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Roy's San Diego Waterfront, San Diego, CA

Roy's San Diego Waterfront

4.1
4.1
2571 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood

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 Downtown San Diego located on the water at the Marriott Hotel and Marina, featuring a dining room overlooking the marina, or patio dining just steps from the water.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Sushi, Steakhouse

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch
    Fri–Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm
    Bar
    Mon–Wed 3:30 pm–9:00 pm
    Thu 3:30 pm–10:00 pm
    Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm
    Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm
    Happy Hour
    Thu 3:30 pm–10:00 pm
    Carryout and Delivery
    Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
    Dinner
    Mon–Wed, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
    Thu–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 239-7697

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Blaine Villasin

  • Private party facilities

    Roy's is located downtown; immediately adjacent to the Convention Center, Marriott Marquis and Manchester Grand Hyatt hotels. Situated on the Boardwalk, Roy's looks out over the Marriott Boat Marina and San Diego Bay. Private and semi-private space is available for lunch and dinner for 20 - 600

  • Private party contact

    Elizabeth Spencer: (877) 271-2982

  • Area

    Downtown / Gaslamp

  • Cross Street

    1st Avenue

  • Parking Details

    Valet & self park available at the Marriott Hotel & Marina ($8 for the first three hours, $6 for each additonal hour, need to have Roy's validation) Valet & self park available at the Marriott Hotel & Marina ($8 for the first three hours, $6 for each additonal hour, need to have Roy's validation)

  • Public Transit

    MTS Trolley stop across the street enar the Convention Center & Marriott Hotel & Marina

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Experiences

  • Pau Hana Menu

    USD 59.00 per person

    29 Mar - 30 Aug 2022
    Pau Hana means the "time after work". It is considered a time for relaxation and informal socializing with friends and family (Ohana). We invite you to join us nightly from 4pm - 5:30pm and experience this classic, three-course menu, specially priced at just $59 per guest. (Excluding tax and gratuity)

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What 2,571 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.7Value

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  1. a

    ak982

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall2food1service3ambience3

    Disappointing. We were there as a party of 6 to celebrate a graduation. Service was good but very slow. Food, unfortunately, was not very good, especially considering the cost. An order of sea bass was overcooked and the fish and vegetables were barely warm when served. Mahi mahi was better, but dry. Scallops, according to the person who ordered them, were good. Ambiance was nice, despite a loud group next to us. We've been to other Roy's restaurants before which were very good. This one was not worth the money.

  2. FN

    FunNightOut

    San Diego

    43 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    There was a little glitch upon our arrival. I had reserved and received confirmation for an outdoor table which I truly wanted to better appreciate the activity on the boardwalk and Marina plus to view the sunset. However, when I arrived I was informed that just because I had a confirmation for a table on the outdoor patio did not guarantee that one would be available. The hostess said that Open Table would not permit them to add a statement that "Outdoor tables cannot be guaranteed and would be provided on a space available basis." That was initially very disappointing. However, the staff worked with us and finally was able to seat our party of 5 out on the patio deck albeit about 30 minutes later than our reservation time. The rest of our evening was wonderful. The host staff was very gracious and kept us updated on the outdoor table that they believed would become first available. Our server, Nick, was amazing both in terms of his positive, welcoming spirit and helpful, honest menu recommendations. Plus the drinks, starters, and entrees (especially the seafood) were totally delicious!! The support staff was also readily available to pour water and deliver the food to our table while it was still piping hot.....

  3. BS

    BarbS

    Cincinnati

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It’s pricey, but so worth it. Sitting on the San Diego harbor and watching people and boats come and go. The food is simply amazing! The wait staff (I say wait staff because it seemed like everyone was waiting on you!) was amazing. We wanted for nothing. Water glasses kept full, you finish a plate, it’s gone. Not in a hovering sense, but they were very attentive. One of the best meals we’ve ever had (and we go to a lot of quality restaurants) was at Roy’s in Palm Springs, so we went with high expectations. This one did not disappoint!

  4. m

    magnum

    Los Angeles

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our sever was GREAT! Very knowledgeable on menu & very attentive to us. He made dining experience wonderful.

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    The wait time for food was 1.5 hours!

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved it! Food was fantastic. Server was amazingly helpful.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was superb- from Beginning to end - the food was outstanding the service was exemplary !

  8. M

    Manny

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing experience!

