Roy's

3 ratings
$$$ • Japanese Restaurant
Reported to have a gluten-free menu
Reported GF menu options: Dessert, Sushi
66% of 3 votes say it's celiac friendly
333 W Harbor Dr
San Diego, CA 92101

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Celiac

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Not alot of choices, but the food was good. Staff was gracious about my allergy. The lava cake was great!!!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Not Much

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 8 months ago read full review

Celiac

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The staff was knowledgeable about celiacs and cross contamination. Gluten free items were clearly marked in the menu. The chocolate lava cake was amazing.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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No longer has GF menu.

Updated 8 years ago read full review

This establishment is NOT a dedicated gluten-free facility and may not be safe for those with celiac disease. Please contact the establishment directly to inquire about safety precautions.

Gluten-Free Features

  • Dessert
  • Gluten-Free Menu
  • Sushi

Categories

  • Asian
  • Dinner
  • Happy Hour
  • Japanese
  • Restaurant
  • Seafood

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Celiac

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This was an experience I wanted to love but the knowledge of the waitstaff was really not great. We ordered items marked GF on the menu and our waitress initially seemed uncomfortable (or uncertain about?) confirming about the precautions for GF prep in the kitchen. The dinner was AMAZING. So good. Our waitress then came back and unprompted said “we have 2 gluten free desserts—chocolate cake and pineapple upside down cake.” Going on her word we ordered both. However I was really uncertain about the pineapple cake and asked her to check what kind of flour was used as I was surprised it was gluten free. She came back out and said “cornstarch.” That would make a gravy and not a cake, so I started googling to see if I could find more on it. The restaurant’s Facebook page actually listed the recipe, first ingredient was cake flour. I had decided at that point that I just wouldn’t eat it. A handful of minutes before the dessert was supposed to come out, the waitress returned to our table and said she “triple checked” but was actually mistaken and the cake was not gluten free. I very much appreciated her willingness to share that with us, but it was a crappy way to end the meal.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Not celiac

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I don’t know. I went twice and each time I didn’t feel right. Like some gluten issue. My legs get heavy.

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Not Much

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Average

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I have been going to Roy’s since before I developed my gluten allergy and was nervous that my experience would be tainted but it was not! The server was very knowledgeable and was able to make accomodations to make things gf. They brought tamari (gf soy sauce) for me to have with sushi and the short ribs and the chocolate lava cake were both gluten free and AMAZING.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Celiac

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Although the menu is pretty limited (zero appetizers are okay), my meal was safe and excellent.

They provide edamame to begin as a stand-in for bread that you might expect at some restaurants, which I tested with my Nima and was safe.

For dinner, I ordered the Hiramasa fish, which tested safe with my Nima and was absolutely delicious.

The chocolate souffle for desert is GF and was also excellent.

While it was a bit disappointing that the menu was pretty limited for a Celiac, the meal was one of the best I had in my full week in O’ahu.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Not Much

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Not celiac

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This place is confusing. There are many things on the menu that are typically gluten free or could easily be made GF and yet very few options to eat, especially in seafood which is their specialty. Example: seafood paella. Typically GF! Not at Roy's, and can't be modified to be GF. The Seafood Treasures platter? Sounds like it could easily be GF. Nope. If you want it, you basically get a plain grilled scallop, 2 shrimp, and half a lobster tail. For like $58. Really? The waiter did seem very knowledgeable about GF options and could quickly point out things that were good options--it's just the options seemed limited and modifications typically completely altered the dish so you were getting plain fish with some mashed potatoes. I ended up having the honey mustard braised short ribs without the honey mustard sauce (again, why?) and substituted regular plain mashed potatoes for the cauliflower mash that was supposed to come with the dish (why isn't the cauliflower mash GF?) and it came with some sautéed veggies like squash and carrots and broccoli. It was fine. $50 fine? Nah. My guess is most everything here is marinated in something that contains soy sauce and that's why they can't modify lots of things or the modifications result in such plain food options. It's really kind of a bummer because a lot of the food sounds amazing and seems like it could easily be GF if you just used some GF soy sauce or GF fish sauce which all taste exactly like their non-GF counterparts. But whatever

Dessert and drinks are another story. The cocktails are delicious. Also the chocolate souffle is GF! Go freaking figure. They can do a GF souffle but not paella? Bizarre. I had the Creme Brule which was good and the shortbread cookies come on the side.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Not very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Not Much

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Good

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  • Offers outdoor seating

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