The food and service was very
The food and service was very good. But the air conditioning is set too high, far too cold!!
4/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Outstanding cuisine and view
We expected a fabulous view and middling meal, but we were surprised! The cuisine is as spectacular as the ocean view, and the service was impeccable. Chef Marissa designed a tasting menu especially for us, and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Marissa knows her way around a fish! Everything from appetizers to dessert was outstanding.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
BW in Capo Beach
This is one of most unique menus in Dana Point. The food choices are beyond expectation and the creativity of the chef is brilliant. Highly recommend repeat visits.
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
On top of the world
Hard to beat the view. The tables are distanced nicely apart from each other so you feel you can have a private conversation. The service was personable and attentive. The food was all tasty.
4/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent dining experience
Great evening provided to our group of three by the staff at Raya. Spectacular view and sunset, great food and a wonderful wine selection. Ask for the full scotch list if you want to have some. More selections there than what's listed on the dessert menu.
4/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Outstanding, as expected
Stunning restaurant, with superb service and outstanding food. This wasn't a surprise, given that it was the RItz. For the price and reputation, I expected perfection, and certainly received it. Gorgeous view of the ocean as the sun set.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a wonderful table with a beautiful view, the food was excellent and the service was outstanding! Brunch was perfect!
5/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Outstanding in every way
Food, service, and elegance beyond expectations. Pricey but worth every penny. Will definitely return for special occasions.
5/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
From the artful decor to the spectacular views of the coast, Raya is a truly great dining experience. Richard Sandoval has created a mouth watering menu with flavored that are memorable. The halibut is the best I have ever tasted! The New York strip is tender and perfectly grilled. Raya will be a regular in our book!
5/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
The Scallops with pork belly were excellent!
The service was just right...not too much but enough to let you know you were being well taken care of.
We were there to celebrate our nieces 21st birthday. The entire dinning experience was something she will never forget.
The lobster tacos alone were worth the visit.
While we have been to the Ritz Carlton Laguna Nigel many time since it opened in the 80's, this was our first time to Raya's.
It was a fantastic evening and we will be back again real soon.
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
I had been to the Ritz Carleton many years ago and was not suprised that it was still an elegant, but reaxing place to be with friends
5/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food Great View
The food is excellent (although a bit pricey), with top-notch service and you can't beat a right-on-the ocean view! I wouldn't go there every Sunday, because the fare is a bit exotic and pricey for brunch (although be aware you can ask for the lunch menu, which is ala carte and a lot less expensive) but for a special occasion, or to wow out-of-town guests, you can't beat it!
6/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing! Beautiful restaurant,
Amazing! Beautiful restaurant, warm and generous staff and excellent cuisine!
6/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was delicious, view was
Food was delicious, view was unbelievable and service was great. We felt very relaxed and enjoyed the outdoor bar so much, they worked with our reservation time so we could stay outside at the bar for a while longer.
6/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
20th Anniversary Dinner
RAYA and it's staff did an excellent job of making our 20th wedding anniversary epic! Our table was adorned with rose petals and a beautiful "Happy Anniversary" note. The food was outstanding, particularly the Lobster Tacos, Miso Black Cod, and Salmon...as was the view, though it was the service of each staff member that put our experience over the top. We will return whenever possible. :)
6/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great views and even better food!
We went to Raya two nights in a row. We loved everything that we ordered: scallops, tuna tataki salad, lobster bisque, Thai beef salad, mussels & clams, coconut sorbet. The staff was very helpful and made our requested dietary changes without any problems. They also remembered our casual comments about our wedding anniversary and birthday and decorated our table with rosé petals and lovely cards. Thank you!
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Ocean Sunset view
The ocean-sunset view was just as amazing as the food, all in all great price for what you get. If you dont order alcoholT its not expensive.
6/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
I Expected More
Based on the reputation of the restaurant and owner, I expected more. The food was good, but not fantastic. For the location (Ritz-Carlton and ocean view), I expected more. Plus, they rave about the celebrity chef owner - who I had not heard of. But, the food is above average. For the price, I would go elsewhere.
7/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
A new favorite
Go with confidence, food and setting are great. Service almost too good, as my only knock would be that the staff tended to be a bit loud for the ambience when standing and chatting with diners for minutes at a time.
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best dining in Dana Point
I don't know why this restaurant doesn't seem to show up more on search engines, but this is by far the finest food in Dana Point. Not as pricey as one might expect when you consider the food quality, service, ambience and best sunset view in all of Laguna! Top your evening off with desert and after dinner drinks outdoors around a fire pit at the adjacent 180Blu. Priceless!