  9. GA

    GARYH

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience3

    The food was less than spectacular We were seated within 5 feet of the front door and every time someone opened the door, the wind almost blew one of us out of our chair and we had to s opt our chairs in as several people bumped into us as they left That being said, our server Lauren everything in her power to make up for all these deficiencies as well the fact that the Diet Coke machine did not work perfectly This was the best service, friendliest personality and nicest young person that my Bride and I have had in several years. Celebrating my Birthday at your restaurant was a mistake….. The only positive the entire night was our server, Lauren Gary Hull 619-994-6422

  10. TS

    TheSandiegan

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food3service2ambience4

    the portions get smaller and smaller ,,,the kids plate is supposed to have three courses one showed up for both kids orders. the location that was a la jolla was way better much better value at the Cafe at nordstroms in la jolla or fashion valley

  11. S

    Schill

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    My wife and I went to Roy’s for a special occasion. We ordered drinks, appetizers, and same entree for both of us. Drinks and appetizers were served. We didn’t expect a great quality and they barely met the acceptable mark. The glass of red wine that I was served was resting at the bottom of the glass, perhaps 4 ounces at the most. About 40 minutes after ordering the entree, the waitress came and apologized for the delay and assured us the order was being placed up front and it would be ready soon. Another 20 minutes passed , the waitress came and gave us a revised version of apology and said our entree would be ready soon. Ten minutes followed and the waitress came and said in a very apologetic tone our orders were still waiting to start cooking. At this point we asked her to give us the bill for the drinks and the appetizers which she did. We paid the bill and left. Well, I don’t need to state how we feel about this dining experience. The reader can guess it.

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Mother’s Day

  13. AB

    AnthonyB

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience3

    Not worth it. We went during Mother's Day, which we totally understand is busy. BUT it should not take over an hour to get our appetizers. Not only that, but the food was subpar. My brother in law's steak was ordered medium, and it was RARE inside. Uncooked. They took it off the tab, which was nice, but we were just so disappointed.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Mother’s Day Beautiful view harbor Great food

  15. MS

    MarioS

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food1service2ambience3

    Mother's Day Brunch at Roy's was expected to be an enjoyable meal. It did not meet our expectations. We were a party of eight (including two children). There were two Mother's Day menus, a price fixe menu and a "regular" brunch menu. Although booster chairs were provided for the children, children's menus were not delivered to the table (we had to retrieve them ourselves). Several members of our group ordered from the fixed menu, others chose from the regular menu. None of the food was exceptional. The lettuce of the Caesar salad was limp and the dressing overly spicy. The steak/egg meals were presented with the steaks cooked less than requested and the sides lukewarm. The Mahi Mahi was served hot, but the other items on the plate were lukewarm, at best. None of the food was returned to the kitchen as we had had to wait too long for the food to be served. It appeared that the kitchen was unprepared or poorly timed, as several times we noted that the serving staff was hovering; waiting for food to be plated for service. All-in-all, we were somewhat disappointed with the meal.

  16. RA

    RobertA

    Sacramento

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great fish dishes all very well and very interestingly prepared.

  17. J

    Jenn42

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 May 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    Service was exceptional! Ambiance was beautiful. The only issue I had was the filet and lobster tail had a sauce that was overly spiced and wasn’t listed on the menu. It over powered the entire plate. It was unfortunate.

  18. RB

    RobertB

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 May 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Business. Outdoor dining a must.

  19. B

    Boysan

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 2 May 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    Not one mention of our anniversary. Butterfish was too small

  20. K

    Koko

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 May 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1

    The foods were horrible. Will not recommend and going back.

  21. KF

    KenF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Roy is always delivers high-quality food with a great environment. We celebrated our anniversary at Roy’s waterfront this year, and truly was a magnificent experience.

  22. BA

    BobA

    Los Angeles

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We sat outside on the patio. Beautiful ambiance and incredible food.

  23. JO

    JamesO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a Great Dining Experience at Roy's. The food was cooked perfectly. One of the best Lobster tails I've ever had. Our Server was fantastic. Attentive and super nice. Table with view of the marina was very nice. I would definitely eat here again and recommend to others.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and service! I Love Roy Resto!

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Roy’s NEVER disappoints! ❤️

  26. BC

    BarbaraC

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely Friday business lunch on the Bay!! Asian sushi rolls were the finest. Salmon was perfect!

  27. D

    Donna

    Cleveland

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Hostesses we’re very accommodating and flexible. Our server was very friendly and courteous. The food was very good.

  28. D

    Doc4foodies

    San Diego

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on 26 April 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    Food was very good as usual. Had light dinner with appetizers only but couldn’t resist Pineapple Upside Down cake for dessert. Bar service was also good as expected. Got there in time to enjoy the sunset over the marina. Overall serene experience.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Celebrated 24th Anniversary. Whole staff made the evening special.

