800 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9001734.047500 -118.261088
Neighborhoods: New Downtown, Central LA, Downtown
Great Happy Hour Drink Selection – Someone recently told me that Roy's has some amazing Lobster Potstickers, so this place has been sitting pretty high on my "Places-To-Go" list. And then when my foodie friend, Minty wanted to go to happy hour, I quickly mentioned this place. Well, the Potstickers were quite good. Actually, my favorite of the night. The whole HH menu consisted of $5 food plates and drinks. And not just 3-4 selected drinks, but any Hawaiian Specialty Cocktail on their menu. There was probably about 15 - 20 to choose from! But if you aren't a cocktail person, they also offered four different wines.
I went with the 1988 Martini and the Basil Cucumber Collins. The 1988 Martini is a blend of grapefruit and pomegranate juice with ABSOLUT Ruby Red Vodka, SOHO Lychee Liquer and Patròn Citrònge Liqueur. My favorite... so I had two!
The Basil Cucumber Collins is cucumber vodka muddled with basil,fresh lime juice and topped with club soda. It was nice and refreshing.
For food, they offered 6 different plates so we ordered one of each to share. To our dismay, they were out of the Wagyu Beef Sliders served with the Garlic Truffle Sweet Potato Fries. So we had:
-Lobster Potstickers - my favorite of the night.
-Lobster California Rolls - They were good.
-Tempura Crusted - Eh. They were okay.
-Chicken Lettuce Wraps - Wasn't a huge fan, but Minty liked them.
-Pork and Shrimp Shu Mai - I didn't care for them really. I think they were fried a bit too long.
All HH items and drinks are $5.
Great Hawaiian food in LA – I had the Butterfish as my appetizer which was AMAZING. It was so buttery it honestly melted in my mouth! I had the short ribs for my main which were good, their Chocolate Souffle is more of a fondant, its not exaclty a souffle, I was looking forward to the Souffle. Doubt I would order the Chocolate "Souffle" again,Roys DID exceed my I think it should be better if they can cut the price down a little bit. I saw the one in Maui just close down.
What a joke. – Ok the good reviews for this place could only be fore two reasons
1. They work there and need the income (see review one).
2. They are the type of people who assume since they give you tiny portions and it's really expensive it must be trendy and good.
It's neither. The crabcake was actually worse than the previously frozen, imitation crab, Ralph's brand crabcake that I used to think was the worst ever. The service is slow and the fact that there is a wait so you need a reservation is MIND BOGGLING.
I've never met someone who liked this place. It's kind of a running joke actually. Please, save yourself. Or, just drink like a fish and hope someone else pays.
Roys is AMAZING – I work at Roys and it is a FANTASTIC restaurant. Great management and wonderful food. And for the person who write below me, you don?t know what you are talking about. We do not sing when we bring out dessert. It is not in our policy.
Worst dining experience. Lousy service. Overrated. – Just had the worst dining experience ever. I would NOT RECOMMEND this place. To the point; its overprices. save your money and go elsewhwre. 30 dollar plates. first, i made reservations at 9:30p, didn't get seated until 9:50p. then i ordered the Macadamia crusted Mahi Mahi and asked for well done well cooked. once served it came medium; so they took it back. they must of made a whole new plate cause it took 20 min for me to get my food back. total 40 min for my plate of food. Also they were supposed to bring a dessert with song for my wife who graduated. they said they would send out a dessert with candle and sing when i reserved two nights ago. They didnt sing. no dessert was brought out. Forget this place. If you don't want to loose your cool, don't visit this place. I warned you. Best thing about this place is, . . nothing!
This sophisticated Hawaiian-fusion restaurant gives mainlanders an upscale taste of the islands. – In Short
Roy Yamaguchi opened his first restaurant in 1988 in Honolulu, Hawaii, blending European cooking techniques with locally produced ingredients and Asian spices. Today, his Hawaiian-fusion cuisine is served in a sophisticated atmosphere with dark woods, Asian accents and contemporary, island-inspired art. In addition to "Roy's classics" like Hawaiian-style misoyaki butterfish and the popular melting hot chocolate souffle, each location offers daily specials prepared by the local chef, all of whom are trained personally by Roy.
nice Hawaiian flavor – I went before a Laker game and sat at the bar where we got a good stiff drink and then started ordering sushi which wasn't the best I ever had but i give it a solid 8.5 to 9. The service was very good and the Mahi Mahi was great.
Try the mahi mahi...melts in your mouth with a surge of explosive flavors – We live a couple blocks away at Market Lofts and finally got around to coming here. We called around 8 and made reservations for half an hour in advance. We walked over and were seated immediately even though the restaurant was buzzing with people. It was a Friday night, the crowd was a mix of the young and hip and couples out for a good time. Our waitress was wonderful. We had a sauvignon blanc and pinot griggio and both were good choices. The ahi tuna was awesome as was my boyfriends mahi mahi which he unknowingly shared with me! lol Would definitely go again.
Delicious – I went to Roy's today for lunch with co-workers. I had the Roy?s Classic Roasted Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi Mahi. WHOLY MOLEY!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was fabulous. We also had the Poketini and Potstickers which was also good. Service was great food delicious I defiantely recommend.
Worst Experience in LA!!! – This was our first time dining at Roy's in downtown and it will be our last as well. I'll start off on a positive note, we made a reservation for 8:15 and went early anyways and we were seated quite early. Then the night took a drastic turn for the worse. It took them about 15 minutes to get us water at the table and we didn't even know who our waiter/waitress was until after that. We ordered the appitizer and a drink. The appitizer came and then the drink about 5 minutes after. We ordered our entrees and waited. I ordered the "steak, fries & shake" and my boyfriend ordered the sea bass. I ordered my steak medium well and was aware that it would have a light pink center. As I was cutting my steak I made a comment to my boyfriend that it was really hard to cut my steak and thought maybe it was because of the knife. About 5 minutes later, I look down at my plate and my steak WAS NOT EVEN COOKED!! It was nearly purple in the middle. I didn't finish any of it. My boyfriend enjoyed his sea bass, but it could have been better. We then asked for the check. The manager then came out with a plate of fresh fruit and a sorbet of sorts because we were celebrating our anniversary. That was a plus of the night. All-in-all, the experience was terrible. The best part of the night was the passion fruit mojito and the fruit at the end!! I would not advise anyone to dine here if they want a great experience. INSIDER TIP: Park in the empty lot directly across the street for $6 instead of the valet that took 15 minutes to get our car for $7!! Worst experience in LA!!!
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