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Raya - Ultimate Dining Experience
The service, ambience, ocean-front view, and food was incredible! I ordered the Arugula Salad as a starter and then enjoyed the Scallops dinner. At no other restaurant have I enjoyed such a savory feast and taste sensation! I highly recommend this restaurant for any special occasion or simply if you feel like dining like a King! Our server, Elizabeth, connected with us, took our photo (it was our anniversary), and helped to make the perfect night. We plan to return before our next anniversary! Thank you so much! Hats off to the chef!
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Being Raya is part of the Ritz-Carlton, I was expecting service & quality beyond anything I had experienced. The food exceeded those expectations. We started with the ceviche sampler. One of the best appetizers ever. For dinner I ordered the pan-seared scallops with rice. Awesome! My wife ordered the seafood risotto & she was equally impressed. The coup d' gras of the meal was the Dungeness crab mashed potatoes. I could live on this side dish for a month. For dessert I recommend the churros with caramel sauce. As spectacular as the food was the view was better. I recommend reservations for a time near sunset. The service was less than expected. Our server was the queen of the fake smile & she gave of the vibe she didn't really like her job.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, uneven service.
My wife and I ate here two nights in a row while staying at the Ritz for our anniversary. The food was excellent both nights. The service, however, was uneven. Friday night's server was attentive, extremely knowledgeable, and friendly. Saturday night's server, however, was the opposite. He ignored us most of the evening, was not well-educated on gluten-free options, and while friendly, was borderline obsequious in the way that he talked to us.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Other than escalating noise
Other than escalating noise during dinner, RAYA was a standout. Fabulously knowledgeable server, great food, unbeatable view.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, great view, and romanti
I wanted a very romantic restaurant with a great view and great food, and Raya fit the bill completely. I could not have had a better experience. And the Service was outstanding, from the front desk, to our waiter, to the the wait staff that was assigned to our table, it was impeccable. We started with two glasses of the Alois Lageder, Pinot Grigio, Alto Adige, Italy. We shared the Tasting Ceviche Mixto which was fresh and delicious and nicely spicy. My date had the Pan Seared Sea Scallops which she greatly enjoyed. I ordered the Seafood Risotto which was delicious. I forgot which dessert we had, but it was great as well.
I would recommend this restaurant to everybody.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely Location, Staff, and Food
We stayed at the Ritz and opted to celebrate at RAYA. Food was great but while the cocktails were good, they are were a bit on the weak side. Wish the shades on the top of the window could have been pulled up earlier, to really enjoy the view. Indulged in dessert and OMG, the churros were fantastic! Will go again!
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Better Than Before
The food here is 'hit-or-miss'. Some items are excellent, while others are 'just okay'. For the prices their asking, I'd expect everything to be excellent (otherwise, don't put it on the menu). The wine selection is very good. The service is excellent - befitting a Ritz-Carlton dining experience. I would rate EnoSteak better. Also, some of the food items at Raya are also available at the outdoor bar. I'm thinking that Raya needs it own identity - to be able to compete with EnoSteak (and not be compared to the bar).
8/3/2013 5:00:00 PM
I took my husband to Raya's
I took my husband to Raya's for dinner to enjoy the spectacular view of the ocean and sunset. Unfortunately, there was cloud cover. We did, however, have a window table and were able to enjoy a beautiful view. The waitstaff was wonderful, professional, polite, and knowledgable. The food was superior. I enjoyed the scallops and my husband enjoyed the seafood risotto.
We will definitely be back.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Raya never disappoints !
I took my family here while on vacation (I have dined here before). They gave us a fantastic table by the window. They treated us like royalty. The staff is superb. From the hostess to the servers, everyone excelled. The food was amazing. If you want a "special" place to dine, Raya is it.
8/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
14th anniversary so we got the complimentary rose petals and card on the table. Server Dean was knowledgeable and helpful about the menu. His recommendations were a winner (seafood risotto & lobster tacos entree) and the best I've had. Only regret was not arriving earlier to catch the sunset. Wife had the scallops which were delicious as well.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Beautiful view and Food
We sat facing the ocean in a quiet corner, and the we were served good food. Its hard to find with any flavor in this area, and Raya really met our expectations. They seasoned the food and used more latin seasonings which we liked. My filet was cooked perfectly, and the seafood was fresh and vibrant. They gave us a complimentary desert because of our anniversary, and this was very special. Overall, it was a great experience and I would recommend it for a romantic evening out.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything done with excellence!