  30. M

    Mauirete19

    Portland

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 April 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience3

    It was so weird. Really poor service. We reserved a table outside but on arrival were told we’d need to wait because they just seated a whole bunch of people outside. Once seated it took 20 min for the server to greet us and take drink orders, another 10 to get waters, another 10 to get our drinks. Another 20 minutes to get the appetizers. We had to finally ask the server if we could put in our entree orders. I opened my silverware to find…4 knives. Our server never told us any specials. We heard another server tell a table about the specials after we’d ordered entrees. Our server asked if we’d like dessert and said there was no printed menu. She told us there was chocolate soufflé or pineapple upside down cake. Later, after we ordered the chocolate soufflé, we heard another server telling their table the dessert options included those two options, plus key lime pie, some cheesecakes, etc. Ridiculous. The food itself was good, though overpriced. The service, ridiculous. Never again. Not worth it.

  31. d

    davidl

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service and amazing food! Thanks Roy’s for help celebrating my birthday!

    Roy's San Diego WaterfrontResponded on 29 April 2022

    Mahalo davidl ! We hope to see you again soon!  

  32. M

    Meateater

    Las Vegas

    71 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on 24 April 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    Small portions for lots of money, everything else was real nice

  33. s

    squaredeal

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 24 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful. Amazing food as always.

    Roy's San Diego WaterfrontResponded on 29 April 2022

    Mahalo squaredeal ! We hope to see you again soon!  

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Server was super nice

    Roy's San Diego WaterfrontResponded on 29 April 2022

    Mahalo ! We hope to see you again soon!  

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4

    Food was pretty bleah. Not bad. Just not good. I expected a bit more for 50 dollar entrees

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic food, great service with a nice view. We had a date night and they brought us a free chocolate soufflé just because. Roy stopped by our table just to asked how everything was. Food was excellent and soufflé delicious. Would go back every time Im in San Diego.

  37. LG

    LizG

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Celebrated our Anniversary and wanted an “Island Feel”….it was exactly as we wished, food, service and atmosphere were PERFECT!

  38. K

    Keng

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 20 April 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    I couldn't give it five stars because they have "secret" specials that unless you know and ask about, they don't initially tell you about them. They have the equivalent of an early-bird menu M-F from 4pm to 5:30pm. It is a great deal and has more selections than a usual special menu. We had an early evening plane to catch so we made reservations for 4:30. Perfect for our situation. We were only given the regular menu and had to ask for the Pau Hana menu. On Wednesdays they also have all bottles of wine at half price. Again, we had to ask about it and our server said he would check if they're "still doing that". He reported back that they were, and we ordered a terrific Willamette Valley Pinot Noir at a very reasonable price. Food was excellent, our server, Spencer, was very attentive, the wine was outstanding, and it was a great dinner. If you're going to have specials to attract patrons, customers shouldn't have to ask for everything.

  39. NN

    NickN

    Las Vegas

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 20 April 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience1

    One of us clearly indicated a food allergy. The waiter brought the unacceptable ingredient anyway. The lobster in the lobster bisque was so over-cooked that it was hard. Acoustics in this restaurant are terrible. It was so loud that conversation was not possible without shouting, which many were doing, amplifying the problem. Otherwise, the sea bass and deserts were fine, but not good enough to overcome the restaurant’s serious problems with lack of attention to detail, poor preparation, and noise. This was unlike any of the other of Roy’s restaurants that we’ve enjoyed.

  40. DG

    DaniG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    After a long day, we chose to go to Roy's San Diego Waterfront. Food, drinks, atmosphere and service were excellent. We had a great time!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Roy's San Diego Waterfront offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 239-7697.

Roy's San Diego Waterfront is rated 4.1 stars by 2571 OpenTable diners.

Roy's San Diego Waterfront does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 51 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Roy's San Diego Waterfront

333 West Harbor Drive San Diego, CA 92101

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    1st Avenue

  • Area

    Downtown / Gaslamp

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch
    Fri–Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm
    Bar
    Mon–Wed 3:30 pm–9:00 pm
    Thu 3:30 pm–10:00 pm
    Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm
    Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm
    Happy Hour
    Thu 3:30 pm–10:00 pm
    Carryout and Delivery
    Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
    Dinner
    Mon–Wed, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
    Thu–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Sushi, Steakhouse

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Parking Details

    Valet & self park available at the Marriott Hotel & Marina ($8 for the first three hours, $6 for each additonal hour, need to have Roy's validation) Valet & self park available at the Marriott Hotel & Marina ($8 for the first three hours, $6 for each additonal hour, need to have Roy's validation)

  • Public Transit

    MTS Trolley stop across the street enar the Convention Center & Marriott Hotel & Marina

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Blaine Villasin

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (619) 239-7697

  • Private party facilities

    Roy's is located downtown; immediately adjacent to the Convention Center, Marriott Marquis and Manchester Grand Hyatt hotels. Situated on the Boardwalk, Roy's looks out over the Marriott Boat Marina and San Diego Bay. Private and semi-private space is available for lunch and dinner for 20 - 600

  • Private party contact

    Elizabeth Spencer: (877) 271-2982

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