Roy's Restaurant in Hawaii Kai has won the prestigious Hale Aina Award of Honolulu Magazine for Restaurant of the Year. Previously, they had won the award in 1995, 2002, and 2004. They also won Hale Aina honors for Best Dessert, gold level; bronze-level awards for Best Place to Take Visitors, Best Outdoor Dining and Best Seafood; and becoming a finalist for Best Service, Best Value and Best Wine Program.
As reported by Honolulu Magazine, “'People are looking to us to do great things in food and service and our job is not to meet that expectation, but to exceed it,' said founder Roy Yamaguchi. Chef Yamaguchi balances the Roy’s Classics, dishes that people would be crestfallen if he were to remove from his menu—baby back pork ribs, misoyaki butterfish, blackened ahi—with exciting new dishes for the regulars, the 'guests we have who come in once a week, twice a week.'”
It’s been 21 years since Yamaguchi started Roy’s. “That’s one of the reasons I picked Hawaii Kai. I wanted it to be a community restaurant, part of something. We’ve seen children who came in here growing up; some are now married and have their own kids. They’re taking their parents for dinner here, instead of their parents taking them. It’s the greatest thing you can ever experience in a restaurant.”
There are now 34 Roy’s restaurants, six of them in Hawaii, but Yamaguchi obviously has a special place in his heart for the original location. “He’s here a lot,” says his executive chef, Ronald Nasuti. “He’s in the kitchen, trying new things. We want to keep our cuisine as cutting-edge as possible and, at the same time, always cater to the people of Hawaii.”
Roy's is one of our really outstanding restaurants on the island, and you can enjoy his fusion cuisine and service right here in Hawaii Kai. They are located in our building, almost directly upstairs, so come by and say "hi" on your way to pupus or dinner at Roy's.
Barbara Abe, Realtor