Had the filet and dessert. Churros sound "ordinary" but they were melt in your mouth delicious. Everything was outstanding. I think the best steak ever, of course the great company may have contributed to that. Dean was thoughtful, courteous, and gracious. The view was awesome (that is what I came for) but really everything was perfect.
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
A fantastic view, wonderful
A fantastic view, wonderful food and attentive service made this a perfect dinner celebration for a 60th birthday dinner for my husband with our family.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
The view is spectacular, the food is wonderful and the service is great by Joel our server. What more could you ask for???
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great as you would expect
Very nice meal with excellent professional service. Was our,anniversary and they had a nice surprise for us. Beautiful place and you can't beat the class of a Ritz-Carlton. Just be sure to bring your wallet, as class doesn't come cheap!
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fine Dining at its Best!
Had a lovely evening celebrating husband's birthday. Stunning ocean view at sunset. Exceptional food and service. Highly recommend to friends and family.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
The view was amazing, we saw the sunset. The service was wonderful. Our night was truly special with the little touches Raya added. They had yellow rose petals on the table with a nice love poem. They even brought out a delicious complimentary dessert that said happy anniversary. The night was beautiful. We will definitely be back.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
RAYA at Ritz Carlton
very pricey for our food expectation - the lobster bisque had two small pieces of lobster. wine starts at $16 per glass. The menu has a Korean flavor to everything, a bit spicy. We were there for a birthday celebration which the staff was very accommodating, a nice poem was at the place setting of the birthday guest and a delicious chocolate ganache (along with our other ordered desserts) was presented after dinner. The sunset over the ocean view was breathtaking. A do over would be dinner somewhere else and RAYA for dessert and the view only.
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Five Stars All the Way!
Excellent food excellent service and an amazing view. Raya is our new favorite!
10/6/2013 5:00:00 PM
Dinner At the Ritz
Had dinner with friends and its was wonderful. The appetizers were so good I had a second for dinner my husband had the Salmon and it was terrific. The quesadillas and the salmon as well as the tuna would be on my list to have again. Wine is pricy but the view is outstanding overlooking the Pacific! Get there before sunset and it's amazing. Had breakfast there another day and the eggs benedict and salmon and bagels were the best! Great place to eat, just know that this is the Ritz!
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
i had a wonderful dinner with my wife on our anniversary , first of all , the people are very nice and cheerful , the food was great
i really had the best NY steak I've ever eaten
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
RAYA was the perfect spot
RAYA was the perfect spot to celebrate a special occasion (birthday) with great food, great wine, and awesome view of the sunset
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding exprience...entir staff was very attentive, used our name, did not rush. 4-5 different wait/serve staff through out the dinner. View is outstanding.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Get the scallops!
phenomenal! great service as well. If you have time, stop by the bar overlooking the ocean for a quick drink.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Thank to Raya for serving as a wonderful host for a historic dinner for me and my "new" fiance. The venue was beautiful and an amazing scene to celebrate. We were greeted by name and with congratulations by the host and our servers. The table was set with rose petals and a nicely typed note of congrats and best wishes for our future together. Thank you so much for making it such a special occasion and historic meal together.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
I'm sure I'm not the only one to say this, but Raya lacks in NOTHING. It was divine. Great food, service, ambiance. Enough said.
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went for our date night
Had a great dinner with my wife - very comfortable and great ocean views. Had the filet, just the right portion sizes, excellent sides with it and perfectly cooked.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went to Raya at the Ritz Carlton for my boyfriend's birthday & it was the best dining experience of our lives. The Ritz is so beautiful & elegant. We started with a drink at the bar on a cozy couch in front of the fireplace. It was very romantic. Then we went to Raya for dinner. There was a special birthday greeting on the table for my boyfriend's birthday. Everything was absolutely perfect! Our server Richard was amazing. He is so personable yet friendly. He made us feel right at home & treated us like royalty. I would definitely recommend requesting him! The food was incredible! The ahi ceviche just melts in your mouth. We loved the seafood risotto and New York steak. The beautiful birthday dessert was the perfect finish.
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
The view from Raya
Sunset, sunrise or in the middle of the day Raya has an amazing ocean view!! Great for special occasions, romance, or just relaxation. The food was delicious, wonderful selections for non-meat eaters. Crab mashed potatoes are a must!!! Breakfast was just as delicious and the service was fantastic!!! There's a price to pay, but well worth it...if you're with the right person ;-).
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Celebrating the season! 10
Celebrating the season! 10 yr old grandson loved the brunch menu and ate everything until dessert which they graciously boxed up for him to take home
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM