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RAYA at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
RAYA at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

RAYA at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ritzcarlton.com/LagunaRAYA
  • Phone: (949) 240-2000
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast: Monday - Sunday: 7:00am - 11:30am; Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm; Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin American, Pan-Asian, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Chef Pedro Contreras
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Pacific Coast Highway and Niguel Road
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is $5 with validation or complimentary with an Anniversary Card.
A word from RAYA at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
RAYA, a restaurant concept by Richard Sandoval, showcases Pan-Latin Coastal Cuisine prepared with sustainable seafood, local produce, natural and organic meats, and Chef Sandoval’s signature Latin flavors.

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Diner Reviews
  • "The food and service are exceeded only by the incredible view! Corn soup and the various seafood dishes are tremendous! We ate there twice in five days, and the experience was 5 stars each time!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Was disappointed... did not know that you no longer had the buffet.. it's been a few years.... a little more noisy... not as intimate...food was spectacular... but specifically asked not be be seated next to a bus station... and was seated directly behind one at the stairs... and had a kid screaming next to us the entire time...."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We took my Dad to Raya for brunch on his 80th birthday. The service was impeccable, as you would expect at a Ritz Carlton. Everyone loved their courses, and will be back again."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We have visited Raya a number of times. It is our top restaurant for the well presented food, attentive service and superb ocean views. The friendly hostesses greet you by your name. You will not be disappointed, if you decide to visit."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Breathtaking view, great food and service! Terrific atmosphere. Corn soup is to die for and great seafood choices! Outstanding! Did I mention the view?"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Raya is in the lobby area of the beautiful Ritz-Carlton property at Dana Point. The view of the Pacific Ocean from the window tables is breathtaking. The food is delicious, with an emphasis on fresh seafood. The service is near-perfect. We dined at 7:30 on a Friday evening for a birthday celebration and were expecting a relaxed, romantic occasion. Then, the bar table area behind the restaurant started to fill with energetic patron. The noise level reached the point where I had to strain to hear the person seated next to me. Hearing our server was almost impossible. The server apologized for the noise but there was obviously nothing she could do about it. We enjoyed our meal, but did not stay for coffee and dessert. Too noisy."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Excellent restaurant with a creative and outstanding menu"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "And amazing service. We had a very knowledgable waitress that steered us in the right direction over the wine list. It was my husbands birthday and they really went the extra mile to make it a special occasion."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "The service was very personal. The food incredible, all while looking at the beautiful ocean watching a fantastic sunset."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Remarkable food and setting. Definitely worth a repeat visit."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "This place ha first a all a great view on the beach, so perfect for brunch and lunch. You can come up for the beach to eat or just go down there after, while enjoying a great panorama during lunch. We waited for a table right by the window, it was worth it. Service and food were good too, just a good experience!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "RAYA is categorized by Open Table as a "casual dining" restaurant but is perhaps better categorized as "fine dining". The service is that expected in a fine dining restaurant, and view of the ocean is superb. The location within the Ritz Carlton creates a wonderful and energetic ambiance. The food was good with wonderful presentation, but perhaps lacking somewhat in imagination and originality. RAYA clearly rates five stars as a casual dining restaurant and would rate four stars as a fine dining restaurant."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We had a delightful experience at Raya. Our booking was held for us so that we could enjoy some time relaxing with a cocktail, watching the sunset over the beach. When we made our way to the restaurant, everthing was beautiful. From the presentation of our meals through to the delightfully subtle, but creative flavours of each dish. The wine list was exemplary and we had a thoroughly beautiful experience. Thank you."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Exceeded our expectations big time! We came for the panoramic ocean view, but… we are foodies and we did not expect the food to be the best we ever had in any restaurant! And we have been places… At Raya we had New York Steak and Salmon – both full of flavor, melting in your mouth, heavenly sauce. Salute to the chef! We are going to be regular now."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I decided to eat here on a whim and it was the best idea we have ever had! The food was delicious with combinations I had never seen and with the 180 degree ocean view and outstanding staff, the experience became on we will remember for the rest of our lives! We were extremely blessed by our server who gave us complimentary wine and dessert and a special pass for free parking in the future. :) "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "As always, the Ritz-Carlton at it's best. We had cocktails on the balcony at "180 Degrees" before moving to Raya for an exquisite dinner. The Black Cod was divine; Rib Eye out of this world and the wines!!!"
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Ambience and service was wonderful! Dinner entree- My date's scallop was over cooked as well as my halibut. However, the server made us feel comfortable and made my date Birthday evening an enjoyable time."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! RAYA is fit for foodies. We can't rave enough about the fantastic restaurant and its team. Chef Richard Sandoval and his team are top-drawer, truly."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "A bit over rated. The food was good, but not great. Ambiance was pleasant. Not worth the money. The service was the best part of the evening. Nice night, but not memorable."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Superb sunset, excellent service and delicious food. Definitely a restaurant to return to."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Gorgeous view of the Pacific Ocean from our table , food and service were good, only passable wine list. The restaurant sits next to the very busy lobby area of the hotel. There are no walls that separate it from the lobby, only pretty steel sculptures which do nothing to dim the noise from the lobby. Almost had to yell to be heard. We went on a Saturday night and there were lots of families with kids. Not a "special occasion" place, though the prices would make you think otherwise (expensive). Won't be back."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We chose this restaurant for a birthday celebration. It was one of the most wonderful experiences we've ever had. From the hostess to the wait staff to everyone in between, it was a picture perfect evening. We were blessed with a beautiful view like no other. The food was absolutely delicious, the ambiance was spectacular, the entire evening was perfect."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "My partner and I had a reservation at noon for Sunday brunch to celebrate our 33rd anniversary. In the reservation we mentioned a preference for a table by a window. When we arrived (15 minutes early) we were told there would be a short wait for a window table, so we went to the adjacent bar for a drink. Right around noon, the receptionist came in to the bar and told us our table was ready. What a surprise to arrive at t table covered in rose petals and a short poem about the meaning of love. That, combined with the beautiful view over the beach and ocean made for a memorable event. The brunch is $65 and you order choices off the four-course menu. Price includes unlimited champange, mimosas or bloody marys. Staff was excellent."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "The level of service at this restaurant is on even par with the excellence of the food. The Ritz-Carlton lives up to its reputation with RAYA."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Very creative menu with several fantastic small plates."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "This is an incredible place to dine and the resort is fun to explore on your visit. Outside terrace has fire pit tables and is very romantic."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Raya was a great surprise. The room is dominated by the ocean view and all the tables take advantage of this. The menu is a great mix of Latin and Asian influences... go to the web page to view the entire menu. The lobster tacos and beet salad were delicious starters. The scallops with pork cha shu was outstanding as well as the black cod with daikon. Dessert was a great chocolate ganache that was for a birthday that the restaurant does for you... what a very nice touch! Besides the brilliant food and the view, the star of Raya is the service. The waiters and the busyboys are prompt and personable and they make you feel like you are very special guests... very, very impressive. Only negative would be the parking, very expensive."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Great view, great food, great service. Simple as that."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Excelent service and very good food. The views from the restaurant are amazing specially on sunset hour. The food is very tasty. Much recommended."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Returned from a wonderful meal at Raya. The restaurant has massive glass windows overlooking the ocean and we were lucky enough to catch the sunset with a dramatic view of the beach, Pacific Ocean, and Catalina island. The hostess was very friendly and immediately wished me a happy birthday, as did the waiter who took the time to review the menu in detail (although his overview seemed a little too rehearsed and didn't allow for us to interject with questions). At one point almost asked the server to stop coming over and asking how things were, but at least he was attentive. Food was fantastic - lobster tacos, sea bass ceviche, scallops, risotto...wasn't a fan of the Brussels sprouts. Great place for a romantic date. Bill approx $150 for 2."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "Nice ocean view in a really nice Ritz in laguna. Looking forward to returning for another weekend sometime soon."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Great service. Very eclectic flavors in dishes with familiar names. Great churros desert."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Excellent in every way!!! Perfect special occasion restaurant."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Raya is always a treat. I have dinner with my girlfriends every few months and we usually go to Raya. The services is outstanding from the hostesses who great you at the door to the waiters and busboys who cater to your every need and make you feel special without being over bearing. the food is outstanding. we started with the lobster tacos which were just the rigt size and tasted terrific and I had a New York Steak which was done to perfection. In the summer you can have drinks and/ appetizers at the outside bar. I highly recommend it."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "It's the Ritz and obviously they feel they need to charge top dollar even if they are not delivering a top dollar experience. The room is attractive but cold, both in decor and in temperature. Everyone was wearing coats. Our server and the hostess both told us they could not change the temperature. Our wives were not happy. Food and service were both very good, the scallops and NY steak both exceptional. The wine list is so-so, way overpriced, and at $100/bottle or $25/glass I expect vintages to be listed. We will probably skip for a while because they don't seem interested in delivering an experience that would compel us to come back and spend this much money on a dinner out."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "It was a great experience and I enjoyed some unique preparations and flavors. I look forward to going back."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Richard is a true delight and professional and Jose very very personable. Absolutely adored the evening it was my wifes birthday and had a great time."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "We celebrated my husband's birthday at Raya. The food and service was outstanding. It was a memorable evening. I highly recommend this restaurant for a special occasion!"
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "Went to Raya for dinner. Pros: the great view of the Pacific (although we missed it since we went there for dinner) and the attentive service staff. Cons: location, it's sort of in the middle of the lobby in a high transit area. The food was just ok, really expected more for what they charge."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Incredible lobster salad and salmon poke. Scallops cooked to perfection."
    Dined on 1/4/2014