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Roy's San Diego Waterfront

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333 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101-7709 (1st Avenue)
+1 619-239-7697
17:00 - 22:00
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Sun 17:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 17:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Mount Laurel, New Jersey
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53 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2015

Awesome restaurant, wear your nicer clothes if you have them. Waitress was awesome and hooked us up with a free dessert. There were 8 of us. Had the Kung Pao calamari appetizer. Very filling so be careful but damn good. Also had the Grilled swordfish and couldn't eat it fast enough. Good wines but be careful if they recommend one,... More 

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Cleveland, Oh
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1,318 reviews
550 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 472 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2015

This is not Roy in Honolulu and worse than the dozen or more Roy in different cities. The decor is tired and could benefit for a major sprucing up. The food has similarities with that of others in this upscale chain but it seems that the menu contains many more options. I had same sashimi and then a macadamia crusted... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2015

Delicious -- discovered in Hawaii and must eat at one whenever I can! The food and the view is off the charts.

Thank Kim J
Istanbul, Turkey
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324 reviews
244 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 229 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2015

i compared it with Las Vegas Roy's, uncomparable , San Diego Roy's team should be educated at Las Vegas for couple of months. Service, ambiance, sound, food everything is poor , thank you Roy's Las Vegas

1 Thank Siyami K
Carmel, Indiana
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2015

Stayed at the Marriott Marina in late June so ventured over to Roy's since we had good experiences at other Roy's in recent years. Unfortunately, either this location is not that good or Roy's in general is not great any longer. I am hoping is the former. The restaurant decor is outdated and is in serious need of an overhaul.... More 

1 Thank cjkovalcik
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43 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2015 via mobile

We enjoyed most of the food we had a Roy's but our waiter was terrible. Thankfully they have team coverage so even though there were long periods without a drink refill or plate cleared by our server, it did eventually get taken care of. We tried the tuna poke to start--very very good. Scallop entree was delicious. My husband got... More 

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Tolland, Connecticut
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2015

Sitting outside was nice. The food was just okay and definite overpriced for the quality. Had heard good things but nothing really impressed us. The butter fish came recommended. It was very salty with a strong soy sauce glaze. One member of our party had to send their overlooked fish back. With so many great restaurants in San Diego....wouldn't go... More 

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Berkeley, California
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72 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2015

After 3 full days of working a convention it was a complete pleasure to have dinner outside on the water in San Diego. My colleagues and I were able to secure a corner table away from everyone and had a wonderful intimate dinner catching up with one another. The food was absolutely delicious. And there were plenty of choices for... More 

1 Thank Azolene W
Dallas, TX
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196 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2015

Roy's is always a great place to have a meal, but this location is my favorite. The view is amazing. The service is over the top. Food is wonderful.

Thank DallasMeetingPlanner
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2015

My wife works at a high end steak house and both her an i agreed that both of our meals were just average. My steak was very thin and over cooked, the sides were not to great either. Everything seemed to been swimming in their sauces.

1 Thank 337justing

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
American, Seafood, Sushi, Asian, Polynesian, Hawaiian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Valet Parking
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly, View, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 333 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101-7709
    (1st Avenue)
  • Public Transportation: MTS Trolley stop across the street enar the Convention Center & Marriott Hotel & Marina
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 619-239-7697
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.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?