Beautiful View, Good Food
This was our first visit to Ray's even though we only live about a mile away. We're already kind of spoiled living so close to such amazing views of the ocean but still loved the ambiance at Ray's on the Bay. The spider shrimp was excellent as was the grilled fish and the fried fish. Great plating as well. Service was not hurried but attentive. Their original Mai Tai was great! Next time we'll ask for a spot at one of the fire pit tables. All in all a very pleasant evening.
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
You really can't beat the location and where else in the world can you watch Manta Rays in the wild swimming from your restaurant! The food is good, we enjoyed the fish tacos and the Seafood Curry Stew. The firepit table are great too but I think you can only order from the bar menu if you sit at them. Its a very romantic setting and the sunset veiwing is spectacular. There is even a lawn on an adjacent deck if you bring the kids along.
5/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had fun watching the snokelers watch the Manta Rays at Rays! Now I get the name. The hula dancer was lovely as was the Hawaiian music.
5/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best place so far, reasonably priced, great entertainment and was Ono, you should try the Grilled Kampachi w/ basil sauce
5/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
A MUST Visit!
Superb experience. We sat down by a fireside table with a perfect view of the sunset and within earshot of the music. Wednesday nights for LT Smooth are un-beatable. Excellent food and super-friendly staff.
5/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
great food, wine and view
had 60th birthday here and it was great woth really good wine and food delicisou. only trouble was we have reseverd one of the tables near the front 3 weeks in advance and didnt get it. how ever other diners who did come in a few minutes later did get them,.
6/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food that i had rib-eye
The food that i had rib-eye that i ordered med rare came out just the way I ordered it. The menu is very small about 12 items to order from. If you just want apps and maybe a pizza it is just the place. If you go for drinks its the place. If you go expecting a big menu with alot of items forget about it. My wifes food came out the way she ordered it. The sides that come with the meal are a nice size. If you want to go to see the sunset it is beautiful. If you go to see the manti rays you will not see them until after dark. around 8:30pm. The wait staff is really friendly and helpful. The firepits are nice but the chairs that you sit in are alittle to big and you have a hard time eatting you meal because you sit back to much.
6/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
I was disappointed that after leaving 2 messages and calling several times to make a same day reservation after 1 pm as instructed, no one ever got back with me. My friend recommended I try on-line. Only early and later times were available so we settled on a 5:30 seating time for 4 of us. We were seated immediately and it was up hill all the way. The service was prompt, friendly and frequent. The sushimi appetizer and a version of guacomole & chips were super. Top shelf drinks and both meat and seafood entrees were wonderful. We ordered desserts that were beautifully presented and delicious. We never felt rushed and our ocean side table with a center fire pit, delightful!
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Ray's has great fresh fish
From service to food quality this is an outstanding restaurant. Nice wine list too, and the view is spectacular.
6/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Sunset Views & Good Food
We were there for my birthday. The staff made me feel very special and Mother nature provided a beautiful sunset. My husband and I both had the fish, cooked different ways. Both excellent. Friendly service, had no problem meeting our request to move to another table. The live Hawaiian music, beautiful outdoor dinning, only Hawaii can offer. I have to recommend the White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookie. Comes to the table warm in a ramekin, crispy edges soft center served with Kona Coffee ice cream, very gourmet, very scrumptious. Don't be fooled by the menu description.
6/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Had dinner with my wife and 2 children. Decent menu for kids and huge portions for them. Our dinners were well presented and the taste was outstanding! Highly encourage a reservation if you want a seat closer to the ocean. Would go back in a heart beat!
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Gorgeous setting with good food
Wow, what a view! The restaurant sits right on the water. We were lucky enough to get a seat right by the water, so we had a front row seat for a beautiful sunset. As if that wasn't good enough, our server was wonderful and so was our food! My husband had the flat iron steak with French fries. He really enjoyed the steak and said the fries were the best he's ever had. I ordered the fish taco's. They were full of flavor-the fish was seasoned perfectly! We didn't see any manta ray's, but we didn't look very hard either. We were happy to just enjoy a wonderful dining experience.
6/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Would recomend to anyone. Food was great, Service outstanding, and view of sunset the best.
6/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good food with reasonable prices, great staff, and fantastic manta watching from the patio.
6/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Kona restaurant
The atmosphere at Ray's on the Bay is great. The fire pit tables are the best! Good food options for everyone in the family. Fabulous outdoor dining!
6/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great place to celebrate
It was our last night on the big island and we decided to have a "farewell celebration" to cap a wonderful vacation. The place did not disappoint. There was a general relaxed feel of the place. Most of us ordered the catch of the day, the ahi tuna, which was done just right. All in all, the setting, the mood and the food was perfect to help us keep our memories of the big island in our hearts and minds for a long time.
