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

RAYA at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

  • 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: 11:00am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin American, Seafood, Pan-Asian
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
RAYA at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel reviews from OpenTable diners
55 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (48)special occasion (43)romantic (38)fit for foodies (32)great for brunch (14)notable wine list (11)good for groups (11)vibrant bar scene (8)great for lunch (8)neighborhood gem (6)hot spot (3)kid-friendly (3)great for outdoor dining (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Almost Perfect
    KauaiRonVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Raya's occupies a wide spot in the corridor of the Laguna Niguel Ritz Carlton. It is a wide open space arranged with well spaced tables, bordered by a head-high sculped metal screen on one side and floor to ceiling windows on the other. There is nothing cozy or intimate about the ambiance, it's just a big, open space. Okay, I've just rrun out of criticisms. Everything else about the restaurant is superlative! The floor to ceiling windows? On the other side of them is the Pacific Ocean in all its splendor, with Catalina sunsets, sparkling coastal village lights, and a bird's eye view of one of Orange County's most popular surf spots. The food and service is top notch, and they go all out to make a special occasion special. Did I mention the food and service is incredible? They can do more with lobster than most Bar Harbor restaurants. Honestly, everything is fantastic, and can be enjoyed while gazing out at an unobstructed view of the worlds biggest ocean. It just doesn't get any better!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service.
    MSFoodieVIP
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Great food and service. The views are phenomenal. Went with a group and it was a perfect place to enjoy a good meal and great company.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Raya - Great Brunch, Slow Service
    QuietypeVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    If you like slow service, but great food, this is your find. With a spectacular view of the ocean and coastline, Raya is an awesome hotel-based restaurant. The three-course Sunday Champagne brunch offers exceptional options for all three courses. The champagne does not stop flowing, which is good as the service is slow-paced. If you're in a hurry, this is not the brunch for you. But, if you enjoy the slower, more paced brunch, this is it as the food is well worth the wait.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Spectacular view
    beachbaby
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Ate at Raya while staying at the Ritz Carlton. It was convenient on the first night we arrived. The food has a good variety of choices, but I think the flavors could be kicked up a notch. Overall a good experience with great service and incredible view.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect evening!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    As requested, we were seated at a lovely window table with a perfect view of the beach, just as the sun was sitting over Catalina Island. We ordered drinks, appetizers, and dinner for two. Everything was served beautifully and was delicious. The wine was perfect with everything. We couldn't resist ordering dessert, which we also enjoyed very much. Perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, but not so good....
    Marbertdye
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I selected Raya to have an small birthday dinner for my husband with friends. It would have been a perfect evening (food was delicious, waitress wonderful) had it not been for the group of 4 adults and 4 young kids that were seated right next to us shortly after our meal began. The kids did nothing but yell and treat the restaurant along with the common area outside as their personal playground. The adults were oblivious to it, did absolutely nothing to stop it and could care less that their kids were ruining the dining experience of others. It was shocking for this kind of behavior in an upscale pricey Ritz Carlton restaurant. Sadly management did nothing to put a stop to it and we will not return even though we live in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • amazing post-propsal meal
    Loverhage
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    My brand new fiance took me to Raya to celebrate our engagement. I couldn't have picked a better place. The restaurant is beautiful and the view... simply stunning. We went in time to watch the sun set over the ocean. The quality of the food and service matched the incredible view. Our sever was attentive without being overbearing, and had wonderful recommendations. All of the employees congratulated us. The food was wonderful, some of the best I have had. I recommend Raya to anyone looking to celebrate a special occasion, or enjoy a fantastic meal with a fantastic view.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and food
    Bajaboggs
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Loved the corn soup, civechi appetizer, and the blueberry empanadas!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant with stunning view
    MichaelVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    This restaurant has the best views of the pacific ocean and perfect sunset views. The staff is outstanding and very friendly. They work as a team and always there to help you with anything you need. The food is amazing and hands down is one of the best around the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent as always.
    KenKalVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    My husband and I always come here on our anniversary for the Sunday brunch and are never disappointed. The service and food are impeccable and the view is unbeatable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Notable Sevice
    dznQA
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    All around Ritz Carlton is always top notch when it comes to service whether at their restaurants, bar or hotel accommodation. Guests' requests are always accommodated. They value their customers and the personal birthday greeting with a written poem from the ladies and gentlemen of Raya was wonderful. We had a wonderful time, thank you.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice romantic, casual spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    I'd rate the food 4.5 if it was available. Food was tasty, perfectly portioned. My seafood risotto was delicious, most everything in it was super good 5 stars. It had lobster, prawns, etc. The lobster was perfectly cooked, the mussels were tiny but it didn't take away fr the meal. The hubby ordered the halibut. It was a 4 therefore 4.5 rating. Service and location are spot on. We barely missed the sunset, just saw a sliver of the sun as it was setting. We'll definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best dining experience ever!
    jbits
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We ate at Raya for dinner and lunch and both experiences were exceptional. The wait staff was extremely attentive and friendly. All the food we ordered was amazing. Every item was prepared to perfection. If you are staying at the Ritz Carlton there is no need to leave the property and brave the traffic. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • xxxooo
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    A++++++++ Richard and his staff gave outstanding service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gorgeous View, Excellent Service
    LoveIt
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    The restaurant is very inviting. We had a table right next to the floor-to-ceiling window, which provided a spectacular view of the ocean waves and the sunset. The service was excellent. We never waited for anything we desired. Food was very good. Lobster tacos and the swordfish dip were excellent starters. Seafood risotto and scallops with pork belly were great entrees. Kids mac and cheese was also delicious. The only disappointment was the halibut, which was a tad dry and lacked flavor. Interesting signature drinks as well. Great find for occasional dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, service and atmosphere
    KenBVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    5 stars on all of the above. I had the scallops, my friend had the prawns, both dishes selected at the recommendation of the waiter. The servers were attentive but didn't hover. I will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hospitality
    The1Eater1
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Enjoyed the food, the scenic view, but most of all we enjoyed the kindness and professionalism of the staff. We were very impressed. Jordan was our server and she couldn't have done a better job. The people that helped her were also very efficient and attentive. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tens on all levels!
    SMJPerez
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We had amazing service, an incredible view and a meal the melted in your mouth with every bite! Our waitress was wonderful and gave very detailed recommendations with the food choices and listened to what we liked and made suggestions based on that. There is not a bad seat at the RAYA! Every seat has a wonderful of the Laguna Coast, you can gaze upon the sailboats as you dine. The six-course Sunday brunch is well worth the price with an added bonus of unlimited drinks, including the alcohol. I give it a 10 for all levels of service, dining and ambiance!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Views, Very Romantic Dinner
    alex
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Great views, amazing food, great service. We will definitely be back and will recommend to friends and family. One note .I came a little and requested a view table for 2 people. They said they would give us the next available. No problem. Great service there. I wanted to meet my guest when she arrived and explained that to the host, but she informed me that the table can only be held for 5 minutes. So I walked back to the restaurant, got the table, sat down for 1 minute, ordered a drink, and then went back to the lobby for my date. Since I had a reservation, and the table was mine because the host said so, it's trivial for any guest to physically have to go to the table just to confirm and hold the table.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Dinner
    OCfoodie
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    I wanted a new, special place to take my boyfriend for his birthday -- we have been to Studio and Andrea's. Raya was lovely -- fabulous view, attentive service, and delectable food. We shared several items on the menu (mussels in saffron broth, Iberica arugula salad, scallops, and the seafood risotto). Everything was delicious. There was a special note on the table to honor my boyfriend's birthday, and he was presented with a lovely dessert at the end of the evening. Our waiter was attentive without being overbearing and decanted the special bottle of wine we brought with us right away.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    TigreVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    attentive service, well-presented food, to die for cheese ball rolls - and the best lobster salad I have eater!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Birthday Dinner
    CantgetenoughofHawaii
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Raya, was exceptional start to finish. It was my wife's birthday and the hostess, waitress and server all wished her a Happy Birthday. Our server was personable and made terrific recommendations. The view is second to none and the food while not over the top inventive was executed flawlessly. The ahi ceviche, scallops and prawns were the standouts for us. Looks like we found a new special occasion restaurant and hopefully a new place to get drinks and appetizers as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Groc
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Raya at the Ritz-Carlton is the place to go for any special occasion. We went for our 26th wedding anniversary. Our table was ready when we arrived and was set especially for us. I had the halibut and my husband had the filet. The halibut was beautifully seared on the outside and white and flaky on the inside. The filet was a nice size and had a chipolte rub on it. Both came with wonderful sides. They have several specialty cocktails and a nice wine list. We had a wonderful meal and a lovely evening here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overpriced Underwelmed
    BelleDiningVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    My family and I dine out every night, we couldn't have been more disappointed with the food at Raya, not only was the taste horrible, but the dishes were extremely small and overpriced. We don't mind small portions, as long as the taste is superb which wasn't the case. We will never return to this restaurant
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding
    Jermo
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Went to Raya for my wife's birthday. Everything was perfect. Every staff member we dealt with wished her happy birthday and our table had a rose and beautiful birthday card waiting. The food was excellent and the service impeccable. It is pricey as you might expect from the Ritz but well worth it for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 30 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 436 reviews are from the RAYA at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel reviews archive.
  • Great restaurant
    nicknameforreviews
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Did a great job for birthday dinner, nice view and good food.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply terrific!
    josephnlVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Raya has it all...wonderful food, excellent service and the best coastal view in California!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gorgeous
    krasher
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Everything was just as we hoped it would be for a special occasion dinner. Gorgeous view, food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    View is spectacular. Food was very good, not exceptional. Wine prices are ridiculous. $22 for a glass of Cakebread.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • !fabulous
    Daisydog
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Fabulous from beginning to end including food and service . Def a seafood restaurant. Needs a pasta on menu
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    our favorite spot in orange county. every single time we go, we love it. service is impeccable, food delicious and ambiance is warm and elegant. great lobby bar for a drink before dinner or outside terrace to enjoy on nice nights. nothing but great things to say about it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    PleasedVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOVE IT!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Raya is definitely a classy establishment and I had an amazing experience here for my birthday. Thank you for everything Raya!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Raya in the Ritz-Carlton
    Zn44VIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding dining experience
    bugz
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Expected something different...
    suzj
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    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....
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful!
    PleasedVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Breathtaking view, great food and service! Terrific atmosphere. Corn soup is to die for and great seafood choices! Outstanding! Did I mention the view?
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service, but noisy!
    MarkO
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • luv2dine2VIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Excellent restaurant with a creative and outstanding menu
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing meal
    MrsC
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet