empty when we arrived! When we said we would go somewhere else, he changed his mind and accommodated us!
We had a young waiter who was very very pleasant and attentive. The food was very tasty. The main course butter fish, however, arrived luke warm and "fishy" and the side dish of spinach was extremely salty. We elected to return these and the catch of the day was far far superior and fresh and immediately served to replace the butter fish.
Desert (chocolate soufflé) is one we would recommend to all.
We've eaten at several Roy's. This one is similar, but lacks ambience. There's really not much space and there is a feeling of tightness.
The food was good. Same menu for years which quite frankly is getting boring. No sides to order which was disappointing. Chocolate souffle was wxcellent.
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