6/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Made a request for a fire ring table, furthest from bar, got us on the end, not in the middle, felt less noisy. 6:45 reservation, by the time we had our drinks (Mai Tai and Pineapple Sidecar) sun setting on putting on a show. Ahi pupu, grilled fish, buttermilk ice cream. Nothing disappointed. But main reason for amazing time, other than front row ocean view, sunset, and nice Hawaiian Trio, was our server, Kim(berly). She was so conscientious, and patient when my husband "took forever" to order his drink. Bus server was gracious and friendly. We tried to go on a Wed. but LT Smooth was playing, ( very popular) but Michael Jackson and "Celebrate!" loudly was not the Hawaiian mood we were looking for, so we went back another night.
7/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Awesome experience with manta rays
This was our first time in Hawaii and my wife is a non-swimmer. Since we could not do the Manta Ray night snorkel, we thought it would be good to see mantas from a distance. Boy! This was such a good viewing experience. We were not too far from the mantas. We went there at 8:45pm which was the right time to go for dinner with views of the mantas.
The hostess gave us great seats with direct view of the mantas. Mantas showed up around 9:00pm next to the shore when the snorkel boats left. Food was ok, I have had better for the price but it was awesome experience to see the Mantas so close.
Do check it out.
7/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Still the Best in Town
Rays is still the best! Food is awesome, service is great, the view is incredible.
Love the new table setup for bar and dinner.
Band location is a lot better.
Coming to Rays whether for just a drink or dinner is unforgettable!
It will complete your vacation.
Mahalo for all your hard work!
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a pleasure to dine on
What a pleasure to dine on the water, see Manta Rays,
and have one of the best servers on the Big Island
The food was outstanding...
We made reservations and arrived 10 minutes early and were
greeted by a very pleasant hostess who sat us a a table over-
looking the water our server Jose was very informative and new
the menu well,we opted for the fish special which was out standing
We saw the Manta Ray's after the boats left around 8: 45 pm.
We will be back !!!
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Beautiful setting, delicious food and outstanding service. The staff was very friendly and made our night even more special. They really went the extra mile. Overall great experience!
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Rays on the Bay was the perfect
Rays on the Bay was the perfect spot for a night out on out honeymoon. The view, featuring manta rays swimming just offshore, was spectacular. I am a bit of a picky eater and our server, Aaron, was helpful with accommodating my request for a basic cheese pizza, which was quite good. Aaron was also spot on with his drink recommendations. Rays, which is the signature restaurant at the Sheraton Kona Resort at Keauhou Bay, is not cheap but we found it to be worth the price for the atmosphere, service and quality that we received. If we find ourselves on the Big Island again, we will definitely go back to Rays.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Ambience covers a lot at Rays
Rays on the Bay has an outstanding view - situated on the lava rocks right over the ocean where the Manta Rays come out at night. We went for sunset dinner on the bay and were not disappointed by the view! We both ordered the Mahi Mahi substitute fish with mango salsa and it was prepared outstanding. The restaurant appeared to be understaffed as there were lengthy delays in service and the dessert I ordered never showed up before the check came. Still, we would go back for the ambience. We also requested a table with a view for a romantic occassion and it did not appear they even read the request from Open Table.
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had dinner here for our Anniversary and the setting was perfect. we were able to sit at one of the seats by the bay with the fire pit and it was fantastic. We also received a complimentary dessert for our anniversary that was unexpected. We were amazed by the Manta Rays that we could see from our seats. I recommend if you go to the Big Island to experience Rays on the Bay. The staff went out of their way to make the night special for us.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a wonderful time, delicious food and great service. After finishing our meal, we enjoyed the manta rays. What a way to end the evening!
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
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.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good service, interesting
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!
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service was top notch. Food quality was excellent. Food quantity was insufficient. Location was unbeatable.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
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.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
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!
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Rays on the Bay
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
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Big Island Gem
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.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
trendy dining on the bay
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.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
See the Rays
Manta Rays clearly visible. Friendly cats living in the cliffs.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cute open air restaurant
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!
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Actual Rays on the Bay
On the water. At night, the lights go on and the Manta Rays gather to eat. Great location and a fun place
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful dinner. Delicious butterscotch vodka drink recommended by waitress. The fish was delicious. The waitress was excellent.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
The menu lacked the variety
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.
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fine dining in paradise
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!
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
long looked forward to
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.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were excited to have a
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!
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love the Mantas and the Food
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.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
the server was very attentive
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.
9/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
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.
9/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
Music, Magic, and More
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!
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Gorgeous Venue, Great food
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.
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Viewable manta rays is amazing. Food was really good. Ambience was nice and live music was fun and energetic.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a wonderful experience at Rays on the Bay. The food was outstanding, the view breathtaking, and the service was excellent.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went to see the Mantas, but
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...
10/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
not accepting reservations
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.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM