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

Ray's on the River

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.raysrestaurants.com/
  • Phone: 7709551187x
  • 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: Steak, Seafood
  • 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Ray's on the River reviews from OpenTable diners
519 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (382)special occasion (346)romantic (275)great for brunch (141)good for groups (134)great for lunch (127)fit for foodies (127)notable wine list (108)great for outdoor dining (80)neighborhood gem (77)vibrant bar scene (68)hot spot (45)late-night find (33)kid-friendly (20)Show More
  • Nice night out
    luv2eat
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    If you are looking for some good food with a wonderful atmosphere this is the place. While its not the most upscale restaurant I've been to, I don't believe that is what they are going for, it was still better than the local chain restaurants. The service was good, the pace of the meal was very good. Food came at a reasonable rate... appetizer , bread, meal and dessert. Servers were friendly and attentive. Honored our request for window seating with a minimal wait at the bar. Wine recommendations were spot on. The seafood was fresh and tasty. If you need a night out away from the kids with your spouse this certainly fits the bill.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent overall!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I've been dining at Ray's on the river and at Killer Creek for years and it never dissapoints. Excellent food, wine list, service and atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Great restaurant for Sunday brunch. Variety of food to select from to include breakfast, regular menu items, seafood, and dessert.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what I expected
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The food was okay. If you like quantity and options you get it here but quality is so so. Shrimp and chicken fingers were great, but you can get that for a lot less money someplace else. Also restaurant bathroom and ceiling are in need of repair. Landscaping needed some TLC. Not what you expect for over $200 for 6 people with no alcohol.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing on all levels
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    This was the second time I have been to Ray's and it did not disappoint. Our server Donald was amazing and funny. The staff was extremely helpful. The food was incredible. I honestly have nothing but great things to say about this place. I cannot wait to come back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wishing for better...disappointed!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Used to go to Rays on the River all the time for brunch, Thanksgiving, and special occasions and loved it! Last time we went was about 4 yrs ago & it was awful! I heard there was a new chef so we were hopeful it had improved. Unfortunately, it has not. The food was only okay - nothing special to speak of. There was no Hollandaise Sauce on the Eggs Benedict and the eggs in them were very runny, no bread of any significance [bagels, for instance] or cream cheese for any of the Smoked Salmon or Salmon Spread, the shrimp were very small, the quiche was overcooked. I could go on. You also still have to pay for drinks which I find silly for a $30+ buffet. One difference in the buffet...the price went up. Go figure! We won't be going back.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good and bad
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Food was outstanding. Service was initially good (after waiting for 20 minutes for our reserved table). Our food orders got mixed up and meals delivered that weren't ordered. Wine ordered was served after reminding the waiter again. Our check had food charged to it which wasn't ordered even though the initial check was correct. It also took 30 minutes to settle the check. I do hope it was just an off night.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's OK
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The jumbo crab cake appetizer was very good. The horseradish encrusted grouper was dry and tasteless. The wedge salad was swimming in blue cheese dressing. Atmosphere was nice and service was adequate.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We had come back to Atlanta to celebrate our 41st anniversary. We were given a lovely scenic table. We had great food, although my rib eye was a bit grisly, it still was delicious. My husband got the sirloin and it melted in his mouth. We had a wonderful time.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friendly Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The food and the service was great! Everyone was extremely happy with our meals - our only regret was that we couldn't eat more :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Go, but not on Saturday night
    DCfromSAVVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This is a pretty, well-run spot, with spot-on food. Wine list is above-average, with some high-priced bottles available in 6 and 9-oz pours. The "energy" is a bit much, however, on Sat night, which slows down service but moreover brings multiple servers to your table. It's a bit of a whirlwind. I'd try for another night of the week. Our table had steak, scallops, salmon, and pork chop -- all impressive in taste and presentation.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Took my Wife here as a surprise to celebrate our 6 year Anniversary and it was absolutely amazing. I made the reservations online with a note saying what the occasion was, the Hostess & the Servers wished us Happy Anniversary and the Cook made a special dessert for us that not on the menu and only made for special occasions after the fabulous dinner. And you if you love Steak, it will melt in your mouth. Highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The service and food was outstanding. The waiter was very knowledgeable about the restaurant and the restaurant business it was like talking to the owner. I would highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not worth the $225 for two.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We were seated close to our reservation time on the patio, which we requested. Unfortunately, they are very close to the interstate which made it noisey. I got the Horseradish encrusted Grouper, my wife the Shrimp & Grits. The Shrimp & Grits were good but we have had better. The Grouper was a bit rubbery and the horseradish flavor was minimal. It came with a few green beans so I felt like all I got was fish for $32. We were not served any bread with the meal so the meal seemed sparse. I felt rushed as they attempted to clear our plates while we were still eating and had plenty of wine left. We figured there were people waiting for the 5 patio tables so we guzzeled down the wine only to sit there for 20 minutes waiting for our check.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • beautiful sunset
    atlantatreats
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I requested a river view, which they kindly provided. Went with a longtime friend, and we were aiming for the lobster special. It came with salad and one side, and was delicious. Special of $25 made for a fun and reasonably priced evening. The view at dusk was lovely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had a great evening with my wife.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The attendant was helpful and courteous. The food was delicious and prepared per our instructions and we did not have to wait too long
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Menu is as great as the food.
    Don2dine
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Friendly service. Horseradish is tremendous. Wine recomendations were informed and forgiving.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tiger
    Tiger
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Ray's continues to provide a consistently outstanding dining venue. We were seated promptly followed by an attentive wait staff. The brunch was excellent. Great variety of foods and desserts.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rays on the river brunch
    marza
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    My brother had recommended the place. He came here for dinner. I decided to try the brunch. The place looked very nice and fancy and the staff were very professional. However the food was not so great. I was there mainly for the breakfast items. I tried the omelet and it was ok. The biscuits were a bit hard, the fruit was spoiled and the deserts weren't that good. I'd say store bought deserts taste better than what they had to offer. I guess my expectations were too high for the food. I expected what I was paying for. Besides the food, the dress code was what got me. They didn't enforce it. Had I known this before, I wouldn't have bother buying a dress to fit the occasion. The place looked great. But I'm not too sure about the food.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pleasantly surprised
    michebelle
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Beautiful ambiance, vibrant bar scene with live music, and excellent specials on the menu. We had a lovely table by the window facing the river, overlooking a wedding reception that was taking place on the patio. The gumbo was fantastic and the NY with blue cheese melted in my mouth. I will consider taking out of town guests for a wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worst night ever!!!
    WishWeWent2BurgerKing
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I've been to Ray's many times before. They had a special event this last time. The worst night ever. Service was terrible. Food was ice cold. Presentation was fit for a Huddle House. Servers were confused.....and ion and on. I would have not spent $5 there had I known what was ahead for us that night!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place for a romantic evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I've been to Ray's on the River once before with larger group of family for lunch and greatly enjoyed it, but this trip was a special evening for a big anniversary. There were two weddings outside so there was a decent amount of activity going on but everything was still incredibly pleasant, the wait staff was amazing, the food and drinks didn't take too long, etc. All of the food was spectacular. The fish was very fresh, and the Lyonnaise potatoes were spectacular. This place is definitely upscale but not stuffy by any means and this foodie and his wife were more than satisfied by the entire experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic & Classy
    GigiVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Ray's on the River always delivers. Service was outstanding, thanks to Jesus!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Grade A Restaurant!!!
    Kingofkings772
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Very very nice!! I loved this place. I took my fiancée here for her birthday. In the reservation I requested a view of the river and they gave us a great table. To make everything perfect they even put birthday confetti on the table! Great place!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Article char was a bit overlooked but tasty. Sautéed green beans were drowning in oil. But service, ambiance and window-side table were lovely.
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  • Almost perfect!
    Swampdog
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The only reluctance I have to giving Ray's solid fives, across the board, is that there is the faintest hint of the smell of tallow in the air. It's a Steak and Seafood establishment, and this should not be surprising, yet I found it a bit off-putting. Service, in particular, is the star-maker at Ray's On The River.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and view
    Cher
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I love eating at Ray's in Sandy Springs. The food is consistently good and the view is spectacular. I had the lobster tail steamed and it was cooked perfectly. My friends ordered fish and they too were very satisfied with their meal.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at Ray's
    Larry26
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We had a reservation for 7:30 PM. Upon checking in at that time, was told that reservations were runnng 25-30 min. behind. We were seated after about 35 min. Great menu and view from dining. One of our group had the KC strip and had to send it back due to excessive fat which a strip should not have. Service was a bit slow as we expected it would be great. Overall I would return, but the overall experience was less than expected.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Rays on the River
    johnd
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Average at best, service was non existent at first until we complained, then it was better
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DISAPPOINTING
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I've been to Ray's on previous occasions and the food and service have always been top notch. The food was great, but our server was slow and didn't seem to care.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Every dinner I have ever had at Ray's has been memorable. Delicious food, great ambience, superb service!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good!
    Gale
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We love Ray's on the River. Great for special occasion. Offers nice free cake for birthdays :) Has place for improvement. Overall experience still great! Thank you, Ray's, for being in our neighborhood all those years! We usually make reservation for party of 4. You should wait in the hallway if your friends are late. I prefer to relax and have drink instead of staying and waiting. Nobody even invites us to wait in a bar. I really do not like that kind of beginning of my almost fine dining evening. It is not fine dining actually. The Restaurant does not have dress code. There were guys wearing shorts and flip-flops...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dr. T
    DrMike
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Had an Open Table reservation, got there seated quickly at one of the smallest tables there. Asked for a larger table, preferably one of their nicer booths. Server went to check availability. Restaurant was not crowded, booths were available. I respectfully persisted in my request for a nicer table. It appeared walk ins got the good tables and patrons with reservations were carted off to horrible areas in the restaurant. That is what happened next. A manager, with a smart--- attitude came and carted me and my friend to a remote, undesirable area which is how this brunch ended. I, again, respectfully, let my opinion of this treatment be known telling the manager I would cancel an upcoming reservation at this restaurant. I will not return!
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  • Great brunch!
    Knuge0421
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Great for brunch! Make sure you make a reservation before- it gets busy on Sunday!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Evening!
    cindy
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Booked at Ray's for our anniversary dinner. I called and requested a table by the window so we could see the water. We got close- a cozy booth with a water view. Impeccable service and yummy dinner, followed by a complimentary piece of chocolate cake in celebration of our anniversary. After dinner we retired to the bar for some entertainment-soft, contemporary music in another cozy booth! A perfect evening.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • goodfood234
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had the lobster special. It was delicious. But before we finished our salad (which arrived a few minutes after we placed our order), the lobster arrived. I felt extremely rushed. If we hadn't slowed down on purpose, we would have been in and out in 50 minutes. As it was we were out in 65 minutes. When we go to a nice restaurant we like to savor the experience. Not feel very rushed. We had a table by the river and I felt they wanted to get us out so they could run someone else by the table. I don't plan to go back.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First disappointment at Ray's
    SouthernYankee
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Sat our side on a Saturday night - 6:15 reservation. Negatives: Salty wilted salads, lobster special was poor quality (both lobsters mushy). Key lime pie was very commercial tasting - different from previous times we've ordered it (maybe at Ray's Creek) Positives: Wonderful setting, good service, nice wine list, and a great dirty martin. First negative experience at a Rays.
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  • Cool but no seating choice
    Proto
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    i made my reservation like everyone else but when i asked to sit with a view of the river the waiter told me the tables had been reserved, when i reserved my table there was no option for seating preference, it was my girlfriends birthday and she really wanted to see the river, other than the bad seating they gave us it was great, hopefully i can see the river next time i go...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ray's on the River
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    This was my first visit. We had excellent service and the food was absolutely wonderful! The hot seafood platter appetizer was amazing! The Parmesan crusted scallops were the best I've had. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lobster great value
    Dumbingdown
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Food always good but summer lobster dinner special especially good value and good !
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.