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“Excellent food, tasty, sublime and elegant... upscale & pricey too.”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Roy's - Sarasota - CLOSED

Roy's - Sarasota
Price range: US$10 - US$30
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Dining options: Drinks, Dinner, After-hours, Full Bar, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: South Tamiami Trail
Description: 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.
New York
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219 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
“Excellent food, tasty, sublime and elegant... upscale & pricey too.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2012

I recently ate at a Roy's in San Diego (lovely food and also location, on the water, perched over a pool and a boardwalk). This one in Sarasota has no commanding views, but has the same unique and tasty "Hawai'ian Fusion" food - delicate seafood and meat dishes are specialties, and readers "here" can see some sample photos. It is truly delicious, fairly diverse in menu, and yes, as others note, rather pricey - which for some locals and budget-minded travelers might translate to *very* expensive - though they do offer some discounts (both food and drink) and they certainly do provide nice touches for the cost, beyond the lovingly prepared dishes. Yes, the service and attentiveness all around is excellent.

This particular location, which is actually right off the Tamiami Trail (US 41, East side) is also the home of Flemings, where some local friends have enticed me to go for stand-alone drinks - actually not so much drinking (huge, delicious, exotic/tropical drinks, again not cheap) but drinking, talking, and sampling some of the various hors-d'oevres which are as mouth watering yummy as some of the Roy's main courses. Of course one can have a tropical drink at the bar (Flemings) and then walk a few feet inward to a table and go for another round (of drink and/or eating). It is indeed an elegant place, like all the Roy's I've been to, and a nice destination to have a special meal (and/or drink) with special people.

  • Visited December 2011
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Nokomis, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2012

Pricey , good for occasions. Food is very tasty and service was wonderful

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Sarasota, Florida
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6 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Worth a try!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2012

Excellent taste---not super-sized portions. Infused flavors. Atmosphere attractive, not inexpensive.

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“BEST Restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2012

This is by far the BEST restaurant experience I've had in the last 20 years.

Greeters, wait staff, managers, and owners are all very friendly, upbeat, and happy- they provide the most enjoyable dinner atmosphere.

The food presentation and taste are consistently remarkable.

I also look forward to Eating at Roy's Sarasota when I'm in town.

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Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Our family favorite!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2012

We love Roy's not only for the consistent food quality but also for the special attention they take to make our special occasion truly special..they write personalized poems for anniversaries and birthdays that are placed in our menus!! Great extra effort that our family appreciates!! Love this restaurant!

  • Visited January 2012
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