Ray's on the River

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8577 reviews
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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. Don't miss our Sunday Brunch Buffet served from 10:30am-3pm- We are proud to have been recently voted as a top 100 brunch restaurant in America!
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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Celebrating all Moms! Join us on Sunday, May 12th from 9am-8pm for our Mother's Day Buffet; $55/adult, $27.50/child (ages 5-10). Preferred seating now available!

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Father's Day Special Menus & Reservations

Celebrating all Dads! Join us on Sunday, June 16th for our Brunch Buffet from 9am-3pm ($50/adult and $25/child, ages 5-10) or our A La Carte Dinner Menu from 5pm-9pm. Preferred seating now available!

Sunday, June 16, 2019

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IL
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We hadn’t been to Rays in years and weren’t aware that it was no longer the restaurant we remembered. The view of the river was still great, but the food was mediocre. The dessert selections were uninspired. We had late reservations, so the food was picked over. For the price, I would expect the food to be as fresh as it was for their early guests. The chairs were so worn that you felt as if you were sitting in a hole. A disappointing experience.

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EC
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

We went for Easter and had made dinner reservations. We were looking forward to the buffet as it would give us lots of options. However to our surprise it was not. I expected to have the same option as as someone who ate earlier. It was very disappointing that cheese and bread area looked sparse as though you were at family reunion and last to arrive. They were totally out of ribs and lamb. The dessert area had couple cookies but not chocolate chip and blueberry shortcake, key lime pie. However my daughter went to get key lime pie moment later and all was gone. I did express disappointment to manager about dessert, he said sorry.

While I understand sometimes you can run out of things quickly or unexpected. However at $55 for adult and $27/child I expect better options.

Enjoyed the atmosphere. We may come back but not for holiday or any time they have buffet.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Had to wait despite prepaid reservation. Nice riverside view. Picked-over buffet, tasteless crab and cool oysters. Unappetizing lamb carcass, prime rib either rare or well done. $350 for four including 20 per cent tip. Fig old fashioned was the best part of the meal. Nice stroll out back for pictures.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Not quite sure if maybe we should have gone earlier in the day to get the best food spread or if it was continuously a hassle for all throughout the day for Easter buffet. My family of five arrived at 5:15pm for the Easter buffet and had slim pickings for all. We went for the prime rib and lamb- and never got either. We had to repeatedly ask for food trays to be filled... cheese, fruit, meat, etc. we left disappointed. $55 per person (even for our 12 year old) and felt it wasn’t worth it.

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KD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Easter Brunch

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MB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great place for Easter brunch. Sitting outside by the river after the meal was very relaxing.

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D
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

Will never return for a holiday brunch. Way overcrowded. Food quality mediocre. Chafing dishes needed maintaining. Disappointed...

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Miami
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Easter brunch. Disappointed in omelet station

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SD
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and service was impeccable. They overbooked and it caused me major problems. Disappointed is an understatement. I will take that up with management.
The food was divine, Every-time you thought that this one thing was the best the next bite exceeded the prior bite. When all the fruit is sweet, the choices in meats was astounding. Leg of lamb, crab cakes, crab claws, fork tender brisket, prime rib. The list goes on and on. I would finish a plate and the waiter would take that plate and refill our beverages. Great restaurant all around IF they stick to reservations only.

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JG
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rays has always been my go to spot for a special brunch like Easter, Mother's Day, etc. The setting is very picturesque right by the Chattahoochee river. The food is always great and the service is on point. My only complaint is that the valet parking was a bit chaotic upon arrival. Other than that, it's always a great experience.

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JH
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful Easter Dinner, very organized, food was delicious ❤️

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BF
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

Food options outside of breakfast options leaved a lot to be desired, in the past options were much better, service was attentive, scenery is what sells the reason for going

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OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Ray’s for Easter Brunch. The food selection was incredible and delicious! The service was wonderful and the atmosphere was gorgeous!

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice Easter buffet, but didn’t think the food quality was quite as good as usual. The choices were bountiful and service was excellent.

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m
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Easter brunch. A lot of food put out but it was so tremdiusly average it was a total disappointment. It’s a beautiful setting, however everyone, including the tables around us felt the food was less than the quality one would accept at a cheap roadhouse.

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AC
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my wife’s birthday

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F
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing! They accommodated several special requests for picky kids, and the waiter was excellent; he knew the menu well and was able to answer all of our questions. I always enjoy the beautiful view of the river, which always leads us to take some family pictures. You should go!

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K
Atlanta
82 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our food was delicious and service very good but we were shocked when we received the bill that the fish special (one piece of fish and two scallops) was $60! Even the lobster was cheaper! The bread basket arrived with bread niblets instead of whole slices which was humorous. Guess a whole slice would have been too much to expect. Drink was supposed to be served with marinated cherries but they were missing. This restaurant tries so hard to be Canoe but it's the little things that they don't have perfected. You can come here and enjoy a good meal but cross the river and it is an outstanding experience.

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l
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

We were celebrating a birthday and our party was for 6. I made this reservation 4 weeks in advance and requested a table with a view. Upon calling the restaurant 4 weeks in advance to confirm a river view they said they could not guarantee it, not even 4 weeks out? This should have been a clue as to what to expect.
We ordered appetizer they were great. We had to ask for bread twice. Our entrees however did not arrive at the same time. And our side dishes arrived 15 -20 minutes after our entrees and one of us was already finished with their entree. 2 filet mignons were ordered medium and came rare and the lobster tail was over cooked. Prices are high so we need to expect the quality and service to be high as well.
In the end our server comped the side dishes and added an extra dessert as a please excuse the unfortunate happenings. Not sure we will be back.

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o
Atlanta
37 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a treat. Book early for a view table on the river.

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S
Atlanta
25 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Cannot beat the view of the river and wildlife. Inside is a bit dated (as is the music playing). Go for the natural ambiance and traditional old school food with great service.

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G
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner before Schuler Awards

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OT
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the level of service was amazing and the food was very pleasant!

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l
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very large menu with plenty of choices for everyone. Very helpful waiter. Excellent wine list.

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HT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my moms birthday. Loved the view. Service was amazing. The food quality was great, the taste was just okay for the entree.

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c
Memphis
3 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for the seafood, but the steak was the best part! Excellent service
Nice setting overlooking the river
Great meal/time/evening, but expect a hefty tab.
Will go back

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JS
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Sunday brunch just used to be so much better. The last time we visited we told each other we wouldn't go back but we had such good memories and great food as recently as just a couple years ago. Now the food is average at best and the desserts are not even that. All of the cakes are consistently dense and heavy. Service and ambience are second to none but if you are going to continue to charge high prices for Sunday brunch the food is going to have to get better.

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JB
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time, the food was excellent for a buffet.
Service was excellent as well as the ambiance
We look forward to returning soon!

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c
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server was awesome! He really made the experience amazing. We had a couple of questions. We had a great time. Loved where our table was too.

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place for special occasions. It was my daughter’s birthday and they made it very special.

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DF
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening. No wait for our table. It was prom night so little crowed with the young and beautiful but still very enjoyable We had a great table with view of river

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AP
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We will be back soon! Love the place. Next time, it will be a jazz night.

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GN
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Being a customer from 1984 i have witnessed a lot of building additions and interior improvements.
Also, the quality of meals preparation grew a lot. It obviously is very different restaurant from 1984!?

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 2service 2ambience 5

Beautiful setting. Food and service were not good

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NJ
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My finance took me there for my birthday and omg amazing everything about this place was beautiful from the food to the service to the ambiance definitely worth every penny!

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H
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I always enjoy dining here. The scallops were amazing but the lobster risotto was over cooked and there wasn’t any lobster! Other than that all was well. I will return in spite of. The service is always good. Two gentlemen attended to our table. They were friendly and attentive.

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JB
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good seafood and a great cocktail menu. The river will make for a perfect dining experience

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J
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Love this place. I eat here often, usually one a week for business lunches.
Great service, delicious food and a fabulous view of the river.

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B
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 5

This was not a good experience. The service was horrible . We had two waiter that disappeared. It took them forever to bring a wine list and then the wine. My wife and kept asking for a black napkin that did not arrive until we were finish eating. I ordered a steak medium and it came back well. Just was not a good night there.

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T
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Food and ambience were great as always. The server was new and totally uninformed and relatively inattentive.

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