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Rays on the Bay
Rays on the Bay

Rays on the Bay Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://raysonthebay.com
  • Phone: (808) 936-4911
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: M-Su 5:00pm-10:00pm

    Bar Service M-Su 5:00pm-11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Hawaiian, Burgers
  • Executive Chef: Jayson Malla
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Rays on the Bay is proud to offer live entertainment nightly featuring some of the finest established as well as up and coming local artists here on the Big island. Our featured artists will delight you with selections of Hawaiian and contemporary music with something for everyone with a strong focus on Hawaiian flavored favorites.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Kaleiopapa St.
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Guests visiting Rays on the Bay will find ample parking, both self and Valet, available at our Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa location. Complimentary valet parking.
A word from Rays on the Bay
Rays on the Bay Restaurant is known for its fresh seafood, farm-to-table cooking, handmade artisan pizzas,local island favorites and the coldest beer on the Big Island. Guests will enjoy warm and welcoming service, ocean front views, live entertainment 7 days a week and of course the chance to see live Manta Rays feeding in the ocean directly in front of the restaurant. Rays is also the best spot to see a brilliant and romantic sunset while you gather with friends to enjoy hand crafted cocktails, pupus or dinner.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Waited 30 minutes just to get seated with a reservation. Waitress was way too busy to give any attention other than ask what we wanted to eat then the wrong meals were delivered to our table. Would go back to watch the beautiful manta rays but skip the dinner."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "They messed up our reservation on the first night. The hostesses were very rude. We almost walked out, but we just arrived in Hawaii and didn't feel like going anywhere else. There was a very loud band playing on our first night there, which affected our ability to order. The service was slow, and the portions were like tasting sizes - and crazy expensive. The food was good though. I cannot recommend this restaurant for dining, but the bar is good on a quiet night."
    Dined on 12/4/2013
  • "Although we had an amazing evening(s) at this restaurant, they are NOT accepting OpenTable reservations any longer and are now on a first come-first serve basis. We (willingly) waited for table to open bar side having a few drinks and taking in various music from talented artists over 2 different dinner visits while staying at the Sheraton Kona. I would highly recommend restaurant to anyone looking for unique and memorable dining experience, but just be prepared to wait for an open table."
    Dined on 11/7/2013
  • "The food and service are ok. Felt like we were one more diner to be served. The food is fair and priced high for what it is. The location on the bay is nice. The spectator traffic through the restaurant is a constant interruption. I do not recommend this restaurant. The bar area was quieter, more friendly, and served better food."
    Dined on 10/10/2013
  • "Went to see the Mantas, but didn't get to see any, though to be fair we didn't wait around that long. Apparently best to go after 8:30pm or so when the tour boats are done attracting the mantas away from close to the shore. Food was good but kind of pricey for what it was..."
    Dined on 10/7/2013
  • "Portions were pretty small for the price. The manta rays were pretty far away from the viewing area. And a two hour limit on the rail seating was a little off putting, especially as the restaurant was not that busy."
    Dined on 10/5/2013
  • "We had a wonderful experience at Rays on the Bay. The food was outstanding, the view breathtaking, and the service was excellent."
    Dined on 10/5/2013
  • "Viewable manta rays is amazing. Food was really good. Ambience was nice and live music was fun and energetic."
    Dined on 10/3/2013
  • "The venue should be the reason to visit Rays on the Bay. All of the food is great, but my husband really enjoyed ordering 4-5 appetizers and sharing because they were all really great."
    Dined on 9/25/2013
  • "The restaurant is located in the Sheraton. They have a great bar/lounge with live music. The restaurant seating was not interrupted by the music. It was a nice mix. You are overlooking the ocean and at night the tour boats anchor out front for the night snorkel/dive to view the giant manta rays. I would certainly recommend this place for dinner/drinks. We did not stay at the Sheraton, but they offer comp valet, and the hotel staff was very polite and treated us as if we were guests there."
    Dined on 9/17/2013
  • "Ray's on the Bay offers (1) variety of tables --at the bar, for two, firepit tables with 4 cushy chairs, tables for 4 or more, and booths facing the water, (2) wonderful music ,(3) dance floor, (4) friendly service, (5) great drinks and (6) location. location, location. The restaurant is right on the water. After sunset, you can see the manta rays right from the railings. It is a unique, glorious, amazing, romantic! The food is good, with attention to presentation. The choices could be more varied with a greater range of price points. My juicy, flavorful hamburger ($18 (including fries) would seem a bit costly elsewhere. Here this is an excellent value for wonderful music, dancing, the incredible view----the whole experience!"
    Dined on 9/17/2013
  • "I'd like to note that I never write reviews in the first place but the front service was not accommodating to our reservation, the hostess was cold with my family, and most of all, there were THREE items to select on the dinner menu. Never in my life have I been to a high class area with such an underdeveloped lack of variety. Great location to see the pretty restusrant, watch the manta rays at night, but horrible to buy a $50 dinner for mediocre red lobster looking quality food. I wouldn't recommend coming here unless it's for the scenic view and the restaurant beauty/ambiance."
    Dined on 9/16/2013
  • "the server was very attentive to our needs. the ocean views and the grounds of the hotel were outstanding and the tables were spaced far apart to allow for privacy in an open environment. a very romantic spot although the Rays were difficult to spot, even after the tour boats left the area."
    Dined on 9/16/2013
  • "Food mediocre. Ocean lication awesome. Selection poor. Terrible wine list. The waiters I have had there on two occasions have been poor didn't come back to the table often. I am a local and there are still too many problems with staff, seating, reservations to go back again even when people visit. Suggestions: get decent wine glasses, more tables, more diversified and local menu."
    Dined on 9/13/2013
  • "Food is delicious, i had a perfectly cooked tenderloin. They a have good wine selection. But dine AFTER the boats leave, around 8:30. Their lights are bothersome. And the mantas are very visible, more so without the boats. Kathleen was our server and she was wonderful, very helpful and professional. The setting can't be beat. Ask for one of the front fire pit tables."
    Dined on 9/12/2013
  • "New chef apparently has lots to learn. So sorry for Rays on the Bay since they had built up a great reputation among the local population. Hope they can fix things soon. The word gets around quickly in Kona."
    Dined on 9/11/2013
  • "We waited x 10 minutes to be seated, then another 18 min for anyone to come to the table. As we were standing up to walk out a waitress arrived. We should have left. She was glib and unfriendly. The menu was sparse. Very little to choose from . Shortest menu i have ever seen. While the view was terrific it was overall a bad experience. We will not go back"
    Dined on 9/6/2013
  • "We were excited to have a new restaurant in the Sheraton Keauhou as the spacious area was crying out for an establishment that could do justice to the view and the beautiful setting of Keauhou Bay. Rays on the Bay is certainly worthy of its wonderful setting. Our Spider Shrimp appetizer was was a real treat with amazing flavor and texture. The Mai Tais were fruity and sweet and of generous size. My wife had the steak and lobster while I had the mahi-mahi and lobster. The lobster was excellent and my wife's steak was not only flavorful but extremely tender. My mahi-mahi was also very tasty. The ambiance was very relaxed with very soothing Hawaiian music played by a local trio. We had a wonderful evening out!"
    Dined on 9/1/2013
  • "We visited the resort while the restaurant was being put together. The location is beautiful, out on the edge of the island, sunset view, pretty trees framing the ocean. The food scene here is more casual than dressed up. It is possible to select from small plates and have a good experience. I cannot comment on the entres as we stuck to the small plates. The spicy ahi in the cream puffs were kind of odd but fun to try as so different. The spider shrimp were tasty. Salads generous. We also ordered egg rolls and everyone ate them up so I cannot comment on them. Service very good. Specialty cocktail a bit too sweet."
    Dined on 9/1/2013
  • "The food was expensive and not all special in any way"
    Dined on 9/1/2013
  • "Top quality, fresh food that is artfully prepared and served with Aloha. The staff was friendly and professional from valet service to dining servers. All this and a spectacular sunset!"
    Dined on 8/31/2013
  • "Strange that as we dined/water front table/ general public,non diners/ came & stood by railing to get better view of manterays, why do we bother to pay extra to dine here if there is no control over public access? New menu is very limited so don,t expect great variety, really just not worth it. Disapointing evening."
    Dined on 8/26/2013
  • "The menu lacked the variety of choices one might desire at a fine restaurant. A pasta dish or two would help and the waiter could have given us some idea of the cost for the various fish plates listed."
    Dined on 8/25/2013
  • "Arrived at the place one hour and fifteen minutes earlier, announced ourselves to the hostess. One hour later we still did not have a table. We requested a table with the view of the bay. We said that we are hungry and we do not care anymore where we sat. Although there were plenty of other empty tables, we were placed at the back of the restaurant in one of the worse places. We ate, we left, unhappy. This was my wife's 50th birthday celebration dinner ... No more comments"
    Dined on 8/24/2013
  • "Wonderful dinner. Delicious butterscotch vodka drink recommended by waitress. The fish was delicious. The waitress was excellent."
    Dined on 8/23/2013
  • "On the water. At night, the lights go on and the Manta Rays gather to eat. Great location and a fun place"
    Dined on 8/22/2013
  • "This restaurant was casual with great food. The waiter gave great service and recommendations. What we really came here for was the manta rays. We saw a few along with some night snorkelers. Totally cool! What I did not know was that you did not have to have dinner here in order to view the manta rays, so there is lots of foot traffic from outside people. I guess this place could be romantic if you asked for a corner table away from the heavy traffic areas. Kids would love this place. Dessert was awesome!"
    Dined on 8/18/2013
  • "Manta Rays clearly visible. Friendly cats living in the cliffs."
    Dined on 8/16/2013
  • "The pupu was OK, The eggrolls were more like a taqito (about 3/8" diameter. The pizza tasted like a frozen pizza with extra toppings. (not good at all) The wait staff was non-existent, after taking the order we never saw her again. Along with the occasional odor from the hotels septic system wafting up to the deck, we left without staying to watch the rays."
    Dined on 8/15/2013
  • "Food needs improvement. No salad or bread choices at all. Also poor appetizer selection. Server hurried us. Asked about the manta rays and didn't give us good info. Beautiful view and location!"
    Dined on 8/12/2013
  • "Ray's had wonderful ambiance, someone really took care to pick exactly the right furniture for the setting. The dining area was without walls, but was covered so sprinkles don't impact your dining experience. Some tables have fire pits in the center, very romantic. The menu had good variety. My husband and I had steak and lobster, it was delicious. I also had a pineapple martini which was full of flavor. We also got to see a handful of manta rays, according to staff they show between 9:00 and 9:30. Well worth it."
    Dined on 8/11/2013
  • "Fabulous restaurant. It is our new favorite and we have vacationed on the Big Island for over 15 yrs. "Rays on the Bay" is situated on Keahou Bay within the Sheraton Kona Hotel which has been beautifully renovated. The food is fabulous and ranges from burgers to steak & lobster. You can have whatever you want in an absolutely beautiful setting. The view is amazing including an observation area for scoping out the manta rays after sunset. The service is also top notch. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 8/10/2013
  • "We come to Rays for the location on the ocean, the ambience, the food, music and because it is close to where we live. We do recommend Rays. Get a reservation. Dusty"
    Dined on 8/10/2013
  • "Awesome view and good food too. The restaurant was very knowledgeable and accommodating to our daughters' multiple food allergies. Tables are well set up for ocean side dining. After sunset they gave a presentation about the manta rays. Unfortunately, we were unable to see any from the viewing deck. Fresh fish was perfectly grilled. Good coconut rice. Poke was excellent!"
    Dined on 8/10/2013
  • "Gorgeous view and we were lucky a bunch of rays showed up, but along with their torturers who came to swim with them. Food was good. Hostesses were ok. Waiter (older gentleman) was super nice."
    Dined on 8/9/2013
  • "Service was top notch. Food quality was excellent. Food quantity was insufficient. Location was unbeatable."
    Dined on 8/9/2013
  • "Good service, interesting menu. View and sunset perfect. Being able to watch the manta rays com in and feed in the bay after sunset, spectacular!"
    Dined on 8/4/2013
  • "Dinner was great and we were lucky to receive a table with wonderful view to the manta rays. Service was very friendly and professional. Noise level was a bit annoying. The played good live music, but were not able to turn off the background music."
    Dined on 8/3/2013
  • "This restaurant advertises ocean views and views of manta rays. Despite reserving days in advance, we could not see the water from our seats and definitely not the manta rays. The hotel is old and the walk to the restaurant from the entrance is unattractive with small, poorly lit corners and alcoves in the halls and marks on the walls. We ordered the ahi and avocado poke appetizer, the kampachi with garlic lemon & basil pesto, and the shrimp & lobster pot. The poke was poorly plated (served in a martini glass) and no extra plates came with the food. The serving sizes of the entrees were far too small for the price and I was left hungry after the meal. The music was far too loud to hold a conversation. I would not recommend Rays on the Bay."
    Dined on 8/2/2013
  • "The ambiance and view were great; an especially good place to see the sunset. It's also a good place to see the manta rays but that night it was difficult because one of the charter boats that was in the immediate area was shining a bright light directly towards the Sheraton's viewing platform. The food and drink was only so-so. One of our party had a Pepsi which was flat, even after having it returned and re-served, and when the food was delivered it was cold to lukewarm. However, the fish and chicken dishes we had were nicely flavored, and the selection of desserts (various flavors of ice cream and a warm pudding cake) were delicious."
    Dined on 8/2/2013