124-34 South 15th Street, Philadelphia, PA | Directions 1910239.950176 -75.165913
Neighborhoods: Center City, Center City West
overpriced and bad service – This was the worst dining experience I've had in a long time. When I arrived, the managers were too busy talking to notice that I wanted to be seated. The server took a long time to approach our table, and was not knowledgable when I asked what the different types of fish were. Way overpriced. I will never return.
Beyond all my expectations!! – When you are looking forward to a meal this much, there is usually something that doesn't live up to expectations- Not at Roy's! The service was incredible, our waitress was friendly, knowledgable and very helpful. The appetizers were fantastic, I loved my Philly Cheesesteak egg roll! My mahi mahi was so light that I had room left for the heavenly chocolate dessert. The prices are high, but not inappropriate for a nice restaurant. Overall, fabulous service paired with incredible food. I can't recommend Roy's highly enough!
Exceptional Food, Service, Ambience, and Prices – Having Dinner at Roy's was a rewarding experience. The ambience, service and food are outstanding! The choices of food gave my guests and I a chance to taste and explore a vast array of dishes from the Hawaiian culture. Everything was delicious! The staff was superb! This is a very comfortable and friendly fine dining experience. We will definitely return and refer others to this fine restaurant.
Hawaiian fusion experience from hell!!! – I cannot understand how this place has been well reviewed. My girlfriend and I went last night for the first time and were very excited. We had giftcards for 100 dollars and were especially excited that this meal would not really "cost" us anything. We had reviewed the website and reviews on Citysearch and everything seemed to be in place. .... So the night went as follows ... First we get there and even though we made reservations we had to wait twenty minutes for a table. We were annoyed but fine with that. The drink we ordered was ninety percent ice but ok whatever. We ordered based on recommendations of our waitress who said the sushi was great. ok. The appetizers were very average for the price but edible. Then we get our sushi. The first bite was like a burning mouthful of salt. Maybe I have developed a higher standard since Kisso is my sushi staple but this was inedible. We tell the waitress that we could not eat this roll and they assure us they can make it better. The second time it was not as salty but the thing we most closely related it to was v o m it. Although I thought our waitress was nice the service was not good. In the end, after our dinner and drinks the amount i had left on the giftcards came out to a strangely appropriate $6.66. Lucifer's little way of letting us know he had a hand in making our sushi and creating our experience. Go to Kisso.
good service, great food, though a bit on the slow side but overall quality met the expectation – I love the Edamame appetizer, lobster potsticker, and desserts. My butterfish was a bit too salty but I think it's because I generally eat very light. The server was professional. The restaurant was beautiful inside and I found it a pleasant experience. It was not too noisy. From where I was sitting I could see the kitchen, which was an interesting & different experience. I will recommend people to go to this place for family party or dates. It's on the pricey side, appetizer run between $7-$11, main course are in the $20-$30 range. We have five people and ordered 4 appetizers + 5 entry + 2 dessert and the bill came to $260 after tax not include tips.
Solid Center City Restaurant – Excellent entree selection (though the duck and chicken dishes were not on the menu the night we went) and perfectly seasoned courses. Service was attentive and personable. Definitely recommend a specialty cocktail and the braised short rib. In response to previous review, valet is now available.
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.
Best service in Philadelphia – I have eaten at every talked about place in this city and not one has matched the service staff at Roy's. It may be a bit confusing with as many as 5 different people coming to the table but it made everything go wonderfully. Our server Terry knew more about the food and swore by the Shutome dish and absolutely nailed it. The BLT Sliders that were created by the Sous Chef (who came to the table to talk to us about the food) were an amazingly pleasant surprise. The souflee was to die for. All in all, the friendliness of the entire staff is unrivaled from the host to the managers (Jeremy especially). Me and my wife splurged and spent $150 after tip for the two of us and will do it again next week. My only regret is that we waited so long to try it out.
Best on Monday nights! – I took my boyfriend to Roy's on 06/16/2008. We were seated right away. We decided on the lobster pot-stickers as an appetizer and for dinner he got the short ribs over broccoli and I chose the Mahi-Mahi with red skinned potatoes. The food was to die for and the service was excellent. The interior is beautiful and includes an upstairs dining area and a bar. The food was a bit pricy but I'll have to splurge again sometime soon! You won't be disappointed.
3 1/2 Stars – My Girlfriend and I took a friend here for dinner on a Saturday night. Instead of bread, they serve edamame here. I thought this was a pleasant departure from the routine (besides I really like edamame.) The edamame were perfectly seasoned and had a hint of spice which was a welcome surprise. The cocktails were festive yet small for the price tag. We ordered the sun rise at Haleakala sushi roll and the filet and halapeno gyozas as appetizers. Portions were generous and the gyozas were great. The sushi roll while tasty was a bit shy on the amount of fish and was mostly rice.
I ordred the blackened ahi for my appetizer and my girlfriend split the short ribs with her friend. The kitchen was nice enough to split the short ribs onto two plates. I cant Imagine what the normal portion looks like as it looked like two full entrees. The short ribs were melt in your mouth tender and not fatty at all. The tuna was of a very high garde and perfectly married to it's wasabi sauce and baby bok choy. We ordered a bottle of wine with dinner. The wine list is not too extensive but has all it's bases covered.
For dessert we had the chocolate souffle and the pineapple upside down cake. The souffle was really a liquid chocolate center cake. You will be disappointed if you are expecting a ramekin with a fluffy risen dessert. However, wrong terminology aside, this was an well received desert at our table. I cant say the same for the pineapple upside down cake which was a bit dry.
I wasn't blown away by Roy's. The atmosphere and service are a definite plus. Overall, this is a good value for money and not a tough fri/sat night reservation to get at a short notice.
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