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KAHANI - The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, Dana Point, CA

KAHANI - The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

4.6
4.6
88 Reviews
$31 to $50
Indian
Accepting reservations starting Saturday, October 7th.

Come along Chef Sanjay’s culinary journey from New Delhi to Dana Point and enjoy a contemporary approach to Indian regional specialties that places creative artistry, quality of ingredients, and respect for authentic flavors and ingredients at the forefront of cooking. KAHANI, which means "story" in Hindi, is open from Tuesday through Saturday; 5-9 p.m.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Indian
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (949) 240-2000
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Resort Casual
  • Executive chef
    Sanjay Rawat
  • Neighborhood
    Dana Point / Monarch Beach
  • Cross street
    Pacific Coast Highway
  • Parking details
    Valet
  • Additional
    BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 88 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • South Orange County

    Innovative

  • South Orange County

    Healthy

88 Reviews
  1. maulik

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is good. The ambiance is also nice and cozy. Service was great. Everyone welcomed us with our name as per reservation that was great experience.

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  2. FrankSeddigh

    Los Angeles

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best upscale Indian experience in Southern California. Period.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Most amazing food and experience recommend to all.

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  4. DeepM

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Kahani is a welcome addition to the collection of Indian restaurants in Orange County. All food items were artistically plated to give the vibe of a high-end restaurant. The chef was innovative with his menu. The Chilean Sea Bass was excellent. The red kidney bean sauce gave the dish a unique flavor. I would definitely go back again.

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  5. IMHO

    Greater Boston

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I was very excited about going to this restaurant. We made reservations way in advance. I enjoyed my smoky cocktail, which came out of a glass birdcage and engulfed the table in some exotic smoke for a few minutes. The food, although beautifully plated, was primarily too spicy for me. Shortly after I began to eat, I realized my mouth was on fire, and I needed some Indian raita -refreshing yogurt usually served within Indian food – or some sparkling water. But our waitress named Sommer was nowhere around, nor was there any other service person in the restaurant, including any busboys or wait people. I finally got up and walked out and asked a man who I’m guessing to be a manager because he was dressed in a jacket and tie to help me out. Still, my beverage request must’ve taken 5 to 10 minutes which is a long time when you’re feeling like your mouth is super uncomfortable, and even after then Sommer was barely seen for most of our meal. For the prices at this restaurant, I expected excellent service and received mediocre service.

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  6. indianfoodlover

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great dinner, great service. Food is outstanding and the staff are wonderful.

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  7. MeganDunn

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    SO GOOD! I wish it wouldn’t leave by the end of the year. It is excellent. Food is fabulous, lovely service there, and love the small intimate setting. Highly recommend all around!

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  8. J9Case

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and service were excellent. Very reasonably priced. Recommend short ribs - slow cooked 48 hours! If going on a date, ask for the table in front of the fireplace.

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  9. Bella

    Houston

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Curry Sampler for 2 was outstanding! We thoroughly enjoyed our evening.

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  10. TerryR

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, very flavorful food. Beautiful restaurant...

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  11. DianeA

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Couldn’t have been better. Attentive service and delicious food!

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  12. AMANA

    Exclusive

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Was expecting spectacular food because of the location and the information about the chef, but food tasted like average Indian food, cosmetically elevated a little.

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  13. DSAII

    San Diego

    103 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    103 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Up from La Jolla to meet friends from Newport Beach, so a great mid-point location with impeccable service, authentic food and a quiet, yet friendly and vibrant atmosphere! Thanks to CJ for her great service, attitude and humor!

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  14. trackman

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Meal was lovely. Service was very nice although it should be noted that when clearing the table, staff failed to wipe the table for minor spillage and crumbs. Minor issue in comparison to quality of food and mostly excellent service. Music was a little loud for a period of time but ultimately was turned down. All in all, a very nice dining experience.

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  15. AshaS

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, ambience and service. Will definitely be going back.

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  16. Ferzin

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Service was slow. The waiting staff took awhile to take our order as was busy with other tables. Menu was unique and a bit different as it was upscale and elevated Indian cuisine but was way overpriced. Couple dishes were too salty. Dessert was a disappointment. The ladoo crumbs that were used as a garnish on the dessert was better than the actual dessert. Maybe the non-veg dishes would have been better but since I was a vegetarian it was just ok. The Chef is exceptional as he catered a couple events that I had attended in the past at the Ritz's and that menu was amazing and delicious but maybe with this pop-up restaurant the Chef might have been restricted by hotel management to have a certain menu.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience and highly recommend but expect a hefty check.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible food! Chef Sanjay’s flavors are phenomenal and everything was a hit! Great ambiance and a wonderful experience all around. We will be back again in 2024!

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  19. PKB5

    Phoenix

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is very spicy hot. If the server tells you it is "mild" then compared to the average restaurant it is medium to hot.

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  20. SuchitP

    Orange County

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The taste and the flavors in the food is excellent. Good variety in the menu as well. It was probably the best Indian food we have had in the LA area. The service staff was very courteous and knew the food well. Overall, great experience. Will go again.

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  21. MitaliK

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food quality was great, few vegetarian options. Great service!

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  22. Jonny

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and ambience. Chef is phenomenal and made our experience a social one.

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  23. katB

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    A beautiful and memorable meal. Love the idea of a specific cuisine featured in a hotel restaurant.

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  24. Fleur

    San Diego

    140 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    140 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    We dined here for our 50th anniversary. I requested a quiet, cozy table. We were seated at a booth at the entrance next to a very loud group. I asked if there was a quieter table. Apparently, we were sitting at it! I also requested no spicy nor salty seasoning. I was satisfied with the minimal spice but the sea bass was undercooked and too salty to enjoy. It was removed from our check. I shared my husband’s sea bass, which was not salty and perfectly prepared. Anyway, those two issues did not interfere with our lovely celebration. The restaurant gifted us dessert!

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  25. Divinefdlover

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Seated comfortably right away! Attentive staff , amazing food

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was a fabulous experience. 2nd time here. I am glad they are extending the restaurant and it will become a permanent fixture rather than a pop up according to the management

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  27. kylehotchkiss

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional Indian dining in Southern California. I’ve had many many Indian dishes both in USA and India and Kahani stood out. Spices were perfectly balanced and every dish was delicious. We enjoyed the grill platter.

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  28. HeenaK

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Title: A Culinary Masterpiece with a Personal Touch! Review: We recently celebrated my husband's birthday at Kahani, the newest gem in the world of Indian fine dining, and our experience was nothing short of extraordinary. From the moment we stepped in, the ambiance transported us to a world of elegance and warmth. The decor was tastefully done, creating an inviting atmosphere that perfectly complemented the culinary journey we were about to embark on. The highlight of our evening was undoubtedly the impeccable menu curated by the talented chef. Each dish was a symphony of flavors, beautifully presented and bursting with authenticity. The innovative twists on classic Indian dishes showcased the chef's mastery and creativity, making every bite a delightful surprise. What truly set Kahani apart was the personal touch extended by chef SANJAY himself. To have the culinary maestro step out of the kitchen to greet us on such a special occasion was an unexpected and heartwarming gesture. His genuine passion for his craft and dedication to ensuring a memorable dining experience added an extra layer of magic to our celebration. The staff, attentive and knowledgeable, guided us through the menu with grace, recommending the perfect pairings to elevate our dining experience. The attention to detail and commitment to service excellence were evident in every aspect of our evening. As we indulged in the delectable desserts, we couldn't help but appreciate the thoughtfulness that went into making my husband's birthday celebration truly exceptional. Kahani is not just a restaurant; it's a culinary journey that combines exquisite flavors, inviting ambiance, and a personal touch that creates unforgettable memories. In a city filled with dining options, Kahani has undoubtedly secured its place as a must-visit destination for those seeking an elevated Indian fine dining experience. We can't wait for our next visit to savor the magic once again!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Closed small room with beautiful decoration, but no view, no windows. Staff and service is great. The cutlery and table were dirty!! No table cloth! Scratches and watermarks from glasses and cups were abundant. Very very tardy for Ritz. We had to change our silver a few times. The cocktails were good, pretty strong but nothing extraordinary. They comped us a free round because of dirty silver. Rack of lamb was very good. Please skip the soup, it tastes fruity Other veg appetizers were good, not outstanding The only veg entree was basically paneer biryani under bread (inspired by a Moroccan dish) and failed! We were so disappointed by the food we never ordered any dessert. Overall its a “skip it”, not worth the $100 you will pay at the minimum per person.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was good however the presentation of the food lacked creativity, something I was expecting given the chef's profile and all the attention he has received. The cocktails were not the best I've had, the service and ambience were great.

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  31. KylieH

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic experience—wish it was permanent. The food was incredible, the drinks unique and the ambience was great for a date night

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience!!! Beet salad was a highlight!!

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was an amazing experience. Sanjay is an absolute gem in the Indian cuisine industry. Everyone was extremely well mannered and my server, Dee, kept my egg allergy in mind. I ordered the Paneer Gulgula, Ajwain Scallops, Chennai Sea Bass, Saag Lobster Riscotto, Garlic Naan, and the RoohAfza Mocktail for drinks. They were all a 10/10. I can’t wait to go again in the future!

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  34. Charath

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, great ambience, and exceptional service. We're vegetarian and the vegetarian options did not disappoint. Very tasty and uniquely flavored. Try the cardamom corn bisque for something that will tickle your tastebuds.

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  35. Suchivattyam

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful experience, fabulous food. Knowledgeable staff . Had the thali and a few other dishes . Great for vegetarians and meat eaters

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Fantastic food ( saying this as an Indian ) but spotty service. The servers mean well and are friendly but the promptness can use improvement, considering its location inside a Ritz- Carlton. Hope they get to stay !

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  37. BhumiS

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Highly Recommend! The full experience to the quality of the food, I thought it was well worth it!

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  38. Shaakh

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful ambience and excellent food. Busy since it is a 3 mo prop up. Sanjay Rawat has done an excellent job in his venture. Ritz service is unparalleled from getting wonderful seating to the valet already waiting with my car out. We are regulars to the hotel. Hope the restaurant becomes a regular fixture.

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  39. paulab

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had the sea bass and it was amazing, came really fast, and the service was attentive.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The menu needs more items that are modern Indian/gastro style . The service was excellent though.

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FAQs

KAHANI - The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is rated 4.6 stars by 88 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today
Google Map for KAHANI - The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

One Ritz Carlton Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Pacific Coast Highway
  • Neighborhood
    Dana Point / Monarch Beach
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Indian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Resort Casual
  • Parking details
    Valet
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Sanjay Rawat
  • Additional
    BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (949) 240-2000
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