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Ray's on the River
Ray's on the River

Ray's on the River Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.raysrestaurants.com
  • Phone: (770) 955-1187
  • Hours of Operation: Sunday Brunch: 9:30am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Steak
  • Executive Chef: Josh Warner
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (bar only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Live Jazz Vocal.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: I-285 and Powers Ferry Rd
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Customer parking along with complimentary valet service.
A word from Ray's on the River
Situated along the Chattahoochee River, take in serene views and enjoy a menu filled with classic Ray’s dishes including fresh seafood flown in daily, prime cut steaks and regionally grown vegetables. As an Atlanta dining institution, Ray's offers live entertainment, a creative hand-crafted cocktail menu and a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence wine list. At Ray's, we strive to exceed expectations with every visit.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Diner Reviews
  • "I brought my lady in to celebrate my birthday. Made a reservation. Ray's called me earlier in the day to confirm. Reservation was at 730 pm. We were there at 732 pm. Liked the complimentary Valet service. We sat in lobby for maybe a minute and then escorted to table (booth) overlooking the river. She thought that was awesome. Matthew, our waiter was very nice and pleasant, familiar with all items and answered all questions. Very personable. Appeared at the appopriate times, never hovering and never distant. Another waiter says he was "assisting" Matthew (Hmmm...my date was a "Knockout", she's 29 and I am not). Anyway, the music, the atmosphere, the scenery, the food, the service...everything was perfect"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Food is always outstanding great hot seafood platter appetizer filet and bone in ribeye plus florida grouper in our group all outstanding and cooked to perfection"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "I asked for a separate check not once but three times. He still brought the check to me and it created an wars moment"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Never disappointed! We always bring our off town guests and manage a few "just the two of us" brunches."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We arrived around 11:45 am and were promptly seated. The seated arrived and explained the buffet. We got our plates and pursued the offers. Eggs were dry, gravy and grits were crusted over from sitting so long. Prime rib and ham that was freshly cut was great. Overall items that were left to sit out on the buffet and were not attended to were stale, mushy or dried out, items that were attended to were fresh and good. This was not a good value for your money. We also had to pay $9 each for Mimosas, which we thought were included in the cost of the brunch."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "The Sunday brunch offers a nice variety of good quality food. but seems overpriced. The coffee leaves much to be desired."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "The hostess was NOT welcoming (she appeared annoyed and did not even say hello), the room was dark, and we did not have any view other than the kitchen. The waiter was excellent (from your Alpharetta location). The food was just ok. The blackened salmon had a burnt taste instead of a blackened seasoning taste and the scallops were greasy and tasted like they were cooked in old oil. We are from NY and have high expectations. This meal did not live up to those."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "After a disappointing experience a few years ago, we decided to give Ray's another try. Good decision! Friday night birthday dinner was just terrific. We were seated quickly (had reservation) and service was attentive. Menu choices are not exotic and prices reasonable, just our speed. Chicken Andouille soup, Parmesan Scallops and Salmon Oscar were all well prepared and presented. Praline dessert was extra elegant and tasty. This place is classic and classy, without the snooty pretense found so often around town. We love it and will be back soon. Don't change a thing."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "My first time at Ray's. The river setting is great however only 1 of us could eat facing the river.(Not sure what the protocal is for getting the better tables on the main floor where the great view is) The service was spot on an attentive and the general feel of the place was great. My only negative (and its a pretty big one) was the food. We started with the calamari which was the best dish of the evening. salty, but with bits of jalapeno that gave it the perfect bite. I had the shrimp and grits and my husband had the blackened salmon. Both rather on the bland side with my grits too al dente. We had the flan for desert and once again just kinda ...meh. Not very flavorful."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Service was very attentive and food was delicious, but I can't seem to go to Rays without experiencing flies buzzing around! It's a distraction and a nuisance--no matter how good all else is!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "well I admit it has been quite some time since I've dined at rays on the river, I have to say that things have changed and not for the better. Service was fair to good, my wife scallops first came out over cooked and to salty and second time just simply too salty. My lobster was fine, but less than stellar. So in short I don't see us returning anytime soon..... the calamari and raw clams were good.... btw. ... it was our 20th wedding anniversary as well"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "I visit Atlanta at least 4 times a year and 2 out of the 4, I am trying to make it to this place. Boy was I glad I did this time. From the time I pulled into the parking lot, until the time I pulled out, I enjoyed myself. Will definitely visit again."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Ordered a WELL DONE steak and it wasn't!! Sent it back and when I got it back, it was burned! It was like taking a bite out of charcoal! Very disappointed! My husbands lobster was dry! The server was nice though! Wine was great!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Ray's was wonderful! Great food, the lobster was to die for. Also thr Brussels sprouts were uniquely prepared. The view was magnificent. The praline basket dessert was awesome. What a wonderful evening!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "We had dinner in the early afternoon before the crowd. The service was outstanding. The service provider was friendly, polite, and attentive. The food was plentiful and well presented. We all enjoyed the evening from my six year old grandson to my 75 year old sister-in-law. I have already recommended it to a friend for his 20th wedding anniversary next month."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Best Sunday Bruch ever! Service is outstanding and selection and quality of good can't be beat."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "By in large, we enjoyed the Sunday brunch at Ray's. We arrived early and were seated by the window with that wonderful view. The service, for the most part, was cordial and attentive. Despite assurances to the contrary, we did feel a bit rushed to leave when we received the bill before we had obviously finished eating. Most of the buffet items we tried were quite good, but some seemed either stale or just so-so. The standouts were the gumbo, the shrimp salad and the beef ragout. The mini quiches and the corned beef hash seemed particularly stale. The cold crab claws and the mussels were pretty flavorless. The croissants also seemed stale. The best desserts were the carrot cake and, surprisingly, the chocolate chip cookies."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "My husband and I do not often enjoy fine dining, but do like to enjoy it as a treat on occasion. Ray's on the River was suggested by a friend, as a good date night spot. After trying it, I will have to agree.... GREAT date night spot. The atmosphere was nice, but not extremely fancy, which made for a more comfortable evening. We made a reservation, and were seated in the back of the restaurant along the glass windows looking out onto the Chattahoochee River - just lovely! The wait staff was very pleasant and respectful, considering we took our time deciding as first timers! ;-) I enjoyed a wonderful glass of wine from their huge wine list, and ordered a 6oz. filet.... Best steak I have ever eaten!! I give them 5 stars!!!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Great Food! Long wait even with reservations. Didnt get to sit where requested when made reservations. Noisy at entrance and bar area. Great Food!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Not awful, but not great either. Pacific salmon special was bland (at $40). Maine lobster special was a good deal at $25, but overcooked and presented with just one slit -- tough and messy to dismantle. Crab bisque, mashed potatoes (side w/lobster) and the bread were the best items of the night. Caution: Ordered a bottle of wine which was out. Instead of offering a substitute at the same price, server tried to sell us a different varietal, and we had to ask to learn it was $22 more."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Wonderful food with outstanding service as well! I would recommend this restaurant to all who enjoy great food."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Was expecting much more from one of Atlanta's so called top restaurants. Our table wasn't ready at the time we had booked and we had to wait around for 15-20 minutes before it was with no hint of an apology for the delay. The food was average at best but it was the service that was most disappointing and not at all attentive. All in all a disappointing experience."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The valet was top notch. The hostess had an attitude. Our waiter gave everyone else around us bread. We ordered two appetizers which were very good, house smoked salmon and oysters. We waited forever for dinner. The grilled tuna came out cold but the broiled seafood platter was good. Overall I feel like we wasted $260. I would try someplace else next time."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Go here for a relaxing dinner and great atmosphere. The food was very good, I enjoyed the variety of "sides"--good veggie combinations. Nice wine list "by the glass"."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "From the service and welcome at the reception desk to the attention from the waiters, to the view of the river, to trying selections from all menu groups, it all was outstanding...a must try!! After many visits, never disappoints."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Enough said! Every time we dine there, the service is better than the before. The food is always perfect!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Everything was perfect. We got there late but had no problems with our reservation. The view from outside was beautiful and it was quiet and peaceful aside from the sound of the cars but you zone that out eventually. The service was excellent except at the very start. After we were seated they took unusually long to ask for what drinks we wanted. Other than that it was a great experience."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Really great place. Exspensive but worth it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "I would have rated this experience outstanding....when asked for the window seat, the hostess seemed irritated that I wanted to wait. She was very short and blunt when she sat us for the second time, after I waited for a window seat. The food and Chef was outstanding..."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We ate at Ray's on a recent visit to Atlanta. Have heard of Ray's for years and finally had opportunity to try it. I would say the atmosphere is nice, the service is good and the food is just okay for the price charged. I eat in lots of high end restaurants & am not unaccustomed to paying well for a great quality meal. I found the food to be more mediocre than exceptional for the price charged. I've had much better filets at Ruth's Chris. Our service staff was excellent at first but as the evening wore on, we were a little neglected on the glass filling and had to wave them down. I may try the seafood on a future visit to see if that is where the hype lies before completely abandoning this restaurant due to the price vs yummy ratio."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I was a feww minutes late for my reservation. No problem. Service was excellent! Food was great as well!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I went for the lobster special that I received notice via email. Although I made reservations, we decided to sit in the bar area. The bartender waited on us and is actually the head bartender for all of the Ray's restaurants, so he creates new and different drinks. My dining companion tried one of his drink specials that contained made from scratch watermelon juice and a lemon lime drink; I was told it was very refreshing. The lobster was whole and the choice of sides was either green beans or mashed potatoes. I got the mashed potatoes and they were outstanding, so smooth and creamy. Although they were delicious the one thing that would be nice is if we had more side choices to go with the lobster."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Went to Ray's for my birthday and had a less than stellar time. The person who took us to our table had no personality and simply walked ahead of us and placed menus on a table (we had to assume it was ours). She was gone before we sat down so that got us off to a bad start. Then it was over 10 minutes before we were greeted by anyone else or at least offered water so it was now going to be a long uphill battle to make us feel better. From then on things got better. Our eventual waiter was very good and our meals were very good. Even after my free birthday dessert there was still that sense of disappointment that started with not being made to feel welcome and no manager to be seen the whole time we were there - another letdown."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Nice place but the food was a big disappointment. The dry aged bone in strip steak was flavorless yet highly recommended by the staff. The creamed spinach tasted like flour and so did the creamed corn. A crab cake appetizer was also a disappointment A broiled Maine lobster tail was plain, a little dry and over cooked. Service was mediocre. One would expect better when the establishment was only 20% filled. I had to stop the server who was attempting to recite a pile of information and ask him to get our cocktails before continuing his speech. It is a common yet rude practice when the busboy clears one guests plates while others are still eating. Skip walking the garden by the river unless you're wearing boots, it was wet and muddy."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "It was my husband 50th Birthday and he had never gone before. The food was decent but the view was priceless. Our waiter was great he even got my husband a slice of chocolate cake."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Rays is a a great place for special occasions. A little pricey but great food, location and ambience"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We choose to stop in for brunch after church. The quantity and quality of food, desserts and salads was impressive. Our wait staff was attentive, one more than the other. One person in our party would have preferred to order a la cart, but the brunch was the only option. A few suggestions: include juices as part of the brunch buffet. At more than $30 per person, I think offering juice wouldn't be that big of an impact. Also, please indicate the price of your buffet on the menu. We paid $75 for 2 patrons, not including tip for what we thought was an "after church meal". So we'll return, but only for special occasions. The price was a bit too high for a regular choice."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Went to dinner for a belated celebration of my wife's birthday. Food was pricey but very good. Service was outstanding."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I am a frequent restaurant diner but Rays had fallen off the map for me for about 10 years. Ate at Rays a couple months ago as a guest and had a very good experience. Based on that experience, I took the family back for a second try and I am sorry to say it was not too good. Service was really, really slow and disjointed (others food brought to our table, etc.. although our server was quite pleasant), the food was mediocre - Copper River salmon was overcooked and "mealy" in texture (at $45), the sea bass was undercooked (looked like rare tuna); and the salads also average. Really disappointed to spend nearly $300 with tip (for four) and have this experience. I don't really know what to think of this restaurant at this point"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Rays on the river has been disappointing the past two times we visited. Something is off from it's prior glory. Food is marginal, but the scenery is great. Hope it bounces back."
    Dined on 6/27/2014