Ray's in the City
Ray's in the City

Ray's in the City

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.raysrestaurants.com/
  • Phone: 4045249224x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Sunday: 11:30am-4:00pm
    Dinner Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
    Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Steak, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Ugo Okpareke
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We offer a variety of items from seafood, sushi, sandwiches and platters, lunch or dinners. Please call for more information.
  • Entertainment: Soothing live music, Wednesday thru Saturday, 6:00pm -10:00pm. Live jazz and piano by a variety of local entertainers.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Andrew Young International/Harris
  • Public Transit: Peachtree Center Marta station
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Validated parking available after 5:00pm, up to 3 hours, in the Americasmart parking deck (next to Haveli). You can get to Ray’s in the City from Level A. Go through the entrance door, into the Merchandise Mart. Go right and walk through the bridge over Spring Street. Continue straight through the Mart to Peachtree Street. Ray’s in located on your left hand side.
A word from Ray's in the City
Ray's in the City is a casual seafood restaurant offering the best seasonal and fresh seafood available. Seafood is flown in daily from the Atlantic and Pacific.
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Ray's in the City reviews from OpenTable diners
196 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (88)good for groups (64)romantic (61)fit for foodies (60)great for lunch (50)neighborhood gem (32)hot spot (28)notable wine list (28)vibrant bar scene (25)late-night find (19)great for brunch (17)kid-friendly (5)scenic view (4)great for outdoor dining (3)Show More
  • Outstanding food and service
    p3dave
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    This was my second visit to Ray's in the City and it didn't disapoint. Closing time was 10 PM and we arrived at 9:30PM there was no rush and in fact when we left at 10:40PM there were still a few other folks there. Great restaurnant in downtown!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • braves07
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Great spot when you have a conference in downtown Atlanta!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great service but loud and hot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Service was great. The acoustics were awful and it was hot.food was very nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful anniversary dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My husband & I are both teachers, so we don't always get to go out. However, we were celebrating our 5th anniversary on Saturday & I am so pleased we chose Ray's in the City as our celebration destination. The food was wonderful, but most importantly we were WELL taken care of by our servers. They were so kind & they made us feel very special! We will definitely return to Ray's!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Incredible crab cakes. The best I've ever eaten. Authentic mashed potatoes with asparagus on steroids!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience!
    Ttnoah
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This restaurant was steps away from our hotel. The food was fabulous and the service impeccable. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GOOD FOOD, COOL RESTAURANT
    DAWG1981
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Went there for my wife's birthday. i got a surf and turf special which was outstanding. my wife got a whole lobster which was good but very small. service was very good. enjoyed it a lot.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always wonderful!
    Krysta
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Second time visiting Ray's! It will become a tradition when I am in Atlanta, I think. Really wonderful food, especially delicious oysters. Impeccable service. Everything you want in a high class restaurant. Love it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never coming back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The dinner started out fine. Our waiter went over specials, gave us time to look at the menu, and we made our choices. He delivered the bisque, which was admittedly delicious, though this was the last good part of our experience. The waiter disappeared. We saw him twice more through the night, though it was as if he was avoiding the table. Once we asked where the appetizer was. We had ordered sashimi, which had been drying out on a platter somewhere, The steak was delivered promptly and cooked rare as requested, but the flavor was destroyed as the filet mignon was soaked in some kind of BBQ sauce. We were also given bread to start on after the meal was finished. After waiting a while for the waiter, we asked someone else to deliver the bill
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  • Overpriced
    Sealover
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The amount we paid was not worth what we got. A dozen fresh oysters in the half shell was $30 and they were the tiniest oysters I've ever seen. Tiny thin piece of oyster that didn't even feel like an appetizer after eating the entire dozen. This was a big disappointment because I was really craving oysters and that's the whole reason we chose this restaurant. The broiled seafood platter I got was seasoned well, but the lobster was a bit over-cooked and my salmon was very under-cooked. I must say that the scallops I had were cooked perfectly. My fiancé and I split the lobster risotto (shareable side) but it was overdone and pasty. My fiancé got the filet and crab cake special. His steak was cooked perfectly and was super tender.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Victory Dinner
    BamaFoodie
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Food was good, not great, but the overall experience made up for it. Had great service and loved the atmosphere. Would definitely return without hesitation.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • so so
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Not a great experience and not terrible, just not up to expectations. Seemed to have lots of wait staff but our water never got refilled, ordered a second glass of wine and took a long time coming, salad not served with others, had to ask. Food was good but not great. Would not go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Raves for Ray's in the City
    WCD1954
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Over the Labor Day weekend, my wife and I were in downtown Atlanta for the annual DragonCon conference. Mid afternoon, it was decided that we should have dinner with some friends who live in the area. I was able to get a reservation on pretty short notice (we would have waited) and got a great table in the area off the main dining room. As always, the food was amazing and the service was stellar! I've seen it many times, but the presentation of the shrimp cocktail is always a show unto itself. Rays' is in the top 3 in the city for preparation of the local favorite, Maytag bleu cheese potato chips, and they did not disappoint. My entree was the parmesan crusted scallops over lobster risotto...excellent!!! AAA+++
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at DragonCon
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We were attending DragonCon and had dinner at Ray's. As usual for their restaurant the food was very good, the service attentive and the views of all the folks walking by the window from the front dining room were priceless.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • an atlanta favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Everytime we go to Atlanta we make a point to eat here. The food is excellent, fresh, and served efficiently.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We love this place
    peatree
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We eat at Ray's at least once every time we come to Atlanta. The sushi is delicious. We've never had a bad dish there nor a less than exceptional server. We especially love Lonnie & Andrew. The live music is wonderful, too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun with Friends
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This restaurant always provides a fun experience. The food is very good, entertainment terrific and service superior.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always consistently good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    My favorite restaurant in Atlanta. Great seafood. Freshest fish and oysters flown in from northwest and northeast so cold all year long. Just a really good restaurant with consistently good fish and steaks
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great find downtown atlanta
    stantraveler
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Made reservations the first night and returned with my wife the second while visiting. Both visits were fabulous - food, service and vibe were all spot on. Will definitely make this a regular stop when we return. Sit in the bar area to people watch and admire the beautiful aquarium.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always wonderful
    EatDrinkLive
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    What more can I say? We always have a wonderful time due to the excellent staff and superior food. Thank you for making our visits great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great place
    paully
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Friendly accommodating staff. Somehow made reservations for day latter, buy they accommodated a party of eight without issues. Cold seafood appetizer platter was excellent. Very good wines, steak and fish. Very nice atmosphere with live jazz singers.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good
    wefinedoe
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    dat mac and cheese doe. oh ma gad. Rays was as good as expected. The steak was well prepared and the lobster was great.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Poor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I made the reservations for a group of business associates. Even though we had a reservation, seating was an hour wait. Once seated, the service was poor and inattentive. Food arrived cold. I will no longer make reservations at this location for my business team dinners.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not up to expectation
    DavidVT
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Service was hurried, like they needed the table turned ASAP - hadn't finished cocktails when the appetizer arrived, and literally within 1 minute of finishing appetizer the entrees were served. Except, they forgot to put in our side orders so they came out mid-meal. They did comp dessert because of the sides issue, but we had great expectations based on reviews. Additionally, my scallop entree was, while not horrible, just totally lacking in taste, and one of the scallops was not fully cooked.
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  • large group
    lumberjack
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We had a large group. Little crampt however food was excellent. One steak was cold when served but corrected promptly. But who eats steak at Rays? Great place in DT Atlanta
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Seafood
    ggbuellVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Good Service, nice presentation. Cool Bar. This is a nice place for a business dinner or a romantic getaway. Steaks and Seafood are both excellent. Extensive wine list. Reservations are helpful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The food was excellent and the service was A++. We enjoyed the entire dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Seafood in Atlanta
    Earl
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Another Great Meal at Ray's. The oysters are the best and always fresh. The lobster special was very good and afordable. Rasberry cheesecake was out of sight. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week Experience
    fit2eat
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The food and the server was amazing!!! My girlfriend and I had lunch on Sunday and the menu for Restaurant Week had excellence selections.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor service ruined the experience
    Alaska
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    During restaurant week my husband and I went to Rays for dinner on a Saturday night. Had a reservation and was seated at a nice table right away. The atmosphere was nice and relaxing. My husband had a steak and I had scallops, both of which were good. The only thing that was disappointing was the service. Our waitress rarely checked on us, and 20 minutes after we ordered dessert she came back to the table to tell my husband his dessert was no longer available. Then she made a mistake on the bill, overcharging us for our wine.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Place
    vinoandsteaks
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This was a nice dining experience. It was a little price for what we got, but I do understand the location & need to charge more. The food was very good But the service could have been better. One down side, there was no valet parking, which meant a walk from the parking garage.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food and Atmosphere
    Careyme57
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Celebrated my wife's birthday here with a group of our friends. Restaurant exceeded our expectations. Great food, great ambience and great service. Matt, our waiter did an excellent job attending to us. Would highly recommend this restaurant to family and friends. Located in downtown Atlanta, close to many major hotels and attractions.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Food looked old or reheated and was not tasty. Definitely not for the foodie.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ray's in The City
    Panther1
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Ray's is an outstanding dining experience. Located in the heart of Atlanta, the restaurant features a great blend of seafood, steak, and unique Chef's creations. We have dined there for years and have always found the food, service, and atmosphere on par and sometimes better than the Capital Club (located nearby). Highly recommended.....love Ray's and compliments to the Chef.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gret menus for restaurant week
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Went with two other couples, and each got one $25 meal and one $35 one. Just the right amount of food, and selections on both the $25 and $35 version were great, making us wish we could try them all.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • restaurant week dissatisfied
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I am yet awaiting the eel sauce to accompany my sushi roll. Broiled plate lacked flavor and was not done to my liking.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyable Date Night
    NYtoGA
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I tried this restaurant during Downtown Atlanta restaurant week for an anniversary dinner. We had early reservations at 5:15pm so the restaurant was pretty empty. That may have allowed for the great service we received. Both the sushi and calamari appetizers were good. The seafood pasta I had for dinner was delicious! The cream sauce was light enough for the flavors of the seafood to remain. My fiancé's steak was cooked perfectly to medium rare. The flavor of the steak marinade was not to our liking but I think it was an Asian sauce so makes sense for the restaurant. The mashed potatoes were so buttery! Dessert was pre-made cheesecake but still tasted good. The regular menu was pricey so I would probably only return for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    Fancypants820
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We are visitors to Atlanta and go to Ray's in the City every time we come to market. The food is always awesome!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Brunch But...
    TinzerVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    It's one of those restaurants that is clearly more attractive at night. During the day it is dreary, dirty, and smells old. That's right, it SMELLS old like it's been there for 100 years and they've never dusted. The AC units also drip on your head while you're eating. The food is good. I don't think I'd visit again. Been there done that. Not memorable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not Worth it
    JeffVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Good food, OK service. Nothing wrong, but ultimately not worth it. There are dozens and dozens of places you can get the same quality food and service for 30-40% cheaper. It caters to business travelers on expense account. Even then, there are so many other places to blow dough? Skip it!
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