Japanese Restaurant Review – Royal Host

Royal Host Restaurant Japan

Last week we had the chance to drop by one of Japan’s well known family restaurants – Royal Host. Here’s what we thought.

Royal Host – Not Just for Royalty

Don’t get confused by the name, Royal Host restaurants are about as laid back and family oriented as restaurants come. They combine a relaxed atmosphere with simple dishes. Think of it like a Denny’s or a similar western family restaurant.

While the food isn’t anything fancy, you’ll find plenty of tasty options to choose from.

What’s on the menu?

Royal Host restaurants have plenty of choices to satisfy Japanese and Western palettes. From mixed grills and spaghetti to steak and Japanese curry dishes. While you won’t find much of the more unique Japanese dishes, if you’re feeling like playing it safe or you are looking for more Western dishes, you can’t go wrong with the Royal Host menu.

I had the Japanese style curry and Stacey had the seafood spaghetti.

Japanese curry

Japanese curry

Seafood spaghetti

Seafood spaghetti

Along with your meal, you can also opt to get the Drink Bar offering. This allows you to access the unlimited-refill drink area. From coffee to juice and soft drinks, the self-serve drink area allows you to drink as much as you like.

Drink Bar

Drink Bar

Their dessert menu is well worth a look over with parfaits and sundaes that are not only delicious but actually quite large by Japanese standards. For research sake, I had the large fudge sundae and Stacey had the strawberry parfait. The things we have to do to deliver the in-depth reviews that you need =)

Royal Host desserts

The price is reasonable, typically with lunch going for $8.00 – $15.00 and super for $12.00 – $30.00. Credit card is also accepted.


There wasn’t an English menu at the restaurant we went to (although I have heard you can ask for one), but you should have no problem understanding from the pictures what is available. Point at what you want and say either “Kore o kudasai” or simply “Kudasai”. Your meal may have the option for a soup, rice or drink bar add on which you’ll see in a picture beside or bellow your menu item along with how much it will cost extra.

Royal Host Menu

While the restaurant we went to didn’t have them, I’ve heard that some Royal Hosts will have a wireless device shaped liked an egg that you have to press to get a waitress to come over and take your order. In the one we went do we just had to raise our hand or catch the eye of the nearest waitress and say “Sumimasen” (excuse me).

If you want a drink refill, you will have to go over to the Drink Bar and get one yourself. Everything is usually labeled in Japanese but with the pictures you should be able to figure it out. The coffee machine was a little tricky with three choices. Until I figured it out, I wasn’t sure if I was getting black coffee or espresso.

All in all it the Royal Host is an affordable choice for a restaurant if your looking for more European or Western cuisine. Give it a try!

8 Responses to “Japanese Restaurant Review – Royal Host”

  1. Shani  on March 22nd, 2011

    Looks nice and clean and not scary. I like the fake food outside the restaurant, funny! I like the desserts you chose, however I would have thought Stacey would have the chocolate :)

  2. Sasksak  on March 22nd, 2011

    I needed fruit…and this was the best way to get it. Altho I guess the choc one had banana. =)

  3. np  on April 16th, 2011

    I had the pancakes at one in Osaka and they were really good. Very nice vibe inside the restaurant- not as cramped as most restaurants here.

  4. Japanese in Tokyo  on December 28th, 2011

    Do U know 居酒屋 “izakaya” Japanese bar.
    Try next!

  5. Travis  on December 28th, 2011

    We had a great little izakaya next to our apartment in Osaka. We loved it. Good, cheap food and great drink specials :)

  6. R&C  on October 3rd, 2013

    We will be visiting Kyoto for three days and this looks terrific.



  7. Mike  on September 10th, 2014

    The chocolate (or hot fudge?) parfait at Royal Host is the best parfait I’ve had. If you have the chance, eat one!

  8. Travis  on September 10th, 2014

    I agree Mike. It’s amazing! :D

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