Permanently Closed - Roy's Pasadena

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This restaurant is permanently closed. 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 Pasadena located in the heart of picturesque and historic Old Pasadena, featuring an inviting atmosphere showcasing an exhibition kitchen, spacious bar and lounge area, and patio dining.
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4.0based on recent ratings
4.1
Food
4.0
Service
4.0
Ambience
3.6
Value
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71% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipMarkman
Orange County
109 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great new menu items!

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vipPaul
Los Angeles
86 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Roy's has a terrific lunch special. Entree, Miso soup, salad and cookies. Delicious and economical. Highly recommend.

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MichaelM
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We've always had a great time at Roy's. The service is great, and our last server, Brenda, was very friendly and attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Great food — loved the Chilean sea bass! Service could have been better, though. No one came back to pour wine, or to check if we needed anything else. We had to flag down the waitress.

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vippete
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We enjoyed Carl very much and will ask for him in the future. Very personable and friendly. Better hang on to him!

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Bets
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a delightful server and our food was amazing as usual.

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CHARLESD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

Food is different. Personally didn’t find it great but it was ok.

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ElizabethS
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food met our expectations. Very fresh and delicious. The Pineapple Turnover Cake is to die for. Our waiter took good care of us and constantly asking if there was anything else we needed. We arrived 30 min. before our reservation and were seated 15 min. earlier from our scheduled time. Our table had a greeting card with our names wishing us a Happy Anniversary. Loved it!!

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ShirleyC
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Great service and food. My only complaint would be the seats. We all felt crowded.

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JessicaL
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The manager was helpful and productive. He served us.

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OneofMyFaves
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious salad - not the same old same old; The scallops were juicy and tender with a wonderful sauce and black rice. And of course the molten chocolate souffle - a great way to end any meal.

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vipTomD
Los Angeles
94 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

It was my ladies birthday and again everyone wished her a happy birthday. Great food as always.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wife’s birthday

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Make a reservation so you don't have to wait. Well worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service is absolutely perfect! We had the special Chilean sea bass. It was amazing. Thank you for a wonderful experience

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The girlfriend and I love the steaks here, but the fish entrees are the stars of the menu here at Roy’s. Today I chose the Chilean Seabass over my regular Butterfish since it’s not regularly on the menu. The Seabass was cooked perfectly, tender and flaky on the inside with a nice crispy, buttery crust on the outside. The seafood here never disappoints and always has me coming back.

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JackM
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

There were surprisingly few gluten free options. While the server offered that the kitchen would convert many other dishes to GF, it mainly involved removing the sauces or other preparations that made the dish special. Why spend $40 on a plain protein.

It is so easy to substitute for wheat flour in sauces (corn starch, arrow root, etc), or to find GF sauces (tamari versus regular soy sauce for example).

What we ordered was very good, but the menu limitations were overly severe for the price point.

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micheler
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Our server Emily was engaging, delightful and professional. I noticed that my entree was lacking in spinach. Emily promptly had a side of sautéed spinach brought out very quickly.

We asked numerous questions and she was very patient in answering each of them.

We enjoyed our Roy’s dining experience.

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vipRustyD
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience3

It’s been a while since I’ve been to Roy’s. This one was terrible. Outdated, worn, and stale smelling interior. We had a butter lettuce and shrimp salad that was actually iceberg and chopped romaine lettuce with two chopped up shrimp. To add insult two of these salads and two ice teas was over $50 for lunch. Had the feel of a place on its last leg. Avoid.

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Thess
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Good ambiance 😘

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

It was pretty good-salmon was good not great-but I’ll be back. Waitress was wonderful!

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Dane
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2020
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience4

I knew this restaurant was "pricey" going in... so no surprise there. But my order came out incorrectly and the amount of food I received relative to the price was outrageous! To their credit, our waitress immediately ordered the correct meal, and it tasted good. But I was expecting a mind-blowing experience for the price I knew I was going to have to pay. It was just "meh." It is a good restaurant... that's it. Don't let the fancy prices convince you otherwise.

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RobertK
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall3Food1Service3Ambience3

Our food at the Roy's in Woodland Hills is consistently good. We were truly disappointed at the food in Pasadena. Sea Bass smelled fishy and was undercooked, non edible. Halibut was dry. Poke was good. NY strip steak was a little over cooked. We are Pasadena Playhouse season seat holders and were happy to discover that Roy's was walking distance. Unfortunately we won't be dining there again.

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viptravelzoofan
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

We’ve to Roy’s many times and it never disappoints us; including this one.

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Mauilovers
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

They were a little crowded but expected for their excellent service and food!!

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MikeI
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Menu was excellent and the food was was cooked so very well. The entire table raved about their food selections and how they were prepare.

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LigayaK
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience4

I'm a long time fan but this visit was definitely lacking. All my past visits to this Roy's were stellar. This time, the food was subpar and the service was even worse. Our waiter completely forgot about us on the patio. I had to flag him down and by then it was too late to order my favorite dessert which takes 20 minutes to make. I received better food and service from PF Changs and Yard House down the street. I was hoping to give my friend the best experience and instead I gave her disappointment.

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Anonymous
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience2