Review: King’s Hawaiian Roast Beef & Swiss Sandwich from Arby’s

I have a lot of respect for Arby’s. Whether you opt for the conventional Roast Beef ‘n Cheddar Melt, dare to try the something more unusual like the Fish Sandwich, or pine after cancelled offerings like the Chicken Salad Sandwich, you are likely to come away satisfied. So when Arby’s announced the arrival of their King’s Hawaiian Roast Beef & Swiss Sandwich - basically their original roast beef sandwich, amped up on an iconic King’s Hawaiian bun – I had high expectations. As it turns out, Arby’s exceeded those expectations.
Arby's King's Hawaiian Roast Beef & Swiss Sandwich Box
Prior to trying this sandwich, most of my associations with King’s Hawaiian bread had to do with ripping it into pieces and dipping it into spinach and artichoke dip at New Year’s Eve parties. But driving home with the smell of a sweet, bready King’s Hawaiian bun and savory roast beef filling my car has forever changed this perception. Arby’s will make you believe King’s Hawaiian buns were made to go on roast beef sandwiches and roast beef sandwiches alone.
Arby's King's Hawaiian Roast Beef & Swiss Sandwich
Arby’s describes their King’s Hawaiian Roast Beef & Swiss like this:
Try our KING’S HAWAIIAN Roast Beef & Swiss, made with an extra helping of 1/3 more thinly sliced roast beef, Swiss cheese, pickles and a creamy Dijon sauce on a soft, slightly sweet and airy, irresistible KING’S HAWAIIAN® sandwich bun.
Taking the sandwich out of the box, I realized one undeniable fact: it’s huge. Which isn’t a bad thing. For $4.92 at my local Arby’s in Minnesota, I should be getting a big sandwich. I also noticed the track marks across the top of the bun and the browned interior, suggested it had been toasted. So far, so good. I took my first bite. Just like the smell in my car would suggest, the combination of roast beef and the King’s Hawaiian bun was supremely appealing – soft, savory and sweet. The Dijon sauce, with its grainy, honey mustard-like punch, was the perfect accent to this sandwich . The pickles played a similar part – crunchy, sharp and briny counterbalances to an ocean of bready sweetness.
Arby's King's Hawaiian Roast Beef & Swiss Sandwich
The pinnacle of Arby’s King’s Hawaiian Roast Beef & Swiss, though, came when I hit the middle and finally found the Swiss cheese. Though not a showboat of flavor, the slice of melted cheese provided a melty, rich backdrop that brought this already decent sandwich up to the level of intoxicating. Which brings me to my one and only complaint about Arby’s new sandwich: not enough cheese. It’s a minor thing, but this sandwich is so big the small slice of Swiss placed in the center doesn’t cover the whole thing, leaving edges of just roast beef and bun. Two slices of cheese, and this sandwich would be perfect.
Arby's King's Hawaiian Roast Beef & Swiss Sandwich
Arby’s King’s Hawaiian Roast Beef & Swiss is currently listed under the “Limited Time Offers” section of their website. For fast food lovers everywhere, let’s hope it gets a permanent spot soon. I can’t imagine anything that could make this sandwich better. Except of course…
Arby's Sauce

Pros: Big sandwich. Amazing King's Hawaiian + roast beef flavor profile. The miracle of Swiss. Arby's sauce.

Cons: Could use a little bit more cheese.

Taste: 9.25/10
Value: 7.25/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.25/10
Price: $4.92

Overall GrubGrade: 9.25/10

More Info: arbys.com
Nutrition Facts:
Calories - 600
Fat - 25 g
Sodium - 1640 mg
Carbohydrates - 61 g
Dietary Fiber - 2 g
Sugars - 20 g
Protein - 34 g

20 comments on “Review: King’s Hawaiian Roast Beef & Swiss Sandwich from Arby’s

  1. Meliorn says:

    Sounds amazing! Great review!

  2. Ryan says:

    Agreed. Loved this sandwich and had it twice already this week. The pickles were perfect and all the ingredients meshed well. The sweetness of the King’s Hawaiian bread combined with the roast beef created a tasty combo. Pricey yes, but a good sized sandwich. $4.49 here in Maryland.

  3. Jess says:

    DAMMIT! Everything about this sounds incredible except for that evil Swiss cheese. Why do fast food joints insist on putting this vile excuse for dairy on everything. Milk abuse!!

    • ChunkBunny says:

      The dijon mustard sauce is what makes me cringe. I despise that nasty stuff! I had it by accident once, never again. Blech!

  4. Manavee says:

    I couldn’t agree more with this review. The sandwich was much bigger than expected and the ingredients all went very, very well together. Loved the addition of the pickles.

    Did you try the new house made potato chips? I thought they were surprisingly good as well.

    • Robert says:

      Looks pretty great, but for my money nothing will top the Angus Cool Deli thing that came and went because of it’s awful name (and odd ingredients). I love that beef. The regular Arby’s beef, not so much.

  5. Chefprotoss says:

    I find Arby’s to be hit or miss, but I really thought this would kick ass. You and Ryan digging it means I’ll definitely give it a go this weekend.

  6. JustinM says:

    I agree the pickles made the sandwich and pretty much every ingredient was welcomed. I’m looking forward to trying those homemade chips as well. I loved Arbys in Pasadena but We can’t find any in Brooklyn/NYC.

  7. Ric says:

    Had a “BOGO” card so I tried the regular and the one with swiss. Here in Indiana it’s $3.99 for the regular and $4.69 for the swiss. The bread was excellent, worked very well with the roast beef. I also tried the chips, too interesting not to. Housemade chips with Arby’s Sauce seasoning. Those were good too but I’d rather stick to the onion rings for as long as they’re half price.

  8. Roger C. says:

    I had the House Made Chips and they were disgusting with the Arby’s Sauce Seasoning. It just ruins the product. I would prefer that it were optional. I actually complained to Arby’s and all I got were form letter email responses that basically said they were talking to the store and management involved and that I would get a free item from the value item.

    Seriously, no, no, no. Leave the store, the management and employees out of it. Just leave that crappy BBQ dusting off. It ruins a great product.

    I haven’t tried the Hawaiian Sandwich though.

  9. Alex K. says:

    Wish I knew why this site didn’t say anything was posted for over a week, but then today, it became loaded with all this past week’s postings… :/

    Anyway, I’ll have to get one of these. :9

    • Ryan says:

      Yeah I’m trying to figure out why that’s happening to some people. The site is updated daily so something is wrong if you don’t see an update. Follow us on Twitter/Facebook for updated posts. Hope to get the issue resolved this week.

      • Manavee says:

        I’ve had the same issue. I’m using Chrome, if that helps at all.

        If I right click on the page, and manually hit reload that seems to clear it up.

  10. Ryan (not grubgrade Ryan) says:

    I had the sandwich and chips this weekend. The King’s Hawaiian bread was really good, and the roast beef was good as always. I didn’t like the dijon or pickles with it. Maybe I just don’t like dijon, I dunno.

    The chips were ok. They were competently done, and the Arby’s sauce seasoning was interesting, but they’re not going to pull me away from the curly fries.

  11. T.J. says:

    Had this yesterday and loved it. Seriously one of the best sandwiches I’ve had in a long time. $4.99 in Connecticut but well worth it. My sandwich had 2 pieces of swiss. Nice little bonus there. Too bad this is just an LTO. It would get me to drive the 15 minutes to Arby’s more often.

  12. NILLADUTCHES says:

    had this at my local Arby’s in MA today. Unfortunately it was awful, so it must’ve been my location. Cold when I got home with it, and the bun was nearly flavorless. I was so excited to try it after reading this review and everyone else had luck with it so no doubt my location dropped the ball. Oh well Arby’s i’ll see ya in a few months.

  13. kt says:

    This sandwich was great! Bread was sweet, loved the dijon & swiss, and pickles was a nice touch! I dont make a habit out of fast food, but would get again.

  14. missouri says:

    Everything about this sandwich was sublime – from the tart and crunch of the pickles to the tang of the mustard with the sweetness of the KH bread – it hit all the right notes. Hope it becomes a permanent addition to the menu.

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